Bible Study: Wednesday March 7th, 2012 – KINGDOM CONCEPTS!

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In the last college connect spirit check on 3rd Sunday at Urban Empowerment Ministries, Bishop Lester Woods, Jr. and Pastor Christine Woods met with all of the college students in-between services.Over 100 students attended church on February 19th, and 72 stayed for spirit check. Bishop asked for a list of prayer requests from the students (scroll down on the College connect Facebook page to view), and one of the most asked for request was for help figuring out God’s plan for our lives amongst other things that lead to – figuring out who we really** are. For the past weeks in bible study Bishop has provided bible studies that focus specifically on life planning, discovering your true purpose, and diving into understanding the Kingdom of God and who we really* are – IN JESUS CHRIST. If this is something that you have been struggling with we encourage you to attend Sunday Services and Wednesday Night bible studies – in the meantime, notes are below so you can catch up or review!

Kingdom Concepts

  • Genesis 1:26-27
  • Let  Us (Father, Son and Holy Sprit) make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule (dominion) over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
  • 1. Us “Father, Son and Holy Spirit”- everything we have excess to God created it God is the owner
  • 2.“Them have dominion”- those connected to Him (God) we then become the Steward makes you a little king, or queen
  • I must treat God things like God would treat them
  • Embrace ppl like God would embrace ppl
  • Love ppl like God would love ppl
  • Looking for marriage: Love yourself 1st the way God would love you then someone (man or woman) can appreciate or love you

Additional Scriptures

  • Romans 12:2
  • do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
  • See the things of God through Gods eyes!

 

Kingdom Components

1. the King

  • is sovereign
  • without a king there is no kingdom
  • if you do not worship a King (god) you are not connected to sovereigness (he is just)

2. the territory

  • the domain
  • the area in which the King has lordship over

3. the Constitution

  • the royal covenant
  • the king himself has royalty , Godliness
  • has to do with Glory
  • and Promise
  • where your promises lie

4. The Citizenry

  • the community of subjects
  • we are not slaves but subjects
  • we then also have access to the things of God
  • we have membership

5. The Law

  • acceptable principles
  • rules!!!

6. The Privileges

  • Rights and benefits!
  • Because you are member of the kingdom you have these

7. A Code of Ethics

  • acceptable lifestyle and conduct!
  • The way you carry yourself!!!!
  • Certain lifestyle that is associated with the Kingdom
  •  Cant act, dress how you acted before entering the kingdom and making a covenant with God.

8. An Army

  •  some security in the kingdom

9. A Commonwealth

  • economics and security of the kingdom
  • things I shouldn’t have to worry about financially because im connected to the Kingdom
  • my God should apply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)

10. A Social Culture

  •  protocol and procedures
  • unlike law that has to do with principles social culture deals with protocol and procedures
  • I must bow down in honor and reverences in the presence of God

Clapping your hands in church to show how great God is!!!

There are several components necessary for the Kingdom to Function

  • If you can’t understand the components of the kingdom and its functions (seeing the big picture) you will sit in your same predicament until you realize the big picture
  • You apart of a system that is bigger than me!!
  • In the kingdom there are 50% of people who will miss out on the blessing of God because they want to do there own thing
  • Sometimes God wont give you back to you what you miss out.
  • Find out the story about the 5 wives and 5 foolish
  • If you out of sync of the system, you can mess it up for everybody else!!!!!!

Function and why you can’t be out of Sync!

1. healthcare program

  • has to do with healing

2. education program

  • teaching ministry of the holy spirit

3. Taxation program

  • tithing

4. Central Communication Program

  • the gifts of the Spirit
  •  Ex. speaking in tounges

5. Diplomatic Core Program

  • ambassadors for God and Christ
  • speak on of the system and Kingdom

6. System of Administration

  • 1st Corinthians 12

7. Economy

  • has to do with a system of giving and receiving
  • do not be weary in well doing
  • it will be a time if you do not grow weary in giving you will Receive a blessing!

Additional Scripture not the number of times they say all

Acts 2:1-4

  • When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled all house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them utterance.

Acts 2: 42-47

  • They devoted themselves) to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had all in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to all who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all (this is different all not inclusive all but and exclusive)
  • 7th all. 7 the number of conclusion
  • favor with the ones included in the 1-6 All (kingdom of God)

 the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

  • When you connect with the all that exclusive to the kingdom, God will bless you and include you into the exclusive and add to those being saved!

 Thanks to college connect team leader “Te-Te” for capturing great notes at Bible Study!!!

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Bible Study: Spiritual Maturity November 9th, 2011

Philippians 3:13 New International Version (NIV) 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.

This week in bible study Elder Sam lead us through the Homework assignment that Bishop Lester Woods gave to us last week in bible study. Bible study opened up with an open discussion on the 5 characteristics of spiritual maturity that we found in Philippians 3: 13 from the assignment.

Five characteristics of being spiritually mature:

  1. A mature Christian knows his own heart.  There is still room to grow.  We have to work and be willing to work on those things that we have not figured out yet.  Everybody is working on something. (Lord, purge me of anything unlike you and watch and let God work).
  2. Our current condition/circumstance should not define our character.  Speak positively into the atmosphere.   For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.  He wants to expose things out of love so things can be dealt with.  He knows our heart; do you know who you are?
  3. The mature Christian concentrates on the present.  We have to walk, talk and believe with a spirit of Excellence.  We should be good stewards of what is given to us before God will give us the next assignment.  God can only bless you with what he can trust you with.  Have to be faithful with the things that God has provided us.  Acts 7:53
  4. The mature Christian strives for what lies ahead. (vs. 13) Quit looking in the past.  Think about the positive things and stop thinking about the negative.  Anytime those issues come up you plead the blood of Jesus over it/them.  We have to stop looking back into our past.  If I am constantly looking back, I am a hindrance.  I am distracted.  I cannot be used because I am steadily looking back when I need to be pressing toward the mark and what is ahead of us.  VISION!
  5. The mature Christian fixes his eye on the goal.  (vs. 14).  Everything we do must be wholeheartedly given up unto the Lord.  I’m a God pleaser – not a man pleaser; not a job pleaser; not a friend pleaser.  People will mix up your anointing for arrogance.  Love those who spite and abuse you.  Vengeance is mine saith the Lord of hosts.  God will move people out of your way.  Romans 12:1-2  Not my will Lord, but Your will be done.
  • We need to strive to meet our goals.  We need to grow up and be mature in the Lord.  We cannot do the same things we have done five and ten years ago.  It is dependent on our capacity – not God’s.
  • Unity is key.  God has given us what we need to take authority in our lives/on our jobs/in our community/etc.  He empowers us to do exceedingly and above all that we can think of.

See you at Sunday Services 10:30am and 1:30 pm at Urban Empowerment Ministries!

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Wednesday Night Bible Study

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 2nd, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Students. Yes YOU students Columbia College, Mizzou, Stephens, Moberly and everywhere else! Are you still using “If-then” statements?? “God if you get me through this test, then I will go to church on Sunday.” Bishop Lester Woods, Jr. taught us how to receive and understand the importance of growing up. The message was to simply GROW UP. And in all our spiritual journey God requires some serious growing up. The Word revealed through the teaching tonight that you can not only just have faith, but you have to have faithfulnesses. As God checks (and already knows) your track record, what does it say and reveal about your character? Are you merely faithful or are you maturing into faithfulness?


“Fast Forward Blessings of God” 
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Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

Habbakuk 2:2-3 (NIV)
The LORD’s Answer

 2 Then the LORD replied:   “Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald
[a] may run with it.
3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it
[b] will certainly come
and will not delay.

Spiritual Success for the Church

1. Unity (Psalms 133:1-3)

Psalm 133:1-3

New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 133

A song of ascents. Of David. 1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!

 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.

2. Spirituality ( 1 Corinthians 3:5-6)

1 Corinthians 3:5-6

New International Version (NIV)

 5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.

3. Mobility (Philippians 3:13)

Philippians 3:13

New International Version (NIV)

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

a. You have to be in the receiving mode.

b. You have to stay in a position of receptivity. 

c. To receive what God has to say.

  • “When God is shifting you have to be ready for the shift.” – Bishop
The characteristics of maturity
1. Application
  • Apply what you know.
2. Affirmation
  • Apply the gifts and receive the fruits of the spirit.
  • Example: “If I apply the gift of knowledge – I will receive the gift of peace.”
  • Example: “Have you ever played sports, and the coach never put you on the team? and the team looses? and you say well if i were on the team would have won?”
  • It is the same thing in body of christ – God has you on the team, and put you in the game but YOU haven’t applied what you know or been receptive to receive the Word God has spoken to you or has for you.
3. Accountability
1 Corinthians 14:20

New International Version (NIV)

 20 Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

  • You will always find yourself operating in the state of a child. 
  • What happens between life and death before you get to heaven?
  • God has given me gifts to help someone else receive salvation.
  • “It takes an effort to grow up.” – Bishop
    • “Wonder why you can’t get a job? – It takes an actual effort.” – Bishop
  • “God will only bless you with what he can trust you with.” – Bishop
  • The process of maturity should forever be in you but as you grow in Christ – evil in my life should become non existent.
  • Are you a spiritual grown-up?
  • Is your statehood/mental ability able to handle the manifold blessings on God?

Matthew 25

New International Version (NIV)


14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.   19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

   21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

   24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

   26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

   28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

  • Faith is responding appropriately to what God told you.
  • “Faithfulness” is responding to what YOU told God. 
  • The reason why we dont receive is because we are not faithful. We dont trust God for the next day and are not actually faithful to God.
  • Are you faithful? Beyond Sunday services? 
  • Can you be faithful beyond church services?
  • This is where maturity lies. 
  • What did you tell God? Are you faithful to what you told God you will do? Or are you always having faith sucking up trying to get God to do something extra for you?

- The Body of Christ has to move into position to remain faithful. - The whole aspect of all of these things is that God wants to move you from a laborer to a ruler.

  • God does this by evaluating your faithfulness. If you have been faithful over a few things, God will make you a ruler over many things.
- What did you step up to do, tell God that you would do and you stopped doing it? Now people are suffering in the Kingdom of God because you were not faithful.


Homework - 

There is 5 Characteristics – marks of maturity in Philippians 3:13. Can you outline them? Bring homework to Bible study next  Wednesday!

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Motivation for Participation – Faith and Obeying God

Sunday Sermon Notes October 16th, 2011

Bishop Lester Woods

 

Sunday Bishop Woods continued  in the teaching of Faith. The focus was on the second essential instruction of walking by faith and talking by faith as you grow in your relationship with Christ. Some of Bishop’s first words were “You have an Assignment”, and as the Word was being brought forth it is becoming ever more clear that in order to walk in the full measure of life that God’s has for you including fulfilling our assignments on earth, you have to walk by faith and talk by faith including obeying God and His Word even when you don’t understand it.

WALK this way, TALK this way. Part 4

“If you want a different result, you have to do something different.”

Mark 7:31-37 

Jesus Heals a Deaf and Mute Man

 31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.[a] 32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.

 33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

 36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

What is Faith?

Faith is confident obedience to God’s Word.

  • If I don’t have God’s Word…then I don’t have faith.
    • Hebrews 11:1
    • Faith in Action

       1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

    • Hebrews 11:6
    • 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Faith is:

1. Faith is believing when I don’t see it.

2. Faith is obeying even when I don’t understand it.

  • “There are levels of faith God takes you through.” – Bishop
    • Think outside the box.
    • Stop playing it safe.
    • You got to get radical.
      • Philippians 4:13
      •  13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
      • “God will put you in a situation to see what you have learn.” – Bishop
        • God’s going to test you according to where you have been.
        • How about do something different if you keep failing the tests.

Several Elements of Motivation

  1. Verse 31
    1. Situation of Frustration

i.     Communication Problem

  1. He couldn’t hear or talk.
  2. God is in it to deal with relationships.

ii.     Pivotal point of doing something different.

  1. Verse 32-33
    1. Revelation of Cooperation

i.     First thing God will do is set you apart from everyone else, from non-believers.

  1. To block what people say. To Block nay-sayers.

ii.     We fight Jesus everyday because he’s trying to get us to do something everyday.” – Bishop

  1. Verse 35-37
    1. Meditation for manifestation.

i.     God wants you to be open to what He’s about to do for you and through you.

  1. Illustration of Demonstration

i.     God will do it away from the multitude but in a place where people can see it.

Been missing church?? – Visit previous Sunday Sermon Recaps posted on Urban Empowerment College Connect Blogs for “Walk this Way, Talk this Way.” and Bible Study Series “Motivation for Participation”.

Urban Empowerment Sunday Services are held on Sunday’s at10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Need a ride? – UE transportation team runs a campus route every Sunday. Like “Urban Empowerment College Connect” facebook page for schedule. 

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Focus on the Family: SINGLES, Session 2

Bible Study

Singles: Session 2


In session two of the Focus on the Family – SINGLES session – bible study picked right up from diving into the Word (the bible) on what “singledom” looks like. If you have been struggling in this area of your life – you are not alone. Take a first step today by taking an inside look into how God’s people come together at church during Focus on the Family bible study to face the world, life and what can at first seem like huge challenge in growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Recommend: That you go here –  http://uecollegeconnect.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/focus-on-the-family-singles/  to review the first session notes – particularly the bible verses that speak to us on what being saved and single should model. 

(Don’t know what “being saved” means check out this summer’s past bible study on “Romans Road to Salvation” Bishop Woods http://uecollegeconnect.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/romans-road-to-salvation/)

Remember if you are a man – please contact Minister Kevin to be updated. Sorry the below study notes were just from the women’s session.

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Singles (Women’s Class) Session 2

Questions to ask yourself:

Why am I single? What is God trying to get out of me? What is God trying to work out in me?

Examples:

1. Have you learn how to maintain yourself?

2. Have you learned how to manage yourself?

3. Do you need to learn something from a work experience?

4.  Do you need to learn what love is – who God is?

  1. 1.     Beauty
    1. a.     1 Samuel 16: 6-7

6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.”But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

  1. Proverbs 31:30

                                              i.     Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

 

  1. 2.     Strength (Physique)
    1. a.     1 Timothy 4: 7-8

                                              i.     7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

  1. b.     Psalms 147:10-11

                                              i.     10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, 
   nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; 
11 the LORD delights in those who fear him, 
   who put their hope in his unfailing love.

  1. 3.     Clothes
    1. a.      Matthew 6:28

                                              i.       28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.

  1. b.     1 Peter 3: 3-5

                                              i.     3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands,

  1. 4.     Intelligence
    1. a.     Jeremiah 9:23-24

                                              i.      23 This is what the LORD says:

 “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom 
   or the strong boast of their strength 
   or the rich boast of their riches, 
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this: 
   that they have the understanding to know me, 
that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, 
   justice and righteousness on earth, 
   for in these I delight,” 
            declares the LORD.

  1. 5.     Material Possession 
    1. a.     Matthew 6:19-21

                                              i.         19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also

 

  1. 6.     Flaws and Weakness
    1. a.     2 Corinthians 12:7-10

                                              i.     7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Activity

Hello … My Name is…

Can you say hello my name is ________________?_______________

Examples -

  • Love
  • Strength
  • Responsible
  • Wise
  • Leader
  • Sweet
  • Honesty
  • Truthful
  • God fearing
  • Determined
  • Conqueror

Deflating the perception bubble of the “SICK Syndrome”:

  • SICK: Single in the Christian Kingdom
  • You do not have to be married to work in ministry.
    • 1 Corinthians 7:32-35
      • 32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
        • As singles there is something there that can still be used in the body.

Questions to ask yourself as you go throughout the week before the last Focus on the Family SINGLES session Wednesday October 19th, 2011 7 p.m.

1. Am I something to be pursued or perused?

2. Am I being  perused you or pursued?

Homework and Reflection:

  • Are you in a stage of preparation now?

 

  • Are you praying “God let this one be the one” OR “God reveal to me if this one is the one you have for me?”
    • Are you praying “God you show me what I am to desire.”
    • Can you be submissive to God’s will?
    •  Can you be submissive to the Holy Spirit?
    • Can you be respect and submit to the Leadership of the House?
    • It’s multiple things we have to get right as singles
      • Women don’t look. Women don’t seek.

Session 3

  • Preparing myself for the next level
  • What should I be attracted to? What am I attracted to?
  • Am I really ready??

 The last session of Focus on the family singles will be this Wednesday October 19th at 7 p.m. at Urban Empowerment. Anyone can attend! There are also sessions for married couples and parents. Remember if you are not legally** married then you fall into the single session. 

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Focus On the Family: SINGLES

Bible Study

(Note: Bible Study was  split betweeen women and men sessions for the singles classes. The notes below are from the women’s session*** Please contact Minister Kevin for men’s class information)

10/5/2011

Focus on the Family:  Singles

In the previous bible study’s Bishop has been teaching us what it means to have motivation for participation. In covering  what it means to build God’s kingdom and live successful lives striving to  become more like Jesus Christ there were five attributes that  “Focus on the Family” builds on and that is: What is your capability, stability, ability, integrity and capacity to live successful  as singles, parents,  and or married couples?

 

Now most college students fit into the single category. So…are you single? The answer should be yes if you are not married because if you are not married you are actually single. Many if not everyone is struggling with singleness and have gotten into many situations due to a lack of capability, stability, ability, integrity and capacity in living Godly lives – a main stumbling block – not being able to live  successful single lives. Unsuccessful singleness can lead to heartbreaks, traumatic experiences,  misunderstandings-DRAMA, pre-marital sex which is outside of God’s will, unplanned pregnancy thus the possibility of  abortion or the un-preparation of parenting (if you are a single parent there is also a focus on the family class for all parents as well!), a higher percentage of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, the de-valuing of self-worth, low self-esteem, confusion of purpose in God and His perfect will for your life and more.

 

Many of us have experienced the blows of operating in unsuccessful singleness because we have filled God’s space with someone or something else that is outside His will and great plan for our lives.  There is no getting around it – singleness and relationships are a big part of life and we might as well learn God’s way NOW, instead of putting off the truth and His Word that sets us free and give us directions to live successfully single lives with the power of the Holy Spirit in us until God reveals to us that is our  individual times for marriage.  Who are we kidding? – We’re only fooling and deceiving ourselves when we live as unsuccessful singles! After all – God knows  and sees everything even when no one else does.

 

If you missed the college connect relationship forum in September in which ministers and elders came to Mizzou’s campus to shed Light on living successfully single or you wanted to attend another session that focused on singleness for more help and guidance– you now have the chance to come to Urban Empowerment to get the Word on living successfully single as well! We encourage everyone to come out and participate in this bible study teaching series on Wednesday at 7p.m. There are 2 Wednesday’s left – October 12th and October 17th, 2011.

 

 

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Sister Larita Warren – Facilitator  “It’s all about me right now.”

 

  • Unsuccessful Singleness will cause you to inevitably have God redefine you back into who he created you to be.

 

  • What are some characteristics of a  successful single (list them out)

No kissing, No late nights, No inappropriate phone calls? What else …

 

Two Key Objectives in your walk and being single:

  • Plan on being single.
  • Plan on defining who you are.

 

1. “It’s all about me right now.”

2. Who am I?

  • Psalms 139: 13-16
    •  13 For you created my inmost being; 
you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful, 
   I know that full well. 
15 My frame was not hidden from you 
when I was made in the secret place,  when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; 
all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
    • If God knows who we are – who’s the only one left to discover who you are? – YOU
      • What did God create you to do?
      • What does your struggle say about you?
      • What has your relationships said about you?
      • Romans 5:3-5
        • 3 Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
          • Tribulation
          • Patience
            • Patience brings about experience.

Hope

  • Who God has for you is for you. – He isn’t with someone else.
  • Have you settled?
  • Why have you settled?
  • What can you show that you are?
    • What do you define yourself as?
    • How do you value yourself?
      • What do you see your worth as?
      • Isaiah 58:11
        • 11 The LORD will guide you always; 
   he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land 
   and will strengthen your frame. 
You will be like a well-watered garden, 
   like a spring whose waters never fail.
          • Singleness is like a form of fasting
            • You’re denying yourself from being in unproductive relationships until God sends you who he has for you.
            • If you are not married you are single.
            • Philippians 4:5-7
              • 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
                • Be thankful that you are single.
                  • “God you get to let me know who you designed me to be.”
                  • What am on this earth for?
                  • Psalms 37:3
                    •  3 Trust in the LORD and do good; 
   dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
                      • Trusting God and going through the fire to become who you are.
                        • Don’t be out looking for nobody.
                          • Men seek their wives – why are you looking and trying to find a man?
                          • As a Christian Woman – what do you define yourself as? How does God define you?
                          • 1 Peter 1:13-16
                            •  13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a]
                            • 1 Peter 13:18-19
                              • 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
        • 1 Peter 13:22
          •  22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.[a]

 

Homework: What does the Word say your self-worth is?

 

Bible verses for next session:

  1. 1.     Beauty
    1. a.     1 Samuel 16: 6-7

6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.”But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

      b. Proverbs 31:30

  1. 2.     Strength (Physique)
    1. a.     1 Timothy 4: 7-8
    2. b.     Psalms 147:10-11
    3. 3.     Clothes
      1. a.      Matthew 6:28
      2. b.     1 Peter 3: 3-5
      3. 4.     Intelligence
        1. a.     Jeremiah 9:23-24
        2. 5.     Material Possession 
          1. a.     Matthew 6:19-21
          2. 6.     Flaws and Weakness
            1. a.     2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Homework Questions (complete the statements)

1. Singleness is….

2. I hate being single when….

 

3. People think that singles are….

4. One good  thing about being single is….

5. Because I’m single I can’t…

6. I’d be ok with my singleness if ….

7. Most people should get married by the time they are…

8. Being singleness at my age was/ is not expected what it is to be because….

9.

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Walk this way, TALK THIS WAY, Sunday 10.2.11

If you missed Sunday service again – you missed Part 3 of the “Walk this Way, – TALK  this way” biblical teaching series on FAITH. All month Bishop has been teaching us about what God requires of us to grow stronger in our relationships with him. Upon receiving salvation you gain access to the Kingdom of God and a critical tool you  must sharpen is your FAITH. Bishop took us through the bible mapping out what FAITH is and the power it grants us as Kings Kids!

Hebrews 11: 3-7

 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

 4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

 5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”[a] For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

 

Definition of faith: Faith is confident obedience to God’s Word despite of circumstance or confidence.

“Your environment is not going to change until you speak it.” – Bishop Woods

2 Corinthians 5:7

7 For we live by faith, not by sight.

Your faith should:

1. Move the Master (God)

2. Move mountains.

3. Move man.

“You have to speak up!” – Bishop Woods

“You have not spoken to your mountain until it has grown legs.” – Bishop Woods

“The blessing is in your mouth.” – Bishop

Six Essentials elements of Faith

1. Faith is believing when I don’t see it.

2. Faith is Obeying even when you don’t understand it.

3. Faith is Giving even when I don’t have it.

4. Faith is Persisting even when I don’t feel like it.

5. Faith is thanking even when I haven’t received it.

6. Faith is trusting even when I don’t get it.

Matthew 8:23-27

Jesus Calms the Storm

 23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

“To see what you can’t see, you must say what you must say.” – Bishop

Proverbs 18:21

 21 The tongue has the power of life and death, 
   and those who love it will eat its fruit.

“You have the potential but you don’t use power and potential.” – Bishop

Romans 4:17

17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[a] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

“You were a dead man walking.” – Bishop

Do you have the quickening in you? – Bishop

Don’t settle. – Bishop

Matthew 16:19

19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[a] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[b] loosed in heaven.”

Who are you anyway? – Bishop

Matthew 8:23

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.

You have to shift from one place to another. – Bishop

Speak it and become it. – Bishop

Your assignment is the vessel that will take you from one level of anointing to the next. – Bishop

When your assignment/vessel becomes covered with waves, will you have FAITH enough to wake up your anointing and lock the enemy out from tampering with your blessing. – Bishop

“A blessing delayed is not a blessing denied.” – Bishop

“Just because I havent received it yet doesnt mean it hasnt been approved yet.” – Bishop

Are you saturated with God’s Word?  - Bishop

Who are you hanging around with? Birds of a feather flock together. You can cause a whole world-wind of stuff just because you speak it and think it! – Bishop

“Stop talking yourself into the manifestation of your reality.” – Bishop

When you become saved, you become a Kings Kid. Speak the Kings Language and it becomes your keys, manifested through your words. – Bishop

Stay Connected!

Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Urban Empowerment Ministries

 

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