Mexico Summer 2013 Update

On July 31, 2013, in Global Outreach, by Rebecca Buchanan

This summer, Global Outreach partnered with Student Ministries for Shoreline’s first student missions trip to Mexico! On July 7th, a team of thirty-six people set out to share the love of Christ in Baja, Mexico. Serving at the Breakfast Club, helping a local family clear out their land for a new home, and hanging out with the kids at Door of Faith Orphanage were just a few highlights from this wonderful trip. The team was a mix of high school students, middle school students, student ministry leaders, and parents. It was amazing to see God work and create such a cohesive group of people. The team returned home safely on July 12th. Below are a few photos! If you would like more info on any upcoming trip please email globaloutreach@shorelinechurch.org!

 

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This summer, Global Outreach partnered with Student Ministries for Shoreline’s first student missions trip to Mexico! On July 7th, a team of thirty-six people set out to share the love of Christ in Baja, Mexico. Serving at the Breakfast Club, helping a local family clear out their land for a new home, and hanging out with the kids at Door of Faith Orphanage were just a few highlights from this wonderful trip. The team was a mix of high school students, middle school students, student ministry leaders, and parents. It was amazing to see God work and create such a cohesive group of people. The team returned home safely on July 12th. Below are a few photos! If you would like more info on any upcoming trip please email globaloutreach@shorelinechurch.org!

 

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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”?

Weekly Reading :: 7.21.13

On July 20, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 22
MondayRevelation 1 
TuesdayRevelation 4
WednesdayRevelation 5
ThursdayJohn 19
FridayJohn 20
SaturdayJohn 21

Memorize/Reflect:  “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
(Ephesians 4:32)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for the greatness of His forgiveness toward you. Actually list things (in your heart) that God has forgiven and washed away. Ask God to make you so aware of the greatness of His grace toward you that you long to forgive those who have sinned against you.

“Live It!” Challenge – Start in Your Heart: Think about a person who has wronged you and hurt you. If you are still harboring bitterness and anger toward this person, ask God to begin changing your heart. Don’t begin with trying to show forgiveness on the outside. Instead, start in your heart. Ask God for the ability to forgive. Begin praying for God’s good and grace to fill the life of this other person. Cry out and ask God to help you be set free from carrying anger and hurt any longer.

Small Group Discussion: Do I Really Have to Forgive That Person?

    1. Tell about a person in your life who has been a model of forgiveness, grace, and offering new beginnings to others. What is it about this person that impresses you and reveals that Jesus is alive in them?
    2. Tell about a person you know (without using a name) who has a hard time forgiving others and who harbors anger and resentment. How has this person’s inability to forgive and extend grace impacted their life, relationships, and faith?
    3. Read: Matthew 18:21-35. What do you think Peter is getting at when he asks “How many times shall I forgive my brother or sister…”? Tell about a time when you found yourself growing weary of forgiving or wondering if you could forgive one more time.
    4. When Jesus tells the story we meet a servant who owes a huge amount of money (so much that he could never pay it back). What do you learn about this man as he experiences amazing forgiveness and then has a chance to “Pay it forward” but refuses? How is this man a picture of how we can refuse forgiveness even after God forgives us everything in Jesus?
    5. In this story we also meet a king of offers amazing grace, but at the end of the story, also brings harsh judgment. How does the tone and response of the king change through the story and what do you learn about God, the King of kings through this parable?
    6. What is this story brings you hope and comfort? What causes tension or concern?
    7. What are some of the reasons we give ourselves (and others) for why we refuse to extend forgiveness to those who have wronged us? What can we do to navigate past these kinds of excuses and learn to forgive as we have been forgiven in Jesus?

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 22
MondayRevelation 1 
TuesdayRevelation 4
WednesdayRevelation 5
ThursdayJohn 19
FridayJohn 20
SaturdayJohn 21

Memorize/Reflect:  “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
(Ephesians 4:32)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for the greatness of His forgiveness toward you. Actually list things (in your heart) that God has forgiven and washed away. Ask God to make you so aware of the greatness of His grace toward you that you long to forgive those who have sinned against you.

“Live It!” Challenge – Start in Your Heart: Think about a person who has wronged you and hurt you. If you are still harboring bitterness and anger toward this person, ask God to begin changing your heart. Don’t begin with trying to show forgiveness on the outside. Instead, start in your heart. Ask God for the ability to forgive. Begin praying for God’s good and grace to fill the life of this other person. Cry out and ask God to help you be set free from carrying anger and hurt any longer.

Small Group Discussion: Do I Really Have to Forgive That Person?

    1. Tell about a person in your life who has been a model of forgiveness, grace, and offering new beginnings to others. What is it about this person that impresses you and reveals that Jesus is alive in them?
    2. Tell about a person you know (without using a name) who has a hard time forgiving others and who harbors anger and resentment. How has this person’s inability to forgive and extend grace impacted their life, relationships, and faith?
    3. Read: Matthew 18:21-35. What do you think Peter is getting at when he asks “How many times shall I forgive my brother or sister…”? Tell about a time when you found yourself growing weary of forgiving or wondering if you could forgive one more time.
    4. When Jesus tells the story we meet a servant who owes a huge amount of money (so much that he could never pay it back). What do you learn about this man as he experiences amazing forgiveness and then has a chance to “Pay it forward” but refuses? How is this man a picture of how we can refuse forgiveness even after God forgives us everything in Jesus?
    5. In this story we also meet a king of offers amazing grace, but at the end of the story, also brings harsh judgment. How does the tone and response of the king change through the story and what do you learn about God, the King of kings through this parable?
    6. What is this story brings you hope and comfort? What causes tension or concern?
    7. What are some of the reasons we give ourselves (and others) for why we refuse to extend forgiveness to those who have wronged us? What can we do to navigate past these kinds of excuses and learn to forgive as we have been forgiven in Jesus?

Weekly Reading :: 7.14.13

On July 13, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 18
MondayMark 11 
TuesdayMatthew 6
WednesdayColossians 1
Thursday1 John 1
FridayMatthew 26
SaturdayMatthew 27

Memorize/Reflect:  “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
(Luke 11:9)

Prayer Direction:  Praise God that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to make it possible for us to have a friendship with God and come to Him with all of our needs, joys, requests and sorrows. Thank God that He does hear your prayers. Even dare to thank God for answering some prayers by saying, “No,” or “Wait.”

“Live It!” Challenge – Record Book: Too often we pray, ask God to do something, and then we forget to thank Him once He moves in a powerful way. Try keeping a record of prayers you lift up in the coming weeks. Write them down and also begin taking note when there are answers to your prayers. How do you see God working? Where has He answered? Be sure to pray and thank God for His powerful hand at work in your life, in our church, and in the world!

Small Group Discussion: Does God Hear My Prayers…and Does He Answer Them?

    1. If you were taught to pray as a child, tell about ways you were taught to pray or even specific prayers you were taught.
    2. How have your prayers and your understanding of prayer changed, developed, and matured over the years?
    3. Read: Luke 11:1-4. What are the elements of the example prayer Jesus used to teach His followers how to pray? Why are each of these elements important in our prayer lives?
    4. Which of these kinds of prayer (in verses 2-4) comes most naturally and which one do you tend to forget or not emphasize as much? What can you do to grow deeper the aspect of your prayer life that seems to get the least focus?
    5. Read: Luke 11:5-13.  What prayer lessons do you learn from Luke 11:5-8? What is Jesus trying to teach us about the heart of God in this parable?
    6. In Luke 11:9-10 it seems like Jesus is telling us that all we have to do is ask of God and we will get everything we ask for. In light of all the Bible teaches about prayer, what would you say to a person that declares, “All you have to do is tell God what you want and He will give it to you…100% of the time! If you don’t get what you ask for, you must lack faith in God.”
    7. Share about a time you lifted up a prayer, God said “No,” and later you were thankful for this answer. What are some reasons God might answer a prayer by saying, “No”?
    8. In Luke 11:11-13 Jesus teaches that an earthly father has the ability and desire to give good gifts. Then He says, “How much more…” when it comes to God’s ability and desire to give good gifts. Tell about some of the good gifts God has given you and how you have experienced His love and grace revealed in answered prayer.

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 18
MondayMark 11 
TuesdayMatthew 6
WednesdayColossians 1
Thursday1 John 1
FridayMatthew 26
SaturdayMatthew 27

Memorize/Reflect:  “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
(Luke 11:9)

Prayer Direction:  Praise God that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to make it possible for us to have a friendship with God and come to Him with all of our needs, joys, requests and sorrows. Thank God that He does hear your prayers. Even dare to thank God for answering some prayers by saying, “No,” or “Wait.”

“Live It!” Challenge – Record Book: Too often we pray, ask God to do something, and then we forget to thank Him once He moves in a powerful way. Try keeping a record of prayers you lift up in the coming weeks. Write them down and also begin taking note when there are answers to your prayers. How do you see God working? Where has He answered? Be sure to pray and thank God for His powerful hand at work in your life, in our church, and in the world!

Small Group Discussion: Does God Hear My Prayers…and Does He Answer Them?

    1. If you were taught to pray as a child, tell about ways you were taught to pray or even specific prayers you were taught.
    2. How have your prayers and your understanding of prayer changed, developed, and matured over the years?
    3. Read: Luke 11:1-4. What are the elements of the example prayer Jesus used to teach His followers how to pray? Why are each of these elements important in our prayer lives?
    4. Which of these kinds of prayer (in verses 2-4) comes most naturally and which one do you tend to forget or not emphasize as much? What can you do to grow deeper the aspect of your prayer life that seems to get the least focus?
    5. Read: Luke 11:5-13.  What prayer lessons do you learn from Luke 11:5-8? What is Jesus trying to teach us about the heart of God in this parable?
    6. In Luke 11:9-10 it seems like Jesus is telling us that all we have to do is ask of God and we will get everything we ask for. In light of all the Bible teaches about prayer, what would you say to a person that declares, “All you have to do is tell God what you want and He will give it to you…100% of the time! If you don’t get what you ask for, you must lack faith in God.”
    7. Share about a time you lifted up a prayer, God said “No,” and later you were thankful for this answer. What are some reasons God might answer a prayer by saying, “No”?
    8. In Luke 11:11-13 Jesus teaches that an earthly father has the ability and desire to give good gifts. Then He says, “How much more…” when it comes to God’s ability and desire to give good gifts. Tell about some of the good gifts God has given you and how you have experienced His love and grace revealed in answered prayer.

Weekly Reading :: 7.7.13

On July 6, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayLuke 11
MondayPsalm 116  & Psalm 34
TuesdayJames 4
WednesdayJohn 15
ThursdayJohn 17
FridayMatthew 6
SaturdayMatthew 9

Memorize/Reflect:  “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”
(I Timothy 6:6-8)

Prayer Direction:  Gracious Father, I give thanks for the resources you have placed at my disposal. May I find my hope in you and not in my stuff. Please give me a satisfied contented heart, that I might live a life of thankful gratitude.

“Live It!” Challenge: Take a moment to list blessings for which you can be deeply grateful. Do you have access to a public park or a library? Is there a friend you can call if you are deeply discouraged? Mention friends by name as well as beloved family members. List abilities you possess, not overlooking magnificent gifts such as literacy. Include health, the ability to work, and eyesight. Include physical blessings such as meals, clothing, and transportation. Did you eat yesterday? Are you likely to eat tomorrow? Read the list this week and give thanks.

Small Group Discussion: The Challenge of Wealth

    1. Read: Luke 12:13-21 What are ways that Christians in our day and age can become self-righteous and find themselves looking down on others? What can we do to avoid this kind of attitude and behavior?
    2. In Deuteronomy 8, the Israelites are about to leave the desert and enter the Promised Land. This is a massive upgrade. As they prepare for this epic transition, Moses warns:“When you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.Have someone in the group read: Deuteronomy 8:17-18.A powerful prayer for the believer is: “Lord Jesus, if I prosper financially, may I not forget you. May I remember that your good and gracious hand is behind all that I enjoy.” How can praying this way and adopting this attitude lead to spiritual health?
    3. Do you have a bucket list? What are some things on it? Have someone in the group read Proverbs 30:7-9. What two things does Agur desire before he dies? What do you think of Agur’s two requests?
    4. Read: Philippians 4:10-13The apostle Paul wrote: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Tell about a season where you needed to learn contentment. What did you learn during this season?
    5. Read: 1 Timothy 6:17-19 Paul mentions that God provides “everything for our enjoyment.” List some of your deep enjoyments in life.
    6. Read: Psalm 104:10-15The writer of this song uses poetry to reflect on the blessings that God sends to our earth. He includes rain, cattle, oil and bread. If you write a song about the goodness of God in creation, what items would you include?
    7. In I Timothy 6:18, Timothy is instructed to guide the wealthy to “to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” How can these behaviors move us toward a humble view of our wealth? What is one good deed of generosity God is calling you to offer?

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayLuke 11
MondayPsalm 116  & Psalm 34
TuesdayJames 4
WednesdayJohn 15
ThursdayJohn 17
FridayMatthew 6
SaturdayMatthew 9

Memorize/Reflect:  “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”
(I Timothy 6:6-8)

Prayer Direction:  Gracious Father, I give thanks for the resources you have placed at my disposal. May I find my hope in you and not in my stuff. Please give me a satisfied contented heart, that I might live a life of thankful gratitude.

“Live It!” Challenge: Take a moment to list blessings for which you can be deeply grateful. Do you have access to a public park or a library? Is there a friend you can call if you are deeply discouraged? Mention friends by name as well as beloved family members. List abilities you possess, not overlooking magnificent gifts such as literacy. Include health, the ability to work, and eyesight. Include physical blessings such as meals, clothing, and transportation. Did you eat yesterday? Are you likely to eat tomorrow? Read the list this week and give thanks.

Small Group Discussion: The Challenge of Wealth

    1. Read: Luke 12:13-21 What are ways that Christians in our day and age can become self-righteous and find themselves looking down on others? What can we do to avoid this kind of attitude and behavior?
    2. In Deuteronomy 8, the Israelites are about to leave the desert and enter the Promised Land. This is a massive upgrade. As they prepare for this epic transition, Moses warns:“When you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.Have someone in the group read: Deuteronomy 8:17-18.A powerful prayer for the believer is: “Lord Jesus, if I prosper financially, may I not forget you. May I remember that your good and gracious hand is behind all that I enjoy.” How can praying this way and adopting this attitude lead to spiritual health?
    3. Do you have a bucket list? What are some things on it? Have someone in the group read Proverbs 30:7-9. What two things does Agur desire before he dies? What do you think of Agur’s two requests?
    4. Read: Philippians 4:10-13The apostle Paul wrote: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Tell about a season where you needed to learn contentment. What did you learn during this season?
    5. Read: 1 Timothy 6:17-19 Paul mentions that God provides “everything for our enjoyment.” List some of your deep enjoyments in life.
    6. Read: Psalm 104:10-15The writer of this song uses poetry to reflect on the blessings that God sends to our earth. He includes rain, cattle, oil and bread. If you write a song about the goodness of God in creation, what items would you include?
    7. In I Timothy 6:18, Timothy is instructed to guide the wealthy to “to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” How can these behaviors move us toward a humble view of our wealth? What is one good deed of generosity God is calling you to offer?
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