SoMi / Online
I Have Enough
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It's Time to Grow Up

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

Seven: MindSlayer

Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr.

Lean esto antes de la discusión

VOUSCon 2024

¡VOUSCon 2024 es la próxima semana! Estamos contando los días hasta que nos reunamos con miles de personas de todo el mundo.

Reflexionemos en el Salmo 5:3, que dice: “...en la mañana presento mis súplicas ante ti y espero con ansias.” Hay poder en nuestra expectativa. En los próximos días, hagamos precisamente eso: reservemos tiempo intencional para orar por VOUSCon y elijamos esperar con expectativa.

Espera milagros.
Espera avances.
Espera libertad.
Espera gloria.
Espera encontrarte con el cielo.

Read This Before The Discussion

VOUSCon 2024

VOUSCon 2024 is next week! We’re counting down the days until we’re gathered with thousands of people from all over the world.

Let’s reflect on Psalm 5:3, which reads, “...in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” There is power in our expectation. Over the next few days, let’s do just that – set aside intentional time to pray for VOUSCon and choose to wait with expectation.

Expect miracles.
Expect breakthroughs.
Expect freedom.
Expect glory.
Expect to encounter heaven!

Continuing the Conversation
VOUSCon 2023: Reflect

VOUSCon was nothing short of a miracle! We're still praising God for all He did. Reflection builds gratitude. Spend the first few minutes of Crew sharing a testimony or reflection from VOUSCon 2023.

Continuing the Conversation
Last Crew's Call to Action

God calls for us to forgive while maintaining boundaries necessary to steward and nurture our souls. This week, lean in to the wisdom of Solomon and study the book of Proverbs to help you develop tools for cultivating Godly relationships while asking God for the courage to forgive. Don’t forget to check out additional resources at https://www.vouschurch.com/care.

Scripture

Revelation 2:12-17 ESV

“And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword. I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’


REFERENCES: Revelation 19:11-16, Philippians 4:8, Isaiah 26:3, Numbers 22-24

Main Idea

Our mind is a remarkably complex place. On the one hand, it is the seat of logical thought and creative imagination that, under the right influence, has the ability to positively impact the world. However, when the mind is corrupted with negativity and lies, the actions that follow will have dire consequences. Such was the case for the church of Pergamum. While they were able to remain faithful in the face of outside persecution, internal deception polluted their congregation, resulting in tainted doctrine, sexual immorality and idolatrous practices contrary to God’s will. Just like them, we are in a constant battle of the mind, which extends into our actions. The good news is, we have the indestructible double-edged sword of God’s truth in hand, enabling us to win the war.


If you do not know God’s truth, you will be bound by the enemy’s lies.

  1. God Corrects

While God commends His people for keeping the faith during times of challenge, He will also correct us. It is important to remember that even though we live in this world, we are not to be corrupted by it. God will use encouragement and correction to wake us up for the calling and the plan that He has for our life.

Do not fear the world’s ideas, embrace God’s Word of truth
God doesn’t correct us to punish us, He corrects us so we can live free
Grace is a license to live free not to crash willfully

We need the true mindslayer, He wants to set us free!

What can we do as Christians if we reside in a place that is surrounded by corruption and darkness?

  1. God Commands

When we choose to follow Jesus, we’re instructed to repent, and change our minds.  Instead of being conformed by the world, our thoughts are transformed and in a constant place of renewal.


Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

If you’re not filtering your thoughts, you’re feeding your thoughts.
Filter your thoughts through the word of God
Retrain your brain and fight thoughts that don’t align with God’s truth

If I keep my mind focused on God, God will keep my mind in perfect peace

Why is the renewing of the mind with God’s word so important to a Christian’s faith?

Summary

Let us hold onto the simple truth that God commits. He commits to be our ever present help. To walk with us through the valley of shadows, or on the highest of mountain tops. The enemy may not be able to curse you, but if you allow him, he will try to corrupt you. But friends, who the Son sets free, is free indeed! The battle of our mind, soul, and heart has already been won. God commits to freely give us peace beyond our understanding, hidden manna. We must also do our part of committing back to Him, in not following the deception and lies of the enemy, but standing firm to the double edge sword of Jesus’s words.

Call To Action

What have you willfully been crashing into? Think, review, and repent. Once you repent from those things you are deliberately practicing, start to filter your thoughts, fight to keep the correct thoughts, and focus on God's words as part of your daily thought pattern.

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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

It’s Time to Grow Up

Pastor Manouchka Charles

Continuing the Conversation
VOUSCon 2023: Reflect

VOUSCon was nothing short of a miracle! We're still praising God for all He did. Reflection builds gratitude. Spend the first few minutes of Crew sharing a testimony or reflection from VOUSCon 2023.

Continuing the Conversation
Last Crew's Call to Action

God calls for us to forgive while maintaining boundaries necessary to steward and nurture our souls. This week, lean in to the wisdom of Solomon and study the book of Proverbs to help you develop tools for cultivating Godly relationships while asking God for the courage to forgive. Don’t forget to check out additional resources at https://www.vouschurch.com/care.

Scripture

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭5:12-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

Hebrews‬ ‭6‬:‭1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity….” ‭

Additional Scripture References: ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭9‬-‭16‬ ‭NIV‬‬ 1 Peter 2:9, 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Samuel‬ ‭16:13‬ ‭NIV‬, 1 Samuel 16:18, 1 Samuel 17:15, ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭17:38-40‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Main Idea

Have you ever tried to run a long distance? If you have, you know that it requires real and consistent training to achieve your goal. No matter what your intention, without training, you may find it difficult to arrive at the finish line. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. In the same way, our journey of faith is one of endurance. Training at every stage of our development is important. Time does not dictate maturity, but our training will. You can be old and immature, and young and mature. It’s not about arriving, but simply starting. We can trust that God will give us everything we need at the time that we need it. We’re not delayed, we’re destined!

If you want to win the battles of life you need training.

1. You Are Set Apart

Our becoming comes from our believing. Do you believe that you’re called? That you’re chosen? That you’re cared for by God? Securing our identity in Christ allows us to develop and mature with him. If we don’t know who we are, we will never know who we can be. You’re not like the world, you’re not like everyone else, you’re not missing out.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. [1 Peter 2:9]

What God has for you is for you
You can’t be like what you are called to lead
It’s not about being more gifted, it’s about being more disciplined

You are not delayed, you’re being developed.

In what area do you find it difficult to believe what God says about you?

2. You Are Growing

You are called and chosen by God. You are anointed but may not yet be appointed. Maturity prepares you to steward what God has called you to. An untrained David could never beat Goliath. He was able to fight appropriately because he had trained for years. Spiritual maturity is the process of becoming more Christ-like in character, attitude and behavior. You can’t go where God’s taking you without maturing along the way. 

7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” [1 Samuel 16:7]

Time will not dictate your maturity, your training will
The mark of maturity is not just hearing the word, but listening to what the Word says
Although you might have not walked in it yet, you are it

If you never train, you will never become

What are you doing today to mature for tomorrow?

Summary

Availability unlocks the door of maturity in our lives. King Saul was supposed to fight but David made himself available for growth. His willingness to embrace the season he found himself in and make himself available to be developed allowed him to step up when he was called upon. Are you open to maturity? Are you open to growth? Are you open to change? The world will try to put on fear, insecurity, and failure. Pick up courage, security, and peace. God’s strength is with you as you daily surrender to Him.

Call To Action

Reflect this week on how you are investing your time to mature. Commit to spend time in one of these 5 areas:

  1. Dedicated time to prayer 
  2. Time off of social media
  3. Sabbath/Rest 
  1. Reading the word
  2. Serving others 

Be prepared to share your experience at Crew next time!

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