Weekly Reading :: 2.16.14

On February 15, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 119:1-64
MondayPsalm 119:65-128
TuesdayPsalm 119:129-176
WednesdayRomans 6
ThursdayMatthew 28 , & Acts 1
Friday1 Corinthians 12 & Romans 12
SaturdayPhilippians 4

Shockwaves – Week 6
“Change the Whole World with One Powerful Word”

Memorize/Reflect:  “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

Prayer Direction:  Pray the many names of Jesus and Praise God for each of them. Begin with Savior, Lord, King of Kings, Prince of Peace, Son of God, Son of Man, Bread of Life, the Vine, and keep on going through names given in the Bible. Thank Him for what each of these names teaches you about Him and your relationship with God because of who Jesus is. Also, pray that the light, love, and grace of Jesus will shine through your life so others will know the power and salvation that comes through His name.

“Live It!” Challenge – Impact List : Make a list of people in your life who do not yet know the love and grace of Jesus. Pray for them each day, for the next month. Ask God to open and soften their hearts to the gospel. Also, pray that you will be gentle, yet bold, in sharing your story of faith, and the good news of Jesus.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: Matthew 9:35-38 . In this passage Jesus uses the image of a harvest and harvesters. The harvest is people who have not yet come to faith in Jesus Christ. The harvesters are those who already know Jesus and are called to go out and share his love and message. What does Jesus teach about the harvest and those who are sent to bring it in?
      2. Read: The introduction to chapter sixteen about people who say, “What about us? Don’t forget us!” (Pages 229-232) What can happen to a church that spends all its time and energy caring for those who are already in God’s family and neglects those outside?
      3. One of the ways we make the shift from focusing on ourselves to caring for the world is by remembering what we have because of Jesus. Work as a Growth Group to make a list of the enduring things we receive when we become children of God through faith in Jesus.As followers of Jesus these are some of the things we have that will last forever:








        What do those who are not followers of Jesus have that is of eternal value?

      4. How should the two lists above impact the way we set priorities in our lives and in the church?
      5. What were some of the risks Jesus took to reach out to people who were outcasts, lost and wandering like sheep without a shepherd? What were some of the consequences of the risks Jesus took?
      6. Reaching out to those who are not followers of Jesus can be messy and costly. But, it is always worth the investment when God brings in a harvest of people who come to faith in Jesus. What risk is God calling you to take so that you can share his love more effectively? What risks might God be calling your church to take?
      7. Part of entering into God’s call to reach the world is learning to get out of the church and live beyond our comfortable Christian circles. This happens as we enter into the lives and worlds of those who do not know Jesus as the leader of their lives. What is one step you can take to connect more closely in your community and with those outside of God’s family?
      8. Read: 1 Peter 3:15 & Matthew 5:13-16. Every person who follows Jesus is called to let their light shine. Our lives are to be like salt that causes people to thirst for the living water that only Jesus can offer. We are to be prepared to tell others about the hope we have in Jesus Christ. But, we each do this in different ways…with styles that are unique to us. Discovering your evangelism style is like trying on an outfit. Some fit and others don’t. The key is that we try various evangelism styles until we find one that fits us. In chapter seventeen of Seismic Shifts we looked at six distinct evangelism styles. They are:
        • Confrontational (Like Peter in Acts 2)
        • Intellectual (Like Paul in Acts 17)
        • Testimonial (Like the blind man in John 9)
        • Interpersonal (Like Matthew in Luke 5)
        • Invitational (Like the woman at the well in John 4)
        • Serving (Like Dorcas in Acts 9)
        Tell about how you have tried on one or more of these styles. Which one do you think fits you best?
      9. Read: The introduction to chapter eighteen about Patches the dog (Page 253-254) Most of us have met people who have tried to force the message of Jesus down our throat like a tablespoon of caster oil. We have also known people who have walked with us in a patient and loving relationship and shared Jesus in the natural flow of the relationship. Describe how you feel these two approaches to evangelism impact those who are not yet followers of Jesus.
      10. Read: 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 What is our part in the process of evangelism and what is God’s part? How can a clear understanding of our role in evangelism lead to confidence, peace and freedom?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 119:1-64
MondayPsalm 119:65-128
TuesdayPsalm 119:129-176
WednesdayRomans 6
ThursdayMatthew 28 , & Acts 1
Friday1 Corinthians 12 & Romans 12
SaturdayPhilippians 4

Shockwaves – Week 6
“Change the Whole World with One Powerful Word”

Memorize/Reflect:  “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

Prayer Direction:  Pray the many names of Jesus and Praise God for each of them. Begin with Savior, Lord, King of Kings, Prince of Peace, Son of God, Son of Man, Bread of Life, the Vine, and keep on going through names given in the Bible. Thank Him for what each of these names teaches you about Him and your relationship with God because of who Jesus is. Also, pray that the light, love, and grace of Jesus will shine through your life so others will know the power and salvation that comes through His name.

“Live It!” Challenge – Impact List : Make a list of people in your life who do not yet know the love and grace of Jesus. Pray for them each day, for the next month. Ask God to open and soften their hearts to the gospel. Also, pray that you will be gentle, yet bold, in sharing your story of faith, and the good news of Jesus.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: Matthew 9:35-38 . In this passage Jesus uses the image of a harvest and harvesters. The harvest is people who have not yet come to faith in Jesus Christ. The harvesters are those who already know Jesus and are called to go out and share his love and message. What does Jesus teach about the harvest and those who are sent to bring it in?
      2. Read: The introduction to chapter sixteen about people who say, “What about us? Don’t forget us!” (Pages 229-232) What can happen to a church that spends all its time and energy caring for those who are already in God’s family and neglects those outside?
      3. One of the ways we make the shift from focusing on ourselves to caring for the world is by remembering what we have because of Jesus. Work as a Growth Group to make a list of the enduring things we receive when we become children of God through faith in Jesus.As followers of Jesus these are some of the things we have that will last forever:








        What do those who are not followers of Jesus have that is of eternal value?

      4. How should the two lists above impact the way we set priorities in our lives and in the church?
      5. What were some of the risks Jesus took to reach out to people who were outcasts, lost and wandering like sheep without a shepherd? What were some of the consequences of the risks Jesus took?
      6. Reaching out to those who are not followers of Jesus can be messy and costly. But, it is always worth the investment when God brings in a harvest of people who come to faith in Jesus. What risk is God calling you to take so that you can share his love more effectively? What risks might God be calling your church to take?
      7. Part of entering into God’s call to reach the world is learning to get out of the church and live beyond our comfortable Christian circles. This happens as we enter into the lives and worlds of those who do not know Jesus as the leader of their lives. What is one step you can take to connect more closely in your community and with those outside of God’s family?
      8. Read: 1 Peter 3:15 & Matthew 5:13-16. Every person who follows Jesus is called to let their light shine. Our lives are to be like salt that causes people to thirst for the living water that only Jesus can offer. We are to be prepared to tell others about the hope we have in Jesus Christ. But, we each do this in different ways…with styles that are unique to us. Discovering your evangelism style is like trying on an outfit. Some fit and others don’t. The key is that we try various evangelism styles until we find one that fits us. In chapter seventeen of Seismic Shifts we looked at six distinct evangelism styles. They are:
        • Confrontational (Like Peter in Acts 2)
        • Intellectual (Like Paul in Acts 17)
        • Testimonial (Like the blind man in John 9)
        • Interpersonal (Like Matthew in Luke 5)
        • Invitational (Like the woman at the well in John 4)
        • Serving (Like Dorcas in Acts 9)
        Tell about how you have tried on one or more of these styles. Which one do you think fits you best?
      9. Read: The introduction to chapter eighteen about Patches the dog (Page 253-254) Most of us have met people who have tried to force the message of Jesus down our throat like a tablespoon of caster oil. We have also known people who have walked with us in a patient and loving relationship and shared Jesus in the natural flow of the relationship. Describe how you feel these two approaches to evangelism impact those who are not yet followers of Jesus.
      10. Read: 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 What is our part in the process of evangelism and what is God’s part? How can a clear understanding of our role in evangelism lead to confidence, peace and freedom?

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 | 1.19.14

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?

Weekly Reading | 1.5.14

On January 4, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 4-5
MondayPsalm 30
TuesdayEphesians 4
WednesdayPsalm 139
ThursdayPhilippians 3
FridayRomans 8
SaturdayEphesians 2

Memorize/Reflect:  “…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12-13)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to show you one specific area you need to take a step forward in living like Jesus. Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to fill you as you seek to love God with greater passion in the coming year.

“Live It!” Challenge – The Fullness of Jesus: We are called to grow mature and attain the whole measure of the fullness of Jesus! Wow, what a goal. Identify one attitude or action in your life that you know does not reflect the heart of Jesus. Set a specific goal to make a change in this area of your life in the coming month. Then, share this goal with a Christian friend and ask them to keep you accountable and to pray for you. A month from now, give a report on how God has changed this attitude or action in your life.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about a Christian you know who lives (or lived) with a clear and strong passion for Jesus. What characteristics and actions mark the life of a person deeply in love with Jesus?
    2. Which of these spiritual disciplines most marks your life and what do you do to grow this part of your spiritual life?
      • Being a serious student of the Scriptures,
      • Spending time in passionate prayer,
      • Committing to sacrificial service,
      • Living with Honest Holiness,
      • Growing in Generous Giving.

      Which of these is toughest for you and what is one step you can take to move forward in maturity in this specific area of your spiritual life?

    3. Read: Psalm 119:1-8. What do you learn about the Bible (God’s commands, ways, law, statutes, precepts, decrees) from this passage? Why is it so important for Christians to immerse their hearts and minds in the teaching of the Bible?
    4. Read: 2 Timothy 3:14-17. What do you learn about the Scriptures (the Bible) from this passage? How does reading the Bible make you wise? Give an example.
    5. How does the Bible do each of the following things:
      • Teach us…
      • Rebuke us…
      • Correct us…
      • Train us…
      • Equip us for good works…

      If you can think of a passage in the Bible that does one of these things, share the passage as well.

    6. There are many ways we can grow in our understanding of Scripture and obedience to what God teaches in His Word. What is the value of one of these specific ways of becoming a student of Scripture? If you have a personal story to share, please do:
      • Learning God’s Word in the community and accountability of a Growth Group (small group),
      • Digging into God’s Word through personal reading and study of the Bible (Using the church reading guide or your own study),
      • Being in a Bible Study (Men’s group, Women’s group, or some other group),
      • Being in a Bible Class (Like Precepts or another church or community based class).
    7. As you enter a new year, what is one goal you have to grow in your knowledge of the Bible and commitment to live out the truth of Scripture in your daily life? How can your group members pray for you, cheer you on, and keep you accountable?

View the Weekly Bulletin Online

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 4-5
MondayPsalm 30
TuesdayEphesians 4
WednesdayPsalm 139
ThursdayPhilippians 3
FridayRomans 8
SaturdayEphesians 2

Memorize/Reflect:  “…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12-13)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to show you one specific area you need to take a step forward in living like Jesus. Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to fill you as you seek to love God with greater passion in the coming year.

“Live It!” Challenge – The Fullness of Jesus: We are called to grow mature and attain the whole measure of the fullness of Jesus! Wow, what a goal. Identify one attitude or action in your life that you know does not reflect the heart of Jesus. Set a specific goal to make a change in this area of your life in the coming month. Then, share this goal with a Christian friend and ask them to keep you accountable and to pray for you. A month from now, give a report on how God has changed this attitude or action in your life.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about a Christian you know who lives (or lived) with a clear and strong passion for Jesus. What characteristics and actions mark the life of a person deeply in love with Jesus?
    2. Which of these spiritual disciplines most marks your life and what do you do to grow this part of your spiritual life?
      • Being a serious student of the Scriptures,
      • Spending time in passionate prayer,
      • Committing to sacrificial service,
      • Living with Honest Holiness,
      • Growing in Generous Giving.

      Which of these is toughest for you and what is one step you can take to move forward in maturity in this specific area of your spiritual life?

    3. Read: Psalm 119:1-8. What do you learn about the Bible (God’s commands, ways, law, statutes, precepts, decrees) from this passage? Why is it so important for Christians to immerse their hearts and minds in the teaching of the Bible?
    4. Read: 2 Timothy 3:14-17. What do you learn about the Scriptures (the Bible) from this passage? How does reading the Bible make you wise? Give an example.
    5. How does the Bible do each of the following things:
      • Teach us…
      • Rebuke us…
      • Correct us…
      • Train us…
      • Equip us for good works…

      If you can think of a passage in the Bible that does one of these things, share the passage as well.

    6. There are many ways we can grow in our understanding of Scripture and obedience to what God teaches in His Word. What is the value of one of these specific ways of becoming a student of Scripture? If you have a personal story to share, please do:
      • Learning God’s Word in the community and accountability of a Growth Group (small group),
      • Digging into God’s Word through personal reading and study of the Bible (Using the church reading guide or your own study),
      • Being in a Bible Study (Men’s group, Women’s group, or some other group),
      • Being in a Bible Class (Like Precepts or another church or community based class).
    7. As you enter a new year, what is one goal you have to grow in your knowledge of the Bible and commitment to live out the truth of Scripture in your daily life? How can your group members pray for you, cheer you on, and keep you accountable?
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