Hey everyone! I’m so sorry that last week’s church notes are late–and I hate to tell you, but this week’s will probably be late too because I’ve got a crazy couple of weeks lined up. I’ll aim to have them posted by the end of next week.
Anyway, onto last week’s notes!
Worship began with “Let Go” Hillsong Young and Free, followed by a baptism, testimony, and segment sharing how our giving is helping Hurricane Florence victims. Then we resumed singing with “Power” by Elevation Worship, off of their new album that released September 28th. Then we sang “With You”, a song by Elevation Worship that hasn’t been recorded yet.
I Lost My Confidence
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.
2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, 4 though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
- We have confidence without competence.
- Sometimes our consistency can be the enemy of our humility.
- We have put our confidence in confidence.
- Confidence developed outside of the process that develops true confidence is false confidence.
- The dangers of overconfidence are just as great as the dangers of under-confidence.
- We’re living in a culture that projects confidence at all costs, and the cost of false confidence is ignorance.
- Sometimes we want to have a confident belief without the behaviors that build confidence in our lives.
- To real confidence you have to have consistency. To have confidence you have to have competence, which is built through consistency. If you’re going to have real confidence you’ve got to have character.
- When circumstances are not reflecting our confession, our faith collapses beneath the weight of unmet expectations.
- It’s not how much confidence you have, it’s where you put it that counts.
- Have you put your confidence in the right place?
- Why would you put your confidence in God in how people treat you?
- A lot of our confidence that we put in our judgments, in our assessments, is based on our external observations of people, and we can never really know anyone’s heart.
- Let’s stop being so quick to categorize people based off of what we see with our eyes or certain behaviors in their lives.
- We’re so busy trying to project confidence when God is trying to impart it.
- It’s not about how much confidence you have, it’s about the basis on which you’ve built it.
- The answer to our anxiety isn’t more confidence; it’s more Christ.
- After you have lost your confidence, you can expect a resurrection.
- God will allow certain circumstances in your life and He will use those circumstances to crucify your false confidence, and if we don’t understand this, we will try to pray our confidence back down off the cross. But only after our confidence dies can it be resurrected as faith. While I was confident in me, I could not have faith in Him.
- God has to crucify your confidence in order to give life to your faith.
- God is trying to give you something greater than confidence in your flesh.