CRI and Feed My Starving Children

We are partnering with Catalyst Resources International and Feed My Starving Children to raise money to send a crate of food to Guatemala. Your opportunity to give is this Sunday February 4 through our end of the service benevolent offering. Our goal is to fill a container, which will feed over 272,000 children at a cost of about $6200.

Here is the promo video we are showing on Sunday.

Real Life Revealed

Real Life Revealed
John 1:19-34

Now that Jesus is revealed, there are two necessary responses:

  1. THE EVERYDAY: a proper disposition of one’s life. (1:19-28)
    Three attitudes we cannot avoid:

    1. self-denial
    2. humility
    3. reverence
  2. THE ETERNAL: a proper recognition of His life. (1:29-34)
    Three truths we cannot miss:

    1. the answer to sin
    2. the fullness of life
    3. the promise of God’s personal presence with His own through the Holy Spirit.

Ken Quotes:

  1. Knowing Jesus is not based on knowledge, but how we follow him.
  2. If we know him well, our lives will tell.

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. Why do people enjoy boasting about themselves and their accomplishments?
  2. Why is it hard to be humble?
  3. What are the characteristics of a humble person?
  4. What function do initiation rites serve in a club or society?
  5. What can you infer about someone from his or her title (such as Doctor, Professor, or Prince)?
  6. What did the Jews want to know? (John 1:19)
  7. Who did the Jews think John was? (John 1:20-21)
  8. What did John say about who he was? (John 1:20-22)
  9. In what way was John a “voice of one calling in the desert”? (John 1:23)
  10. What does the phrase “make straight the way for the Lord” mean? (John 1:23)
  11. How did John “make straight the way for the Lord”? (John 1:23)
  12. Why did the Pharisees care that John was baptizing people? (John 1:24)
  13. What did John say he was not worthy to do? (John 1:27)
  14. Who did John say was coming after him? (John 1:27)
  15. Where did these events take place? (John 1:28)
  16. Why did John call Jesus the Lamb of God? (John 1:29)
  17. What are the sins of the world? (John 1:29)
  18. What does Jesus do with the sins of the world? (John 1:29)
  19. What did John mean that Jesus surpassed him because He was before him? (John 1:30)
  20. How was Jesus before John? (John 1:30)
  21. Why did John say he didn’t know who Jesus was? (John 1:31)
  22. What reason did John give for baptizing Jesus? (John 1:31)
  23. Why did John come to baptize people? (John 1:31)
  24. What creature represented the Spirit of God? (John 1:32)
  25. Why did the Spirit come down upon Jesus? (John 1:33)
  26. With what did John baptize? (John 1:31, 33)
  27. With what will Jesus baptize? (John 1:33)
  28. What title did John ascribe to the person he baptized? (John 1:34)
  29. In what ways can you honor Christ with your accomplishments?
  30. How can we point others to Christ?
  31. In what situations is it difficult for you to be humble?
  32. If you had been John how would you have felt about your role?
  33. In what ways is your life like John’s?
  34. What special or unique means has God given you to share His Word?
  35. What sin of yours has Jesus taken away?
  36. How do we receive the forgiveness that Christ bought for us?
  37. In what way do you share Jesus’ identity as a child of God?
  38. What role does the Holy Spirit play in your life?
  39. How does Jesus baptize us?
  40. In what way can you be a voice for Jesus?
  41. What are some areas in which you struggle to be humble at this time in your life?
  42. In what specific ways can you point others to Christ this week?
  43. How can you honor Jesus’ Sonship with your life this week?
  44. What steps can you take to appreciate better who Jesus is?
  45. In what way can you reveal Christ to others this week?

Student Study in John’s Gospel

An Invitation From Our Student Pastor:

Statistics show us that teenage Christ-followers are behaving no differently than their friends who don’t follow Christ. We talk about how teenage Christ-followers don’t know the Bible or can’t articulate their faith. While these things may be true, I firmly believe that the biggest reason some Christian teens aren’t living their faith is because they simply don’t recognize Christ for who He is. They don’t fully understand or appreciate whom it is they claim to follow; what His life, death, and resurrection accomplished; and the power that is gained in surrendering to Him.

In his gospel, John seeks to prove to people the identity of Christ. This proof comes from a man who saw Jesus’ ministry first-hand as one of His closest disciples. John saw Jesus as not just a good teacher or friend, but as the Son of God, the promised Messiah, the Redeemer of God’s children. The picture of Jesus John paints in his gospel is a powerful image of the “who” of the Christian faith.

I’m excited to tell you that our students will be engaging in a meaningful time of Bible study and application, learning exactly what Scripture says about Jesus through John’s eyes. Our hope is that your child will join us for the next six weeks on Wednesday nights at 6:15 for Proof: A Study on the Book of John. Through this study, your teenager will begin to see Jesus as:

  • Not just a great teacher or prophet, but the Son of God
  • Someone who faced tons of opposition
  • Powerfully compassionate
  • Promising His continued presence through the Holy Spirit
  • The atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world
  • The resurrected Lord

I strongly encourage you to make every effort to have your student be part of this Bible study series on Wednesday nights. I’m praying that it offers thought provoking discussion and life changing perspective!

Another added bonus is that Pastor Ken is teaching on the book of John in his current sermon series – Real Life. My hope is that these truths will really “soak in” after students hear it twice during the week. I’m also hoping that it gives families common talking points as they’re hearing similar messages.

Please be praying for our ministry, your child, and your child’s friends as we challenge them with the person of Jesus. We want to be known as a student ministry who knows the proof but also points others to this proof, the person of Jesus, the “who” of our faith!

Real Life Defined

WHO IS JESUS? – Real Life Defined
John 1:1-18

Real life defined by: The Foundational Truth

Who is Jesus? Life, Light, Grace, Truth, Power, Creator, Sent with a Purpose, Adoption through Reception.

  • The Supremacy of Christ. (John 1:1-2) he is a person not a principle, near not distant.
  • Why should I trust Him with my life? The Source of Life. (John 1:3-5)
    • Materially – creation / made by him (1 Corinthians 8:6, Colossians 1:16)
    • Spiritually – Life and Light – John 1:4 is past tense, while John 1:5 is present tense.

Real life defined by: The Historical Truth

  • The truth of Jesus has always stood greater than the personalities of history. (John 1:6-9) John reflects the light, he is not the light.
  • The truth of Jesus has always demanded a response from the lives of mankind throughout history. (John 1:10-13)
    • Rejection – familiarity can blind us to the truth and we don’t see his supremacy.
    • Reception – we are adopted into the family, not by Jewish descent.

Real life defined by: The Personal Truth

  • We engage with His glory. (John 1:14-15)
  • We experience His mercy. (John 1:16-17)
  • We enjoy His presence. (John 1:18)

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. What are some of the slang expressions you used growing up?
  2. In what ways are words different from visual images?
  3. Why does John’s gospel start at creation rather with the birth story?
  4. What are some facts about the Word we discover in John 1:1-5?
  5. Who is the Word? (John 1:1)
  6. What is the relationship between the Word and God? (John 1:1-2)
  7. What was the Word’s role in creation? (John 1:3)
  8. How is the “life” the light of men? (John 1:4)
  9. What was John’s role in relation to the light? (John 1:6)
  10. How did the light give light to every person? (John 1:9)
  11. Why didn’t the world recognize the light? (John 1:10)
  12. What is the benefit of receiving or believing in the Word? (John 1:12)
  13. How and why did the Word make His dwelling among us? (John 1:14)
  14. Whose glory did the Word reveal? (John 1:14)
  15. What did God give us through Moses? (John 1:17)
  16. What did God give us through Jesus? (John 1:18)
  17. Why is it significant that no one has seen God but “God the One and Only”? (John 1:18)
  18. Why did the Word become flesh and live among us?
  19. How does a person receive the Word?
  20. What happens when we receive or believe in the Word?
  21. In what way can you receive or welcome Christ into your life?
  22. What insights can you gain from seeing Jesus as God’s Word?
  23. How should being a child of God affect our lives?
  24. In what way is John an example for us to follow?
  25. How did Jesus reveal God’s glory to us?
  26. What do you need to do to be certain of your relationship with God?
  27. What will you do this week to better enjoy your status as a child of God?
  28. How should the reality that God became a man affect your life today?
  29. Where are you keeping Jesus?
    1. Is he a resident in your dwelling?
    2. Is he standing in the front hall?
    3. Is he kept in the parlor or living room?
    4. Are there rooms where he is uninvited?
    5. Does he possess the keys to the dwelling?

Two Resolutions – Bethlehem Forward

Bethlehem Forward, Part Two
1 John 1:5-10

  1. Two Resolves from Bethlehem Forward (1 John 1:5)
    1. There is no article in front of “light” – he is not A light nor is he THE light, he is LIGHT.
    2. Cross reference to 2 Corinthians 4:6, Hebrews 1:3
  2. Reconciled to the Light (1 John 1:6-7)
    1. “If we say” refers to a CLAIM. You can’t just claim to be OK with God, there is more to your salvation than that.
    2. “If we say” is a singular event, but “walk” is something continuously. There is a conditional IF/THEM clause. They go together.
    3. “Fellowship with one another” refers to community, connection, cleansing.
    4. Cross reference to John 8:12, 12:35, 13:34-35, 1 John 2:9, 4:12.
  3. Reconciled to the Savior (1 John 1:8-10)
    1. “Have no sin” refers to not the principle of sin but to specific individual sins.
    2. “Confess our sins” refers to my personal and specific sins, not a general sinfulness.
    3. Confession – living a life of brokenness.

Ask yourself whether you are attending or connecting. Are you in fellowship with one another? If not, you’re not doing Christianity right.

Questions for Further Discussion

  1. Why might it be hard for someone to admit that he or she was wrong about something?
  2. About what do we tend to deceive ourselves?
  3. When and why might someone need an attorney?
  4. What message did the writer hear and declare? (1 John 1:5)
  5. What inconsistency did John address? (1 John 1:6)
  6. What results from “walking in the light”? (1 John 1:7)
  7. How were some believers apparently deceiving themselves? (1 John 1:8)
  8. What is the result of confessing one’s sins? (1 John 1:9)
  9. In what way can a person make God out to be a liar? (1 John 1:10)
  10. What do you think the terms “light” and “darkness” represent?
  11. In what way is God similar to light?
  12. In what ways do we “walk in darkness”?
  13. How can we “walk in the light”?
  14. How does the promise of being purified from all sin make you feel?
  15. Why would someone claim that he or she was without sin?
  16. What can you do to make yourself spiritually clean?
  17. What role does the confession of sins play in your daily life?
  18. How important is fellowship with other believers to you?
  19. What steps will you take this week to walk in the light?
  20. What will you do to incorporate the confession of sins into your daily routine?

Students – Reflection on 2017

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY

Reflection

Join us TONIGHT (January 10) as we reflect on what God has done in the last year of our lives. Good, bad, boring…we’ll see how God changed us this past year.

It’s Wendy’s Wednesday! Join us after Bible study for food and fellowship!

 

Winter Shelter Preparation 2018

Please visit the bulletin board for information on how to serve during our winter shelter week.

  1. Classes are invited to cook and serve an evening meal during the week.
  2. Men are invited to provide security overnight (8:30 pm through 6:00 am).
  3. The hospitality team welcomes volunteers each evening to meet and greet, and interact with the our guests during the evening activities.
  4. Visit the bulletin boards to pick up “mitten” tags – to purchase items for daily lunches for our guests.
  5. Visit the displays regarding the hygiene kits, and fill a zip-lock bag with the requested items.
  6. Who would come to church early on Sunday to help clean our restrooms for the morning’s activities (working with our church custodian)? Time is essential so help is needed.
  7. Who will come early on Sunday to take down tables in the fellowship hall and set up for the worship service in the Well?