Catalyst Week 3

Personal Ministry

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Life changing truth - When the Bible becomes accessible and livable in your life, you begin to do what it says. 

  1. Spiritual Disciplines: things that bring us into God’s presence & help grow our dependence on Him. Looked at money, prayer, and fasting. Give God your first few minutes & first few dollars.

  2. Significant Relationships: people in your life that walk with, encourage, challenge, and help

  3. Pivotal Circumstances: good, bad, confusing things that happen that shakes us

  4. Today: personal ministry 

PERSONAL MINISTRY IS THE PATHWAY TO YOUR PURPOSE

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

Matthew 14:13-16

Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said.”

Matthew 14:16-18

And Jesus directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.

Matthew 14:19

They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Matthew 14:20-21

IMMEDIATELY Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

Matthew 14:22-24

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

Matthew 14:26

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

Matthew 14:28-29 

Will you pray this prayer.... 

Jesus, please invite me out of my comfort zone. I want to help people. I want to do great things for you. I want to be with you and used by you. Please invite me out of my comfort zone. 

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Matthew 14:30-31

Question: where is God nudging you, urging you, inviting you out of your comfort zone? 

PERSONAL MINISTRY IS THE PATHWAY TO YOUR PURPOSE