Sluggard vs Servant, Part 1 :: YouVersion Event
StoneBridge Community Church
Sluggard vs Servant, Part 1
Associate Pastor Jonathan Lusche
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  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:00 PM, Saturday 6:00 PM

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The Text In Context

"The characteristics of the sluggard are described in the New Testament as the characteristics of the old nature of the Christian which must be put off." Read more by clicking this link.

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“There are a number of ways to state the Second Law (of Thermodynamics)... At a very microscopic level, it simply says that if you have a system that is isolated, any natural process in that system progresses in the direction of increasing disorder, or entropy.” 

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1a. The sluggard...
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The sluggard focuses on excuses.
1b. The servant...
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The servant embraces God's purposes.

60 Ridiculous Excuses People Actually Used

Here's a little fun seeing the extent to which people will go to get out of work.

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2a. The sluggard...
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The sluggard exaggerates circumstances.

Why Advertising Needs Exaggeration To Be Creative

Pastor Jonathan referred to advertising's need for exaggeration - because it influences behavior. Here's only one of many articles about the subject.

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2b. The servant...
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The servant exaggerates their effort to overcome.
GROWTH GROUP / PERSONAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS

Discussion starter - Have you every been accused of being lazy, (a sluggard)? Was it valid?

1. In what areas of your life are you prone to slack off? In what areas of your life do you exhibit passion and diligence? What do your answers say about you?

2. What are the excuses in your life or, what excuses have you harbored in your heart, that have hurt your relationship with God? How have those excuses hampered your ability to fulfill God's purposes for your life?

3. What are the excuses in your life or, what excuses have you harbored in your heart, that have hurt your relationship with another, or others? How have those excuses effected those relationships?

4. As you thoughtfully consider the excuses you've leveraged in your life, what role has exaggeration played?

5. If you subtract the exaggeration, does the excuse that remains hold any validity? If so, is it a valid concern that can be managed in a healthy way?
NEXT STEPS
- I will acknowledge my excuses and set my mind on God's purposes for my life.
- I will address my exaggerations and invest my time and talents in serving God and others.

Theologian and reformer John Calvin identified three essentials of Christian faith: The Trinity, the life and work of Jesus, and justification by grace through faith. Sadly, many Christians have lost sight of these essentials. Rolling out over the next three summers, StoneBridge Essentials is a podcast series that will focus on these historic Christian beliefs. At the center of the Christian faith is the doctrine of the Trinity, a description of God that is impossible to fully understand but necessary to uphold. Starting the first Tuesday in August (and every Tuesday for the following five weeks), Part 1 - The Trinity will be available by podcast. Listen to this five-part podcast series and additionally, sign up for one of the following, supplemental discussion groups: Tuesdays, 5:30pm - Facilitator Rick Cadruvi by Zoom; Wednesdays, 11:45am - Facilitator Pastor Jonathan by Zoom; Wednesdays, 6:30pm - Facilitator Pastor Jonathan in person, Fireside Room; Thursdays, 6:30pm - Facilitator Rick Cadruvi in person, Fireside Room. Sign up by emailing info@stonebridgesimi.com.

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This past week, we wrapped up our final week of the StoneBridge Parents podcast. Children and Family Ministries director Stephanie Leedy sat down with friends and members of the StoneBridge community, Shannon Rohrer and Sally Thompson, and talked about mom guilt. All 5 episodes are available to listen to any time. Look for these special episodes within the StoneBridge podcast.

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