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Sunday AM Remix – 10.30.11

November 1, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

How About a New . . . Attitude?

* Everyone has an attitude!!!
* Attitude is an inward feeling demonstrated  by outward behavior
* Your attitude is a choice, no-one chose this for you.
* In life we move from condition to choices. We are born into a set of conditions and spend the rest of our life making choices around these conditions.
* REALITY: How you chose to deal with circumstances and conditions, impact your attitude

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

3 Reasons Your Attitude is Important . . .

  •  Your attitude determines your PERSPECTIVE of life.

* Like a pair of sunglasses – Your attitude is the lens you look through everyday!
* No matter where you go your attitude is there and impacts your perspective on life

  •  Your attitude develops your RELATIONSHIPS in life.

* TRUTH: People will either be drawn to you or repelled by you based on your attitude.

  •  Your attitude changes your PROBLEMS problems into BLESSINGS.

* REALITY: Even people with good attitudes have problems.
* TRUTH: Every miracle in the Bibles started with a problem.
* QUESTION: How’s your attitude?

  • Your attitude can be measured by your RESPONSE to challenging CIRCUMSTANCES and/or PEOPLE.

* The overflow of your heart is revealed in your attitude.

WHAT IS THE ATTITUDE OF AN EXTRA MILE TAKER?

1.  AN E.M.T. IS WILLING TO GET WORSE THAN THEY DESERVE.

 ‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”  But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.’  Matthew 5:38-39 (NKJV)

“But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”  Exodus 21:23-25 (NKJV)

* CONTEXT: Jesus reminds us that Exodus 21:23-25 was given:
1. To curtail crime
2. To make sure the punishment didn’t exceed the crime
3. It was given for the courts to use in a public matter not for people to use it on a personal matter.

* This passage is not pointing to passivity. It’s not teaching to not defend yourself.
* Sometimes the most loving thing you can do is respond accordingly.
* QUESTION: Does your attitude reflect the Kingdom of Heaven?

2.  AN E.M.T. IS WILLING TO GIVE MORE THAN THEY ARE ASKED.

“If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.”  Matthew 5:40 (NKJV)

* REALITY: Many of us look to give the least to feel the most.
* TRUTH: Giving the most requires more of us and shows more care.
* It’s not about what you have … But what you give!
* REMINDER: The relationship is more important than the stuff you have.

3.  AN E.M.T. IS WILLING TO GO FARTHER THAN THEY ARE REQUIRED.

“And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.”  Matthew 5:41

* CONTEXT:  In this day, the Roman Soldiers could force Jewish men to carry their stuff for up to 1,000 steps. When Jesus says this about going an extra mile, it is radical to what the people did and how they responded to the demands of the soldiers.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)

* TRUTH/CONVICTION: Anyone can go the first mile, it’s the 2nd, 3rd , 4th, miles that cause others to notice and ask questions.

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men . . .”  Colossians 3:23 (NKJV)

4.  AN E.M.T.  WILLING TO GRANT ALL THEY SEE IS NEEDED.

“Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.”  Matthew 5:42 (NKJV)

* CONTEXT – Jesus isn’t saying give to everyone, He is stressing the importance of when you see a need to open your heart and let people borrow from you.

“Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.”  Psalm 112:5 (NLT)

* REALITY: Many times when you close up your wallet you close up your heart!

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.   You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.   Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God  as something to cling to.   Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.  When He appeared in human form, He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”  Philippians 2:3-8 (NLT)

* QUESTION:Are you an extra mile taker? What steps do you need to take to become an EMT?

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. If you were to describe your attitude, in general, with one word, what word would you choose and why?

2. Since attitude is defined as an inward feeling demonstrated  by outward behavior. What are some of the things that impact your attitude? How has your attitude positive/negative been revealed by your behavior? (Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

3. How do you choose to deal with circumstances and conditions that impact your attitude?  What’s your coping mechanism? (Read Philippians 2:5)

4. Has there been a change in your attitude since you were saved?  Why or Why NOT? (Read 2 Corinthians 5:17)

5. Your attitude can be measured by your response to challenging circumstances and/or people.  (Read Luke 6:45)  The overflow of your heart is revealed in your attitude.  Which is more important? Your heart or your attitude? Why?

6. Having the right attitude can change problems into blessings? (Read 1 Peter 5:6-7) Share of a time when a bad attitude created a bigger problem. Share a time when a right attitude allowed God to turn a problem into a blessing.

7. We learned that an EMT is an Extra Mile Taker. With who and Where do you need to be an EMT? What will some of the challenges be?

8. An EMT is willing to get worse than they deserve. This is easy to read and hear, but actually hard to apply. Why is it difficult for us to think in this way? Is there a solution? What steps should be taken?  (Read Matthew 5:38-39)

9. An EMT is willing to give more than they are asked. The attitude of Giving and Blessing are similar but very different.  Which one are you more likely to have? Why?(Read Matthew 5:40)

10. An EMT is willing to go further than what is required. Why is it easier to walk with someone the 1st mile, but so difficult to go the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th miles? Who are you going the extra miles with? Who is your group going the extra miles with? (Read Colossians 3:23)

11. An EMT is willing to grant all they see is needed. Sadly, sometimes we have filters that allow us to see some needs and ignore other needs. What filters, good or bad, have kept you from seeing a need and meeting a need? (Read Philippians 2:3-8)

MUSICAL WORSHIP SET

 Joyful- Brown

Stronger – Morgan

Inside Out – Houston

Nothing But The Blood – Lavik

We hope that you found Sundays Message and following Small Group Questions helpful. If you missed this weeks message, I encourage you to get it here.  While you are there, browse around our website … we think you will like it and find it to be a great tool in inviting friends to FBC Harvester.

As always, I hope you make plans to join us at FBC Harvester next weekend! If distance is a problem, you are always welcome to listen to any of the teachings from our worship service on our website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us here. We would love the privilege of helping where we can and seeing God do amazing things in our lives together.

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