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~Bible Study Lesson~
Lesson taken from  the sermon on Sunday, November 19, 2017 



Minister Brittney Lyons

Because I’m Anointed, I’m Under an Attack

Scripture Reference: Acts 27:22-25 and Acts 28:1-9 (NLT)
 

Background
  1. Setting of the Text
    1. Why is Paul on a ship?
      1. Was Arrested in Jerusalem for preaching and teaching about Jesus (Acts 21)
      2. Because some Jews wanted him to serve the death sentence, Paul appeals his case to Caesar in Rome (Acts 25:10-11)—He has to travel there by ship.
    2. Application
      1. Expect Opposition when you walk out your calling

Key Word
  1. What does it mean to be Anointed?
    1. Anointed—to have Christ on the inside
      1. Christ—“The Anointed One,” “The Chosen One” (Dr. Clark’s lecture, online sources)
    2. Paul was only attacked because he was anointed to do God’s Will—to carry the message of the Good News to the people of Israel, kings, and Gentiles (Acts 9:15)
    3. The Anointing is about Character. The Character of Christ
      1. Phil. 2:5, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. . .” (NKJV)
Key Points
  1. The Anointing is Characterized by Our:
    1. Attitude
    2. Actions
    3. Assignment
  1. Introducing the Storm
    1. Paul’s Storm at Sea
      1. Acts 27
      2. While in the middle of the Storm, God gave Paul a Word of Comfort and Confirmation (v.23-24)
        1. Comfort- God told Paul, “Don’t be afraid.”
        2. Confirmation- God told Paul, “. . . for you will surely stand trial before Caesar!”  It did not matter what would come Paul’s way next, for God already declared that he would end up in Rome.
      3. The Storm caused them to experience a shipwreck (v.27-44)—The ship broke into pieces; some had to swim for land, while others had to hold on to broken pieces.      
    2. Application
      1. The storm causes you to learn how to swim or hold on to broken pieces.
      2. Even in the middle of the Storm, God will give you a Word of comfort and confirmation
 
  1. Paul was Re-routed (Acts 28)
    1. The Attack at Malta (Point 1: Attitude)   
      1. Paul ends up on the island of Malta
      2. POINT 1—ATTITUDE—When they arrived at Malta, it was cold and rainy, so a fire was built.  Paul fed the fire with sticks to ensure those around him would stay warm—He had the right ATTITUDE.
      3. While on Malta, Paul is attacked by a snake—snake bites him on the hand (v.3)
      4. The citizens of Malta talked about Paul, prejudged him, and assumed his circumstance (v.4;6)
      5. Paul shook off the snake, the attack, and was unharmed (v.5)
    2. Paul’s response to the people (Point 2: Actions)
      1. POINT 2—ACTIONS—Even though the people talked about Paul, prejudged him and assumed his circumstance, Paul DID NOT RESPOND (v.5-6)
      2. We do not have to defend ourselves from the mouths of our enemies.
 
  1. The Assignment at Malta
    1. Paul was bit on the hand by the snake—Paul used that same hand to lay on Publius’s father, whom was ill, to heal him (v.8)
    2. Paul was attacked in the same area of his life where God had Anointed him for His Glory.
    3. All the other sick people on the island came to Paul to be healed (v.9)
    4. POINT 3—ASSIGNMENT—Paul was attacked because he had an Assignment to complete while at Malta.
  2. Application
    1. Let the Anointing on your life speak for itself
    2.  Your place of Attack just might be the place of your Anointing and Assignment.
    3. Your Assignment is not about you—God wants to use you for His Glory.
 
  1. Interruption vs. God’s Intervention
    1. Paul was headed to Rome—His destination
      1. Because of the storm, he was re-routed to Malta—Malta was NOT a part of Paul’s plan.
      2. What if Paul had felt like, and acted like, Malta was an Interruption in his life?
      3. If Paul had not been re-routed to Malta, the people on the island would not have been healed.
    2. Application
      1. Your life has been re-routed beyond your control?
      2. What you feel is an Interruption is really God’s Intervention in your life.
      3. Embrace Malta—Don’t Erase it
 
Questions
  1. Have you experienced persecution for doing the will of God?
  2. Do you exhibit the anointing – the character of Christ?
  3. Are you living out your anointing? What’s the purpose of God choosing you to display his anointing, if you decide not to do anything?
  4. Have you experienced a storm in your life where it seemed everything was falling apart?
  5. In what areas are you experiencing attacks in your life?
  6. What is your attitude while going through an attack? Are you still working? Are you still doing the things God asked you to do?
  7. Have people ever counted you out based on the attack on your life?
  8. What are your actions/responses to what people say about you?
  9. Has God told you to keep your mouth shut to what people are saying about you?
  10. Has your life been rerouted beyond your control?
 




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~Bible Study Lesson~
Lesson taken from  the sermon on Sunday, November 26, 2017 



Pastor Anita Ferrens
Thankfulness Should Be A Continuous Way of Life
1 Thessalonians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 6:3; Romans 5:3-5; Numbers 11:4-6;                           
2 Timothy 3:2; 2 Chronicles 26:1-5; 16-21; Psalms 46:1; Psalms 27:5; Proverbs 16:1
 
 

Introduction

We are faced with many challenges in our lives and often times forget to thank God.  Today, for some people, giving thanks is only limited to Thanksgiving.  With all that God is doing in our lives we should always give thanks no matter the circumstances.  It is important that we not forget to give thanks -- it should be a way of life naturally flowing from our hearts and our mouths.  Even when it seems that we don't have much to be thankful for we should remember that God gave us life everlasting.


3 Reasons We Don't Give Thanks

1.  Hardship
2.  Dissatisfaction
3.  Pride


HARDSHIP

2 Corinthians - Apostle Paul's Hardship

Being thankful in our hardship moves the focus off ourselves and the hardship.  It reminds us of the BIG PICTURE.  We belong to God and we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing.  We go through to build character.

Romans 5:3-5
 
QUESTION

1.  Take a moment to think about times when hardship caused you to shift your focus from being thankful.


DISSATISFACTION

Numbers 11:4-6 - Israelites

Dissatisfaction sets in when our attention shifts from what we have to what we want.  Thoughts and wishes in our mind can create dissatisfaction and cause an ungrateful attitude.  

1 Timothy 3:2



PRIDE

2 Chronicles 26:1-5; 16-21

Opposite of Humility

Pride leads to disgrace, conflict, destruction, downfall, and humiliation while humility leads to wisdom and honor.

Always acknowledge the Lord in all of your success and be thankful.

Scripture concerning hardship, dissatisfaction, and pride:  

~Psalm 46:1
~Psalm 27:5
~Proverbs 16:1