BLOCKS: Week 4

On September 7, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Growth Groups, by Shoreline

View Week 4 Video Curriculum


Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. Do we really need community? Is it really worth all the risks involved? Talk about God’s call to community in Hebrews 10:25.
    2. What benefits are there to being open and honest in close friendships and how can it draw us closer to what God wants for our lives?
    3. What do we risk when we eliminate everyone from having insight and closeness in our lives?
    4. Are you the type of person:
      A.) Who must learn to limit the amount of superficial friendships you have and seek deeper ones?
      B.) Who may need to seek out more deep friendships?
      C.) Who has deep and lasting friendships, but needs to reconnect?What is one step you can take towards your own goals in this area.
    5. Are you someone that allows your friends to serve you? How can you get better at being humble enough to be served?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. Tell about a great friend God has placed in your life. How does this relationship strengthen you and bring you joy?
    2. How can healthy friendships lead to a more stable and joy-filled life? How do broken and unhealthy friendships cause our lives to be less stable?
    3. In the story of David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18-20) these two men sought to protect each other’s reputations and lives, even at great cost to themselves. What are some ways we can stand up for our friends as we seek to honor and protect them?
    4. What does is mean to say, “Wounds of a friend can be trusted”? Tell about a friend who is so close that you can both speak hard and honest words that might wound, but also heal.
    5. What is one way you can seek to be a better friend in the coming weeks and how can your group members pray for you as you seek to let God grow you as a friend to others?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

John 15:12-15 – ““This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

Romans 12:10 – “Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor.”

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence”George Washington

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” C.S Lewis

“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” – C.S. Lewis

View Week 4 Video Curriculum


Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. Do we really need community? Is it really worth all the risks involved? Talk about God’s call to community in Hebrews 10:25.
    2. What benefits are there to being open and honest in close friendships and how can it draw us closer to what God wants for our lives?
    3. What do we risk when we eliminate everyone from having insight and closeness in our lives?
    4. Are you the type of person:
      A.) Who must learn to limit the amount of superficial friendships you have and seek deeper ones?
      B.) Who may need to seek out more deep friendships?
      C.) Who has deep and lasting friendships, but needs to reconnect?What is one step you can take towards your own goals in this area.
    5. Are you someone that allows your friends to serve you? How can you get better at being humble enough to be served?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. Tell about a great friend God has placed in your life. How does this relationship strengthen you and bring you joy?
    2. How can healthy friendships lead to a more stable and joy-filled life? How do broken and unhealthy friendships cause our lives to be less stable?
    3. In the story of David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18-20) these two men sought to protect each other’s reputations and lives, even at great cost to themselves. What are some ways we can stand up for our friends as we seek to honor and protect them?
    4. What does is mean to say, “Wounds of a friend can be trusted”? Tell about a friend who is so close that you can both speak hard and honest words that might wound, but also heal.
    5. What is one way you can seek to be a better friend in the coming weeks and how can your group members pray for you as you seek to let God grow you as a friend to others?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

John 15:12-15 – ““This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

Romans 12:10 – “Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor.”

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence”George Washington

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” C.S Lewis

“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” – C.S. Lewis

Weekly Reading :: 9.8.13

On September 7, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

View the Weekly Bulletin Online

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayJonah 1, Matthew 28:16-20
MondayJonah 2, Acts 1:1-11
TuesdayJonah 3, 1 Peter 4:12-19
WednesdayJonah 4, Philippians 1:12-18
ThursdayJonah 1-2
FridayJonah 3-4
SaturdayNehemiah 1-2

Memorize/Reflect:  “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you be the kind of friend He wants you to be. Pray that you will walk so close with Jesus, as your best friend, that you become a better friend to those He has placed in your life.

“Live It!” Challenge – A Friend in the Good and Bad Times: Take time this coming week to identify one friend who is going through a hard time. Say a prayer for them, touch base and check in with them, and ask if there is some way you can support or help them in this time of their life. Also, identify a friend who is in a great time of life and who is celebrating God’s goodness. Lift up a prayer of praise for them and connect with them…letting them know you delight in the good things happening in their life.

Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. Do we really need community? Is it really worth all the risks involved? Talk about God’s call to community in Hebrews 10:25.
    2. What benefits are there to being open and honest in close friendships and how can it draw us closer to what God wants for our lives?
    3. What do we risk when we eliminate everyone from having insight and closeness in our lives?
    4. Are you the type of person:
      A.) Who must learn to limit the amount of superficial friendships you have and seek deeper ones?
      B.) Who may need to seek out more deep friendships?
      C.) Who has deep and lasting friendships, but needs to reconnect?What is one step you can take towards your own goals in this area.
    5. Are you someone that allows your friends to serve you? How can you get better at being humble enough to be served?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. Tell about a great friend God has placed in your life. How does this relationship strengthen you and bring you joy?
    2. How can healthy friendships lead to a more stable and joy-filled life? How do broken and unhealthy friendships cause our lives to be less stable?
    3. In the story of David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18-20) these two men sought to protect each other’s reputations and lives, even at great cost to themselves. What are some ways we can stand up for our friends as we seek to honor and protect them?
    4. What does is mean to say, “Wounds of a friend can be trusted”? Tell about a friend who is so close that you can both speak hard and honest words that might wound, but also heal.
    5. What is one way you can seek to be a better friend in the coming weeks and how can your group members pray for you as you seek to let God grow you as a friend to others?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

John 15:12-15 – ““This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

Romans 12:10 – “Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor.”

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence”George Washington

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” C.S Lewis

“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” – C.S. Lewis

View the Weekly Bulletin Online

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayJonah 1, Matthew 28:16-20
MondayJonah 2, Acts 1:1-11
TuesdayJonah 3, 1 Peter 4:12-19
WednesdayJonah 4, Philippians 1:12-18
ThursdayJonah 1-2
FridayJonah 3-4
SaturdayNehemiah 1-2

Memorize/Reflect:  “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you be the kind of friend He wants you to be. Pray that you will walk so close with Jesus, as your best friend, that you become a better friend to those He has placed in your life.

“Live It!” Challenge – A Friend in the Good and Bad Times: Take time this coming week to identify one friend who is going through a hard time. Say a prayer for them, touch base and check in with them, and ask if there is some way you can support or help them in this time of their life. Also, identify a friend who is in a great time of life and who is celebrating God’s goodness. Lift up a prayer of praise for them and connect with them…letting them know you delight in the good things happening in their life.

Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. Do we really need community? Is it really worth all the risks involved? Talk about God’s call to community in Hebrews 10:25.
    2. What benefits are there to being open and honest in close friendships and how can it draw us closer to what God wants for our lives?
    3. What do we risk when we eliminate everyone from having insight and closeness in our lives?
    4. Are you the type of person:
      A.) Who must learn to limit the amount of superficial friendships you have and seek deeper ones?
      B.) Who may need to seek out more deep friendships?
      C.) Who has deep and lasting friendships, but needs to reconnect?What is one step you can take towards your own goals in this area.
    5. Are you someone that allows your friends to serve you? How can you get better at being humble enough to be served?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. Tell about a great friend God has placed in your life. How does this relationship strengthen you and bring you joy?
    2. How can healthy friendships lead to a more stable and joy-filled life? How do broken and unhealthy friendships cause our lives to be less stable?
    3. In the story of David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18-20) these two men sought to protect each other’s reputations and lives, even at great cost to themselves. What are some ways we can stand up for our friends as we seek to honor and protect them?
    4. What does is mean to say, “Wounds of a friend can be trusted”? Tell about a friend who is so close that you can both speak hard and honest words that might wound, but also heal.
    5. What is one way you can seek to be a better friend in the coming weeks and how can your group members pray for you as you seek to let God grow you as a friend to others?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

John 15:12-15 – ““This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

Romans 12:10 – “Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor.”

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence”George Washington

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” C.S Lewis

“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” – C.S. Lewis

Weekly Reading :: 9.1.13

On August 31, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayRomans 16:3-5, 2 Corinthians 2:12-13, Philippians 2:25, 2 Timothy 1:2-4, Philemon 1:1-25
MondayRuth 1
Tuesday1 Samuel 18
Wednesday2 Kings 2
ThursdayProverbs 17, Proverbs 18
FridayJohn 15
SaturdayEcclesiastes 4

Memorize/Reflect:  “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for the provision of family. Ask Him to guide you establish (or extend) a legacy of faith in your family. Ask Him for fresh eyes to recognize His loving hand upon your family.

“Live It!” Challenge – Lose a Marble (Be Intentional): Look for ways to point your family members to the wonder and glory of God in and around your lives. When you identify His work and movement in your family, stop and celebrate; or set aside time to do so at the end of the day.

Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. When people think of bringing their children or family to a church they believe that they will be taught about God and that the place they are in is centered on him. What if parents thought the same thing when they looked at their homes? What if they fully embraced the fact that there is actually even more potential for spiritual growth in the home than there is at church?
    2. Why is the home the most important place of ministry (hours at home vs. hours at church) and what opportunities are missed when the home is not being used for ministry to children?
    3. What makes the relationship between the family and the church so powerful when it comes to empowering families to do ministry?
    4. What is one way that you could come along side the church to help in either your own, or another child’s spiritual growth?
    5. What is a family tradition that you currently use to help your family grow together? What is one tradition you may want to start?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. What family pictures do we get from the pages of Scripture (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, etc.)?
    2. Do we find any “model” families in the Bible? What does a “model” family look like?
    3. Read: Deuteronomy 6:4-9. What opportunities does this verse suggest to impact your children and family?
    4. Are there any family rituals you have experienced related to the words of Deuteronomy 6:7? Brainstorm at least 1-2 action points your family could take in the next month in relation to this verse.
    5. Read: Ephesians 6:4. What do you think Paul means by this? Why does he single out fathers and does this exclude mothers from being exasperating?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Psalm 127:3-5 – “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.”

Ephesians 1:5 – “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”

Ephesians 2:19 – “So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family”

1 Timothy 5:8 – “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

“Let no Christian parents fall into the delusion that Sunday School is intended to ease them of their personal duties. The first and most natural condition of things is for Christian parents to train up their own children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“You want to mess up the minds of your children? Here’s how – guaranteed! Rear them in a legalistic, tight context of external religion, where performance is more important than reality. Fake your faith. Sneak around and pretend your spirituality. Train your children to do the same. Embrace a long list of do’s and don’ts publicly but hypocritically practice them privately… yet never own up to the fact that its hypocrisy. Act one way but live another. And you can count on it – emotional and spiritual damage will occur.” – – Charles (Chuck) Swindoll

“In other words, having kids isn’t about us, it’s about him. We are called to bear and raise children for the glory of God.” – – Gary Thomas

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayRomans 16:3-5, 2 Corinthians 2:12-13, Philippians 2:25, 2 Timothy 1:2-4, Philemon 1:1-25
MondayRuth 1
Tuesday1 Samuel 18
Wednesday2 Kings 2
ThursdayProverbs 17, Proverbs 18
FridayJohn 15
SaturdayEcclesiastes 4

Memorize/Reflect:  “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for the provision of family. Ask Him to guide you establish (or extend) a legacy of faith in your family. Ask Him for fresh eyes to recognize His loving hand upon your family.

“Live It!” Challenge – Lose a Marble (Be Intentional): Look for ways to point your family members to the wonder and glory of God in and around your lives. When you identify His work and movement in your family, stop and celebrate; or set aside time to do so at the end of the day.

Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. When people think of bringing their children or family to a church they believe that they will be taught about God and that the place they are in is centered on him. What if parents thought the same thing when they looked at their homes? What if they fully embraced the fact that there is actually even more potential for spiritual growth in the home than there is at church?
    2. Why is the home the most important place of ministry (hours at home vs. hours at church) and what opportunities are missed when the home is not being used for ministry to children?
    3. What makes the relationship between the family and the church so powerful when it comes to empowering families to do ministry?
    4. What is one way that you could come along side the church to help in either your own, or another child’s spiritual growth?
    5. What is a family tradition that you currently use to help your family grow together? What is one tradition you may want to start?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. What family pictures do we get from the pages of Scripture (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, etc.)?
    2. Do we find any “model” families in the Bible? What does a “model” family look like?
    3. Read: Deuteronomy 6:4-9. What opportunities does this verse suggest to impact your children and family?
    4. Are there any family rituals you have experienced related to the words of Deuteronomy 6:7? Brainstorm at least 1-2 action points your family could take in the next month in relation to this verse.
    5. Read: Ephesians 6:4. What do you think Paul means by this? Why does he single out fathers and does this exclude mothers from being exasperating?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Psalm 127:3-5 – “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.”

Ephesians 1:5 – “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”

Ephesians 2:19 – “So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family”

1 Timothy 5:8 – “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

“Let no Christian parents fall into the delusion that Sunday School is intended to ease them of their personal duties. The first and most natural condition of things is for Christian parents to train up their own children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“You want to mess up the minds of your children? Here’s how – guaranteed! Rear them in a legalistic, tight context of external religion, where performance is more important than reality. Fake your faith. Sneak around and pretend your spirituality. Train your children to do the same. Embrace a long list of do’s and don’ts publicly but hypocritically practice them privately… yet never own up to the fact that its hypocrisy. Act one way but live another. And you can count on it – emotional and spiritual damage will occur.” – – Charles (Chuck) Swindoll

“In other words, having kids isn’t about us, it’s about him. We are called to bear and raise children for the glory of God.” – – Gary Thomas

BLOCKS: Week 2

On August 25, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Growth Groups, by Shoreline

View Week 2 Video Curriculum


Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. Read Ephesians 5:22-33. What does this say about the biblical perspective on marriage?Are there any relationships that are flourishing in your life right now? Are there others that are not going as well? How could this relate to your relationship with God?
    2. What expectations did you have (or do you have) of marriage before you were married?When was a time when you felt close to God as a friend?
    3. How did (or how do you think) those expectations get radically challenged through your relationship?
    4. How does sharing your life with someone else cause you to grow in unique areas of your life? Mention some of the personal ways you have seen this change in your life.
    5. Why do you think people so often default to the conclusion that they married the wrong person when things get tough, rather than concluding that maybe their perception of marriage may be off or even unbiblical?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. Tell about a marriage you have observed that you feel really reflects the desire God has for a man and a woman to love, serve, encourage, and learn from each other.
    2. What are some of the factors in today’s world that make it hard to build and maintain a healthy and God-honoring marriage? How can we fight against these?
    3. Read: Genesis 1:26-31. What do you think it means to say that men and women are created “In the image” of God?
    4. Read: Ephesians 5:21-33.. What are examples of mutual submission (“submit to one another”) in a marriage?
    5. If you are married, what is one practical way you can honor and serve your spouse in the coming week? If you are single, what is one way you can encourage, support, or cheer on a married couple God has placed in your life?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Genesis 1:27-28 – “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Matthew 19:4-6 – “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

1 Corinthians 7:1-16, Colossians 3:18-19, Hebrews 13:4-7

“The state of marriage is one that requires more virtue and constancy than any other…it is a perpetual mortification…From this thyme plant, in spite of the bitter nature of its juice, you may be able to draw and make the honey of a holy life” – Francis de Sales

“If we find that the same kinds of challenges face every marriage, we might assume that God designed a purpose in this challenge that transcends something as illusory as happiness.” – – Gary Thomas

“A man doesn’t own his marriage; he is only the steward of his wife’s love.” – – Edwin Louis Cole (Ed Cole)

“God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God.” – – Max Lucado

View Week 2 Video Curriculum


Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. Read Ephesians 5:22-33. What does this say about the biblical perspective on marriage?Are there any relationships that are flourishing in your life right now? Are there others that are not going as well? How could this relate to your relationship with God?
    2. What expectations did you have (or do you have) of marriage before you were married?When was a time when you felt close to God as a friend?
    3. How did (or how do you think) those expectations get radically challenged through your relationship?
    4. How does sharing your life with someone else cause you to grow in unique areas of your life? Mention some of the personal ways you have seen this change in your life.
    5. Why do you think people so often default to the conclusion that they married the wrong person when things get tough, rather than concluding that maybe their perception of marriage may be off or even unbiblical?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. Tell about a marriage you have observed that you feel really reflects the desire God has for a man and a woman to love, serve, encourage, and learn from each other.
    2. What are some of the factors in today’s world that make it hard to build and maintain a healthy and God-honoring marriage? How can we fight against these?
    3. Read: Genesis 1:26-31. What do you think it means to say that men and women are created “In the image” of God?
    4. Read: Ephesians 5:21-33.. What are examples of mutual submission (“submit to one another”) in a marriage?
    5. If you are married, what is one practical way you can honor and serve your spouse in the coming week? If you are single, what is one way you can encourage, support, or cheer on a married couple God has placed in your life?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Genesis 1:27-28 – “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Matthew 19:4-6 – “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

1 Corinthians 7:1-16, Colossians 3:18-19, Hebrews 13:4-7

“The state of marriage is one that requires more virtue and constancy than any other…it is a perpetual mortification…From this thyme plant, in spite of the bitter nature of its juice, you may be able to draw and make the honey of a holy life” – Francis de Sales

“If we find that the same kinds of challenges face every marriage, we might assume that God designed a purpose in this challenge that transcends something as illusory as happiness.” – – Gary Thomas

“A man doesn’t own his marriage; he is only the steward of his wife’s love.” – – Edwin Louis Cole (Ed Cole)

“God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God.” – – Max Lucado

Weekly Reading :: 8.18.13

On August 17, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayGenesis 1-2
MondayEphesians 5
TuesdayProverbs 5-6
WednesdayProverbs 7 , Proverbs 31
Thursday1 Corinthians 7
FridayColossians 3
SaturdayHebrews 13 , Mark 10

Memorize/Reflect:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for loving you long before you loved Him. Ask for a deeper awareness of God’s love for you and a growing love for God. Pray for strength to be obedient to God’s leading and will for your life, even in the “little” things.

“Live It!” Challenge – Make Time: Every healthy relationship is built on consistent and rich time together. Make a commitment to spend a set amount of time with God on a daily basis for the next two weeks. It could be ten minutes, thirty minutes, or more. Plan to be with God by reading the Bible (you can use the Shoreline reading guide), praying, taking a walk and reflecting on His presence and will for your life, or some other activity that connects you to Him. Make time each day for two weeks and see how this strengthens your relationship with God.

Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. Are there any relationships that are flourishing in your life right now? Are there others that are not going as well? How could this relate to your relationship with God?
    2. When was a time when you felt close to God as a friend?
    3. Do you think you have a healthy respect and reverence for God?
    4. What reactions do we see from those who actually encountered God (Isaiah, John the Apostle, Moses)? What does this say about the way we should view him?
      • Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-7, Revelation 1:12-20, Exodus 3:2-3
    5. What do we risk when we eliminate the idea of God’s holiness and awe and only focus on God’s love and friendship?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. Tell about how you came to know who God is and who taught you about a relationship with God.
    2. Tell about when you entered a relationship with God and how your relationship with God has impacted your life.
    3. Read: Matthew 6:25-34. What does it look like when we are “Seeking first God’s kingdom and His righteousness”? What happens when seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness becomes a low priority in our life?
    4. What are some of the things in this world and life that can get in the way of us seeking God’s kingdom first? What is one thing you need to set aside or focus on less so that you can seek God’s kingdom with greater passion and intentionality?
    5. What is a way you can love God more in one of these areas of your life:
      • In the time you spend with God?
      • In the time you devote to studying, reading, and learning from the Bible?
      • In the way you serve others in the name of Jesus?
      • In how you guard your mind by cutting off unhealthy and ungodly images, thoughts, and ideas?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Hebrews 4:14-16 – Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Psalm 111:10 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

“Obviously, to be in the fear of the Lord is not to be scared of the Lord, even though the Hebrew word has overtones of respect and awe. ‘Fear’ in the Bible means to be overwhelmed, to be controlled by something. To fear the Lord is to be overwhelmed with wonder before the greatness of God and his love. It means that, because of his bright holiness and magnificent love, you find him ‘fearfully beautiful.’ That is why the more we experience God’s grace and forgiveness, the more we experience a trembling awe and wonder before the greatness of all that he is and has done for us. Fearing him means bowing before him out of amazement at his glory and beauty.” – Timothy Keller

Perfect love, we know, casteth out fear [1 John 4:18]. But so do several other things — ignorance, alcohol, passion, presumption, and stupidity. It is very desirable that we should all advance to that perfection of love in which we shall fear no longer; but it is very undesirable, until we have reached that stage, that we should allow any inferior agent to cast out our fear. – C.S. Lewis

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayGenesis 1-2
MondayEphesians 5
TuesdayProverbs 5-6
WednesdayProverbs 7 , Proverbs 31
Thursday1 Corinthians 7
FridayColossians 3
SaturdayHebrews 13 , Mark 10

Memorize/Reflect:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for loving you long before you loved Him. Ask for a deeper awareness of God’s love for you and a growing love for God. Pray for strength to be obedient to God’s leading and will for your life, even in the “little” things.

“Live It!” Challenge – Make Time: Every healthy relationship is built on consistent and rich time together. Make a commitment to spend a set amount of time with God on a daily basis for the next two weeks. It could be ten minutes, thirty minutes, or more. Plan to be with God by reading the Bible (you can use the Shoreline reading guide), praying, taking a walk and reflecting on His presence and will for your life, or some other activity that connects you to Him. Make time each day for two weeks and see how this strengthens your relationship with God.

Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. Are there any relationships that are flourishing in your life right now? Are there others that are not going as well? How could this relate to your relationship with God?
    2. When was a time when you felt close to God as a friend?
    3. Do you think you have a healthy respect and reverence for God?
    4. What reactions do we see from those who actually encountered God (Isaiah, John the Apostle, Moses)? What does this say about the way we should view him?
      • Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-7, Revelation 1:12-20, Exodus 3:2-3
    5. What do we risk when we eliminate the idea of God’s holiness and awe and only focus on God’s love and friendship?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. Tell about how you came to know who God is and who taught you about a relationship with God.
    2. Tell about when you entered a relationship with God and how your relationship with God has impacted your life.
    3. Read: Matthew 6:25-34. What does it look like when we are “Seeking first God’s kingdom and His righteousness”? What happens when seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness becomes a low priority in our life?
    4. What are some of the things in this world and life that can get in the way of us seeking God’s kingdom first? What is one thing you need to set aside or focus on less so that you can seek God’s kingdom with greater passion and intentionality?
    5. What is a way you can love God more in one of these areas of your life:
      • In the time you spend with God?
      • In the time you devote to studying, reading, and learning from the Bible?
      • In the way you serve others in the name of Jesus?
      • In how you guard your mind by cutting off unhealthy and ungodly images, thoughts, and ideas?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Hebrews 4:14-16 – Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Psalm 111:10 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

“Obviously, to be in the fear of the Lord is not to be scared of the Lord, even though the Hebrew word has overtones of respect and awe. ‘Fear’ in the Bible means to be overwhelmed, to be controlled by something. To fear the Lord is to be overwhelmed with wonder before the greatness of God and his love. It means that, because of his bright holiness and magnificent love, you find him ‘fearfully beautiful.’ That is why the more we experience God’s grace and forgiveness, the more we experience a trembling awe and wonder before the greatness of all that he is and has done for us. Fearing him means bowing before him out of amazement at his glory and beauty.” – Timothy Keller

Perfect love, we know, casteth out fear [1 John 4:18]. But so do several other things — ignorance, alcohol, passion, presumption, and stupidity. It is very desirable that we should all advance to that perfection of love in which we shall fear no longer; but it is very undesirable, until we have reached that stage, that we should allow any inferior agent to cast out our fear. – C.S. Lewis

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