Weekly Reading :: 10.20.13

On October 19, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayJoshua 1
MondayJoshua 2-3
TuesdayJoshua 4-5
WednesdayJoshua 5
ThursdayExodus 13:17-22
FridayExodus 15-16
SaturdayExodus 17

Memorize/Reflect:  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great crowd of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”(Hebrews 12:1)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for the lives of the believers you know who are now in heaven. Ask God for strength to run hard and live strong in areas where you are presently struggling.

“Live It!” Challenge – Say Thanks: The writer of Hebrews calls us to “Remember your leaders who spoke the Word of God to you.” Take time to think about a Sunday school teacher, youth group leader, or Growth Group leader who has taught you (or a child or grandchild) God’s Word. This could be recently or a long time ago. Let them know you are thankful for the impact of their life by calling them, texting, or writing them a note.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about a person in your life (living, or someone who is now with Jesus) who modeled and lived a consistent life that reflected the love and grace of Jesus. What actions, words, and life patterns show you that they really walk with Jesus?
    2. Read: Hebrews 12:14-16. Which of the exhortations in the passage do you find comes most naturally to you and how do you live this out?o Living at peace with others
      o Living a holy life
      o Living without bitterness taking root in your heart
      o Living free from sexual immorality
    3. Which of these four exhortations from Hebrews 12:14-16 is most challenging and how can your group members pray for you and encourage you as you seek to live more like Jesus in this specific area of your life?
    4. Read: Hebrews Hebrews 13:1-6. . What are ways we can “Show hospitality to strangers” in a way that shows the grace of Jesus but also reflects wisdom in a world with some dangerous people?
    5. We are called to care for those who are forgotten and marginalized (the poor, people in prison, people near the end of life…). What are ways we can do this as individuals, Growth Groups, and as a church?
    6. Read: Hebrews 13:7-9. There is a real stark contrast in this passage. We are called to remember and honor those who teach us the Word of God. We are also called to not be carried away with strange and false teachings. What are ways we can know when someone teaching is biblical and when they have drifted into error?
    7. How would you respond in a Growth Group or even a church setting if someone were teaching something that is clearly not based on Scripture?/li>
    8. Tell about your own personal habits and patterns of reading the Bible and seeking to learn the truth of Scripture so that you know what is truly from God. What is one step you can take to go deeper into personal study of the Bible?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayJoshua 1
MondayJoshua 2-3
TuesdayJoshua 4-5
WednesdayJoshua 5
ThursdayExodus 13:17-22
FridayExodus 15-16
SaturdayExodus 17

Memorize/Reflect:  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great crowd of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”(Hebrews 12:1)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for the lives of the believers you know who are now in heaven. Ask God for strength to run hard and live strong in areas where you are presently struggling.

“Live It!” Challenge – Say Thanks: The writer of Hebrews calls us to “Remember your leaders who spoke the Word of God to you.” Take time to think about a Sunday school teacher, youth group leader, or Growth Group leader who has taught you (or a child or grandchild) God’s Word. This could be recently or a long time ago. Let them know you are thankful for the impact of their life by calling them, texting, or writing them a note.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about a person in your life (living, or someone who is now with Jesus) who modeled and lived a consistent life that reflected the love and grace of Jesus. What actions, words, and life patterns show you that they really walk with Jesus?
    2. Read: Hebrews 12:14-16. Which of the exhortations in the passage do you find comes most naturally to you and how do you live this out?o Living at peace with others
      o Living a holy life
      o Living without bitterness taking root in your heart
      o Living free from sexual immorality
    3. Which of these four exhortations from Hebrews 12:14-16 is most challenging and how can your group members pray for you and encourage you as you seek to live more like Jesus in this specific area of your life?
    4. Read: Hebrews Hebrews 13:1-6. . What are ways we can “Show hospitality to strangers” in a way that shows the grace of Jesus but also reflects wisdom in a world with some dangerous people?
    5. We are called to care for those who are forgotten and marginalized (the poor, people in prison, people near the end of life…). What are ways we can do this as individuals, Growth Groups, and as a church?
    6. Read: Hebrews 13:7-9. There is a real stark contrast in this passage. We are called to remember and honor those who teach us the Word of God. We are also called to not be carried away with strange and false teachings. What are ways we can know when someone teaching is biblical and when they have drifted into error?
    7. How would you respond in a Growth Group or even a church setting if someone were teaching something that is clearly not based on Scripture?/li>
    8. Tell about your own personal habits and patterns of reading the Bible and seeking to learn the truth of Scripture so that you know what is truly from God. What is one step you can take to go deeper into personal study of the Bible?

Weekly Reading :: 10.13.13

On October 12, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayHebrews 1-2
MondayHebrews 3-4
TuesdayHebrews 5-6
WednesdayHebrews 7-8
ThursdayHebrews 9-10
FridayHebrews 11-12
SaturdayHebrews 13

Memorize/Reflect:  “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”(Hebrews 10:24)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to grow the roots of your faith deeper and deeper with each passing day. Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you boldness to follow Jesus and hold on to Him no matter what you face.

“Live It!” Challenge – Pick a Hero: Identify one of the great people of faith listed in Hebrews chapter 11 that you identify with. Spend time reading their story from the Old Testament. You can do a name search in “Bible Gateway” which is a free online Bible program. Then, write down two or three lessons you learn from their life. Take time in the coming week seeking to live out one of their life-lessons or a way they have inspired you to follow God and walk in faith.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Take a moment and skim the names of the people of faith listed in Hebrews chapter 11. Tell your group members about how the life of faith lived by one of these people has inspired and encouraged you to walk by faith.
    2. Read: Hebrews 10:11-13. What feelings and impressions hit you as you read about the old sacrificial system and the repetitive nature of the offerings sacrificed by the priests?
    3. What does this passage teach you about the person and sacrifice of Jesus? What implications does the sacrifice of Jesus have for those who embrace Him by faith? In light of this passage, what would you say to a person who is just sure that God could never love them and that their sin is beyond forgiveness?
    4. Read: Hebrews 10:19-25. If a person has received the grace and forgiveness of Jesus, how should they draw near to God? What attitudes and actions should mark their life of faith and worship?
    5. What does it mean to “spur one another on to love and good deeds”? What good deeds do we need to work harder to challenge each other to exhibit in our lives?
    6. We are warned, “Do not give up meeting together.” This call to Christian worship and fellowship is very important. What are some of the excuses or reasons Christians come up with for not being in regular worship, Growth Groups, service opportunities, and other Christian gatherings? What is the danger of falling out of fellowship with other believers?
    7. As you look at all of the great people of faith in Hebrews 11, what kind of lives and actions reveal that a person is really walking in faith? What are signs that a person is not walking in faith?
    8. What is one step of faith God has been calling you to take but you have been avoiding? What action should you take and how can your Growth Group members help you, encourage you, and pray for you as you seek to grow in faith?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayHebrews 1-2
MondayHebrews 3-4
TuesdayHebrews 5-6
WednesdayHebrews 7-8
ThursdayHebrews 9-10
FridayHebrews 11-12
SaturdayHebrews 13

Memorize/Reflect:  “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”(Hebrews 10:24)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to grow the roots of your faith deeper and deeper with each passing day. Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you boldness to follow Jesus and hold on to Him no matter what you face.

“Live It!” Challenge – Pick a Hero: Identify one of the great people of faith listed in Hebrews chapter 11 that you identify with. Spend time reading their story from the Old Testament. You can do a name search in “Bible Gateway” which is a free online Bible program. Then, write down two or three lessons you learn from their life. Take time in the coming week seeking to live out one of their life-lessons or a way they have inspired you to follow God and walk in faith.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Take a moment and skim the names of the people of faith listed in Hebrews chapter 11. Tell your group members about how the life of faith lived by one of these people has inspired and encouraged you to walk by faith.
    2. Read: Hebrews 10:11-13. What feelings and impressions hit you as you read about the old sacrificial system and the repetitive nature of the offerings sacrificed by the priests?
    3. What does this passage teach you about the person and sacrifice of Jesus? What implications does the sacrifice of Jesus have for those who embrace Him by faith? In light of this passage, what would you say to a person who is just sure that God could never love them and that their sin is beyond forgiveness?
    4. Read: Hebrews 10:19-25. If a person has received the grace and forgiveness of Jesus, how should they draw near to God? What attitudes and actions should mark their life of faith and worship?
    5. What does it mean to “spur one another on to love and good deeds”? What good deeds do we need to work harder to challenge each other to exhibit in our lives?
    6. We are warned, “Do not give up meeting together.” This call to Christian worship and fellowship is very important. What are some of the excuses or reasons Christians come up with for not being in regular worship, Growth Groups, service opportunities, and other Christian gatherings? What is the danger of falling out of fellowship with other believers?
    7. As you look at all of the great people of faith in Hebrews 11, what kind of lives and actions reveal that a person is really walking in faith? What are signs that a person is not walking in faith?
    8. What is one step of faith God has been calling you to take but you have been avoiding? What action should you take and how can your Growth Group members help you, encourage you, and pray for you as you seek to grow in faith?

Weekly Reading :: 10.6.13

On October 5, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayHebrews 10
MondayHebrews 11
TuesdayHebrews 12
WednesdayHebrews 13
ThursdayHebrews 10
FridayHebrews 11
SaturdayHebrews 12-13

Memorize/Reflect:  “This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.”(Hebrews 7:1-3)

Prayer Direction:  Seek peace each morning like you mean it! Pray and trust that the one who gave it all wants to put your heart at rest. Jesus says, “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)

“Live It!” Challenge – Keep Track of Moments You Need Peace: Log the times and events in your day that are your biggest challenge to peace and commit to praying in their midst. It may be once a minute, once an hour or once a day; or maybe life is more relaxed for you and it’s only once a week. Regardless, commit to talking to Jesus as a friend, while at the same time a King of Righteousness and Peace. Ask him to calm your cares and worries. He loves you that much!

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Jesus is a priest forever, according to Hebrews. Because of the oath the Lord swore regarding Jesus, he became the guarantee of a “better covenant.” Discuss your understanding of the covenant and how it applies to us today.
    2. Read: Hebrews 7:11-22. We are told of the desperate need for a new covenant. What wasn’t working under the Law of the Old Testament? Imagine living daily life as a Jew, planning your trips to the Temple to atone for your sins. Talk about seeing yourself in that role and how it would feel. Compare this to today where the Temple is no longer needed.
    3. Read: Hebrews 8:6. Clearly Jesus is superior to the high priests. Compare their function in Jewish life and the role of Jesus. Describe the various roles they performed and how Jesus now has those covered.
    4. Read: Hebrews 9:15. How does Christ mediate on our behalf? What does it mean to “mediate”? Why do we need a mediator?
    5. Read: Hebrews 9:19-23. Blood carried the mysterious substance by which God brought life into being. Blood was precious, for when the blood was shed, life was gone. What made the sacrifice of Jesus superior to the shed blood of animals on the altar in the Temple? How does the forgiveness of sin tie in to the shedding of blood? What is so serious about sin?
    6. One author says Jesus fills the following roles: he is holy, he never hurt another, he is without blemish, he is different from sinners, and he is made higher than the heavens. Talk about each of these roles; your impressions and which ones you most easily relate to.
    7. In Hebrews 9 the Tabernacle is described. We gather on Sundays in a man- made Worship Center and also meet in other rooms around a church campus. Relate the ancient Tabernacle to your experience of a church campus. Where is God today?
    8. We know that Jesus died once for all, yet sometimes we live as though we’re putting him back on the Cross over and over. How does that happen in your life? Why do we act like more sacrifices are needed for us to be truly cleansed from sin? How can we make a change and allow His death to be the final payment for sin in our life?
    9. How can the members of your group pray for you as you seek to live with a deep and clear understanding that all your sins are gone and God sees you as clean and holy? How can you pray for each other to increase peace in your life?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayHebrews 10
MondayHebrews 11
TuesdayHebrews 12
WednesdayHebrews 13
ThursdayHebrews 10
FridayHebrews 11
SaturdayHebrews 12-13

Memorize/Reflect:  “This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.”(Hebrews 7:1-3)

Prayer Direction:  Seek peace each morning like you mean it! Pray and trust that the one who gave it all wants to put your heart at rest. Jesus says, “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)

“Live It!” Challenge – Keep Track of Moments You Need Peace: Log the times and events in your day that are your biggest challenge to peace and commit to praying in their midst. It may be once a minute, once an hour or once a day; or maybe life is more relaxed for you and it’s only once a week. Regardless, commit to talking to Jesus as a friend, while at the same time a King of Righteousness and Peace. Ask him to calm your cares and worries. He loves you that much!

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Jesus is a priest forever, according to Hebrews. Because of the oath the Lord swore regarding Jesus, he became the guarantee of a “better covenant.” Discuss your understanding of the covenant and how it applies to us today.
    2. Read: Hebrews 7:11-22. We are told of the desperate need for a new covenant. What wasn’t working under the Law of the Old Testament? Imagine living daily life as a Jew, planning your trips to the Temple to atone for your sins. Talk about seeing yourself in that role and how it would feel. Compare this to today where the Temple is no longer needed.
    3. Read: Hebrews 8:6. Clearly Jesus is superior to the high priests. Compare their function in Jewish life and the role of Jesus. Describe the various roles they performed and how Jesus now has those covered.
    4. Read: Hebrews 9:15. How does Christ mediate on our behalf? What does it mean to “mediate”? Why do we need a mediator?
    5. Read: Hebrews 9:19-23. Blood carried the mysterious substance by which God brought life into being. Blood was precious, for when the blood was shed, life was gone. What made the sacrifice of Jesus superior to the shed blood of animals on the altar in the Temple? How does the forgiveness of sin tie in to the shedding of blood? What is so serious about sin?
    6. One author says Jesus fills the following roles: he is holy, he never hurt another, he is without blemish, he is different from sinners, and he is made higher than the heavens. Talk about each of these roles; your impressions and which ones you most easily relate to.
    7. In Hebrews 9 the Tabernacle is described. We gather on Sundays in a man- made Worship Center and also meet in other rooms around a church campus. Relate the ancient Tabernacle to your experience of a church campus. Where is God today?
    8. We know that Jesus died once for all, yet sometimes we live as though we’re putting him back on the Cross over and over. How does that happen in your life? Why do we act like more sacrifices are needed for us to be truly cleansed from sin? How can we make a change and allow His death to be the final payment for sin in our life?
    9. How can the members of your group pray for you as you seek to live with a deep and clear understanding that all your sins are gone and God sees you as clean and holy? How can you pray for each other to increase peace in your life?

Weekly Reading :: 9.29.13

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

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayHebrews 7
MondayHebrews 8
TuesdayHebrews 9
WednesdayHebrews 7
ThursdayHebrews 8
FridayHebrews 9
SaturdayHebrews 10

Memorize/Reflect:  “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.”(Hebrews 4:14)

Prayer Direction:  Ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to fill you in the hard and challenging times so that you can walk with Jesus through the storms and fires you will face in this world.

“Live It!” Challenge – Become a Support Network: Make a list five Christians you know who are going through a difficult season of life. Pray for them every day this week and at the end of the week, check in with each one and let them know you are standing with them in prayer. If there is a tangible act of support you can offer to one of them, do it!

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about a time you faced deep struggle, pain, or loss. How did this season of life impact your faith and trust on God. (Please be honest and share if there was a time when your faith wavered and you questioned God’s presence, strength, or goodness.
    2. Read: Hebrews 4:14-16. In the time the book of Hebrews was written Christians were being brutally persecuted for their faith. What does it mean to “hold firmly to the faith we profess” in the hard times of life?
    3. How has Jesus been tempted and how has he suffered? Why should this inspire and strengthen us in the hard times of life?
    4. What does it mean to “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence”? What does this look like in your walk of faith?
    5. Read: Hebrews 5:11-6:3. Many of the Christians who first received the message of Hebrews might have been insulted or offended by these words. The writer is saying, “Many of you are immature and still babies in the faith. It is time to grow up!” What are some of the signs that a person’s faith is still in the infant stages and not very mature?
    6. What are some signs and indicators that a person’s faith is growing more mature and stronger?
    7. What are some steps we can take to grow deeper and more mature in faith? How can these very steps help us hold strongly to Jesus in the hard time of life?
    8. What is one step of spiritual maturity you need to take and what specific action will you take in the coming weeks?
    9. What is one struggle, pain, or area of hurt you are facing in your life right now and how can your growth group members support you and help you through this time?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayHebrews 7
MondayHebrews 8
TuesdayHebrews 9
WednesdayHebrews 7
ThursdayHebrews 8
FridayHebrews 9
SaturdayHebrews 10

Memorize/Reflect:  “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.”(Hebrews 4:14)

Prayer Direction:  Ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to fill you in the hard and challenging times so that you can walk with Jesus through the storms and fires you will face in this world.

“Live It!” Challenge – Become a Support Network: Make a list five Christians you know who are going through a difficult season of life. Pray for them every day this week and at the end of the week, check in with each one and let them know you are standing with them in prayer. If there is a tangible act of support you can offer to one of them, do it!

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about a time you faced deep struggle, pain, or loss. How did this season of life impact your faith and trust on God. (Please be honest and share if there was a time when your faith wavered and you questioned God’s presence, strength, or goodness.
    2. Read: Hebrews 4:14-16. In the time the book of Hebrews was written Christians were being brutally persecuted for their faith. What does it mean to “hold firmly to the faith we profess” in the hard times of life?
    3. How has Jesus been tempted and how has he suffered? Why should this inspire and strengthen us in the hard times of life?
    4. What does it mean to “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence”? What does this look like in your walk of faith?
    5. Read: Hebrews 5:11-6:3. Many of the Christians who first received the message of Hebrews might have been insulted or offended by these words. The writer is saying, “Many of you are immature and still babies in the faith. It is time to grow up!” What are some of the signs that a person’s faith is still in the infant stages and not very mature?
    6. What are some signs and indicators that a person’s faith is growing more mature and stronger?
    7. What are some steps we can take to grow deeper and more mature in faith? How can these very steps help us hold strongly to Jesus in the hard time of life?
    8. What is one step of spiritual maturity you need to take and what specific action will you take in the coming weeks?
    9. What is one struggle, pain, or area of hurt you are facing in your life right now and how can your growth group members support you and help you through this time?

Faith Worth Holding On To: A Study of Hebrews

On September 23, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Growth Groups, by Shoreline

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During this five-week series we will discover that Jesus is better, superior, and greater than all that came before Him…and everything that came after Him. We will dig into the amazing Book of Hebrews found in the New Testament.  Join us as we celebrate the power and glory of Jesus, the Savior of all who receive His amazing grace!

Growth Group Discussion Questions:

Faith Week 1

Faith Week 2

Faith Week 3

Faith Week 4

Faith Week 5

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During this five-week series we will discover that Jesus is better, superior, and greater than all that came before Him…and everything that came after Him. We will dig into the amazing Book of Hebrews found in the New Testament.  Join us as we celebrate the power and glory of Jesus, the Savior of all who receive His amazing grace!

Growth Group Discussion Questions:

Faith Week 1

Faith Week 2

Faith Week 3

Faith Week 4

Faith Week 5

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