Jesus

Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 2

Excuse: “I’m at a disadvantage”

Jesus became an underdog, he disadvantaged himself to advantage others.

The disadvantages of the underdog:

  1. Jesus was disadvantaged in security. (Luke 2:6-7)
  2. Jesus was disadvantaged financially. (Luke 2:22)
  3. Jesus had a disadvantaged neighborhood. (Luke 2:39)
  4. Jesus had a disadvantaged appearance. (Isaiah 53:2-3)

The underdog advantage:

  1. Be Courageous
  2. Be Generous
  3. Be Approachable
  4. Be Loving

Jacob

Excuse: “My label limits me.”

Scripture: Genesis 32

Jacob’s Advice:

  1. Labels can be life changing.
  2. Own the truth of your label. (sinner by choice)
  3. God can change your worst label. (sinner by grace)

Question: What will you do with the offer of God?

Peter

Excuse: “Weary from long nights & empty boats.”

4 Lessons:

  1. Jesus often asks you to take another turn.
  2. Choose God’s Way.
  3. There’s MORE when you do it HIS Way.
  4. Jesus invites you to fish for bigger fish.

Consider:

  1. Where are you weary from long nights and empty boats? What if God wanted you to give you MORE? Where do you need to giveSometimes we are weary from “long nights and empty boats”. What if God wanted to give you more? What do you need to give another try and do God’s way?  another try & do it God’s way?
  2. PK will be fasting & praying again on Monday, 8/18. We’re asking God to move on the hearts & minds of 12Stoners to sign on as Pioneers (for bigger fish). Will you join in fasting & praying for perhaps a meal? (or more)
  3. Would God SEND you as a Pioneer for one of the 5 Campuses?

Esther

Scripture: Book of Esther

Excuse: “My chances are slim.”

4 Lessons:

  1. Never call serving others a “little thing”.
  2. Uncertainty is certain (be humble).
  3. Choose “uncertain but serving” over “certain but selfish”.
  4. Let “God is Certain” become your peace.

Consider:

  • Are you facing an ‘uncertain circumstance’ in marriage, career, finances, health or faith? Can you serve to change it? (Would you let “God is Certain” become your peace?)
  • PK will be fasting & praying the next two Mondays (Aug 11 & Aug 18) asking God to move on the hearts & minds of 12Stoners to sign on as Pioneers. Will you join in fasting & praying for perhaps a meal? (or more).
  • Would God SEND you as a Pioneer for one of the 5 Campus? Become A Pioneer

 

David

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Excuse #1  – “I’m not qualified enough.”

3 Lessons:

  1. Overlooked by others is not the end.
  2. Underdogs can become a God’s anointed Top Dogs.
  3. A promising future doesn’t skip the growth process.

Consider:

  • Are you in an underdog marriage, career track, or spiritual path and excusing yourself?
  • Where are you skipping the growth process?
  • Would God anoint you as a Pioneer for one of the 5 campuses?