Reading Guide: Permission Slip Week 2

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THIS WEEK'S TOPIC

The main idea: When tempted by sin, move to God

DO THIS FIRST
Read James 1:13-18

THINK ABOUT IT
Earlier in the chapter, we learned that God uses trials to help us grow. But here James is talking about temptation. What’s the difference?

Why is it important that we NOT blame our temptation on God?  

Why do you think James suddenly starts talking about “every good and perfect gift” in verse 17, after talking about evil desires? Is he just changing the subject (which he does sometimes), or is there a connection?

The book of James emphasizes the active side of our faith, so let’s go for it.

Select one of these ways to put faith into action this week:

Memorization:
Learn 1 Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 4:15–16; Matthew 26:41; Psalm 51:10; and/or another verse that applies to a particular temptation you struggle with.

Journaling:
Write about your temptations and how you respond, but also about the joys you experience when you resist temptation. How does your relationship with God grow and soar when you trust Him?

Prayer:
Think about others you know who are being tempted. Pray that God will strengthen them. But don’t let these be proud prayers—“watch yourself, or you also may be tempted” (Galatians 6:1). Include The Lord’s Prayer in this devotional time, with special focus on “Lead us not into temptation.”

Accountability:
Look for others you can share your struggles with. Can you arrange to meet with them every week or two, and let them know how you’re doing? Fighting temptation can be a lonely business, but it doesn’t have to be. When you know there’s someone else holding you accountable, it might give you additional strength.

Joining or Volunteering:
Our culture is full of temptations, and there are many whose lives have been ravaged by greed, lust, pride, or addictions of various sorts. There are also ministries that help those strugglers. Is there one you could connect with—as a volunteer, donor, or fellow struggler?

 

 

ME. MY #SELFIE. AND I. [WEEK 3]

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CURRENT TEACHING SERIES

Me. My #Selfie. And I.

We are going to answer the question, "What on earth am I here for?"

WEEK 3 DETAILS

Sermon in a Sentence: I am here to be like Jesus.

Scripture: Matthew 1:20-21, Luke 5:1-11, Matthew 28:18-20

Ask a question: Who is someone you can share Jesus with?

LISTEN TO THE MESSAGE

ME. MY #SELFIE. AND I. [WEEK 2]

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CURRENT TEACHING SERIES

Me. My #Selfie. And I.

We are going to answer the question, "What on earth am I here for?"

WEEK 2 DETAILS

Sermon in a Sentence: I am here to serve.

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:10

Ask a question: What can you do to create value in someone's life?

LISTEN TO THE MESSAGE

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Video Games, Facebook, & Grades

A new Australian study suggests that players of online video games may do better in school, but those who frequent Facebook or chat sites are more likely to struggle scholastically.

"When you play online games you're solving puzzles to move to the next level and that involves using some of the general knowledge and skills in math, reading and science that you've been taught during the day," said study author Alberto Posso, an associate professor in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at Australia's RMIT University.

"Students who play online games almost every day score 15 points above the average in math and 17 points above the average in science," he said. But those who used Facebook or chatted online every day scored 20 points lower in math than students who did not.

The study identified a correlation, but not a cause-and-effect link, between these online habits and academic performance.

[cbsnews.com, 8/9/16]

Me. My #Selfie. And I. [Week 1]

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CURRENT TEACHING SERIES

Me. My #Selfie. And I.

We are going to answer the question, "What on earth am I here for?"

WEEK 1 DETAILS

Sermon in a Sentence: I am here to belong.

Scripture: Hebrews 2:11, Ephesians 2:19-22

Ask a question: When is a time when you feel like you really belong?

LISTEN TO THE MESSAGE

A Famous Pastor Helped Michael Phelps Through Tough Times

It might seem hard to believe that the most decorated Olympic athlete in history contemplated suicide after the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

But in 2014, Michael Phelps told ESPN that's exactly what happened in the wake of his high-profile DUIs. He said Rick Warren's 2002 book The Purpose Driven Life helped him to choose a different path. "I thought the world would just be better off without me," Phelps said at the time. "I figured that was the best thing to do – just end my life."

Former Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis gave him a copy of the book. "I basically told him, 'Okay, everything has a purpose, and now, guess what? It's time to wake up,'" Lewis told the Washington Post. Phelps said that the book "turned me into believing that there is a power greater than myself and there is a purpose for me on this planet" and "helped me when I was in a place that I needed the most help."

[christianitytoday.com, 8/12/16; christianpost.com, 8/10/16; foxnews.com, 8/10/16; espn.com, 6/23/16]

Summer Same: Week 4 & Student Open Mic Night

TEACHING SERIES

The Power of a Summer Same

"Same" gets a bad rap. C'mon, in today's world we're always looking for the next new thing and grow discontent, even bored, with same. But there is one thing you can do the same this summer to take a step closer to God. Join us on this four week journey as we learn about the power of a summer same.

TONIGHT'S SERMON IN A SENTENCE

You have to follow Jesus for yourself, but you can't follow Jesus by yourself.

SCRIPTURE

John 15:1-6, Galatians 5:22-23

TALK ABOUT IT

  1. Why do you think some people only experience short-term success? What is the difference between people who taste success and those who live successfully over the long haul?

  2. Read Galatians 5:22. Describe a time when you experienced the Fruit of the Spirit.

  3. Who is a person or people in your life that will help you grow in your faith?

Summer Same: Week 3

TEACHING SERIES

The Power of a Summer Same

"Same" gets a bad rap. C'mon, in today's world we're always looking for the next new thing and grow discontent, even bored, with same. But there is one thing you can do the same this summer to take a step closer to God. Join us on this four week journey as we learn about the power of a summer same.

TONIGHT'S SERMON IN A SENTENCE

God doesn't call us to be successful, he calls us to be faithful.

SCRIPTURE

John 15:1-6

TALK ABOUT IT

  1. What are some things that take a while that you wish were quicker? Why do you think slow process frustrate us so easily?

  2. What are some things in your life right now that you need to either cut off or cut back?