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North Main Street Church of God

Learning to Restrain

Learning to Restrain

1201 North Main Street Ext. Butler, PA 16001 02/12/2023

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North Main Street Church of God

1201 N Main St Ext, Butler, PA 16001, USA

Sunday 10:30 AM

Sunday Morning

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We are so glad that you joined us today at North Main Street Church of God. At North Main we exists to develop completely committed followers of Christ who...
Know Christ intimately,
Grow in Christ continually, and
Go for Christ daily

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Newcomers to North Main

If you are a newcomer, we’re so glad you’ve joined us! If you’re here in person, make sure to stop by the Welcome Center where we have a gift bag for you with some information about us and some delicious homemade chocolate chip COOKIES.
For those online please visit the website below and make sure to click the COMMUNICATION CARD button and fill that out so we can send you a free gift!

Church Mobile App

Did you know North Main has a church mobile app? Access videos anytime from your device and never miss a sermon. Securely and easily give your tithes, offerings, and donations. Instantly register for upcoming events, and stay in the know of what's happening. Contact Us at any time with a simple message. Find others in the North Main directory. To download go to:

Bible Reading Plan

Join us in 2023 as we read through the Bible in a year and highlight evidence of “KINDNESS” throughout our daily Scripture readings. Reading Guides and GREEN highlighters, the color that represents KINDNESS, are available at the Welcome Center. You can also access the resources digitally on NORTHMAINCOG.ORG/BIBLE

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We have several upcoming events for more information, please visit the Welcome Center or our website at:

Softball Team

If you’re interested in playing softball with our church league this summer, the interest meeting is on February 19th. For more information please follow the link below.

Meals on Wheels

North Main has an opportunity once again this winter to partner with Meals on Wheels in February by supplying them with desserts. MEALS ON WHEELS is a program that delivers food to homebound people who are not able to prepare food for themselves. They receive a full-course hot meal along with dessert. Please bring in your desserts to North Main's Kitchen on Sunday, February 26th. Have the items labeled & packed ready for the freezer in non-returnable containers. NO ICING, NUTS, OR CREAM PIES Suggestions: Cookies or Brownies– no nuts Gingerbread Cupcakes – no icing on top (can be filled) Bundt cakes – no icing Pies – any kind except cream pies Angel Food cakes – for diabetics Sugar-Free desserts – for diabetics

After service, you MUST HAVE your security sticker to pick up your children. When we dismiss the elementary students before the sermon If you do not have a security sticker or have any questions, please head to the Welcome Center where there will be a staff member there to assist you.


We thank you for your faithful gifts. You can give online and, of course, on Sundays by using the secure drop boxes located outside the doors of the Sanctuary. THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS.
Learning to Follow
(Numbers 20:1-13)
Yearly Theme: “Kindness is… Action”
Series Title: “Kindness in the Wilderness”
February 12th, 2023
Something to think about:

So, how do we use our freedom? Are we prone to use it selfishly in order to cater to our desires and whims? Or do we use our freedom to serve others. And what about restraint and self-control? Do these things have an effect on the freedoms we’ve been given? Though we have the freedom to respond to circumstances and situations with anger, rage, and hatred toward others, what are the consequences when we react these ways?

Today we come to a passage of Scripture from the book of Numbers in the Old Testament. Again we pick up the narrative during the time the Israelites have been punished to wander in the wilderness for 40-years just outside of the Promised Land. The passage that we will be taking a closer look at today is only one instance of many when the Israelites grumbled and complained against GOD and Moses due to the harsh conditions of the wilderness they were condemned to wander. In Numbers 20 we see, however, not only were the people complaining about not having water, we see Moses and Aaron – in their anger toward the people – disobeying GOD’s command to bring water to the people by speaking to a rock. Let’s take a closer look:
Here’s the takeaway this morning:

Key Point: “Self-control is the discipline to follow GOD’s commands rather than our personal impulses.”

Have you ever been in a fight with someone and your words were pretty heated and the telephone rings? Notice how quickly you can manage your anger! You've got a lot more control over your anger than you think you do.

There are so many things that test our patience, that it’s easy to give in to our baser sinful instincts. Instead of refusing to respond to situations impulsively, many people – when pressed – react in anger to situations that necessarily need a cool head. Moses (and Aaron, his brother) found himself in this situation. Let’s look at the details of this particular narrative this morning:
· Miriam (Moses’ and Aaron’s sister) ______________ and was ______________.

Numbers 20:1 (NLT), In the first month of the year, the whole community of Israel arrived in the wilderness of Zin and camped at Kadesh. While they were there, Miriam died and was buried.
· The people ______________ against Moses and Aaron.

Numbers 20:2-5 (NLT), 2 There was no water for the people to drink at that place, so they rebelled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The people blamed Moses and said, “If only we had died in the Lord’s presence with our brothers! 4 Why have you brought the congregation of the Lord’s people into this wilderness to die, along with all our livestock? 5 Why did you make us leave Egypt and bring us here to this terrible place? This land has no grain, no figs, no grapes, no pomegranates, and no water to drink!”
· Moses and Aaron ______________ against GOD in their ______________ toward the people.

Numbers 20:9-13 (NLT), 9 So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before the Lord. 10 Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.
12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!” 13 This place was known as the waters of Meribah (which means “arguing”) because there the people of Israel argued with the Lord, and there he demonstrated his holiness among them.
Something to take home:

If we consider the story of Moses and Aaron in this passage, we see the consequences of using our freedom in our anger to disobey GOD’s commands. What we convince ourselves is righteous anger oftentimes is not. And rather than follow the commands of GOD when situations become unbearable, we all too often err on the side of “sticking it to the man” so to speak. When we surrender our lives to Christ, we not only become new creations, but we become slaves to Christ rather than the sin that so easily entangled us. When we become slaves to Christ we learn what true freedom really is as we take on His nature as His image bearers. It’s only then that we reflect the true nature of GOD to the world around us through the love we have in our hearts.

Key Point: “Self-control is the discipline to follow GOD’s commands rather than our personal impulses.”

1. What were the Israelites complaining about and to whom?

2. What is the craziest thing the Israelites said to Moses?

3. What did God tell Moses to do to address the complaint?

4. What did Moses do?

5. What was the consequence and who received the punishment?


What is one area of your life which lack discipline?

Has that area always been a battle for you?

How have you attempted to exercise self-control in this area in the past?

How is God directing you to re-address this area of your life?

What will you do in response to his leading?



2 Timothy 1:7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

Find something you can do together with your family to help serve each other, and do it together every day. Begin building self-discipline.

For example:
Do the dishes together at the same time every day.
Take a walk or exercise together.
Pray with and for each other.
Read together.
Make a craft or play a game.
GO into the world


This week, practice saying something nice to someone you usually see but don’t speat to….

And speak to them every time you see them this week!

Journal their response and take note of what God is doing in your life also.


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North Main Street Church of God

1201 North Main Street Ext.Butler, PA 16001 (724) 285-4214


We thank you for your faithful gifts. You can give online at NORTHMAINCOG.ORG/GIVE, text "give" to (724) 313-2211, and, of course, on Sundays by using the secure drop boxes located outside the doors of the Sanctuary. THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS.
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