Weekly Reading :: 8.31.14

On August 30, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayEphesians 1
MondayEphesians 2
TuesdayEphesians 3
WednesdayEphesians 4
ThursdayEphesians 5
FridayEphesians 6
SaturdayJohn 17

Deeper
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Memorize/Reflect:
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” (John 4:23 )

Prayer Direction: Pray for a heart that worships and celebrates God at all times and in all places. Ask God to help you fully engage in gathered worship experiences…particularly in the aspects of worship you sometimes don’t engage in.

“Live It!” Challenge – Hands and Face: Explore lifting your hands to God as you pray, sing, and worship in your private times with God! Invite your face to reflect the joy you feel in your heart.

Growth Group Discussion: 

  1. When you hear the word worship, what good thoughts and images come to your mind? When you hear the word worship, what strange pictures and images come to your mind?
  2. Why do you think worship is so important to the heart of God? What do you think God sees and feels when His people worship Him with passion in Spirit and truth? How does God feel when we simply go through the motions of worship?
  3. Read: Romans 12:1-2. Worship is the engagement of our hearts and bodies in the flow of our daily lives. What are ways we can worship God at work, school, while driving, at the store, in tense moments with people in our life, in times of recreation, and in other daily experiences we face?
  4. Read: Hebrews 10:19-25. What has Jesus done to make worship possible and to open the way for us to come into the presence of the Father with confidence? What should this reality teach us about the privilege of worship?
  5. What does it mean to “spur others on to love and good deeds”? What are practical ways we can do this?
  6. Who “spurs you on” and why are you thankful to God for this person?
  7. What are some of the things that can keep us from meeting together (worshipping in community on a regular basis)? How can we get past these obstacles and make attending worship gatherings with God’s people a greater priority in our lives?

Weekly Reading :: 8.24.14

On August 23, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayExodus 20
MondayExodus 32 & 33
Tuesday2 Kings 22 & 23:30
WednesdayNehemiah 8 & 9
ThursdayPsalm 8, 100, & 145
FridayPsalm 146, 149, & 150
SaturdayDaniel 3

Deeper In Our Walk with Jesus (Discipleship)
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Memorize/Reflect:
Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.” (Matthew 4:21-22)

Prayer Direction: Pray for feet that walk in the paths of Jesus, a mouth that speaks like Jesus, and a heart that loves like Jesus. Pray for a growing joy and discipline of reading God’s Word and speaking with Him often in prayer.

“Live It!” Challenge – 7 Days in the Word: Make a commitment to find a good time each day (when your mind is alert and sharp) and read the daily reading listed above. Do this daily for seven days. Use this simple process: 1) Pray for God to open your heart to learn, 2) Read the assigned passages for the day, 3) Write down one lessons learned, 4) Write down one life action or application from the passage, 5) Pray for power to live out what you learned from God’s Word.

Growth Group Discussion: 

          1. What are signs and indicators in our lives that people can see when we are growing more in love with God?
          2. What changes in attitude and actions start to creep into your life when you are not walking closely with Jesus and when your heart is not growing in love with Him?
          3. What behaviors and practices help you connect more closely with God and keep you growing in love with Him? How can you increase your focus and intentionality when it comes to growing these specific behaviors and practices?
          4. Read: Psalm 119:1-8; 9-16; 105-112. What are some of the ways that reading and following God’s Word can impact our lives? How does regular engagement with the Bible take us deeper in our relationship with God?
          5. What are some dangers that we might face if we fail to read, study, and follow God’s Word?
          6. Read: John 17. What kinds of prayer does Jesus model in this chapter? How can you pray more like Jesus?
          7. Read: John 13:2-17. What do you learn from the example of Jesus in this chapter? What does this teach you about the heart of God?
          8. Christians are called to be like Jesus. What are some ways you can wash feet, serve humbly, and care for others in the coming month? How can your group members support you and keep you accountable as you grow in your service?

 

Weekly Reading :: 8.17.14

On August 16, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 119:1-32
MondayPsalm 119:33-64
TuesdayPsalm 119:65-96
WednesdayPsalm 119:97-128
ThursdayPsalm 119:129-176
FridayMark 1
SaturdayMatthew 3-4

Deeper Into Our Community
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Memorize/Reflect:
“Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:38)

Prayer Direction: Pray for a deeper love for people who are far from Jesus and for courage to share His love and grace with the people in your life who need Jesus. Ask God to help you understand His gospel, His holiness, and His grace in a deeper and more personal way.

“Live It!” 3-3-3  Challenge – : Commit to pray for three people you love who are still far from Jesus. Pray for three minutes three days a week. And, lift up these three simple prayers: 1) Lord, soften their heart to You. 2) Show Yourself to them by the power of Your Holy Spirit. 3) Use me, in any way you desire, to share your love and truth with these people.

Growth Group Discussion: 

          1. Who is one person that reached out to you with God’s love and shared the truth of the gospel with you and how did this person connect with you, love you, and reach out in natural ways?
          2. What can you learn from the example of the person you talked about in question one and how can you reach out to lost people and point them to Jesus more effectively because of what this person has taught you?
          3. Read:  Matthew 9:35-38. What do you learn about the heart of Jesus in this passage and how can you be more like Him?
          4. What do you find interesting about Jesus’ exhortation to pray in this passage? How can you pray for yourself and the other people in your Growth Group with greater specificity and power in the coming month?
          5. Read:  Romans 3:21-26. What do you learn about the condition of the human heart in this passage and what do you learn about the heart of Jesus (God)?
          6. How is salvation offered to us according to this passage? What must we do to be saved according to the apostle Paul? In light of this, what would keep a person from being saved and cleansed of their sin?
          7. What are some of the ways Shoreline Community Church seeks to teach the message of the gospel to those who are already followers of Jesus? Why is it important for us to keep equipping and preparing believers to share their faith in natural and organic ways?
          8. What are some of the ways Shoreline Community Church seeks to share the good news of Jesus with people: on our campus, around our community, around the world? How can you take part more enthusiastically in Shoreline’s efforts to help as many people as possible come to faith in Jesus? How can you pray for our efforts to reach out more effectively?

 

Weekly Reading:: 8.10.14

On August 9, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

Sunday Matthew 9
MondayJohn 3
Tuesday John 4
WednesdayRomans 3
ThursdayRomans 4
FridayRomans 5
SaturdayRomans 6 & 10

Unforgiven: Nearsighted and Blind

Memorize/Reflect:
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12)

Prayer Direction: Praise Jesus who has removed the stain from our lives by taking our sin upon himself and paying the price once for all. Pray for God to remove any obstacle that prevents the sense of not being forgiven that may linger within you, or someone you know, to be removed.

“Live It!” Challenge: No matter what, don’t pick up your sin and begin carrying it again. The temptation is to see forgiveness of oneself as a feeling, and once the feeling goes away (all feelings ebb and flow) to pick up the sin and put it back on your shoulders and conscience. God’s Word clearly tells us the price is paid if you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior. Live like the free person you are!

Growth Group Discussion: 

          1. What ways, little and big, do you see unforgiveness of self as a barrier to faith?
          2. Has it affected the faith of someone you care about? Discuss how.
          3. Have you ever found yourself feeling unable or unwilling to accept forgiveness at some point in your life and if so, how did you handle it?
          4. Read:  Colossians 2:13-15. What makes accepting the forgiveness of Jesus so important?
          5. Read:  Matthew 9-13. Some people assert they can forgive others readily, just not themselves. Does that make sense to you and if it does, how does it work?
          6. Read:  2 Peter 1:5-9. Discuss some of the long-term affects of you or someone you know, when not sensing forgiveness within. This can happen emotionally, mentally and/or physically.
          7. Read:  Ephesians 4:32. When you understand that forgiving yourself is not something you do, but something you accept is already done, how does that strike you?
          8. Share examples of healing within that you’ve either experienced or know of, where accepting the forgiveness of Christ has been the catalyst.

 

Weekly Reading :: 8.03.14

On August 2, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayNehemiah 9:5-21
MondayPsalm 25
TuesdayPsalm 65
WednesdayPsalm 103
ThursdayMatthew 9:1-8
FridayActs 13:13-39
SaturdayHebrews 10:1-23

The Enigma of Prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
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Memorize/Reflect:
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Prayer Direction: Take time to thank God for at least ten blessings and good things He has done or provided for you. Take time to pray for one or two things that you have refrained from praying about because they seemed too big or too bold. Lift these before God with faith and boldness.

“Live It!” Challenge – Look Back and Forward: Think about a person who has taught you to pray or influenced your prayer life. Thank God for this person and also take time to thank them for how they have been used by the Lord to deepen your prayer life. Next, identify a person God has put in your life who is young in faith. Take time in the coming week to encourage them to go deeper in prayer. Share what you have learned about prayer with this person and seek to influence them to pray with growing passion.

Growth Group Discussion: 

          1. How do you respond to a person who acts like they know everything?
          2. Who taught you to pray and what good lessons did you learn along the way?
          3. What does it mean to pray “in the name of Jesus Christ”?
          4. What do you believe are some of the purposes of Prayer?
          5. What might we miss out on if we do not pray?
          6. What is a prayer need you have right now and how can your group members lift you up and support you in prayer?
          7. What was one of the biggest surprises to you in answered prayer?

 

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