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

BLOCKS: Building Healthy Relationships

On August 13, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Sermon Resources, by Shoreline

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BLOCKS: Building Healthy Relationships | 5-weeks beginning August 18

Legos, Bristle Blocks, Lincoln Logs, or those brightly colored wooden blocks… what fun!  Kids can sit for hours building things with blocks.  For five weeks at Shoreline Community Church we are going to play with blocks!  We will learn about how well-built relationships lead to a healthy and joyful life!  Jesus taught his followers that the most important thing in the world is a strong relationship with God.  Next in importance is strong relationships with the people in our lives.  When our relationships are solid and well-built, everything else seems to fit together around them.  We will be learning to build a strong relationship with God, a spouse, friends, family members, and people at work (or school).

Services times are: Sunday Morning – 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. AND Monday Night – 6:30 p.m.

(Sign Language interpretation at 11:30 a.m. service)

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

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BLOCKS: Building Healthy Relationships | 5-weeks beginning August 18

Legos, Bristle Blocks, Lincoln Logs, or those brightly colored wooden blocks… what fun!  Kids can sit for hours building things with blocks.  For five weeks at Shoreline Community Church we are going to play with blocks!  We will learn about how well-built relationships lead to a healthy and joyful life!  Jesus taught his followers that the most important thing in the world is a strong relationship with God.  Next in importance is strong relationships with the people in our lives.  When our relationships are solid and well-built, everything else seems to fit together around them.  We will be learning to build a strong relationship with God, a spouse, friends, family members, and people at work (or school).

Services times are: Sunday Morning – 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. AND Monday Night – 6:30 p.m.

(Sign Language interpretation at 11:30 a.m. service)

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

Weekly Reading :: 8.11.13

On August 10, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 22
MondayPsalm 42, Psalm 63
TuesdayJohn 10
WednesdayDeuteronomy 6
ThursdayRevelation 2
FridayRevelation 3
SaturdayRevelation 4-5

Memorize/Reflect:  “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Prayer Direction:  There is no way we can pay God back for all he has given us. The whole motivation for living the Christian life is not payback, but gratitude for what God has done for us. That’s what the Apostle Paul was driving at in 2 Corinthians 8:9 — the verse to Memorize/Reflect. There is a wonderful line in prayer known as “The Great Thanksgiving” in the Book of Common Prayer, which asks God to, “give us such an awareness of your mercies, that our hearts may be sincerely thankful, and that we would show forth your praise not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our lives.” Pray that prayer until you can say it by heart – and mean it in your heart.

“Live It!” Challenge:  Give something away this week, anonymously, simply because you want to express your thanks to the God who gave it to you. Pray about it, and ask God to point out something you thought you owned, but may actually be owning you. Make it something you value, and that you know would be valued by whoever you give it to. Choose something that you can let go of without bitterness or lingering regret.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Who has been one of the shrewdest businessmen or women you have ever met? What impressed you or depressed you about that person?
    2. Of the four ways that money can come to us: as a test, an investment opportunity, a trust, and a choice – which of these most stood out to you? Which was most puzzling? Inspiring?
    3. William Temple characterized the world as a jewelry store into which vandals have broken in and switched the price tags, so that cheap things are expensive, and precious things are priced cheaply. What would be some examples of such inversions in our culture and society?
    4. What are some things that wealth and possessions might blind us to? Or open our eyes to see?
    5. What are some things that poverty might open our eyes to see? Or blind us to?
    6. Jesus taught us to use money to make friends. But in Matthew 6:1-4, he also said to be careful not to do good deeds in order to be seen. How can we do both, and not have one command cancel out the other?
    7. If Jesus were to stop in at your home or business today and take inventory of the way you are using your resources and wealth (including all your possessions, cars, house, education, potential, etc.), what would he probably recommend to you in planning your “estate”? Would he recommend that you “cut your losses” and get out of debt? Cut back on your spending? Reclarify your goals? Start doing what?

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 22
MondayPsalm 42, Psalm 63
TuesdayJohn 10
WednesdayDeuteronomy 6
ThursdayRevelation 2
FridayRevelation 3
SaturdayRevelation 4-5

Memorize/Reflect:  “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Prayer Direction:  There is no way we can pay God back for all he has given us. The whole motivation for living the Christian life is not payback, but gratitude for what God has done for us. That’s what the Apostle Paul was driving at in 2 Corinthians 8:9 — the verse to Memorize/Reflect. There is a wonderful line in prayer known as “The Great Thanksgiving” in the Book of Common Prayer, which asks God to, “give us such an awareness of your mercies, that our hearts may be sincerely thankful, and that we would show forth your praise not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our lives.” Pray that prayer until you can say it by heart – and mean it in your heart.

“Live It!” Challenge:  Give something away this week, anonymously, simply because you want to express your thanks to the God who gave it to you. Pray about it, and ask God to point out something you thought you owned, but may actually be owning you. Make it something you value, and that you know would be valued by whoever you give it to. Choose something that you can let go of without bitterness or lingering regret.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Who has been one of the shrewdest businessmen or women you have ever met? What impressed you or depressed you about that person?
    2. Of the four ways that money can come to us: as a test, an investment opportunity, a trust, and a choice – which of these most stood out to you? Which was most puzzling? Inspiring?
    3. William Temple characterized the world as a jewelry store into which vandals have broken in and switched the price tags, so that cheap things are expensive, and precious things are priced cheaply. What would be some examples of such inversions in our culture and society?
    4. What are some things that wealth and possessions might blind us to? Or open our eyes to see?
    5. What are some things that poverty might open our eyes to see? Or blind us to?
    6. Jesus taught us to use money to make friends. But in Matthew 6:1-4, he also said to be careful not to do good deeds in order to be seen. How can we do both, and not have one command cancel out the other?
    7. If Jesus were to stop in at your home or business today and take inventory of the way you are using your resources and wealth (including all your possessions, cars, house, education, potential, etc.), what would he probably recommend to you in planning your “estate”? Would he recommend that you “cut your losses” and get out of debt? Cut back on your spending? Reclarify your goals? Start doing what?

Weekly Reading :: 8.4.13

On August 3, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMark 10:17-31
Monday2 Corinthians 8:1-9
Tuesday2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Wednesday1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19
ThursdayMatthew 6:19-34
FridayLuke 16:1-15
SaturdayLuke 16:19-31

Memorize/Reflect:  “The Righteous will shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.”
(Matthew 13:43)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for His patience with the evil in our lives and the world. Ask for strength to stand strong for Jesus, even while evil grows up around us. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see where you are tempted to give in to the enticements and presence of evil in our world…then, resist in the power of Jesus.

“Live It!” Challenge – Pull Weeds: In this parable Jesus is clear that the weeds, evil, and enticements of this world will be around until the end of time. We can’t expect Him to pull these weeds. What we can do is remove the weeds in our own life. Take time to inspect the garden of your life. Where are there weeds? Where have the enticements of this world and the evil one taken root in your life and heart? When you identify a place there are weeds, take time to pull them by repenting, confessing, and changing how you are living.

Small Group Discussion: The Wheat and the Tares

    1. What does it mean to be called a Christian? What do other people think when they hear someone say, “I am a Christian”?
    2. Read: Daniel 7:8-14. What is the meaning of this vision? Who is this “Son of Man” in verses 13-14 and what do we learn about Him in this passage?
    3. Read: Matthew 6:8-13. What do you think Jesus means when He calls us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come”?
    4. What are ways you have seen the Kingdom of God break into your home, relationships, life, the church, or our world?
    5. Read: Matthew 13:24-30. What are the characteristics of the wheat? What are the characteristics of the weeds (tares)?
    6. No one likes the idea of judgment. But, this passage and the whole Bible teaches us that judgment will come. Why must judgment fall?
    7. What can we do to help people escape judgment and find the love and grace God offers through His only Son Jesus Christ?
    8. When we become followers of Jesus, we are invited to live His Kingdom life…every day. What are ways we can live out the power and dominion of Jesus in our daily lives?

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMark 10:17-31
Monday2 Corinthians 8:1-9
Tuesday2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Wednesday1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19
ThursdayMatthew 6:19-34
FridayLuke 16:1-15
SaturdayLuke 16:19-31

Memorize/Reflect:  “The Righteous will shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.”
(Matthew 13:43)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for His patience with the evil in our lives and the world. Ask for strength to stand strong for Jesus, even while evil grows up around us. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see where you are tempted to give in to the enticements and presence of evil in our world…then, resist in the power of Jesus.

“Live It!” Challenge – Pull Weeds: In this parable Jesus is clear that the weeds, evil, and enticements of this world will be around until the end of time. We can’t expect Him to pull these weeds. What we can do is remove the weeds in our own life. Take time to inspect the garden of your life. Where are there weeds? Where have the enticements of this world and the evil one taken root in your life and heart? When you identify a place there are weeds, take time to pull them by repenting, confessing, and changing how you are living.

Small Group Discussion: The Wheat and the Tares

    1. What does it mean to be called a Christian? What do other people think when they hear someone say, “I am a Christian”?
    2. Read: Daniel 7:8-14. What is the meaning of this vision? Who is this “Son of Man” in verses 13-14 and what do we learn about Him in this passage?
    3. Read: Matthew 6:8-13. What do you think Jesus means when He calls us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come”?
    4. What are ways you have seen the Kingdom of God break into your home, relationships, life, the church, or our world?
    5. Read: Matthew 13:24-30. What are the characteristics of the wheat? What are the characteristics of the weeds (tares)?
    6. No one likes the idea of judgment. But, this passage and the whole Bible teaches us that judgment will come. Why must judgment fall?
    7. What can we do to help people escape judgment and find the love and grace God offers through His only Son Jesus Christ?
    8. When we become followers of Jesus, we are invited to live His Kingdom life…every day. What are ways we can live out the power and dominion of Jesus in our daily lives?

Weekly Reading :: 7.28.13

On July 27, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayGenesis 1
MondayGenesis 2 
Tuesday2 Samuel 7
WednesdayPsalm 89
ThursdayMatthew 5
FridayMatthew 6-7
SaturdayDaniel 7

Memorize/Reflect:  “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
(Matthew 22:14)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for sending Jesus to open the way to heaven. Praise Jesus for giving His life on the cross and making a way for sinful people to come home to God. Ask for the Holy Spirit to empower you to invite others to the great banquet of God’s love and grace.

“Live It!” Challenge – Invitation: Identify one opportunity at Shoreline Church that you can invite a non-believing friend to attend with you. It can be a worship service, an outreach event, a student ministries activity, or any of the many events we have each month. You might want to pray about who you can invite to one of the BLOCKS Sunday services this Fall that will focus on relationships.

Small Group Discussion: The Ultimate Invite

    1. Tell about an invitation you received that really surprised you. Tell about an invitation you turned down and later regretted.
    2. Read: Matthew 22:1-4. What do you learn about the king in these verses?
    3. Read: Matthew 22:5-7. What do you learn about the people who were first invited to the wedding banquet?
    4. The people invited to the King’s wedding banquet for his son went off to do very ordinary things like working in their field and doing business. What are some of the ordinary things of life that can get in the way of us hearing and receiving the invitation to follow God’s will for our lives?
    5. Read: Matthew 22:8-10. The King extended an invitation to anyone and everyone, the bad and the good. What are ways we can offer and extend the grace, love, and message of Jesus to people, no matter how receptive they seem to be?
    6. Tell about how you first heard the message of Jesus. Were you open and receptive or resistant and hard hearted? What finally helped you open your heart to respond to the message of Jesus?
    7. Read: Matthew 22:11-14. The parable ends with a surprising twist. Some of the people who came in were not welcomed and were not allowed to stay! This is a clear picture that some (those who receive the forgiveness of Jesus) will be saved and others (those who reject the grace of Jesus) will not be welcome in God’s eternal kingdom. How does this sobering news impact you? Why should this reality move us to tell others about the forgiveness Jesus offers?
    8. How can you engage in the outreach ministry of Shoreline Community Church and “Help as many people as possible become totally committed to Jesus Christ”?

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayGenesis 1
MondayGenesis 2 
Tuesday2 Samuel 7
WednesdayPsalm 89
ThursdayMatthew 5
FridayMatthew 6-7
SaturdayDaniel 7

Memorize/Reflect:  “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
(Matthew 22:14)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for sending Jesus to open the way to heaven. Praise Jesus for giving His life on the cross and making a way for sinful people to come home to God. Ask for the Holy Spirit to empower you to invite others to the great banquet of God’s love and grace.

“Live It!” Challenge – Invitation: Identify one opportunity at Shoreline Church that you can invite a non-believing friend to attend with you. It can be a worship service, an outreach event, a student ministries activity, or any of the many events we have each month. You might want to pray about who you can invite to one of the BLOCKS Sunday services this Fall that will focus on relationships.

Small Group Discussion: The Ultimate Invite

    1. Tell about an invitation you received that really surprised you. Tell about an invitation you turned down and later regretted.
    2. Read: Matthew 22:1-4. What do you learn about the king in these verses?
    3. Read: Matthew 22:5-7. What do you learn about the people who were first invited to the wedding banquet?
    4. The people invited to the King’s wedding banquet for his son went off to do very ordinary things like working in their field and doing business. What are some of the ordinary things of life that can get in the way of us hearing and receiving the invitation to follow God’s will for our lives?
    5. Read: Matthew 22:8-10. The King extended an invitation to anyone and everyone, the bad and the good. What are ways we can offer and extend the grace, love, and message of Jesus to people, no matter how receptive they seem to be?
    6. Tell about how you first heard the message of Jesus. Were you open and receptive or resistant and hard hearted? What finally helped you open your heart to respond to the message of Jesus?
    7. Read: Matthew 22:11-14. The parable ends with a surprising twist. Some of the people who came in were not welcomed and were not allowed to stay! This is a clear picture that some (those who receive the forgiveness of Jesus) will be saved and others (those who reject the grace of Jesus) will not be welcome in God’s eternal kingdom. How does this sobering news impact you? Why should this reality move us to tell others about the forgiveness Jesus offers?
    8. How can you engage in the outreach ministry of Shoreline Community Church and “Help as many people as possible become totally committed to Jesus Christ”?
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