Sunday Service:How To Be Confident & Victorious In Crisis

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HOW TO BE CONFIDENT IN CRISIS & COME OUT VICTORIOUS
ACTS 27
June 19, 2022 | Mike Prah

PRAYER POINTS

PRAYER POINTS 

Begin with praising the name of the Lord. God instructs us to come before Him with thanksgiving and praise.

 Today’s prayer is focused on God’s promises from Jeremiah 29:11-14.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly …  14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes." Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NLT+GN)

 Pray these prayer points over your life according to the above scripture.

1. ASK GOD TO REVEAL & RELEASE THOSE GOOD PLANS HE HAS FOR YOU IN EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good"  (vs. 12a)

 2. PRAY FOR A BRIGHT & PROSPEROUS FUTURE

 "They are ... plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster" (vs. 12b)

3.  PRAY FOR EMOTIONAL HEALTH

 "They are ... plans to bring you hope" (vs. 12c)

4. PRAY FOR GOD'S OVERWHELMING PRESENCE

 "If you look for me wholeheartedly …  I will be found by you,” says the Lord" (vs.14a)

 5. PRAY FOR DELIVERANCE & PROTECTION

 "I will end your captivity, says the Lord" (vs. 14b)

6. PRAY FOR RESTORATION & VICTORY

 “I will ... restore your fortunes, says the Lord" (vs. 14c)

7. PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER

SERMON NOTES

 

HOW TO BE CONFIDENT IN CRISIS & COME OUT VICTORIOUS
ACTS 27
June 19, 2022 | Mike Prah

"Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous …  So Paul warned them, "Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also." Acts 27:9-10 (NIV)

I.  WHY WE EXPERIENCE "STORMS" IN LIFE

 1. WE LISTEN TO WRONG EXPERTS

"The centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship" Acts 27:11 (NIV)

 2. WE FOLLOW MAJORITY OPINION

"Since the harbor was unsuitable in winter, THE MAJORITY DECIDED that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. This was a harbor in Crete that was facing both southwest and northwest."  Acts 27:12 (NIV)

 3. WE RELY ON CIRCUMSTANCES

"When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete." Acts 27:13 (NIV)

 “Paul warned them, "Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also." Acts 27:9b-10 (NIV)

 "There is a way which seems right to a person, but its end is the way of destruction." Proverbs 14:12

 "Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along." Acts 27:14-15 (NIV)

 "We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard … They threw the ship's tackle overboard with their own hands. When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved." Acts 27:18-20 (NIV)

 "Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four ANCHORS from the stern and they prayed for daylight."  Acts 27:29 (NIV)

 II. ANCHORS TO HOLD ONTO IN A "STORM"

 1. STORMS CANNOT HIDE THE FACE OF GOD. I MUST HOLD ON TO GOD'S PRESENCE

 "Now I advise you to have courage. No one will lose his life. Only the ship will be destroyed. I know this because an angel from the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood by me last night.” Acts 27:22-23 (GW)

 “God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

 Jesus: “Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NLT)

 Jesus: “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you forever. He will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit” John 14:16-17a (NIV/NLT)

 2. STORMS CANNOT CHANGE THE PURPOSE OF GOD FOR MY LIFE. MY DESTINY IS SECURED IN GOD

 "This angel stood by me …  and he said `Do not be afraid, Paul. You MUST stand trail before Caesar and God has graciously given you the lives of all those who sail with you."  Acts 27:23-4 (NIV)

 “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

 3. STORMS CANNOT DESTROY THE CHILD OF GOD. I MUST RELY ON GOD'S PROMISES

"So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me" Acts 27:25 (NIV)

 The Angel said: "[Paul], God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you." Acts 27:24b (NIV)

 "God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His PURPOSE very clear to His people that it cannot be broken, He made a vow. God cannot tell lies! And so His PROMISES and vows are two things that can never be changed. We who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. This hope is like a firm and steady ANCHOR FOR OUR SOULS. In fact, hope reaches behind the curtain and into the most holy place. JESUS has gone there ahead of us, and He is OUR HIGH PRIEST FOREVER." Hebrews 6:17-20 (NIV+CEV)

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 “For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” I Corinthians 11:23-25 NLT

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HOW TO CONTROL YOUR MOUTH
JAMES: PRACTICAL GRACE-FILLED LIVING Series - Pt 5 of 10
James 3:1-12 | Week of June 12, 2022 | Mike Prah

SERMON OVERVIEW:

In this study, we will discuss what James 3:1-12 has to say about the destructive power of the spoken word and how to control the tongue.

 A. OPEN YOUR SESSION WITH PRAYER

B. ICE BREAKER: Take some time to share what is going on in your life, testimonies, and upcoming events. Recognize birthdays, anniversaries, or special occasions of your group members. Pick 1 item from the Icebreaker list to discuss to know each other better.

 C. BIBLE DISCUSSION: PICK A FEW POINTS FROM EACH SECTION TO DISCUSS

SECTION 1: REVIEWING SERMON MESSAGE

(a). What fresh insight did you learn from the sermon? OR

(b). What Bible verse cited in the message stands out to you the most? Why?

 SECTION 2: PERSONALIZING SERMON MESSAGE

(a). What did you hear that encouraged or reassured you?

(b). How did the message increase your love for God or Jesus Christ?

SECTION 3:  ENCOURAGING APPLICATION OF THE SERMON

(a). If we diligently apply the message, what effect would it have on your personal lives and walk with Christ?

D: DIGGING DEEPER (TAKE TURNS READING THE SCRIPTURES AND THEN DISCUSS THE QUESTIONS)

I. WHY MUST I LEARN TO MANAGE MY MOUTH?

1. MY MOUTH DIRECTS WHERE I GO, THEREFORE, I MUST LEARN TO CONTROL IT

 "If we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way." James 3:2 (NLT)

  • From James 3:2, why do you think controlling your tongue could keep you from many faults and help you manage yourself in every way? 

"Whoever controls his mouth protects his own life. Whoever has a big mouth comes to ruin." Proverbs 13:3 (NCV)

    • What does this teaching mean to you?
    • Briefly share a situation in your life or in the life of someone you know where controlling your mouth was beneficial and not controlling your mouth brought trouble. 

2. MY MOUTH CAN DESTROY WHAT I HAVE, THEREFORE, I MUST LEARN TO CONTROL IT 

"The tongue is a small thing, but what ENORMOUS DAMAGE it can do. A great forest can be set on fire by one tiny spark. And the tongue is a flame of fire." James 3:5-6a (LB

  • What does this illustration about the tongue from James3:5-6 above say to you about our words? 

"If you want to stay out of trouble, be careful what you say." Proverbs 21:23 (GN) 

"You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say." Proverbs 18:20 (GN)

  • What message are Proverbs 21;23 and Proverbs 18:20 conveying? 

"People can tame all kinds of animals … but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison." James 3:7-8 (NLT)

    • James 3:7-8 describes the untamed tongues as "restless and evil, full of deadly poison." Share briefly a time when you have seen the effects of that "deadly position" work against you in your life or in the life of someone you know? 

3. MY MOUTH DISPLAYS WHO I REALLY AM, THEREFORE, I MUST LEARN TO CONTROL IT 

"Blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!" James 3:10 (NLT)

  • Consider a time when you were blessed by the words of someone who mattered to you. Compare this with a time when another person's thoughtless words hurt you. How does this teaching encourage you to encourage others with your words?

 II. WHAT'S THE SOLUTION?

1. GET A NEW HEART FROM GOD

"Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires." Psalm 51:10 (LB)

 2. THINK BEFORE I SPEAK

"Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry."  James 1:19 (NIV)

 3. ASK GOD FOR HELP EVERYDAY

"Lord, help me control my tongue; help me be careful about what I say."  Psalm 141:3 (NCV) 

  • Pastor Mike shared three ideas for controlling our tongue—Getting a New Heart, Thinking before we speak, and Asking God for help every day. Share briefly how you would practice these truths. 
  • Pastor Mike shared some best practices of How to Be More careful About what we say. They are:

Make it a habit to wait before you say something  |  Keep your message simple  |  Listen more  |  Ask open-ended questions to clear up misunderstandings |  Don't see disagreements as win-or-lose  |  Think before you criticize someone  |  Speak in a way that's consistent with your goals  |  Only say important things  |  Don't rush to fill the silence  |  Avoid gossip and negative remarks  |  Beware of microaggressions*

 *A microaggression is a subtle behavior—verbal or non-verbal, conscious or unconscious—that has a derogatory, harmful effect.

  •  Select a few of the above best practices to discuss and briefly share how practicing them can benefit you.

 E. PRAYER TIME - PRAYER POINTS

          • Pray for each LifeGroup member to respond positively to this message and follow through in the application.
          • Ask for prayer requests and pray for the individual needs of your group.
          • Closing Prayer

 THANKS FOR COMING! INVITE FRIENDS & COME BACK NEXT WEEK! PLEASE REACH OUT TO ANYONE WHO DID NOT MAKE IT TO YOUR MEETING. GOD BLESS YOU!

F. REFLECTION: ADDITIONAL STUDY

 Reflect on the following scriptures about controlling your words.

 "The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences." Proverbs 18:21 (NLT)

 "If you want to enjoy life  and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies" 1 Peter 3:10 (NLT)

"A gentle answer will calm a person's anger, but an unkind answer will cause more anger" Proverbs 15:1 (NCV)

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)

"Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless." James 1:26 (NIV)

"Careless words stab like a sword, but wise words bring healing" Proverbs 12:18 (NCV)

"If you talk a lot, you are sure to sin;  if you are wise, you will keep quiet." Proverbs 10:19 (NCV)

"Good people think before they answer, but the wicked simply pour out evil." Proverbs 15:28 (NCV)

"Do everything without complaining and arguing" Philippians 2:14 (NLT)

"There must be no evil talk among you, and you must not speak foolishly or tell evil jokes. These things are not right for you. Instead, you should be giving thanks to God." Ephesians 5:4 (NCV)

"Kind words are like honey-sweet to the soul and healthy for the body." Proverbs 16:24 (NLT)

"Now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips." Colossians 3:8 (NIV)

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I Give You By Heart By Reuben Morgan

Here For You Jesse Reeves, Matt Maher, Matt Redman, 

Majesty (Here I am) By Martin Smith & Stuart Garrard

Promises By Maverick City Music (Lemuel Marin, Joe Barnes, Dante Bowe, Aaron Moses)

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As announced by Governor Larry Hogan on 2/14/2022, face masks are no longer required in Maryland State offices. Prince Georges County, MD mask mandate for indoor public spaces expired on March 9, 2022. Therefore, beginning Sunday, March 14, 2022, below are our revised COVID-19 process. We ask everyone joining our in-person service to follow these guidelines accordingly. The health and safety of everyone continue to be our top priority.

  • Face masks are OPTIONAL for persons attending our Church service. 
  • Feel free to continue to wear a mask if you feel comfortable.
  • While masks are optional, please be kind to those who choose to wear a mask and respect everyone's personal space.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID, please worship with us online. You may return to in-person worship after at least 5 Days have passed since your symptoms began and you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
  • If you are experiencing any of these symptoms in a new or unusual way in the past 48 hours (Fever, chills, cough, nausea, diarrhea, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, difficulty breathing, fatigue, head/body aches, loss of smell/taste), please worship with us online.
  • Face masks will be provided at our lobby for anyone who needs it.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping all of us stay safe and healthy. 

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What are the seating arrangements?

You will NOT need to reserve your seat. If we ran into capacity issues in our sanctuary, you would be asked to worship in our Kids room and other spaces in our Church facility equipped with TV and speakers where you can watch and participate in our service.

Can I bring my kids or grand-kids to Church?

Yes, you can bring your kids or grand-kids if they are not sick into the main sanctuary to sit with you. We encourage you to bring a smartphone or tablet with headphones (earbuds) so your children can watch our Pre-School, Elementary, or Middle School worship and teaching experiences during the service. Your kids can sit next to you in our sanctuary. We will resume full Kids church some time later this year.

What sanitization and disinfecting measures are in place? 

Each week, we disinfect and sanitize our entire interior Church building with special machinery and EPA / CDC prescribed Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) before each service. Our disinfection program is led by Brothers David Nyarko and Fred Obeng.

Touch-free hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout our Church building and sanctuary. Automatic disinfectant hand-soap dispenser, and touch-free paper towels are available in our bathroom. See below for our Weekly Sanctuary Cleaning & Disinfecting Plan.

What other protocols are in place?

  • Bottles of water will be available in the lobby free of charge. Water fountains, coffee stations, and refreshments are not be available at this time, except on occasions where take-out refreshments will be offered. All under-seat Bibles, and materials have been removed from our sanctuary for now.
  • Sermon Outlines in paper format are available. You can also access them on our website. Our worship song lyrics, message notes and Scriptures are projected on our screens throughout our building. Feel free to take notes or highlight scriptures on your Bible App as our Pastor teaches the life-changing Word of God. just as we have been operating in our online service mode.
  • No offering buckets will be passed during offering time. You will be provided an offering envelope to make your donation to drop in  three (3) secure, hands-free offering boxes located at our lobby, and Sanctuary. We recommend you give online using any of the three (3) methods below.
  • We will continuously update our protocols with additional controls as we learn more for your safety.

What is FavorLife's position regarding the COVID-19 vaccine?

Per CDC and other reputable health organizations advice, FavorLife church recommends our members and guests take the COVID-19 vaccine and the booster vaccine. Pastor Mike has been vaccinated and boosted as do several of our members. Please consult with your physician if you have any questions.

How can I support my Church?

  • By volunteering to help clean and disinfect our Church before our services.
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  • By volunteering as a usher to direct people to designated seats to ensure physical distancing.

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 “Everything we have has come from You, and we give You only what You first gave us!” (I Chronicles 29:14, NLT)

God is on our side and this season will pass in due time to allow us to return to normal.  Until then, we ask for your consistent attention and appreciate your compliance concerning these guidelines. 

Much love, more grace and peace to you,

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  • Face masks are OPTIONAL for persons attending our Church service. 
  • Feel free to continue to wear a mask if you feel comfortable.
  • While masks are optional, please be kind to those who choose to wear a mask and respect everyone's personal space.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID, please worship with us online. You may return to in-person worship after at least 5 Days have passed since your symptoms began and you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
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  • Face masks will be provided at our lobby for anyone who needs it.

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