At The Movies – Part 3: Making A Difference Through Being Me

At The Movies – Part 3: Making A Difference Through Being Me

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Making A Difference Through Being Me
At The Movies – Part 3
July 3-4, 2021
Cody Kiwaczyk

  • I Make A Difference By Being Who God Made Me To Be

“Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us…’ So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:26–27 (p.3)

  1. Don’t worry about what others may think.

“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” Galatians 6:4-5 (p.894)

Series Key Verse: “Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.” 1 John 4:11 (p.943)

  1. Don’t look back.

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” Philippians 3:13 (p.901)

  1. Be who you are.

“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” Psalm 139:14 (p.476)

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 (p.896)

Next Step: ___ I will use one of my unique qualities to make a difference in someone’s life this week.


Discussion/Groups Guide from the Weekend TalkFrom the Weekend Talk of July 3-4, 2021
At The Movies – Part 3: Making A Difference Through Being Me

Use this guide to discuss the Weekend Talk with your family or friends.

When Lif­e Groups are in session they use questions like these to go deeper into what we talked about on the weekend. Find out more about Groups (in person and online) at alivechurch.com/groups. Our Fall Groups Semester begins the week of August 22.

Conversation Starters

  • The character Napoleon Dynamite is a bit of an oddball and has an odd family.  Every family seems to have at least one ‘odd’ family member. If you have one, what’s the funniest or strangest thing they have done?
    • Have you ever tried to help a friend achieve an ambition?
      • Did it have any funny consequences? (One example could be that you helped them ask out a potential date).
    • Do you work with–or have you worked with–someone who was slightly odd or simply just a little bit different?
      • What makes them different?
      • Have you learned anything by how you have treated them?
    • When have you felt like the “odd one” in a group? Why was that?

Qui­­ck Review

Looking back at your Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out, challenged, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and related Bible verses from this Weekend’s Talk Notes.

The key spiritual principle Pastor Cody Kiwaczyk emphasized this week is:

  • I Make A Difference By Being Who God Made Me To Be.
    • Read Genesis 1:26-27 (p.3)
      • When God was creating the world, at the end of each of the 3rd, 4th 5th and 6th days He said it was good what he had done. In verse 31 God said all He had made was very good.
      • And on the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. (Genesis 2:2 p2) God took satisfaction from a job well done. We need to try and be satisfied in who God made us to be.

Cody gave us three reminders to help us live in who God made us to be:

  1. Don’t worry about what others may think.
    • Read Galatians 6:4-5 (p.894).
      • Sometimes we get caught up in what others think of us and our work: a harsh criticism or sarcastic comment can make us feel bad about ourselves and our work. If this happens repeatedly it can hurt our confidence. It is in times like this that we need to share what is going on with our life group and trusted friends so they can pray for us/each other.
    • Pray for those who may be ‘picking on’ you, and ask others to pray for them, too. Jesus died for those people too. And remember one of our catch phrases at Alive Church: Everyone spends eternity somewhere.  
    • Remember, everyone is different and has something to offer.
      • Some are good at making things, some selling things and some creating/designing things.  We all have different roles/gifts (See I Corinthians 12 (p.877)).
      • Whether it is in the church or outside, we need to have the same attitude. We need to work as if we are working for God ( Colossians 3:23 (p.904). You are in the job where you are because God wants you there.  This is hard if you do not like the job or it has a toxic atmosphere.  So why not ask God why you are there? 
        1. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  (Romans 8:28 (p863))
  2. Don’t look back.
    • Read Philippians 3:13 (p.901).
      • Many people get stuck looking back in their lives, to a time when (they think) the grass was greener and life was so simple. Living in the past can lead to melancholy and will distract from the tasks we have to do today/tomorrow. 
        • In Paul’s first letter to the church at Thessalonica at the end of each chapter he reminds them that Jesus was going to come again. See 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 (p906) for an example. This is fact. See Acts 1:11 (p830).
      • We need to look forward to the day when Jesus comes or calls us home. There are 168hrs in a week. How much of that time do we spend working to spread the Good News of Jesus? 
        • We should be doing this not just when we attend an Alive Church, but in our day-to-day lives, as well.
          • Remember we are ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20 (p.884)).
  3. Be who you are.
    • Read Psalm 139:14 (p.476).
    • Read Ephesians 2:10 (p.896)
    • Remember Genesis 1:27, which we look at before. We are made in God’s image – God who created everything, the Supreme Being created us.
      • It’s important to remember that not only did He only Son to die for us so that we could have a relationship with God, which is restoring the way it was meant to be back in the Garden of Eden-perfection. 
      • We should take comfort in the verse: If God is for us, who can ever be against us? (Romans 8:31 (p863)).
      • In a Talk last Fall Pastor Steve Tanner encouraged us to pray scripture. 1Corinthians 3:16 p871 is a verse we should pray to encourage each other regularly.  Wherever we are we can be ourselves through the Grace of God. Remember we have God’s spirit dwelling within us.
    • Finally, the last word should go to Paul: So encourage each other with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:18 (p.906)).
      • Being part of a Life Group is to be part of each other’s lives and to encourage and pray for each other and to build each other up to grow the Kingdom of God!
        • NOTE: Life Group signups begin soon for the Fall Semester, which begins the week of August 22.

My Next Step This Week:

_______ I will use one of my unique qualities to make a difference in someone’s life this week.

Use the link on the app or go to your Connection Card at www.alivechurch.com/card to indicate you are taking this Next Step so that we can pray for you.

* The Life Transformation Bible is the New Living Translation of the Bible, including many useful tools to help you better understand God’s Word, including our own Alive Church Life Transformation Discipleship Plan. They are available FREE. Let us know if you’d like to have one. We also have a Kids Edition of the Bible, as well.

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