Weekly Reading | 12.22.13

On December 21, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayDeuteronomy 6
MondayMatthew 5
TuesdayMatthew 6
WednesdayMatthew 7
ThursdayMatthew 28 & Acts 1
FridayMatthew 9
SaturdayJohn 21

Memorize/Reflect:  “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for sending Jesus so that you can walk in intimacy and friendship with the One who made the heavens and the earth and who loves you more than words can express. Pray for a growing commitment to spend time with God each day so that your friendship can grow.

“Live It!” Challenge – Hang Out: When we have a real and growing friendship, we desire to spend time with this person. Having a friendship with God is no different. As you grow in your intimacy with Jesus, you desire to spend time with Him. Make time each day in the coming week to “Hang Out” with God. Be sure to do the following: Tell Him what is on your heart and express your appreciation and love. Listen and invite Him to speak to you. Read a passage of the Bible and ask God to speak truth to you. Thank Him for His friendship and the price He paid so that you can be in a whole and healed relationship with Him.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. What are some signs that a friendship (with another person) is healthy, strong and growing?
    2. What are indications that a friendship (with another person) is eroding, struggling, and growing less healthy?
    3. Look at the answers your Growth Group shared in response to the first two questions and talk about some of the indicators or signs you might see when your friendship with God is healthy and strong. What are indicators that your friendship with God is not thriving and might need some attention?
    4. Read: John 15:1-8. Our intimacy with Jesus is painted as a vine with branches in this passage. What do you learn about your friendship with Jesus, and His relationship with you in this passage?
    5. “Remaining in Jesus” is about staying connected, close, and intimate in our friendship with Him. What are ways we can connect more closely with our Savior? What practices or disciplines most connect you to Jesus? What gets in the way of this intimacy?
    6. What is one practical way you can connect more closely with Jesus as a friend? How can your group members pray for you and keep you accountable to make time and space in your life to grow in your friendship with the Savior?
    7. Read: John 15:9-17. What has God done to show you the greatness of His love and desire to be in relationship with you (from this passage and other parts of the Bible)?
    8. What can you do to show God the greatness of your love for Him?
    9. How is our love for the people God places in our life an indicator of how much we love God? Who is one person you need to love with greater intentionality and action and what can you do to show this person love?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayDeuteronomy 6
MondayMatthew 5
TuesdayMatthew 6
WednesdayMatthew 7
ThursdayMatthew 28 & Acts 1
FridayMatthew 9
SaturdayJohn 21

Memorize/Reflect:  “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for sending Jesus so that you can walk in intimacy and friendship with the One who made the heavens and the earth and who loves you more than words can express. Pray for a growing commitment to spend time with God each day so that your friendship can grow.

“Live It!” Challenge – Hang Out: When we have a real and growing friendship, we desire to spend time with this person. Having a friendship with God is no different. As you grow in your intimacy with Jesus, you desire to spend time with Him. Make time each day in the coming week to “Hang Out” with God. Be sure to do the following: Tell Him what is on your heart and express your appreciation and love. Listen and invite Him to speak to you. Read a passage of the Bible and ask God to speak truth to you. Thank Him for His friendship and the price He paid so that you can be in a whole and healed relationship with Him.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. What are some signs that a friendship (with another person) is healthy, strong and growing?
    2. What are indications that a friendship (with another person) is eroding, struggling, and growing less healthy?
    3. Look at the answers your Growth Group shared in response to the first two questions and talk about some of the indicators or signs you might see when your friendship with God is healthy and strong. What are indicators that your friendship with God is not thriving and might need some attention?
    4. Read: John 15:1-8. Our intimacy with Jesus is painted as a vine with branches in this passage. What do you learn about your friendship with Jesus, and His relationship with you in this passage?
    5. “Remaining in Jesus” is about staying connected, close, and intimate in our friendship with Him. What are ways we can connect more closely with our Savior? What practices or disciplines most connect you to Jesus? What gets in the way of this intimacy?
    6. What is one practical way you can connect more closely with Jesus as a friend? How can your group members pray for you and keep you accountable to make time and space in your life to grow in your friendship with the Savior?
    7. Read: John 15:9-17. What has God done to show you the greatness of His love and desire to be in relationship with you (from this passage and other parts of the Bible)?
    8. What can you do to show God the greatness of your love for Him?
    9. How is our love for the people God places in our life an indicator of how much we love God? Who is one person you need to love with greater intentionality and action and what can you do to show this person love?

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.

Gifts Worth Keeping

On November 29, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Sermon Resources, by Shoreline

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Gifts Worth Keeping
Let’s just be very, very honest.  We all receive Christmas gifts that are not worth keeping.  The list is long: Bad ties, fruitcake, most things marked “As Seen on T.V.” almost any Christmas sweater ever made, a bass mounted on a plaque that sings,  and the list goes on!  This Christmas we will look at six gifts that Jesus offers that are worth keeping. These gifts will never break, run out of batteries, go out of style, or stop fitting us.  Join us for the Christmas season at Shoreline Community Church as we discover Gifts Worth Keeping  and we celebrate Jesus, the giver of every good gift.

Services times are: Sunday Morning – 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. AND Monday Night – 6:30 p.m.
(Sign Language interpretation at 11:30 a.m. service)

Christmas Eve Services 2013
2pm / 4pm / 11p
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Our mission is to help as many people as possible become totally committed to Jesus Christ!

Gifts-Email Blast

Gifts Worth Keeping
Let’s just be very, very honest.  We all receive Christmas gifts that are not worth keeping.  The list is long: Bad ties, fruitcake, most things marked “As Seen on T.V.” almost any Christmas sweater ever made, a bass mounted on a plaque that sings,  and the list goes on!  This Christmas we will look at six gifts that Jesus offers that are worth keeping. These gifts will never break, run out of batteries, go out of style, or stop fitting us.  Join us for the Christmas season at Shoreline Community Church as we discover Gifts Worth Keeping  and we celebrate Jesus, the giver of every good gift.

Services times are: Sunday Morning – 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. AND Monday Night – 6:30 p.m.
(Sign Language interpretation at 11:30 a.m. service)

Christmas Eve Services 2013
2pm / 4pm / 11p
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Our mission is to help as many people as possible become totally committed to Jesus Christ!

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Our mission is to help as many people
as possible become totally committed
to Jesus Christ!