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LG and Friends: The Benson Ladies

Pastor Amber Benson

ACTS 4:13
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been WITH Jesus.

Acts 4:8-12
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9 If we today are being examined concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, how this man has been healed,10 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands before you whole. 
11 He is‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ 12 There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”


  1. Peter & John were bold.

Acts 3:16
16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

2. Peter and John were unschooled

Matthew 10:16 - 20
16 “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. 17 But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues. 18 You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.[
e] 19 When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. 20 For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5
When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters,[
a] I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan.[b] 2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.



2 Peter 3:18
18 Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.

3. Peter & John’s actions/leadership led others to glorify God.

Acts 4:21-24
21 The council then threatened them further, but they finally let them go because they didn’t know how to punish them without starting a riot. For everyone was praising God 22 for this miraculous sign—the healing of a man who had been lame for more than forty years.
The Believers Pray for Courage
23 As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said. 24 When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—


How can we be WITH Jesus?

  1. Lay down

Psalm 23:2
"He MAKES me lie down in green pastures. / He leads me beside the still waters."

  1. Look at Him

John 1:36-37 ESV
“and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.”


John 1:32-34 ESV
“And John BORE WITNESS: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have SEEN and have BORNE WITNESS that this is the Son of God.””

3. Listen Up

1 John 2:6 ESV
Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked


Romans 10:27 ESV
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

John 10:27
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

15for15: Legacy

15 for 15
Part 3
The Future Years: Legacy


Key thought: DON’T BUILD A LIFE… BUILD A LEGACY!

Legacy Builders…

1. Life builders are focused on TODAY | Legacy builders are focused on TOMORROW

Proverbs 6:6-8 TLB “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazy fellow. Learn from their ways and be wise! 7 For though they have no king to make them work, 8 yet they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.”


2. Life builders are focused on GETTING | Legacy builders are focused on GIVING

Luke 12:16-21 NIV ““The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”


3. Life builders are focused on TITLES | Legacy builders are focused on TESTIMONIES


4. Life builders are focused on THIS GENERATION | Legacy builders are focused on THE NEXT GENERATION


1 Chronicles 28:6-7 NLT “He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon will build my Temple and it’s courtyards, for I have chosen him as my son, and I will be his father. 7 And if he continues to obey my commands and regulations as he does now, I will make his kingdom last forever.”

5. Life builders focus on the TEMPORARY | Legacy builders focus on the ETERNAL

I Corinthians 3:10-15 NLT “Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful.”

15for15: Credibility

The Middle Years: Credibility


Daniel 6:1-5 NIV “It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel...”

1. Serve Quietly

2. Love Genuinely

3. Speak Respectfully

I Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect for everyone.”

I Peter 3:15 “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”

4. Lead Faithfully

Daniel 6:4 NLT “Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy.”

I Thessalonians 4:11-12 TLB “This should be your ambition: to live a quiet life, minding your own business and doing your own work, just as we told you before. 12 As a result, people who are not Christians will trust and respect you…”

Mark 7:37 “People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well.

5. Pray Regularly








15for15: Identity

The Early Years: Identity


Psalm 128:1-4
 “Blessings on all who reverence and trust the Lord—on all who obey him!
2 Their reward shall be prosperity and happiness. 3 Your wife shall be contented in your home. And look at all those children! There they sit around the dinner table as vigorous and healthy as young olive trees. 4 That is God’s reward to those who reverence and trust him.”

Key thought: When you get busy building something FOR God, God gets busy building something IN you

Judges 6:11-13 “The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” 13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

1. God SEES MORE IN YOU than you think

Judges 6:15  “Pardon me, my lord,”… “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

“You are not what you think you are, you are not what others think you are, you are becoming what you think the most important person in your life thinks you are.”
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John Maxwell


2. You HAVE MORE IN YOU than you think

Judges 6:14 "Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?”


3. FAILURE IS NOT WHAT you think


4. It WON’T ALWAYS HAPPEN THE WAY you think


5. It’s LESS ABOUT YOU than you think

Judges 6:16
The Lord answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”

AKA: Harvest Worker

AKA
Part 4
Harvest Worker

Matthew 9:35-38 NIV “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to SEND OUT WORKERS into his harvest field.”

Isaiah 6:8 NIV “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Jesus perspective on the Harvest…

1. The harvest was PERSONAL to Jesus

Matthew 9:36 “When he saw the crowds, HE HAD COMPASSION on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

Luke 19:41 NIV “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, HE WEPT over it.”

2. The harvest was PRIORITY to Jesus

John 4:35 NKJV “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already WHITE for harvest!”

3. The harvest will PERISH without workers

Matthew 9:37 “the harvest is plentiful but THE WORKERS ARE FEW”

Romans 10:13-15 NIV “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

How can you answer the harvest workers prayer?

1. Share your LIFE

2. Share your CHURCH

3. Share your STORY

Luke 5:24 NIV “So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”

AKA: Army

AKA
Part 3
Army


SERVING in the ARMY OF GOD

1. Serve WILLINGLY

Ephesians 6:7 ISV “ Serve willingly, as if you were serving the Lord and not merely people…”

Romans 13:8 GNT “Be under obligation to no one—the only obligation you have is to love one another.”

2. Serve FAITHFULLY

3. Serve SACRIFICIALLY

2 Timothy 2:4 TPT “For every soldier called to active duty must divorce himself from the distractions of this world so that he may fully satisfy the one who chose him.”

Matthew 6:1-4 NCV “Be careful! When you do good things, don’t do them in front of people to be seen by them. If you do that, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2 “When you give to the poor, don’t be like the hypocrites.
They blow trumpets in the synagogues and on the streets so that people will see them and honor them. I tell you the truth, those hypocrites already have their full reward. 3 So when you give to the poor, don’t let anyone know what you are doing. 4 Your giving should be done in secret. Your Father can see what is done in secret, and he will reward you.”

4. Serve WHOLEHEARTEDLY

Ephesians 6:7-9 NIV “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

Colossians 3:23 NIV “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

Romans 12:1 NCV “So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.”