Redefining Leadership

Scripture Passage: Psalm 131

Kingsland is blessed with many men who are seeking God’s heart for their lives, interceding in prayer for the marriages and their kids, leading strong both spiritually, relationally and working hard to provide, all the while trusting God as the ultimate provider.

Psalm 131, written by King David, contains some very practical lessons on servant leadership that men can apply as they lead their homes.

1. Redefined Power | 

Power is the ability to create change. Smart parenting involves both the use of hard and soft power. Parents must balance their use of both and exercise wisdom, humility, and grace as they lead their children.



Do you tend to be too hard on your kids or too soft? What is the danger of these extremes?



2. Accepted Limits | 

Dads must help their children understand the value of boundaries. Doing so can help keep our kids on track.

What boundaries have you set for your kids and why? How do you explain to your kids the value of boundaries?



3. Faith-filled Contentment
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Great leaders and great parents reach a maturity in their walk with God that anchors their souls to God’s faithfulness — so that when storms arise, or times are confusing, they can be at rest.



In what ways do you or should you model contentment for your kids that assures them you are trusting God?

Bible Truths About Same-Sex Attraction

Scripture Passage: 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Kingsland goes to many of the geographically “hard places” when it comes to missions. We are also willing to go to the “hard places” philosophically as well. The topic of same-sex attraction is one of those hard places. When it comes to this topic, some churches are so weighted on the side of truth that they express hatred. Others are so weighted on the side of grace that they forsake biblical teaching.

Forgotten Truths About Same Sex Relationships

1. Same sex attraction or gender confusion will not send you to hell anymore than heterosexuality or gender certainty will send you to heaven. 

Paul exhorted the Corinthian Christians to not continue to embrace the things they did before coming to faint in Christ. Jesus talked about denying ourselves in order to follow Him — and that includes the things Paul wrote about, including our ideas, ambitions, dreams, and even our sexuality.

2. Homosexuality goes against God’s plan. Homosexuality is mentioned eight times in the Scriptures (four in each testament), and lesbianism (homosexuality between females) one time. In no instance is it commended. It is always described as wrong and unnatural.

3. Each of us, regardless of our background or sexual preference, are invited to be transformed by Jesus. There are many situations where we can buy into the lie that we cannot change. 1 Corinthians 6:11 tells us otherwise — “And some of you used to be like this!” So some of those who had been redeemed, who were a part of the Body of Christ, used to be involved in same-sex relationships.

We have the best news on earth for anyone who is missing out on God’s design for their lives in any shape or fashion. Jesus transforms lives. Kingsland should be the safest place on earth to open up about feelings of same-sex attraction. We won’t win any popularity contests by saying that there’s a better way, but we’ll honor God by loving people and speaking the truth in love.

The Value of Life

Scripture Passages: Psalms 8, 139, 103

The Bible affirms that life is sacred — that we are made in God’s image, that we are His special creation deserving of being treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, rank, or riches.

Every act of kindness as well as every act of violence that is committed in the world today is motivated by an underlying worldview and what that particular worldview teaches about the value of human life. What an individual believes about the value of human life can motivate them to either aggressively hurt others or to compassionately move in the direction of the hurting.

For too long, we have limited the scope of our understanding of the sanctity of human life to abortion alone. Abortion is indeed a violation of the sanctity of human life — but beyond this particular violation there are many others.

•  What are some other ways in which the sanctity of human life is violated in our world today?

As the primary faith trainers in their homes, parents must intentionally teach and model for their children what it means to value all human life — including their own. An individual who feels that their own life has little or no value is likely to have little or no regard for the welfare of their neighbor.

Our children must know that they are of inestimable value to God and to us. By so doing our children are more likely to affirm the worth of others, less likely to harm others, and more likely to stand against and to defend those whose lives are in danger.

• In what ways are you helping your children understand what it means to value human life?

• How are you guarding your children against media and messages that teach a disregard for human life?

• What can you and your family do to stand as champions for the value of human life?

 

Psalm 127

Scripture Passage: Psalm 127:1-5

We all are familiar with keys and most of us carry many keys. Keys are essential to gaining access to what is locked. The Bible is like a key. We carry it with us but often fail to use it to unlock the wisdom we need for daily living.

Understanding the Bible

The Old Testament is a collection of 39 books written in Hebrew and divided into the Torah, History, Writings, and Prophets. These books tell us the story of God’s faithfulness.

The New Testament is a collection of 27 books written in Greek. These books tell us the story of Jesus and the Church.

The Psalms were written by multiple authors over a number of years. These writings comprise Israel’s hymnbook.

Psalm 127 addresses the balance of home and work.

1. Biblical view of Work (Verse 1) | Unless the Lord builds the house…
It’s not about working a little harder; it’s about finding the work God created for us.
We are designed as humans to work. God has meaningful work for us to do, but in order to find that work, you need to find God. (John 15:5, Hebrews 12:2, Ephesians 2:10).

2. Biblical View of Provision (verse 2) | He gives…while they sleep
You are not the source of everything. Everything you have is because God gave you.
Seek the Kingdom and He will provide your needs. God wants to move us to confident, cheerful dependence on him to provide (2 Corinthians 8:13-15).

3. Biblical View of Family (verses 3-5) | Children are a gift
The primary place that God wants to use you is in the home. It all starts in the home and then everything flows from that. The world tells us to place our priorities elsewhere, but the home is the most essential place of priority.

Discussion Questions:

• What work do you believe God has called your family to do in this season? How are you seeking God to find that work?

• In what ways do you trust the Lord for provision in your life and with your family?

• How is family remaining a priority in your home? What are steps you can take to make the home a place of continued blessing to those there?

Mother’s Day Lessons from Mary and Martha

Scripture Passage: Luke 10:38-42

Every mother has a profound level of influence – and many moms are at times overwhelmed with the task of raising a family. The Bible gives us insight into how moms, and each of us, can navigate a busy existence.

The story of Martha and her sister Mary gives us insight into how to live a balanced life.



Lessons from Martha —

1. Anxiety | When Jesus visited her home, Martha was pulled in many directions. She was overwhelmed by preparations.

2. Irritability | Martha was visibly upset, especially because she wanted help from her sister, Mary.

3. Despair | Preoccupation with and anxiety over preparations can easily lead to despair because things might not get done.

Lessons from Mary —

1. Posture | Mary sat at the feet of Jesus when He visited her home. She submitted to His authority and sought to listen and to learn from Him.

2. Priority | Mary made it a priority to sit at Jesus’ feet. Priorities are the things we say yes to at the expense of other things which we say no to. People mistakenly think that their priorities are the things that they think are most important. Our priorities are actually the things we do!

3. Time | There is no substitute for time spent in the Lord’s presence with no interruptions. Mary found focused time to submit her mind intellectually to the Word of God.

Truths from the Word of God for mothers —

• You are blessed and surrounded by God’s favor (Psalm 5:12).

• You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).

• The Lord delights in you and He quiets you with His love and rejoices over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).

• You are God’s treasured possession (Deuteronomy 7:6).

• You have been called out of darkness and into God’s wonderful light to praise Him (1 Peter 2:9).

• God has lavished His great love on you and you are His daughter (1John 3:1)

Called to Surrender

large logoGenesis 22: 15-17a “Then the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “By myself I have sworn,” this is the LORD’s declaration: “Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your only son, I will indeed bless you.”

This Sunday, Commitment Sunday, is the culmination of five weeks of focus on our commitment to My Mission, My Home, My Legacy. Pastor Ryan began by asking, “What is your greatest test of faith you can remember?”

Share what test of faith crossed your mind at that question.

Pastor Ryan said that when God speaks to our heart and calls us to respond that we are called to three acts of surrender. These are found in today’s Scripture passage:

  1. Absolute surrender requires absolute commitment.

Just like coming to an intersection that has a yield sign, Pastor Ryan reminded us that God always has the right of way, and we are always called to yield to Him. It’s been suggested that surrender is saying yes before you know the question.

Tell those with you of a time when you overcame fear and yielded to God’s call in faith

  1. Absolute surrender requires absolute obedience.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “Only he who believes is obedient, and only he who is obedient believes.”

Share a tough time you trusted and were obedient to God’s call

  1. Absolute confidence in His promise.

Speak of that time when you trusted God for His promise

Share a commitment you make just today in one of these areas:

  • My Mission – moving in the direction of those in need
  • My Home – Hold the habits; Own the table; Mark milestones; Engage beyond the home
  • My Legacy – commit to giving first and best over the next three years

Intercessory Prayer

Scripture Passage: Genesis 18:16-33 | Abraham’s intercessory prayer for the people of Sodom

Four Blessings That Can Come From Intercessory Prayer

1. Intercession Draws Us Closer to the Heart of God
God works in us when we pray for other people. The greatest reason to pray is to connect with the One with whom you’re praying.

2. Intercession Invites Us Into the Mission of God
When we pray missional prayers, it draws us in to a missional life. As you pray, you’ll begin to see with Kingdom eyes. You’ll realize a lot of the opportunities around you aren’t coincidences but divine appointments.

3. Intercession Appeals to the Character of God
God delights in our praying according to His nature.

4. Intercession Invites Extraordinary Answers from God.
If you are saved, it is because you are the answer to someone’s prayers. All the great work that Kingsland has been able to participate in is an answer to prayer!

Discussion Questions
• Do you see your neighbors as coincidences or divine appointments? How are you praying for them? And if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. Matthew 21:22
• Who is that one person, one family, one community, one nation, that if you took Matthew 21:22 seriously, you would pray for?
• Do you believe that people’s lives are changed for eternity because you prayed? Why or why not?

My Mission, My Home, My Legacy

We are in the middle of a focus on where God is taking Kingsland and how each of us can be a part.

Abraham is a great example of someone who trusted God with a vision. He received a greater vision. A vision is based on God’s promises, and there are two types:

• Strategic Vision is our inherent desire to imagine, create and plan for a better future.
• Spiritual Vision is the faith to see the invisible promises God has made available now.

Abraham responded in faith and took steps of faith.

Kingsland has identified 3 areas of vision for our church. We need to move in that direction.

My Mission – The unique place God has called us to lead and serve with our passions, talents and abilities

My Home – Our goal is to transform 10,000 homes with the Gospel. That starts in each of our own homes.
• Hold to the Habits
• Own the Table
• Mark the Milestones
• Engage Beyond

My Legacy – Our financial prayers. Abraham rested in God’s ability. Even though Abraham believed God, he still struggled with trusting God and trusting himself to respond appropriately.

Talk About It

• How does God want you involved in Kingsland? Each of us should get alone with God and ask Him.
• What steps of faith can we take to respond to the vision?
• What areas of your home life need some work?
• Who is God calling your family to reach out to?

Generosity and Giving

Our God is a giving God. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that giving is a key theme in the Scriptures — second only to salvation. Like the early church, Kingsland is a generous and giving church. Your gifts enable us to invite others, from Katy to the ends of the earth, to find true fulfillment in Jesus Christ one home at a time.

The Old Testament story of Abraham teaches us some important lessons about giving.

Read Genesis 14:17-24

1. Giving is Voluntary | Giving is a natural thing when you appreciate or love someone. Abraham offered the priest Melchizedek a tenth of everything he had. He did so voluntarily and not out of obligation.

In what ways do you acknowledge that everything you have is a gift from God and that you are a steward of what He has given you?



2. Generosity Costs Something | We should give because we want to and not because we have to or ought to. Abraham did not give his leftovers to the Lord. Instead, he gave a planned portion in recognition that the Lord is the Possessor of heaven and earth.

Which of the following best describe why you give?


I give because I have to (giving according to the law).
I give because I ought to (giving according to guilt).
I give because I want to (giving according to grace).




3. Giving is an Indicator | Abraham refused to express dependence on anyone but God. His giving was an indication that he deeply loved and worshiped God. This is also the first time in Scripture that giving is mentioned in the context of worship.



What does your giving indicate about your worship?

Discussion: Consider where you are on the giving ladder and how you can take a step or steps of faith toward a life of increasing generosity.



First Time Giver
Emerging Giver
Consistent Giver
Tither
Bold Giver

Principles of Calling

large logoIn Genesis 12:1-4 the Lord speaks to Abraham and calls him to move from where he is to where God is moving him. The Lord speaks to us today and calls us to move in His direction through 1) His Word 2) gifted teachers 3) the Holy Spirit 4) circumstances and trials.

  1. God’s Call Always Precedes an Invitation to Move

When God speaks to us He invites us to move in His direction. God moves us from where we are to where He wants us to go.

  1. You’ll Never Fulfill Your Calling Without a Cost

When God speaks to us and moves us it is an opportunity for us to trust God with whatever it may cost us to follow Him.

Kingsland is embarking on a church-wide Vision Campaign over the next five weeks to seek God and make a commitment in three specific areas of our lives: 1)My Mission 2)My Home and 3) My Legacy.

Discussion:

  • Kingsland’s Vision Campaign is a time to seek God’s presence and direction in our lives. What are some things that could hinder you from truly seeking God and allowing Him to move you?
  • Pray! Ask God to help you seek Him and give you a heart that is willing to be moved.
  • Vision Campaign Daily Devotionals: Read today’s devotional in the Vision Campaign Booklet that you received at church today. Commit to seeking God and His direction daily during our Vision Campaign.