Weekly Reading :: 5.11.14

On May 10, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

Sunday1 Corinthians 12
MondayRomans 12
TuesdayEphesians 1
WednesdayEphesians 2
ThursdayEphesians 3
FridayEphesians 4
SaturdayEphesians 5-6

“Loving Your Neightbor”
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Memorize/Reflect: “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:36-37)

Prayer Direction:  Pray for eyes to see the needs around you and for the courage to walk toward these needs and not away from them. Ask God to help you feel with His heart.

“Live It!” Challenge – Help a Neighbor and Be a Neighbor: Shoreline has many opportunities to help people in need. Take ten minutes and review some of these opportunities by going to our website (www.shorelinechurch.org) and click on the “Ministries” tab, then the “Outreach” tab, and finally the “Community Outreach” tab. When you get there, explore ways to help a neighbor and be a neighbor. Once you find one that fits you, get involved!

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. What is one way you have gotten involved in helping people in times of need and showing the love of Jesus in the process?
      2. Read: Luke 10:25-37. What are ways we can be like the religious leaders who crossed the street to avoid confronting need and pain in the world?
      3. What are some of the cultural and fear barriers Christians can face that keep them from helping people in need? How can we overcome these?
      4. Tell about a time God opened your eyes to really see the needs around you. How did you respond?
      5. Why is life “easier” when we protect our heart and avoid getting involved with the needs around us? What do we miss when we live with a heart that is hard toward the needs around us?
      6. What are ways we can invest time in helping people in need? Who is one person you have been walking past who needs you to stop and help with their need?
      7. What are ways we can invest our financial resources in helping people in need? Why is this often hard for us to do?
      8. What is one step you can take to help a neighbor and be a neighbor in the coming weeks?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

Sunday1 Corinthians 12
MondayRomans 12
TuesdayEphesians 1
WednesdayEphesians 2
ThursdayEphesians 3
FridayEphesians 4
SaturdayEphesians 5-6

“Loving Your Neightbor”
View this week’s Sermon Notes

Memorize/Reflect: “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:36-37)

Prayer Direction:  Pray for eyes to see the needs around you and for the courage to walk toward these needs and not away from them. Ask God to help you feel with His heart.

“Live It!” Challenge – Help a Neighbor and Be a Neighbor: Shoreline has many opportunities to help people in need. Take ten minutes and review some of these opportunities by going to our website (www.shorelinechurch.org) and click on the “Ministries” tab, then the “Outreach” tab, and finally the “Community Outreach” tab. When you get there, explore ways to help a neighbor and be a neighbor. Once you find one that fits you, get involved!

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. What is one way you have gotten involved in helping people in times of need and showing the love of Jesus in the process?
      2. Read: Luke 10:25-37. What are ways we can be like the religious leaders who crossed the street to avoid confronting need and pain in the world?
      3. What are some of the cultural and fear barriers Christians can face that keep them from helping people in need? How can we overcome these?
      4. Tell about a time God opened your eyes to really see the needs around you. How did you respond?
      5. Why is life “easier” when we protect our heart and avoid getting involved with the needs around us? What do we miss when we live with a heart that is hard toward the needs around us?
      6. What are ways we can invest time in helping people in need? Who is one person you have been walking past who needs you to stop and help with their need?
      7. What are ways we can invest our financial resources in helping people in need? Why is this often hard for us to do?
      8. What is one step you can take to help a neighbor and be a neighbor in the coming weeks?

Weekly Reading :: 4.27.14

On April 26, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 5
MondayLuke 6
TuesdayJonah 1
WednesdayJonah 2
ThursdayJonah 3
FridayJonah 4
SaturdayLuke 23:26-49 & Acts 7:54-60

“Loving God and Loved by God”
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Memorize/Reflect: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for the many ways He shows His love to you (from the little gifts and surprises He provides each day to the big spiritual blessings such as the life of His only Son). Ask God to help you learn to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

“Live It!” Challenge – New Ways to Love God: Come up with one new and creative way you can show God you love Him in each of the areas below:
• A new way I can love God with my strength…
• A new way I can love God with my mind…
• A new way I can love God with my heart…
• A new way I can love God with my soul…
Be practical…then do it!

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Tell about when you began to really understand that God loves you and cares deeply about you. What helped open your heart and mind to embrace the love of God?
      2. What are some of the things that keep us from embracing and realizing how much God really loves us?
      3. Read: 1 John 4:7-12. What do you learn about the love of God in this passage?
      4. Suppose you meet someone who says, “I really love God, but I can’t stand most of the people in my life. They irritate me and are not really worth my time and energy!” What does the teaching of this passage have to say to a person who is comfortable loving God but not the people around them? What are some ways we can act like this?
      5. Read: 1 John 4:16-21. When we really understand and accept God’s love that is offered through Jesus, it impacts how we relate to the people God puts in our life. How should the love of God for us (and for others) impact the way we relate to the people God puts in our life?
      6. Tell about one situation (without using a name or giving the person away) where you are finding it hard to love someone the way God wants you to love them. How can your group members pray for you as you seek to grow more loving in this relationship? What are practical steps you can take to express love to this person?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 5
MondayLuke 6
TuesdayJonah 1
WednesdayJonah 2
ThursdayJonah 3
FridayJonah 4
SaturdayLuke 23:26-49 & Acts 7:54-60

“Loving God and Loved by God”
View this week’s Sermon Notes

Memorize/Reflect: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for the many ways He shows His love to you (from the little gifts and surprises He provides each day to the big spiritual blessings such as the life of His only Son). Ask God to help you learn to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

“Live It!” Challenge – New Ways to Love God: Come up with one new and creative way you can show God you love Him in each of the areas below:
• A new way I can love God with my strength…
• A new way I can love God with my mind…
• A new way I can love God with my heart…
• A new way I can love God with my soul…
Be practical…then do it!

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Tell about when you began to really understand that God loves you and cares deeply about you. What helped open your heart and mind to embrace the love of God?
      2. What are some of the things that keep us from embracing and realizing how much God really loves us?
      3. Read: 1 John 4:7-12. What do you learn about the love of God in this passage?
      4. Suppose you meet someone who says, “I really love God, but I can’t stand most of the people in my life. They irritate me and are not really worth my time and energy!” What does the teaching of this passage have to say to a person who is comfortable loving God but not the people around them? What are some ways we can act like this?
      5. Read: 1 John 4:16-21. When we really understand and accept God’s love that is offered through Jesus, it impacts how we relate to the people God puts in our life. How should the love of God for us (and for others) impact the way we relate to the people God puts in our life?
      6. Tell about one situation (without using a name or giving the person away) where you are finding it hard to love someone the way God wants you to love them. How can your group members pray for you as you seek to grow more loving in this relationship? What are practical steps you can take to express love to this person?

Weekly Reading :: 4.13.14

On April 12, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 28
MondayMark 15 & Luke 24
TuesdayJohn 12-13
WednesdayJohn 14-15
ThursdayJohn 16-17
FridayJohn 20-21
Saturday1 Corinthians 15

“Voices that Rationalize, Justify, and Deny”
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Memorize/Reflect: “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” (John 18:37 )

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to give you courage and power to stand for His truth and laws, even when it is not popular in our world. Ask God to help you live a life that is about honoring God and following Him rather than honoring people and following the crowd.

“Live It!” Challenge – Make a Big Invite: There are many people who might avoid church and Jesus, but at Easter they might be more open to an invitation. Pray about one person who you could invite to join you for Easter services at Shoreline. Give them an Easter invitation card or a call on the phone and extend an invitation. Then, pray for their heart to be open.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. What are some of the cultural messages today that speak out against Jesus, Christians, and the church?
      2. What are some of the political forces at work today that seem to be working against Jesus, the gospel, and the truth of God’s Word?
      3. Read: John 18:28-40. What seemed to drive and motivate Pilate? How do you see these same motivations at work in people’s hearts today?
      4. What are ways Christians can end up going along with the crowd and what are some ways we can stand strong and resist the temptation to cave into societal pressures?
      5. Read: Luke 23:7-12. How did Herod view Jesus? What is the danger of treating Jesus like a bargaining chip in our game of life and not treating Him like the Lord and Savior that He is?
      6. What are some ways we can bow down, surrender, and follow Jesus more humbly as the Lord of the universe and our lives? What daily disciplines can we put in place that will help us surrender more to the Lordship of Jesus?
      7. Read: Mark 15:16-20. What do you see in the actions and attitudes of the soldiers? What are some of the subtle and overt ways people mock and abuse Jesus today?
      8. What does it look like when a Christian today is ashamed of the gospel? What are some ways we can show that we are not ashamed of the gospel or Jesus?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 28
MondayMark 15 & Luke 24
TuesdayJohn 12-13
WednesdayJohn 14-15
ThursdayJohn 16-17
FridayJohn 20-21
Saturday1 Corinthians 15

“Voices that Rationalize, Justify, and Deny”
View this week’s Sermon Notes

Memorize/Reflect: “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” (John 18:37 )

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to give you courage and power to stand for His truth and laws, even when it is not popular in our world. Ask God to help you live a life that is about honoring God and following Him rather than honoring people and following the crowd.

“Live It!” Challenge – Make a Big Invite: There are many people who might avoid church and Jesus, but at Easter they might be more open to an invitation. Pray about one person who you could invite to join you for Easter services at Shoreline. Give them an Easter invitation card or a call on the phone and extend an invitation. Then, pray for their heart to be open.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. What are some of the cultural messages today that speak out against Jesus, Christians, and the church?
      2. What are some of the political forces at work today that seem to be working against Jesus, the gospel, and the truth of God’s Word?
      3. Read: John 18:28-40. What seemed to drive and motivate Pilate? How do you see these same motivations at work in people’s hearts today?
      4. What are ways Christians can end up going along with the crowd and what are some ways we can stand strong and resist the temptation to cave into societal pressures?
      5. Read: Luke 23:7-12. How did Herod view Jesus? What is the danger of treating Jesus like a bargaining chip in our game of life and not treating Him like the Lord and Savior that He is?
      6. What are some ways we can bow down, surrender, and follow Jesus more humbly as the Lord of the universe and our lives? What daily disciplines can we put in place that will help us surrender more to the Lordship of Jesus?
      7. Read: Mark 15:16-20. What do you see in the actions and attitudes of the soldiers? What are some of the subtle and overt ways people mock and abuse Jesus today?
      8. What does it look like when a Christian today is ashamed of the gospel? What are some ways we can show that we are not ashamed of the gospel or Jesus?

Weekly Reading :: 3.23.14

On March 22, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 26
MondayMatthew 27
TuesdayMark 14
WednesdayMark 15
Thursday Luke 22
FridayLuke 23
SaturdayJohn 18-19

“Commitment to Excellence”

Memorize/Reflect: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. “ (Colossians 3:23-24)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to show you the areas of your life that you are more concerned with the approval of people, rather than the approval of God. Pray God would show you how to approach these areas with a renewed heart aimed at pleasing him.

“Live It!” Challenge – Service: Identify three of your personal relationships. These may be with a parent, spouse, child, employer, employee, friend or neighbor. Serve at least one person this week, above and beyond how you normally serve him or her.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: Colossians 3. What stands out to you in this passage and why?
      2. Read: Colossians 3:9-10. What does it mean to “take off your old self” and “put on the new self”? What does this look like when a person first follows Jesus and what does this look like each day we walk with Jesus?
      3. Read: Colossians 3:17. What does it mean to do everything in the name of Jesus? How does this become a reality in the flow of a normal day?
      4. Discuss the attitude husbands and wives should have toward one another?
      5. What does it mean to obey your parents in everything? How does this apply in adulthood?
      6. How should parents treat their children? What does this look like in your family?
      7. How do you see the challenge given to slaves in the ancient world applying to employees in today’s world?
      8. What does “work at it with all your heart” mean to you and how does this impact your life?
      9. What area(s) of your life, do you do less than your best? What will you do to begin living with excellence in this area of your life?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 26
MondayMatthew 27
TuesdayMark 14
WednesdayMark 15
Thursday Luke 22
FridayLuke 23
SaturdayJohn 18-19

“Commitment to Excellence”

Memorize/Reflect: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. “ (Colossians 3:23-24)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to show you the areas of your life that you are more concerned with the approval of people, rather than the approval of God. Pray God would show you how to approach these areas with a renewed heart aimed at pleasing him.

“Live It!” Challenge – Service: Identify three of your personal relationships. These may be with a parent, spouse, child, employer, employee, friend or neighbor. Serve at least one person this week, above and beyond how you normally serve him or her.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: Colossians 3. What stands out to you in this passage and why?
      2. Read: Colossians 3:9-10. What does it mean to “take off your old self” and “put on the new self”? What does this look like when a person first follows Jesus and what does this look like each day we walk with Jesus?
      3. Read: Colossians 3:17. What does it mean to do everything in the name of Jesus? How does this become a reality in the flow of a normal day?
      4. Discuss the attitude husbands and wives should have toward one another?
      5. What does it mean to obey your parents in everything? How does this apply in adulthood?
      6. How should parents treat their children? What does this look like in your family?
      7. How do you see the challenge given to slaves in the ancient world applying to employees in today’s world?
      8. What does “work at it with all your heart” mean to you and how does this impact your life?
      9. What area(s) of your life, do you do less than your best? What will you do to begin living with excellence in this area of your life?

Weekly Reading :: 3.16.14

On March 15, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayColossians 3
MondayEphesians 5
TuesdayEphesians 6
WednesdayJames 2
Thursday2 Thessalonians 3
Friday1 Corinthians 10
SaturdayColossians 3

Find Yourself
Discover the Divine Design for Your Life

Memorize/Reflect: “…if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:8)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you take the time and make the effort to discover and develop your unique gifting. Commit to God that you will use the gifts He has given you today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life.

“Live It!” Challenge – Ministry Open House: Commit to join us on Tuesday, March 18 from 6-8p at the church for the Ministry Open House. Visit a number of the rooms and talk with the leaders, be in prayer for them, and learn more about a ministry that might be a place where you can serve Jesus and others.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. If you have been in a church where many people were developing and using their gifts to glorify God and bless others, tell about how this engagement of so many people impacted the health and mission of the church.
      2. If you have been in a church where very few people were actually discovering, developing, and deploying their spiritual gifts, how did this impact the moral, mission, and impact of the church?
      3. Read: Romans 12:3-8 Why is humility and sober judgment so important for each of us as we discover and use our spiritual gifts? What could happen if we try to use our spiritual gift without humility and sober judgment?
      4. Why is it critical that we see ourselves as parts of a body rather than independent of each other when we use the God-given gifts that we have?
      5. The apostle Paul boldly calls people out to use their gifts. If you have teaching gifts…then teach! If you have leadership gifts, be diligent and lead! If Paul was talking boldly to you about your God-given gifts, what do you think He would say?
      6. Read: Romans 12:9-13 Make a list of the various exhortations and challenges Paul puts before us in this passage (There are at least a dozen!). Why are each of these important as we function as a body and use our gifts together?
      7. What is one of these exhortations that you feel reflects the way you serve and live? Take a moment to share and celebrate this area where God is growing you and working in you.
      8. What is one of these exhortations that you feel you need to hear and adopt into your life? How can your group members encourage you in your effort to grow in this area of your life?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayColossians 3
MondayEphesians 5
TuesdayEphesians 6
WednesdayJames 2
Thursday2 Thessalonians 3
Friday1 Corinthians 10
SaturdayColossians 3

Find Yourself
Discover the Divine Design for Your Life

Memorize/Reflect: “…if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:8)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you take the time and make the effort to discover and develop your unique gifting. Commit to God that you will use the gifts He has given you today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life.

“Live It!” Challenge – Ministry Open House: Commit to join us on Tuesday, March 18 from 6-8p at the church for the Ministry Open House. Visit a number of the rooms and talk with the leaders, be in prayer for them, and learn more about a ministry that might be a place where you can serve Jesus and others.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. If you have been in a church where many people were developing and using their gifts to glorify God and bless others, tell about how this engagement of so many people impacted the health and mission of the church.
      2. If you have been in a church where very few people were actually discovering, developing, and deploying their spiritual gifts, how did this impact the moral, mission, and impact of the church?
      3. Read: Romans 12:3-8 Why is humility and sober judgment so important for each of us as we discover and use our spiritual gifts? What could happen if we try to use our spiritual gift without humility and sober judgment?
      4. Why is it critical that we see ourselves as parts of a body rather than independent of each other when we use the God-given gifts that we have?
      5. The apostle Paul boldly calls people out to use their gifts. If you have teaching gifts…then teach! If you have leadership gifts, be diligent and lead! If Paul was talking boldly to you about your God-given gifts, what do you think He would say?
      6. Read: Romans 12:9-13 Make a list of the various exhortations and challenges Paul puts before us in this passage (There are at least a dozen!). Why are each of these important as we function as a body and use our gifts together?
      7. What is one of these exhortations that you feel reflects the way you serve and live? Take a moment to share and celebrate this area where God is growing you and working in you.
      8. What is one of these exhortations that you feel you need to hear and adopt into your life? How can your group members encourage you in your effort to grow in this area of your life?
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