Weekly Reading :: 4.20.14

On April 19, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

Sunday1 John 1
Monday1 John 2
Tuesday1 John 3
Wednesday1 John 4
ThursdayJohn 3
FridayDeuteronomy 6:1-9, Mark 12:28-34 & Matthew 22:34-40
SaturdayRomans 8

“The Voice of Truth”
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Memorize/Reflect: “The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” (Matthew 28:5-6)

Prayer Direction:  Thank Jesus for giving His life willingly and humbly so that you could be cleansed and saved. Pray for a sense of His resurrected presence in each moment of each day.

“Live It!” Challenge – Share a Meal with Jesus: This week, make a point of inviting Jesus to share each meal with you. Seek to have an awareness that Jesus is with you at all times and wants to share meals (and everything else) with you.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Tell about your first memory of taking communion. What did it mean to you. What does it mean to you today, when you break the bread and drink the cup and remember Jesus?
      2. Read: Matthew 26:26-30. Table #1- The table of the Lord and our communion with Him. Jesus calls us to remember Him when we come to the communion table. What are some of the things we should remember about Jesus in these various areas:
        • Remembering His life…
        • Remembering His suffering and death…
        • Remembering His resurrection…
        • Remembering His presence and work in your life (His faithfulness)…
      3. Read: Luke 23:38-43. Table #2- In the Bible heaven is sometimes compared to a great banquet or a wedding banquet. Why is the picture of a banquet one fitting image of heaven?
      4. What other pictures and images come to your mind when you think of being with Jesus in paradise?
      5. Read: John 21:12-19. Table #3- Jesus prepared a meal for his disciples. The resurrected Christ made breakfast for his friends. While sharing this meal, Jesus restored Peter (who had denied Him three times) and spoke words of healing. Then, Jesus called Peter to serve Him and follow Him again! If you could sit and have a meal with Jesus, what questions might you ask Him?
      6. What are ways you can seek to experience the presence of Jesus with you in the normal flow of your day? What helps you stay tuned into the reality that Jesus is with you?
 

Weekly Reading :: 4.13.14

On April 12, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 28
MondayMark 15 & Luke 24
TuesdayJohn 12-13
WednesdayJohn 14-15
ThursdayJohn 16-17
FridayJohn 20-21
Saturday1 Corinthians 15

“Voices that Rationalize, Justify, and Deny”
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Memorize/Reflect: “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” (John 18:37 )

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to give you courage and power to stand for His truth and laws, even when it is not popular in our world. Ask God to help you live a life that is about honoring God and following Him rather than honoring people and following the crowd.

“Live It!” Challenge – Make a Big Invite: There are many people who might avoid church and Jesus, but at Easter they might be more open to an invitation. Pray about one person who you could invite to join you for Easter services at Shoreline. Give them an Easter invitation card or a call on the phone and extend an invitation. Then, pray for their heart to be open.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. What are some of the cultural messages today that speak out against Jesus, Christians, and the church?
      2. What are some of the political forces at work today that seem to be working against Jesus, the gospel, and the truth of God’s Word?
      3. Read: John 18:28-40. What seemed to drive and motivate Pilate? How do you see these same motivations at work in people’s hearts today?
      4. What are ways Christians can end up going along with the crowd and what are some ways we can stand strong and resist the temptation to cave into societal pressures?
      5. Read: Luke 23:7-12. How did Herod view Jesus? What is the danger of treating Jesus like a bargaining chip in our game of life and not treating Him like the Lord and Savior that He is?
      6. What are some ways we can bow down, surrender, and follow Jesus more humbly as the Lord of the universe and our lives? What daily disciplines can we put in place that will help us surrender more to the Lordship of Jesus?
      7. Read: Mark 15:16-20. What do you see in the actions and attitudes of the soldiers? What are some of the subtle and overt ways people mock and abuse Jesus today?
      8. What does it look like when a Christian today is ashamed of the gospel? What are some ways we can show that we are not ashamed of the gospel or Jesus?

Weekly Reading :: 4.6.14

On April 5, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 26
MondayMatthew 27
TuesdayMark 14
WednesdayMark 15
Thursday Luke 22
FridayLuke 23
SaturdayJohn 18-19
During this Lenten Season we will read the passion narratives from all four gospels each week.

“Voices that Mock, Lie,and Condemn”
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Memorize/Reflect: “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven. “ (Matthew 26:64)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you see Jesus as He is and not as you want to see Him. Pray for ears to hear any time your words might dishonor Jesus. Ask God to give you courage to speak the truth about Jesus so that others will know who He really is!

“Live It!” Challenge – Big Invite: Make a list of four or five people you know and care about who are still far from Jesus. Pray about extending an invitation to each of these people to come to church at Shoreline on Easter Sunday or Monday evening. Send an e-mail invitation, or call them, or talk face-to-face. Invite them to join you to celebrate Easter and see what God does through this invitation.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. What are some of the ways that people today misuse the name of Jesus and make light of who He is?
      2. What are some of the lies people believe about Jesus? How do these lies keep people from drawing near to Him?
      3. Read: Matthew 26:59-63. What were the motives of the religious leaders and what do you learn about their hearts and intentions in this passage? Why do you think they saw Jesus as such a threat?
      4. Read: Matthew 26:64-65. When Jesus used the term “Son of Man” He was always talking about himself. What did Jesus claim about Himself and why does this anger and upset the religious leaders?
      5. What are some of the other things Jesus claimed about Himself (think about all of the “I Am” sayings from the gospel of John)?
      6. Read: Matthew 26:66-68. How did the religious leaders respond to Jesus’ bold claims and what did they do to Jesus? Why do you think they were so harsh?
      7. How do people mock Jesus today? How do people condemn Jesus and abuse Him in our culture?
      8. What are ways we can speak the truth of Jesus and bless His name in organic ways? What can we do, in the flow of a normal day, that will show the world that Jesus is good, loving, and real?
 

Weekly Reading :: 3.30.14

On March 29, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 26
MondayMatthew 27
TuesdayMark 14
WednesdayMark 15
Thursday Luke 22
FridayLuke 23
SaturdayJohn 18-19

“Commitment to Excellence”

Memorize/Reflect: “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times. “ (Matthew 26:34)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you hear His voice speaking to you this Easter season. Pray for the ability to block out the noise and wrong voices so you can hear God’s truth clearly. Invite the Holy Spirit to use your mouth to tell others about the Father’s love and the grace of Jesus this Easter season.

“Live It!” Challenge – Shut Your Mouth: Make a commitment, for one day, to only speak when you are truly confident that your words will honor Jesus, lift Him up, and bring blessing to others. If you are not sure your words will bring the voice of God to your situation, commit to simply shut your mouth.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Who is one person God has used to speak truth about Jesus to you? How did this person’s voice show you God is real and Jesus loves you?
      2. Read: Matthew 26:33-35, 69-74 , and Luke 22:60-62. What words came out of the mouth of Peter and what do his words tell you about the condition of his heart?
      3. What are some of the ways we can dent Jesus in our words, actions, or attitudes?
      4. How did Jesus continue to love Peter even though he really messed up and denied the Savior three times? (See John 21:15-25)
      5. Read: John 20:24-29 What do you learn about Thomas as you listen to his words? What do his words reveal about the condition of his heart?
      6. At one point Thomas seems to be full of doubt. At another point he is bold in faith. How can doubt and faith reside so clearly in the same person? How have you seen some of Thomas in yourself?
      7. How did Jesus show grace and kindness to Thomas in his time of doubt? How have you experienced God’s grace as you have struggled to grow in faith?
      8. What are words you can speak to others this Easter season that will reveal one of the following things:
        • That you truly put your trust and faith in Jesus,
        • That you are loyal to Jesus and are committed to follow Him,
        • That you trust the Word of God with confidence?
 

Weekly Reading :: 3.23.14

On March 22, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 26
MondayMatthew 27
TuesdayMark 14
WednesdayMark 15
Thursday Luke 22
FridayLuke 23
SaturdayJohn 18-19

“Commitment to Excellence”

Memorize/Reflect: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. “ (Colossians 3:23-24)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to show you the areas of your life that you are more concerned with the approval of people, rather than the approval of God. Pray God would show you how to approach these areas with a renewed heart aimed at pleasing him.

“Live It!” Challenge – Service: Identify three of your personal relationships. These may be with a parent, spouse, child, employer, employee, friend or neighbor. Serve at least one person this week, above and beyond how you normally serve him or her.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: Colossians 3. What stands out to you in this passage and why?
      2. Read: Colossians 3:9-10. What does it mean to “take off your old self” and “put on the new self”? What does this look like when a person first follows Jesus and what does this look like each day we walk with Jesus?
      3. Read: Colossians 3:17. What does it mean to do everything in the name of Jesus? How does this become a reality in the flow of a normal day?
      4. Discuss the attitude husbands and wives should have toward one another?
      5. What does it mean to obey your parents in everything? How does this apply in adulthood?
      6. How should parents treat their children? What does this look like in your family?
      7. How do you see the challenge given to slaves in the ancient world applying to employees in today’s world?
      8. What does “work at it with all your heart” mean to you and how does this impact your life?
      9. What area(s) of your life, do you do less than your best? What will you do to begin living with excellence in this area of your life?
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