Faith Indicated by a Life that Ministers

The Core Value of FAITH: Indicated by a Life that Ministers
Ephesians 4:11-13

Early in Ephesians 4, Paul uses adult language to now in Ephesians 4:14, he tells them to not be childlike. In this passage, there is a major theme of Christian growth.

Growth patterns, Ken’s illustration of his kids being at both ends, with a first grader and two in college.” The tooth fairy can’t visit this time because tuition and rent are due.” It is tragic when living things don’t grow and mature. A haunting question is, does all of Jesus affect all of me?

  1. Name a time when you realized that you were not growing spiritually, and what did you do to make a change?
  2. What are some actions or disciplines that have been effective in your spiritual growth?
  3. How is it possible to approach someone who lacks maturity and encourage them to begin the journey?

The Plan – Ephesians 4:7-11, Jesus is the conquering warrior who gives gifts to his people, for the church to be mature and fulfilled. This is our spiritual framework for the church, to be mature rather than childlike.

“. . . for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body” (Ephesians 4:12)

  1. What is God’s purpose in giving gifts to his people?
  2. Why is it important that each part “do its part” for the body?
  3. Who has a story about your experience with spiritual gifts discovery?
  4. From a gifts inventory you have taken, name your top 2-3 gifts. How do they fit? Has this knowledge of your gifts ever caused you to step out in faith toward a new ministry?

The EQUIPPING of the saints – gifts are first, the gift of leadership, then this giftedness directs us toward service and influence, for the church to behave as God intends it to be. The word equip can mean mending and restoring, but also laying a foundation, and also to be trained and prepared for service. Along with the term is the idea of completion and fullness.

  1. In what ways has the church trained you for ministry?
  2. What training do you feel is still needed in the church? In your life? In your ministry?

The smartphone illustration: “Dad, you’re not using enough of your phone, it can do so much more than you’re using it for.” God has designed us for so much more. Operating at the highest level to accomplish what he has intended. Who mentored you earlier in life? They were investing in you, building your foundation, preparing you for service. The saints is the subject, you who are born again. Research: churches that grow the most are those who expected the most of its membership. At time we see it is getting done, so we fold our arms and sit back. We are not trying to get a quota, but get more involved.

  1. What are the expectations of church membership at King’s Grant?
  2. Why are expectations notoriously low in modern American culture?
  3. Would raising expectations for membership result in more people running out the back door?
  4. Why is the 20-80 rule true? (20% of the people do 80% of the ministry)
  5. How does the word “saint” describe you? How has the word “saint” been hijacked in our society? Why do we prefer the phrase, “sinner saved by grace?”

The WORKS of Service – Chuck Swindoll, many churches approach ministry by hiring some to do the heavy lifting, the real work. This is being disobedient to Ephesians 4. We must move from member to minister. The professionals have one job, to equip saints for the work of service.

  1. Our church resides in an area of up-and-outs rather than down-and-outs. When something needs to be done, we are used to hiring someone to get the job done. How can we motivate our white-collar professionals to roll up their blue-collar sleeves?
  2. How does a person discover what ministry in which to be involved?
  3. Why are some ministries done with a certain ease and effectiveness while others are not enjoyable to fruitful?
  4. What skill or ability would you like to master for the kingdom’s sake?
  5. What is the most effective way to help people move from member (M1) to minister (M2)?

How? Seek to meet needs, discover spiritual gift, unleashed them to use that gift. Then, understand the calling to serve, it is for Christ and his kingdom. Thirdly, understand the idea of service and ministry, in general or in a specific area. Doors will open and expand his kingdom. We are freed to minister as God sees fit. William Booth, his loss of sight was irreversible, “I served God and his people with my eyes, now I must discover how to serve God and others without my eyes.”

  1. When it comes to ministry, why do we often see our limitations rather than the opportunities?
  2. Name a rime when you were involved in ministry way over your head and God came through to provide a meaningful and effective time of service.

The BUILDING up of the Church – this is the favorite part. Spurgeon, “this is the question of first importance, to utilize myself for the benefit of the rest of the members of the church, not for myself, but to be most profitable for others in the church.” When we realize we are equipped, and live that way, the body will be built up. We can look mature by the way we behave, and the opposite is true. When reminded of our identity, and our behavior will change. People who love Jesus do the opposite of what you just did.

  1. How have you seen this truth in action? “We look mature or immature by the way we behave.”
  2. How do you understand your identity in Christ?
  3. Who are you bringing with you, discipling toward maturity?
  4. What is your responsibility in building up the church?
  5. In what ways do people self-sideline themselves by their own admission that they are not equipped? How does God’s Word refute our tendency to sit on the sidelines rather than get in the game?

The Goal: – “…until we all reach UNITY in the FAITH and in the KNOWLEDGE of God’s Son, GROWING into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness.” (Ephesians 4:13)

Faith indicates all the foundational teachings of your faith. Sometimes we drift from one another because of different convictions and opinions. Incidentals cannot wreck our unity. Opinions cannot divide us. Ken mentioned these concentric circles – truth, convictions, opinions. Keep Christ and his mission at the center. Marry the mission but only date the methods.

  1. What is God’s prescription for unity in the church?
  2. Why do we tend to avoid change?
  3. What is wrong with a desire to make it better each week?
  4. How have personal preferences caused division is a local church? Who has a story?
  5. What quality would you like to develop in your character?

There are gaps to be filled, step into the gap. You are designed to create, do, overcome, work, accomplish something for Christ. You are demonstrating the power of God for the glory of God.

Experiential knowledge. Finally growing, measured by Christ’s fullness. Where am I right now? There is a specific way we are called to be the body of Christ.

Ken ended with same great questions:

  1. Am I allowing unimportant or unnecessary things to separate me from other believers?
  2. Am I truly moved by obligation, or the fact I am in the church only because of what Christ has done for me?
  3. What do you feel is something at which you are good?
  4. Are you willing to be used by God in the way he has designed you?

Get This for October 28

“…And He (Christ) gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints in the work of ministry to build up the Body of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:11-12

Greetings in Christ,

Last evening, during our Midweek Cafe, I shared a summary of last week’s sermon to encourage our life groups in their small group time to follow. In the summary, I told the story of a mission team I led to Brazil to build a church building near San Paulo. The project involved an opportunity I had to lay block for the front wall of the church, some 25 courses high. A friend and I worked diligently on this endeavor (well, as diligent as one could while carrying on conversation). We were close to the completion of our wall when the foreman and the pastor of the church looked at our wall and said something in Portuguese. We smiled and waved as if to say to our observers, “yes, we know the wall looks great.” It was then that the pastor laughed and made a wavy motion with his hand while pointing at the wall. We quickly concluded that our wall was a bit crooked. In fact, after tearing down almost half of the courses we had just built, we soon got the idea: you can’t just plop a block down and call it a building; the block has to be placed strategically. Thankfully, there is now a very straight wall on the front of Igreja Batista Freguesia.

When I read I Peter 2:5, I celebrate that the Holy Scriptures reference the follower of Christ as a living stone in the house of God. Much like the lesson I learned in Brazil, the living stones are not just “plopped” together and called a church; we are called together as a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices through Jesus Christ. The living church exists because of what Jesus has accomplished in the life of every member of His church.

This Sunday, we will journey from the second chapter of Ephesians (last week’s sermon) to the fourth, and we will discover the deep truths of being equipped as a member and a minister of God’s household. While there are ministry professionals, each member of the church has been strategically placed in the kingdom of Christ as a minister on behalf of Christ in the church and to the world.

Come this Sunday and celebrate being a community of faith. And, if you are reading this and feel disconnected from God or His Church, please join us. You will be surprised at how quickly you will feel connected in the love of Christ.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday, ~ Pastor Ken

Shine the Light on Halloween Night

October 31 is on Wednesday so we are planning a big community event! Rather than having something where we invite the community to our campus, we are sending our people into the community.

So, plan on eating with us at 5:00 on October 31 – (Catered Pollard’s Chicken).

Then, at 6:00, we will deploy to our six host homes in our community. These homes are not hosting members into their homes but into their driveway or cul-de-sac. As families with children roam the neighborhood in search of candy and treats, our families will be shining the light as good neighbors, meeting new friends and neighbors, bragging on costumes, meeting parents, and handing out a goodie bag from the church.

It’s simple, just be a good neighbor out and about in the community, and live life on mission!

PS… to choir members, you have the night off from rehearsal!


5 easy steps toward missional living (an example of M3):

  1. Visit a designated host home after our Mid-Week Café meal. All host homes are posted. [The Mid-Week Café opens as usual at 5pm. Everyone will need to report to host homes by 6pm]
  2. Grab your outdoor chairs, and head to a host home to help build community.
  3. Have some fun and hand out “Shine The Light on Halloween Night” gifts and candy.
  4. When possible, have conversation with families making the traditional Halloween stops (conversations to introduce yourselves to the community, and to make meaningful connection).
  5. Enjoy building community with your church family and any new friends God brings your way (and intentionally get to know your church family members better).

Faith Indicated by a Life that Grows

FAITH – INDICATED BY A LIFE THAT GROWS – 11:00
Ephesians 2:21

We are a community of faith. Our identity is more than a location at 873 Little Neck Road. Many people claim to be peoples of faith. Hebrews 11:1, faith is the assurance (confidence) of things hoped for and the conviction (assurance) of things not seen. Biblical faith becomes the result of someone believing in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9, we are saved by grace through faith. Acts 16:31, believe on the name of Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

  1. How do you describe faith to someone who does not have faith in Jesus?
  2. I’ve heard it said that faith is believing in something that you know isn’t true. How would you respond to this definition?
  3. Name some way that your faith has made a difference in your life, perhaps during a time of struggle or when you were crushed by an unusual burden.
  4. Tell us about the time that you came to faith in Jesus. Who is ready to tell their story?

Faith connects the brokenness of life with the reality of God’s transforming power. Hebrews 11 is full of such men and women of faith. They experienced God and their journey was transformed by faith. Faith takes brokenness and transforms, changes, and grows the person of faith.

  1. In what ways were you broken prior to coming to faith in Christ? How has Jesus made a difference in your life? Who do you know who needs to be mended in their relationship to God and to the Christian community?
  2. How does the word “journey” bring to mind the continual growth needed in this life?
  3. Since all living things grow, what conclusions might we make for those who choose not to grow in their faith?
  4. Since faith is a journey, look over your life to recall the times where God guided toward something, and your obedience made a world of difference.

Luke 17:5, Lord, increase our faith. 1 Timothy 4:15, be diligent in matters of faith so others will see your growth. Ephesians 2:21, it is God’s intent that his people grow in faith, increasing in spirituality. The church is not a building and program, this is far from reality. Church is a people of faith. We are bound together with or without a structure or a program. We are supposed to grow and represent Christ and his kingdom in the world around us.

  1. Which of Ken’s statements spoke the loudest to you?
    1. The church is not a building or a program, it is a people of faith.
    2. We are bound to one another with or without church programs.
    3. We are supposed to grow and represent Christ and his kingdom all around us.
  2. Which do you find most difficult to embrace?
  3. What church programming has significantly impacted your spiritual growth? Why was this activity more effective to you than others?

The Reality of the Whole (three values this truth expresses). Our Fitbit culture, the device tracks many habits, but the device does make it happen, you must have the desire already for it to benefit you. The whole is fitted for growth. There may be programs that allow for growth but if I don’t see the value in it and utilize these opportunities, it will do me little good. I must value the fact of growth in my own life.

  1. How did Ken’s Fitbit illustration speak to you? (organized church programs are of little good if there is no desire for growth)
  2. Name some reasons that people sitting on the sidelines don’t sense a desire to grow in their faith.
  3. How does “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” often feel like leading people connected to the church?
  4. What excuses used to keep you trapped in spiritual complacency?

The church is a spiritual house (a living organism more than an organization). 1 Peter 2:5, living stones being fitted together forming a spiritual house. Part of a larger living entity. Jesus is the fulfillment of what the temple used to do, offer sacrifices. Hebrews 13:5, Romans 12:1, Philippians 4:19.

  1. In what ways is a spiritual house living and growing?
  2. Ken talked about Jesus removing the need for the temple. How do you understand this reality, and how might you explain it to others?
  3. In what ways do you see yourself as a living sacrifice? What prevents you from being “all in?”

You are a living stone in the spiritual house. Ephesians 2:22, you also being built up, fitted together, emphatic in Greek, meaning to pause and reflect.

  1. How does the imagery of the church as a building bring clarity to your understanding of the church?
  2. How can those who are growing in Christ assist those in our community who do not yet sense the urgency toward spiritual growth?

As a living stone, God’s will is that your life would help build up the church. Each stone builds up the house. You have a role and a part. You are vital. Imagine a jigsaw puzzle with two pieces missing. You can see the picture, but it is incomplete. God is not satisfied with only some of his children growing and being fitted together.

  1. Since we are each a living stone in this spiritual building, how does this fact amplify the reality of spiritual giftedness in the community?
  2. In what ways is the illustration of the jigsaw puzzle a great picture of a “good enough” church? Why do we tend to slip into complacency? Why do some people we tend to believe that “good enough” is acceptable to God?

The Reality of “fitted together for growth” (two expressions of growth).

  1. Personal growth. The tense of the verse indicates passive action, by God’s activity you grow, not your own activity. Am I farther down the road of grow than before? Is God working in my life? No one buys a new car to just keep in in the driveway to sit in. The church is meant to move, not be static. The church is not meant to be comfortable. I am a part of the church by participation. What a blessing it is to see others grow in their faith.
    1. How does the fact that Ken mentioned the verb here (being fitted together) is passive (action that is done to us) free you from a lot of self-effort?
    2. In what ways did the new car illustration bring clarity to your understanding spiritual growth in your life?
    3. Ken mentioned that the church is not meant to be comfortable. Is there anything wrong with being comfortable? Is he talking about “air conditioning and padded seats” comfortable or something different?
    4. In what ways does “being satisfied” prevent us for moving toward the lost, our guests, our mission, experimenting with new ministries, or even increasing the quality of what we do? What would happen if ALL our people asked this question every week, “How can we make it better?”
  2. Missional growth. We are “becoming growth,” missional growth, proclamation of the gospel around the world.
    1. Ken mention missional growth was continual movement that is growing and expanding. In what areas are you expanding your involvement in the kingdom work of Christ?
    2. In what ways do we lose focus on God’s bigger picture in favor of a limited view like tunnel vision.

The Reality of a Holy Temple (two applications of this identity). As a whole, we are fitted together, to become a holy temple.

  1. Privilege. Back in the day, temples were gathering places for devotion to certain gods. The location was the special place. Now, we are the location, that special place, what a special privilege.
  2. Ken talked about the Roman temples being special place, the focus was on the location of the structure. Describe the awesomeness of each believer being that special location as the residence of God.
  3. As the temple of the Holy Spirit, how is inaction or disobedience the only way for us not to be involved in God’s mission for the church.
  4. Responsibility. Jesus fulfilled every function of the temple, he said, “it is finished.” This demonstrates God’s mission in the world to reconcile the world to himself. This announcement is now our responsibility.
  5. How can you describe M3 to someone else? Do you yet have a grasp on what that means?
  6. Describe your responsibility in pointing people to Jesus. What are some ways that you can point people to Jesus?

If all of this is true, then the church is not a program for people to watch, but a gathering of people to worship.

Ministry is for everyone, it is the identity of the church, not just for the clergy. “How many people are on your staff?” “Several hundred” because the church is all of us. Value is always placed on people, not programs and buildings.

  1. Are you at the place where you understand that every member is a minister? What about every member is a missionary?
  2. Which of Ken’s three statements is toughest for you?
    1. The church is not a program to watch but a gathering for worship.
    2. Ministry identity is for the congregation and not just the clergy.
    3. Value is always placed on people, not the buildings or programs.
  3. What is the difference between a community living inwardly versus a community living outwardly? Why is reaching our so scary for a congregation?

The Ordination of Emily Gilliam and Bob Bademian – 8:30

(Feel free to overlook this section and skip to the 11:00 notes/questions below)

Cultural dynamics in answering a phone call. Ways to answer God’s call, Zachariah, prove who you are, Moses, you have the wrong guy, Gideon, I am the least, Isaiah, here am I send me.

Os Guinness, “We focus on the call but need to remember the caller, the one who bids us to go forth for him.” We must know that one thing to which God has called us.

If you are weak in the call, overwhelmed, discouraged, then hold tight. How can we be faithful to the call? We are all called, not just for these two today. 2 Peter 1:3

Power, divine power, God’s power, we don’t do this in our strength, explosive power, supernatural and overwhelming, recognize our power-less, remember the caller, transferring work of Jesus, Mark 5:30, woman who touched him, power left him, Romans 1:16, the power of the gospel.

Provision, he does not guide where he will not provide, he does not give surplus, but gives what we need when we need it, everything is provided, all things, life and godliness is one thought, not compartmentalized, living for a godly purpose, living the life, in my workplace, family, God will provide, untainted by man’s limitations,

Purpose, this points us back to God, to magnify his glory, called by his own glory and excellence, demonstrates God’s character, 1 Timothy 3:8-11, dignity represents character, God’s character, reflecting that character, a good reputation is how we reflect his character,

Get This for October 21

Don’t forget Operation Inasmuch this Saturday. Check out the details on our website.

“…Jesus Christ, Himself being the Cornerstone, in Whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord.” – Ephesians 2:20b-21

Greetings in Christ,

It was John Wesley who said, “I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field.”

I trust that each of us has this same hunger!

In preparation for worship this Sunday, consider the significance of “the whole church for my fellowship.”

The Apostle Paul wrote, “the whole building (meaning the spiritual community of Christians) is growing into a holy temple (meaning, a people in whom God’s presence dwells). I love the emphasis on growing. This expresses the expansion of the church around the globe (Revelation 7:9, “from every nation, tribe, people, and tongue”). This also expresses the spiritual maturity of God’s people, growing more and more into a people who truly represent the presence of God and the love of Jesus to the world.

This Sunday, October 21, we as a community of faith will have an opportunity to understand how each of us can participate in the growth of the church. To think that God could use each of us to grow His church locally and around the world is an opportunity we would not want to miss!

A Very Important Reminder: This Sunday offers an opportunity to witness growth in the leadership of our community of faith as we celebrate the ordination into deacon service for Emily Gilliam and Bob Bademian. Please come and support these two faithful servants and their families.

The ordination service will take place only at the 8:30 worship time; the 11:00 traditional service and the 11:00 contemporary worship (The Well), will focus on the present sermon series of our church vision: The Core Value of Faith – Indicated by a life that Grows.

I look forward to worshiping with you and your family this Sunday.

If you are new to the community of faith at King’s Grant Baptist, or if you are visiting, don’t forget our special invitation to “Coffee with the Pastor” at 9:30 in the Welcome Center this Sunday. [ RSVP Here ]

How to Guarantee Healthy Community

The Core Value of Community
Seven Relational Principles that Guarantee a Healthy Community
Romans 12:9-21

Community is meaningful belonging to one another. Our focus is on One, on Jesus. What is it about our community that stands out among other communities?

We have basic needs: food and shelter, sense of purpose, a sense of community. We need relationships. Carnegie institute, when employees fail at work, 90% is due to failed relationships at work. We must prioritize the heath of relationships.

Relationships are vital for our Christian growth and faith walk. God wants to be known, 1 Peter 3:18, Jesus died to bring us to God. We have the opportunity for relationships with God and with one another. John 15:12, love one another.

How to make the difference between good and evil, these are the bookends Romans 12:9 and Romans 12:21. How will we relate to each other?

  1. Brotherly Love – Romans 12:10… this love should be expressed everywhere, not just family. The word is “philadelphia,” a devoted love, a tender affection, like parent to a child. Check out Galatians 5:22-23 regarding the fruit of the spirit.
  2. Honor – Romans 10-11… esteem others, as the recipients of honor, take advantage of the opportunity to value someone, James 2:1, allow no favoritism, love without favoritism, like the baseball with a signature, showing favoritism, don’t play with THIS one, this one has a higher value, we are made in God’s image, have value, we have his signature on the back.
  3. Long-suffering – Romans 12… relationships require perseverance, relationship are not always fun, some people push our buttons, “it’s your fault they get to you,” be patient with others, Colossians 3:13, bear up with one another especially those who criticize. Be tenderhearted and forgiving, Ephesians 4:32.
  4. Hospitality – Romans 13… love like a brother, like a parent, now love others like you love a stranger? Openness, welcoming others, value of a home that is open to others. Shows love and care for everyone, hearts are open, Proverbs 3:27, if it is in you to do good, do good. Don’t withhold love, a sin of omission. Silence can be a sign of being hurt. Guard your heart but don’t withhold love.
  5. Selflessness – Romans 14-15… bless those who persecute you, or come against you, rejoice with others’ good fortune, not complaining that you would like to be blessed like that, what about me? That is not right, it is what can I do for you? The Law of Christ in Galatians 6, bearing one another. Rowing team in 1936, moving as one to accomplish the task.
  6. Humility – Romans 16… the word MIND is used three times, think of others as you would think of yourself, greatly esteem others, pastor Paul teaching the church. Writing to the church, in Philippians 2:1-4, have the same mind as Christ and then the same attitude as in Christ Jesus as in Philippians 2:5-8.
  7. Self-sacrifice – Romans 17-20… go the extra mile to love others, but not to be treated as a doormat, how can we love our enemies, four expressions…
    1. Romans 12:17 – live above reproach, we have no license to lessen our pursuit of God.
    2. Romans 12:18 – as much as it is dependent on you, be at peace with all men
    3. Romans 12:19 – leave vengeance to God, we do not plan revenge, God will take care of it
    4. Romans 12:20 – feed your enemy when he is hungry, these coals on the head is not literal, but ceremonial language of repentance, of God’s forgiveness and relationships.

Overwhelmed? Where do we go with all this? Grab one and go with it. We need God’s help. This message is preaching to the church, not to the world.

The Illustration of Officer Stephen McDonald – Central Park, altercation about a bicycle, shot, in hospital, paralyzed, Ken quoted the officer before his death, that, God was in charge, to use me, he needed my YES, will you love the boy who shot you? The best way to love him was to forgive him. YES, I have loved and forgiven him. The officer died last year.

Be tenderhearted, forgiving, God has forgiven you. Are you on a journey to forgive someone? Let Jesus guide you to that place. It may take a while, so let Jesus guide you.

For us to do any of this… I need to receive ALL of the love GOD has for us. Not just some of his love. Receive Christ today, or renew your relationship with Christ today.

Have you drifted from God? Come back and trust him.


Questions for Wednesday Life Groups:

Community:

  1. What is the difference between community in Christian groups versus secular society? What is different and what is similar?
  2. We all have a basic need of being in relationship with other people. Why do we sometimes struggle to be vulnerable and open with others?
  3. What are the benefits of being open and vulnerable in community? Why do we care so much about what others see and sometimes overlook the fact that God sees everything? Do we live as though Jesus is in the room with us? How does community help us live responsibly?

Brotherly Love:

  1. What are some examples of brotherly love that you have experienced? What does this say about how Christians are supposed to love one another?
  2. How does forgiveness draw us closer to God? How does forgiveness pull us further away from the world?
  3. How does an outward focus on others relate to our Spiritual growth? How does an inward focus hold us back?
  4. How does “brotherly love” describe how God wants us to view others? What do you think of when we say “brotherly” love? How does this compare to our relationship with, and love for, God?

Honor:

  1. What is the connection between honor and value?
  2. How is it possible to love without favoritism?
  3. The definition of honor has a few key points 1. To hold in high esteem or respect 2. A privilege 3. To fulfil or keep an agreement. Tie this into the Christian life. What can we learn about Jesus, or how can we relate to Jesus, when we look at this definition of honor?

Long-suffering:

  1. How does the concept of practicing long-suffering change us? What are the benefits to self when we are patient despite our troubles, especially when they are caused by others?
  2. What is the opposite of long suffering? (impatient, quarrelsome, disobedient, defiant, worry free, and unconcerned are just a few of the antonyms) What do these antonyms show about the importance of long-suffering?
  3. Why is patience so important in our Christian walk? What are the dangers of acting rashly or when we rush to action/judgement? What does patience allow in terms of listening and being guided by the Spirit?

Hospitality:

  1. How has the concept of hospitality become either more or less prevalent in our society today? Why?
  2. How has the concept of hospitality become harder to practice in society today? Or has it become easier? Why?
  3. What are some ways we can show hospitality? Who do you know that effectively demonstrates Christian hospitality?
  4. People say, “you get more from giving than receiving.” How is this true? Do you agree? Who has a story? Name some real-life examples.

Selflessness: (Read Galatians 6:1-10)

  1. As brothers and sisters in Christ, what responsibilities do we have for one another?
  2. What are the differences between the Christian concept of selflessness compared to the secular view?
  3. What is the relationship between selflessness and happiness? Or selflessness and fulfillment?
  4. How does Galatians 6:5 relate to Galatians 6:2? Explain how there is no contradiction. (burden in verse 2 refers to weight, heaviness, trouble, while the word for load in verse 5 is not a crushing burden but rather a small individual portion or pack).
  5. How does being selfless benefit you more than being selfish? Where does being selfish get you? (Galatians 6:7-9)
  6. Where in your life do you need to sow to please the Spirit rather than sowing to your sinful nature?
  7. How does being selfless play into what God asks us to do to share Him with others? What are the benefits to treating well those who are inside the family of believers and why would this be important for those who are not yet saved, and why does it make such a difference? (Galatians 6:10)

Humility:

  1. What is the connection between humility and thankfulness?
  2. What does a life of humility show to others? How does being humble represent our understanding of Jesus and his love?
  3. What is the connection between humility and selflessness?

Self-sacrifice:

  1. Explain the concept of altruism (see below). How does this relate to self-sacrifice? How does this reveal God? How does altruism go against the natural order of things (self-survival, self-benefit, survival of the fittest) and at the same time, how does it show that God intelligently designed us? (Altruism = the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; behavior that benefits another at its own expense.
  2. What does the Bible say is the greatest love of all? (John 15:13) What is the connection between love and self-sacrifice? How does John 3:16 relate to 1 John 3:16?
  3. Self-sacrifice is at the very heart of Christianity, let’s discuss why? (perhaps the example of Jesus)
  4. What are the benefits of outwardly-focused love? (connection, purpose, service, evangelism)

Additional Questions:

  1. What happens when you pay back evil for evil? Does the trouble ever end, or does it just repeat and continue?
  2. What is the difference between passivity and being at peace with all men?
  3. What does it mean to truly lose yourself, what is the significance?
  4. What is the significance of God’s judgement?
    1. Why is it a blessing that God will judge and be vengeful?
    2. From what does God’s judgment free us?
    3. If God was not this way, what would this mean negatively for us? (Gospel Project talked about this when looking at the flood, and the fact that God saved us from needing to be vigilantes. We know justice will be appropriately distributed in the end).
  5. Why feed our enemy? What does this mean for the long haul? What does this mean in terms of how we view people? Who is the enemy, and is it always who we think it is?
  6. Why is it difficult to bless those who persecute you? How are your actions and love more powerful in relation to this?
  7. People are (usually) logical creatures. How can demonstrating illogical action make the biggest impact to others who are not yet saved?
    1. Does it make sense the only perfect human, suffered, was humiliated, was inflicted with great physical and mental torment, was hung on a cross, and yet still showed only love for those who put Him there.
    2. Does it make sense that Stephen cried out for those who stoned him to not be charged for their sins?
    3. What about the story of Officer McDonald? He said God was in control? Why does this not fit the logic of secular life?
    4. Christianity shows its power in the illogical, yet the answer why is very logical. It is sort of like Jesus being the stone that makes men stumble and rock that makes them fall (Isaiah 8:14, Romans 9:32, 1 Peter 2:8). The Pharisees could not see the Messiah who was literally standing right in front of them.

Awana for October 7

We are finally getting settled this year and have decided to adjust the times for AWANA:

4:15 – 4:30 Dropoff
4:30 – 5:00 Games for T&T and Sparks
5:00 – 5:45 Book Time for T&T and Sparks
5:45 – 6:00 Large Group Time
6:00 Pickup Time!

For the month of October, we are going to focus on Service to Others. We actually started last week by having the older kids set the tables for their families!

The Theme for October 7 is Silver Service Sunday – wear something silver (even a paper clip will work!).

Operation Inasmuch is Saturday, October 20. Ask us if you are interested in joining KGBC for a day of community service. We provide childcare / age appropriate service projects for kids too!

Get This for October 7

“We, who are many, are one body in Christ…” – Romans 12:5

The Gallup Pole once reported the top needs of American Citizens. The top three needs listed were as follows: (1) the need for food and shelter, (2) the need for purpose, and (3) the need for community.

Interesting! With basic physical needs and the need for a sense of purpose, our culture also has a need for community: a need for belonging and identifying to a larger group.

While social media tools seem to keep our interaction superficial and often distant and strained, our culture hungers to belong. In fact, God has created us with a need for others. He has fostered within His creation the dynamic of relationships. Even through the salvation offered by Jesus on the cross, a significant result is that one can belong to the larger body of Christ (the Church). We were made for community.

Join King’s Grant Baptist Church this Sunday, October 7, as we discover from God’s’ Word the exciting reality of community (our focus of M1 – membership in the equipping model of our church vision).

I look forward to worshiping Jesus Christ with you in community.

Coffee with the Pastor October 21

If you are new to King’s Grant, join us on Sunday October 21 to meet with Ken and the other pastors for some coffee and conversation. We will gather in the Welcome Center for some fellowship at 9:30, and then invite attendees to stick around for a conversation with our pastor, and you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions about Christ or our church.

We will bring some donuts, too, so an RSVP would be helpful. Just text the word COFFEE to 757-330-4484 to let us know you’re coming. Make sure to respond to the follow-up text and tell us who to expect!


Another way to RSVP (since you’re already on our website) is to fill out this online form: