Making a difference In Your Community

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Making A Difference In Your Community

Learn how to apply the wisdom of God

to bring about changes in you and in your community

that will generate both temporary and eternal dividends

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3819 N. Van Rd.

Olney, Il 62450


Making A Difference In Your Community

This training module uses the Bible to enable sincere truth-seekers to understand themselves, their community, and how they can positively change their lives in order to change their living and working environments. Approximately three hours should be set aside for this module. Participants should be provided with a practical checklist for follow-up action along with a Bible and other helpful resources.


  • Understanding Yourself

  • Knowing The Purpose of Your Community

  • Understanding How Your Community Should Operate

  • Improving Your Community by Changing Yourself

  • A Daily Routine to Develop Good Habits

  • Checklist For Action

  • Helpful Community Resources

Understanding Yourself
Created in the likeness of God
Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Psalm 139:13 – 16 “For you created My inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Genesis 1:28 “…Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Romans 8:16 “…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
For the Purpose of:
1 Corinthians 5:20 “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”
Titus 2:7 “in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.”
Study Questions

  1. What in man seems to correspond to the image of God?

  2. When were you created by God?

  3. What does God mean when He says to be fruitful and multiply and to have dominion?

  4. How would you describe the ‘good works’ that God has prepared for you?

Knowing the Purpose Of Your Community
Definition: Since God made the heavens and the earth and everything therein, He alone is Sovereign over the affairs of men. He created nations in order for men to seek after Him. Since communities are a microcosm of a nation, what the Lord says about nations also applies to communities. The following outline illustrates God’s purposes for communities:
To Glorify God
1 Corinthians 10:31 “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
To Practice the Ways Of the Kingdom
Romans 14:17 “for the Kingdom is not food or drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 12:4-6 “For we have many members in one body, but all members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them…
1 Corinthians 10:24 “Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.”
1 Corinthians “For the Kingdom of God is not in word but in power.”
To Provide a Place For People To Live To Work
Genesis 2:15 “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 “that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.”
To Meet the Needs Of People
Matthew 23:11 “But he who is the greatest among you shall be your servant.”
Galatians 6:10 “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Romans 13:8 “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

To Produce Wealth For The Kingdom
1 Corinthians 10:26 “for “The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness.”
Deuteronomy 8:18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
Ezra 9:12 “…and never seek their (unbelievers) peace and prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good of the land, and leave it as an inheritance to your children forever.”
Psalm 112:1-3 “Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth. The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.”
Ecclesiastes 5:19 “As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor, this is a gift of God.”
Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches. But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me. That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgement, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, “says the LORD.
Psalm 22:28 “For the Kingdom is the LORD’s, and He rules over the nations.”
Psalm 103:19 “The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.”
Daniel 4:17 “…that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.”
Daniel 7:14 “Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.”
Luke 12:31 “But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Luke 12:42-44 “And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.”
Understanding How Your Community Should Operate

  • Being a good steward

  • Being open, fair and accountable

  • Keeping a focus on Jesus and obedience to the Holy Spirit’s direction

  • Freely giving to the Lord’s work

  • Ministering the gospel by obedience to it

  • Giving all glory to God

Being a Good Steward
1 Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”
Being open, fair and accountable
Titus 1:7-9 “For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.”
Keeping a Focus on Jesus and Obedience to the Holy Spirit’s direction
Titus 2:11-15 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.”
Philemon v. 20-21 “Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord. Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.”
Freely Giving to the Lord’s work
Proverbs 3:9-10 “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”
Malachi 3:10-11 “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts,”
Luke 11:41 “But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you.”
Ministering the Gospel by Obedience to It
Luke 11:28 “But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.”
Luke 12:2 “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.”
Luke 12:5 “But I will show you whom you should fear, fear Him who, after He has killed, has the power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!”
Luke 12:8-9 “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.”
1 John 2:3-6 “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says; “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”
Giving All Glory to God
II Corinthians 5:9 “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.”
I Timothy 1:17 “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Improving Your Community by Changing Yourself
Note: You cannot change yourself on your own strength. Only God through His Holy Spirit can bring about lasting change for His Kingdom purposes.
ACCEPT the unique way God made you. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”(2 Corinthians 4:7) “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” Why did God make us out of clay? So that it would be absolutely obvious that anything of eternal value accomplished through our lives is from God and not us. God created us to bring glory to Himself, not glory to ourselves. God said; “I will not share My glory with another.”
People should be able to look at us and say; “What a remarkable God he or she must serve.” Remember: The world may pass you by, considering you insignificant. Yet, if you know Jesus Christ, then the very God of the Universe dwells within you through the person of the Holy Spirit. God chose you as His dwelling place and He desires to work through you.
Study Questions

  1. What makes you valuable?

  2. What should people say when they look at our lives?

Romans 9:20-21 “But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?
If for instance you compare yourself to someone else, are you not quarreling with your Maker? He made you to serve and glorify Him in a way that no one else can. Until you fully accept the package God rolled together on the day He created you, you will not become the person he intended you to be.
Also, if you pursue a job or ministry that God didn’t create for you to fulfill or undertake a project He hasn’t called you to, you are again quarreling with your Maker. In essence you are saying, “God, I’ve got a better idea than you.
Study Questions

  1. What does it mean to quarrel with you Maker?

  2. In what way have you quarreled with your Maker?

Being EMPTIED of Self to Make Room for What God Wants to Do In and through Your Life (Philippians 2:3-4) “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (For more on this read through verse 15)

Study Questions

  1. Your attitude should be like that of Christ Jesus” – describe that attitude.

  2. Think of people around you who are ‘drowning’. What specific help can you bring them?

Other nuggets of wisdom for seeing change in ones self:

  1. Stay focused on God and His agenda (rather than yourself and your own conveniences).

  2. Cultivate an attitude of Thankfulness. (Why not make a list of everything you have to be thankful for).

  3. Treat other people as better and more important than yourself. (James 4:12) “God alone, who made the law, can rightly judge among us. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to condemn your neighbor. Live your life in an attitude of prayer. (Thessalonians 5:16-18)

  4. Earnestly desire to be used by God, rather than to use God.

Study Questions

  1. Who are you living for – God or self?

  2. Do you actively cultivate and attitude of thankfulness or are you discontent?

  3. If discontent, what changes will you make?

  4. Do you have a critical spirit?

Allowing God to CLEANSE You Even If the Process Is Painful

1 John 1:8-9 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and Just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Read 2 Samuel 12:1-14 to see how King David was confronted of his sin by the prophet Nathan. We should not despise the prophets in our life. Welcome those people who dare to confront you with your sin.
Prayer and Meditation on God’s word cleanses. Read Psalm 51:1-17
Trials can be used in the cleansing process. The Bible says “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."” God does not condone sin; He didn't cause your heartaches and He does not rejoice in your pain. But in His Sovereignty He allows it. Romans 8:28 says; 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.”
The only way suffering can cleanse, rather than destroy us, is if we yield our dreams and agendas to His will. Ask yourself now; “Am I willing to allow God to mold me and shape me, using whatever tools, whatever circumstances He chooses? If you answer yes, then you can become a vessel God can use.
Study Questions

  1. Do you have to be perfect to become a vessel God can use? How important are others people’s opinions of your qualifications?

  2. In what ways has God already used you to make a difference in others lives? Make a list of those things that come to mind by name and thank God for the privilege of being a vessel used by Him.

  3. What is the difference between accomplishing things for God and allowing Him to accomplish His work through you?

Understanding what God wants to accomplish through your life is far more important than deciding what you think you can accomplish for Him. The key to effective living is understanding how and why God works through imperfect vessels like us.

Closing Scripture Prayer:
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “May God Himself, the God of Peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.”
A Daily Routine To Develop Good Habits
Note: As a believer, you can receive the following
Timothy 1:2 “To Timothy, my true son in the faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Psalm 138:3 “In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.”

Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he mediates day and night.”

Psalm 5:3 “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.”

Psalm 18:49 “Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your name.

II Corinthians 2:14-16 “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death to death, and to the other the aroma of life to life…”

Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God as dealt to each one a measure of faith.”

Romans 12:9-21 “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; Distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep; be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”says the Lord. Therefore if your enemy hungers feed him; if he thirst, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Checklist For Action

  1. Ask the Lord Jesus Christ to reveal Himself to you

  2. Read the book of John in the Bible

  3. Repent of your sins, ask Jesus to come into your heart and be your Lord & Savior

  4. Acknowledge that Jesus is Sovereign over your community

  5. Know that your (His) community is a work of the Lord & that you are His steward

  6. Set aside time in the morning to read the Bible and to pray

  7. Pray that the Lord will bless you, your family, your community & your Church

  8. Attend a Bible-believing church

  9. Ask the Lord what His priorities are for you and your community

  10. Involve Jesus in every aspect of your daily work activities and expect Him to answer your prayers

  11. Manage by setting an example for others to follow

  12. Make it a habit to regularly tithe from your income to your Church

  13. Ask trusted Christian friends or coworkers to pray for your community

  14. Hold yourself accountable to someone who will be “frank” about your actions

  15. Freely admit your mistakes and be open to others

  16. Develop a grateful attitude

  17. Be the same person in and out of your home and job

  18. Know that you have an enemy who strives to accuse, steal and destroy and works on your most vulnerable areas. Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ Jesus, flee from evil, immediately turn from temptations. Use only God’s word against the enemy. Let the love of Jesus overcome all fear.

  19. Trust Jesus for everything & all situations & lean not on your own understanding

  20. Expect good changes to occur. Keep a log of your prayers & results

  21. When you need help, try to find someone to help first

Helpful Book Resources

  • Bible Be sure you have a translation of the Bible that you can understand and, pray that the Holy Spirit will quicken your mind and heart to receive it.

  • Business By The Book – Larry Burkett

  • Power For Living – Jamie Buckingham & Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation

  • The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham - Myra

  • Finding The Way – Christian Business Men’s Committee

  • A Case For Character, Skill, Serving & Calling – T. Addington & S. Graves

  • First Order Of Business – Stephen W. Sorenson

  • The Weapon of Prayer – E.M. Bounds

  • Why I Believe – D. James Kennedy

  • Jesus Works Here – Robert J. Tamasy

  • Ready Defense – Josh McDowell/Bill Wilson

  • Doing Business God’s Way – Dennis Peacocke

  • Lessons in Leadership From the Bible – Kenneth Cangel

  • Redeeming the Routines – Robert Banks

  • The 25 Common Problems In Business – Jim Zabloski

  • Faith and Freedom – Mathew D. Staver

  • The Management Lessons of Jesus – Bob Briner

  • Show and then Tell – Kent & Davidene Humphreys

  • The Soul of the Firm – C. William Pollard

  • Your Work Matters to God – Doug Sherman & William Hendricks

  • Work – Ben Patterson

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