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?

Weekly Reading :: 3.16.14

On March 15, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayColossians 3
MondayEphesians 5
TuesdayEphesians 6
WednesdayJames 2
Thursday2 Thessalonians 3
Friday1 Corinthians 10
SaturdayColossians 3

Find Yourself
Discover the Divine Design for Your Life

Memorize/Reflect: “…if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:8)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you take the time and make the effort to discover and develop your unique gifting. Commit to God that you will use the gifts He has given you today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life.

“Live It!” Challenge – Ministry Open House: Commit to join us on Tuesday, March 18 from 6-8p at the church for the Ministry Open House. Visit a number of the rooms and talk with the leaders, be in prayer for them, and learn more about a ministry that might be a place where you can serve Jesus and others.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. If you have been in a church where many people were developing and using their gifts to glorify God and bless others, tell about how this engagement of so many people impacted the health and mission of the church.
      2. If you have been in a church where very few people were actually discovering, developing, and deploying their spiritual gifts, how did this impact the moral, mission, and impact of the church?
      3. Read: Romans 12:3-8 Why is humility and sober judgment so important for each of us as we discover and use our spiritual gifts? What could happen if we try to use our spiritual gift without humility and sober judgment?
      4. Why is it critical that we see ourselves as parts of a body rather than independent of each other when we use the God-given gifts that we have?
      5. The apostle Paul boldly calls people out to use their gifts. If you have teaching gifts…then teach! If you have leadership gifts, be diligent and lead! If Paul was talking boldly to you about your God-given gifts, what do you think He would say?
      6. Read: Romans 12:9-13 Make a list of the various exhortations and challenges Paul puts before us in this passage (There are at least a dozen!). Why are each of these important as we function as a body and use our gifts together?
      7. What is one of these exhortations that you feel reflects the way you serve and live? Take a moment to share and celebrate this area where God is growing you and working in you.
      8. What is one of these exhortations that you feel you need to hear and adopt into your life? How can your group members encourage you in your effort to grow in this area of your life?
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