“Name something you give away everyday.” (anything)
11/20 Operation Christmas Child - final drop off date; deliver to church by Sunday 11/20
11/20 Orphan Care Fellowship - 4:30-6pm Student Center
11/23-24 Thanksgiving - No Wed night CG’s, Students or Kids ministries on 11/23
11/27 New Advent Sermon Series - Family Advent Guide coming soon! Be here on 11/27! :)
12/4 Family Meeting - semi-annual business meeting 4:00pm
12/9 “Simply Still” - Ladies Christmas Event - 7:00pm; Ladies, save the date.
“Three Shaping Words for the Church” - Guest preacher, Neil McClendon shares on 3 Shaping Words for the church: Depth, Discipleship and Death. “The church doesn’t need more people, but deeper people” (…knowing that deeper people will bring more people). We become “deeper” when we 1) suffer well, 2) Gospel well [gospel fluency & centrality], and 3) friend well.
Key Passages: 2 Peter 3:1, Rom 5:1-5, 2 Kings 4:32-34, John 12:20-24
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- Read Romans 5:1-5. Why is Paul saying we are to rejoice in our sufferings? (endurance, character, hope)
- How can we “suffer well”? What does / should this look like?
- How can we increase our “gospel fluency”? What steps are you currently taking?
- Is it biblical to have what Neil calls a “PDR”, a Personal Discipling Relationship? (YES, of course it is; Matt 28:19)
- Then what keeps us from engaging in these relationships?
- What steps can we take today to pursue this? (Pray for God to show you who, Listen, then Act)
- Read John 12:20-24. Considering v24, this speaks of a ‘whole life surrendered’ (dying to self) so that much fruit or more life is produced… rather than not “dying” and being alone (not multiplying). What are the benefits or results of a “surrendered” life? What does a “surrendered” life look like? (put others before your self, seek first God’s kingdom, show love, show mercy, extend forgiveness, letting go of your plans, giving God the reins to your life, etc)
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Pray that we as a church would live surrendered lives reflecting Jesus. Pray for the strength and the courage to let go of our lives, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. - Phil 1:21”