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: Under Pressure

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 2:8-11

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life. 9 “ ‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’


Reference Scriptures: Isaiah 41:4, 43:10, 44:6, 48:12 & 53:5, Hebrews 4:15 and Psalm 46:1

Main Idea

Following Jesus is a beautiful journey, but we all know that true faith doesn't come without purification and opposition. The reality is, the enemy isn’t threatened by you, but by the God who lives within you. There is a great purpose, and calling on your life, and the crushing pressures that we face in this lifetime isn't without cause. Whether we feel pressure from relationships, emotions, spiritually, financially,  it's because there’s a bigger purpose on the other side of it.​​ The church of Smyrna knew this first hand. They weren't facing crushing pressure because of disobedience, but rather because of their faithfulness. Jesus trusted their faith, and reminded them that He doesn't come to evaporate the pressure, but rather to encourage them to embrace it. This truth still stands today. We are called to hold tightly to the fact that Jesus has been through it all, He is the first and the last, and He will always meet us in the middle.

Pressure produces God's promises in our lives. If you keep running from the pressure, you risk running from the promise.

Pressure Proves

When we experience a time in the valley, we should surrender and cast all our cares on to Jesus so that He may use this time as evidence of His faithfulness and our salvation. We can prove that our loving creator of all is never limited or confining in His care for us.


Revelation 2:10-11 ESV  “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.”

Let your pressure prove your faith.
You don’t know you have faith, until you have to use it.
Confronting pressure is difficult, but Jesus, God in the flesh, first walked through the valley to gain the victory on the other side.

A calling that hasn’t been tested is a calling that can’t be trusted

When pressure intensifies in your life, how can you maintain the right perspective and remember your identity in Christ Jesus to help build?

Pressure Produces

Just like great pressure upon ordinary coal produces a stunning diamond, pressure placed upon us has the potential to produce something incredibly valuable and beautiful within us. The key is to steward this pressure according to God’s will by standing with Him under the load. By bearing the weight of our calling in and through Christ Jesus, we will become stronger and more resilient than we ever imagined.

Psalms 46: 1 ESV God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Pressure expands our capacity for growth.
We don’t know what’s in us until there is some weight put on us.
Stop managing your pressure and start surrendering your pressure to Jesus.

“Your breaking point is usually your breakthrough.” - GK Chesteron

What is the difference between being refined by pressure and being crushed by it?

Summary

Painful situations are never easy, but there is always a purpose in the pressure. Yet, if we don’t give pressure a point, then our pride can ultimately pervert God’s purpose. The good news is: God knows all your tribulations, even when you feel like no one is watching. He can be silent but He is never absent. Jesus has the final word, He is the end and the beginning. Remind yourself that you are a child of God, and He calls you by your name. Surrender everything to Him, and allow troubling times to prove your faith and confidence in Christ. Lastly, remember,  the enemy will attack you, but don’t take it personally, because its not about you; but rather its all about God- whose radical love defeated hell, death, and the grave.

Call To Action

This week in your daily prayer and devotion time, identify 3 pressure points in your life and write them down. Challenge yourself to surrender your pressure points to God in prayer each day of the week.

Last CTA:

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.

Announcements

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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