1. Welcome and introduce newcomers to the café
2. Open with a prayer for God’s guidance and presence
3. Ask everyone if they heard Sunday’s message.

January 16, 2022


Pastor Rick

Study Guide

God wants you to know your purpose.

And that your purpose is unfathomably important.

Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of HIS LOVE.  Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into His family through Jesus Christ, (what pleasure He took in planning this!)  HE wanted us to enter into the celebration of His lavish gift giving by the Hand of His beloved Son.  Ephesians 1:4-6 msg

Your next purpose in this life is to become.

He has a vision, What does that vision look like?

For He knew all about us before we were born and He destined us from the beginning to share in the likeness of His Son,

This means the Son is the oldest among a vast family of brothers and sisters who will become just like Him.  Romans 8:29 tpt

He is calling you to share in the likeness of His Son.

It begins with how we think, our mind shapes our life.

Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? To surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.   Romans 12:1-2 tpt

Thoughts shape our life, what we hear, and what we believe mold us.  Thoughts control my life.

Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life.  Proverbs 4:23 cev

The mind is the battleground for sin,

I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin.              Romans 7:22-23 tlb 

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.  Romans 8:5-6 nlt

3 enemies in your mind.

Your old nature.

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.  I love God’s law with all my heart.  But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.  Romans 7:21-23 nlt


For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 nlt

The worlds value system.

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.  1 John 2:15-16 nlt

Free the Mind.

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do.  We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.  We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God.  We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:3-5 nlt                      

Focus the mind.

He answered, “The Scriptures say: Bread alone will not satisfy, but true life is found in every word that constantly goes forth from God’s mouth.  Matthew 4:4 tpt




Current running Spirit Cafés (Bible Studies):

From Sept. thru May, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6:30p. Meet at Greg Truesdell’s in Lebanon. For more info. on the Men’s Ministry Spirit Café, contact Brent Jividen.

—  Tammy Jennings hosts a Women’s Spirit Cafe twice a month on Monday evenings, 7pm at her home.  Contact Tammy for more information.


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