Sunday Service Follow Up

Sunday Service Follow Up – 07.21.19

This past Sunday we began a three-week journey into the Gospel of John as Jonathan Shradar from Reservoir Church in Escondido preached to us from John 6. After the feeding of the five-thousand, Jonathan unpacked Jesus’ bread of life discourse by helping us see that in a world of wanting, only Jesus satisfies.

Discussion and Response Questions

Read John 6:22-58 and consider the questions below:

1. What are the idols we seek after in our desire for more? How do these things become poison?

2. How are we likely to try to manipulate Jesus? If we can’t make a “transaction” with him, how do we live? (see vs. 28: what must we do?)

3. What does it mean to “consume” Jesus, and how do we practically do that?

4. What was the Spirit saying to you? What are you going to do about it, and how can we help?

Sunday Service Follow Up: 07.07.19

Sunday Service Follow Up – 07.07.19

This past Sunday we continued our series in Genesis as Tab preached on Abraham’s offering up of Isaac in Genesis 22. In this passage we see how God, in his love, provides the lamb so that his people might live. Below you will find discussion questions that you can work through individually, as a family, or with other believers.

Discussion and Response Questions

Read Genesis 22 and consider the questions below:

  1. In your own words what’s the main point of this passage?
  2. When do you struggle to believe that you’re loved by God?
  3. How does this passage reassure you of God’s love for you (cf. Rom. 8.32, 35-39)?

Life Explored – Recap

As I mentioned on Sunday, we had a great Life Explored course over the past couple of months.

Life Explored is a seven-week course introducing people to the God of the Bible.  We began each session with a meal, then watched engaging videos and discussed a passage from the Bible.

We had a total of nine guests attend, and about seven of them attended regularly.  I asked for some feedback from our guests, and here is what they said about their experience:

  • “All the content …made me see different ways of how God is good to me.  The different opinions and points of view open your eyes.”
  • “All of it was good – especially the discussion questions and how each of us related or thought about it.”  –
  • “I loved everything about this course… so wonderful to be welcomed into someone’s home, fed, greeted with joy, listened to, heard and appreciated.  I gained so much from listening to others.  I wish I had taken notes and then reflected more when I got home.” –
  • “The variety of ideas and input…  was thought-provoking and prompted conversation.”

Thank you to everyone who prayed and to everyone who invited guests.  I know my guests didn’t come, and maybe yours didn’t either.  But we’re simply seeking to be faithful by reaching out with the love of Christ and declaring this good news, that our God may use us as ‘fishers of men!’

We are tentatively planning a follow-up course in the Fall called Christianity Explored.  It is an investigative bible study for people to see who Jesus is in the gospel of Mark.  More info to come.

Please keep reaching out this summer, praying, sharing, and inviting!

Sunday Service Preparation: 06.30.19

06.30.19
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 TOPIC
Genesis: Children of the Promise

SCRIPTURE TEXT
Genesis 20-21 (click to read online)

SUNDAY’S LITURGY

   Your Love is Strong
Call to Worship/Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
     Behold Our God
Never Once

He Will Hold Me Fast
Responsive Reading (Luke 12:22-32)
     Hide Away in the Love of Jesus
Sermon
The Lord’s Supper  
Cornerstone

Benediction

PRAYER OF PREPARATION

Consider joining us this Sunday morning for our pre-service prayer from 8:45-9:45 a.m. in the Rec. Room 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 Preparation: 06.23.19

06.23.19
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 TOPIC
The Bible on Homosexuality – Our Response

SCRIPTURE TEXT
1 Corinthians 5-6 (click to read online)

SUNDAY’S LITURGY

   O Praise Him
Call to Worship
     Rock of Ages
Murdered Son

Glorious Son
Nicene Creed
     How Great is our God
Sermon
The Lord’s Supper  
Amazing Grace

Benediction

PRAYER OF PREPARATION

Consider joining us this Sunday morning for our pre-service prayer from 8:45-9:45 a.m. in the Rec. Room 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.

Almighty God,
We pray for your blessing
on the church in this place.
Here may the faithful find salvation,
and the careless be awakened.
Here may the doubting find faith,
and the anxious be encouraged.
Here may the tempted find help,
and the sorrowful find comfort.
Here may the weary find rest,
and the strong be renewed.
Here may the aged find consolation
and the young be inspired;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

The Bible on Homosexuality

As a follow up to last Sunday’s message, “The Bible on Homosexuality,” we thought it would be helpful to make Joshua’s manuscript available to anyone who would like to read more in depth into this topic.

On Sunday, June 23rd, Joshua will preach Part II of “The Bible on Homosexuality.” If you have any questions about last Sunday’s sermon (16th) or this Sunday’s (23rd), please join us immediately following the service on June 23rd for a time of Questions and Answers.

The Bible on Homosexuality Manuscript

Jeff & Jane Richards Update: Part II

Jeff & Jane Richards Update: Part II

Back in May, Jeff and Jane Richards joined Tab on stage and shared an update with us on various areas surrounding his cancer diagnosis back in November 2018.

We wanted to make available his continued thoughts on words of advice he might have for us as we face trials and suffering.

3. What words of advice would you have for us when we face trials and suffering in our own lives?

“First, we should not be surprised by suffering. Romans 8:22 says, “For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.” And 2 Corinthians 5:2 echos the same thing where it says, “For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven.”

“Second, suffering can be a roller coaster ride: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Soon after my diagnosis I was talking to Van on the phone and I said, “ever since my Primary Care physician called me and told me to get to the ER because I had a mass in my head, it’s been Mr. Toad’s wild ride, and I want to get off.” Van wisely said, “Well, Jeff, I’ve got news for you. Keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times….the ride’s not over; it’s just beginning.” The roller coaster ride can start with a physical issue like Chemo sickness, fatigue, headaches. After awhile, that physical suffering grinds you down mentally and you become mentally fatigued which leads to your mind going places it shouldn’t. In turn, that leads to emotional fatigue which can lead to spiritual fatigue. Then the cycle repeats.

“Third, when suffering inevitably does come and you are on the roller coaster, good theology and doctrine matter. If you don’t get this right, if you don’t have a decent understanding of who God is, you will immediately doubt God’s goodness and start asking questions like “why me?” and feeling sorry for yourself. We know Him by knowing His Word. And God loves to be reminded of His Promises found in His Word. So pray the Scriptures. Additionally, fellowship matters. Looking back, I see the last 17 years of fellowship at both this church and the North County church as preparing us for this trial. So read your bible. Pray your Bible. Prioritize church attendance and fellowship with other believers.

“However, there is an intimacy with God you’re not going to experience any other way but by trials and sufferings. 1 Peter 1:3-9 sums it up when it says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.” Suffering, in a way nothing else has, has made me long for eternity with the Lord. Randy Alcorn, in his book We Shall See Heaven, helpfully expressed this when he wrote, “A Christian’s experience is like a rainbow made up of drops of griefs and sorrow of this life here on earth refracted through beams of happiness of heaven.” This suffering is preparing me for heaven. Actually, it is preparing us all for heaven because suffering in the church body is a shared experience. We are all participating in the sufferings of Christ together. “Grief never ends…but it changes. It’s a passage not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness or a lack of faith. It’s the price of love.” I am so grateful to you all for paying the price of love as you suffer with us, grieve with us, and hope with us.”

In Him,

Jeff