Pastor Daniel Cassels, his wife Hannah, children Jack, Allie and dog Sammi are new to the Santa Maria area. Daniel grew up in Washington State and Hannah in Globe, Arizona. Though this seems like worlds apart they met while Daniel was serving at Shadow Hills Baptist Church in Las Vegas Nevada. They were married January 06, 2006 and have served God as a family ever since. While attending the The College at Southwestern (a part of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) in Fort Worth, Texas they felt a call to go into full time ministry on the west coast. This call brought them to the wonderful church of Life Way Fellowship in Santa Maria California in 2009. They love to serve God by serving people, fellowshiping, and sharing the Good News of Christ.
The Fire Within & the Body Throughout
November 2, 2014
1. GOD WORKS IN YOUR _______________________
Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”
(Matthew4:18-22 ESV)(Acts4:13 ESV)
1. A disciple is someone who follows Jesus, fellowships with other believers, and fishes for people. How are you doing in these three areas? Which ones are you strong in? Which ones do you need God’s grace to improve in?
2. Do you have any reasons or excuses for why you think God cannot use you? How does the story of Ananias help you get over this insecurity?
1. Talk to your small group leader about these three areas (follow Jesus, fellowship with believers, fish for people) that you are doing well in and which ones you need to improve in. Ask for his/her advice on how to grow more in these.
2. Make a list of people that God has placed around you. Ask God for opportunities to share your faith with them.
2. GOD _____________ THE PATH
Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
(Deuteronomy 31:7-8 HCSB)(2 Timothy 3:14-17 HCSB)
1. Are there times that you get frustrated or pressured with the people you are reaching out to or discipling? Are you trusting Jesus to continue and finish the work He started in their lives?
2. Are you consistent with helping the people you disciple to encounter Jesus? Are they able to know Jesus better in small group meetings, at church, in fellowshipping with other believers, and in personal times of devotion?
1. Pray for your unsaved friends and family that Jesus will reveal Himself to them.
2. Pray to Jesus the next time you share or talk to someone else. Ask Him to create the opportunity to witness to that person.
3. GOD ALWAYS HAS A _______________________
But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” (Acts9:13-16 ESV)
(Proverbs29:25 ESV)(Matthew10:26-33 ESV)(Philippians 2:13 HCSB)
So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. (Acts9:17-19 ESV)
1. What are the specific times, situations, or people that sometimes intimidate you in sharing your faith? What are you afraid of in these situations?
2. Do you believe that the people you are discipling or reaching out to have a great purpose from God? Are you committed to help them accomplish it?
1. Pray for the people you are following up. Ask God to show you His great plan for their lives. Remind yourself of these things the next time you talk with them.
2. Have there been times or opportunities in the past where you have backed out from sharing your faith because of fear? Ask for God’s forgiveness for not being in faith. Try to contact that person to resume the conversation if possible.