“The God Pleasers”
SPEAKER: Troy Champ
Who are the people you’re prone to please? Maybe it’s people who can advance your career, or maybe it’s people who withhold their affection. All of us have a desire to feel loved and appreciated by others. You may not be a diagnosed people pleaser, but are your actions shaped more by a desire to please people or to please God? Jesus says blessed are the God pleasers, especially when it would be more profitable to please people.
Identify people who get your goat. These are people in your life who have power over you to push your buttons and control you. You don’t have to listen anymore. As Dr. Henry Cloud says, “No one can manipulate you unless you need something from them. Figure out what you need and you will discover the source of their power.”
Don’t be surprised when you pay a price for your faith in Jesus.
Be ready with an answer about your faith in Jesus. Take time to prepare yourself for questions from others.
“Musings on Science and Theology”- this website reviews books and talks about where faith and science interact.
“Biologos”- this website has resources on various topics to help the church and the world see the harmony between science and biblical faith.
“The Allure of Gentleness” by Dallas Willard; this apologetics book will teach readers how to use reason and the Holy Spirit to help friends with their doubt.
Read John 12:43
Primary text: Matthew 5:3-10
Other texts in this message: John 12:42-43, Galatians 1:10, 1 Corinthians 4:3-4, 2 Timothy 3:12, John 15:18-20, 2 Corinthians 2:14-16, 1 Peter 3:13-17, Isaiah 53:3-4
WORSHIP SONG LIST
Hosanna Brooke Ligertwood
I Will Boast In Christ Reuben Morgan and Scott Ligertwood
O Come To the Altar Mack Brock, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, and Wade Joy
At the Cross (Love Ran Red) Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Ed Cash, and Matt Armstrong
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Troy Champ, The Good Life, John 12:42-43, Galatians 1:10, 1 Corinthians 4:3-4, 2 Timothy 3:12, John 15:18-20, 2 Corinthians 2:14-16, 1 Peter 3:13-17, Isaiah 53:3-4, Matthew 5:3-10, The God Pleasers, Blesssed are the God Pleasers