Sunday Service Follow Up: 01.26.20

Sunday Service Follow Up – 01.26.2020

This past Sunday, we continued in our new sermon series in 1 Peter 2, “Political Christians.” Given that politics is a discipleship issue we want this chapter of Scripture to equip us to think, live, and love rightly at the intersection of politics and discipleship. Expositing verses 11-12, Tab showed us the challenge and opportunity before us as “sojourners and exiles” living in this world.

Below you will find questions to help you respond to God’s word with your hearts and your lives, so that you might become more like Christ.

Discussion and Response Questions

Read 1 Peter 2:11-12 and consider the questions below:

  • In what specific ways are you tempted to give into the “passions of the flesh” right now, especially in regard to your political engagement? How can we as a group help you here?
  • With our conduct we either attract the culture to Christ or confuse the culture about Christ. Would those outside the church say your conduct is honorable (beautiful), especially with how you engage in the political sphere?
  • Where is your opportunity to show convictional kindness to non-believers right now?

Spend some time praying as a group for these specific opportunities, especially that others may see our good works and glorify God.

 

Sunday Service Preparation: 01.26.20

01.26.20
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:
Tab Trainor
Political Christians: Our Conduct

SCRIPTURE TEXT
1 Peter 2:11-12 (click to read online)

SUNDAY’S LITURGY (click each song to listen on YouTube)
Call to Worship
All Creatures of Our God and King

     Here is Love
Out of the Depths

Corporate Confession
    Lord, You are Gracious (this is only a portion of the song. No YouTube available)
Sermon
The Lord’s Supper
Hallelujah, What a Savior
All Things New

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.

Lord, our God,
As we prepare to gather, keep our eyes
set upon Your mercies and affections for us.
Help us believe that You are in our midst
and You alone will help us abstain from the
passions of the flesh that wage war against
our souls. Bind us together in your Son,
and help us surmount His strength to fight for
honorable conduct no matter what is said
against us. Let our good deeds be seen
and glorify Your great name.
Amen
(Based off 1 Peter 2:11-12)

Sunday Service Follow Up: 01.19.20

Sunday Service Follow Up – 01.19.20

This past Sunday, we began our new sermon series in 1 Peter 2, “Political Christians”. Given that politics is a discipleship issue we want this chapter of Scripture to equip us to think, live, and love rightly at the intersection of politics and discipleship. Looking at verses 4-10, Tab showed our true identity and unpacked up that transforms who we are, why we exist, and how we relate to politics.

Below you will find questions to help you respond to God’s word with your hearts and your lives, so that you might become more like Christ.

Discussion and Response Questions

Read 1 Peter 2.4-10 and consider the questions below:

  • Do you typically see politics as a discipleship issue? Why or why not? How does seeing politics as a discipleship issue reframe how you think about it and see your role in the public square?
  • What is our new identity in Christ? How does this transform who we are and why we exist as a people?
  • Which of the three ways that our identity in Christ transforms how we related to politics (prioritize, unify, and engage) do you most need to hear and apply to your political life, especially as we approach the 2020 election? How can we help each other here?

Sunday Service Preparation: 01.19.20

01.19.20
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:
Tab Trainor
Political Christians: Our Identity

SCRIPTURE TEXT
1 Peter 2:4-10 (click to read online)

SUNDAY’S LITURGY (click each song to listen on YouTube)
     Come Thou Fount
Call to Worship
What a Beautiful Name
Thy Mercy My God

      Jesus Messiah
Sermon
The Lord’s Supper
Cornerstone
Build My Life

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.

Lord, our God,
We trust your promise
to be among us as we gather.
We come in the name of Christ,
drawn by your Spirit,
eager to hear your Word.
Fill our hearts with your Spirit
and prepare us for faithful service.
Amen.

Sunday Service Follow Up: 01.12.20

Sunday Service Follow Up – 01.12.2020

This past Sunday, we had our annual prayer service as we kicked off Prayer Week. Before praying together for our upward, inward, and outward purposes as a church along with our ministries and leadership, Joshua preached a message titled “Don’t Lose Heart” encouraging us to persistent and passionate prayer in this new year.

This week instead of spending time discussing and responding to God’s Word, take time to pray for our church using our Prayer Guide.

Sunday Service Preparation: 01.12.20

01.12.20
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:
Joshua Morgan: Don’t Lose Heart

SCRIPTURE TEXT
Luke 18:1-8 (click to read online)

SUNDAY’S LITURGY (click each song to listen on YouTube)
     God of Wonders
Call to Worship
Corporate Prayer: Matthew 6:9-13

     I Lay it All
Be Thou My Vision

Sermon
Corporate Prayer: Outward Purpose, Inward Purpose, Upward Purpose, Ministries/Leaders
Blessed Assurance
Before the Throne of God Above

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.

Grant us, O God,
A mind to meditate on you;
Eyes to behold you;
Ears to listen for you word;
A heart to love you;
And a life to proclaim you;
Through the power of the Spirit
Of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Sunday Service Follow Up: 01.05.20

Sunday Service Follow Up – 01.05.2020

This past Sunday, to kick off the New Year, Tab preached from Psalm 1 and showed us how we can have “Prosperous Souls in the New Year.” In looking at this psalm, Tab highlighted how truly happy people are profoundly shaped by God’s word and how they have consistently fruitful lives.

Below you will find questions to help you respond to God’s word with your hearts and your lives, so that you might become more like Christ.

Discussion and Response Questions

Read Psalm 1 and consider the questions below:

  • How do you typically think about what it means to live a happy (blessed) life? How does this psalm challenge or inform that vision?
  • What is your general disposition towards God’s word? How does this compare with how the psalmist views Gods word (esp. verse 2)?
  • What is your plan to delight in and meditate on God’s word this year that you might have a blessed life? How can we as a group help each other pursue this practice/habit/discipline together?