Week Nine – Our Planning Knower

God is our planning Knower. Because He knows everything, He has ALWAYS had a plan for the lives of ALL men. This plan was always reconciliation through Jesus Christ, and a life in the body of Christ (the church). If we God to work all things together for good in our lives, we must be faithful to His plan! Tonight, I want us to share with each others the areas in which we do well serving in Christ’s body, and areas in which we want to improve.

As you share your strengths, give a Scripture that will help others who do not have the same strengths as you do. As you share you weaknesses, cite a Scripture that you will memorize this week–one that will help you overcome those weaknesses. As you comment on other people’s posts, encourage them in both their strengths and weaknesses, and share verses/thoughts that have helped you in those areas.

P.S.Β It may seem odd to “brag” on yourself here–but I believe we need to be aware of our strengths, as well as our weaknesses! As you share about your strengths, remember that these strengths are given to you from God, and have been developed through the help of other people (parents, mentors, friends etc.). This reminds us to be humble about everything, even the things in which we do well! I’m excited to get started tonight!

OUR CONTEST WINNER FOR PART TWO IS–ISABELLA MASON!Β Thank you to everyone who entered, I love seeing your hard work and reading about your dads. Don’t forget the quiz, it is due next week. Highest score wins πŸ™‚

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  1. Ok well I suppose I am an encourager because I try to encourage the elder people( widows especially) of my church or people who are having a rough time by: making cookies, giving them a hug, speaking with them,or etc…
    1 Timothy 5:3; James 1:27; Romans 1:12; 1 Thess. 5:11
    Isabella mason

    1. I love to hear this! God cares deeply for widows, and wants all Christians to as well (James 1:27, like you cited). Encouragement is comfort, and when I think of comfort I think of 2 Corinthians 5:3-5 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”

      Our job is to comfort and encourage others, as God comforts and encourages us! I’m so thankful you make such a great effort to do this. Do you have any advice about how to be more mindful in the area of encouragement?

      1. Well sometimes it is hard to find time to bake but if you remind yourself to do it every so often you can make a habit or I also forgot to add that we have park at our church that all the children go to after church and sometimes I bake cookies for the park (which the kids love and it also makes you feel good about yourself to see other people be happy!) But most of the elder ladies just enjoy a hug and a word or two!
        Isabella Mason

        1. Good! You bring out two awesome points here: (1) Use your time well. Sometimes we get stressed about our own time schedules, and we forget to make time for the little things, like baking for others. (2) Don’t overthink. It’s better to do SOMETHING (like a hug and a kind word), then to not do anything. Just because we don’t have time to bake doesn’t mean that we can’t still encourage.

          Thank you Isabella!

  2. My weaknesses is to confront brothers and sisters if they are doing something wrong, because sometime that is hard to do.
    With peer pressure it is much easier to keep your mouth shut then to speak up and tell them they need to quit doing what their doing wrong… I have experienced this sadly in my own youth group.
    2 Timothy 4:2
    Isabella Mason

    1. This is one of my weaknesses too, and I have been thinking about it a lot lately. Galatians 6:1-5 is a great passage that discusses this. Here are just a few of the main points to remember from this passage when confronting people about their own sin.
      1) Are you spiritual? (Do you exhibit the fruits of the Spirit, do you have the right to confront someone else)
      2) What is your motive? (are you doing it because your brother or sisters soul is in danger, or are you doing it to be “right?”)
      3) What is your heart? (are you becoming puffed up, or thinking highly of yourself when you are correcting someone?)
      4) How are you doing it? (are you using a spirit of gentleness and humility, or are you coming across as judgmental?)
      5) Is the person you’re correcting in sin? (are they actually caught in a trespass, or are they just doing something that irritates you?)

      I’m sure you know this passage, but hopefully it will help encourage you as you strive to do better in this area! It is intimidating to confront someone, which is why I often shy away from it. If we can answer all of these questions in the correct way, though, it gives us confidence that we are doing what God wants us to! If we cannot answer all of these questions properly, then we do not need to confront them.

      Thanks for bringing this up, it’s extra helpful for me to think about <3

      1. Thank you that is a really good guide line I think sometimes I fail at being gentle, because when somebody is trespassing I get all angry inside and have to try hard to keep my cool… recently this happened with a brother and during church he was distracting others around him and I felt my face growing hot… I have been working on it though ^_^ I did ask my dad to talk to him.( hopefully it will work! ) πŸ™‚
        Isabella Mason

        1. I totally understand. There’s definitely a sense in which sin should make us angry! We should never be comfortable with someone sinning against God. When we’re thinking about confronting someone though, it is so important to remember the ways in which WE struggle and sin. This makes us gentle and calm with others. We’re not coming to them because we’re better than them, we’re coming to them because we struggle with sin too, and we want to help them in the ways we can. Easier said than done–but this is what Galatians 6 reminds us of. “If anyone thinks they are something, when they’re not, they deceive themselves.” I have to remind myself of this often, hopefully it helps you too!

          1. That helps me a lot thank you. I have a hard time with keeping what i want to say inside because i dont want to hurt the person. 😊

          2. I struggle with that, too! I hate hurting peoples feelings. We have to remember though, if they are caught in a sin, it will hurt them to NOT say anything. I love James 5:20 on this: “let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”

  3. Hey, I have been trying to think of a strength. I am trying to be an encourager. Once a month the girls from our congregation get together and sign birthday cards for everyone in the congregation who has a birthday coming up. I think Isabella covered most of the verses that I would use for this.
    A weakness I have is trying to explain to friends why something is wrong. For example I was talking about bad language with friends the other day but couldn’t come up with scripture to support my point off the top of my head. Acts 17:11 is what I will remember this week, how important it is to search the scriptures daily.

    1. Alyssa I know you have many strengths! God has given us all talents and spiritual abilities. Being an encourager is one of the best strengths, and everyone can develop it. That’s a great idea to send birthday cards!

      It takes time and effort to develop your knowledge of Bible passages, keep working on it! One thing I will suggest is to work on memorizing book and chapter where something is found. It is, of course, awesome to memorize EXACTLY where something is found–but if you struggle to remember those–shoot for book and chapter. That way you’ll be able to find the verse when you open the Bible. Also, make a little cheat sheet for your Bible of the topics you may need to discuss, with a few verses for each. That will help you in conversation when you feel stuck. Keep up your hard work!

  4. Sorry I am so late tonight we were carving pumpkins, then I had to brush my teeth, then I typed up a comment but it wouldn’t let me post it.

  5. Sorry I am so late tonight We were carving pumpkins and then I had to brush my teeth. I feel really strong with encouraging and helping the little ones. Titus 2:3-4 I know that here it is talking about more advanced things, but we still need to teach and encourage the children. I am not very strong at getting along with my brother ( literal brother here not spiritual) Matthew 5:22

    1. That’s wonderful! I wish I was better with the little ones. Do you help teach a class? If you don’t, you definitely should! The little ones need older ones to look up to, and teaching a class is a great way to encourage them spiritually.

      My brother and I had the same problem growing up! It will help you if you remember that your physical brother either (1) IS also your spiritual brother. If this is the case, you need to think about doing good to him, just like you would everyone else at church (Galatians 6:10) . (2) is NOT your spiritual brother, and in that case you need to be the one to encourage and guide him toward the Lord. I hope this helps encourage you, I wish I had thought about this more growing up <3

        1. You’re definitely not too young! Start out by sitting in with a teacher, and just talking with the kids and helping them behave. Once you get used to that, consider helping to prepare and lead a craft, or part of the lesson–then you’ll be ready to teach the whole class πŸ™‚ Chloe, I know you well enough to know that you would be great with the kids! I’m sure there are a lot of kids who look up to you <3

      1. No, I don’t teach a class but sometimes I help my mom babysit and I babysit some on my own. One little girl imparticular is my bud. When I babysit on my own, before they go outside the older one has to do a bible story. The younger one is only one and I use a sticker book.

        1. That is great! You can have a great influence on the kids you babysit, I’m so glad you’re helping them learn the Bible. You should consider helping someone teach class, it’s a very fun and rewarding experience–and something I know the Lord loves to see <3

          1. If there’s a lady you know well, who teaches a good age group for you, just ask her if you could be her assistant. If you feel like you don’t know any of the teachers very well, talk to an elder about finding a class for you to help in!

  6. Kind of random but we had a young lady baptized last night and I just wanted to ask you guys to be praying for her.
    And her husband is studying so if you’ll pray for him too that would be awesome.

  7. When I do that, I grab my phone and google the verse. I don’t want to rely on that too much, but I’m so thankful for the ways in which technology can help us out!

  8. Thank you girls for the chat tonight! I love to hear how you all are so active for the Lord, and that you’re working to improve too! Don’t forget to remember your strengths. In Matthew 25:14-30 we read about the parable of the talents (talents referring to money–but applicable to anything we have that we can use for the Lord). Do you think that if the servants pretended like they didn’t have any talents, they would have been able to use them effectively? We must never be conceited, but we must be aware of what we are good at so we can use it to the best of our ability.

    You all are wonderful and talented, and the Lord loves you SO much. I love you too. Have a wonderful week, let me know if there’s anything I can do for you!

  9. Hi Rebekah, I need clarification and help to answer questions.

    From Q2 and Bible passages, I conclude that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit was given to the apostles by the Father. The mission of the Holy Spirit was to guide the apostles in all truth. The Spirit did not speak of himself but spoke what he heard and then would show the apostles things to come.

    For Question 3, what passage are you referring to? Is it tied to Q 2? Holy Spirit was given to apostles to guide them into all truth, but for us Jesus equips us to do the will of God through the blood (Hebrews 13:15-25). His will for our life: Praise God verbally giving thanks to his name, do good and to communicate forget not, obey them that have the rule over us and submit self, pray for the brethren. Not really sure about this one.

    1. #3 in react corresponds with #3 in read. Pull from Hebrews 13:15-25 just as you did. Great work! I hope this helps, sorry it took me so long to get back to you!

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