Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on March 10, 2019:
- SUNDAY: Matthew 4,
- MONDAY: Matthew 5,
- TUESDAY: James 5,
- WEDNESDAY: 1 Corinthians 10,
- THURSDAY: 1 John 2,
- FRIDAY: Proverbs 5-6,
- SATURDAY: Proverbs 7-8,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: No Is a Beautiful Word Sermon Title: Welcome to the World of No
Delivered On: March 3, 2019
All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. [bible]Matthew 5:37[/bible]
Thank God for the times He has said no to you because He loves you and wants the best for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you places in your life that you need to say no to something so you can say yes to something more important. Pray for courage and wisdom to know when to say no and how to say no.
Say It!: Take time in the coming week to practice saying no. While you are driving, in the shower, or somewhere private, say the word “no” out loud 10, 20, even 30 times. Say it gently, say it boldly, say it enthusiastically! Say, “No thank you!” Say, “No way, never!” Try some different options. Practice saying no in a safe environment so you are ready to say it when you really need to.
Small Group Discussion
Tell about a person in your life who loves you and who has said no to you a lot. Why did they say no? How was their no a sign of care for you?
Why are we often cautious about saying no? What keeps us from saying no when we should say it?
Read: Mark 1:29-39. After a powerful time of ministry in Simon and Andrew’s home town, why did Jesus say “No” to the request to come back and do more healing, teaching, and miracles? How did Jesus’ greater mission guide his choices and decisions?
What are some of the times in your life that a greater calling, mission, or purpose should cause you to say “No” to other things? Give an example of one time you have said no to something good for the sake of doing something better.
If we say yes to every opportunity that comes our way (with no real discernment or caution), what are some of the possible consequences we might face?
Read: Acts 16:6-10. How is the Holy Spirit actually saying no to Paul and his companions in this passage? Why would the Spirit of God tell them not to preach in a specific place and region?
What is something you need to say no to so that you can focus your time, energy, and abilities on something more important? How can your group members pray for you and keep you accountable to say this no so that you can say a greater yes?
What does it mean to say, “Every no is a yes”? How can you say no more so that you can say yes to what God most wants for you?
What does it mean to say, if my life and schedule are full, “Every yes is a no”? What are some yeses you should stop saying?