Today we get practical and actually study a theme and share. We have homework for next week.

Maturity comes through obedience of the Father

How much of the word am I taking to heart and living? A hearer and not a doer.

James 4:17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. 

Here is the danger!
o If we are not willing and ready to apply and do the word we are causing ourselves to sin if we learn more than we do.
January 29, 2014

Water Baptism Teaching

The awesome significance of water baptism is that it symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our identification with Him in them. 

       Running a prayer meeting

       Plan to have the meeting when it does not conflict with other church activities.

       Have a day you keep, a starting time you keep and constantly encourage people to be on time.

       Identify an assistant leader as soon as possible.

       Establish Guidelines for the group (input can comes from the group)

       Start, stop times

       Location, frequency,

       Leader, second leader,

       Where each member can call you or the group on. 

       This would outline the purpose of the group, starting time, what will not be done by the group.

       A prayer chain, contact info to each member, a facebook group etc…

       Remember this is a prayer group not a home group

       Meaning the focus is not primarily food, fellowship, teaching, sharing, games, bible reading, or any other activity.

       Limit testimonies.

       Dedicate at least 2/3 of the time to pure prayer. (not including prayer requests, explanations etc.…) in the first 1/3 should fit all other activities.

       The leader should not teach!

       Reserve refreshments till the end of the meeting so as to not hinder the prayer time. If people need to leave they can.

       People have only so much time. If they want these other activities then plan outside this meeting, like another day.

       No Problem Solving - One of the tendencies of Christian groups is to turn prayer request time into a counseling session. That’s one reason we often don’t have time to pray. We’re too busy trying to solve the problem ourselves. This is truly the work of the enemy to keep us from praying! State the “no problem solving” guideline up front. Then, as soon as someone begins to offer advice, remind them that we need to pray about the problem, not solve it.

       The leader will give the group direction for each meeting (the more prepared you are the more the meeting will flow)

       Prayer topics

       Regular church things, leaders, ministries, etc.


       Stay on topic (if you say we will pray for this, then stay there and then move to another subject)

       Upcoming events (worship nights, special services, men, meat , movie, women's meetings etc.) new hope events (CPU, etc..) that means you have to stay informed)

       A portion for individual prayer needs, not all. Unless that is the theme of the day)

       Have some form so that each person can be prayed for once.

       No Monopoly Don't let one person bring many prayer requests.

       Know when the prayer request is supposed to be prayed for by the individual, the group is not there to do the praying for them. Remember the story of the 10 virgins who didn’t want to get oil for themselves they want the oil from others.)

       No 3rd party distant prayer requests - Encourage them to keep it personal, not just prayers for people they know a situations in the world (encourage them to pray for this in their personal prayer times)

       Pray for Kingdom things (your kingdom come, be specific)

       Prayer in understanding and in the spirit.

       Don’t avoid concerted praying.

       Encourage others to pray

       Don’t surprise people you are not sure will or can pray. Ask them in advance and give them an idea about the topic.

       Give outlines and assign people.

       Don’t be afraid of silence (silence doesn’t mean nothing is happening.)

       Know when you are finished or not

       You must be a leader

       You must be an example in your Christian walk 

       You must plan and communicate and carry out those plans to include having the prayer meeting consistently.

       Be Prepared

       Prepare the place (get the kids down, turn off cell phones, TVs, radios, etc…)

       Prepared in the spirit and in the word of God

       Pray for the members of the group

       Know the voice of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

       Know when the devil is speaking 

       You must be compassionate and an encourager

       But not try to answer everyone's prayer

       Nor try to get the group or the church to answer their prayers, know when God wants them to go through something.

       You must guard yourself

       From deceptive prayers

       Disguised gossip

       Disguised fishing for help

       Seeking sympathy from people instead of help from God.


       From over involvement (what I said above as well as relational dangers)

       Here is a danger for both men and women

       Pray in groups not alone one on one with the opposite sex unless others are present (near by) no outside alone meetings

       Don't carry burdens that you are not supposed to carry


       You must guard the group

       Learn to identify the flesh from the spirit

       From deceptive people

       Attention seekers (taking over the meeting)

       Other wrong motives (unclean relationships, dating,)

       Pure emotional fleshly praying (oh I feel, I…)

       Babbling prayers (nonsense, fantasy praying, unbiblical, heretical, historical stories)

       People who will mislead the people

       Prideful attitudes (we are more spiritual that others, the Pastor is wrong, I don't agree with decisions made by the leadership, we know something from God that others don't)

       These are signs of wrong motives, demonic activity and division)

       Stop them gently and publicly

       Remember others are listening (and might talk to others about this)

       Taboo PRAYING

       Confidential info (private)


       Teaching prayers

       Complaining prayers

December 18, 2013

The Power of Prayer - Review

We pray!

  • To get close to the Lord
  • To believe God for transformation (change)
  • To take the hindrances to prayer out of the way and PRAY
  • Use the authority from Heaven (the name of Jesus
  • The first level of Spiritual warfare is in the mind and this will most likely be to stop us to pray and follow God.
We will do a review of the past 5 weeks and solidify what we have learned.

There is a war we must all fight.
The battle of the mind is a spiritual battle won through prayer.

It all happens in the mind.
Jesus wants us to have his mind and the devil wants our minds.

How many of us battle with our thoughts?
Give up, die, no one cares, no one loves me, I am alone, I can’t do this, why try? You will fail, 

Romans 7:23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 
Romans 8:5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. 

·   Saved in the name, Baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit in the name, empowered (received authority) in the name to do greater works and prayer in the name.

Starting in November 2013 we will have weekly Seminars on various subjects.

These will go for 6 weeks and then we will teach another subject.

Starting in November 2013 we will have weekly Seminars on various subjects.

These will go for 6 weeks and then we will teach another subject.

Starting in November 2013 we will have weekly Seminars on various subjects.

These will go for 6 weeks and then we will teach another subject.

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