Weekly Reading :: 6.30.13

On June 29, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayLuke 12 (focus on verses 13-21)
Monday1 Timothy 6  (focus on verses 6-10, 17-19)
TuesdayPhilippians 4 (focus on verses 10-13)
WednesdayDeuteronomy 8 (focus on verses 6-18)
ThursdayPsalm 104 (focus on verses 10-15)
FridayProverbs 30 (focus on verses 7-9)
SaturdayRevelation 3 (focus on verses 14-22)

Memorize/Reflect:  “To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable”
(Luke 18:9)

Prayer Direction:  Lord, teach me humility and help me see myself as I really am. Open my eyes to see my frailties, sins, struggles, and deep need for your grace.

“Live It!” Challenge: Take time to identify a person (or group of people) who you tend to look down on. This will take humility and a very honest heart. Then, watch yourself through this week. Why do you “feel superior” to this person? Reflect on how God sees them and seek to see this person through the eyes of Jesus.

Small Group Discussion: Do You Know the Condition of Your Own Heart?

    1. Read: Luke 18:9-14 What are ways that Christians in our day and age can become self-righteous and find themselves looking down on others? What can we do to avoid this kind of attitude and behavior?
    2. Describe the Pharisee’s general attitude about himself. Why is this a dangerous way to look at ourselves? What causes us to adopt a superior attitude?
    3. Describe the Pharisee’s outlook on others who he saw as “less spiritual” than he was. How does an attitude like this impact the way a person sees and treats others?
    4. Tell about a time you caught yourself taking a self-righteous attitude toward someone else. What did you do to change the way you viewed this other person?
    5. Read: Luke 18:9-14 Describe the attitude and actions of the tax collector as he prayed. What does this teach you about the condition of his heart?
    6. Tell about a time when you were profoundly aware of your sin, brokenness, and need of God’s mercy and grace. How did you express this sense of need and brokenness to God? What happened in your heart as you told God of your need for His grace and forgiveness?
    7. Read: Luke 18:9-14 Jesus calls us to “humble ourselves” rather than exalt ourselves. What does it mean to “humble ourselves”? What are specific ways we can do this?
    8. What does it look like when we are “exalting” ourselves? How can we self-identify when this is happening and fight against it?

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayLuke 12 (focus on verses 13-21)
Monday1 Timothy 6  (focus on verses 6-10, 17-19)
TuesdayPhilippians 4 (focus on verses 10-13)
WednesdayDeuteronomy 8 (focus on verses 6-18)
ThursdayPsalm 104 (focus on verses 10-15)
FridayProverbs 30 (focus on verses 7-9)
SaturdayRevelation 3 (focus on verses 14-22)

Memorize/Reflect:  “To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable”
(Luke 18:9)

Prayer Direction:  Lord, teach me humility and help me see myself as I really am. Open my eyes to see my frailties, sins, struggles, and deep need for your grace.

“Live It!” Challenge: Take time to identify a person (or group of people) who you tend to look down on. This will take humility and a very honest heart. Then, watch yourself through this week. Why do you “feel superior” to this person? Reflect on how God sees them and seek to see this person through the eyes of Jesus.

Small Group Discussion: Do You Know the Condition of Your Own Heart?

    1. Read: Luke 18:9-14 What are ways that Christians in our day and age can become self-righteous and find themselves looking down on others? What can we do to avoid this kind of attitude and behavior?
    2. Describe the Pharisee’s general attitude about himself. Why is this a dangerous way to look at ourselves? What causes us to adopt a superior attitude?
    3. Describe the Pharisee’s outlook on others who he saw as “less spiritual” than he was. How does an attitude like this impact the way a person sees and treats others?
    4. Tell about a time you caught yourself taking a self-righteous attitude toward someone else. What did you do to change the way you viewed this other person?
    5. Read: Luke 18:9-14 Describe the attitude and actions of the tax collector as he prayed. What does this teach you about the condition of his heart?
    6. Tell about a time when you were profoundly aware of your sin, brokenness, and need of God’s mercy and grace. How did you express this sense of need and brokenness to God? What happened in your heart as you told God of your need for His grace and forgiveness?
    7. Read: Luke 18:9-14 Jesus calls us to “humble ourselves” rather than exalt ourselves. What does it mean to “humble ourselves”? What are specific ways we can do this?
    8. What does it look like when we are “exalting” ourselves? How can we self-identify when this is happening and fight against it?

Summer Nights | August 7 & 14

On June 28, 2013, in Featured-Auto, by Shoreline

Summer Nights-Email Blast

Join us for Shoreline’s annual SUMMER NIGHTS where we will have a great time of learning together!

6 – 8p Wednesday, August 7 – Dr. Darryl DelHousaye  will join us for a time of teaching and answering your questions about the Bible.

6 – 8p Wednesday, August 14 – Pastor Ben Patterson will join us for a time of teaching.

 

5:30p BBQ Dinner available for purchase

$4 = 1 meal / $7 = 2 meals / $15 = 5+ meals

Childcare provided for Nursery – 3 yrs old

Summer Nights-Email Blast

Join us for Shoreline’s annual SUMMER NIGHTS where we will have a great time of learning together!

6 – 8p Wednesday, August 7 – Dr. Darryl DelHousaye  will join us for a time of teaching and answering your questions about the Bible.

6 – 8p Wednesday, August 14 – Pastor Ben Patterson will join us for a time of teaching.

 

5:30p BBQ Dinner available for purchase

$4 = 1 meal / $7 = 2 meals / $15 = 5+ meals

Childcare provided for Nursery – 3 yrs old

Weekly Reading :: 6.23.13

On June 22, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayLuke 18
MondayPsalm 18 
TuesdayPsalm 147
WednesdayPsalm 149 & James 4
ThursdayIsaiah 1
FridayIsaiah 2
SaturdayMatthew 23

Memorize/Reflect:  “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
(Matthew 25:37-40)

Prayer Direction:  Thank the Lord for His love for all people, and ask Him to give you a heart for the world. That is, ask Him to shape your heart in such a way that you see people as He sees them!

“Live It!” Challenge – Ministering to the Hurting of Your World: On the church web site are opportunities for you to be involved in ministering to the hurting of our world. Check it out and get involved!

Small Group Discussion: Am I a Christian?

    1. Read: Matthew 24:42-44 Are you ready, today, for the return of Jesus? Why or why not?
    2. What do you believe is going to happen to you when you die (or when Christ returns)? On a scale of 1% to 100%, how sure are you of your eternal destination? Explain the percentage you chose.
    3. Read: Ephesians 2:8-10 How would you describe the relationship between “works” and “faith?”
    4. How would you respond to someone who says, “I know I’m going to heaven because I have given a lot of money to the poor and have volunteered time to serve the homeless!”?
    5. Read: John 15:1-8 Explain, in your own words, the point Jesus is making in the analogy of the vine. What do you think it means to “remain in Jesus?”
    6. What does the story of the sheep and goats (Matthew 25:31ff.) tell us about how God views people in need? In what way do you think caring for others is caring for Jesus?
    7. How would you describe your general attitude toward people in need (for example, indifference, critical, sympathetic, empathetic, etc.)? How is your attitude different than the perspective of Jesus? Explain.
    8. What opportunities currently exist for you to serve the hurting and needy in your…

• Community?
• Church?
• World?

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayLuke 18
MondayPsalm 18 
TuesdayPsalm 147
WednesdayPsalm 149 & James 4
ThursdayIsaiah 1
FridayIsaiah 2
SaturdayMatthew 23

Memorize/Reflect:  “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
(Matthew 25:37-40)

Prayer Direction:  Thank the Lord for His love for all people, and ask Him to give you a heart for the world. That is, ask Him to shape your heart in such a way that you see people as He sees them!

“Live It!” Challenge – Ministering to the Hurting of Your World: On the church web site are opportunities for you to be involved in ministering to the hurting of our world. Check it out and get involved!

Small Group Discussion: Am I a Christian?

    1. Read: Matthew 24:42-44 Are you ready, today, for the return of Jesus? Why or why not?
    2. What do you believe is going to happen to you when you die (or when Christ returns)? On a scale of 1% to 100%, how sure are you of your eternal destination? Explain the percentage you chose.
    3. Read: Ephesians 2:8-10 How would you describe the relationship between “works” and “faith?”
    4. How would you respond to someone who says, “I know I’m going to heaven because I have given a lot of money to the poor and have volunteered time to serve the homeless!”?
    5. Read: John 15:1-8 Explain, in your own words, the point Jesus is making in the analogy of the vine. What do you think it means to “remain in Jesus?”
    6. What does the story of the sheep and goats (Matthew 25:31ff.) tell us about how God views people in need? In what way do you think caring for others is caring for Jesus?
    7. How would you describe your general attitude toward people in need (for example, indifference, critical, sympathetic, empathetic, etc.)? How is your attitude different than the perspective of Jesus? Explain.
    8. What opportunities currently exist for you to serve the hurting and needy in your…

• Community?
• Church?
• World?

Weekly Reading :: June 16

On June 15, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 24:36-51
MondayMatthew 25:1-13 
TuesdayMatthew 25:14-30
WednesdayMatthew 25:31-46
ThursdayEphesians 2
FridayGalatians 3:1-25
SaturdayJohn 15:1-17

Memorize/Reflect:  “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for loving you even with your sin and struggles. Pray that you will be a child who runs to Him in the hard times, and never away from Him.

“Live It!” Challenge: Running to God- Identify one area of your life where you are hiding from God and running away from Him. It could be an area of sin or a call God has on your life that you are avoiding. Admit it to God and make a decision to follow Him in this area. No more running away. Seek Him and follow Him in this specific area starting today and see what God does!

Small Group Discussion: The Heart of Your Father

  1. Read: Luke 15:1-7 What do you learn about the heart and character of the shepherd when it comes to lost sheep in this parable? What does this reveal about the heart of God for you and people who are wandering far from Him?
  2. Read: Luke 15:8-10 What do you learn about the woman’s heart and joy when she finally finds her lost coin? What does this teach you about the heart of God when a lost person comes to faith in Jesus and is finally found?
  3. Read: Luke 15:11-24 What do you learn about the heart of the father in this parable? What insight does this give you into the heart of God?
  4. What is surprising or shocking about the father’s response to the son in this parable?
  5. From a human perspective, how is this father almost too kind and forgiving? From a divine outlook, how does this parable bring alive the message of the gospel of Jesus and the greatness of His grace?
  6. What do these three parables have in common? What would you say is the core and central message of these parables? Why is this message important for the world today?
  7. These parables teach that heaven celebrates when someone comes home to God and receives Jesus as Savior. Tell about when you became a follower of Jesus (remembering that all heaven had a party that day!)
  8. What are some ways we can celebrate and rejoice when someone becomes a Christian? How can we do this as a church, in families, and among friends?
  9. Who are two or three people you love and care about who are not yet followers of Jesus? How are you seeking to reach out to them and point them toward the Savior? How can your group members pray for you and encourage you as you are reaching out to these people?

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 24:36-51
MondayMatthew 25:1-13 
TuesdayMatthew 25:14-30
WednesdayMatthew 25:31-46
ThursdayEphesians 2
FridayGalatians 3:1-25
SaturdayJohn 15:1-17

Memorize/Reflect:  “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for loving you even with your sin and struggles. Pray that you will be a child who runs to Him in the hard times, and never away from Him.

“Live It!” Challenge: Running to God- Identify one area of your life where you are hiding from God and running away from Him. It could be an area of sin or a call God has on your life that you are avoiding. Admit it to God and make a decision to follow Him in this area. No more running away. Seek Him and follow Him in this specific area starting today and see what God does!

Small Group Discussion: The Heart of Your Father

  1. Read: Luke 15:1-7 What do you learn about the heart and character of the shepherd when it comes to lost sheep in this parable? What does this reveal about the heart of God for you and people who are wandering far from Him?
  2. Read: Luke 15:8-10 What do you learn about the woman’s heart and joy when she finally finds her lost coin? What does this teach you about the heart of God when a lost person comes to faith in Jesus and is finally found?
  3. Read: Luke 15:11-24 What do you learn about the heart of the father in this parable? What insight does this give you into the heart of God?
  4. What is surprising or shocking about the father’s response to the son in this parable?
  5. From a human perspective, how is this father almost too kind and forgiving? From a divine outlook, how does this parable bring alive the message of the gospel of Jesus and the greatness of His grace?
  6. What do these three parables have in common? What would you say is the core and central message of these parables? Why is this message important for the world today?
  7. These parables teach that heaven celebrates when someone comes home to God and receives Jesus as Savior. Tell about when you became a follower of Jesus (remembering that all heaven had a party that day!)
  8. What are some ways we can celebrate and rejoice when someone becomes a Christian? How can we do this as a church, in families, and among friends?
  9. Who are two or three people you love and care about who are not yet followers of Jesus? How are you seeking to reach out to them and point them toward the Savior? How can your group members pray for you and encourage you as you are reaching out to these people?

Weekly Reading :: 6.9.13

On June 8, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayLuke 15
MondayJohn 17 
TuesdayJohn 18
WednesdayJohn 19
ThursdayJohn 20
FridayJohn 21
Saturday1 John 4

Memorize/Reflect:  “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. ” (Psalm 119:89)

Prayer Direction:  This week, thank God for giving you his Word! In a world where opinions abound and people debate, we know that God has spoken to us. Reading through each of these passages, you will see many different reasons that the Word is a treasure we can cherish and for which we should give thanks.

“Live It!” Challenge: Telling the Story of Jesus- Learn to tell the story of Jesus by reading Organic Outreach for Ordinary People, by Pastor Kevin. Copies are available in the Shoreline Café.

Small Group Discussion: Stand or Fall

  1. “Either the Bible is a book by people who are trying to describe God, or the Bible is a book from God so that people can understand him.” Respond to this statement. How are each of these perspectives different? How would your approach to Scripture be different with each perspective.
  2. Read: 2 Timothy 3:16 What does Paul tell us about the Bible in this passage? What does it mean to say that Scripture is “breathed out” by God?
  3. “I think that since the Bible was written by people who lived so long ago, it can have mistakes. After all, we’ve learned a lot since they were living.” Respond to that statement. How would Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 3:16 help you respond?
  4. Read: Psalm 119:105 What does it mean for the Bible to be a “lamp” unto our feet? How has the Bible helped you make your way through a dark place in life?
  5. Read: Nehemiah 8:2-12 In your own words, summarize what takes place in this passage. What role does Ezra play? How do the people respond? How is Ezra kind of like a preacher? What is the response of the people to God’s Word? What does this tell us about the power of God’s Word?
  6. Read: James 1:22-25 What is the warning James gives us in this passage? What is the promise he gives us?
  7. Take a moment and complete the following sentence with as many responses as you can, then share with the group: The Word of God is valuable because…

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayLuke 15
MondayJohn 17 
TuesdayJohn 18
WednesdayJohn 19
ThursdayJohn 20
FridayJohn 21
Saturday1 John 4

Memorize/Reflect:  “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. ” (Psalm 119:89)

Prayer Direction:  This week, thank God for giving you his Word! In a world where opinions abound and people debate, we know that God has spoken to us. Reading through each of these passages, you will see many different reasons that the Word is a treasure we can cherish and for which we should give thanks.

“Live It!” Challenge: Telling the Story of Jesus- Learn to tell the story of Jesus by reading Organic Outreach for Ordinary People, by Pastor Kevin. Copies are available in the Shoreline Café.

Small Group Discussion: Stand or Fall

  1. “Either the Bible is a book by people who are trying to describe God, or the Bible is a book from God so that people can understand him.” Respond to this statement. How are each of these perspectives different? How would your approach to Scripture be different with each perspective.
  2. Read: 2 Timothy 3:16 What does Paul tell us about the Bible in this passage? What does it mean to say that Scripture is “breathed out” by God?
  3. “I think that since the Bible was written by people who lived so long ago, it can have mistakes. After all, we’ve learned a lot since they were living.” Respond to that statement. How would Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 3:16 help you respond?
  4. Read: Psalm 119:105 What does it mean for the Bible to be a “lamp” unto our feet? How has the Bible helped you make your way through a dark place in life?
  5. Read: Nehemiah 8:2-12 In your own words, summarize what takes place in this passage. What role does Ezra play? How do the people respond? How is Ezra kind of like a preacher? What is the response of the people to God’s Word? What does this tell us about the power of God’s Word?
  6. Read: James 1:22-25 What is the warning James gives us in this passage? What is the promise he gives us?
  7. Take a moment and complete the following sentence with as many responses as you can, then share with the group: The Word of God is valuable because…
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