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  • Finish What You Started - Q & A - October 20th, 2013

    Q & A with Pastor Josh and Jen

    Q. What keeps you both on the same page in life?
    A. Be flexible and bend when needed. Protect the time you have together and fight fair. You are on the “Same Team”!

    Q. How can we fight fair?
    A. Commit to good communication and have a “heart change” not just behavior modification.

    Q. Who gets the final say in decision making?
    A. The husband has the final say, if after much discussion and prayer you cannot reach an agreement. He also is responsible and accountable to God for the decision.

    Q. What about living together not married?
    A. Society vs Scripture - This does not please God and is not part of His plan for you.

    Q. What if have been sexually active now before marriage?
    A. STOP! God wants to bless you and your marriage. His plan for you is perfect.

    Q. What is lustful sex? What’s acceptable?
    A. Lust is selfish and dishonoring to your spouse. Lust is sinful. Desire is Godly. Pornography is probably the greatest source of lust. The marriage bed is undefiled, you and your spouse desire each other and agree together what is acceptable.

    Q. Should I censor myself regarding TV and movies?
    A. Yes, If you are asking this question you probably should. Change the station or leave the movie. Check out reviews.

    Q. How would I respond to my child who says that they are homosexual.
    A. Love them. Christ deals with sin through forgiveness and repentance. We love, not judge.

  • Finish What You Started - Step 3: "Stay Pure"

    Scripture: Hebrews 13:4 “Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.”

    Main Idea: The secular world is waging a war against purity in marriage and relationships.

    Key Thought: God demands that we become and stay pure and enables us to do just that. 

    Eph. 5:3 “Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.”

    Discuss:
    1. What is the source of impurity in your life?
    2. What can you do to become free and pure?
    3. What habits do you need to establish to stay pure?
    4. What is Godly sorrow and what will it accomplish?
    5. Why is God looking for remorse and repentance from us?

    Next Steps: Get on your face before God, confess your sins, renounce them and ask God for forgiveness and the strength to remain free!

    Verses to learn: 2 Cor. 7:10 “For God can use sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek salvation. We will never regret that kind of sorrow. But sorrow without repentance is the kind that results in death.”

  • Finish What You Started - Step 2: "Fight Fair"

    Scripture: James 1:19 & 20 “My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight.”

    Main Idea: There are two ways to battle; Dirty or Fair.

    Key Thought: Dirty fighting does not produce the righteousness of God and dirty fighting always loses.

    Discuss: Rules to fighting “Fair”.
    1. Why is it so difficult to listen carefully?
    2. How does careful listening make the other person feel?
    3. Why is it so important to guard your words? Prov. 18:2 “Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.”
    4. What are some results of following questions? Should it be said? Should I say it now?
    5. How can your fighting fairly and maybe speaking 50% less help you to become a peacemaker?

    Next Steps: Consider and follow all of the rules of “Fair” fighting before you even open your mouth to speak.

    Verses to learn: Eph. 4:26 & 27 “Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.”

  • Finish What You Started - Step 1: "Seek God"

    Scripture:

    2 Corinthians 8:11 “Now you should carry this project through to completion just as enthusiastically as you began it. Give whatever you can according to what you have.”

    Main Idea: Contrary to culture as a Christian your #1 relationship must be God

    Key Thought: No one other than God can fulfill that #1 role in your life!

    Discuss:

    1. Anyone ever tell you the “God will send that right relationship to you.”
    2. Did you know that when you seek God first all things will be added to you?
    3. Your Lord will give you all you want or need. He needs your obedience in order to bless you.
    4. Learn to be a great #2 and you will recognize the great #2 for you.
    5. Seek Him for endurance and for integrity as you learn to be that #2 and you will receive His freedom and be energized by Him.

    Next Steps: Look up these next scriptures

    1. Be slow to anger. James 1:19-20
    2. Speak words of life. Prov. 18:21
    3. Have a short memory. Matt. 6:14
    4. Keep no secrets. Eccl. 12:14
    5. Be compassionate.

    Verses to learn:

    Phil. 4:4 “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.”

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