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Monday, June 26, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (6/25/17)

Scripture for Sunday
Psalm 8:1-9 (ESV)
    To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.
    O Lord, our Lord,
        how majestic is your name in all the earth!
    You have set your glory above the heavens.
        [2]  Out of the mouth of babes and infants,
    you have established strength because of your foes,
        to still the enemy and the avenger.
    [3] When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
        the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
    [4] what is man that you are mindful of him,
        and the son of man that you care for him?
    [5] Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
        and crowned him with glory and honor.
    [6] You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
         you have put all things under his feet,
    [7] all sheep and oxen,
        and also the beasts of the field,
    [8] the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
        whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
    [9] O Lord, our Lord,
        how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Questions for Reflection
1. What do you like most about the outdoors?
2. What lessons about life have you learned from nature?
3. What did David find most amazing about God’s creation? (8:3-4)
4. How do people get all of their power and responsibility? (8:3-6)
5. What attitude did David have about himself and all people? (8:4)
6. What does this psalm tell us about self-esteem and responsibility?
7. How does our attitude toward creation reflect our perspective of God?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 2017 Newsletter

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June 2017 Newsletter

Have a great day!
~ Carmen

Monday, June 12, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (6/11/17)

The food bank is running low on food of all kinds. Donations of any kind would be welcomed. You may drop food off at our church or the Ministerial Alliance building on the corner of 15th and N Llano Street.

Don't forget we have Bible Study every Wednesday at 5:30.   

Scripture
John 3:1-17 (ESV)
    Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  [2] This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him."  [3] Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."  [4] Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"  [5] Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  [6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  [7] Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'  [8] The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
    [9] Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?"  [10] Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?  [11] Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony.  [12] If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?  [13] No one has ascended into heaven except him who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.  [14] And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,  [15] that whoever believes in him may have eternal life."
    [16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
 [17] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Questions for Reflection
1. When have you felt like you wanted to start life all over again?
2. What is required to enter the kingdom of God? (3:5-6)
3. How did Jesus compare the wind to the Spirit? (3:8)
4. Why should Nicodemus have understood what Jesus said? (3:10)
5. What is the result of believing in the Son of Man? (3:15, 18)
6. How did God demonstrate His love for the world? (3:16)
7. Why did God send His Son into the world? (3:17)
8. How would you describe what it means to be born again to someone?

Friday, June 2, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (6/4/17)

Men's Breakfast Saturday morning 8 AM. Coffee will be on at 6:30 so come early to visit and bring a friend.
This Sunday is Pentecost; wear Red

Scripture
Acts 2:1-21 (ESV)  
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.  [2] And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  [3] And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.  [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 
[5] Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.  [6] And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.  [7] And they were amazed and astonished, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?  [8] And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?  [9] Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,  [10] Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome,  [11] both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God."  [12] And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"  [13] But others mocking said, "They are filled with new wine." 
[14] But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.  [15] For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.  [16] But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: 
    [17] " 'And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
    that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
        and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    and your young men shall see visions,
        and your old men shall dream dreams;
    [18] even on my male servants and female servants
        in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
    [19] And I will show wonders in the heavens above
        and signs on the earth below,
        blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
    [20] the sun shall be turned to darkness
        and the moon to blood,
         before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
    [21] And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'

Questions for Reflection
1. If you could speak another language fluently, which one would you choose? Why?
2. When the Holy Spirit filled the believers, what did they do? (2:4)
3. How did the God-fearing Jews visiting Jerusalem react when they heard Christians speaking their languages? (2:6-11)
4. Besides being amazed, how did the crowd react to the unusual happening they witnessed? (2:12-13)
5. What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
6. What areas of unbelief must you deal with in order to become more open to the movement of God in your life?
7. How can we cultivate sensitivity to the Holy Spirit?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (5/28/17)

Next Sunday, June 4th, is Pentecost, the birthday 
of the church. Please wear red.

Scripture
Galatians 3:1-9 (ESV)  
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.  [2] Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?  [3] Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?  [4] Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?  [5] Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— [6] just as Abraham "believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"? [7] Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.  [8] And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "In you shall all the nations be blessed."  [9] So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. 

Galatians 3:23-29 (ESV)  
Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.  [24] So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.  [25] But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,  [26] for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.  [27] For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  [28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  [29] And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise. 

Questions for Reflection
1. If someone close to you displayed a lack of knowledge about a subject you knew well, what would you do about it?
2. What was the purpose of the Law? (3:19)
3. How was the Law put into effect? (3:19)
4. Why did God give both the Law and promises? (3:21-22)
5. How did the Law pave the way for the gospel? (3:22-23)
6. What freedom did faith in Christ bring? (3:23-25)
7. How does faith in Christ set us free from legalism?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (5/14/17)

No Wednesday Bible Study this week (5/17).  We will resume on Wednesday, May 24th. 
Graduate Luncheon will be Sunday, May 21st following worship service. Please bring a Mexican dish to share.

Scripture
Acts 15:1-12 (ESV) 
But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."  [2] And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question.  [3] So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers.  [4] When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them.  [5] But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, "It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses."
[6] The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.  [7] And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.  [8] And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,  [9] and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.  [10] Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?  [11] But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will."  [12] And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles. 

Questions for Reflection

  1. When faced with a problem, do you want someone else to solve it, or do you like to figure out for yourself what you should do? Why?
  2. What is most challenging to you about enforcing rules?
  3. When Paul and Barnabas arrived in Jerusalem, how did the church receive them? (15:4)
  4. What did the believing Pharisees say? (15:5)
  5. How did the church leaders respond to the Pharisees? (15:6)
  6. What did Paul and Barnabas add to Peter’s testimony? (15:12)
  7. What was wise about using a council to deal with the thorny issue of how non-Jews could be saved?
  8. How was the problem of this council larger than the issue of circumcision?
  9. When dealing with difficult issues, what do we need to include in the decision-making process?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Presbyterian Women

In an attempt to expand our membership, the Presbyterian Women have decided to establish a second circle to accommodate more peoples' schedules.  Our first meeting to launch the group will be Sunday, June 4th, after church.  Food will be provided.  We look forward to seeing you there!  If you are interested in participating, please leave us your contact information (phone number and email) in the notebook in the foyer of the church.
Also, those who have Facebook, please join us at https://www.facebook.com/PWJunction/.