SPIRIT CAFÉ/MESSAGE HANDOUT

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A SPIRIT CAFÉ DISCUSSION GUIDE

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.

May 9, 2021

THE INVITATION

Rick Huff

You have been called

Sometimes we connect the ideal of a calling to the higher ups, the high profile, the uber saints, but if you are a believer you have been called.  A calling is an invitation=God has invited you to join in his plan.

In this crazy chaotic, confused darkened world God has a plan and you and I are part of it. His plan is a massive restoration project.  So the big question is what am I being called to and how do I answer that call.

“Faith motivated Abraham to obey God’s call and leave the familiar to discover the territory he was destined to inherit from God. So he left with only a promise and without even knowing ahead of time where he was going, Abraham stepped out in faith.”  Heb 11:8

WE are called to BE WITH

WE are called into Friendship.

“And the scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, and he was called a friend of God.”  James 2:23

We are also invited into this divine friendship.  The upward call is an invitation to be with Him.

“I have never called you “servants,” because a master doesn’t confide in his servants, and servants don’t always understand what the master is doing. But I have called you my most intimate friends, for I reveal to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father.”   John 15:15

It was this call to friendship that changed my life.

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friends and you are my friends If you do what I command you.” John 15:13, 14

It is the reality of this relationship that is the why of our journey. It is our motivation, our strength. Our     inspiration and our supreme passion.

“And I continually long to know the wonders of Jesus and to experience the overflowing power of His resurrection working in me, I will be one with Him in his sufferings and become like him in His death.” Phil 3:10

Good relationships do not happen by accident, it is hard work. To answer this call to be with, we must intentionally, consistently prioritize growing in our relationship with him.

WE are called to Become

“NO longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.”  Gen 17:5

We live in a time of great identity confusion. It is not just a small inconvenient matter, it is devastating our youth and many families across the nation.   We intuitively know that we were made for more. That is why our supermarket shelves are filled with glamour and fitness magazines. Why we spend millions on self help and go to great lengths to make ourselves look great on social media.  Identity is under attack by the enemy.  He even used identity to attack Christ, “if you are the Son of God…..” And while identity may not seem to be a big issue with our spiritual life, the lies that we believe enslave us.  He has planted lies in our mind that we allow to go unconfronted.  We accept them without challenge.

When He calls you by name, he empowers you to fulfill that name.  Your name shall be Abraham for I have made you the father of many nations.  Jesus Christ offers us the only hope of finding our true identity and the spiritual strength to fulfill that destiny.

“As many as received Him to them he gave power to become sons of God” John 1:12

We must also receive and embrace a new identity. We must determine that we will not be defined by our failures, successes, or our bank account, or our position. Regardless of our feelings, our thoughts, or the opinion of others, we must choose to believe that we are who our Father says we are. 

We are not poor, hopeless, powerless, beggars.  We are his cherished, esteemed, valued, beloved sons and daughters.  When we put our faith in Christ we receive perfection, and that is how the Father sees us.

“For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.”  Heb 10:14

To be perfected means that we have been made fit. To fulfill our calling we must choose to believe that He is who He says He is and that we are who He says we are.

We are called to Be About

We are called to be a continuation of the work that he began.“He who believes in me the work that I do he shall do also ; and greater works than these shall he do ; because I go to my Father.”  John 14:12

Abraham followed His call and changed the world.  He did not preach a sermon, he did not write a book, he did not post viral videos, he did not invent a dance on tik tok.  He obeyed.

Every act of obedience brings grace and power of the Kingdom of God to earth. We cannot do anything more powerful, more meaningful, more fulfilling than obeying God.


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.

Believers meet on various times of the month 6:00p-8:00p. For more info. on this Spirit Café, contact Dannie Glidden.

WayneLeb meets various times of the month in Lebanon, originally started in Waynesville. 6:30p-8:30p. For more info. on this Spirit Café, contact Christine Bensman.

—  Tuesday evening Spirit Cafe @7pm meets every week at the church.  Contact Shawn Day for more info.

—  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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