Weekly Reading Plans :: 12.30.12

On December 29, 2012, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayLuke 9
Monday- Exodus 2 
Tuesday- Exodus 3 
Wednesday- Luke 3
Thursday-1 Kings 18
Friday-Judges 6
Saturday- Luke 5

Bible in a Year (Chronological Reading)

SundayRevelation 12-18 
MondayRevelation 19-22 

Memorize/Reflect:   “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Prayer Direction:    Pray for the light of Jesus to shine through you into the lives of every person you meet. Pray for Shoreline Church to shine bright with the light and love of Jesus.

“Live It!” Challenge:     For the next week, try to pray for every Christian church you drive past. Ask God to use that congregation to shine His light in our community and around the world.

Community Group Resources:

What is the function and value of a lighthouse along a rugged coastline? How can Christians and churches serve as lighthouses for people facing storms in this life?

Read: Matthew 28:16-20 and Acts 1:1-9

1. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day. In these passages, He is giving final instructions to His followers before He would ascend up into heaven. Final words are very important! What does Jesus tell His followers to do in these passages?

2. How do these closing words of Jesus inspire His people, today, to continue the work of reaching the world with the good news of Jesus?

3. What gets in the way of us fulfilling this call to reach out to the whole world with the gospel of Jesus Christ?

4. What will help us be prepared and ready to share the love, grace, and message of Jesus in one of these places:

• In our home and family,
• At work or school,
• In our neighborhood,
• In social settings,
• In some other area of your life.

Read: Matthew 28:16-20 and Matthew 9:35-38

5. What do you learn about the heart and habits of Jesus in this passage? How can our hearts and habits be more like Jesus?

6. What do you think Jesus is getting at when He says, “The harvest is plentiful”? What is He saying when He declares, “The workers are few”? Do you believe these spiritual realities that Jesus declares are just as true today as they were when Jesus walked on this earth?

7. What are ways we can move the local church (God’s people gathered) out into the harvest fields (as we are scattered during the week)? What are some of the outreach opportunities at Shoreline Church? How can we get more involved in these opportunities to follow the call of Jesus to enter the harvest fields?

8. What is one way your Community Group can partner with Shoreline’s Community Outreach ministry in the coming month? How might you engage in reaching out together as a Community Group?

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayLuke 9
Monday- Exodus 2 
Tuesday- Exodus 3 
Wednesday- Luke 3
Thursday-1 Kings 18
Friday-Judges 6
Saturday- Luke 5

Bible in a Year (Chronological Reading)

SundayRevelation 12-18 
MondayRevelation 19-22 

Memorize/Reflect:   “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Prayer Direction:    Pray for the light of Jesus to shine through you into the lives of every person you meet. Pray for Shoreline Church to shine bright with the light and love of Jesus.

“Live It!” Challenge:     For the next week, try to pray for every Christian church you drive past. Ask God to use that congregation to shine His light in our community and around the world.

Community Group Resources:

What is the function and value of a lighthouse along a rugged coastline? How can Christians and churches serve as lighthouses for people facing storms in this life?

Read: Matthew 28:16-20 and Acts 1:1-9

1. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day. In these passages, He is giving final instructions to His followers before He would ascend up into heaven. Final words are very important! What does Jesus tell His followers to do in these passages?

2. How do these closing words of Jesus inspire His people, today, to continue the work of reaching the world with the good news of Jesus?

3. What gets in the way of us fulfilling this call to reach out to the whole world with the gospel of Jesus Christ?

4. What will help us be prepared and ready to share the love, grace, and message of Jesus in one of these places:

• In our home and family,
• At work or school,
• In our neighborhood,
• In social settings,
• In some other area of your life.

Read: Matthew 28:16-20 and Matthew 9:35-38

5. What do you learn about the heart and habits of Jesus in this passage? How can our hearts and habits be more like Jesus?

6. What do you think Jesus is getting at when He says, “The harvest is plentiful”? What is He saying when He declares, “The workers are few”? Do you believe these spiritual realities that Jesus declares are just as true today as they were when Jesus walked on this earth?

7. What are ways we can move the local church (God’s people gathered) out into the harvest fields (as we are scattered during the week)? What are some of the outreach opportunities at Shoreline Church? How can we get more involved in these opportunities to follow the call of Jesus to enter the harvest fields?

8. What is one way your Community Group can partner with Shoreline’s Community Outreach ministry in the coming month? How might you engage in reaching out together as a Community Group?

Weekly Reading Plans :: 12.23.12

On December 22, 2012, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 28
Monday- Acts 1 
Tuesday- 1 Peter 3 
Wednesday- Matthew 9
Thursday-John 19
Friday-John 20
Saturday- John 21

Bible in a Year (Chronological Reading)

SundayHebrews 11-13 
Monday2 Timothy 1-4 
Tuesday 2 Peter 1-3, Jude 1 
Wednesday1 John 1-5 
Thursday2 John 1, 3 John 1
FridayRevelation 1-5 
SaturdayRevelation 6-11 

Memorize/Reflect:   “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” (John 1:4-5)

Prayer Direction:    Pray that the light of Jesus would so fill your heart, mind, life, and home, that it would radiate out into your work place, community, and to your extended family.

“Live It!” Challenge:     Identify a person in your life who has lived as an example of walking closely with Jesus and shining His light into the lives of the people around them. Take time to write this person a note, or give them a call. Tell this person how God has let His light shine into your life through their example.

Small Group Resources:

Tell about a person in your life who walks with Jesus so closely that you experience the light, love, and presence of Jesus when you are around this person.  How has this person’s example impacted you?

Read: Romans 12:9-13

    1. God calls His people to more than ten attitudes and actions in this short passage.  What is one that jumps out at you and how can this attitude or action help shine the light of God through your life and into the world?
    2. What is one attitude or action from this list that you find difficult to live out on a daily basis?  What can you do to develop this more fully in your life?
    3. The final verse in this passage calls us to share with God’s people when they are in need and to be hospitable.  What is one way your group can work together to serve someone in need in your congregation?

ReadRomans 12:14-16

  1. In this passage God gives some clear direction as to how we can live in community with each other.  How might your relationships change if you actually lived out these exhortations?
  2. The call to believers in verse fourteen seems almost impossible.  What does it mean to “Bless those who persecute you?”  How is Jesus an example of this?

Read Romans 12:17-21

      1. Retaliation and revenge seem justifiable when another person has hurt us.  What does this passage teach about how we should respond when we are wronged?
      2. How is this teaching counter-cultural?
      3. What do you think it means to “leave room for the wrath of God”?
      4. How can your group members pray for you as you seek to extend grace and not retaliate in situations where you feel hurt or offended?

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 28
Monday- Acts 1 
Tuesday- 1 Peter 3 
Wednesday- Matthew 9
Thursday-John 19
Friday-John 20
Saturday- John 21

Bible in a Year (Chronological Reading)

SundayHebrews 11-13 
Monday2 Timothy 1-4 
Tuesday 2 Peter 1-3, Jude 1 
Wednesday1 John 1-5 
Thursday2 John 1, 3 John 1
FridayRevelation 1-5 
SaturdayRevelation 6-11 

Memorize/Reflect:   “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” (John 1:4-5)

Prayer Direction:    Pray that the light of Jesus would so fill your heart, mind, life, and home, that it would radiate out into your work place, community, and to your extended family.

“Live It!” Challenge:     Identify a person in your life who has lived as an example of walking closely with Jesus and shining His light into the lives of the people around them. Take time to write this person a note, or give them a call. Tell this person how God has let His light shine into your life through their example.

Small Group Resources:

Tell about a person in your life who walks with Jesus so closely that you experience the light, love, and presence of Jesus when you are around this person.  How has this person’s example impacted you?

Read: Romans 12:9-13

    1. God calls His people to more than ten attitudes and actions in this short passage.  What is one that jumps out at you and how can this attitude or action help shine the light of God through your life and into the world?
    2. What is one attitude or action from this list that you find difficult to live out on a daily basis?  What can you do to develop this more fully in your life?
    3. The final verse in this passage calls us to share with God’s people when they are in need and to be hospitable.  What is one way your group can work together to serve someone in need in your congregation?

ReadRomans 12:14-16

  1. In this passage God gives some clear direction as to how we can live in community with each other.  How might your relationships change if you actually lived out these exhortations?
  2. The call to believers in verse fourteen seems almost impossible.  What does it mean to “Bless those who persecute you?”  How is Jesus an example of this?

Read Romans 12:17-21

      1. Retaliation and revenge seem justifiable when another person has hurt us.  What does this passage teach about how we should respond when we are wronged?
      2. How is this teaching counter-cultural?
      3. What do you think it means to “leave room for the wrath of God”?
      4. How can your group members pray for you as you seek to extend grace and not retaliate in situations where you feel hurt or offended?

Weekly Reading Plans :: 12.16.12

On December 15, 2012, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayRomans 6
Monday- Romans 8 
Tuesday- Romans 12 
Wednesday- 1 Corinthians 12-13
Thursday-2 Corinthians 5
Friday-Galatians 5
Saturday- Ephesians 4

Bible in a Year (Chronological Reading)

SundayEphesians 1-6 
MondayPhilippians 1-4 
Tuesday 1 Timothy 1-6 
WednesdayTitus 1-3 
Thursday1 Peter 1-5
FridayHebrews 1-6 
SaturdayHebrews 7-10 

Memorize/Reflect:   “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

Prayer Direction:    Jesus is your light. He wants to shine in you so He can shine through you. Take time this week to ask for the light of Jesus to fill you up until you glow with His presence. Ask God to help you grow to love His Word, the Bible and learn to feast on it. Pray for the Holy Spirit to teach you how to pray with renewed passion and intimacy.

“Live It!” Challenge:     Set a goal for the new year to spend more time in the presence of Jesus. Go deeper into His Word, join a Community Growth Group, make more time for prayer, attend worship more often with God’s people, and seek to be filled with the light of Jesus so it shines naturally though you!

Small Group Resources:

Tell about a time you, or someone you know, ended up with a serious sunburn. What happened that caused this?

When we spend too much time lying in the sun, it affects us…sometimes in painful ways! Thankfully, we can’t spend too much time basking in the beautiful glory of the Son of God. The more we are near Jesus and soaking up the warmth of His presence, the more we can shine His light in our world. What are some natural ways we can bask in the light of God’s glory?

Read: Psalm 119:1-24, and Psalm 119:105

      1. How does reading the Bible on a regular basis allow you to be filled with the light and warmth of God?
      2. What gets in the way of God’s people really making significant time to read, learn from, and be filled with the truth we find in Scripture?
      3. What have you discovered that helps you get in a rhythm of reading God’s Word as a regular part of your daily life?
      4. How can your group members pray for you and even keep you accountable to spend more time reading, studying, and learning from the Bible?

Read: Matthew 6:9-13

        1. How does prayer help you spend time in the light of God’s presence? How does your life change when you spend more time talking with God in prayer?
        2. What specific topics of prayer does Jesus address and teach His followers to engage in this passage?
        3. Which of these kinds of prayer comes most naturally to you? Which kind of prayer do you need to develop more in your prayer life?
        4. What can you do in the coming week to spend more time in the presence of Jesus, the light of the world and the only true light that can fill your life?

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayRomans 6
Monday- Romans 8 
Tuesday- Romans 12 
Wednesday- 1 Corinthians 12-13
Thursday-2 Corinthians 5
Friday-Galatians 5
Saturday- Ephesians 4

Bible in a Year (Chronological Reading)

SundayEphesians 1-6 
MondayPhilippians 1-4 
Tuesday 1 Timothy 1-6 
WednesdayTitus 1-3 
Thursday1 Peter 1-5
FridayHebrews 1-6 
SaturdayHebrews 7-10 

Memorize/Reflect:   “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

Prayer Direction:    Jesus is your light. He wants to shine in you so He can shine through you. Take time this week to ask for the light of Jesus to fill you up until you glow with His presence. Ask God to help you grow to love His Word, the Bible and learn to feast on it. Pray for the Holy Spirit to teach you how to pray with renewed passion and intimacy.

“Live It!” Challenge:     Set a goal for the new year to spend more time in the presence of Jesus. Go deeper into His Word, join a Community Growth Group, make more time for prayer, attend worship more often with God’s people, and seek to be filled with the light of Jesus so it shines naturally though you!

Small Group Resources:

Tell about a time you, or someone you know, ended up with a serious sunburn. What happened that caused this?

When we spend too much time lying in the sun, it affects us…sometimes in painful ways! Thankfully, we can’t spend too much time basking in the beautiful glory of the Son of God. The more we are near Jesus and soaking up the warmth of His presence, the more we can shine His light in our world. What are some natural ways we can bask in the light of God’s glory?

Read: Psalm 119:1-24, and Psalm 119:105

      1. How does reading the Bible on a regular basis allow you to be filled with the light and warmth of God?
      2. What gets in the way of God’s people really making significant time to read, learn from, and be filled with the truth we find in Scripture?
      3. What have you discovered that helps you get in a rhythm of reading God’s Word as a regular part of your daily life?
      4. How can your group members pray for you and even keep you accountable to spend more time reading, studying, and learning from the Bible?

Read: Matthew 6:9-13

        1. How does prayer help you spend time in the light of God’s presence? How does your life change when you spend more time talking with God in prayer?
        2. What specific topics of prayer does Jesus address and teach His followers to engage in this passage?
        3. Which of these kinds of prayer comes most naturally to you? Which kind of prayer do you need to develop more in your prayer life?
        4. What can you do in the coming week to spend more time in the presence of Jesus, the light of the world and the only true light that can fill your life?

Weekly Reading Plans :: 12.02.12

On December 1, 2012, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayIsaiah 9
Monday- Isaiah 40 
Tuesday- Malachi 3 
Wednesday- Mark 1 
Thursday-Luke 1-2
Friday-Matthew 1:18-24
Saturday- Matthew 2

Bible in a Year (Chronological Reading)

Sunday1 Corinthians 12-14 
Monday1 Corinthians 15-16 
Tuesday 2 Corinthians 1-4 
Wednesday2 Corinthians 5-9 
Thursday2 Corinthians 10-13
FridayActs 20: 1-3 , Romans 1-3 
SaturdayRomans 4-7 

Memorize/Reflect:   “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20)

Prayer Direction:    Take time to praise and worship Jesus for being: eternal, all-powerful, the creator of all, Lord of the universe, Savior of all who believe, and still your closest friend!

“Live It!” Challenge:     Most modern Christmas cards fail to mention Jesus.  They have beautiful pictures, rhyming words, socks hanging by a fireplace, and even an occasional angel shows up.  But, sadly, Jesus can be forgotten during this season that we celebrate His birth.  Pick a Christmas card that celebrates Jesus this year, or add a short Bible verse at the bottom of your card that points to the reason for the season.  You might even want to add a Christmas Bible verse at the bottom of your signature on all your e-mails for the next month.

Small Group Resources:

If you asked a random person on the street, who do you believe Jesus was/is?  What kind of answers do you think you would get?

Read: Philippians 2:1-11

  1.  What do you learn about Jesus in this passage?
  2.  What do you learn about how followers of Jesus are meant to live in relationship to each other?
  3.  What is the connection between who Jesus is and how His people are called to live in this world?
  4.  Look closely at verse three of this passage and describe why it is so challenging to live out the exhortation the apostle Paul gives.
  5.  When do you find it most difficult to “Consider others better than yourself”?  How can your group members pray for you and encourage you to grow in humility in this specific area of your life?
  6. What were some of the ways that Jesus humbled Himself and served people (when he walked on this earth)?  What message does this send to a person who really wants to live a life like Jesus?
  7.  This passage shows how Jesus left glory and humbled himself for us…serving to the point of giving His life.  It ends with a picture of the exaltation of Jesus (verses 9-11).  What do you learn about the resurrected and ascended Jesus in these three verses?
  8.  How should the message of Philippians 2:9-11 impact one of these areas of your life:
  •       How you pray,
  •       How you express yourself in song when God’s people gather for worship,
  •       How you live when no one is looking,
  •       How you speak about Jesus to other believers,
  •       How you speak of Jesus to those who are not yet His followers.

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayIsaiah 9
Monday- Isaiah 40 
Tuesday- Malachi 3 
Wednesday- Mark 1 
Thursday-Luke 1-2
Friday-Matthew 1:18-24
Saturday- Matthew 2

Bible in a Year (Chronological Reading)

Sunday1 Corinthians 12-14 
Monday1 Corinthians 15-16 
Tuesday 2 Corinthians 1-4 
Wednesday2 Corinthians 5-9 
Thursday2 Corinthians 10-13
FridayActs 20: 1-3 , Romans 1-3 
SaturdayRomans 4-7 

Memorize/Reflect:   “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20)

Prayer Direction:    Take time to praise and worship Jesus for being: eternal, all-powerful, the creator of all, Lord of the universe, Savior of all who believe, and still your closest friend!

“Live It!” Challenge:     Most modern Christmas cards fail to mention Jesus.  They have beautiful pictures, rhyming words, socks hanging by a fireplace, and even an occasional angel shows up.  But, sadly, Jesus can be forgotten during this season that we celebrate His birth.  Pick a Christmas card that celebrates Jesus this year, or add a short Bible verse at the bottom of your card that points to the reason for the season.  You might even want to add a Christmas Bible verse at the bottom of your signature on all your e-mails for the next month.

Small Group Resources:

If you asked a random person on the street, who do you believe Jesus was/is?  What kind of answers do you think you would get?

Read: Philippians 2:1-11

  1.  What do you learn about Jesus in this passage?
  2.  What do you learn about how followers of Jesus are meant to live in relationship to each other?
  3.  What is the connection between who Jesus is and how His people are called to live in this world?
  4.  Look closely at verse three of this passage and describe why it is so challenging to live out the exhortation the apostle Paul gives.
  5.  When do you find it most difficult to “Consider others better than yourself”?  How can your group members pray for you and encourage you to grow in humility in this specific area of your life?
  6. What were some of the ways that Jesus humbled Himself and served people (when he walked on this earth)?  What message does this send to a person who really wants to live a life like Jesus?
  7.  This passage shows how Jesus left glory and humbled himself for us…serving to the point of giving His life.  It ends with a picture of the exaltation of Jesus (verses 9-11).  What do you learn about the resurrected and ascended Jesus in these three verses?
  8.  How should the message of Philippians 2:9-11 impact one of these areas of your life:
  •       How you pray,
  •       How you express yourself in song when God’s people gather for worship,
  •       How you live when no one is looking,
  •       How you speak about Jesus to other believers,
  •       How you speak of Jesus to those who are not yet His followers.

Weekly Reading Plans :: 11.25.12

On November 24, 2012, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayExodus 15, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Monday- Exodus 16 , 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Tuesday- Exodus 17 , 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Wednesday- Philippians 2 
Thursday-Colossians 1
Friday-Hebrews 1
Saturday- Revelation 4 – 5

Bible in a Year (Chronological Reading)

SundayGalatians 4-6 
MondayActs 17-18:18 
Tuesday1 Thessalonians 1-5 , 2 Thessalonians 1-3
WednesdayActs 18:19-19:41 
Thursday1 Corinthians 1-4
Friday1 Corinthians 5-8 
Saturday1 Corinthians 9 – 11 

Memorize/Reflect:  “Devote yourself to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2)

Prayer Direction:   Ask God to protect you from becoming negative, critical, and unthankful. Pray for a spirit of thankfulness and for deep awareness of God’s goodness in your life.

“Live It!” Challenge:    Make a list twenty-five things you are thankful and tell God about your thankfulness.

Small Group Resources:

When you feel deeply thankful, how do you express it?  How do people know you are thankful?

Read: Exodus 15:22 – 16:3 , Exodus 17:1-7

1. Tell about a season in life when you found it hard to be thankful. What caused this condition of your heart?

2. When you look at the people of Israel in these passages, what strikes you about their attitude and the things they said?

3. Why is it that a group of people can face the same experience and some remain thankful but others become very negative and critical?

4. What helps you maintain a thankful spirit during hard times in life? How does the presence of Jesus and the hope of heaven impact our ability to be thankful no matter what we face?

Read: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

5. What were the four specific sins the people of Israel committed during their desert wanderings that Paul reminds us of in this passage? Why do you think the sin of grumbling or complaining shows up in such a serious list?

6. What happens when negativity, grumbling, and a complaining spirit begins to grow I one of these places?

• In a home
• At a church
• In a group of friends
• In a neighborhood

7. Why don’t we see and treat complaining like a serious sin?

8. What can we do to increase our awareness of the poison and danger of a negative and grumbling spirit?

9. How does thankfulness and a commitment to bless good things serve as an antidote to a complaining spirit?

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayExodus 15, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Monday- Exodus 16 , 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Tuesday- Exodus 17 , 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Wednesday- Philippians 2 
Thursday-Colossians 1
Friday-Hebrews 1
Saturday- Revelation 4 – 5

Bible in a Year (Chronological Reading)

SundayGalatians 4-6 
MondayActs 17-18:18 
Tuesday1 Thessalonians 1-5 , 2 Thessalonians 1-3
WednesdayActs 18:19-19:41 
Thursday1 Corinthians 1-4
Friday1 Corinthians 5-8 
Saturday1 Corinthians 9 – 11 

Memorize/Reflect:  “Devote yourself to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2)

Prayer Direction:   Ask God to protect you from becoming negative, critical, and unthankful. Pray for a spirit of thankfulness and for deep awareness of God’s goodness in your life.

“Live It!” Challenge:    Make a list twenty-five things you are thankful and tell God about your thankfulness.

Small Group Resources:

When you feel deeply thankful, how do you express it?  How do people know you are thankful?

Read: Exodus 15:22 – 16:3 , Exodus 17:1-7

1. Tell about a season in life when you found it hard to be thankful. What caused this condition of your heart?

2. When you look at the people of Israel in these passages, what strikes you about their attitude and the things they said?

3. Why is it that a group of people can face the same experience and some remain thankful but others become very negative and critical?

4. What helps you maintain a thankful spirit during hard times in life? How does the presence of Jesus and the hope of heaven impact our ability to be thankful no matter what we face?

Read: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

5. What were the four specific sins the people of Israel committed during their desert wanderings that Paul reminds us of in this passage? Why do you think the sin of grumbling or complaining shows up in such a serious list?

6. What happens when negativity, grumbling, and a complaining spirit begins to grow I one of these places?

• In a home
• At a church
• In a group of friends
• In a neighborhood

7. Why don’t we see and treat complaining like a serious sin?

8. What can we do to increase our awareness of the poison and danger of a negative and grumbling spirit?

9. How does thankfulness and a commitment to bless good things serve as an antidote to a complaining spirit?

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