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Reflect & Prepare (3/11/20)

IN REFLECTION

James 1:19-21 shows us that genuine faith produces meekness, controlling how we respond to other people and to the word of God. We are to be "quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger," and to "receive the word." This is a sign of genuine faith, spiritual maturity, proper humility, self-control, and the Spirit's work in our hearts.

Listen to "Cultivating Meekness"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday's text will be James 1:22-27. Please read the passage and consider the following questions in preparation for Sunday's message:

  • How does vs 22 continue the thought of vs 21? What words are repeated?
  • Why does vs 23-25 assert it is so important to be "doers of the word?"
  • In what way might we deceive ourselves (26)? What is at stake?
  • Is "religion" a positive or negative word (26-27)?
  • Should we use vs 27 to establish a strict paradigm for Christian living?

Please pray that God would instruct us through His word, leading us to a more faithful walk and a deeper joy in Christ.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday, including a NEW song we want you to learn! Use this as a resource to prepare your heart and mind to participate fully with us as we worship God together.

Come Praise And Glorify
In Christ Alone
Yet Not I, But Through Christ In Me **NEW**
Take My Life And Let It Be

Reflect & Prepare (2/27/20)

IN REFLECTION

In James 1:9-12 we learn that no matter our financial or social status in this life, joyful perseverance is made possible by faith in future grace. Eternal reward is coming for those who love God and persevere to the end, and it is this perspective that helps us rejoice and endure the trials of lack and loss. Let's set our minds on things above this week and keep running the race!

Listen to Joyfully Persevering

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be walking through James 1:13-18. Take a few minutes to read through this text and consider:

  • In what ways does this text urge us to think about temptation?
  • Why can God not be the source of temptation?
  • How might we be deceived in regards to our view of sin and temptation?
  • How does verse 17 equip us to fight temptation?

Pray that God's word would be made clear, that our minds and hearts would be affected, that our faith would be strengthened, and that those who do not know Christ would hear the call to repent and believe in the gospel.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect & Prepare (2/19/20)

IN REFLECTION

James 1:5-8 shows us that genuine faith is expressed by seeking God as the source of true wisdom. When trials come, James exhorts us to ask God for help, and assures us that God delights to give wisdom out of his abundance. But this offer comes with a warning: those who are double minded and lack true faith do not have this hope. Let's seek wisdom from God this week with a whole-hearted faith, expecting him to provide as we read his word and fellowship with his people.

Listen to Faith-Filled Asking for Wisdom

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week take a few minutes to read James 1:9-12. Pray for insight, an open heart, and that God would shape our perspective on life and wealth. Consider the following questions:

  • James contrasts "lowly" with "rich." Are there non-economic ways people may fall into the category of "lowly" in our cultural context?
  • What does it mean to "boast" in either exaltation or humiliation?
  • What is the connection between endurance and love in v12?
  • What perspectives or pursuits in your life need to change in light of these truths?

Please pray for the preparation of the sermon, for prepared hearts, and for God to be glorified in the hearing and doing of the word.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect & Prepare 2/12/20

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we began a study through the book of James. The theme of James is that genuine faith affects all of life, and in chapter 1 James begins by showing us how faith controls our response to trials: faith frees us to respond to trials with joy. By faith we see the value in trials, and we embrace God's purpose in trials. This will require cognitive effort, and spiritual sensitivity, but allows us to experience real joy in the midst of difficulty.

Listen to Counting it all Joy

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will continue our study through James by examining the exhortation and warning in James 1:5-8. Take some time to read this text, pray for God's help to understand, and consider the following questions:

  • What is wisdom? Why is it necessary?
  • What is the connection between trials (2-4) and seeking wisdom (5-8)?
  • How does "double-minded" clarify what James means by doubting?

Please pray for the preaching of God's word Sunday, that the Spirit would illuminate truth, convict, encourage, strengthen, and produce change in us.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect & Prepare (1/29/20)

IN REFLECTION

This past Sunday we considered the priority of worship in relation to the church. Worship is what we were made for, what we were saved for, and must be acceptable to God. Were you challenged to think differently about personal and corporate worship? Let's prepare our hearts this week to come Sunday and give ourselves to God-centered, Christ-focused, scripture-saturated, whole-hearted worship.

Listen to The Priority of Worship

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be considering the final focus in our series on the mission of the church - the necessity of relationships in the church. As you prepare your heart for worship this week, take a few moments to prayerfully consider Romans 12:9-18 and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why does Paul take so much time to exhort people to relate to one another in these ways (love, honor, hospitality)?
  • Which of these commands is hardest for you to apply in the context of the local church?
  • What would your relationships in the church look like if you gave yourself fully to applying these instructions more faithfully in your own life?
  • Who in your life has been a model of this faithfulness and how has that blessed you?

Please pray for the preaching, praying, and singing of God's word on Sunday, and let's ask that He would do abundantly above all that we could ask or think.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Reflect & Prepare (1/22/20)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we looked at the role of Scripture in our mission. We need God's Word to direct and sustain us as we seek to follow the Lord. Scripture is authoritative and sufficient, and it is of utmost importance that we remember this. If we are to glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus, we must value and embrace the Word with all our hearts. 

This week, think about whether you treat Scripture as authoritative. As sufficient. As necessary. 

Listen to The Priority of Scripture

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will focus on worship. We are all called to worship God individually, but the church is also called to worship God corporately. It is important that we understand why and how we are called to worship. So to prepare for this Sunday, read Hebrews 13:15 and consider the following questions:

  • Why do we worship in church on Sunday?
  • Why do we worship the way we do?
  • What is the Biblical basis of our worship?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (1/16/20)

PREPARING TO HEAR

Although we do not have a Reflect section this week, there are two things we can prepare for on Sunday. 

First, in Sunday School, the Mexico missions team will share testimonies from their time abroad. If you don't normally come to our Sunday School class, we invite you to join us at 9:30 to hear what God did on the trip and what he is doing in Mexico through the Warne's ministry. 

Second, in our main service, JD will be continuing his series on our mission. This week we will be considering the authority of Scripture. Our view of Scripture is essential to following God's mission. Downplaying or neglecting Scripture is disastrous. To prepare for this Sunday, please read 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 and consider the following questions:

  • What descriptions of Scripture does this text have?
  • What does it mean that Scripture is breathed out by God?
  • What responsibilities are outlined in the text?
  • What other types of authority might challenge the authority of Scripture?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (1/10/20)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday JD challenged us that if we are going to fulfill God's mission to glorify him by being and making disciples of Jesus, we must maintain our focus on the gospel. We can never move on from the gospel, but rather into a deeper understanding of the gospel. It must color and motivate all that we do in fulfilling God's mission.

Take some time to consider what the gospel means to you. Do you value it? Does it motivate you?

Listen to Mission Refresh: The Centrality of the Gospel

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will focus on the centrality of the gospel to our mission. We cannot glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus if we do not have the gospel. While it may seem like the gospel is just the introduction to the Christian life, we must never move on from the gospel. To prepare for the message this Sunday, read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 and think about the following:

  • How can we abide in Christ?
  • What is the fruit that we should desire to bear?
  • Does verse 7 teach that God will give us whatever we want?
  • What are the purposes of remaining in Christ?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (1/2/20)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday JD reminded us of our mission: We exist to glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus. God's main purpose and goal is to bring himself glory, and believers must have the same mission. We do this by living as disciples of Christ, and by serving as ambassadors for Christ. We must follow Christ and help others follow Christ. Is this your mission? Are you living as a disciple of Jesus? Do you care about helping others live like Christ?

As we begin the new year, take some time to consider your mission. 

Listen to Mission Refresh

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will focus on the centrality of the gospel to our mission. We cannot glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus if we do not have the gospel. While it may seem like the gospel is just the introduction to the Christian life, we must never move on from the gospel. To prepare for the message this Sunday, read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 and think about the following:

  • How would you define Paul's mission from these verses?
  • What does the phrase "For the love of Christ controls us" (v. 14) mean?
  • What does it mean to "regard no one according to the flesh" (v. 16)? 
  • How would you explain the gospel to someone else?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (12/26/19)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we spent a final week pondering the glory of God in the incarnation. We focused on how God is light. In the birth of Christ, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it. This should give us great confidence as we walk in the midst of a dark and dying world. Take heart - the light of the world has overcome the darkness. Jesus entered our world to die on the cross and shine in our hearts to free us from sin. Praise God for the incarnation!

Listen to Light Displayed in the Incarnation of Christ

PREPARING TO HEAR

As we come to the end of one year and the beginning of another, we are going to take the opportunity to refocus on what is most important. This week JD will be preaching on our mission, which is to glorify God by being and making disicples of Jesus. It's easy to get distracted or misunderstand the mission, so we need to be reminded of what God has commanded us. To prepare for this Sunday, read Matthew 16:24 and 28:18-20 and consider the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?
  • What does it mean to make disciples of Jesus Christ?
  • What does the world say should be your mission in life?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (12/19/19)

IN REFLECTION

Last week Pastor JD expounded the concept of God's love revealed in the incarnation. We so often hear of the importance of love around Christmas, but the truest and fullest expression of love is found in God sending Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins. May we never doubt that God loves us - he has proven it once and for all in the incarnation.

This week, meditate on the truth of God's love for you and spend some time praising and thanking him for his unconditional favor towards you.

Listen to Love Displayed in the Incarnation of Christ

PREPARING TO HEAR

On Sunday we will conclude our mini series on the incarnation by considering how God's light is revealed in the incarnation. The God who said "Let there be light" in the midst of physical darkness sent Jesus to bring light in the midst of our spiritual darkness. To prepare for this Sunday, read and think about the following texts:

  • Matthew 4:12-17 How must we respond to seeing God's light?
  • John 3:19-21 What is our natural response to seeing God's light?
  • Revelation 21:21-23 What is God's light?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (12/12/19)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we looked into the throne room of God and saw him arrayed in majestic holiness. Our God is holy, separate from sin and distinct from all others. There is no one like our God! And yet God became like us. He brought his holiness to dwell among us and make an acceptable sacrifice to atone for our sins. Praise God for his holiness!

Spend some time this week meditating on God's holy character and what his holiness means for you.

Listen to Holiness Displayed in the Incarnation of Christ

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will reflect on how God pours out love in the incarnation. Love is one of the most common themes of Christmas in our secular world, and yet God's true love is often misrepresented. God reveals his love in the incarnation in specific ways. To prepare for our time in God's Word this week, read 1 John 4:7-12 and consider the following questions:

  • After reading these verses, how would you define love?
  • How does the world around us define love?
  • What does propitiation mean?
  • What are some specific ways that you can display the love of Christ to others this Christmas season?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (12/5/19)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we began the season of Advent by reflecting on how God's grace is revealed in the incarnation. We are desperately in need of grace, but we do not deserve it. this is what makes the incarnation such good news - that God would freely give of his fullness of grace to needy, undeserving sinners like us. In Christ we receive grace upon grace, grace to cleanse us from our guilt and grace to sanctify us after conversion. This Christmas, remember God's grace shown in the incarnation.

Listen to Grace Displayed in the Incarnation of Christ

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will consider another attribute of God displayed in the incarnation: Holiness. God's holy character normally refers to his separateness and distinction from anything else, and yet in the incarnation, Christ brought his infinite holiness to dwell among us. To prepare yourself for this Sunday, read Isaiah 6:1-7 and consider the following questions:

  • What does it mean that God is holy?
  • How could Christ remain holy and also become human?
  • Why is important (and essential) that Christ be holy?
  • How should we respond to God's holiness displayed in the incarnation?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (6/20/19)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we looked at the topic of repentance from Hosea 5-6. Repentance is a change of mind that leads to a change of heart resulting in a change of action. It is not a work that we do but a response to what God is doing in us. God calls everyone to turn from their sin and turn to God to receive forgiveness and cleansing from their sins.

This week, consider both your need for repentance and the blessed results of true repentance.

Listen to God's Grace of Repentance

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be returning to Colossians 3 and looking at verses 12-14.These verses build off of verse 9, where believers were reminded that they have put off the old man and put on the new man. Verses 12-14 go further in explaining what it means to live as a believer. To prepare for the message, read Colossians 3:12-14 and consider the following questions:

  • How can I put on the attributes listed in these verses?
  • Why are believers reminded that they are chosen, holy, and beloved in verse 12?
  • Why is forgiveness so important in the Christian life?
  • How does love bind everything together in perfect harmony (vs 14)?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Grace Greater Than Our Sin
Grace Unmeasured
Our Great Savior
O To Be Like Thee