Weekly Reading | 2.9.14

On February 8, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 9:35-38, & Matthew 28
MondayActs 1
TuesdayActs 2
Wednesday1 Corinthians 15
ThursdayPhilippians 1
Friday1 Corinthians 3
SaturdayLuke 15

Shockwaves – Week 5
“Get Rich Quick and Stay Rich”

Memorize/Reflect:  “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:20-21)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for every material thing you have, both small and large. Take time to acknowledge that all the things you have are a gift from His hand. Then, offer them back to God. Let Him know that you are willing to share them with Him, or anyone He calls you to share with.

“Live It!” Challenge – God’s Stuff: Take time this week to walk through your house, apartment, or wherever you live and put a little sticker that says, “God’s Stuff” on everything you have. Either do this with actual stickers and let this be a reminder that all you have is a gift. Or, simply make a mental note as you look at each thing and say, “This is God’s stuff, and I will treat it that way!”

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: The introduction to section five of Seismic Shifts about the money monster (pages 184-185). How have you seen the damage of the money monster in one of the following areas:
        • In our culture
        • In the church
        • In your life
        • In the life of someone you love (please do not use names)
      2. Read: Matthew 6:19-21 Matthew 24 & 1 Timothy 6:10. How is Jesus’ view of material things in opposition to our cultures view of things?
      3. Read: Malachi 3:8-12 . What does God ask and what does he promise in this passage?
      4. Read:The story about Dustin in the introduction to chapter thirteen (Pages 187-188). Tell about a person in your life who has been a Smarties hero and modeled a lifestyle of joyful generosity.
      5. What are some of the things that cause us to hold onto our Smarties and not share them?
      6. Read:  The section in Seismic Shifts titled “What is a tithe or tithing?” (Page 195). If we truly believed that everything we have belongs to God, how might this change the way we use these resources?
      7. Read: The introduction to chapter fourteen in Seismic Shifts (Page 202-203). How do you see the hamster spirit at work in the world today?
      8. Read: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 . What does this passage teach us about God’s part in giving and our part?
      9. Read: Matthew 6:19-21 & 1 Timothy 6:17-19. What are the differences between earthly wealth and heavenly wealth?
      10. What is one step you can take to invest more intentionally in things that will last forever?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 9:35-38, & Matthew 28
MondayActs 1
TuesdayActs 2
Wednesday1 Corinthians 15
ThursdayPhilippians 1
Friday1 Corinthians 3
SaturdayLuke 15

Shockwaves – Week 5
“Get Rich Quick and Stay Rich”

Memorize/Reflect:  “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:20-21)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for every material thing you have, both small and large. Take time to acknowledge that all the things you have are a gift from His hand. Then, offer them back to God. Let Him know that you are willing to share them with Him, or anyone He calls you to share with.

“Live It!” Challenge – God’s Stuff: Take time this week to walk through your house, apartment, or wherever you live and put a little sticker that says, “God’s Stuff” on everything you have. Either do this with actual stickers and let this be a reminder that all you have is a gift. Or, simply make a mental note as you look at each thing and say, “This is God’s stuff, and I will treat it that way!”

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: The introduction to section five of Seismic Shifts about the money monster (pages 184-185). How have you seen the damage of the money monster in one of the following areas:
        • In our culture
        • In the church
        • In your life
        • In the life of someone you love (please do not use names)
      2. Read: Matthew 6:19-21 Matthew 24 & 1 Timothy 6:10. How is Jesus’ view of material things in opposition to our cultures view of things?
      3. Read: Malachi 3:8-12 . What does God ask and what does he promise in this passage?
      4. Read:The story about Dustin in the introduction to chapter thirteen (Pages 187-188). Tell about a person in your life who has been a Smarties hero and modeled a lifestyle of joyful generosity.
      5. What are some of the things that cause us to hold onto our Smarties and not share them?
      6. Read:  The section in Seismic Shifts titled “What is a tithe or tithing?” (Page 195). If we truly believed that everything we have belongs to God, how might this change the way we use these resources?
      7. Read: The introduction to chapter fourteen in Seismic Shifts (Page 202-203). How do you see the hamster spirit at work in the world today?
      8. Read: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 . What does this passage teach us about God’s part in giving and our part?
      9. Read: Matthew 6:19-21 & 1 Timothy 6:17-19. What are the differences between earthly wealth and heavenly wealth?
      10. What is one step you can take to invest more intentionally in things that will last forever?

Weekly Reading | 2.2.14

On February 1, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMalachi 3
MondayMatthew 6
Tuesday1 Timothy 6
WednesdayLuke 12
Thursday2 Corinthians 8
Friday2 Corinthians 9
SaturdayLuke 19

Shockwaves – Week 4
“Transform Every Relationship in Your Life ”

Take the 7-day Challenge

Memorize/Reflect:  “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:14-15)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you notice opportunities to serve the people He has placed in your life and then to move into action and offer humble acts of service. Pray also that you will speak words of grace and encouragement. Invite the Holy Spirit to show you and convict you when your words are not gracious and edifying to others.

“Live It!” Challenge – Memorize these “Fire Prevention” passages: Take time to commit these three short but powerful passages to memory and meditate on them any time your words are about to get out of control” Proverbs 18:21 & Proverbs 12:18 and James 3:6.

Growth Group Discussion: 
Read:The three quotes below.

“We humans are like hedgehogs in winter. We try to stand close enough for warmth, but not too close — for fear of being pinched by each other’s quills.” — German philosopher, Schopenauer

“We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.” — J. B. Priestly

“Our world has become a neighborhood without becoming a brotherhood.” — Billy Graham

      1. Which of the quotes above speaks to your heart? Explain.
      2. Read: The Introduction of section four (Pages 142-143 in Seismic Shifts). If our relationships are a priority, why don’t we do regular check-ups and seek to maintain them so they won’t break down?
      3. Read: Proverbs 18:21 & 12:18 and James 3:3-12. What are some of the warnings God gives about the power of our words?
      4. How have you experienced the power of words to cut, burn and bring pain?
      5. How have you been blessed, built up and encouraged through the words of another person?
      6. Read: 1 Corinthians 10:6-10 .  The Bible gives serious warning about the danger and damage of grumbling. Why do you think God takes this sin so seriously?
      7. In chapter ten of Seismic Shifts there is a discussion about establishing ZTZs (Zero Tolerance Zones for grumbling). What might happen if you established your home, church, Growth Group, work-place, or neighborhood as a ZTZ for grumbling? What steps could you take to create a climate without grumbling?
      8. Just as words can burn, they can also bless and build others up. God wants us to use this great power to strengthen and affirm people. What is one action you can take to begin blessing others with your words?
      9. Read: John 13:1-17 and Mark 10:45. What message is Jesus sending to those who want to be his followers?
      10. In Jesus’ day, washing feet was one of the humblest and lowest forms of service. What are some modern day examples of “foot-washing” kinds of service we can offer each other? Who is one person you believe God wants you to serve more faithfully and what is an action of service you can extend to this person?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMalachi 3
MondayMatthew 6
Tuesday1 Timothy 6
WednesdayLuke 12
Thursday2 Corinthians 8
Friday2 Corinthians 9
SaturdayLuke 19

Shockwaves – Week 4
“Transform Every Relationship in Your Life ”

Take the 7-day Challenge

Memorize/Reflect:  “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:14-15)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you notice opportunities to serve the people He has placed in your life and then to move into action and offer humble acts of service. Pray also that you will speak words of grace and encouragement. Invite the Holy Spirit to show you and convict you when your words are not gracious and edifying to others.

“Live It!” Challenge – Memorize these “Fire Prevention” passages: Take time to commit these three short but powerful passages to memory and meditate on them any time your words are about to get out of control” Proverbs 18:21 & Proverbs 12:18 and James 3:6.

Growth Group Discussion: 
Read:The three quotes below.

“We humans are like hedgehogs in winter. We try to stand close enough for warmth, but not too close — for fear of being pinched by each other’s quills.” — German philosopher, Schopenauer

“We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.” — J. B. Priestly

“Our world has become a neighborhood without becoming a brotherhood.” — Billy Graham

      1. Which of the quotes above speaks to your heart? Explain.
      2. Read: The Introduction of section four (Pages 142-143 in Seismic Shifts). If our relationships are a priority, why don’t we do regular check-ups and seek to maintain them so they won’t break down?
      3. Read: Proverbs 18:21 & 12:18 and James 3:3-12. What are some of the warnings God gives about the power of our words?
      4. How have you experienced the power of words to cut, burn and bring pain?
      5. How have you been blessed, built up and encouraged through the words of another person?
      6. Read: 1 Corinthians 10:6-10 .  The Bible gives serious warning about the danger and damage of grumbling. Why do you think God takes this sin so seriously?
      7. In chapter ten of Seismic Shifts there is a discussion about establishing ZTZs (Zero Tolerance Zones for grumbling). What might happen if you established your home, church, Growth Group, work-place, or neighborhood as a ZTZ for grumbling? What steps could you take to create a climate without grumbling?
      8. Just as words can burn, they can also bless and build others up. God wants us to use this great power to strengthen and affirm people. What is one action you can take to begin blessing others with your words?
      9. Read: John 13:1-17 and Mark 10:45. What message is Jesus sending to those who want to be his followers?
      10. In Jesus’ day, washing feet was one of the humblest and lowest forms of service. What are some modern day examples of “foot-washing” kinds of service we can offer each other? Who is one person you believe God wants you to serve more faithfully and what is an action of service you can extend to this person?

Weekly Reading | 1.26.14

On January 25, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayProverbs 12
MondayProverbs 18
TuesdayJohn 13
WednesdayPhilippians 2
ThursdayMark 10
FridayJohn 19
SaturdayEphesians 5:1-6:9

Shockwaves – Week 3
“Discover Health, Peace, and Rest”

Take the 30-day Challenge

Memorize/Reflect:  “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you see your body as His dwelling place. Thank Him for any health you have. Pray for healing in areas of sickness. Ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to grant you strength to honor Him in your body and to treat your body with greater respect and care.

“Live It!” Challenge – Explore Sabbath: Try taking a personal Sabbath once a week for the next month. Read Chapter 7 of Seismic Shifts and use the guidelines there to help you plan and maintain a healthy rhythm of Sabbath rest.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: Exodus 20:8-11 and Matthew 11:28-30. In a culture that is busy, hurried and where many people feel perpetually tired, what message do these two passages speak to our hearts?
      2. Read: The story about Robert (Pages 101-102 in Seismic Shifts). How have you experienced the “Robert Syndrome” in your life? How do you see this syndrome impacting our society?
      3. Why do you think God is so serious about his children learning the secret of Sabbath?
      4. Jesus was clear that the Sabbath was not designed to imprison us with legalism, but set us free. Respond to one of the following statements about the Sabbath.
        • Taking a weekly Sabbath is a declaration of trust that God can run the universe without me.
        • Taking a weekly Sabbath is a living parable that I know God will provide all I need in six days of labor.
        • Taking a weekly Sabbath is a regular reminder that I know meeting with God’s people for worship is a priority for my spiritual health.
      5. What are some things you could do that would be restful, refreshing and soul-feeding on your Sabbath day?
      6. Read: 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 and Romans 12:1-2. If we truly believe the Holy Spirit dwells in us, what implications does this have on how we view and treat our physical bodies?
      7. In chapter eight of Seismic Shifts there are eight suggestions for how we can maintain our physical bodies and treat them as the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. They are shifts from:
        • Stuffed to Satisfied
        • Gulping to Tasting
        • Guilty to Thankful
        • Random to Planned
        • Fast Food to Sit-Down Meals
        • Many Drink Options to Water
        • Any-Time Eating to Planned Times
        • Passive to Active Lives
        What is one shift you would like to make in how you care for your body and what steps can you take in the coming days to make this a part of your lifestyle?
      8. What is one roadblock standing in the way of you making a commitment to care for your body and what can you do to remove this barrier?
      9. Read: Philippians 4:6-7 and Matthew 6:25-27. What does God want to say to those who allow their lives to be overrun with anxiety?
      10. Read: The story about Laura and her family in chapter nine of Seismic Shifts (Pages 131-132). Tell about a time of tension and anxiety when you experienced the peace of God come over your life as you prayed and cried out to God.
      11. What is one situation where you tend to experience a high level of anxiety and how can prayer act as the antidote to worry at this time?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayProverbs 12
MondayProverbs 18
TuesdayJohn 13
WednesdayPhilippians 2
ThursdayMark 10
FridayJohn 19
SaturdayEphesians 5:1-6:9

Shockwaves – Week 3
“Discover Health, Peace, and Rest”

Take the 30-day Challenge

Memorize/Reflect:  “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you see your body as His dwelling place. Thank Him for any health you have. Pray for healing in areas of sickness. Ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to grant you strength to honor Him in your body and to treat your body with greater respect and care.

“Live It!” Challenge – Explore Sabbath: Try taking a personal Sabbath once a week for the next month. Read Chapter 7 of Seismic Shifts and use the guidelines there to help you plan and maintain a healthy rhythm of Sabbath rest.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: Exodus 20:8-11 and Matthew 11:28-30. In a culture that is busy, hurried and where many people feel perpetually tired, what message do these two passages speak to our hearts?
      2. Read: The story about Robert (Pages 101-102 in Seismic Shifts). How have you experienced the “Robert Syndrome” in your life? How do you see this syndrome impacting our society?
      3. Why do you think God is so serious about his children learning the secret of Sabbath?
      4. Jesus was clear that the Sabbath was not designed to imprison us with legalism, but set us free. Respond to one of the following statements about the Sabbath.
        • Taking a weekly Sabbath is a declaration of trust that God can run the universe without me.
        • Taking a weekly Sabbath is a living parable that I know God will provide all I need in six days of labor.
        • Taking a weekly Sabbath is a regular reminder that I know meeting with God’s people for worship is a priority for my spiritual health.
      5. What are some things you could do that would be restful, refreshing and soul-feeding on your Sabbath day?
      6. Read: 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 and Romans 12:1-2. If we truly believe the Holy Spirit dwells in us, what implications does this have on how we view and treat our physical bodies?
      7. In chapter eight of Seismic Shifts there are eight suggestions for how we can maintain our physical bodies and treat them as the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. They are shifts from:
        • Stuffed to Satisfied
        • Gulping to Tasting
        • Guilty to Thankful
        • Random to Planned
        • Fast Food to Sit-Down Meals
        • Many Drink Options to Water
        • Any-Time Eating to Planned Times
        • Passive to Active Lives
        What is one shift you would like to make in how you care for your body and what steps can you take in the coming days to make this a part of your lifestyle?
      8. What is one roadblock standing in the way of you making a commitment to care for your body and what can you do to remove this barrier?
      9. Read: Philippians 4:6-7 and Matthew 6:25-27. What does God want to say to those who allow their lives to be overrun with anxiety?
      10. Read: The story about Laura and her family in chapter nine of Seismic Shifts (Pages 131-132). Tell about a time of tension and anxiety when you experienced the peace of God come over your life as you prayed and cried out to God.
      11. What is one situation where you tend to experience a high level of anxiety and how can prayer act as the antidote to worry at this time?

Valentine’s Day Card Making!

On January 21, 2014, in Community Outreach, Featured-Auto, by CommunityOutreach

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Join Shoreline’s Middle School Ministry & Community Outreach in the Pacific Room for this family fun, impactful event! We will start the day, Saturday, January 25th, from 9:30-12p, with bagels and donuts, then on to making Valentine’s Day Cards for our troops overseas, the Cypress Ridge & Windsor Monterey Care Centers and other “Lonely Hearts”. So whether you are very artsy or just love to let people know that Jesus loves them, this event is for you! Delivery of the Valentine Cards will be on Saturday, February 1st 9:45 – 11:30a to Windsor Monterey & Cypress Ridge Care Centers. Then on February 13th 10-2p we will be delivering the cards to Gateway Center in Pacific Grove & Park Lane in Monterey. If you have never helped pass out Valentine Cards, it is a heartfelt event you don’t want to miss! Sign up for both delivery days at the Community Outreach booth on Sunday.

Hope to see you there!!!

In His Name
Debra Federico and Sharon Burwell

Debra Federico
Community Outreach Director
Shoreline Community Church
dfederico@shorelinechurch.org
831.655.0100, x312

 

Valentine's Day-2014-Email Blast

Join Shoreline’s Middle School Ministry & Community Outreach in the Pacific Room for this family fun, impactful event! We will start the day, Saturday, January 25th, from 9:30-12p, with bagels and donuts, then on to making Valentine’s Day Cards for our troops overseas, the Cypress Ridge & Windsor Monterey Care Centers and other “Lonely Hearts”. So whether you are very artsy or just love to let people know that Jesus loves them, this event is for you! Delivery of the Valentine Cards will be on Saturday, February 1st 9:45 – 11:30a to Windsor Monterey & Cypress Ridge Care Centers. Then on February 13th 10-2p we will be delivering the cards to Gateway Center in Pacific Grove & Park Lane in Monterey. If you have never helped pass out Valentine Cards, it is a heartfelt event you don’t want to miss! Sign up for both delivery days at the Community Outreach booth on Sunday.

Hope to see you there!!!

In His Name
Debra Federico and Sharon Burwell

Debra Federico
Community Outreach Director
Shoreline Community Church
dfederico@shorelinechurch.org
831.655.0100, x312

 

Weekly Reading | 1.19.14

On January 18, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayGenesis 1:1-2:3 & Exodus 20:8-11
MondayMark 2:23-3:6 & Luke 6:1-11
Tuesday1 Corinthians 6:12-20 & Matthew 6:25-34
WednesdayPhilippians 4
ThursdayJohn 14
FridayPsalm 23
SaturdayPsalm 62 & Psalm 63

Shockwaves – Week 2
“You Too Can Hear the Voice of God”

Memorize/Reflect:  “When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” (John 10:4)

Prayer Direction:  Ask for ears that are open to hear the promptings and voice of God and for a life that is ever ready to respond to God’s leading. Pray for discipline to dig into the Scriptures and learn the truth God wants to speak through His written Word.

“Live It!” Challenge – Track God’s Whispers: Start a journal or an e-document where you write down the nudges, whispers, and direction God gives you. These can be lessons from the Bible, gentle whispers in your heart, a word from a trusted believer, or anything you sense God is speaking to you. After thirty days, look back and see if there are themes and consistent messages God is speaking to you. Then, seek to obey His leading (always testing everything against the unchanging truth of the Bible).

Growth Group Discussion: 
Read: Isaiah 6:1-8 and Hebrews 12:1-3.
Read: The story about Cameron in the introduction of section two of Seismic Shifts (Page 56).

  1. How did Cameron find strength, peace and confidence in a situation that felt scary to him? Tell about a time you turned your eyes off yourself and focused on God in a way that brought confidence.
  2. How do you see the disease of “Myopia” (having our eyes primarily on ourselves and our self-interests) spreading through our culture and even the church?
  3. Why is it so challenging to keep our eyes on God through the course of the day?
  4. What is one practical thing you can do to focus your vision more closely on God and less on you as you walk through the day?
  5. Imagine a person who comes to your worship service with the following mindset:

    I am here to receive. I want music that inspires me, a sermon that grips my attention, and I want every element of the worship service to fit my personal tastes and style. If there is something in the service that does not meet my needs or hold my attention, I will be quick to critique it and tell people that I was not happy with that part of the service.

    Respond to one of the following questions:
    o How might this attitude impact this person’s worship experience?
    o How might this person’s disposition impact other people?
    o What message does this kind of attitude send to God?
    o What advice would you give to this person?

  6. Imagine another worshipper with who comes to church with this attitude:

    I am here to give praise and honor to God. This service is not about me, but about God’s glory. No matter what the music, prayers or sermon are like, I will do all I can to lift up the name of Jesus and be an authentic worshipper!

    Respond to one of the following questions:
    o How might this attitude impact this person’s worship experience?
    o How might this person’s disposition impact other people?
    o What message does this kind of attitude send to God?
    o What changes can you make to have an attitude more like this person?

  7. In chapter five of Seismic Shifts we saw five images of how the Bible works in our lives. They were:
    • As a lamp to illuminate our way (Psalm 119:105)
    • Like sweet honey (Psalm 119:103)
    • A training manual that equips for ministry (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
    • A surgeon’s scalpel that cuts to heal (Hebrews 4:12-13)
    • A sword for spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:17)

    How have you experienced the Bible working in one of these ways in your life?

  8. Read: John 10:1-6
  9. As Jesus teaches about his relationship with his followers, he uses the image of a shepherd and sheep. Jesus says, “…his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” In chapter six of Seismic Shifts we reflected on some of the ways God speaks to his children:

    • The Bible
    • Other people
    • Circumstances
    • A still small voice
    • Dreams and visions
    • Other ways

    How have you learned to recognize the voice of God through one or more of these conduits?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayGenesis 1:1-2:3 & Exodus 20:8-11
MondayMark 2:23-3:6 & Luke 6:1-11
Tuesday1 Corinthians 6:12-20 & Matthew 6:25-34
WednesdayPhilippians 4
ThursdayJohn 14
FridayPsalm 23
SaturdayPsalm 62 & Psalm 63

Shockwaves – Week 2
“You Too Can Hear the Voice of God”

Memorize/Reflect:  “When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” (John 10:4)

Prayer Direction:  Ask for ears that are open to hear the promptings and voice of God and for a life that is ever ready to respond to God’s leading. Pray for discipline to dig into the Scriptures and learn the truth God wants to speak through His written Word.

“Live It!” Challenge – Track God’s Whispers: Start a journal or an e-document where you write down the nudges, whispers, and direction God gives you. These can be lessons from the Bible, gentle whispers in your heart, a word from a trusted believer, or anything you sense God is speaking to you. After thirty days, look back and see if there are themes and consistent messages God is speaking to you. Then, seek to obey His leading (always testing everything against the unchanging truth of the Bible).

Growth Group Discussion: 
Read: Isaiah 6:1-8 and Hebrews 12:1-3.
Read: The story about Cameron in the introduction of section two of Seismic Shifts (Page 56).

  1. How did Cameron find strength, peace and confidence in a situation that felt scary to him? Tell about a time you turned your eyes off yourself and focused on God in a way that brought confidence.
  2. How do you see the disease of “Myopia” (having our eyes primarily on ourselves and our self-interests) spreading through our culture and even the church?
  3. Why is it so challenging to keep our eyes on God through the course of the day?
  4. What is one practical thing you can do to focus your vision more closely on God and less on you as you walk through the day?
  5. Imagine a person who comes to your worship service with the following mindset:

    I am here to receive. I want music that inspires me, a sermon that grips my attention, and I want every element of the worship service to fit my personal tastes and style. If there is something in the service that does not meet my needs or hold my attention, I will be quick to critique it and tell people that I was not happy with that part of the service.

    Respond to one of the following questions:
    o How might this attitude impact this person’s worship experience?
    o How might this person’s disposition impact other people?
    o What message does this kind of attitude send to God?
    o What advice would you give to this person?

  6. Imagine another worshipper with who comes to church with this attitude:

    I am here to give praise and honor to God. This service is not about me, but about God’s glory. No matter what the music, prayers or sermon are like, I will do all I can to lift up the name of Jesus and be an authentic worshipper!

    Respond to one of the following questions:
    o How might this attitude impact this person’s worship experience?
    o How might this person’s disposition impact other people?
    o What message does this kind of attitude send to God?
    o What changes can you make to have an attitude more like this person?

  7. In chapter five of Seismic Shifts we saw five images of how the Bible works in our lives. They were:
    • As a lamp to illuminate our way (Psalm 119:105)
    • Like sweet honey (Psalm 119:103)
    • A training manual that equips for ministry (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
    • A surgeon’s scalpel that cuts to heal (Hebrews 4:12-13)
    • A sword for spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:17)

    How have you experienced the Bible working in one of these ways in your life?

  8. Read: John 10:1-6
  9. As Jesus teaches about his relationship with his followers, he uses the image of a shepherd and sheep. Jesus says, “…his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” In chapter six of Seismic Shifts we reflected on some of the ways God speaks to his children:

    • The Bible
    • Other people
    • Circumstances
    • A still small voice
    • Dreams and visions
    • Other ways

    How have you learned to recognize the voice of God through one or more of these conduits?

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