Weekly Reading | 1.12.14

On January 11, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayHebrews 11-12:3
MondayIsaiah 6:1-8 & Revelation 5
TuesdayPsalm 119:1-56
WednesdayPsalm 119:57-120
ThursdayPsalm 119:121-176
FridayJohn 17
SaturdayMatthew 6:5-15 & Colossians 1:1-14

Shockwaves – Week 1
“Stop Working and Start Partying”

Memorize/Reflect:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for giving you His amazing grace that is totally undeserved. Pray that you will learn to celebrate and rejoice, every day, in the greatness of God’s love.

“Live It!” Challenge – Make a List: Write down a list of 20-25 things God has done for you, given to you, or provided. Then, reflect on what you did to deserve these things. Let God amaze you with His love and provision that are utterly undeserved, but given freely anyways!

Growth Group Discussion: 

  1. In the introduction to Seismic Shifts there are numerous examples of little changes or movements that make a big difference such as: movement along a fault line, a spoon taped to a pen, a person’s attitude about worship styles, a domino being pushed over, and a husband’s commitment to say “I love you.” All of these are examples of little changes that can make a big difference. Tell about a small choice you made and how this decision sent shockwaves through your life.
    Read: The introduction for section one of Seismic Shifts (Pages 16-18).
  2. What might it look like when a person is “playing with mud pies in the slums” when God offers “a holiday by the sea”? How do you think God feels when he sees his children living this way? Read: Ephesians 4:14-15 and Hebrews 5:12-6:1.
  3. What is God’s message to those who are comfortable staying in the same place spiritually and who don’t desire to mature in their faith and risk the shockwaves God wants to send through their life?
    Read: The story about Zach learning to swim (Page 21).
  4. What is one area of your life God is trying to get you to swim but you are clutching to the chain link fence and don’t want to let go? What do you believe God wants to say to you about letting go of the fence and taking a risk in this area of your life? What shockwaves might ripple through your life if you let go of the fence and trust God?
  5. In chapter 1 of Seismic Shifts we look at key indicators that we are taking joy-filled steps forward in spiritual maturity. Below is a list of all seven. Think about each one and identify where you are in your spiritual growth in each area of your life. Circle one of the four options:
  6. Learning to Feed Ourselves (Studying the Bible on your own)

    Taking First Steps  - Walking – Jogging  - Running

    Learning to Talk and Listen (Developing an active prayer life)

    Taking First Steps – Walking – Jogging – Running

    Sharing (Growing in generosity toward God and people)

    Taking First Steps – Walking – Jogging – Running

    Helping Others (Serving others and entering into ministry by caring for others)

    Taking First Steps – Walking – Jogging – Running

    Loving People (Fulfilling God’s call to “Love your neighbor as yourself”)

    Taking First Steps – Walking – Jogging – Running

    Loving God (Living with passion to love God with all your heart, soul and mind)

    Taking First Steps – Walking – Jogging – Running

    Living in a Bigger World (Growing a heart for those who outside of God’s family)

    Taking First Steps – Walking – Jogging – Running

    Identify one area you are doing well and showing signs of growth and tell your small group how you are you experiencing joy as you grow in this area of spiritual maturity. Identify an area you desire to take a step forward in spiritual maturity. What is one shift you can make that will help you grow up in faith in this area of your spiritual life?
    Read: Psalm 139:1-16.

  7. What do you learn about how God sees you and feels about you from this passage?
    Read: The opening story about naptime in kindergarten at the beginning of chapter two in Seismic Shifts.
  8. Tell about a time when you discovered that a large part of your value (in the eyes of some people) was based on how you behaved or performed and describe how this impacted the way you viewed yourself.
    Read: John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8 and John 15:13.
  9. How does God’s message of love fly in the face of what the world teaches us about our value?
  10. Which of these three realities do you most need to embrace and accept with greater faith?
    • God wants you to take simple steps toward growth in spiritual maturity.
    • God wants you to know that you are saved by grace and you don’t have to work for His love and affection.
    • God wants you to rejoice and learn to worship with greater passion.
  11. What is one practical step forward that you can take as you seek to embrace and live in this reality?

 

 

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayHebrews 11-12:3
MondayIsaiah 6:1-8 & Revelation 5
TuesdayPsalm 119:1-56
WednesdayPsalm 119:57-120
ThursdayPsalm 119:121-176
FridayJohn 17
SaturdayMatthew 6:5-15 & Colossians 1:1-14

Shockwaves – Week 1
“Stop Working and Start Partying”

Memorize/Reflect:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for giving you His amazing grace that is totally undeserved. Pray that you will learn to celebrate and rejoice, every day, in the greatness of God’s love.

“Live It!” Challenge – Make a List: Write down a list of 20-25 things God has done for you, given to you, or provided. Then, reflect on what you did to deserve these things. Let God amaze you with His love and provision that are utterly undeserved, but given freely anyways!

Growth Group Discussion: 

  1. In the introduction to Seismic Shifts there are numerous examples of little changes or movements that make a big difference such as: movement along a fault line, a spoon taped to a pen, a person’s attitude about worship styles, a domino being pushed over, and a husband’s commitment to say “I love you.” All of these are examples of little changes that can make a big difference. Tell about a small choice you made and how this decision sent shockwaves through your life.
    Read: The introduction for section one of Seismic Shifts (Pages 16-18).
  2. What might it look like when a person is “playing with mud pies in the slums” when God offers “a holiday by the sea”? How do you think God feels when he sees his children living this way? Read: Ephesians 4:14-15 and Hebrews 5:12-6:1.
  3. What is God’s message to those who are comfortable staying in the same place spiritually and who don’t desire to mature in their faith and risk the shockwaves God wants to send through their life?
    Read: The story about Zach learning to swim (Page 21).
  4. What is one area of your life God is trying to get you to swim but you are clutching to the chain link fence and don’t want to let go? What do you believe God wants to say to you about letting go of the fence and taking a risk in this area of your life? What shockwaves might ripple through your life if you let go of the fence and trust God?
  5. In chapter 1 of Seismic Shifts we look at key indicators that we are taking joy-filled steps forward in spiritual maturity. Below is a list of all seven. Think about each one and identify where you are in your spiritual growth in each area of your life. Circle one of the four options:
  6. Learning to Feed Ourselves (Studying the Bible on your own)

    Taking First Steps  - Walking – Jogging  - Running

    Learning to Talk and Listen (Developing an active prayer life)

    Taking First Steps – Walking – Jogging – Running

    Sharing (Growing in generosity toward God and people)

    Taking First Steps – Walking – Jogging – Running

    Helping Others (Serving others and entering into ministry by caring for others)

    Taking First Steps – Walking – Jogging – Running

    Loving People (Fulfilling God’s call to “Love your neighbor as yourself”)

    Taking First Steps – Walking – Jogging – Running

    Loving God (Living with passion to love God with all your heart, soul and mind)

    Taking First Steps – Walking – Jogging – Running

    Living in a Bigger World (Growing a heart for those who outside of God’s family)

    Taking First Steps – Walking – Jogging – Running

    Identify one area you are doing well and showing signs of growth and tell your small group how you are you experiencing joy as you grow in this area of spiritual maturity. Identify an area you desire to take a step forward in spiritual maturity. What is one shift you can make that will help you grow up in faith in this area of your spiritual life?
    Read: Psalm 139:1-16.

  7. What do you learn about how God sees you and feels about you from this passage?
    Read: The opening story about naptime in kindergarten at the beginning of chapter two in Seismic Shifts.
  8. Tell about a time when you discovered that a large part of your value (in the eyes of some people) was based on how you behaved or performed and describe how this impacted the way you viewed yourself.
    Read: John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8 and John 15:13.
  9. How does God’s message of love fly in the face of what the world teaches us about our value?
  10. Which of these three realities do you most need to embrace and accept with greater faith?
    • God wants you to take simple steps toward growth in spiritual maturity.
    • God wants you to know that you are saved by grace and you don’t have to work for His love and affection.
    • God wants you to rejoice and learn to worship with greater passion.
  11. What is one practical step forward that you can take as you seek to embrace and live in this reality?

 

 

Weekly Reading | 1.5.14

On January 4, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 4-5
MondayPsalm 30
TuesdayEphesians 4
WednesdayPsalm 139
ThursdayPhilippians 3
FridayRomans 8
SaturdayEphesians 2

Memorize/Reflect:  “…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12-13)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to show you one specific area you need to take a step forward in living like Jesus. Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to fill you as you seek to love God with greater passion in the coming year.

“Live It!” Challenge – The Fullness of Jesus: We are called to grow mature and attain the whole measure of the fullness of Jesus! Wow, what a goal. Identify one attitude or action in your life that you know does not reflect the heart of Jesus. Set a specific goal to make a change in this area of your life in the coming month. Then, share this goal with a Christian friend and ask them to keep you accountable and to pray for you. A month from now, give a report on how God has changed this attitude or action in your life.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about a Christian you know who lives (or lived) with a clear and strong passion for Jesus. What characteristics and actions mark the life of a person deeply in love with Jesus?
    2. Which of these spiritual disciplines most marks your life and what do you do to grow this part of your spiritual life?
      • Being a serious student of the Scriptures,
      • Spending time in passionate prayer,
      • Committing to sacrificial service,
      • Living with Honest Holiness,
      • Growing in Generous Giving.

      Which of these is toughest for you and what is one step you can take to move forward in maturity in this specific area of your spiritual life?

    3. Read: Psalm 119:1-8. What do you learn about the Bible (God’s commands, ways, law, statutes, precepts, decrees) from this passage? Why is it so important for Christians to immerse their hearts and minds in the teaching of the Bible?
    4. Read: 2 Timothy 3:14-17. What do you learn about the Scriptures (the Bible) from this passage? How does reading the Bible make you wise? Give an example.
    5. How does the Bible do each of the following things:
      • Teach us…
      • Rebuke us…
      • Correct us…
      • Train us…
      • Equip us for good works…

      If you can think of a passage in the Bible that does one of these things, share the passage as well.

    6. There are many ways we can grow in our understanding of Scripture and obedience to what God teaches in His Word. What is the value of one of these specific ways of becoming a student of Scripture? If you have a personal story to share, please do:
      • Learning God’s Word in the community and accountability of a Growth Group (small group),
      • Digging into God’s Word through personal reading and study of the Bible (Using the church reading guide or your own study),
      • Being in a Bible Study (Men’s group, Women’s group, or some other group),
      • Being in a Bible Class (Like Precepts or another church or community based class).
    7. As you enter a new year, what is one goal you have to grow in your knowledge of the Bible and commitment to live out the truth of Scripture in your daily life? How can your group members pray for you, cheer you on, and keep you accountable?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 4-5
MondayPsalm 30
TuesdayEphesians 4
WednesdayPsalm 139
ThursdayPhilippians 3
FridayRomans 8
SaturdayEphesians 2

Memorize/Reflect:  “…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12-13)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to show you one specific area you need to take a step forward in living like Jesus. Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to fill you as you seek to love God with greater passion in the coming year.

“Live It!” Challenge – The Fullness of Jesus: We are called to grow mature and attain the whole measure of the fullness of Jesus! Wow, what a goal. Identify one attitude or action in your life that you know does not reflect the heart of Jesus. Set a specific goal to make a change in this area of your life in the coming month. Then, share this goal with a Christian friend and ask them to keep you accountable and to pray for you. A month from now, give a report on how God has changed this attitude or action in your life.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about a Christian you know who lives (or lived) with a clear and strong passion for Jesus. What characteristics and actions mark the life of a person deeply in love with Jesus?
    2. Which of these spiritual disciplines most marks your life and what do you do to grow this part of your spiritual life?
      • Being a serious student of the Scriptures,
      • Spending time in passionate prayer,
      • Committing to sacrificial service,
      • Living with Honest Holiness,
      • Growing in Generous Giving.

      Which of these is toughest for you and what is one step you can take to move forward in maturity in this specific area of your spiritual life?

    3. Read: Psalm 119:1-8. What do you learn about the Bible (God’s commands, ways, law, statutes, precepts, decrees) from this passage? Why is it so important for Christians to immerse their hearts and minds in the teaching of the Bible?
    4. Read: 2 Timothy 3:14-17. What do you learn about the Scriptures (the Bible) from this passage? How does reading the Bible make you wise? Give an example.
    5. How does the Bible do each of the following things:
      • Teach us…
      • Rebuke us…
      • Correct us…
      • Train us…
      • Equip us for good works…

      If you can think of a passage in the Bible that does one of these things, share the passage as well.

    6. There are many ways we can grow in our understanding of Scripture and obedience to what God teaches in His Word. What is the value of one of these specific ways of becoming a student of Scripture? If you have a personal story to share, please do:
      • Learning God’s Word in the community and accountability of a Growth Group (small group),
      • Digging into God’s Word through personal reading and study of the Bible (Using the church reading guide or your own study),
      • Being in a Bible Study (Men’s group, Women’s group, or some other group),
      • Being in a Bible Class (Like Precepts or another church or community based class).
    7. As you enter a new year, what is one goal you have to grow in your knowledge of the Bible and commitment to live out the truth of Scripture in your daily life? How can your group members pray for you, cheer you on, and keep you accountable?

Weekly Reading | 12.29.13

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

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

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

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

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

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

Growth Group Discussion: 

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

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

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

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

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

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

Growth Group Discussion: 

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

Weekly Reading | 12.22.13

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?
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