If you have ever felt alone or like you needed encouragement or friends, or even just a mid-week boost, Living Word’s weekly Bible studies may be just what you are looking for. Fellowship with like-minded believers is vital to the successful Christian life. It says in Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” The early church understood the importance of this. The weekly Bible studies are a place to hear great teaching, have fellowship, eat together and receive prayer. Lasting friendships have been formed in these groups. If you need encouragement, there will be people there to pray and stand with you. Or God may use you to give encouragement to someone else. If you know someone who needs fellowship, we encourage you to invite them. It is the heart of Living Word that everyone fulfills their purpose. The mid-week Bible studies are a great way to get re-charged and help keep you on course.
Extraordinary Sisters Women’s Bible Studies
Wednesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 7pm in the Foyer: Bible Study, food and fellowship for women of all ages. Childcare provided. livingwordonline.com/womens-ministry
Band of Brothers Men’s Bible Studies
Wednesdays at 6:30am in the Coffee House: Bible Study, coffee and fellowship for men of all ages.
Thursdays at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall: Bible Study, food and fellowship for men of all ages. Childcare provided on Thursday nights. livingwordonline.com/mens-ministry
Our new Fall Classes and Connect Groups are a great way to connect and build relationships within the church, as well as equip you for ministry.
School of Witnessing – Do you like to share your faith but are not sure how? This 4-week class will empower you to confidently share your faith. On the last day of class we will be talking about our evangelistic opportunities such as home/neighborhood Bible studies and neighborhood events. There are opportunities for everyone to get involved.
Sundays at 10:30am in Room C7
Prayer School – Do you love to pray for others? Our Prayer School is a 6-week class that that equips every believer to not only pray for themselves, but to also pray and minister to others. Graduation certificates are presented to each person who completes all 6 weeks of the program (if you miss a lesson, you can always jump in on the next session for that one specific lesson). Graduates from the class are given the opportunity to become Intercessors & Prayer Partners within the Living Word Bible Church ministries, including the main sanctuary. Each graduate will be anointed and prayed over as they are released into their prayer ministry.
Sundays at 11am in the Fellowship Hall
Your Financial Revolution – Do you want to be financially free so that you can fulfill your assignment? This class teaches Kingdom principles as taught by Gary Keesee. You will have the opportunity to connect with others who have the same goals of becoming debt-free, building wealth for the Kingdom, and discovering their God-given assignment. It doesn’t matter where you are on your journey to financial freedom – we encourage and pray for each other. Teaching materials by Gary Keesee will be available for purchase the first day of class.
Please register so we know how many materials to order.
Wednesdays at 6:30pm (Meet in the Sanctuary for Praise & Worship)
Today I want to talk to you about a key that David gives us to succeed in our race—our God given assignment. When Hanna hit the bar, she won, she fulfilled her purpose, and she described it as her horn being exalted. A horn held the anointing oil. We are each anointed for a purpose, David was anointed to be King! It comes with a title, a mission, and strength. But lots of kings didn’t serve God with their purpose. They got the title. They got the strength. But they missed the mission. And herein lies the problem. There are so many gifted, skillful, amazing people on this planet, doing so many things that seem great, so many trying to make a difference, but they’re unhappy and unfulfilled. Hanna said, “My heart rejoices.” David said, “My heart rejoices.” These two found out a secret that we need.
Today I want to teach you that you were designed by God to hope—to hope with God’s kind of hope. His word is always telling us things are getting better, we are getting freer, good news! And now let the poor say I’m rich, let the weak say I’m strong. I had an old car when I was a 16, and the gas tank had rust in it. Every week or so the fuel filter would get completely plugged with rust, and the car would stop moving. The car was designed to operate at its full potential, given the right environment and ingredients. When we lose hope, when we get disappointed, we lose access to all the potential that is in Christ. Consider that we are given everything we need to remain hopeful. God has given us power, position, and purpose, all with His partnership. He has called us to remain full of hope. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, when we leave hope we find ourselves disappointed, discouraged, and deceived, unable to inherit what God has promised.
Today, I want to announce to you that you were designed by God. That design came with a purpose. There is a vessel that was placed in you, attached to your life, that is filled with desire and a destination. Your life came with a plan. You are unique. Your gifting, talents, and desires are entirely distinct. God designed you. Predestined: God foreknew you, and He knows why you are here, what your purpose is.
Today we are going to start in Joel 2:25 (NKJV), “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust. My army I sent among you.” There are four types of ways the curse has stolen from us. This passage is a prophecy of what happened when Christ came. Christ broke the curse, but then He didn’t just stop there. He promises to restore what the curse steals, what Satan steals, the years stolen from you. And so He identifies each of the four. They represent your effort/time, your relationships, your money, and your fruit. You worked for years and years and it was all wasted. You were married to the wrong man, he was abusive, he didn’t love you, 10 years, and you look at the time, ugh, what a waste. You made that investment; the money vanished like thin air. You raised your children to love the Lord, but they are running to the world.
Too many Christians have seen theft in their lives. The curse gave Satan access to steal, kill and destroy. But we must realize he has that access no more. God says, “I will restore the years.” The years of investing in the wrong job only to have the doors close, you went to a church that didn’t tell you about the Holy Spirit and the power, your parents abandoned you and stole your childhood. You thought those years were just gone, but today you are going to find out that God is restoring those years. That mistake you made and the years spent in prison, those years as a young girl abused and molested repeatedly, building a business with a partner only to have them steal all that you worked for, that deadbeat man that won’t pay child support. God says to you today, “I will restore those years, the years where the curse bled into your life, get ready for restoration!”