Monsters – Week 2


Monsters                                                                                        

2 – Fear of Failing                                                                      

6/10/18 (MS)

Theme Verse: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

“Fail trying. Don’t fail watching”  (Bob Goff)

Everyone fears failure.

“He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant!Read the rest

Monsters – Week 1


Monsters

1 – Understanding Fear

6/3/18 (MS)

Theme verse“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

Light, space, zest – that’s God!  So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.  When vandal hordes ride down ready to eat me alive, Those bullies and toughs fall flat on their faces.  When besieged, I’m calm as a baby.  When all hell breaks loose, I’m collected and cool.” (Psalm 27:1-3)

GOOD FEAR = fear that protects us from harm

“Oh, that they would always have hearts like this, that they might fear me and obey all my commands!Read the rest

God is Calling You


“God is Calling You” 

Wildlife 5/22/18

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. Read the rest

Word Up – Week 5


Word Up

5 – The Practice

5/6/18 (MS)

Theme verse: “All scripture is God breathed and it’s useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the people of God may be thoroughly quipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Challenge: early or first principle

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.Read the rest

Word Up – Week 4


Word Up

4 – The Connection

4/29/18 (MS)

Theme verse“All scripture is God breathed and it’s useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the people of God may be thoroughly quipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

When you start to think about God’s Word more like a relationship than a responsibility, things change. 

O.I.A –> 3 steps to go deeper in studying God’s Word:

  • Step 1: Observation What does the passage say?
    • 1. Read the entire passage to take in the whole thing.
    • 2. Ask questions.
    • 3. Note details.
  • Step 2: Interpretation What does the passage mean?
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Word Up – Week 3


Word Up

3 – The Light

4/15/18 (MS)

Theme verse: “All scripture is God breathed and it’s useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the people of God may be thoroughly quipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

  • Pressure:  I have to fully understand the God’s Word myself
  • Pathway: The Holy Spirit helps us understand God’s Word

Illumination is specifically the Holy Spirit’s work helping us understand and apply God’s Word.

  • Pressure: I have to read God’s Word in order to study it
  • Pathway: The Holy Spirit helps us love God’s Word

HOW IT’S DONE: The 4 P’s to Reading the Bible

   PEOPLE:  Who’s involved in this story? … Read the rest

Word Up – Week 2


Word Up

2 – The Roadmap

4/15/18 (MS)

Theme verse: “All scripture is God breathed and it’s useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the people of God may be thoroughly quipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Map of the Bible:

Synopsis – 1 book, comprised of a bunch of smaller books.

  • 66 books altogether
  • 39 in the Old Testament (OT)
  • 27 in the New Testament (NT)

OT:

Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy

The first category of books is called the Law. This is the beginning. You see how God creates everything, you see how Adam and Eve fall and even though that relationship has been broken, you see how God takes interest in the affairs of humans by making a promise to Abraham.… Read the rest

Word Up – Week 1


Word Up

1 – The History

4/8/18 (MS)

“All scripture is God breathed and it’s useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the people of God may be thoroughly quipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

Fun Facts:

  • Bible means “book” and Holy means “set apart, perfect”
  • the Bible was written in 3 languages – Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek
  • It has been translated into over 2000 languages.
  • the Bible has 66 books – 39 in the OT and 27 in the NT
  • the Bible was written by over 40 authors
  • the Bible is the best-selling book of all time

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Love and Other Stuff – Week 4


Love and Other Stuff

4 – What is all this talk about sex?

3/4/18 (MS)

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

4 reasons why this conversation is important:

  • God has a lot to say about sex.
  • You are surrounded by a lot of sex.
  • You are likely thinking about sex… a lot.
  • You are likely talking about sex… a lot.

Sex is a big deal to God. Handling sex God’s way should be a big deal to us.

1.    Procreation

“Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.Read the rest

Love and Other Stuff – Week 3


Love and Other Stuff

3 – Why are you so different?

2/25/18 (MS)

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

“So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them.(Genesis 1:27)

“The Lord God said: ‘It is not good for the man to be alone’” (Genesis 2:18)

1.  Honor and Respect.

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” (Romans 12:10)

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

“Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them.Read the rest