Crew Leader

Introduction (2 minutes)

Use the Zoom chat feature to keep everyone connected. As people join in, ask for their first and last name, email address, and where they are tuning in from. Save the chat as an attendance record.

Reflect

Ask Crew members to share their favorite points from the talk. What phrase or moment did they relate to the most?

Icebreaker: Reflection or Conversation Starter or Virtual Icebreaker (5 minutes)

For your icebreaker, choose from the options below. Have Crew members unmute themselves to share.

Conversation Starters (Choose One)
  • What's something you did this week that you feel proud of?
  • What did you eat for breakfast?
  • Name the best book you’ve ever read.
  • What’s your morning routine?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
  • If your life was a story, what would the title be?
Virtual Icebreakers (5 minutes)

Preaching Game - Choose random items and allow individuals to find ways to encourage others using that item. (Pick 2-3 volunteers)

Show-and-Tell - Pick an object in your home that has significance for you, something with a funny story behind it, anything unique, or something you've used to simply pass the time.

Crew Discussion

Set A Reminder: VOUS 7 Year Celebration

Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr.

Crew Leader

Introduction (2 minutes)

Use the Zoom chat feature to keep everyone connected. As people join in, ask for their first and last name, email address, and where they are tuning in from. Save the chat as an attendance record.

Reflect

Ask Crew members to share their favorite points from the talk. What phrase or moment did they relate to the most?

Icebreaker: Reflection or Conversation Starter or Virtual Icebreaker (5 minutes)

For your icebreaker, choose from the options below. Have Crew members unmute themselves to share.

Conversation Starters (Choose One)
  • What's something you did this week that you feel proud of?
  • What did you eat for breakfast?
  • Name the best book you’ve ever read.
  • What’s your morning routine?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
  • If your life was a story, what would the title be?
Virtual Icebreakers (5 minutes)

Preaching Game - Choose random items and allow individuals to find ways to encourage others using that item. (Pick 2-3 volunteers)

Show-and-Tell - Pick an object in your home that has significance for you, something with a funny story behind it, anything unique, or something you've used to simply pass the time.

Scripture

1 Samuel 7:12-13

12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” 13 So the Philistines were subdued and did not invade Israelite territory again. Throughout Samuel’s lifetime, the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines.


REFERENCES: Deuteronomy 4:9; 6:10-12; 8:11-14; 2 Timothy 1:7, Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 58:11-12,John 14:25-27

Main Idea

Have you forgotten something important and it cost you dearly? The Israelites forgot about God's faithfulness, which resulted in the Ark being stolen during a battle with the Philistines. Eventually, the Ark of the Covenant was returned, however, the Israelites’ arrogance and worship of false idols, led to their devastation yet again. The Philistines returned to attack their nation, but God heard the cries of his people through Samuel, and came to their rescue. As a reminder of God's deliverance, Samuel set up Ebenezer, meaning “stone of help,”. We too can reminisce on memories of how God has provided for us in the past so that we will not forget that His mercies endure forever.


You can forget a lot of things, but do not forget God

Remember: Faith over Fear

Fear can overtake and even paralyze us, but remember fear is not a feeling, it is a spirit. It is a spirit we are called to confront with the power of the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Through faith in Jesus, we are given the Holy Spirit which is stronger than fear
What is started in faith will not be sustained in the flesh
Faith is having the courage to do what God has called us to do, in spite of fear

We’ve arrived here by faith, we’re gonna get there by faith.

How has God's spirit given you the courage to face your fears?

Remember: Trust over Explanations

We need God’s presence in and through what we endure. Be reminded of your past dependence on God in your life that permits you to trust His future promises and provision.


Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight

Explanations are a substitute for trust
Jesus’s sacrifice meets us right where we are to give direction to where we are going
When you trust God’s promises you are guided in purpose

God’s past faithfulness allows us to trust His future provision.

What is the hardest thing you had to surrender to God?

Summary

Our human nature is to forget, but God wants to remind us to remember. How we end one season is how we start the next, and the same God who brought us to this point will lead us into a new season. Are we walking with fear or faith? Do we need explanations or are we operating in trust? As we pause to remember that God’s mercy, goodness, and kindness have followed us all of our days, our trust will be deepened and faith will be strengthened. We can rest assured that our God is a promise keeper — he was faithful then, and he will be faithful now.

Call To Action

Remember the times God has been faithful and you’ve made him a promise. Bring back to memory those promises and follow through. Moving forward, write out any promises you make to God.



Last CTA… share if you:

Memorized The Lord’s Prayer (found in Luke 11:2-4 and Matthew 6:9-13). How did God’s presence in your life make a difference these past 2 weeks

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