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: The Open Door

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

Revelation 3:7-13

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. 8 “ ‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’


REFERENCES: Isaiah 22:20-23, Zachariah 4:10

Main Idea

Have you ever been lost in a new building and unsure which door to open? Without proper direction and guidance, we can easily get lost or enter a door we never should've gone through. We can also become anxious trying to figure out which one to open and get stuck in the hallway. However, with Jesus as our guide and source of truth, we can be certain of the path we need to take. He encounters and meets us where we are to lead us to the correct door. If you're ever in a situation where you can't decipher the lies from the truth, open the word of God and you'll find the way to life.


Our answer and antidote is found in Jesus

1. Open and Close Doors

One of the most merciful things God can do for us is close a door that we are not supposed to walk through. Sometimes we are curious to see what is coming next in our lives, but God keeps us safe by showing us His plan for our life. If God closes a door, no one can open it and if God opens a door, no one can close it.


Revelation 3:8 “I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”

Don’t waste your time trying to open a door that God has already closed
Jesus has the master key, and because of Him we have access into the kingdom of God
Choose to walk into the path that God called you to

Until God opens the next door, just praise Him in the hallway

What was a door that God closed so that you could find the door He wanted you to go through?

2. Obedience

Obedience is often a requirement to be a part of a sports team, a job or even a household in order to have access to all its benefits. The same way, obedience to God is our gateway to all of His promises. Although obeying him doesn’t buy his love for us, it opens doors to his blessings.

Faith is not about getting what we’ve asked for, it's about keeping what he's asked of us
Obedience leads to favor
If you keep the word, you'll find yourself doing impossible things

God has big promises for those with little power that obey

Share a time holding onto a promise God gave you fueled your faith during a difficult season?

Summary

It is not God’s job to obey us but vice-versa, and prayerful discernment is key to recognizing His leadership in our lives. We don’t learn what is true by studying what is false. His word keeps us grounded in patient endurance, as God opens and closes doors in our lives. By reflecting on God’s truths we can better distinguish the doors He opens from those that our earthly desires tempt us to force open. As we confidently trust in God, and walk in obedience, His favor will lead us to the promises He freely offers us. God loves us and promises justice from our enemies, protection from evil, and identity in Him.

Call To Action

Reflect on discerning when God may be calling us to walk through a door He opened, versus our earthly nature tempting us to try to force open a door He closed. Foster patient endurance in Christian community.


Here are some examples to start:

  • Attend a crew that sounds interesting or aligns with your talents
  • Talk to a someone about VOUS who expressed an interest in exploring spirituality

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