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Seeing Jesus – Part 4
Scheduled: January 29, 2023

1 Corinthians 2:1-12, 13-16  NOTES  DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head Share what you learned or were reminded of in this week’s message. Read 1 Corinthians 2:13-16. What do you think it means to have the mind of Christ? Heart How does the struggle between the “old you” and “new you” feel? How does the “new …

Seeing Jesus – Part 3
January 22, 2023

1 Corinthians 1:18-31  NOTES   DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head Share something you heard in this week’s message that made you think about the wisdom of God choosing the foolish things of this world to show us Jesus. Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. How would you explain this passage to a friend or family membe …

Seeing Jesus – Part 2
January 15, 2023

1 Corinthians 1:10-18  WHY IS THERE SO MUCH DIVISION? There is sin. We want to be right. SEEING JESUS BRINGS… Light (to our deception) (v. 11-12) Healing (to a broken heart) (v. 13-17) Clarity (to priorities) (v. 18) What needs to change in your life to make seeing Jesus and His cross the only thing …

Seeing Jesus – Part 1
January 8, 2023

1 Corinthians 1:1-9  WHY DON’T SOME PEOPLE SEE THE GIFT OF JESUS? Some are Unaware of it. Some Resist and Return it. SEEING JESUS WILL GIVE YOU A NEW… Attitude (v. 4) Vocabulary (v. 5) Hope (v. 6-7) Confidence (v. 8-9) How will you place your eyes back on the gift of Jesus, this year?    DISCUSSION …

Never Stop Searching for What is True
January 1, 2023

Matthew 2:13-23 Do I believe God interacts with people? (John 12:44–47) Is there space in my rhythm that I am still? (Luke 5:16) Am I aware enough to identify God’s voice when I’m not looking for it? (John 10:14–16) Am I willing to trust God’s leading more than my own? (Proverbs 3:5–8)   DISCUSSION …

Unstoppable Christmas – Fourth Week of Advent
December 18, 2022

Herod Matthew 2:1-12 Yet in thy dark streets shineth  The Everlasting Light The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth …

Unstoppable Christmas – third Week of Advent
December 11, 2022

Mary Luke 1:25-55  You Cannot Stop God’s Family Invitation NOTES:  DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head Read Luke 1:26-38. Share about a time when you’ve received surprising news that “troubled you” (v. 29)? How was your response similar to or different from Mary’s (v. 38)? Heart Read Luke 1:39-45. Who do you …

Unstoppable Christmas- Second Week of Advent
December 4, 2022

The Prophets Luke 1:67-79 Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied… Luke 1:67 · How do I receive the prophets? · How do I share a prophetic word? Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son. …

Unstoppable Christmas – First Week of Advent
November 27, 2022

God is Able Luke 1:5-25 God’s love for us is unstoppable My Ability   Our inabilities cannot stop God’s ability. God’s Ability (vv. 13-20)  To know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than …

Thanksgiving Eve Service
November 23, 2022

Luke 17:11-19  Jesus’ Reminders to Us 1)  Who we are 2)  What we are to do “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?” Jesus in Luke 17:17 Saying ”thank you” is the work of faith which we are given to do.    

Service of Remembrance
November 20, 2022

Daniel 6:16-23 JESUS IS A BETTER… Daniel Lion WHY IT MATTERS In order for there to be a resurrection, there must be a death. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. Romans 6:5, New Living Translation DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head When did you first read …

Keep Your Garage door Open – week 3
November 13, 2022

Luke 10:25-37 Neighboring is compassion. It feels like:  It actively responds by: Compassionate love is often replaced by talk and theological abstraction How to Live Spanchna 1) Choose to inconvenience ourselves 2) Take a risk 3) Generously give something away And what does the Lord require of you? …

Keep your Garage Door Open – Week 2
November 6, 2022

Luke 10:25-37 Neighboring expresses what we believe about the: 1) Authority of Jesus 2) Urgency of self 3) Dignity of others Neighboring costs… Time (v. 33) Feelings (v. 33) Safety (v. 34) Finances (v. 35)   DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Luke 10:25-37 Head Do a quick “Google Search”. What do you discover abo …

Keep Your Garage Door Open – Week 1
October 30, 2022

Luke 10:25-37  Neighboring expresses what we believe about Jesus, ourselves, and others. And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25) He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “ …

Jesus is for ____________ – Week 3
October 23, 2022

The Skeptic Mark 9:14-29 Who Jesus is for is wider than we assume and narrower than we want. You are welcome to… 1)  Be skeptical 2)  Ask hard questions 3)  Challenge the status quo 4)  Not agree with and understand everything For the skeptic in all of us… Seek evidence and you will see Jesus. The …

Jesus if for ___________ – Week 2
October 16, 2022

The Brokenhearted  Luke 4:16-21  Who Jesus is for is wider than we assume and narrower than we want. There is no hurt like church hurt”. 1)  Unintentional Brokenness 2)  Christian Piety 3)  Human Pride & Self Destruction 4)  Intentional Destruction For the Brokenhearted… Seek gospel and you will …

Jesus is For __________ – Week 1
October 9, 2022

The Searcher — Week 1 John 8:21-32  Who Jesus is for is wider than we assume and narrower than we want. We are all searching for something. 1) Belonging 2)  Identity 3)  Purpose 4)  Truth For the Searcher… Seek scripture and you will see Jesus. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. W …

Friends – Week 4
October 2, 2022

Galatians 6:1-10  Creating Meaningful Relationships Meaningful relationships are restorative. Meaningful relationships bear burdens. Meaningful relationships have personal ownership. Meaningful relationships do good.    DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head In the sermon, we shared a study on loneliness: 36% se …

Friends – Week 3
September 25, 2022

Job 2:11-13  Job and His Friends (Job 2:11-13) “You are miserable comforters, all of you!” (Job 16:2) What to Do with Miserable Comforters 1.  Take a BREAK Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the worl …

Friends – Week 2
September 18, 2022

1 Corinthians 1:20-25 משל Mashal – to be like. Anyone who intends to become righteous might well take this as a handbook or prayer book for his daily use, read it often, and pioneer his own life in it. Martin Luther Wisdom 1.  begins with humility. (1 Kings 3:5-9) 2.  is a gift. (1 Kings 4:29-31) 3. …

Friends – Week 1
September 11, 2022

Isaiah 41:8-10 A good friend is… A great friend is… (Proverbs 17:17, John 15:9-15) Two Ways to Be a Friend like Jesus (2 Chronicles 20:7, Isaiah 41:8, James 2:23) 1.  Be who You Are (v. 8-9) 2.  Lean In (v. 10)  Head Name 5 of your friends. How have these friendships changed over the years? Read Pro …

Honoring Labor Day
September 4, 2022

Honoring Labor Day 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 All our work in the field, in the city, in the home, in struggle, in government – to what does it all amount before God except children’s play, by means of which God is pleased to give his gifts in the field, at home, and everywhere? These are masks of our L …

Teach Us To Pray – Part 5
August 28, 2022

Acts 4:23-31 Today’s Point: Jesus teaches us to pray with boldness and confidence. A Hard Truth: Boldness, confidence, and spiritual opposition go together. PRAYING WITH BOLDNESS AND CONFIDENCE…   Gives us eyes to see God at Work. Increases our faith. Head What do you think it means to pray wit …

Teach Us to Pray – Part 4
August 21, 2022

Matthew 18 1-5 – 6-9 – 10-14 – 15-20 – 21-35 – A Tale of 2 Servants And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. “True forgiveness deals with the past, all of the past, to make the future possible.” – Desmond Tutu, No Future Without Forgiveness    DISCUSSION QUESTI …

Teach Us to Pray – Part 3
August 14, 2022

Psalm 104:10-15 The Gift of Provision God is the great Creator of as well as the great Provider for His creation. Bread is a biblical way of summarizing all that we need to sustain our lives on earth. God provides both earthly provision and eternal provision. Therefore, we rely on Him in all things …

Teach us to Pray – Part 2
August 7, 2022

Romans 11:33-12:2 Wonderous hearts, considerate minds, and open arms guide the seeking of God’s will.  What is the will of God and how is it accomplished? How can we discern the will of God in our lives? Further Passages: Col 1:16, 2:3; Ps 139:6; Eph 3:10; Deut 29:29; Is 40:13; 1 Cor 2:16, 8:6, 11:1 …

Teach Us To Pray – Part 1
July 31, 2022

Luke 11:1-13 Why Pray? (v. 1) See also: Luke 4:21, 5:18, 6:12, 9:18, 28 Jesus teaches us (v. 2-4) For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are …

Building a Family – Part 3
July 24, 2022

Fighting Fairly Matthew 18:15-20 The goal of fighting is to Restore Relationship with each other. Restore =  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9) We fight fairly and restore relationship: 1)  Individually (v. 15) Spiritually Gently (Galatians 6:1) Truthfull …

Building a Family – Part 2
July 17, 2022

July 17 2022 Building a Family – Part 2 Revelation 7:9-17 IMAGE for Sermon Notes God’s Long Game What’s Possible with the Long Game? The Long Game in Real Life Discussion Questions Read Revelation 7:9-17 Head How does the text describe heaven?  If heaven is our destiny, how might that impact our lif …

Building A Family – Part 1
July 10, 2022

The Struggle is Real Joshua 24:11-15 The struggle is real because we’re all a work in progress. Every family tells The Story of God___ (v. 11-13) Take time to discover your family’s “God story” Faithfulness is better than success Daily make the choice to smash idols and serve God, only. (v. 14-15) I …

Monumental Life
July 3, 2022

Song of Solomon 8:6-7 &  Selected Scriptures Only through Jesus, we can live monumental lives. 1. Receive it Your unfailing love will last forever. (Psalm 89:2) 2. Live it For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9) How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! (Psalm 147:5) …

Here’s The Church – Week 4
June 26, 2022

Here’s the Church Romans 10:11-15  NOTES Discussion Questions Head What was your favorite part of this week’s service and why? Which scripture passage during Trevor’s Commissioning stood out for you and why? Read Romans 10:11-15. What is this passage saying to you (or your group)? Heart Whose “beaut …

Here’s the church – Week 3
June 19, 2022

The Shepherd John 10:1-18 We follow the Good Shepherd, together. I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.  Jeremiah 3:15, ESV) Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight… (1 Peter 5:2, ESV) Shepherds and Flocks Bond Toge …

Here’s the Church – Week 2
June 12, 2022

(1 Corinthians 3:1-11) The Foundation IMAGE for Sermon Notes If Jesus is the Cornerstone… Old Testament/Covenant -> New Testament/Covenant (Mt 5:17–18; Jn 1:9-18; Heb 9:15) Key Question: How am I (are we) marked by grace and truth?  Dead to Sin and Self -> Alive in Christ (2 Cor 5:17; Ro 6:1-1 …

Here’s The Church – Week 1
June 5, 2022

Ephesians 2:19-22 Jesus makes us family, together. We live as family by:  Celebrating our Roots Growing Deeper Together Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. (2 Timothy 3:12, NLT) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And …

Telling the Story – Week 3
May 29, 2022

Our Forever Story Revelation 21:1-8 We all have a story – and God invites us to tell it. Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day… (2 Corinthians 4:16)   Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old …

Telling the Story – Week 2
May 22, 2022

Honoring Diane Zimmermann Psalm 100 We all have a Story – and God invites us to Tell it. For the Lord is Good and his love endures forever; his story continues through all generations. (Psalm 100:5) DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head Read Psalm 100. Think about this past week. What have you shared with peopl …

Telling The Story – Week 1
May 15, 2022

Written Before Us Hebrews 12:1-3 We all have a STORY – and God invites us to TELL IT. Jesus AUTHORS IT. FINISHES IT. We OWN IT. I remember a time when… DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head Read Hebrews 12:1-3. Make a list of who surrounds you as a “great cloud of witnesses”. Spend time in prayer thanking God f …

Redefining Freedom – Week 3
May 8, 2022

Galatians 5:13-18 You were called to freedom, family of God.  The opportunity of the flesh. Living in freedom by the Spirit. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head Martin Luther said “A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, …

Redefining Freedom -Week 2
May 1, 2022

Galatians 5:7-12 Jesus redefines freedom as dependence, not independence. Through Jesus alone, we are freed from our pride to live in humility When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2) Freedom means that we are dependant on God’s Wisdom (vv. 7-9) Judgment …

Redefining Freedom – Week 1
April 24, 2022

Galatians 5:1-6 – Independence Jesus offers a different kind of freedom. We should not forfeit our freedom in Jesus. Living in grace, rather than legalism, unburdens us. We are freed and loved to love and free others. Living in Jesus’ freedom connects us to Him and others.  DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head …

Let’s Take a Walk – Easter Sunday
April 17, 2022

Luke 24:13-35 Jesus is here and is walking with us. When Jesus walks with us… His story becomes our story. We get to keep walking. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head Read Luke 24:1-12. What’s your favorite part of the Easter story? How would you retell the Easter story to somebody who doesn’t really know muc …

Let’s Take a Walk – Palm Sunday
April 10, 2022

Palm Sunday Let’s Take a Walk John 11:45 – 12:13 Walking with Jesus is often an uphill walk. Everyone has a plan for Jesus’ walk. The Pharisees (John 11:45-57) The Crowds (John 12:12-13) The Disciples Jesus is the only one who knows… DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head How would you retell what happens betwee …

Turning Points – Week 6
April 3, 2022

Luke 18:18-34 – Jesus & the Rich Ruler “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”   “What was done so I could inherit eternal life?”     “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”   “What is impossible …

Turing Points – Week 5
March 27, 2022

Luke 16:19-31 The turning point is the time to turn from our constructed reality to believe His unchanging truth surrounding us. Belief consists of 1) declaring truth and 2) trusting it in your ways. “Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it i …

Turning Points – Week 4
March 20, 2022

Luke 13:1-5  Turning Points are times to lean on Jesus. What I believe about Jesus leads me to live like Jesus. JESUS IS: 1) 2) TWO LIES AND JESUS’ TRUTH Lie #1: Lie #2: Truth: DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head What about Jesus makes you uncomfortable? Read Luke 13:1-5. In which ways do our culture and Jesu …

Turning Points – Week 3
March 13, 2022

Luke 11:37-54 Kairos Moments     “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”        (Mark 1:15, NIV) Woes mean Whoah DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head Read Luke 11:37-54. Assume you’re one of the people listening into Jesus’ conversation with the Phari …

Turning Points – Week 2
March 6, 2022

Just being with Jesus Luke 10:38-42          Backstory 1: Abraham & the 3 Strangers Genesis 18: 1-8     Examples in Abraham of a life of service 1. 2. 3. Backstory 2: God Creates Genesis 1 – 2:3 And there was _________________ and there was _______________  Our identity is not based on what we _ …

Turning Points – Week 1
February 27, 2022

Luke 9:28-36 A Physical Point (Luke 9:28, Psalm 89:12, Joshua 11:17, Judges 3:3) A Reflection Point (Luke 9:29-35, John 1:14, 2 Peter 1:16-17) An Pivotal Point (Luke 9:35, Hebrews 1:1-2, 2 Corinthians 3:18) DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Getting Started Share about a significant place where you have experienc …

CISTERNS
February 20, 2022

CISTERNS Jeremiah 2:1-13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am not …

Joy of Generosity Sunday
February 13, 2022

Joy of Generosity Matthew 5:14-16 Generosity is the opposite of Greed (Acts 20:35) Feelings (1 Corinthians 9:7) Thinking (Proverbs 3:9, 1 Corinthians 16:2, 2 Corinthians 8:3, Psalm 76:11) Relationship (Matthew 6:33, Malachi 3:6-7)  DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head How do you define generosity? Which bible …

Every Day is a New Day – Week 6
February 6, 2022

New You 1 Peter 2:4-12  A new day means a new you and a new us. (Isaiah 43:19) We are Living Stones. (v. 5) What makes the difference? Where do we get the power? (vv. 4-7)      DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head What did you learn about living stones? How are you like a prophet? Priest? King? Which role do y …

Every Day is a New day – Week 5
January 30, 2022

New Opportunities Leviticus 6:8-13 Notes DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head What questions do you have about this week’s sermon? You can email them to [email protected]  Read Exodus 6:8-13. Why do you think the burnt offering is such an important part of the sacrificial system? Read Song of Solomon 8:6-7. …

Every Day is a New Day – Week 4
January 23, 2022

New Chances Matthew 11:25-30 Jesus gives us a new chance to: Take His Yoke Come to Him Learn from Him DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Heart Where in society do you feel unrest? Where in your life do you feel unrest? Head Read Matthew 11:25-30. What do you hear in Jesus’ invitation for you to have a new chance …

Every Day is a New Day – Week 3
January 16, 2022

New Challenges Matthew 17:14-21  Helpless Brokenness Fearful Father (Mt 17:14-16; Mk 9:24; Php 4:6; 1 Pt 5:7) Skeptical Crowd (Mt 17:17-18; 12:39; 16:4; Jon 1:3-17) Unbelieving Disciples (Mt 17:19-20; 16:17; 10:8) Despair threatens to overwhelm our faith too by pointing out how we fail to change or …

Every Day is a New Day – Week 2
January 9, 2022

Choices Exodus 3:1-14 Notes DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Heart What has happened to or around you recently that you cannot explain or has forced you to think differently about God? Head Read Exodus 3:1-14. Why do you suppose Moses made the choice to “turn aside” or take a detour to see the burning bush? Wha …

Every Day is a New Day – Week 1
January 2, 2022

Rhythm Isaiah 43:16-19 We can do more in a day with Jesus than we can do in a Lifetime on our own. Stop Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10, ESV)   2. Look Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Fat …

HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED – WEEK 5
December 26, 2021

His Name Shall Be Called “Jesus Christ” Mark 1:1-3 Jesus = YHWH Christ = Messiah  God Prepares the Way Yesterday, Today, and Forever (Is 40:1–5; 52:10; 60:1–3; Mal 3:1; Mt 3:3; 11:10; Mk 1:3; Lk 1:17, 76; 3:4; 7:27; Jn 1:23) DISCUSSION QUESTIONS No Life Group Questions this week.  

Christmas Eve
December 24, 2021

The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they enjoyed their wedding night, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so …

His Name shall be called – week 4
December 19, 2021

His Name is “Prince of Peace” Jeremiah 33:14-16 & Isaiah 9:6 Shalom/Peace is the webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight.  Jesus’ role as Prince of Peace is directly tied to His role as Savior. Jesus offers peace with God.  Jesus offers peace in our …

His Name Shall Be Called – Week 3
December 12, 2021

His Name is “Everlasting Father” Everlasting (Colossians 1;15-17, Ezekiel 37:26-27, Isaiah 54:8, Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 8:35-39) Father (Hebrews 1:1-2, John 1:1-2, 14, John 14:9-10, John 5:36, Philippians 4:19, John 10:28-30, Hebrews 7:35, Romans 8:34, John 6:38, John 6:39-40) Forever Jesus helps us… …

His Name Shall Be Called – Week 2
December 5, 2021

His Name is “Almighty God” Zephaniah 3:14-20 Prophets? Who are these guys? ( Is 9:6; Heb 11:32–38) Who’s Zephaniah? (Zep 1:1; 2 Ki 22-23; 2 Ch 34-35) The Day of the Lord (Zep 1:7, 1:18, 2:3; Eph 2:1–3) An Almighty Promise (Zep 3:9-13; 3:14–20; Deut 30:3; Jer 29:14; Ezekiel 16:53; Am 9:14; Ps 126:4; …

His name Shall Be Called – Week 1
November 28, 2021

His Name is “Wonderful Counselor” Isaiah 9:1-8 Wonderful (Judges 13:17-18, Acts 2:22) –  Counselor (Isaiah 11:1-2, Isaiah 40:13-14, Matthew 13:54, Colossians 2:3, 1 Corinthians 1:23-25) –  Counselor Jesus promises to… listen to you. (Matthew 11:28-30) understand you for you. (Psalm 139:13-14) tell …

Thanksgiving Eve
November 24, 2021

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of …

Is it Well? Week 5
November 21, 2021

Isaiah 41:8-10 A spiritually well person trusts Jesus. Jesus… chooses you for you. (Isaiah 41:8) is not just good, but so good to you. (Isaiah 41:9, Psalm 86:5) will never let you down. (Isaiah 41:10a, Psalm 31:5) is stronger than you. (Isaiah 41:10b, Psalm 22:19) We think that we need a ladder. J …

Is It Well? – Week 4
November 14, 2021

Romans 5:1-11 A spiritually well person is a person of love (v. 3-5) Chessed – Ahavah – Being Loved and Loving Well… gives me an identity v. 6-8). “You have to keep unmasking the world about you for what it is: manipulative, controlling, power-hungry, and, in the long run, destructive… the world tel …

Is It Well – Week 3
November 7, 2021

Romans 5:1-5  The living hopelessness we experience. The living hopelessness in the Gospels. Matthew 12:2; Luke 23:8; Luke 24:21; John 5:45   True hope is only found in the resurrection. 1 Peter 1:3; John 4:1-26; Mark 10:17-27; John 11:17-27; John21:1-19; Acts 9:1-19; Hebrews 13:8 Repentance le …

Is it Well – Week 2
October 31, 2021

Romans 5:1-3 Spiritual Wellness… What is peace? Google –  Greek (Εἰρήνη) –  Hebrew (שָׁלוֹם) – Peace is a gift of wellness. God’s gifts and calling can’t be taken back. (Romans 11:28, CEB) Peace moves us moves us beyond ourselves (Shalom). Peace restores our soul beyond this life (restores forever …

Is It Well? – Week 1
October 24, 2021

Romans 5:1-2 And the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7, NHEB) Spiritual Wellness is… God’s grace is more than forgiveness for the mistakes we make, it is also Jesus’ power at work in and th …

Milestones – Week 3
October 17, 2021

 The Long Trail Ahead Romans 8:31-39 We need Perseverance We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead t …

Milestones – Week 2
October 10, 2021

John 4:7-26 Jesus’ next step with us often isn’t something we set out to do. It’s something he sets out to do in us.  “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” – Augustine, Confessions The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not …

Milestones – Week 1
October 3, 2021

It’s About the Journey Deuteronomy 6:1-9 We are more like thru-hikers than tourists. We are moving toward Jesus. We are looking for milestones. We are carrying backpacks of Jesus’ gear. O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, thr …

Transforming Us – Week 3
September 26, 2021

Matthew 26:36-46 Our soul is like an iceberg. My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me. (Matthew 26:38, ESV) God works under the surface. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; …

Transforming Us – Week 2
September 19, 2021

Romans 12:1-3 Mercies of God… (Romans 12:1) Transformed by the renewal of your mind… (Romans 12:2) How Does God Transform Our Mind? (Romans 12:3) Grace –  Sober Judgment –  Measure of Faith –    DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head Read Romans 12:1-3. What about these verses stand out for you? Which other pa …

Transforming Us – Week 1
September 12, 2021

Matthew 13:1-9 Jesus came to… 1.Transform our World. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10, NIV) 2. Transform our Hearts. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30, NIV) For the word …

“Find Joy” – Philippians – Week 11
September 5, 2021

Philippians 4:10-23 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.    DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head As we’ve worked through Philippians this summer, what passages have stuck out the most with you? Why?  Read Philippians 4:10-13. What is the sentiment and attitude Paul is expressing when he says “I …

“Find Joy” Philippians – Week 10
August 29, 2021

Philippians 4:4-9 When We’re Being Pulled Apart…   Don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. (Luke 12:32, NLT) God’s Way Forward for a Pulled Apart Mind (v. 4-7)   Jesus’ Peace changes our thinking from “I’m Done” to “I’ve Won” (v. 8-9) DISCUS …

“Find Joy” – Philippians – Week 9
August 22, 2021

Philippians 4:1-3 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.  (1 Corinthians 1:10, ESV) When it comes to Drama, we choose to:  Ignore Normalize Engage …

“Find Joy” – Philippians – Week 8
August 15, 2021

Philippians 3:12-21 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahea …

“Find Joy” – Philippians – Week 7
August 8, 2021

Philippians 3:1-11     Each of us wants to Blank joy. We Blank joy. Jesus invites us to Blank joy. Joy protects my heart from: People who want a fight Evil character Jesus “plus” Each of us has a Jesus “plus” story. Paul’s Story Jesus’ Story Our Story For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no s …

“Find Joy” – Philippians – Week 6
August 1, 2021

Philippians 2:19-30 Who are these guys? Timothy Epaphroditus What is God saying to me through this text?  God sends people. Have the humility to seek and receive people. Be somebody to someone.  DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head Who are Timothy and Epaphroditus? What is the relationship to Paul and why do y …

“Find Joy” – Philippians – Week 5
July 25, 2021

Philippians 2:12-18 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13) Do all thin …

“Find Joy” – Philippians – Week 4
July 18, 2021

“Find Joy” – Philippians – Week 4 Philippians 2:1-11 The Way of Happy Love says… 1) I’m comfortable in my circumstances 2) I’m content with myself 3) I am competitive with others The Way of Joyful Love is… “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on …

Philippians – Week 3
July 11, 2021

Philippians – Week 3 Philippians 1:15-30 FIND JOY Joy finds us during suffering. Joy in suffering is all about perspective. (v. 15-18)  “I will not be ashamed” (v. 18b-20) You are vital for the sake of the Saints (v. 21-26) We suffer with Jesus (v. 27-30)  DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Head Have you ever bee …

Philippians – Week 2
July 4, 2021

Philippians – Week 2 Philippians 1:12-14 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become …

Philippians – Week 1
June 27, 2021

Philippians – Week 1 Philippians 1:1-11 Happiness is dependent on circumstances. Joy is independent of circumstances. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23, ESV) Five …

Being Fatherly
June 20, 2021

Being Fatherly Ephesians 5:21, 25-33; 6:4-9 The world is longing for more fathers who resemble the Father. I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father …

Generations – Week 7
June 13, 2021

Generations – Week 7 Joshua 5:13-6:20 “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13, NIV) God’s plan is the Best plan. As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him – you also, like living s …

Generations – Week 6
June 6, 2021

Generations – Week 6 Revelation 12:10-12 Accusations divide people and kill intergenerational relationships. (v. 10) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.          (John 10:10, NIV) Three Kinds of Accusations Self-Accusation …

Generations – Week 5
May 30, 2021

Generations – Week 5 All Generations Belong Acts 2:1-21 The Spirit draws disciples of Jesus together. (Ac 2:1).  The Spirit raises all to the same level. (Ac 2:3-4).  The Spirit works through us collectively and individually. (Ac 2:5–8) The Spirit calls us beyond us.(Ac 2:16–21) What’s my part in al …

Generations – Week 4
May 23, 2021

Generations – Week 4 Deuteronomy 4:9-10 NOTES “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren. Never forget the day when you stood before the Lo …

Generations – Week 3
May 16, 2021

Generations – Week 3 1 Timothy 4:6-12 NOTES If you explain these things to the brothers and sisters, Timothy, you will be a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is nourished by the message of faith and the good teaching you have followed. Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives …

Generations – Week 2
May 9, 2021

Generations – Week 2 2 Timothy 1:3-7 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.  (Genesis 3:20, ESV) The essence of motherhood is to give life.  Training the body has some value. But being godly has value in every way. It promises help for the life you are now liv …

Generations – Week 1
May 2, 2021

Generations – Week 1 Psalm 78:1-8 While bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8, ESV) I am not a perfect… God loves PAST GENERATIONS more than you do. (vv. 1-3) You will be my people …

Peace I Leave With You – Part 4
April 25, 2021

  Peace, I Leave With You – Part 4 1 Samuel 25:1-35 Colossians 1:15-20   You can show you care about others by being part of the solution. Be Proactive (instead of reactive or protractive) Abigail wasted no time. (1 Samuel 25:18, NLT) Act Humble When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off …

Peace I Leave With You – Part 3
April 18, 2021

Peace, I Leave With You – Part 3 Genesis 26:1-6, 12-22, 26-31   Discerning when and having the discipline to walk away as a Jesus follower can be your greatest influence for peace among the world and among Jesus followers. A hill might be worth dying on if… Easter Peace changes the scope of our …

Peace I Leave With You – Part 2
April 11, 2021

Peace I Leave With You – Part 2 Colossians 3:12-17   Every person is created in the Image of God and has intrinsic value. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis1:27 Everyone we know is a sinner and will act accordingly. …

Peace, I Leave With You – Part 1 (Easter Sunday)
April 4, 2021

Peace, I Leave With You – Part 1 John 20:1-18 God makes peace with us. Through him (Jesus), God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. (Colossians 1:20, NLT) Easter Peace says… You are more than enough. Someone …

Maundy Thursday
April 1, 2021

Maundy Thursday – Latin mandatum = mandate, commandment A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (Jn 13:34)   Jesus is for you. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now recon …

I Have a Question – Part 6
March 28, 2021

Are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel? Matthew 21:1-11   Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom? (Acts 1:6) Jesus was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. (Luke 19:11, NIV)   Patienc …

I Have a Question – Part 5
March 21, 2021

“Where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?” Mark 8:1-10 Type in your own notes in the blank fields provided below. What needs of yours need to be satisfied, today? “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your di …

I HAVE A QUESTION – PART 4 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?
March 14, 2021

Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Series: I Have a Question – Part 4 Luke 20:20-26 Life is full of asking and responding to questions.   Questions clarify understanding. Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourag …

I Have A Question – Part 3: Are you the One or is there someone else?
March 7, 2021

Are you the One or is there someone else? Series: I Have a Question – Part 3 Matthew 11:1-6 When you have to wait, remember… The Kingdom of God is central to the Gospel. You know who Jesus is. Doubt and difficulty is different from unbelief. Go directly to Jesus with your questions. Jesus points u …

I Have a Question – Part 2 What Must I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?
February 28, 2021

What Must I Do to Inherit Eternal Life? Series: I Have a Question – Part 2 Mark 10:17-31 Your faith is always demonstrated in how you think and act. In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5, NCV) Don’t you realize that it is God’s kindness that is trying to lead you t …

I Have a Question: Who is my neighbor?
February 21, 2021

I Have a Question – Part 1 Who is my neighbor? Luke 10:25-37   Life is full of asking and responding to questions. Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2, NLT) If someone …

Mission Sunday 2021
February 14, 2021

2 Corinthians 9:10-15 Generosity is more about who you are than what you choose to do. Radical generosity: 1.  meets a human need For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. (2 Corinthians 9:12) 2. changes who y …

God, How Do You Care? – Week 6
February 7, 2021

Ruth 1:1-5   God chooses to love and care for people and His world through you.   Old Testament: Obedience led to blessing. Deut 28:1-6   |   Isaiah 1:19   New Testament: Jesus’ obedience led to blessing. Eph 2:8-10  |  Gal 2:20   Obedience to God leads to being a part of a great …