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Breaking the Chains of Oppression

Preacher: Mike Kelly

Series: Standalone

Recovery Sunday Sermon Questions

Today’s message will highlight the power of the gospel to overcome addictions of every kind. We heard the personal story of a young guy who was rescued out of his addiction, and how his life has been rebuilt on a totally new foundation.  These sermon questions will talk about self control, temptation, when your world falls apart and final thoughts. Rather than work through the normal, crawl, walk run, I broke them down into big categories. Stay in one category, or hit a couple of questions from each, it’s your call.

Here are some available resources for those who are struggling with addiction.

Books: Here are a few books we recommend on today’s topic of addiction.

¨ Addict in the Family, by Beverly Conyers

¨ Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave—

Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel, by Edward T. Welch

¨ Beautiful Boy, by David Sheff

Support Groups:

Overcomers in Christ: For people with addictive behavior. Tuesday, 7 – 10 PM,

Family & Friends of Overcomers: For family and friends of anyone with addictive behavior. Tuesday, 7 – 8:30 PM

Integrity Group: For adults who struggle with sexual issues. Tuesday, 8 – 9:15 PM,

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 SPECIFIC PRAYER  (suggestions)

            Please pray for those of our Chapel family in need and for those in Military service to our country. On Memorial Day we should honor the death of the soldier who gave his life AS WELL AS the fact that 250,000 troops are deployed all over the world in harm’s way for US.



Read James 1:12-18 and Psalm 5:4. What does this say about God and evil?

Read Philippians 4:13, 1 John 4:4, and 1 Corinthians 10:13. How does God treat us when we suffer?

Read Psalm 34:18 and Psalm 23. Where is God when we are in trouble?

Read Romans 8:28. What is God doing when we go through something?

Read: John 10:10, and 1 Peter 5:8  Do you realize your life is threatened daily? Do you realize there is one out there trying to do you harm?

            How can this perspective help keep you from temptation?

            What are we suppose to do when confronted with temptation? (1 Cor 6:8, 1 Cor 10:14, 1 Tim 6:11, 2 Ti 2:22, and James 4:7)

 Self Control —from LifeGuide Topical Bible Studies

            In 1 Samuel 26: 1-11 David faces the powerful temptation of choosing between self-gratification and self-control. His response can encourage us in our struggles.

  1. In what area of your life would you like to have greater self-control?
  2. Read 1 Samuel 26. Put yourself in David's position (1 Samuel 26:1-4). How might you feel toward someone who was trying in every way possible to kill you?
  3. Describe the tension and dangers involved in David's plan (1 Samuel 26:5-7).
  4. Abishai tells David to seize this golden opportunity to kill Saul (1 Samuel 26:8). Why would this be a tempting suggestion?
  5. Why does David resist the temptation to take matters into his own hands (1 Samuel 26:9-11)?
  6. When we are tempted to sin, how can our attitude toward God's will affect the outcome?
  7. David and Abishai both attribute their actions to God. In the moment of temptation, how can we insure that we clearly discern God's will?
  8. If we know God is present to help us in our struggle, how can it be easier to exercise self-control?
  9. Think again about that area where you desire greater self-control. Ask God's Spirit to cultivate this fruit within you.

 TEMPTATION—Youth Meetings for LESSONmaker

Read James 1:13-18. Read the verses together and discuss what they mean and how they apply to their lives. Here are some possible questions to ask:

  • What is temptation?
  • How are we responsible for our own temptation?
  • What things do we do which make us more vulnerable to temptation?
  • Give some examples of when evil thoughts lead to evil actions.
  • Which is evil—the thought, the action, both? Why?
  • What does James tell us about God in this section?
  • What is James saying in verse 18?

 Resist Temptation —Youth Meetings for LESSONmaker 

An important statement in the Bible outlines a practical strategy for facing temptation. Read 1 Corinthians 10:13.

  1. Realize that you're not alone. Many have been where you are.
  2. Realize that God only allows you to face temptations that you can handle. There's no such thing as, "I just couldn't help it." It's encouraging to know that God promised to stop any temptation you can't handle. And according to James 1:2-3 we are strengthened and grow in patience as a result of the temptations we face.
  3. Realize that God provides another option for every temptation you face—the "way of escape." You should try to define the temptation that always defeats you, analyze your way of escape, and plan in advance to take that way of escape the next time temptation strikes.

 Dealing with Temptation—Youth Meetings for LESSONmaker

Joseph was a servant to Egypt's captain of the guard. Although he had been sold into slavery, he didn't forget his commitments to God.

Read Genesis 39:6-12 and 2 Sam 11.

How was Joseph's reaction different from King David's in 2 Sam 11?

How did Joseph cope with the daily temptation?

 When Your World Falls Apart—LifeGuide Topical Bible Studies

Read Job 1-2

1.      Think of a time in your life when your world seemed to fall apart. What were some of the thoughts and feelings you experienced?

2.      At the outset of the story, why do you think we are allowed to overhear the conversation between God and Satan (Job 1:6-12)—a conversation that was never revealed to Job and his friends?

3.      The name Satan means "accuser." What is the essence of Satan's accusation against Job (Job 1:8-12)? How does his accusation lead to Job's disaster?

4.      Try to put yourself in Job's place. How might you have felt as wave after wave of disaster struck (Job 1:13-19)?

5.      Have you ever wanted to bang on the gates of heaven, demanding an explanation for the pain you were experiencing? Why is this desire so strong within us?

6.      What is astounding about Job's response (Job 1:20-22)?

7.      Why do you think he is still able to worship and praise the Lord?

8.      Read Job 2. The scene in heaven repeats itself with a new twist. Why is Satan still unsatisfied with Job's character (Job 2:1-5)?

9.      How would Job's new affliction intensify the pain he already felt (Job 2:7-8; see also Job 7:5, 13-14; Job 30:17, 30)?

10.  Those who cursed God (Job 2:9) were to be stoned to death (see Leviticus 24:10-16). How does Job respond to his wife's "solution" to his suffering?

11.  Although Job does not answer his own question, why would it be wrong to accept good from God but not trouble (Job 2:10)?

12.  At least in the early part of the story, what can we learn from Job's friends about supporting those whose suffering is intense (Job 2:11-13)?

 Final Thoughts:

 Read some or all of these verses and reflect on how they relate to addiction

            1 Cor 6:12, Eph 5:18, Luke 4:18, Gal 5:1,13, Col 2:15, and 1 John 3:8

 SERVICE (fodder for ideas)

            Jacksonville Chapel is building a home in Pompton Plains in partnership with Morris Habitat for Humanity. This project will begin September of 2011 and is projected to take 8-12 months to complete. Skilled or unskilled laborers, join us in this exciting mission by picking up a hammer or a paint brush and volunteering your time. Together we can make a difference! As we begin planning, we need those willing to take a significant role as supervisors, site hosts, and crew leaders. This is a great opportunity to live our faith out loud and to bless our community. Volunteer Orientation, Thursday, June 2, 7:00-8:00 PM, Ministry Center South.