Those are not my people-Part II

Series: Those Are Not My People

Title: Part 2

Date: September 17-18, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan

 

Big Idea:

If you decide who belongs and who doesn’t, then the circle you draw will eventually exclude everyone but you.

Throughout his ministry Jesus changes the rules by defining who belongs.

Belonging Precedes Changing!

Passage: Luke 5:27-32

Discuss It:

·       Which vocations or jobs do people typically think negatively about? Why?

·       Read Luke 5:27-32

·       What was Levi’s profession? (v. 27)

·       Who would be modern day example of Levi, the tax collector?

·       What actions did Levi take upon hearing Jesus’ invitation to follow Him? (v. 28)

·       How did the Pharisees and others express their disapproval of Jesus? (v. 30)

·       What reason did Jesus give for His coming? (v. 32)

·       Why do you think Jesus was comfortable at a party with sinners and those rejected by most others?

·       Whom would you be uncomfortable to spend time with at a party?

·       If belonging precedes changing, what happens when Christians exclude someone?

·       How can you become more comfortable with those you are tempted to exclude?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

Those are not my people-Part I

Series: Those Are Not My People

Title: Part 1

Date: September 10-11, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan

 

Big Idea:

You become a neighbor when you are kind to others

Passage: Luke 10:30-42

Discuss It:

·       When was the last time you thought “Those are not my people"?

·       What groups or types of people do you like to hang out with?

·       How has the groups or types of people you hang out with changed over the years?

·       Read Luke 10:30-42

·       When was a time that you had a strong sense of belonging?

·       What effect did belonging have on you?

·       When was a time that you felt excluded or that you didn’t belong?

·       What effect did exclusion have on you?

·       Who would be modern day examples of:

o   The Priest?

o   The Levite?

o   The Samaritan?

·       Who do you feel tempted to exclude? Why is that?

·       Is there a foundation to exclude any one?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

Getting through what you are going through-Part IV

Series: Getting Through What You Are Going Through

Title: Part 4

Date: September 3-4, 2016

Speaker: Peter Barber

 

Big Idea:

 Serving is an essential component for growth.

Passage: 1 Peter 4:7-11

Discuss It:

·       Read 1 Peter 4:7:11

·       What did Peter instruct his readers to do since the end of all things was near? (v. 7)

·       How did Peter encourage his audience to love each other? (v. 8-9)

·       How ere Peter’s readers to use their gifts? (v. 10)

·       What goal did Peter want his audience to reach with all they did? (v. 11)

·       How would knowing the world would end this year change the way you think or act?

·       How would you restate verse 8 in your own words?

·       Have you ever experienced personal or spiritual growth through serving others? If so, what was that like?

·       What gifts, talents, or abilities has God given you that you could use to serve others?

·       What is a practical and simple way that you could someone else this week?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

Getting through what you are going through-Part III

Series: Getting Through What You Are Going Through

Title: Part 3

Date: August 27-28, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan

 

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And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

The stuff in the circle can work together for your good…if:

·       You love God.

·       You understand his purpose for you.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

Change the way you think: Truth + Habits + Time = Change

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Romans 8:1

So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. Romans 8:8-9

Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 7:24-25a

Discuss It:

·       What was one of your favorite summer activities?

·       Read Romans 8:1-17

·       What has God done to free us from the law of sin and death (v. 1-4)?

·       In verses 5-8 Paul divides all of humanity into two categories: those who live according to the sinful nature and those who live according to the Spirit. In your own words, what are some characteristics of each group?

·       There are many professing Christians whose lives seem very different from Paul's description of life in the Spirit. How do you think Paul would account for this fact?

·       In verse 12 Paul concludes that we have an obligation. Describe in your own words the negative and positive aspects of that obligation (v. 12-14).

·       How do we experience the reality and privileges of being God's children (v. 15-17)?

·       Phil mentioned that life change is a combination of three things: truth, daily habits, and time. How have you seen this truth in your own life?

·       Of these three, which do you feel the most comfortable with? Which is more challenging?

·       Of these three, which would you like to grow in?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

Getting Through What You Are Going Through-Part II

Series: Getting Through What You Are Going Through

Title: Part 2

Date: August 20-21, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan

 

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Perspective is so key! We do not want to admit that we do not see the world as it is, but as we are. We always need more perspective.

Life is not so much about what happens to us, as it is about how we respond and what we choose to do next.

How you respond and what you choose to do next will probably be based on what you think just happened.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances…” Viktor Frankl

You can choose your perspective! Your perspective will either help you are hurt you. Don’t double your problem.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 (NLT)

He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:45b (NIV)

We ask - Why?

If God loves us and can cause good to come from all things, then maybe we could ask a better question:

·       What can I learn from this?

·       What do I fear the most?

·       Do I trust God with everything?

God will not be all you want until he is all you have.

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5 (ESV)

Discuss It:

·       How would you define ‘perspective’?

·       What are the things that can impact our perspective for the good or the bad?

·       Phil mentioned that our perspective will either help or hurt us, so don’t double the problem. Have you ever doubled you problem by the perspective you had? What was that like?

·       Read Romans 8:28

·       How would you state Romans 8:28 in your own words?

·       Do you have any challenges with applying Romans 8:28 to your perspective?

·       When in a challenging situation, what would it be like to start asking questions like…

o   What can I learn from this?

o   What do I fear the most?

o   Do I trust God with everything?

·       Are there any situations where you struggle to trust God or struggle with fear?

·       What would help you in these situations?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

Getting through what you are going through-Part I

Series: Getting Through What You Are Going Through

Title: Part 1

Date: August 13-14, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan

 

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For the creation was subjected to frustration, Romans 8:20a (NIV)

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait…Romans 8:22- 23a (ESV)

Things are not as they should be!

Tempted to ask, “Does God care about what is happening to me?”

The deeper questions, “Is God good?”

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

It is very difficult for us to determine what is good or what is bad for us. So how do we make sense of all this?

What we learn from the Olympics… Gold is better than Silver, Silver is better than Bronze, and Bronze is better than no medal.

Research finds that Gold and Bronze metal winners are very happy and content, but Silver medalist is the most discontent person on the stand. Silver medalists thinks, “I almost had a gold, but now I don’t.”

Your circumstances can cause you to completely lose PERSPECTIVE!

Life is not so much about what happens to us, as it is about how we respond and what we choose to do next.

How you respond and what you choose to do next will probably be based on what you think just happened.

Discuss It:

·       What do you think the difference is between people who go through difficult times and come out on the other side doing better or doing worse?

·       Read Romans 8:18-30

·       In you own words, how does Paul describe the current reality of the world and our lives?

·       Are you ever tempted to ask, “Does God care about what is happening to me?” If so, what does that look like for you?

·       When you think about the challenges of life, how do you reconcile that with what Paul states in Romans 8:28?

·       Phil stated, “Your circumstances can cause you to completely lose PERSPECTIVE!” Where have you seen this to be true in your life?

·       If life is not so much about what happens to us, as it is about how we respond and what we choose to do next, how should that shape our thinking and our perspective?

·       What helps you to keep your eyes focused on Jesus and your perspective open to him during challenging times?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

Superheroes-Part VII

Series: Superheroes

Title: Part 7

Date: August 6-7, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan

 

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Hero: Joshua

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you are HERE, but you want to be THERE? Then this is the hero for you. (Here ----------> There)

“…lead my people across the Jordan into the land I am giving them.” Joshua 1:2b (NLT)

“In three days you will cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land the Lord your God has given you.” Joshua 1:11b (NLT)

God always provides what we cannot do for ourselves. However, he does not simply hand us everything we want--or even need.

Here is a list of the kings of the land that Joshua and the Israelites conquered on the west side of the Jordan, Joshua 12:7a (NIV) …thirty-one kings in all. Joshua 12:24b (NIV)

He still expects us to:

·       Engage

·       Work hard

·       Overcome obstacles

He still expects us to:

·       Have faith

·       Fully trust

·       Depend on him

·       Do things his way

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. Joshua 6:2 (NIV)

March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in. Joshua 6:3-5 (NIV)

 

God always provides what we cannot do for ourselves. However, he does not simply hand us everything we want--or even need.

What do we call children who are given everything they want, whenever they ask? Entitled & Spoiled

God is a perfect father.

Two keys for the journey

·       Depend On God.

·       Do The Work.

 “…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” Joshua 24:15b (NIV)

Discuss It:

·       Have you ever had to take a long journey and didn’t know how it would end? What was that like?

·       Phil mentioned that we need to remember God’s story and that He fulfills His promises. Have you found any helpful ways in remember God’s faithfulness to you?

·       Read Joshua 6:1-20

·       What did God instruct Joshua and the people to do in attacking Jericho? (v. 2-5)

·       If you were Joshua, what would have been going through your mind as you listened to God’s instructions?

·       Phil stated, “God always provides what we cannot do for ourselves. However, he does not simply hand us everything we want--or even need.” How would you restate this in your own words?

·       Have you seen this statement to be true in your own life? If so, how?

·       Which is easier for you? Why?

o   Depend on God

o   Do the Work

·       Which is harder for you?  Why?

o   Depend on God

o   Do the Work

·       In what ways might you grow in these two areas in your current journey?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

 

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

Superheroes-Part VI

Series: Superheroes

Title: Part 6

Date: July 30-31, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan

 

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Hero: Rahab

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.”

“Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitutenamed Rahab and stayed there. Joshua 2:1b

“I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.” Joshua 2:9b

Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Joshua 2:12a

By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. Hebrews 11:31

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: Matthew 1:1

Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Matthew 1:5a (NIV)

Jesus’ Family Tree

·       Tamar

·       Rahab

·       Ruth

·       Uriah’s wife

All four women are Gentiles.

He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. Acts 10:28

For God does not show favoritism. Romans 2:11

But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. James 2:9

The question isn’t, “Do I show favoritism?” The question is, “How do I show favoritism?”

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, 1 John 4:18a

We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? James 2:25

Jesus said to:

·       Love my neighbor.

·       Love those who are different than me.

·       Love those who mistreat me.

·       Love my enemies.

Discuss It:

·       Are there any sketchy or scandalous characters in your family tree?

·       Read Joshua 2

·       How many spies did Joshua send into the land? (v. 1)

·       In Jericho, who di the spies stay with? (v. 2)

·       What was Rehab’s request for the spies? (v.12)

·       What was to be the sign that Rahab’s family would be saved by the Israelites? (v. 17)

·       Read Matthew 1:1, 5

·       What comes to mind for you as you think about Rehab the prostitute being listed in the family tree of Jesus?

·       Phil mentioned that the question isn’t, “Do I show favoritism?” The question is, “How do I show favoritism?” Where do you struggle with favoritism in your life?

·       Read 1 John 4:18-19

·       For you, which is more difficult:

o   Love my neighbor.

o   Love those who are different than me.

o   Love those who mistreat me.

o   Love my enemies.

·       How can we grow in love for those that we find difficult or challenging?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

Superheroes-Part V

Series: Superheroes

Title: Part 5

Date: July 23-24, 2016

Speaker: Jason McBride

 

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Hero: Moses

What do you do when you are following God and you find yourself in the desert?

The LORD said, I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey... Exodus 3:7-8

So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10

When You Are In The Desert

·       Life Feels Disorienting

·       Disillusioned with God

·       Long to be Anywhere but Here

The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” Numbers 11:4-6

Desert is Fertile Soil for

·       Complaining

·       Turning from God

All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” Numbers 14:2-4

Moses in the Desert – Melt Down

He asked the LORD, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.” Numbers 11:11-15

Hard Questions in the Desert

·       What will you do with a God you do not understand?

·       Will you follow a God that does not live up to your expectations?

Big Difference!

·       Israelites Complained ABOUT God

·       Moses Complained TO God

The LORD said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone. Numbers 11:16-17

When We are in the Desert

·       We need to trust in God’s presence

Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” Exodus 33:15-16

·       We need to learn to cry out to God

·       We need to look to the Cross

Discuss It:

·       Have you ever had to eat the same food, over-and-over again, for an extended period of time? What was it like?

·       Read Numbers 11:4-17

·       Jason mentioned that in the desert life feels disorienting and we may become disillusioned with God. Have you ever found yourself in a place like that, a place you didn’t expect? What was it like for you?

·       What did the Israelites complain about? (v. 4-6)

·       How did Moses handle the complaint of the people? (v. 11-15)

·       When you are tempted to complain, are you more likely to complain about God or complain to God?

·       How did God respond to Moses’ prayer? (v. 16-17)

·       How have you seen God provide for you during a desert experience?

·       Read Exodus 33:15-16.

·       Moses trusted in God’s presence. Is there anything that helps you to trust in God’s presence, even when you don’t see it or feel it?

·       What suggestions would you have for someone in pain on how to honestly cry out to God?

·       When in the desert, how can the Cross of Jesus and what Jesus did be a comfort?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

Superheroes-Part IV

Series: Superheroes

Title: Part 4

Date: July 16-17, 2016

Speaker: Steve Garcia

 

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Hero: Samson

Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived… Judges 2:18

Pattern:

·       Rebel

·       Repent

·       Restore

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, so the LORD delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years. Judges 13:1

You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines. Judges 13:5

Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman. 2 When he returned, he said to his father and mother, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.” Judges 14:1–2

Samson’s Criteria for a Wife – Must be attractive (end of list)

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. Proverbs 25:28

The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver.” Judges 16:5

With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it. Judges 16:16

Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him. Judges 16:20

21 Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison. 22 But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved. Judges 16:21–22

Then Samson prayed to the LORD, “Sovereign LORD, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, 30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived. Judges 16:28–30

God will use me to WIN others or to WARN others!

Discuss It:

·       Who is someone with strength that you admire (physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, etc.)? Why?

·       Read Judges 16:4-30

·       How many times did Delilah try to trick Samson into revealing his secret strength?

·       How did Delilah finally get him to tell his secret? (v. 16)

·       What did the Philistines do with Samson? (v. 21)

·       What was Samson’s last request of God? (v. 28)

·       How does Samson’s story serve as a warning to others?

·       In order to avoid a bad ending, how would you have coached Samson earlier in his life?

·       How does the story of Samson challenge you personally?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

Superheroes-Part III

Series: Superheroes

Title: Part 3

Date: July 9-10, 2016

Speaker: Geoff and Sherry Surratt

 

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Hero: Deborah

Unlikely Superheroes – Ordinary people who do extraordinary things

Pattern:

·       God warns Israel

·       Israel does what God warns against

·       Things go badly

·       God rescues Israel

Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. Judges 4:4

God uses

·       Whoever he wants

·       Whenever he wants

She held court under the Palm of Deborah…between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. Judges 4:4

She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. I will lead Sisera the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troups to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.” Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.” “Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh. There Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali, and ten thousand men went up under his command. Deborah also went up with him. Judges 4:6-10

Then Deborah said to Barak, “Go! This is the day the LORD has given Sisera into your hands. Has not the LORD gone ahead of you?” So Barak went down Mount Tabor, with ten thousand men following him. At Barak’s advance, the LORD routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword, and Sisera got down from his chariot and fled on foot. Judges 4:14-15

How did Deborah succeed?

·       She didn’t let society define her

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you.  Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:10-11

·       She didn’t give in to fear

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Psalm 23:4

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut 31:6.

·       She relied on God

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Romans 12:3

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:5–8.

·       She focused on what she had rather than what she did not have

·       She enlisted a team

When the question is who, sometimes the answer is you

Radical Gospel

·       No one is disqualified

·       Everyone is a potential Superhero

You are somebody! Have you accepted God’s radical verdict about you?

Discuss It:

·       Do you know of an unlikely hero? An ordinary person who did something extraordinary?

·       There is a reoccurring pattern in the Bible, which includes: God warns Israel, Israel does what God warns against, Things go badly, God rescues Israel. Why do you think Israel (and us today) are so susceptible to this pattern?

·       Reads Judges chapter 4

·       What was Deborah’s role with the Israelites? (v. 4-5)

·       What did Deborah tell Barak to do? (v. 6)

·       How did Barak respond? (v. 8)

·       What did Deborah say would happen because Barak wanted her to go with him? (v. 9)

·       Of the reasons why Deborah succeeded, which one resonates most with you and why?

o   She didn’t let society define her

o   She didn’t give in to fear

o   She relied on God

o   She focused on what she had rather than what she did not have

o   She enlisted a team

·       How would you respond to the statement, “When the question is who, sometimes the answer is you.”?

·       Has there been an area in your life where God has been prompting you to do something larger than you or something that creates fear in you? If so what it is?

·       What would it look like for you to trust God, believe he will use you, and step out in faith to serve him?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

 

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

Superheroes-Part II

Series: Superheroes

Title: Part 2

Date: July 2/3, 2016

Speaker: Ben Patterson

 

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Hero: Gideon

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” - Judges 6:12

God sees us not just as we are, but as we can become.

Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18 Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.” And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return.” –Judges 6:17-18

God will work with us all, even when faith is small.

So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the townspeople, he did it at night rather than in the daytime. Judges 6:27

If you’re afraid to act on a prompt from God, you’re not the only one.

Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised—37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” 38 And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water. Judges 6:36-38

Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” 40 That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew. Judges 6:39-40

God will work with us all, even when faith is small.

The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ Judges 7:2

God was saving Israel to bring the people back to him, not for the people to get the credit.

When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, “Get up! The Lordhas given the Midianite camp into your hands.” Judges 7:15

While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled. Judges 6:21

Gideon experienced life transformation from scared/afraid to mighty warrior.

Discuss It:

·       Share a transformation story. A time when something completely changed. Maybe it’s about a life choice, a child, or unforeseen circumstance.

·       Read Judges 6.

·       God often provides a next step to overcome life’s challenges. What did God ask Gideon to do as a next step? (vs 25-27)

·       When is a time you took a step of faith but were nervous or worried about what others would think?

·       Gideon asked God for a sign, not once but twice (vs 36-40). Have you ever asked God to give you a sign? What were the circumstances and what happened?

·       Read Judges 7.

·       Why was an army of 32,000 men too many? Why was 10,000 too many?

·       What is something you’ve experienced but would never be able to do without the power of God?

·       What was Gideon’s response when he overheard the Midianites interpret the dream?

·       Have you ever experienced a full confidence that God could handle the situation? If so, what was it like for you?

·       “God will work with us all, even when faith is small.” What are your thoughts about that statement? Do you have a story of a time God worked in your life amidst small faith?

·       What is your current challenge? How will you lean into that challenge? Consider your challenge as the focus of where you can experience God’s transformation in your life.

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

Superheroes-Part I

Series: Superheroes

Title: Part 1

Date: June 25-26, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan

 

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Hero: Elijah

Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” 1 Kings 17:1

If you have ever doubted God’s provision in your life, Elijah’s story might build your faith.

Ahab went to meet Elijah. When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?” 1 Kings 18:16b-17

Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” 1 Kings 18:22

Make a Decision.

But the people said nothing. 1 Kings 18:22

About noontime Elijah began mocking them. “You’ll have to shout louder,” he scoffed, “for surely he is a god! Perhaps he is daydreaming, or is relieving himself. Or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened.” 1 Kings 18:27 (NLT)

Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention. 1 Kings 18:29

“Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 1 Kings 18:36b-37

“Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again” 1 Kings 18:36b-37

Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. 1 Kings 18:38

Never underestimate what God can do through one surrendered servant.

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. 1 Kings 19:3a

“I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:4b

Elijah & Discouragement: Physical exhaustion, Emotional depletion, Post-victory meltdown

Elijah & Perspective: Rest, Nourishment, God’s presence, A plan

Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 1 Kings 19:5

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” 1 Kings 19:11a

And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. 1 Kings 19:12b-13a

The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came…” 1 Kings 19:15a

Discuss It:

·       Who was or is one of your favorite superheroes?

·       Read 1 Kings 18:18-40

·       How many false prophets did Elijah face by himself? (v. 19)

·       Have you ever felt outnumbered in your stand for what was right?

·       Why do you think Elijah covered the altar with water three different times? (v. 33-35)

·       What was the result of one individual remaining faithful to God? (v. 38-39)

·       Phil mentioned, “Never underestimate what God can do through one surrendered servant.Is there an area in your life where you feel like you need to be surrendered to God and see what he will do?

·       Read 1 Kings 19:1-4

·       After seeing God work in might ways, why do you think Elijah became so fearful of Jezebel’s threat?

·       Have you ever experienced depression or struggle after a great success or victory? If so, what was that like for you?

·       When you are discouraged, what typically helps you to find perspective and encouragement? Consider the things that God gave to Elijah (rest, nourishment, God’s presence, a plan)

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

 

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

One Matters-Part III

Series: One Matters

Title: Part 3

Date: June 18-19, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan

 

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Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Luke 15:1-2 (NIV)

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.” Luke 15:11 (NIV)

The younger one said to his father, “Father, give me my share of the estate.” So he divided his property between them. Luke 15:12 (NIV)

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20b

“Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.” Luke 15:18b-19 (NIV)

But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.” Luke 15:22 (NIV)

The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. Luke 15:28 (NIV)

But he answered his father, “Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!” Luke 15:29-30 (NIV)

“My son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” Luke 15:31-32 (NIV)

The Father’s sons followed two very different paths:

·       Self-discovery

·       Religious morality

They both were using the father for their own self-centered ends rather than loving, enjoying, and serving him for his own sake. - Tim Keller

This means that you can rebel against God and be alienated from him either by breaking his rules or by keeping all of them diligently. - Tim Keller

We are more likely to repent when face down in a pig pen than when sitting in church.

Through this parable, Jesus completely redefines sin.

Are you using God as a means to an end?

We’ll Start Where You Are

·       Younger brother

·       Older brother

Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.

Discuss It:

·       If you had siblings, in what ways did you compete with each other?

·       How do you feel when other people get rewards greater than they deserve?

·       Read Luke 15:11-32

·       How did the father respond to the younger son’s return? (v. 22-24)

·       Why did the father call for celebration? (v. 22-24)

·       What complaints did the older brother bring to his father? (v. 29-30)

·       How did the father respond to the older brother? (v. 31-32)

·       Have you ever been like the older or younger brother? What did that look like for you?

·       Are you ever tempted to follow the path of religious morality (rule following) or self-discovery (rule breaking)?

·       How would you respond to the Tim Keller quote, “They both were using the father for their own self-centered ends rather than loving, enjoying, and serving him for his own sake.”?

·       What does the parable reveal to you about the Father’s love for you and for all?

·       Is there any area where you need to say “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you”?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

One Matters - Part II

Series: One Matters

Title: Part 2

Date: June 11-12, 2016

Speaker: Steve Garcia

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Luke 15:8-10 - 8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

2 Peter 3:9 - The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

God, help me to see the people near me.

Acts 8:26–40 - 26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. 31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” 37 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Being Good Neighbors

·      Open eyes

·      Get started

·      Listen lots

·      Ask questions

·      Be available!

Our job is to love our neighbors and leave the outcomes to God.

God, help me to see the people near me.

Discuss It:

·      What is something of value that you have lost?

·      What emotions do you feel when you find something valuable that was lost?

·      Read Acts 8:26-40

·      What stands out to you about Philip and his approach/interactions with the Ethiopian?

·      Has the Holy Spirit ever led you to speak to someone? What was it like?

·      How do you know when the Holy Spirit is leading you?

·      Of the 5 ways to be a good neighbor, which comes easiest to you? (open eyes, get started, listen lots, ask questions, be available)

·      Of the 5 ways to be a good neighbor, which comes hardest to you? (open eyes, get started, listen lots, ask questions, be available)

·      What would it look like for you to practically love your neighbors this week and be a good neighbor?

Apply It:

·      What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·      What will help you remember it?

·      Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

One Matters - Part I

Series: One Matters
Title: Part 1
Date: June 4-5, 2016
Speaker: Peter Barber

 

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Luke 15 :1-7 – The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Principle: Do for one what you wish you could do for the many

Luke 15:1 - Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.

Luke 15:2 - “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."

Luke 15:3 - Suppose one of you has a hunted sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?

Irony - Religious leaders would have never tended sheep!

Shepherds were often hired to watch all the sheep. A shepherds reputation depended on how he took care of each sheep.

Luke 15:5-6 - And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.'

Sheep when lost will lie down and just cry out. Sheep weigh up to 70 pounds, so this is not easy work. When calling the friends together, there was probably a celebration and a meal.

Luke 15:7 - …more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who don not need to repent. (implication is that the 99 are the Pharisees)

God is like a shepherd and he has a relentless love for those who are lost. God’s love is not a passive love, but a pursuing and seeking love!

EATING - Pharisees are mad that Jesus eats with sinners. Jesus indicates that we are to eat with all people.

Pharisees viewed the Table as a mini Temple (but must be clean to attend)

Jesus also viewed the Table as a mini Temple (open for all and help people find the way)

Jesus reverses the influence between clean and unclean, and empowers us to do the same.

This passage is about salvation, but there is also something deeper at work here…often the lost are those who do not look like me. We have a hard time pursuing those who are not like us.

We have an incredible training ground to live out this parables - we all have neighbors!

Assignment: Fill out the Block Map with the neighbors who live around you.

Imagine if we did for one neighbor what we wish we could do for all eight! Imagine if every one in the church did!

Discuss It:

·      As a child, when was a time you got lost from your family or group?

·      Read Luke 15:1-7

·      Who gathered to hear Jesus? (v. 1)

·      Why were the Pharisees and teachers of the law grumbling? (v. 2)

·      What does a good shepherd do when one of the flock is lost? (v. 4)

·      What happens when the shepherd returns to his home and flock after finding a lost sheep? (v. 6)

·      The story indicates that eating and sharing a meal together was significant and seen differently by Jesus and the Pharisees. In what ways could a meal serve as a mini-temple…a way to encounter God’s presence and love? Sharing God’s love with others?

·      Peter states that we have a hard time pursuing and loving those who are not like us. Are there people or groups that you have a difficult time pursuing?

·      What is one thing that you could do for one neighbor this week? Will you do it?

Apply It:

·      What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·      What will help you remember it?

·      Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

ReNew - Part III

Series: Re:New

Title: Part 3

Date: May 28-29, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan

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All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone. —Blaise Pascal

One of the great temptations of the spiritual life is to believe that if I were in another season of life, I could be more spiritual. —Ruth Haley Barton

I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. Psalm 119:15

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3

Healthy Life Rhythms _________________

·      Every Day

·      Every Week

·      Every Year

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. Isaiah 30:15

Do you trust Me?

They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Exodus 14:11

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Exodus 14:14-15

Once a year, take an extended break to disrupt your normal routine for several days in a row. Practice all of your daily and weekly habits of rest.

Isaiah 30:15–18

15 This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. 16 You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift! 17 A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill.” 18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

Discuss It:

·      As a kid or currently, is there anything that you do on a yearly basis (i.e. family vacations, retreats, reunions, etc.)?

·      How were your rhythms of rest and work this last week?

·      Is there anything you are learning about yourself or your pace of life as we go through this series?

·      Read Isaiah 30:12-18

·      How would you phrase verse 15 in your own words?

·      What might verse 17 indicate about our perspective on life, if we do not repent, rest, be quiet, and trust? What would make a thousand flee at the threat of one?

·      What does God long to do for you? (v. 18)

·      Who are the ones that are blessed? (v. 18)

·      What would be some practical things you could do on a yearly basis to engage in a healthy rhythm of life? Weekly? Daily?

Apply It:

·      What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·      What will help you remember it?

·      Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

ReNew-Part II

Series: Re:New

Title: Part 2

Date: May 21-22, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan

 

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Each week, choose a block of time when you will step away from the busyness of your life.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:2-3 (NIV)

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work Exodus 20:8-10a (NIV)

Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people. Exodus 31:14 (NIV)

While many of us are terribly weary, we have come to associate tremendous guilt and shame with taking time to rest. Sabbath gives us permission; it commands us to stop. —Wayne Muller

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)

So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. Galatians 3:24-25 (NIV)

 “If we do not allow for a rhythm of rest in our overly busy lives, illness becomes our Sabbath.” —Wayne Muller

Sabbath teaches us: ________________

·       The world can go on without me.

·       To live within my limits.

·       About the rhythm of life.

Practice Weekly Rest: __________________

·       Disconnect from the world.

·       Connect with family and friends.

·       Commune with God..

Discuss It:

·       What do you remember from childhood about Sunday activities?

·       What does Sunday look like in your household today?

·       What would your ideal day off look like?

·       Read Exodus 20:8-10.

·       What comes to mind when you think about observing the Sabbath?

·       How does this Sabbath requirement of no work or commerce honor God and respect human needs?

·       How do you mark the Sabbath in your life today?

·       What makes keeping Sabbath so difficult today?

·       What would have to happen for you to begin to engage in something like the Sabbath (i.e. rest, renewal, time to recalibrate, time to ask questions, time to be with God)? What would you have to say “no” to in order to observe the Sabbath?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

ReNew- Part I

Series: Re:New

Title: Part 1

Date: May 14-15, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan

 

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God created us to work, but commanded us to rest!

“Margin is the space that once existed between ourselves and our limits.” Richard Swenson

A life without margin is normal? A life without margin is dangerous and unwise! The problem is that we do not believe this. We believe that more is more and productivity gives us value. I am what I produce. We miss apply: I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

How is your tank? How is your capacity? What is it like when you hit the wall? How often do you hit the wall?

“Researchers strongly agree on two basic principles: first, that man has limited capacity; and second, that overloading the system leads to a serious breakdown of performance.” Alvin Toffler

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:30-31 (NIV)

You have a limited capacity. Good work leads to good rest, which leads to good work. When this principle is violated, then both pay a price and do not operate as they should.

“Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible. Love always takes time, and time is one thing hurried people don’t have.” John Ortberg

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

As you make the choice to deny yourself, you will find that Jesus’ yoke becomes easy and his burden light.

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10a (NIV)

Practice Daily Margin: __________________

·       Reduce time wasters.

·       Slow down.

o   Margin is about space - not pace.

o   Hurry is a symptom of a life without margin.

·       Daily pause.

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Mark 1:35-36 (NIV)

Sit quietly in God’s presence for 10 minutes a day – unless you are too busy; then sit for an hour.

To get more out of life, sometimes you have to pursue less. You won’t make a change till you are convinced that your life is not sustainable.

Discuss It:

·       For your automobile, how much gas is left in the tank when you typically stop to get gas?

·       Phil mentioned that rest and work are intimately connected. In what ways do you see the connection between rest and work?

·       When you are exhausted, what areas of your life does it impact most?

·       How do you or those around you recognize when you are tired and exhausted?

·       How would you respond to the John Ortberg quote: “Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible. Love always takes time, and time is one thing hurried people don’t have.”?

·       Read Matthew 11:25-30.

·       How would you state Jesus invitation in your own words? (v. 28-30)

·       What promise does Jesus make to those who would accept his offer? (v. 28-30)

·       In what ways do you feel weary and burdened right now?

·       For you, what helps you to experience rest?

·       If less is more, what could you give up to embrace more margin?

·       What would need to happen this week for you to experience margin and engage God’s presence?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?

That Thing You Do- Part V

Series: That Thing You Do

Title: Part 5

Date: May 7-8, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan

 

Review It:

God is telling a story.

Our question: How does my small story fit into the context of God’s bigger story?

Three Questions:

1.      How are things supposed to be?

2.      What is the main problem with things as they are?

3.      What is the solution and how can it be realized?

Three Answers: _____________

1.      The whole world is good.

2.      The whole world is fallen.

3.      The whole world is going to be redeemed.

God invites me to join him in redeeming all of creation and making all things new.? 

Discuss It:

·       What is one of your favorite stories? Why?

·       Phil mentioned that God is telling a story. In His story, the world is good, fallen, and going to be redeemed. As you think about God story, what is one way you see your story fitting into what God is doing?

·       Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-18. (Maybe 2 or 3 people can take turns reading)

·       What reasons or circumstances tempt you to become discouraged?

·       Why did Paul tell the Corinthians not to lose heart? (v. 1)

·       What was the message that Paul preached? (v. 5-6)

·       How did Paul describe Christians? (v. 7-12)

·       What do you think Paul meant by “death is at work in us, but life is at work in you”? (v. 12)

·       How would you restate Paul's description of the Christian life in your own words? (v. 7-12)

·       What helped Paul to not lose heart? (v. 16-18)

·       When God's story seems hard and challenging, where do you find hope or what helps you to not lose heart?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?