Weekly Reading | 12.29.13

On December 28, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayProverbs 1-2
MondayProverbs 3-4
TuesdayProverbs 5-6
WednesdayProverbs 7-8
ThursdayProverbs 9-10
FridayProverbs 11-12
SaturdayProverbs 13-14

Memorize/Reflect:  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”. (Matthew 9:37-38)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for the people He placed in your life to pray for you and share His love with you. Ask God to use you to share His gospel, the good news of Jesus with family and friends.

“Live It!” Challenge – See the Sheep: Take time in the coming week to stop somewhere that you tend to move through quickly. It could be a mall, an airport, a grocery store, or any place you go often and tend to move through at a rapid pace. Take ten minutes, slow down, find a place to sit, and pray that God will help you see people the way He does. Pray, “God, let me see people like sheep without a shepherd…loved and lost.” Let God grow your heart toward the lost to be like His heart.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Who is a person that prayed for you and reached out to you with God’s love before you were a follower of Jesus? How has this person’s faith and their expressions of God’s love increased your faith?
    2. Who is one person God has placed in your life that needs to know the love and grace of Jesus? What are ways you are reaching out to this person and seeking to share the love and message of Jesus
    3. Read: Matthew 9:35-38. How does Jesus feel about people who are still far from Him and wandering in their sin? What are ways we can grow a heart more and more like Jesus when it comes to how we see people still wandering in sin?
    4. What is the focus of what Jesus calls us to pray in this passage? How can we embrace this prayer and Jesus’ vision to send believers out into the harvest fields? What helps move us outward with the gospel? What holds us back?
    5. Read: Matthew 28:18-20. What is the difference between making “Disciples,” and making “Converts”? How can we actively enter into the process of helping new believers grow into maturity in their faith?
    6. Read: Acts 1:7-8. What is the source of our power to live out God’s mission and plan for our lives? How can we connect more closely to this power supply?
    7. What is your “Samaria”? (This is the place or people that need Jesus but you tend to avoid them). What is one way you can take a step into your Samaria and bring the love and message of Jesus to people that are often avoided.

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayProverbs 1-2
MondayProverbs 3-4
TuesdayProverbs 5-6
WednesdayProverbs 7-8
ThursdayProverbs 9-10
FridayProverbs 11-12
SaturdayProverbs 13-14

Memorize/Reflect:  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”. (Matthew 9:37-38)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for the people He placed in your life to pray for you and share His love with you. Ask God to use you to share His gospel, the good news of Jesus with family and friends.

“Live It!” Challenge – See the Sheep: Take time in the coming week to stop somewhere that you tend to move through quickly. It could be a mall, an airport, a grocery store, or any place you go often and tend to move through at a rapid pace. Take ten minutes, slow down, find a place to sit, and pray that God will help you see people the way He does. Pray, “God, let me see people like sheep without a shepherd…loved and lost.” Let God grow your heart toward the lost to be like His heart.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Who is a person that prayed for you and reached out to you with God’s love before you were a follower of Jesus? How has this person’s faith and their expressions of God’s love increased your faith?
    2. Who is one person God has placed in your life that needs to know the love and grace of Jesus? What are ways you are reaching out to this person and seeking to share the love and message of Jesus
    3. Read: Matthew 9:35-38. How does Jesus feel about people who are still far from Him and wandering in their sin? What are ways we can grow a heart more and more like Jesus when it comes to how we see people still wandering in sin?
    4. What is the focus of what Jesus calls us to pray in this passage? How can we embrace this prayer and Jesus’ vision to send believers out into the harvest fields? What helps move us outward with the gospel? What holds us back?
    5. Read: Matthew 28:18-20. What is the difference between making “Disciples,” and making “Converts”? How can we actively enter into the process of helping new believers grow into maturity in their faith?
    6. Read: Acts 1:7-8. What is the source of our power to live out God’s mission and plan for our lives? How can we connect more closely to this power supply?
    7. What is your “Samaria”? (This is the place or people that need Jesus but you tend to avoid them). What is one way you can take a step into your Samaria and bring the love and message of Jesus to people that are often avoided.

Weekly Reading | 12.15.13

On December 14, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayJohn 15 (We are friends of Jesus)
MondayRuth 1 (The friendship of Ruth and Naomi)
Tuesday1 Samuel 18:1-3 (The friendship of David and Jonathan)
Wednesday2 Kings 2 (The friendship of Elijah and Elisha)
ThursdayJob 1-2 (Job’s Friends)
FridayMatthew 4:18-22 & Mark 1:14-38 , 2:13-17 (Jesus and His Friends)
SaturdayMatthew 17:1-13, Luke 8:40-56, Matthew 26:36-46 (Jesus’ closest friends)

Memorize/Reflect:  “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice that opens the door of eternity with Him. Pray for courage to share the gift and good news of Jesus with others. Pray about one person you can invite to a Christmas Eve service.

“Live It!” Challenge – Keeping Your Eyes on Heaven: Pray and think about ways your eyes are more on this world and life than they are on heaven. These can be good things, but they don’t have eternal significance. Identify one specific behavior, pursuit, or pattern in your life that has you locked too closely on this earth and in this life. For one week, do all you can to get your eyes off this thing and adjust your focus on things that last forever and bring honor to Jesus.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. When you think of heaven and being with God (and other Christians) forever, what thoughts, pictures, and ideas come to your mind?
    2. Why is it important to keep our eyes on heaven as we walk through the joys and challenges of this life? How can we be strengthened and encouraged by staying aware of the hope of heaven?
    3. Read: John 14:1-4. What do you learn about heaven in this passage?
    4. Read: John 14:5-14.What is the connection between spending forever in heaven with God and what we believe about the person and work of Jesus?
    5. When we know Jesus and receive His grace by faith, how should this impact how we live today? How have you experienced life-transformation because of your relationship with Jesus?
    6. What are things from this world that will last for eternity? How much time do we spend investing in these? What do we invest in that will last for only this life? How much time do we spend investing in these?
    7. Read: Matthew 6:19-24.What are some practical ways we can actually store up treasures in heaven and invest in eternity?
    8. Jesus makes a clear and strong connection between what we treasure (focus on, invest in, and live for) and where our heart is. What do you think Jesus is getting at? What is one way you can start investing more intentionally in heavenly treasures?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayJohn 15 (We are friends of Jesus)
MondayRuth 1 (The friendship of Ruth and Naomi)
Tuesday1 Samuel 18:1-3 (The friendship of David and Jonathan)
Wednesday2 Kings 2 (The friendship of Elijah and Elisha)
ThursdayJob 1-2 (Job’s Friends)
FridayMatthew 4:18-22 & Mark 1:14-38 , 2:13-17 (Jesus and His Friends)
SaturdayMatthew 17:1-13, Luke 8:40-56, Matthew 26:36-46 (Jesus’ closest friends)

Memorize/Reflect:  “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice that opens the door of eternity with Him. Pray for courage to share the gift and good news of Jesus with others. Pray about one person you can invite to a Christmas Eve service.

“Live It!” Challenge – Keeping Your Eyes on Heaven: Pray and think about ways your eyes are more on this world and life than they are on heaven. These can be good things, but they don’t have eternal significance. Identify one specific behavior, pursuit, or pattern in your life that has you locked too closely on this earth and in this life. For one week, do all you can to get your eyes off this thing and adjust your focus on things that last forever and bring honor to Jesus.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. When you think of heaven and being with God (and other Christians) forever, what thoughts, pictures, and ideas come to your mind?
    2. Why is it important to keep our eyes on heaven as we walk through the joys and challenges of this life? How can we be strengthened and encouraged by staying aware of the hope of heaven?
    3. Read: John 14:1-4. What do you learn about heaven in this passage?
    4. Read: John 14:5-14.What is the connection between spending forever in heaven with God and what we believe about the person and work of Jesus?
    5. When we know Jesus and receive His grace by faith, how should this impact how we live today? How have you experienced life-transformation because of your relationship with Jesus?
    6. What are things from this world that will last for eternity? How much time do we spend investing in these? What do we invest in that will last for only this life? How much time do we spend investing in these?
    7. Read: Matthew 6:19-24.What are some practical ways we can actually store up treasures in heaven and invest in eternity?
    8. Jesus makes a clear and strong connection between what we treasure (focus on, invest in, and live for) and where our heart is. What do you think Jesus is getting at? What is one way you can start investing more intentionally in heavenly treasures?

Weekly Reading | 12.08.13

On December 7, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayIsaiah 25:6-12 , Revelation 5
MondayJohn 14:1-14 , Revelation 7
TuesdayRevelation 21
WednesdayRevelation 22
ThursdayLuke 23:39-43 , 1 Corinthians 2
FridayMatthew 25 , John 11:1-43
Saturday1 Corinthians 15

Memorize/Reflect:  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to let the peace of Jesus fill your heart, home, workplace, school, neighborhood, church, and every place you go. Pray that you will bear the peace of Jesus and that His peace will be seen in your words, actions, and attitudes.

“Live It!” Challenge – Be a Peacemaker: This Christmas season, identify one person you have experienced conflict with. Pray for courage to approach this person with an overture of peace. It might be a Christmas gift. It could be a card expressing your desire for peace in your relationship. It could be inviting them over for a meal. Take a step toward peace in this relationship.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. What are signs that this world is not experiencing the peace God wants to give us?
    2. How has your faith in Jesus brought you peace in one of these areas of your life:
      • In a tough relationship
      • In your spiritual life
      • In your financial life
      • In your heart and emotions
      • As you look at the future
    3. Read: Romans 5:1-8.What has Jesus done to bring us peace in our relationship with God? How does this peace permeate every other part of our life?
    4. What was our condition when Jesus first reached out to us? Tell about the condition of your life before you knew Jesus and embraced His grace, love, and forgiveness.
    5. Read: Romans 5:9-11. What does it mean to be justified by His Blood? What does it mean to be reconciled to God through Jesus?
    6. As Christians, our boasting should be in God’s goodness and for His glory. What has God done for you and in you that is worth boasting about?
    7. How does absolute confidence in the saving work of Jesus give us peace at these three different times:
      • When we first place our trust in Him and receive Jesus as Savior.
      • In the flow of a normal day as a follower of Jesus.
      • When this life ends and we stand before God.
    8. What is one challenging thing you are facing right now and how can your group members pray for you to experience the presence and peace of Jesus as you walk through this time?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayIsaiah 25:6-12 , Revelation 5
MondayJohn 14:1-14 , Revelation 7
TuesdayRevelation 21
WednesdayRevelation 22
ThursdayLuke 23:39-43 , 1 Corinthians 2
FridayMatthew 25 , John 11:1-43
Saturday1 Corinthians 15

Memorize/Reflect:  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to let the peace of Jesus fill your heart, home, workplace, school, neighborhood, church, and every place you go. Pray that you will bear the peace of Jesus and that His peace will be seen in your words, actions, and attitudes.

“Live It!” Challenge – Be a Peacemaker: This Christmas season, identify one person you have experienced conflict with. Pray for courage to approach this person with an overture of peace. It might be a Christmas gift. It could be a card expressing your desire for peace in your relationship. It could be inviting them over for a meal. Take a step toward peace in this relationship.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. What are signs that this world is not experiencing the peace God wants to give us?
    2. How has your faith in Jesus brought you peace in one of these areas of your life:
      • In a tough relationship
      • In your spiritual life
      • In your financial life
      • In your heart and emotions
      • As you look at the future
    3. Read: Romans 5:1-8.What has Jesus done to bring us peace in our relationship with God? How does this peace permeate every other part of our life?
    4. What was our condition when Jesus first reached out to us? Tell about the condition of your life before you knew Jesus and embraced His grace, love, and forgiveness.
    5. Read: Romans 5:9-11. What does it mean to be justified by His Blood? What does it mean to be reconciled to God through Jesus?
    6. As Christians, our boasting should be in God’s goodness and for His glory. What has God done for you and in you that is worth boasting about?
    7. How does absolute confidence in the saving work of Jesus give us peace at these three different times:
      • When we first place our trust in Him and receive Jesus as Savior.
      • In the flow of a normal day as a follower of Jesus.
      • When this life ends and we stand before God.
    8. What is one challenging thing you are facing right now and how can your group members pray for you to experience the presence and peace of Jesus as you walk through this time?

Weekly Reading :: 12.1.13

On November 30, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMark 4
MondayJohn 14
TuesdayJohn 15
WednesdayJohn 16
ThursdayJohn 17
FridayPhilippians 4
SaturdayRomans 5

Memorize/Reflect:  “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.” (Psalm 134:2)

Prayer Direction:  Take a walk outside (if you are able) and touch at least ten things you normally walk past. It could be a dog you pet, a leaf you pick up and look at, a piece of trash you throw away. On your walk, thank God for the beauty of His creation.

“Live It!” Challenge – Hug, Handshake, or High Five: Use these three “H’s” to remind you to connect with people through the day. Set a goal to make physical contact with at least five people in your day with one of these “H’s.” After the hug, handshake, or high five, say a quiet prayer in your heart for God’s blessing on each person.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. What are outward signs that a person is truly living a thankful life? What are a few outward signs that a person needs an infusion of fresh thankfulness?
    2. Read: John 13:3-17. How did the hands of Jesus model grace, service, and thankfulness in this passage and in other places in the Bible?
    3. What are some practical and specific ways we can use our hands to bless others in the course of a normal day?
    4. What is one way you feel God wants you to serve with greater commitment and humility and how can your group members pray for you as you seek to become more like Jesus in the way you serve?
    5. Read: Matthew 4:18-22. What do you think went through the minds of these men when Jesus called them to follow Him? How did their lives change?
    6. What are some of the things these four men would have missed or never seen had they not set their feet in a new direction and followed Jesus?
    7. What is one great thing you would have missed had you not decided to walk with Jesus and become His follower?
    8. Tell about one significant way your life has changed since you set your feet to follow Jesus.

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMark 4
MondayJohn 14
TuesdayJohn 15
WednesdayJohn 16
ThursdayJohn 17
FridayPhilippians 4
SaturdayRomans 5

Memorize/Reflect:  “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.” (Psalm 134:2)

Prayer Direction:  Take a walk outside (if you are able) and touch at least ten things you normally walk past. It could be a dog you pet, a leaf you pick up and look at, a piece of trash you throw away. On your walk, thank God for the beauty of His creation.

“Live It!” Challenge – Hug, Handshake, or High Five: Use these three “H’s” to remind you to connect with people through the day. Set a goal to make physical contact with at least five people in your day with one of these “H’s.” After the hug, handshake, or high five, say a quiet prayer in your heart for God’s blessing on each person.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. What are outward signs that a person is truly living a thankful life? What are a few outward signs that a person needs an infusion of fresh thankfulness?
    2. Read: John 13:3-17. How did the hands of Jesus model grace, service, and thankfulness in this passage and in other places in the Bible?
    3. What are some practical and specific ways we can use our hands to bless others in the course of a normal day?
    4. What is one way you feel God wants you to serve with greater commitment and humility and how can your group members pray for you as you seek to become more like Jesus in the way you serve?
    5. Read: Matthew 4:18-22. What do you think went through the minds of these men when Jesus called them to follow Him? How did their lives change?
    6. What are some of the things these four men would have missed or never seen had they not set their feet in a new direction and followed Jesus?
    7. What is one great thing you would have missed had you not decided to walk with Jesus and become His follower?
    8. Tell about one significant way your life has changed since you set your feet to follow Jesus.

Weekly Reading :: 11.24.13

On November 23, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 26 (The gift of communion)
MondayMatthew 27 (The gift of Jesus’ life)
TuesdayMatthew 28 (The gift of Jesus’ resurrection)
WednesdayPsalm 9 & Psalm 35 (Thankful in hard times)
ThursdayPsalm 106 (Thankful through history)
FridayPsalm 107 (Thankfulness and deliverance)
SaturdayPsalm 136

Memorize/Reflect:  “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5)

Prayer Direction:  Praise God for who He is. Thank Him for what He has done in your life. Rejoice in the promises He has made in His Word, the Bible.

“Live It!” Challenge – 25 Blessings: Make a list of twenty-five blessings, gifts, and good things God has given to you or done for you. Take time to thank Him for each of these.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about a moment you realized that God has really blessed your life and you have a lot to be thankful for.
    2. What are some of the consequences when we live a life without thankfulness? How can this impact our family relationships and friendships? How can this effect our relationship with God?
    3. Read: 2 Chronicles 20:12-22. How was thankfulness connected to the victory the people experienced?
    4. How does a thankful spirit and heart lead to victory in our lives today? How can thanklessness lead to defeat?
    5. What helps you notice God’s good gifts and grow more thankful through the flow of a day? What gets in the way of you noticing all the good gifts around you?
    6. Read: Matthew 14:15-21. Jesus gave thanks as He prepared to feed the people this miraculous meal. How was Jesus honoring the Father and teaching the people by this act of thankfulness?
    7. Make a list of ten things you are deeply thankful for in your life right now. Share three or four of these with your growth group. Then, take time as a group to lift up prayers of thanks to God.

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 26 (The gift of communion)
MondayMatthew 27 (The gift of Jesus’ life)
TuesdayMatthew 28 (The gift of Jesus’ resurrection)
WednesdayPsalm 9 & Psalm 35 (Thankful in hard times)
ThursdayPsalm 106 (Thankful through history)
FridayPsalm 107 (Thankfulness and deliverance)
SaturdayPsalm 136

Memorize/Reflect:  “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5)

Prayer Direction:  Praise God for who He is. Thank Him for what He has done in your life. Rejoice in the promises He has made in His Word, the Bible.

“Live It!” Challenge – 25 Blessings: Make a list of twenty-five blessings, gifts, and good things God has given to you or done for you. Take time to thank Him for each of these.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about a moment you realized that God has really blessed your life and you have a lot to be thankful for.
    2. What are some of the consequences when we live a life without thankfulness? How can this impact our family relationships and friendships? How can this effect our relationship with God?
    3. Read: 2 Chronicles 20:12-22. How was thankfulness connected to the victory the people experienced?
    4. How does a thankful spirit and heart lead to victory in our lives today? How can thanklessness lead to defeat?
    5. What helps you notice God’s good gifts and grow more thankful through the flow of a day? What gets in the way of you noticing all the good gifts around you?
    6. Read: Matthew 14:15-21. Jesus gave thanks as He prepared to feed the people this miraculous meal. How was Jesus honoring the Father and teaching the people by this act of thankfulness?
    7. Make a list of ten things you are deeply thankful for in your life right now. Share three or four of these with your growth group. Then, take time as a group to lift up prayers of thanks to God.
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