Sunday Service Follow Up: 05.05.19

Sunday Service Follow Up –05.05.19

This past Sunday, we jumped back into our Genesis series looking at God’s covenant with Abraham in Genesis 15. In this passage we see God meet Abraham’s struggling faith (Genesis 15:2) with a guarantee about his future and his covenant.

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 15:1-20 consider the questions below:

  1. In your own words, what is the main point of this passage? What is God’s intended effect in the lives of the original audience?
  2. What faith struggles are you currently experiencing? How does this passage, especially vs. 12-16, encourage you in the midst of your struggle?
  3. How does God’s commitment to fulfill his covenant promises (vs. 9-11, 17-10) impact how you think about and live in light of your struggle?

Sunday Service Follow Up: 04.28.19

Sunday Service Follow Up – 04.28.19

This past Sunday, we followed up our Easter celebration with a sermon from Tim Cain of Kaleo Church on the truth of the resurrection and its impact on how we’re to live our daily lives.

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

Discussion and Response Questions

Read Mark 12:18-27 and 1 Corinthians 15:16-19 consider the questions below:

  1. In their encounter with Jesus in Mark 12, what point are the Sadducees trying to make with their story? What do you think of Jesus’ response?
  2. Tim said that “heaven begins where the greatest pleasures in this world end.” Do you believe this? Why or why not? How does thinking about heaven in this way effect your life today?
  3. Explain in your own words what Paul is saying (in 1 Corinthians 15:16-19) and what that ought to mean for you today? Do you believe what Paul is saying (that Christians ought to live lives that are so dependent upon the resurrection that they would be pitiable if the resurrection wasn’t true?) What aspects of your life are you living this way? What holds you back from living this way more?
  4. How can we help you live in light of this reality?

Sunday Service Preparation: 04.28.19

04.28.19
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
Resurrection

SCRIPTURE TEXT
Mark 12:18-27 (click to read online)

SUNDAY’S LITURGY

Glorious Day
Call to Worship (Nicene Creed)
     You Led Me to the Cross
     Beautiful Savior
Before the Throne of God Above

Sermon
The Lord’s Supper
How Deep the Father’s Love
In Christ Alone
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.

O gracious and holy God,
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.
Amen.

Special Offering / Missionary Support

A missionary to a remote people-group that we help to support would be helped by a newer vehicle.  Our goal is to give at least $5,000 toward this need.

During our Sunday service on May 19 we will take up a special offering for this need.  This special offering, plus funds designated for missionary support, will go toward meeting the above goal.


Please consider how God might want to use you in helping the declaration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in a far-away place in this very practical way.

Our friend who helps us stay connected with this missionary wrote the following to provide more background on this need (with names and places removed):

“If I remember correctly, it all started late last year. (The missionary) asked me to include in my prayers for God to provide a compact car that she could use in the town where she lives and whenever she needed to go to (the main city). The reason is that the pickup truck that she currently has (~92-94 Toyota) consumes 2-3 times more gas than a compact car.  She would like to use the pickup only for the trips to (the mission field) and have a smaller reliable car to use in town to avoid having to pay so much gas (and also, the pickup is getting quite old now, needing surprise repairs, etc).”
Thank you for considering this opportunity!

Sunday Service Follow Up: 04.21.19

Sunday Service Follow Up – 04.21.19

This past Easter Sunday we finished our three-week series on the roles of Jesus as we saw him as our King. Looking at the resurrection accounts in the Gospels and Colossians 1:15-20, Tab showed us how Jesus is King over all!

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

Discussion and Response Questions

As you read Colossians 1:15-20 consider the questions below:

  1. How would you summarize the main idea of Colossians 1:15-20?
  2. What does it mean that Christ is King of Creation? How does this truth call you to change your thinking, redirect your affections, replace your behaviors, and trust in Jesus the King who demands our ultimate allegiance?
  3. What did Jesus, the King of Redemption, accomplish for all who trust in him? What might it look like for you to rest in the peace this King brings in the midst of your circumstances right now?
  4. How can we help you live in light of this reality – that Jesus is King?

Love Shines at Calvary

My Father,

Enlarge my heart, warm my affections, supply words that proclaim how your love shines at Calvary.

There grace removes my burdens and heaps them on your Son, who was made a transgressor, a curse, and sin for me; there your infinite attributes were magnified, and infinite atonement was made; there infinite punishment was due, and infinite punishment was endured.

Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy, cast off that I might be brought in, surrendered to Hell’s worst that I might gain Heaven’s best, wounded that I might be healed, made a shame that I might inherit glory,

My Savior wept that all tears might be wiped from my eyes, groaned that I might have endless song, bore a crown of thorns that I might have a crown of glory, bowed his head that I might lift up mine, closed his eyes in death that I might forever live.

O Father, you spared not your only Son so that you might spare me. Your love designed and accomplished this entire transaction. Help me to adore you with my lips and my life.

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This prayer is adapted from a prayer entitled, “Love Lustres at Calvary,” in The Valley of Vision: a Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, ed. by Arthur Bennett (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1975), p. 76.

Sunday Service Preparation: 04.21.19

04.21.19
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
Christ Our King

SCRIPTURE TEXT
Colossians 1:15-20 (click to read online)

SUNDAY’S LITURGY

   Praise to the Lord
Scripture Reading: Death & Burial John 19:31-42
     Glorious Day
Scripture Reading: Resurrection Announced John 20:1-10
     Forever
Scripture Reading: Resurrection Encountered John 20:11-21
     Christ is Risen
Jesus Paid it All
Sermon
Crown Him With Many Crowns
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.

Loving God,
On this celebratory day, may many join us for worship
who do not regularly join with your people.
We pray for the gift of hospitality today,
that our community will welcome them with open arms.
May each worshiper sense the power of the gospel today
and be drawn closer to you, by the power of your Spirit.
Amen.