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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Accountability - BASICS Week 4 - Weekend Review

Here is the outline from Sunday night. Sunday night we talked about the need for personal accountability and building quality relationships.

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Lesson Topic: BASICS Week 4 - Building Relationships that Matter (Accountability)
'Fun Factor': Average
Volunteer Involvement: Above Average
Music: N/A
Student Involvement in Music: N/A
Lesson Quality: Average
Length of Lesson: 37 minutes (with video clip)
Student Response: Average
Overall Night Rating (scale of 1(not good) to 10(awesome)): 7
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BASICS Spring Training
Week 4 – Friends You Can Count On
High Voltage – May 6, 2007 – Jim Clark
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14

Life wasn’t meant to be lived in isolation.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

God designed us for relationships.
The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." Genesis 2:18

Part of Growing in your relationship with God means finding good friends who:
"No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:43-45

-Challenge
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Heb 10:24
The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 12:15
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

-Encourage
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29

-Correct
Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. Proverbs 27:6
When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Galatians 2:11

-Stick around
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble. Proverbs 25:19

Good friends who hold me accountable for my:
-Actions
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1

-Attitude
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24

Action Steps:
1. Consider the benefit of having someone who will keep you accountable.

2. Take the step and get connected.

3. Make yourself available for relationships.

The Bottom Line:
Relationships are key to life. Why not develop relationship that help you grow closer to God.
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Jim

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