Never Alone: Part 3 - Navigating Loneliness

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November 20, 2022
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jingle Jam, Nov 27 & Dec 4
Jingle Jam is a Christmas Party big enough for the whole family! It’s an interactive Christmas presentation for kids and parents that’s full of exciting music, fun characters, and a unique perspective of Christmas like you’ve never experienced before! Join us at 6pm on November 27 at the North Campus or December 4 at our East campus for this exciting night. And be sure to invite another family to join you. We can’t wait to see you there!

Christmas Parades are Coming!
This year, OneLife will participate in the Downtown Knoxville Parade on December 2 and the Powell Parade on December 3. This is an awesome way to represent our church in the community, plus, it’s a lot of fun! There are opportunities to help with float construction and decorating, as well as walking in the parade alongside our float and other OneLifers! Sign-ups are available now at onelifeknox.com/parade, or you can write “Christmas Parades” on your Connection Card and we’ll send you the link to sign up.

Volunteer Christmas Banquet
If you serve on a OneLife volunteer team, then we can’t wait to see you Sunday night, December 11 at 6pm for our annual Volunteer Christmas Banquet. Our campuses are joining together at the Jubilee Banquet Facility on Callahan Road for one GIANT red carpet celebration. It’s going to be a blast! Visit onelifeknox.com/banquet to RSVP or talk to your team leader for more details. If you’re not a part of a volunteer team, this is a great time to get involved. Mark the volunteering box on your Connection Card!

OneLife’s Community Christmas Services
OneLife will be holding our annual community Christmas services on December 22, 23 & 24! Come experience the sights and sounds of the season during this modern, yet still traditional Christmas production. From candlelight and Christmas carols to lights, music, and more, this is an event you won’t forget! Visit onelifeknox.com/christmas to see all the service times and to reserve your free tickets today.

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BOTTOM LINE: Feeling loneliness happens. Navigating loneliness overcomes.

Joshua 1:1-3 NLT
1 After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. 3 I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you—

Joshua 1:5 NLT
5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.

1. God's promises are my fuel.

Joshua 1:6-8 NLT
“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

2. God's word is my map.

Joshua 1:9 NLT
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

3. God's presence is my protection.

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START TALKING
When have you known that you would have to do something that would hurt or be uncomfortable or hard? Maybe it was pregnancy, a new workout, a busy season, or a diagnosis. What was the pain or discomfort that you knew was unavoidable? How did you prepare to get through it? What tools did you use to navigate whatever it was?

START THINKING
Read Joshua 1:1-2.
Put yourself in Joshua's shoes. What do you think you might have felt as you heard this? How might you have felt loneliness and why?

Read Joshua 1:3-5.
What is the promise that God gives Joshua, specifically? Why do you think giving Joshua this promise was so important? How do promises help us when we are lonely?

What are promises of God throughout scripture that you can think of that are helpful or could be helpful when you feel loneliness or face something you have never faced before? Make a list as a micro church of all the promises you can think of and then spend time this week meditating on and studying those.

START SHARING
Read Joshua 1:6-8.
When has God's word helped you in a time of loneliness or facing something you had never experienced before? Getting to know the nature and character of God more - in other words, knowing Him more closely on a personal level - helps us in those times because even when God's Word may not speak to a specific issue or circumstance, knowing Him better helps us to hear from Him, be more like Him, and experience Him. When have you experienced this? What did you learn from it?

Read Joshua 1:9.
When have you experienced the presence of God in a circumstance or situation that you faced, or most especially in the midst of loneliness? How would you describe the presence of God to someone who may not understand? How did it help you then, or how would it help you in the future, to be strong and courageous when you face uncertainty or loneliness?


START DOING
What promises will you focus on this week to face loneliness or uncertainty with confidence and courage?

What specifically in God's Word will you focus on this week?

How can you practice experiencing the presence of God in your life this week?


START PRAYING
Pray for each person and the practical steps they shared in the section above. Pray that God uses these experiences to write a story for each person that will point others to Him, and that we all look for ways to share that story wherever we live, work, or play.
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