Pastors Syd and Jen conducted the church service as a class of six-seven year olds in Children’s Church. They held the class in front of the congregation, teaching on hearing God through pictures.
Elementary Teaching- How to Hear God
Are You Actually On Fire For the Truth?
Pastor Jen Ropp mentions for us to have a greater desire for the truth. She challenges us with a couple of questions. Are you actually on fire for the truth? Are you a lover for God’s truth? The truth of the word will save you, it will protect you. Pastor Jen read out of 1 Peter 1:22 and John 8. Joshua 1:8, meditate on the truth and become single minded. John 14:6, Jesus is the truth. John 17:17, Jesus is truth, God’s word is truth. John 18::37, to testify the truth. Examine what you believe in and question why you believe it. We should always be pressing in. 2 Timothy 2:15. the rightly dividing, there is also the wrongly diving. Romans 1:8 and 2 Peter 3:16, twisting the truth. Twisted you don’t just make up a doctrine when you don’t understand something. Pastor Jen read out of 2 Timothy 4:3-5, people will become lovers of themselves and not the truth. You want to be focused, check your heart, and question what your motive is. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-15, they refused to believe the truth. Some believed and were saved. Changing mindsets. Paul reasoned and spoke boldly. You have the freedom to believe whatever you want but, it’s not the truth. Ask yourself what am I believing right now that needs adjustment? Do you love something so much that you can make that switch? Proverbs 22:23, it will cost you something. There is a price for following the truth. New things to embrace, new things to pick up. You got to make the choice. Do you want to be a lover of truth. 1). There is a price 2). Humble and be able to receive, correct, and make changes 3). Recognize the lack of love for truth. If the truth has cost you nothing, have you bought it? A lover of truth is a doer of the word. John 8:31-32, if you abide in Him. If you want to be more free then you need to get more of His word!
Fight the Good Fight of Faith
2 Timothy 4:6
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Developing a Strong Spirit
Jen Ropp read Proverbs 4:20, developing a strong spirit. Jen mentions about guarding your heart and checking for the weak areas. Jen reads from Proverbs 18:14, the tendencies we have is to be body conscious versus spirit. Often people don’t recognize that they are a spirit. If you have strength in your spirit, you would be able to stand. Proverbs 24:10, adversity meaning tightness or troubled. Faint means to slack in, to fail, to be feeble, slothful, weak, or to withdrawal. Being faint is like just laying down and letting the devil eat your lunch. She encourages us to see our way through the situation (s). You have to first determine that there is a way through. You got to fight! Jen tells us not to ignore that there is a problem. It doesn’t please the Lord to shrink back. She reads from 2 Corinthians 1:8. Despair means no hope or to faint. Jen tells us to quit, get up, and not to stay in despair. Because, the Lord is with us. 2 Corinthians 4:8, you can hear that fight or the roar of the lion. Perplexed is when things are questionable and can lead to despair. Do know that you just don’t have to lay down. We need to prepare ourselves before the storm. 2 Corinthians 4:6, what is the state of your heart? If you are in a weak moment, you can move out of that. It’s not the time for condemnation. When despair comes, it should be your indicator to check where you are at spiritually. We are expected to grow and mature. Three things we need for spiritual strong growth are: 1) Good diet- Jesus is bread of life, 2) Exercise – bible reading, prayer, confessing, or worshiping, and 3) Rest. Don’t let your diet be full of junk to take the edge off. Do know that a spirit at rest is a spirit at peace. We have to learn how to cast our cares. We have got to live strong!
Jen Ropp & Jon Fike
Jen Ropp: Hebrews 10:35-38 tells us not to throw away our confidence (faith), which has great reward. We need cheerful endurance (patience), so that after we do God’s will, we may receive the promise. Abraham and Sarah’s promise from God looked impossible (Hebrews 11:11-12), and it did not come quickly but manifested twenty-five years later. If God says something, He will do it. Are you obeying and cheerfully enduring? Jon Fike: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” (Ephesians 3:20). God can do beyond what we think, according to the power that works in us.