Not Today, Satan: Part 4 - Listening

MICRO CHURCH GUIDE
March 20, 2022
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Night of Worship, March 23
Do you love the OneLife worship experience on Sundays? Then you’ll for sure love our Night of Worship! It’s happening Wednesday night, March 23 at 6:30pm. Our campuses and Micro Churches will all join together at our North campus for an extended time of music, prayer, communion, and a few other special surprises. We can’t wait to see you there!

OneLife Students Game Night - March 25
Who doesn’t enjoy some fun competition? OneLife Students is having a game night on Friday, March 25th from 6:30pm to 8pm at the East Campus. We will have board games, yard games, and video games set up. This is going to be an awesome night for students to get connected and build relationships. Also, food will be provided so make sure your student and a friend are there.

IF Gathering: A Women’s Event, April 2
es, you’re invited to a weekend event called the IF Gathering. There will be a time of worship, incredible teaching from some of the top speakers in the country, and time to share and connect with other ladies. The event will take place from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, April 2 at our North Campus. The cost is $20 per person and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is now open, so visit onelifeknox.com/if.

MANDay Night, April 4
April 4 isn’t going to be just another Monday night. For the guys of OneLife, it’s going to be a MANDay night. Come to the North Campus at 7pm for some good food, hang-out time with other guys, and a challenging message geared toward men. Plus, we’ll be watching the Men’s Basketball National Championship game afterward for anyone that wants to stay and watch! Let us know you’re coming by writing “MANDay Night” on your Connection Card or visit onelifeknox.com/manday. Dads, bring your middle school and high school sons with you!

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SERMON NOTES & DISCUSSION

Hebrews 3:7-9 NLT
7 That is why the Holy Spirit says,“Today when you hear his voice, 8 don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested me in the wilderness. 9 There your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw my miracles for forty years.

BOTTOM LINE: Listening for the Spirit's voice drowns out the enemy's voice.

1 Corinthians 2:11-12 NLT
11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

1. The stronger the relationship, the clearer the voice.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NIV
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

2. Listen for His words.

Acts of the Apostles 8:26 NLT
26 As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.”

Acts of the Apostles 8:29 NLT
29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.”

Acts of the Apostles 16:6-10 NLT
6 Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. 7 Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. 8 So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas. 9 That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” 10 So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.

3. Listen for His nudges.

How do I know?
A - Affirming
B - Biblical
C - Christlike

Two Questions to Ask Every Moment:

What is the Spirit saying?
What am I going to do about it?
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Start Talking
What is a voice or a sound that you have learned to hear even if other people can't hear it, and when have you been able to that above the noise of the crowd or when you really needed to hear it? How long did it take you to get to know that voice or sound so well, and what did you do to learn that sound so well?

Start Thinking
Read Hebrews 3:7-9. When is the Holy Spirit speaking? In this context, what does it mean to "harden your heart"? What would have been different if the Israelites had listened to the Spirit's voice? How would they have been able to say no to the enemy if they had? (Hint: skim through Exodus 20 and Exodus 32 for one example, or share your own!)

1 Corinthians 2:11-12. How would you put this passage into your own words, or how would you explain this to someone else? What is the promise that we have in this passage? Why is that such a big deal?

Start Sharing
Read 2 Corinthians 12:8-9. When have you had an experience like Paul where you have begged God to do something for you or to change something for you spiritually? Did you hear the Spirit's voice? If so, what did you sense the Spirit telling you? If not, why do you think you didn't hear?

In Acts 16:6-10, the Holy Spirit spoke through "nudges" and situations. When have you experienced this? What were the nudges you felt? If you followed the Spirit in that situation, what was the result of your experience? Maybe you didn't follow at the time because you didn't realize it was the Spirit. Looking back on that situation, what do you now realize the Holy Spirit was saying to you?

Start Doing
If the voice becomes clearer when the relationship is stronger, what can you do to get to know the Father better?

What does hearing the Spirit's voice in your life sound like or feel like? How can you be more sensitive to and aware of what the Spirit is leading you to do and what the Spirit is speaking to you?

Either take a moment as a micro church to pray and listen, or think about your time with the Spirit over the past week and answer these two questions:

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you or leading you to do?
What are you going to do about it?

Start Praying
Practice praying together what you discussed in the previous section!

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CONNECTION CARDS
Be sure to fill out the online Connection Card to let us know next steps, prayer requests, or other information you'd like to share, Click Here.
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MULTIPLICATION
Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:

  • Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
  • What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
  • How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
  • How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
  • Who in your life do you think could be discipleable or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
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WHAT'S NEXT?
Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?

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