Intellectual Barriers to Faith

On May 20, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Sermon Resources, by Shoreline

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Can really smart people believe in Jesus and love Him with all their heart? Can intellect and faith be friends, or are they foes? Can a person follow Jesus if they still have questions about God and the Bible? Is it possible to overcome intellectual challenges and barriers to faith? Join us at Shoreline Community Church as we engage our minds, ask hard questions, and discover that rigorous intellectual pursuit and authentic faith can co-exist in the same person.

Listen to the web exclusive podcasts with guests Jim Woodard, and Dr. Larry Shattuck:
Subscribe Now

Additional Resources:

Websites to Visit

Let My people Think with Ravi Zacharias

Investigating Faith with Lee Strobel

Reasonable Faith with William Lane Craig

Voice of the Martyrs

Books

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, by Francis Collins

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, by Timothy Keller

The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel

The Case for Faith, by Lee Strobel

On Guard, Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision, by William Lane Craig

Weekly reading guide will be available every Sunday.

Services times: 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)

Intellectual-Barriers-Email-Blast

Can really smart people believe in Jesus and love Him with all their heart? Can intellect and faith be friends, or are they foes? Can a person follow Jesus if they still have questions about God and the Bible? Is it possible to overcome intellectual challenges and barriers to faith? Join us at Shoreline Community Church as we engage our minds, ask hard questions, and discover that rigorous intellectual pursuit and authentic faith can co-exist in the same person.

Listen to the web exclusive podcasts with guests Jim Woodard, and Dr. Larry Shattuck:
Subscribe Now

Additional Resources:

Websites to Visit

Let My people Think with Ravi Zacharias

Investigating Faith with Lee Strobel

Reasonable Faith with William Lane Craig

Voice of the Martyrs

Books

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, by Francis Collins

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, by Timothy Keller

The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel

The Case for Faith, by Lee Strobel

On Guard, Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision, by William Lane Craig

Weekly reading guide will be available every Sunday.

Services times: 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)

Weekly Reading :: 5.11.14

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

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

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

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

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

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

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

Growth Group Discussion: 

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

View the Weekly Bulletin Online

Reading Plan for next week’s message

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

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

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

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

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

Growth Group Discussion: 

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

Weekly Reading :: 4.27.14

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

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

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

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

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

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

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

Growth Group Discussion: 

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

View the Weekly Bulletin Online

Reading Plan for next week’s message

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

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

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

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

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

Growth Group Discussion: 

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

All You Need is Love

On April 21, 2014, in Featured-Auto, by Shoreline

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All You Need is Love

God is love!  But, just for the record, love is not God.  Join us for a groovy sermon series and worship experiences where we will discover the greatness of God’s love and how knowing Jesus can satisfy our deepest longings and desires. Also, prepare yourself to learn how you can love others with new commitment and joy…including God, your neighbors, Christians, and even your enemies!  If you want to receive and give more love that you ever have before, this series will rock your world!  Join us and invite a friend along.

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)

All-You-Need-Is-Love-Email-Blast

All You Need is Love

God is love!  But, just for the record, love is not God.  Join us for a groovy sermon series and worship experiences where we will discover the greatness of God’s love and how knowing Jesus can satisfy our deepest longings and desires. Also, prepare yourself to learn how you can love others with new commitment and joy…including God, your neighbors, Christians, and even your enemies!  If you want to receive and give more love that you ever have before, this series will rock your world!  Join us and invite a friend along.

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)

Weekly Reading :: 4.13.14

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

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

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

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

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

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

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

Growth Group Discussion: 

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

View the Weekly Bulletin Online

Reading Plan for next week’s message

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

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

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

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

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

Growth Group Discussion: 

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