The Gospel Project for Adults Begins

The Gospel Project for Adults begins on September 2 at 9:45. If you want to get started on the ground floor of this fascinating three-year study through the entire Bible, join one of these four adult classes:

  1. The Agape Class in Room 8
  2. The Breakfast Club in Room 13
  3. The Legacy Builders in Room 210
  4. The Young Adults in Room 208

The wonderful part of this new study is the Christ connection we will follow through the whole Bible; it’s all about Jesus! The preschool and children’s departments are also using the Gospel Project curriculum.

Life Groups at KGBC

Life Groups meet on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm (September 12 – December 12).

Come discover what real life and community is all about.

Those people who are in the company of the committed participate in church activities more than those on the fringe, occasional Sunday attendees, or 1-2 times a month “drive-by” attendees, so how can we get people more connected to each other?

Most of us hear several “truth units” each week but seldom have the opportunity to wrestle with the text, much less apply it. Spiritual growth happens in community. With so much biblical knowledge available, we need to learn how to apply the knowledge to effectively carry out our divine mission.

“We have Sunday School,” you may say. Sunday morning Bible study is great for knowledge but how often do we walk away from our lessons having discussed how to apply the text, and hold each other accountable for it?

Sermon-based small groups have several advantages over using regular curriculum, here are seven of the most powerful advantages:

  1. They Increase the Educational Impact
  2. They Pull in the Marginally Interested
  3. They Reach More People
  4. They Sharpen the Church-Wide Vision
  5. They Mainstream New Believers
  6. They Eliminate Idiot Questions
  7. They Help with Leadership Recruitment *

Implications for King’s Grant:

  1. We must learn how to discuss, wrestle, and apply the spiritual truth we encounter each Sunday.
  2. In our traditional format of discipleship, we share lessons, we don’t share life.
  3. It has been said that the American church is educated far beyond our obedience.

Why LIFE Groups?

Life is what we desire to share, as we experience authentic community. This is what our Life Group Initiative is all about:

LOVING – they will know we are Christians by our love… the song goes.

INVITING – we desire to build a culture of invitation, that people can belong here long before they become members.

FELLOWSHIPPING – the word is koinonia, sharing of a common life, much more than the church potluck supper.

EQUIPPING – we desire to build an equipping culture, for those who are the church to be. Trained in leadership and ministry to carry out the vision and mission of the church.


* These Advantages are adapted from Larry Osborne’s Small-Groups Starter Kit, copyright 2008 by North Coast Church; discovered in a article from Christianity Today.

Five Challenges of Following Jesus

Five Challenges of Every Follower of Christ
John 16:1-33

  1. The challenge of Opposition (from people and circumstances) (John 16:1-11)
  2. The challenge of Commitment (taking up the cross) (John 16:12-15)
  3. The challenge of The temporal (episodes of suffering) (John 16:16-22)
  4. The challenge of Growth (being stretched) (John 16:23-28)
  5. The challenge of Fear (that overwhelms and leads to compromise) (John 16:29-33)

Questions for Further Study:

  1. When might you use a figure of speech to explain something? Why?
  2. What painful experiences in your life have resulted in joy?
  3. When have you enthusiastically anticipated someone’s return or arrival?
  4. How did the disciples react to Jesus’ “in a little while” statement? (16:17-18)
  5. What did Jesus tell His disciples would happen to them? (16:19-20)
  6. To what did Jesus compare His disciples’ response to His departure and return? (16:21-22)
  7. What did Jesus tell His disciples they would do when they saw Him again? (16:23)
  8. What hadn’t the disciples done up until this point? (16:24)
  9. What kind of language did Jesus use to speak to His disciples? (16:25)
  10. Why did the Father love the disciples? (16:26-27)
  11. From where did Jesus come and to where was He going? (16:28)
  12. Why did the disciples say that they believed Jesus had come from God? (16:29-30)
  13. What did Jesus predict the disciples would do? (16:31-32)
  14. What did Jesus want for His disciples? (16:33)
  15. Why did Jesus tell the disciples to take heart? (16:33)
  16. How would you have responded to Jesus’ words had you been there with His disciples?
  17. What grief or sorrow in your life has God turned to joy?
  18. For what can we ask the Father?
  19. How has God made your joy complete?
  20. How does the knowledge of Jesus’ return make you joyful?
  21. What figures of speech have helped you better understand spiritual truths?
  22. What relationship do we have with the Father today?
  23. What trouble do we have in the world as followers of Christ?
  24. How does the fact that Jesus has overcome the world encourage you?
  25. In the midst of trouble, on what encouraging truth from this passage will you rely?
  26. Because of your restored relationship with the Father, what can you ask Him to give to you in
    Jesus’ name?
  27. What grief or sorrow do you need to entrust to God?

The Gospel Project Begins

This Sunday September 2 is the very first lesson in our new three your study through the entire Bible. Not sure about the Gospel Project. This video gives a good summary:

Preschool, Grades 1-6, and four of our adult classes are starting the Gospel Project!

Relative – Three Key Relationships

RELATIVE! – Three Key Relationships
(Jesus teaches His disciples about their relationships with Himself, with each other, and with the world.)
John 15:1-27

  1. The BRANCHES – WE MUST ABIDE – John 15:1-8 – the believer relates to the Son
    1. The Symbols – John 15:1, 5a-5b
      1. The Son is the True Vine
      2. The Father is the Gardener
      3. The believers are the branches
    2. The Steps – John 15:2-4, 5c-6
      1. We must submit to pruning by the Father
        1. He challenges the branch – takes away
        2. He cleanses the branch – he prunes
      2. We must abide in the Son
        1. The branch attached to the Vine
        2. The branch abiding in the Vine
        3. The branch available to the Vine
    3. The Success – John 15:7-8
      1. The fruit we bear
        1. Sanctification – we become like Jesus
        2. Spirituality – we behave like Jesus
        3. Souls – we are burdened for people like Jesus
      2. The results we experience
        1. An unhindered prayer life
        2. Glorifying of the Father
        3. Proof we are his disciples
  2. The BELIEVER – WE MUST OBEY – John 15:9-17 – the believer relates to others
    1. The Priority – John 15:9-12
      1. The Father loves the Son
      2. The Son loves the believers
      3. The believer is commanded to love
    2. The Proof – John 15:13-15
      1. What Jesus will do for the believer – die for us
      2. What Jesus has done for the believer – friends, not servants
    3. The Promises – John 15:16-17
      1. He chose us
      2. Branches will bear permanent fruit that will remain
      3. Prayer will be answered
  3. The BATTLE – WE MUST ENDURE – John 15:18-27 – the believer relates to the world
    1. Life will be hard – John 15:18-21 – those who desire to live godly lives will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12)
    2. Love has come – John 15:22-25 – the world hated Jesus so we will be hated for the same reason
    3. Leaving a Helper – John 15:26-27 – three things will happen
      1. Truth – the Spirit of truth
      2. Testifying – Spirit testifies of the Son
      3. Testimony – those who know him will testify to Jesus as well

Questions for Further Study:

  1. What are the marks of a true friendship?
  2. What do you do to maintain your friendships?
  3. How are Jesus and the Father related? (15:1)
  4. What is Jesus and who is the Father? (15:1)
  5. How does the gardener tend to the branches that bear fruit and the branches that do not? (15:2)
  6. What did Jesus say the branches must do in order to bear fruit? (15:4)
  7. Who are the branches? (15:5)
  8. What did Jesus say would happen to the branches that did not remain in Him? (15:6)
  9. What privilege was given to the branches that remained in the vine? (15:7)
  10. What would be demonstrated by the disciples’ bearing much fruit? (15:8)
  11. What did Jesus urge His disciples to do? (15:9)
  12. How were Jesus’ disciples to remain in His love? (15:10)
  13. Why did Jesus talk with His disciples about vines and branches? (15:11)
  14. What command did Jesus give His disciples? (15:12)
  15. What is the greatest manifestation of love? (15:13)
  16. Who did Jesus say were His friends? (15:14)
  17. Why did Jesus call His disciples friends? (15:15)
  18. Why did Jesus choose His disciples? (15:16)
  19. What was Jesus’ command? (15:17)
  20. How are we to remain in Jesus? Why?
  21. What does it mean to bear fruit as a Christian?
  22. How are we to bear fruit?
  23. When is it difficult to develop and maintain a personal relationship with Jesus?
  24. In what way has God been removing “dead” or useless pieces from your character?
  25. In what way is your joy complete?
  26. When do you struggle with loving others the way Jesus has loved you?
  27. What kind of friend are you to Jesus?
  28. Why is it hard to be Jesus’ friend?
  29. What steps can you take to develop a more intimate relationship with Christ?
  30. How can you be a better friend to Jesus beginning today?

Our M3 Emphasis for 2018

We hope you will join us for our local “Back to Church” on September 9. Graded classes will promote to their new classrooms (9:45), we will have a children’s celebration before classes begin, we are excited about the beginning of our new Gospel Project curriculum, and have a place for every family member.



Join us this September during our M3 Emphasis…

[ read about our core values, Community, Faith, Love, and the M1-M2-M3 vision ]

With an M3 emphasis (member, minister, missions), what are the possibilities of actually recognizing all three components of the vision during September? Below could be a potential schedule. Take a look and let me know your feedback. We will also discuss this tomorrow in staff.

Celebrating M1. On Sunday, September 9, celebrate “Back to Church” Sunday, emphasizing the first of our core values – COMMUNITY, represented by M1 (MEMBER). An invite card will be handed to every member to use with inviting others to visit KGBC.

Celebrating M2. On Sunday, September 16, emphasizing our second core value – FAITH, represented by M2 (MINISTRY). During this day we WILL celebrate and give special thanks to all who serve through KGBC.

Celebrating M3. On Sunday, September 30, emphasizing our third core value – LOVE, represented by M3 (MISSION). This will be our Mission Sunday, sharing the call and opportunity for everyone to live a missional life.

Our Vision Statement: We exist as a community of faith to extend the love of Christ and his kingdom in Virginia Beach and to the world.

Our Vision Casting Video Series: [ Click Here ]

 

The Inner Life of a Believer

The Inner Life of the Follower of Jesus
Jesus teaches His disciples about the Holy Spirit
John 14:16-31

Questions for Further Study:

  1. When might you use a figure of speech to explain something? Why?
  2. What painful experiences in your life have resulted in joy?
  3. When have you enthusiastically anticipated someone’s return or arrival?
  4. How did the disciples react to Jesus’ “in a little while” statement? (John 16:17-18)
  5. What did Jesus tell His disciples would happen to them? (John 16:19-20)
  6. To what did Jesus compare His disciples’ response to His departure and return? (John 16:21-22)
  7. What did Jesus tell His disciples they would do when they saw Him again? (John 16:23)
  8. What hadn’t the disciples done up until this point? (John 16:24)
  9. What kind of language did Jesus use to speak to His disciples? (John 16:25)
  10. Why did the Father love the disciples? (John 16:26-27)
  11. From where did Jesus come and to where was He going? (John 16:28)
  12. Why did the disciples say that they believed Jesus had come from God? (John 16:29-30)
  13. What did Jesus predict the disciples would do? (John 16:31-32)
  14. What did Jesus want for His disciples? (John 16:33)
  15. Why did Jesus tell the disciples to take heart? (John 16:33)
  16. How would you have responded to Jesus’ words had you been there with His disciples?
  17. What grief or sorrow in your life has God turned to joy?
  18. For what can we ask the Father?
  19. How has God made your joy complete?
  20. How does the knowledge of Jesus’ return make you joyful?
  21. What figures of speech have helped you better understand spiritual truths?
  22. What relationship do we have with the Father today?
  23. What trouble do we have in the world as followers of Christ?
  24. How does the fact that Jesus has overcome the world encourage you?
  25. In the midst of trouble, on what encouraging truth from this passage will you rely?
  26. Because of your restored relationship with the Father, what can you ask Him to give to you in Jesus’ name?
  27. What grief or sorrow do you need to entrust to God?

The Heart of a Jesus Follower

The Heart of a Follower of Jesus
(5 Ways Jesus teaches His disciples to remains strong in commitment and service.)
John 14:1-15

  1. Jesus teaches His followers to have an untroubled heart (1-4).
    1. Jesus was distracted, discouraged, and distressed
    2. Jesus was dealing with betrayal, denial, and not being with his men much longer
    3. “Believe” is not an imperative, but indicative, meaning they believed in Jesus, he told them to act like it.
  2. Jesus teaches His followers about the priority of the relationship (5-7).
    1. He is the way – the only, exclusive path tothe Father
    2. He is the truth – the truth intimately known
    3. He is the life – victory over death
  3. Jesus teaches His followers to move beyond doubt (8-11).
  4. Jesus teaches His followers about true confidence (12-14).
    1. He invites them into his work
    2. He involves them in greater works to come
    3. He increased their blessing – ask, and he will do it
  5. Jesus teaches His followers lifestyle obedience (15).
    1. This is not a cold legalism – keep the commandment.
    2. This is personal affection – we serve and obey because we love him.

Questions for Further Study:

  1. What are some widely accepted “truths” that you believe to be false?
  2. In what ways do you resemble your parents?
  3. What did Thomas ask Jesus? (John 14:5)
  4. What did Jesus tell Thomas that He was? (John 14:6)
  5. Whom did Jesus say that His disciples would know if they really knew Him? (John 14:7)
  6. Whom did Philip ask Jesus to show them? (John 14:8)
  7. What did Jesus ask Philip in response to Philip’s request to be shown the Father? (John 14:9)
  8. How did Jesus characterize His relationship with the Father? (John 14:10-11)
  9. What evidence did Jesus use to prove that He is in the Father and the Father is in Him? (John 14:11)
  10. What did Jesus say that those who had faith in Him would do? (John 14:12)
  11. Why did Jesus say that anyone who had faith would do greater things? (John 14:12)
  12. Why did Jesus say that He would do whatever His believers asked in His name? (John 14:13)
  13. What did Jesus say that He would do for His followers? (John 14:14)
  14. In what way is faith in Jesus Christ exclusive or narrow?
  15. In what way is Christianity an exclusive belief system?
  16. How is Jesus the way, the truth, and the life in your life?
  17. How are we related to Jesus Christ and God the Father?
  18. What does it mean to know someone?
  19. What does it mean to know Jesus and God?
  20. What “greater things” are we doing today?
  21. What can we ask Jesus to do?
  22. What should our motivation be when we make requests of Jesus?
  23. How can we bring glory to the Father?
  24. What can you do this week to deepen your relationship with Christ?
  25. What can you do today to bring glory to God?
  26. Whom do you need to tell about the way Jesus offers a relationship with God?