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Friday, May 25, 2018

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (5/27/18)

>> Jim and Laurie will be on vacation May 28 through June 6.
>> Men's breakfast in June will be on June 10th, the second Sunday.

Scripture for Sunday
Philip. 4:4-13 (ESV) 
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  [5] Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;  [6] do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  [7] And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
[8] Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  [9] What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
[10] I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.  [11] Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  [12] I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  [13] I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Questions for Reflection
1.    How do you tend to respond when things don’t go your way?
2.    What does it take to live at peace with difficult family members or colleagues?
3.    How did Paul tell the Philippian Christians to treat others? (4:5)
4.    What did Paul say about anxiety? (4:6-7)
5.    What were the Philippians to do instead of worrying? (4:6-7)
6.    If you were more thankful, joyful, and gentle, how might your family and friends be affected?
7.    What does it take for you to think worthy thoughts?

Friday, May 18, 2018

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (5/20/18)

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost please wear red.

Scripture for Sunday
Acts 2:1-13
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.v[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."

Questions for Reflection

  1. When the Holy Spirit filled the believers, what did they do? (2:4)
  2. Who was staying in Jerusalem? (2:5)
  3. How did the God-fearing Jews visiting Jerusalem react when they heard Christians speaking their languages? (2:6-11)
  4. What languages were the Jews from Galilee speaking? (2:9-11)
  5. What was the topic of conversation among the crowds? (2:11)
  6. Besides being amazed, how did the crowd react to the unusual happening they witnessed? (2:12-13)
  7. What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
  8. How does God use us to witness to others?
  9. When has God enabled you to do something that you didn’t think you could do?

Friday, May 11, 2018

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (5/13/18)

  • Men's Breakfast Saturday morning May 12th 8 AM. Coffee will be on at 6:30 so come early to visit and bring a friend.
  • You are invited! Peaches Savage's students will have a piano recital tonight at our church at 6 PM. Quite a few of our young people will be participating.

Scripture for Sunday ~ Happy Mother's Day 
Philip. 2:1-13 (ESV) 
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, [2] complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. [3] Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. [4] Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. [5] Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [6] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, [7] but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, [8] he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [9] Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, [10] so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, [11] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  [12] Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, [13] for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Questions for Reflection
1.    When was the last time you had a squabble with a family member?
2.    What four qualities mark unity with Christ? (2:1)
3.    How can Christians show their unity in Christ in practical ways? (2:2)
4.    What did Paul say about self-centeredness? (2:3-4)
5.    How is Christ the best example of humility and unselfishness for us? (2:6-8)
6.    How do petty quarrels hold you back in your Christian walk?
7.    How can Christ help you keep peace with others?
8.    What kind of disposition does Christ want us to have?

Friday, May 4, 2018

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (5/6/18)

No Men's Breakfast Saturday- We will have it Saturday May 12.

Scripture for Sunday
Philip. 1:1-18 (ESV)  
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: [2] Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
[3] I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,  [4] always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,  [5] because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.  [6] And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  [7] It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.  [8] For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.  [9] And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,  [10] so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,  [11] filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. 
[12] I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,  [13] so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.  [14] And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 
[15] Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.  [16] The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.  [17] The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.  [18] What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,  

Questions for Reflection
1.    What’s your usual way of saying hello to your friends?
2.    In your family, how important are greetings in affirming each other?
3.    How did Paul greet the Philippians? (1:2)
4.    When Paul thought about the Philippians, what did he do? (1:3)
5.    How were the Philippians in partnership with Paul? (1:4-5)
6.    What was Paul confident about? (1:6)
7.    Why is it a good practice to begin a letter with a Christian blessing?
8.    What godly encouragement can you offer other Christians?
9.    Paul complimented the church at Philippi; what positive things can you say about your congregation?
10. How is Paul’s prayer for the Philippians a good prayer for you to copy?

Friday, April 27, 2018

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (4/29/18)

Sunday after church we will be having a cleanup day. Please bring a sack lunch and wear comfortable clothes to church.

Scripture for Sunday
Acts 17:1-15 (ESV)  
Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apol lonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.  [2] And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, [3] explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ." [4] And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. [5] But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. [6] And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, "These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, [7] and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus." [8] And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. [9] And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go. 
[10] The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. [11] Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. [12] Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. [13] But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. [14] Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. [15] Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.

Questions for Reflection
1.    When is a time you remember being jealous of someone else?
2.    What was Paul’s mission in the synagogue? (17:2-3)
3.    What resulted from Paul’s teaching? (17:4)
4.    Why were some Jews jealous? (17:5)
5.    How can you share your faith with others?
6.    As a missionary, would you be more effective telling others about Christ, or teaching them how to live a Christian life? Why?
7.    How can rejection, abuse, and other kinds of opposition affect a believer’s stand for Christ?
8.    How should Christian brothers and sisters support one another in their work for Christ?

Friday, April 20, 2018

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (4/22/18)

We are collecting gift cards for places like Subway, Whataburger, Starbucks, etc. for our college students as a final exam encouragement. If you would like to donate, please bring them to church on Sunday or take them to Lisa Sandlin at JNB.

Scripture for Sunday
Acts 9:1-19
1 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" 5 And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do." 7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8 Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 
10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord." 11 And the Lord said to him, "Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight." 13 But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name." 15 But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name." 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; 19 and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus.

Questions for Reflection
1.    What was the most unusual experience that ever happened to you when you were growing up?
2.    What was Saul doing against the Lord’s disciples? (9:1-2)
3.    What was “the Way”? (9:2)
4.    In what ways do we sometimes hold back from doing what God wants?
5.    Why do we sometimes resist what God asks of us?
6.    What happens when we resist doing what God wants?
7.    If you were temporarily disabled, how might it benefit your spiritual life?
8.    What do older, more mature Christians have to offer younger, less mature Christians?
9.    How can you be a guide and help to younger Christians in your church?
10. How can you lean on another Christian to help you uncover God’s will for your life? Who is this person?

Friday, April 13, 2018

Scripture for Sunday (4/15/18)

Scripture for Sunday
John 21:1-19 (ESV)  
After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way.  [2] Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together.  [3] Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 
[4] Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.  [5] Jesus said to them, "Children, do you have any fish?" They answered him, "No."  [6] He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.  [7] That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.  [8] The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. 
[9] When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread.  [10] Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught."  [11] So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn.  [12] Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord.  [13] Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.  [14] This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. 
[15] When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs."  [16] He said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep."  [17] He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.  [18] Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go."  [19] (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, "Follow me." 

Questions for Reflection
1.    When did you ever have to restore a broken relationship?
2.    When have you taken care of another person?
3.    How did Peter feel after Jesus had asked him the same question three times? (21:17)
4.    What did Jesus predict about Peter’s future? (21:18-19)
5.    What command did Jesus give to Peter? (21:19)
6.    What concern did Peter raise? (21:20-21)
7.    Who are Jesus’ sheep?
8.    How are we to serve and care for other Christians?