What is your favorite hamburger place in town?
Thank You, Father, for the grace You pour out on us.
2 Kings 2:12–13 NLT: “Elisha saw it and cried out, ‘My father! My father! I see the chariots and charioteers of Israel!’ And as they disappeared from sight, Elisha tore his clothes in distress. Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak, which had fallen when he was taken up. Then Elisha returned to the bank of the Jordan River.”
John the Baptist was a man’s man. Elijah, too, was a man’s man; he was a rough and tough guy who faced down the prophets of Baal and performed death-defying feats. After all of his exploits, however, he felt like quitting and asked God to let him die. In this trying time, God instructed him to raise up the next generation and led him to Elisha. Elijah discovered that this thing was not all about him, but rather the one he was raising up as a spiritual son.
What are we passing down to the next generation?
Three Things to Hand Down:
A life of PRINCIPLE “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything” (Gordon Eadie).
Joshua 24:15 NLT: “But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
We need to say, “Lord, shape my will and guide me by the principles of Your Word.”
Men of principle have built this great nation and defended its freedoms by laying down their lives. What principles mean a great deal to you?
Who is a man of principle that has guided you?
A life of PASSION With your PRINCIPLES in place, choose PASSION over PASSIVITY.
If there is one dilemma in our nation today, it is passive men who have allowed our society to go down many sinful paths. Just as Ahab was a puppet to Jezebel, allowing her to rule, we have allowed others to grab the reins and lead. Jesus, however, was principled and passionate about it. Let’s follow His example, not Ahab’s.
Have you ever been too passive about things in your life? Share with the group.
A life of PRAYER James 5:16–18 NASB: “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.”
Men, don’t let your wife steal the prayer leadership role and spiritual example from you. Lead as the priest of your home.
What issues keep you on your knees in prayer?
Men, start this week to be a spiritual role model for your family. Express to the next generation the principles that guide your life. Let them see your passion for life and for God.
Real men are concerned with the next generation and are passionate about handing down their godly principles. Start looking for “sons” that you can be a role model to. Allow God to embolden you to be a man’s man who follows after God unashamedly.
Where is your favorite place to sit at the movies?
Thank You, Father, for the way You have graced our lives.
Acts 6:3 NLT, emphasis added: “And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility.” Acts 6:8 NLT, emphasis added: “Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people.”
God has filled us with His Spirit so we can lead. Philip was one of the Bible’s more ordinary people, someone like you and me. Just like our A-Team leaders, Philip served the body. His particular task, to help in the distribution of food, may not have seemed like an important job, but this did not stop him from leading in faith and wisdom. He was so filled with the Spirit that he also moved in power and miracles.
Leadership is the next natural step after God fills us with His Spirit. “You mean, God wants to use me?” you ask. Yes, He does! You are naturally called into leadership because of the presence of the Spirit of God in your life.
This week, let’s talk about how God was able to use a servant like Philip because of the wisdom and faith he walked in.
Have you ever realized that though you start out serving tables, God can use you in other mighty ways? Share with the group.
Leading with Wisdom Philip was filled with the Holy Spirit. He was filled with faith, grace and power, the Bible says. Let’s look at that for a moment. Wisdom is all about perspective. God wants you to see the world from His perspective. If wisdom were an elevator ranging from 1 to 100 floors, the fear of the Lord would be the ground floor. As you grow in God, He takes you to higher levels that help you live and enjoy life. Don’t stay at the lower floors of faith your entire life!
There are two keys for leading with wisdom:
Ask God for it.
James 1:5 NASB: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
Believe and apply God’s Word. Psalm 19:7 NLT: “The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.”
What is your attitude when you encounter people devoid of wisdom? Share with the group.
Leading with Faith Remember, faith leaks. Just because you have faith today does not mean you will have faith tomorrow. You have to feed your faith.
There are two keys to leading with faith: Intentionally feed your faith. Being in this group is a powerful way to feed faith. Let your mouth declare what you believe. Confessing God’s Word is a powerful way to experience faith and lead with faith.
Do you feel that you are postured to grow in faith by your circle of friends and your lifestyle? Do you regularly talk faith to yourself? Share with the group.
The Bible says you will receive power when you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Have you been baptized in the Spirit like Philip was? Ask the Spirit of God to fill you this very moment.
Wisdom comes from asking God for it and from reading the Bible. Each day this week, ask for wisdom. Daily read along in the reading plan at oneyearbible.com.
SUMMER EVENTS June 20-22: Bethany Conference
July 15: Serve the City
B-Groups are best at knowing the needs of their neighbors, friends, and community, so ask your group members about a need that together you can meet on July 15. The potential is huge because this allows Serve the City to be personal and opens the door for follow-up with the people served.
Example Outreaches: A neighbor who needs help with yard work. Single mom needs the oil changed or car maintenance. Family needing groceries or house cleaning. Trash pickup in a community/area that your B-Group knows needs work. Neighborhood cookout or block party. Car wash in the neighborhood of one of your B-Group members. Click here to let us know if you can you commit to doing an outreach with your B-Group on July 15: https://bwpc.wufoo.com/forms/k178x7jf116waz8/
June 24-25 & July 1-2: Summer Parties Pick up a Summer Party kit at your campus during the dates above. Host a Summer Party for your B-Group on a day that works for you!
What is your favorite kind of pizza?
Thank You, Father, for the powerful ministry of the Holy Spirit in us.
Acts 1:4–5 NLT, emphasis added: “Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, ‘Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’”
It is so interesting that God chose the day of Pentecost (“pente-cost,” meaning fifty days) as the day to pour out His Spirit. That day had been celebrated by the Jews for centuries as the day the law was given, making them into a nation, and now it became associated with the birth of the church. It was like July 4 is for our nation, and in a similar way, we the church are a “holy nation.”
In the Jewish nation, Pentecost marked a feast of harvest, represented by the wheat offering. Jesus instructed the apostles not to start their ministry until they had been filled with the Holy Spirit, and Pentecost marked the day of that in-filling. Up until then, God had always been external in the Jewish experience, but now, with the sending of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, that was all changing.
Have you ever misunderstood the idea of Pentecost? Share with the group.
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was prophesied by both the prophet Joel and the Lord Jesus. While the disciples were in the upper room, the Holy Spirit came as a rushing wind, and flames appeared on each person’s head. This is similar to the candlestick, which represents the Spirit of God in the Old Testament. It was as if the Holy Spirit was turning each person into a living candlestick.
As the cross drew near, Jesus had told the disciples that the Holy Spirit would touch their lives in three main ways: God TO us — We have a promise. Being baptized in the Holy Spirit is for everyone. Believe God’s promise is for you, and invite Him into your life. God promised to do the rest. What if God saved you just for the purpose of filling you? God IN us — We have a companion; we are never alone. We have access to God’s presence; He acts and moves inside of us as a constant presence. Honor Him and surrender to Him, and you will feel His presence and be taught constantly by Him.
What happened to you when you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
God THROUGH us — We have a mission. Witnesses have seen something and can share their story. He wants us to go. He wants us to speak. He wants us to demonstrate.
There are two main keys to seeing Him work through you:
Follow Him. Have courage to step out.
Share with the group how the Holy Spirit interacts with you regularly.
Make a plan this week to listen and respond to the Holy Spirit. Acknowledge His presence, and interact with Him. You must surrender to really enjoy His presence. If you have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, ask for it.
Allow God to be in you and to work through you. Be available for assignments the Holy Spirit might give you. Expect action! Have courage to step out.
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