Chris Papazis

Chase The Lion – Developing A Lion Chaser Mentality


Covers:
– Lessons from Benaiah
– In a pit with a lion on a snowy day
– The grasshopper mentality
– 3 traits of a lion chaser
– Dismantling your lions

 

Locked and Loaded – Going Nuclear


Locked and Loaded – When soldiers say this they are making a declaration: “I am ready. I am prepared for the battle that is to come.” The Bible tells us that as followers of Christ, we too are in a battle. However, the fight is not against people – it is against the spiritual forces of darkness – unseen, and yet very real. Are you prepared? It’s time to Lock and Load!

This message covers the believer’s map, compass, first aid pouch, and something called the Nuclear Option

Locked and Loaded – Weapons, Resources, and Equipment


Locked and Loaded – When soldiers say this they are making a declaration: “I am ready. I am prepared for the battle that is to come.” The Bible tells us that as followers of Christ, we too are in a battle. However, the fight is not against people – it is against the spiritual forces of darkness – unseen, and yet very real. Are you prepared? It’s time to Lock and Load!

This message covers some of the weapons, resources, and equipment God has given us in support of His Mission in our lives.

Locked and Loaded – The Battle


Locked and Loaded – When soldiers say this they are making a declaration: “I am ready. I am prepared for the battle that is to come.” The Bible tells us that as followers of Christ, we too are in a battle. However, the fight is not against people – it is against the spiritual forces of darkness – unseen, and yet very real. This message covers: The Battle, The Enemy, The Victory, Our Authority, and The Mission

At The Movies: Spiderman


During this three part series we talked about some of our favorite movies and how they teach us about issues like overcoming giants, not wasting our God-given potential, and as illustrated by Peter Parker in the movie Spiderman – dealing with and overcoming resistance.

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Hebrews, Session VI: Staying faithful, part 2


Fuel Bible Study

The Book of Hebrews: Session VI – Staying faithful, Part 2

  1. Hebrews 3:719 Positive power of a negative example; Encourage one another to prevent hardening of heart; deceitfulness of sin

Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME, AS IN THE DAY OF TRIAL IN THE WILDERNESS, WHERE YOUR FATHERS TRIED Me BY TESTING Me, AND SAW MY WORKS FOR FORTY YEARS. “THEREFORE I WAS ANGRY WITH THIS GENERATION, AND SAID, ‘THEY ALWAYS GO ASTRAY IN THEIR HEART, AND THEY DID NOT KNOW MY WAYS’; AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, ‘THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.'” Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, while it is said, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME.” For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.  (Hebrews 3:7-19) 

  1. What is the main theme of chapter 3?
  2. How would you define faithfulness?
  3. There seems to be a crisis of faithlessness in our culture today? Why do you think that is so?
  4. In chapter 3 the writer uses 3 examples to make his point about staying faithful. Name 1 of the 3.
  5. What are your thoughts concerning the faithfulness of Moses as the leader of the Children of Israel during the time of the Exodus?
  6. In what way(s) was Jesus faithful during his life on earth?
  7. Can you think of a time when Jesus demonstrated his faithfulness to you? Encourage the people in your group by sharing it with them
  8. “To be forewarned is to be forearmed” How does knowing that you will experience times when you will be tempted to be unfaithful in your walk with Christ prepare you to resist the temptation?
  9. Have you ever been tempted to act in an unfaithful way towards Jesus? If you feel comfortable doing so, share your insights with the group
  10. Even when we blow it, when we come to God with a contrite heart, he is faithful to dust us off, clean us up, and continually work with us until we get it right. How has this worked itself out in your life?
  11. Another title of tonight’s message could be “The Positive Power of a Negative Example” or “Their Pain our Gain” Can you think of a time when somebody in your life (parent, sibling, friend, co-worker, etc…) displayed negative behavior, but when you saw the consequences, it influenced you to do the opposite?
  12. It is wise to learn from our own mistakes. Why is it wiser still, to learn from the mistakes of others?
  13. Proverbs 4:23 says “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” Break down the meaning of this verse with your group. Then share ways you can “keep your heart with all diligence.”
  14. Encouragement is in short supply in our world. It seems many people feel that they can elevate themselves by tearing others down. What are some creative ways we can encourage others in our circle or sphere of influence? (include both believers and non-believers)
  15. How can habitual sin deceive somebody and cause their heart to harden?
  16. As we finish chapter 3 answer the following questions
  17. Is there a promise to claim?
  18. Is there a warning to heed?
  19. Is there a takeaway to apply to your life?
  20. Is there something new (or something made fresh to you) concerning God in our last 2 studies?

 

Stay faithful, even when it’s hostile!

 

At The Movies: Rocky


During this three part series we talked about some of our favorite movies and how they teach us about issues like overcoming giants, overcoming resistance, and as illustrated by the life of fictional boxer Rocky Balboa – reaching and not wasting our God given potential.

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Receiving the love of God


Receiving God’s love is hard sometimes. Because we are all too aware of our failures and shortcomings we constantly feel unworthy. On top of that our enemy, the devil is called the accuser of the brethren – We feel his fiery darts of accusation on a daily basis. In this message from our Jesus Swagger series we discussed how we can overcome our feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness and actually live in the freedom that comes from receiving the love of God.

*Check out the book JESUS SWAGGER by Jarrid Wilson

“Before I go, you have to know – Holy Ghost”


Just before He ascended into heaven, Jesus promised to send His followers the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we could be true and living witnesses for Christ. Tragically, many have admired this gift but never opened it. In this message we explore the “forgotten” person of the Trinity – Holy Spirit.

Presence Over Preaching


When life wrecks you with crushing blows that leave you paralyzed, you can either respond by being angry with God or by running to Him. When we are weak, He is strong! During the series, Run to the Roar we explored how to let Jesus sustain you by running to Him. No matter what you are going through today, Run to the roar!

 

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