Sunday Service Follow Up: 02.17.19

Sunday Service Follow Up – 02.17.2019

This past Sunday we jumped back into our series in Genesis as Joshua preached a theological sermon on the concept of “covenant.” Joshua defined covenant as “a chosen relationship in which two parties make binding promises to each other with blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience.” He also looked at each of the covenants God made with his people in scripture, helping us see how God relates to us covenantally giving us sure grounding in our relationship with him.

Below you will find discussion questions that you can work through individually, as a family, or with other believers.

Discussion and Response Questions

  1. How do you typically think God feels about you? On what do you usually base your relationship with God (i.e. your circumstances, feelings, performance)?
  2. In looking at God’s covenants we see that he is always faithful to his people. In what ways does this truth encourage you in your current realities?
  3. Our covenantal relationship with God assures us of his love for us because of Christ’s work. Where do you need to be reminded of God’s love for you? How does this assurance change the way you approach your relationship with God?
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Temporary Location & Time Change: 02.17 & 02.24

Greetings Church Family,

Yesterday afternoon we received a call from the La Mesa Community Center informing us that during the renovation of their main building they encountered some construction setbacks, which have made our usual meeting location unavailable to us for the next two weeks.

After finding this out, we looked into a couple different options for meetings times and places.  After considering all the details, it seems best for us to meet this Sunday afternoon and next Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Helix Bible Church (8742 Lemon Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91941), which is right down the road from where we normally meet.

We are very sorry for this inconvenience.  Unfortunately, it’s entirely out of our hands.  Let’s give thanks for the Lord’s provision of another place for us to gather corporately to hear from Him and respond in praise and worship. It’s also a good reminder that the church is not a building or a place, but a people!

If you’re scheduled to serve on either of these Sundays and this change has caused a schedule conflict, please reach out to your ministry leader to let them know ASAP.

On behalf of all our elders, grace and peace,

Joshua

 

Sunday Service Follow Up: 02.10.19

Sunday Service Follow Up – 02.10.2019

This past Sunday, Josh Fenska from Redeemer Community Church preached a sermon titled “Suffering and Safekeeping” from 1 Samuel 22. Below you will find discussion questions that you can work through individually, as a family, or with other believers.

Discussion and Response Questions

Read 1 Samuel 22.1-23 and consider the questions below:

  1. This passage opens with David in a place of desperation and distress, fleeing for his life. In what ways can you relate with David’s experience? How can David’s response seen in the Psalms (ex. Ps. 57) encourage and instruct your responses to these experiences?
  2. Ahimelech’s example in vs. 6-19 shows us that living a holy life does not equal a happy or pain-free life. How does this scene challenge your understanding of how our actions influence life’s outcomes? How can this conviction (that a holy life doesn’t equal a happy life) help you in the midst of life in this fallen world?
  3. How does David’s promise of safety for Abiathar point forward to Christ’s promise to us? What’s your response to this promise? How can this promise encourage you in the midst of life’s difficulties?

 

“Life Explored”: An Overview

As we discussed last Sunday, we’re planning to add another tool to our evangelistic toolbox.  It’s called “Life Explored” (LE).  You can go HERE to see some sample videos.

Below is what we handed out to give an overview of this helpful outreach tool:

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What’s the Big Idea of Life Explored?

We all want to be happy. Why is lasting happiness so hard to find? Life Explored (LE) is an exposé of the little gods that promise us so much happiness, yet deliver so little. As it explores the Bible story (creation, fall, redemption, new creation), Life Explored shows how our deepest desires for happiness can only be satisfied in one person, Jesus Christ. The best gift God can give us is himself.

At a time in the Western world when basic knowledge of the Bible is increasingly rare, it is a pleasure to recommend Life Explored. Here is an introduction to the good news found in Jesus Christ, sweeping through some of the “big pictures” in the Bible. As far as a short series can, Life Explored outlines what the Bible is about, exposes our idolatry, and makes clear where forgiveness and hope lie. This is one of the best of the rising number of evangelistic tools addressing men and women in the twenty-first century. – D. A. Carson

For Whom is LE Intended?

LE has been designed to speak powerfully to those who don’t consider themselves to be religious and have never read the Bible. But it will also provoke good discussions among followers of Christ, too.

What are the Distinctives of LE?

  • Introduces a biblical worldview: Because in the West, we can no longer take any level of biblical literacy for granted, LE gives people the context they need to be able to understand who Jesus is and why he came. A panoramic view of the Bible is given – creation, fall, redemption and new creation – rather than just a narrow slice of the picture.
  • Focuses on the nature of God: Because we can no longer assume that the God many have rejected is actually the triune God revealed in Scripture, each session emphasizes a different aspect of God’s wondrous character and work – i.e., the good God, the trustworthy God, the generous God, the liberating God, etc.
  • Teaches sin as idolatry: Because it’s more readily acknowledged among post-moderns than the concept of law-breaking, LE explains sin as idolatry. People begin to see that they are worshipers of something, whatever that may be, and if it is not the living God who made them and gives them every good thing they enjoy, their chosen god will “eat them alive” (to use David Foster Wallace’s phrase).
  • Uses visually-engaging tools: Because of the way Nathan brings David to repentance in 2 Samuel 12 – telling him a story which “catches the conscience of the King” – LE includes a series of short films which help people to grasp biblical truth in a deeper, more convicting way.

How does a typical LE session work? 

  • Meal: begin with a simple meal together
  • Film 1: introduces the theme for the evening (10 minutes)
  • Discussion: brief introductory discussion of the theme (5 minutes)
  • Bible: a Scripture reading connected with the theme (2 minutes)
  • Film 2: a visually-engaging teaching on the theme (15 minutes)
  • Bible: a passage that further develops the theme (3 minutes)
  • Discussion: an investigative Bible study of the above passage (25 minutes)

LE covers seven sessions; the intended start date is FRIDAY, APRIL 26 (the week after Easter)

Sunday Service Follow Up: 02.03.19

Sunday Service Follow Up – 02.03.2019

This past Sunday we continued the third installment of our current series called “Imago Dei and Our Day,” looking at how the image of God (Imago Dei) shapes what we must believe and how we must live in response to important issues in our day. Looking at 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, Tab showed us how the Imago Dei relates to our proclamation of the glory of Christ.

Below you will find discussion questions that you can work through individually, as a family, or with other believers.

Discussion and Response Questions

Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 and consider the questions below:

1. How would you sum up God’s main point in 2 Corinthians 4:1-6?

2. How are the unbelieving described in verses 3 and 4, and how should this description affect us?

3. The apostle proclaims the gospel (verse 5) because of what he says in verse 6. What’s the connection, and how should that connection help us?

4. How would you like this passage to shape how you relate to the unbelieving around you? To whom might you reach out and how?

Sunday Service Preparation: 02.03.19

Sunday Service Preparation – 02.03.19
The goal of this post is to help you prayerfully and thoughtfully prepare for gathering together as the church this Sunday. Take some time to read the selected sermon text, listen to some of the songs, and pray for the pastor and those who will gather.

SERMON TITLE
Imago Dei & Our Day – Proclaiming the Glory of Christ

SERMON TEXT
2 Corinthians 4:1-6 (click to read online)

SUNDAY’S LITURGY

     Let Your Kingdom Come
Call to Worship
     In the Shadow of the Glorious Cross
There is a Fountain

Corporate Confession
Assurance of Pardon
     Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor
Jesus, Thank You
Sermon
Lord’s Supper
     I Will Glory in My Redeemer
Benediction
PRAYER OF PREPARATION

Consider joining us Sunday mornings for our pre-service prayer from 8:45-9:45 a.m. in the Recreational Building kitchen! Pray with us as long as you’re able, even if you can’t stay the entire time.
If you’re unable to gather with us in prayer Sunday mornings, below is a prayer of preparation you can pray to ready your heart to be met by God in our service this Sunday.

Blessed are you, Lord God, King of the universe.
In your wisdom you have made all creation to worship you.
As we prepare for worship, we pray that you will quiet our hearts,
That we may hear your voice in your Word.
We pray that you will stir our hearts,
That we may more faithfully follow Jesus,
And that you will be glorified by the praise and prayers we offer you.
Bless those who lead us in worship with your Spirit.
May our worship today help us to offer our entire lives to you
And unite us with your whole church throughout the world.
Amen.

Sunday Service Follow Up: 01.27.19

Sunday Service Follow Up – 01.27.2019

This past Sunday we continued our three-part series called “Imago Dei and Our Day,” looking at how the image of God (Imago Dei) shapes what we must believe and how we must live in response to two critical issues in our day: the sanctity of human life and racism.

Looking at the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10, Chris Sandoval from Servant Church in Barrio Logan helped us to see why racism – the individual and communal belief, along with the oppressive, unjust, and negligent actions based on the belief that one’s race is better than that of others – is a sin and breaks God’s heart.

Below you will find discussion questions that you can work through individually, as a family, or with other believers.

Discussion and Response Questions

Read Luke 10:25-37 and consider the questions below:

  1. Chris showed us how racism is a sin because it breaks the 1st and 2nd great commandments (Luke 10:27) and it seeks to limit the number of people we’re called to love. In what ways have you seen the sin of racism in your own life? Where does this passage expose sin or unbelief in your life?
  2. Jesus is calling us to be the type of people who move away from our comfort and toward need, who show mercy (Luke 10:37). How does the gospel compel us and help us to become this type of people?