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1. Take the open door

  • Scripture Reference: Isaiah 22:22, 1 Corinthians 16:8-9
  • Leader Notes
    • Jesus can open doors that no one else can open. He opens doors for us and encourages us to step through them.
    • When God opens doors, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are easy or painless to walk through.
    • Our faithfulness doesn’t guarantee that things will work out., Our job is to simply be faithful to God and trust Him with the outcome.
  • Questions for Reflection
    • What doors has Jesus opened for me?
    • How do I respond when following Jesus doesn’t look the way I expect it to?

2. Take the escape route

  • Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
  • Leader Notes
    • There is a group of Jewish leaders persecuting the church
    • We should ask God to help give us a faith that is steadfast and resilient under pressure.
    • We should also ask God for the kind of faith that runs to him in the midst of our own temptation.
  • Questions for Reflection
    • Where is Jesus giving me an “easy off ramp” away from something painful?

3. Become a pillar in your family of faith

  • Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 15:58
  • Leader Notes
    • Enduring and overcoming challenges leads us to become pillars of faith in the family of God.
    • This comes from faithfully following Jesus and walking through the doors that Jesus opens.
  • Questions for reflection
    • How can I grow to become a pillar in the church?