Spiritual Practices: Week 3

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Read: Hebrews 3

Memorize:
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. - Hebrews 3:12-13

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"So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his." - Hebrews 4:9-10

Meditation/journaling question:
Consider a current or recent difficulty or challenge in your life. What would unbelief look like; what would rest look like in that situation?

Art journal:
God builds the house, Jesus is over the house, we are His house Place of rest versus hardened heart of unbelief

Prayer:
Write a prayer of confession for times of unbelief or a prayer of praise for God’s provision of rest.

Spiritual Practices: Week 2

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Read: Hebrews 2

Memorize:
But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” - Hebrews 1: 8-9

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And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.” - Hebrews 1:10-12

Meditation/journaling questions:
Who is Jesus? (1:5-14, 2:6-9)
How has Jesus helped us? (2:10-18)

Art Journal:
Worshipped by angels (winds/flame of fire)
Creation will perish like a garment, but He remains forever
Bringing many sons to glory

Prayer:
Write a prayer of thanksgiving for Jesus’ work on our behalf.

Spiritual Practices: Week 1

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Week 1: Read Hebrews 1

Memorize:
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. - Hebrews 1:3-4

Meditation/journaling question:
Who is Jesus?

Art journal suggestions:
Heir of all things
Radiance of God’s glory
Upholder of the universe

Prayer:
Write a prayer of praise reflecting on Hebrews 1:1-4

Hebrews Introduction

At first glance, Hebrews is one of the strangest and most fascinating books of the New Testament. While many people are familiar with a few key verses in Hebrews, relatively few contemporary Christians are familiar with the book as a whole. Hebrews was written by an unknown author, to an unknown audience most likely sometime before AD 70. In spite of the unknowns about Hebrews, it’s content proves to be one of the most beautifully written and stylistically polished books of the New Testament. While Hebrews contains elements of a pastoral letter, it is better understood on the whole as a sermon. The author shows us robust theological insight with his use of imagery, metaphor, allusion, Old Testament analogy, and typology. The result is a book that shows us that Jesus Christ is the ultimate revelation of God whom the entire Old Testament scriptures point us to. Hebrews leads us to encounter the glory of God in Jesus Christ as we learn how Jesus is the better word, the better Moses, the better High Priest, the better covenant, and the better sacrifice for sin. This focus on the supremacy of Jesus is the theological grounding for the original audience to draw near to God through the finished work of Christ.

Much like us, the original recipients of Hebrews were growing weary of following Jesus and found themselves tempted to return to their old ways. Commentator Thomas Long states,

“The Preacher is not preaching into a vacuum; he is addressing a real and urgent pastoral problem, one that seems astonishingly contemporary. His congregation is exhausted. They are tired—tired of serving the world, tired of worship, tired of Christian education, tired of being peculiar and whispered about in society, tired of the spiritual struggle, tired of trying to keep their prayer life going, tired even of Jesus. Their hands droop, and their knees are weak (12:12), attendance is down at church (10:25), and they are losing confidence. The threat to this congregation is not that they are charging off in the wrong direction; they do not have enough energy to charge off anywhere.”1

Many modern Christians can relate to this same fatigue and weariness of following Christ. In our increasingly polarized culture, we feel the drain all the more. We seem to be torn between the two options of a Christ-less American evangelicalism or Christ-less progressive liberalism. Where do we go from here? Do we pull up ourselves up by our bootstraps and try harder? Do we let go of our ancient faith and go with the flow of culture? Hebrews offers us another way. The author Hebrews invites us, weary strugglers, to dive into the very depths of Christ and discover all that we have in Him. As we consider the finished work of Christ, we find the confidence to draw near to God. Hebrews exhorts us to encounter the glory of God through the finished work of Jesus Christ. Encountering Jesus is the antidote for our spiritual fatigue and weariness. We need a fresh encounter of the presence of God that nourishes and sustains us as a church.

Each week as we preach through the text, we will unpack the text and encourage you to draw near to Christ. Each section of the book will give us a unique aspect or implication of what Christ has done for us. We are also providing bible study guides for DNA groups to study Hebrews alongside our sermon series. In DNA groups, you will be able to study the text for yourselves and apply what you are learning personally. Finally, throughout the series, we will have a common practice that we do as a church to help us put into practice what we are learning through the scriptures. Our prayer is that the Spirit would use this sacred scripture to re-ignite our love for God and others as we draw near to God in Christ.

Preaching Outline:
Week 1 - The Centrality of Jesus - Hebrews 1:1-4 (DNA - Week 2 of Study Guide)
Week 2 - Jesus is the better Word - Hebrews 1:5-2:18 (DNA - Week 3 of study guide)
Week 3 - Jesus is the better Moses - Hebrews 3:1-4:13 (DNA - Week 4 of study guide)
Week 4 - Jesus is the better High Priest - Hebrews 4:14-5:10 (DNA - Week 5 of study guide)
Week 5 - Warning Against Apostasy - Hebrews 5:11-6:20 (DNA - Week 6 of study guide)
Week 6 - Jesus brings us a better Covenant - Hebrews 7:1-8:13 (DNA - Week 7 of study guide)
Week 7 - Jesus is the better Sacrifice - Hebrews 9:1-22 (DNA - Week 7 of study guide)
Week 8 - Jesus fulfills the OT Shadows - Hebrews 9:23-10:18 (DNA - Week 8 of study guide)
Week 9 - The Call to Faith - Hebrews 10:19-39 (DNA - Week 9 of study guide)
Week 10 - The Cloud of Witnesses - Hebrews 11:1-40 (DNA week 9 of study guide)
Week 11 - Encouragement for the Weary - Hebrews 12:1-17 (DNA week 10 of study guide)
Week 12 - Drawing Near - Hebrews 12:18-29 (DNA week 11 of study guide)
Week 13 - Sacrifices pleasing to God - Hebrews 13:1-25 (DNA week 12 of study guide)

DNA groups will be working through the Knowing the Bible Hebrews study.

1 Long, Thomas G. Hebrews. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville, Ky: John Knox Press, 1997.

The Story of Joseph

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Sermon Summary: In the story of Jospeh we see that no matter how dire or desperate things may seem in our life/world God will never abandon his people/purposes. He is the lifter of the lowly. He brings beauty from brokenness.

Listen to the sermon here.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What does chapter 37 teach us about sin?
  2. In what ways have you seen your sin impact others this week? In what ways have the sins of others impacted you?
  3. Have you been tempted to ask the question, ‘where is God?’ in moments of your life? What leads us to this question?
  4. What does Joseph’s story (especially 39-45) show us about God and his promises to his people?
  5. Reflect on all the ways that Joseph’s story for shadows the Gospel (life, death, and the resurrection of Jesus). What can you conclude?

The Story of Jacob - Genesis 25-33

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Sermon Summary: His whole life Jacob had been striving. He had striven with Esau in the womb, striven with Isaac to get the blessing, striven with Laban and ends up rich. And now God appears to him in flesh and wrestles with him— so that he might show him mercy. Not mercy from afar, but mercy up close.

Listen to the sermon here.

Key Verse: Then Jacob asked him, "Please tell me your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. Genesis 32:29-31

Reflection Questions:

  1. In what ways do you identify with Jacob? What parts of Jacob’s story do you identify with?
  2. What does Jacob deserve? What does he receive?
  3. How has God shown us mercy in Christ? How is that similar to how God shows Jacob mercy? Reflect on the parallels.
  4. In what area(s) of your life do you need to trust that God is a merciful savior (that he gives to us what we do not deserve and that He does something better than we could do ourselves)?

The Story of Isaac and Rebekah - God is a Sovereign Sustainer

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Sermon Summary - Genesis 24 tells the story of how God provided a wife for Isaac. In contrast with some of the extraordinary stories chronicling Abraham’s journey of faith, the story of Isaac and Rebekah appears very ordinary. It is a story, much like our everyday life that doesn’t feel epic or exciting, but with careful reflection and attention, we see in it the gracious providence of God at work. As we begin to see God’s hidden providence at work in this story we are reminded that God alone is our sovereign sustainer.

Listen to the sermon here.

Key Verse - The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not. When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels, and said, “Please tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?” She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.” She added, “We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night.” The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord and said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord has led me in the way to the house of my master’s kinsmen.” - Genesis 24:21-27 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Genesis 24. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - Where do you see God’s presence in this story? Why do you think we so often miss God’s presence in the ordinary stuff of life? What tends to blind you from the awareness of God’s presence with you?
  3. Prayer and Application - What patterns of fear do you see in your own life? What is your typical response to fear (some freeze, some overwork to gain control, some perform to impress others, etc.)? How does this text and ultimately the Gospel give you courage to move forward in faith?

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Read Genesis 24:1-28. Draw a picture that represents what is happening in the story.
  2. Think back on the last week. How has God cared for you through ordinary means? Make a list of all the blessings you can think of that you received this past week. Did you know every good gift is from God? Thank him for all you have been given.
  3. As you head back to school in the next few weeks there might be things you worry about. When we feel scared or fearful it is an opportunity to pray. Ask God to remind you of his care for you in the past and his presence with you right now. Tell him the things that you are afraid of and ask him for help to walk forward in faith.

The Story of Abraham and Isaac - God is a Sacrifice Provider

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Sermon Summary: In Genesis 22 God gives Abraham a command to go and sacrifice his son Isaac at the place God would show him. Genesis lets us know that this is a test but for Abraham, it is a horribly painful journey where his trust in God is pushed to the limits. Through all of it, God is teaching Abraham and us that our ultimate significance and security is rooted in God. We can trust God to completely provide for our needs as God both atones for our sin and blesses us with new life.

Memory Verse: And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” Genesis 22:13-14 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Genesis 22:1-19. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - What are your initial thoughts on God’s call for Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac? How does this story capture the tension between God’s justice and God’s promise of blessing? What is most difficult for you about this text? Where do you see shadows of Christ in this text?
  3. Prayer and Application - What people or possessions do you tend to have as “off-limits” to God? What might keep you from trusting him with these things? Why is God committed to teaching us to trust him as our provider above anything in creation?

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Read Genesis 22:1-19. Draw a picture that represents what is happening in the story.
  2. What does God ask Abraham to do in this story? Why do you think God would test Abraham?
  3. How does this story point us to Jesus? How does Jesus sacrificial death for us help us trust God to provide for all that we need (both forgiveness and new life)?

The Story of Abram - God is a Promise Keeper

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Sermon Summary - In Genesis 12 God gives Abram a command to leave his country and customs to go to the land God would show him. God then makes a promise to Abram that through him all the nations of the world will be blessed. As the story moves forward this promise seems more and more unlikely. Abram’s wife is unable to have children and the land God promises to give them is occupied by hostile Canaanites. Abram is not a perfect man but he holds onto his trust in God’s promises and for this God counts him righteous.

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Memory Verse - Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Genesis 12. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - What circumstances tend to lead you away from trusting in God’s promises? What characteristics do you see in Abram/Abraham that help us understand how God wants us to trust him?
  3. Prayer and Application - Genesis 12:1-3 unpacks an enormous promise that has implications for the entire world. How does Jesus help us understand this promise? How does it motivate us to join God’s mission?

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Read Genesis 12:1-3. What does God promise to Abram? What does he instruct Abram to do? Draw a picture that represents what is happening in the story.
  2. Can you think of a time when your parents asked you to obey them even if you didn’t understand why? Why is this hard? Why do you think it’s important to obey your parents even when you don’t fully understand?
  3. Following Jesus can be difficult when others around us don’t share our love for him. How do God’s promises help us faithfully walk with God even when it’s in conflict with the world around us? Can you think of one example of how God has led you to live differently from the values of your neighborhood or school?

The Story of Sin - God is a Gracious Redeemer

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Sermon Summary: In Genesis 3 we read about Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God’s gracious rule as they believe the lie of the serpent. They chose to worship creation over the creator and the consequence was death. Their relationship with God, others, and the world are ravaged by sin. This pattern of sin infected the entirety of the human race and we see in Genesis 4-11 how it continues to corrupt and wreak havoc on the earth. But in the mess of human sin, we discover a God who is a gracious redeemer. From the very beginning, we see his intention to set the world right again and one day he would through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Memory Verse: “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” Genesis 3:6–7 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Genesis 3. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - How can you identify with Adam and Eve in this story? In what ways do you see this same pattern at work in your own heart?
  3. Prayer and Application - In Genesis 6 we see that God is deeply saddened by sin (he is present with us in our suffering) and yet is committed to dealing with it (he is powerful to overcome our sin and shame). Do you take sin seriously (both in us and in our world) and grieve what it does to God and his creation? What grieves your heart about sin’s effect on the world around you? What grieves you about sin at work in your own heart? Spend some time praying and asking God to align your heart with his. Slow down to confess your sin to God and receive his forgiveness offered in Christ.

Kids Worship Questions

  1. Read Genesis 3. What do you find most interesting about this story? Draw a picture that represents what is happening in the story.
  2. What were Adam and Eve saying about their love for God when they chose to obey the serpent above God? Can you relate to any of the actions you see Adam and Eve doing in this story?
  3. Although each one of us is born sinful and will continue to sin against God, God is a gracious redeemer to us. When we confess our sin to him he forgives us because of Jesus. Take a minute to confess to God your own sin and trust that He forgives you because of Jesus sacrifice on the Cross.

The Story of Creation - God is a Good Creator

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Summary: The purpose of Genesis 1-2 is that we would know that God is the Sovereign Creator. He is sovereign over the stories of the world and sovereign over our story. He has established a good creation, and he will not abandon his creation project. The One who created all things is also our Redeemer. The one who has Redeemed us is also our creator.

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Memory Verse: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." - Genesis 1:1-2

Reflection Questions:

  1. As you reflect on the creation accounts in Genesis 1 & 2 what strikes you?
  2. How are we introduced to God? What words would you use to describe God? What is he like?
  3. What is the good news of Genesis 1 & 2?
  4. What does it look like for you to trust, day by day, that God is sovereign and good over your life and story? What does it look like for you to trust that God is sovereign and good over the story of this world?

Kids Questions:

  1. Who is God?
  2. How did God create everyone and everything?
  3. What are some of your favorite things that God has created?
  4. How can you be sure that God loves you and cares for you?

The Goodness of God

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Sermon Summary - In this stand-alone sermon, we dive into Psalm 16, a well-known song of David, the King of Israel. A man who had everything one could dream of: status, approval, land, kingdom, servants, throne. Yet, he declares to us in this Psalm that only God can satisfy our souls. David was not a perfect King— he was a very broken man— but God was where he turned and God was his source of Joy.

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Memory Verse - I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. - Psalm 16:8

Reflection Questions:

  1. What does “God is good” mean?
  2. How do we know that God is good?
  3. What is idolatry? Do you think of yourself as an idolator?
  4. What do you think about the statement “at the root of every sin is idolatry”?
  5. How does Psalm 16 point us to Jesus and what he has accomplished on our behalf?

Evangelism - Colossians 4:2-6

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Sermon Summary - Evangelism is an important part of living in the way of Jesus. God is mysteriously at work through the Spirit calling people from darkness to light, through the speaking of the Gospel. It is the Holy Spirit that changes hearts and yet in God’s kindness he lets us bring the good news.

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Memory Verse - Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Colossians 4:2-6 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Colossians 4:2-6. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - How does the way you relate to others show them the Gospel of Jesus? What is one way you didn’t show God’s love with your actions this week? What is one way you did?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - Why is it important that we speak the good news to those around us? How should we do this?

Rest - Genesis 2:1-3; Matthew 11:28

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Sermon Summary - Culture tells us that rest is found in consuming and/or escaping. God shows us that rest is rooted in trust. It’s an active process of entrusting our lives and all its outcomes to God the Father.

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Memory Verse - Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Genesis 2:1-3. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - In rest, we learn to pay attention to the things under the surface. The fears, worries, desires, longing and to trust God with them. What do you need to trust God with today? Are you looking to your job, your children, your friendships, your city, your vacations, your shows to provide a rest that cannot be gained?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - Sabbath Rest is a gift to be received not another mountain to climb or task to accomplish. The Sabbath is an opportunity to take God at his word that we can trust him enough to slow down, to reflect on what is & to delight. To see that he is God and we are not. Do you believe Him? Do you believe you can trust Him?

Work - Colossians 3:1-4, 17-24

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Sermon Summary - What does it look like to work in the way of Jesus? Work is such a big aspect of our lives. So much of our time, energy, thoughts, emotions, get occupied by our work. Most of us spend 1/3 of our day at work and 1/3 of our day sleeping before we go back to work. So much of our lifetime is occupied by our work. So, if we are going to be a people who learn to follow Jesus in all of life— we must learn to think of our work (no matter the job, no matter the role) through the lenses of the gospel.

Memory Verse - 23Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24 ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Colossians 3:1-4 & 17-24. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.

  2. Get to the Heart - What speaks to you the most from this passage/sermon? Describe your relationship to your work. Have you considered how your faith impacts your work? Why or why not? Why is it so important that we have a good “theology of work” as Christians?

  3. Live the Way of Jesus - In verse 23 Paul gives us two commands 1) work heartily & 2) work for the Lord not for man. How are you doing with these commands? In what ways does the gospel give us power and purpose us in our work in this world?

Servant Leadership - Mark 10:42-45, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Peter 5:1-5

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Sermon Summary - Leadership is an important part of the New Testament church. Jesus leads us away from worldly leadership and teaches us the new way of servant leadership. The way of Jesus leads us to use our power and position to serve others rather than for our own needs.

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Memory Verse - For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Mark 10:42-45. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - Where has God given you power and position to lead? In what ways are you tempted to use this for your own needs? What might need to change in light of Jesus way of leadership?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - Servant leadership is neither controlling or apathetic. In your spheres of leadership how which of these two areas do you need to grow in? Ask 2-3 of the people who you lead how you can grow as a servant leader.

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Read Mark 10:42-45. What do you find most interesting about this text? Draw a picture of what you read in these verses.
  2. Who are the people in your life who lead you? What does it look like for you to honor them and respect their authority in your life?
  3. What people has God put in your life who you influence? How can you use your influence to encourage others and point them towards the grace of God?

Church: Shared Life Together, Belonging - Ephesians 4:1-16

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Sermon Summary - The Church is important. Jesus teaches us that we don’t have to live in regard to our own authority. We are given by Jesus a community to belong to. We don’t just belong to the church passively. To each person a gift is given, a gift of grace. The holy spirit has uniquely custom fit spiritual gifts for every single person that is in Christ.

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Memory Verse - As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. - 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Ephesians 4:1-16. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - What spoke to you the most from this passage/sermon? What is God’s design for the Church? Describe your struggle with Church. Where does your understanding of who you are come from? What is keeping you from going all in with the Church?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - What does it look like for you to align your life to Jesus’ vision/plan for his church? Have you discovered your gifts or found your role? Is there a Pastor or Elder that you could talk to about this or someone from your DNA or Missional Community?

Summer 2019 MC Rest and Reset

Redeemer Family,

Each summer we encourage Missional Communities to take a break from formal meeting nights during June and July. This has proved to be a needed time of rest for our groups (especially leaders and host homes). This year we are encouraging our MCs to take a break from formal meeting nights again (although certainly their can be continued shared life and DNA groups). You can check in with your MC leader to see how this will change your MC rhythms.

This season of MC rest will run from June through July and the focus of this time will be rest and reset. We have two church-wide training events (see more on these below) during the summer that will provide opportunities for people to connect and grow. We hope they also help us with the “reset” aspect of our summer MC break. Here is some info on each of these:

Parenting Workshop - Grace Based Parenting
June 29 

Parenting is a humbling experience. The longer we parent the more we realize that there are no simple answers or quick fix solutions. Many of us tend to swing in the parenting pendulum between overly controlling our children (parent-centered home) or allowing our children to control us (kid-centered home). All parents bring with them a mixed bag of these strategies that most likely they inherited from their parents or caregivers. In this workshop, we want to recognize the difficulty of parenting and the overwhelming nature of trying to find the “right” parenting model. REGISTER HERE

Missional Community Workshop
July 27

As we close our time of MC summer rest we want to offer a weekend of MC equipping to help strengthen our MCs as they start back up in August. On Saturday, July 28th (8:45-11:45AM) we will have a MC Workshop with one session focused on helping with DNA groups, and another focused on helping MCs consider how God has uniquely called them to serve and love others. We will post registration for this later in the summer.

Missional communities will resume their regular meeting schedules after Sunday, August 11th. If you have any questions, you can email josh@RedeemerRR.org. We are praying for the summer to be a refreshing time for all those in our MCs and a renewed focus when we start back in August!

Speech - Ephesians 4:15-29

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Sermon Summary - Words are important. Jesus teaches us that what comes out of our mouth reveals what is going on in our hearts. James tells us that our words have the power to set our life on fire. When we gossip, slander, and lie to others we start relational fires that have the power to burn down entire families and churches. But the way of Jesus leads us to speak the truth in love. But by the Spirit’s power, our words can be life-giving sources of grace.

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Memory Verse - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Ephesians 4:15-29. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - What patterns do you notice from your speech this past week? What might this reveal about your heart? What might you need to confess to the Lord and ask his help to change your speech?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - What rhythms do you need in your life to cultivate the word of Christ dwelling richly in you? Who are the people God has placed in your life whom your words can be a source of his grace? What does it look like for you to speak the truth in love?

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Read Ephesians 4:15-29. What do you find most interesting about this text? Draw a picture of what you read in these verses.
  2. Think back on this past week. What were some of the most common words that came out of your mouth? What might your words reveal about your heart?
  3. How can you speak encouragement to your siblings? Make a list of speech you want to put away (not say anymore) and speech you want to put on (say more frequently). Who are the people God has placed in your life that you can speak graciously to?

Sexuality - 1 Corinthians 6:13-7:5

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Sermon Summary - In this series, we are mining through the New Testament letters written by the apostles as they obeyed Jesus’s commission and did this work of proclaiming the gospel and making disciples, and starting churches. We want to see— what is the way of Jesus? What does it look like for faith in the gospel to truly change the way we live? What does it look like for the gospel to make us new? In this sermon, we look at the subject of sexuality. The bible has a lot to say about our sexuality. We look at God’s true and good design for sexuality and discuss what it looks like for us as married or single people to align our lives with his design.

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Memory Verse - 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through 1 Corinthians 6:13-7:5. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.
  2. Get to the Heart - What spoke to you the most from this passage/sermon? Why is sex/sexuality such a difficult topic for us to discuss? What is God’s design for human sexuality? In what ways is sex (in husband/wife marriage) a gift from God?
  3. Live the Way of Jesus - How does this passage/sermon help you view sex more biblically? What does it look like for you to align your life to God’s true and good view of sexuality? As a single or married person what is the next step for you in light of this passage/discussion?

Next Steps/Additional Rescues:

  • Grow Your Theology— The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller (Chapter 7)
  • Good Discussion for Married or Engaged Couples— Catching Foxes by John Henderson
  • Get Help— Schedule a meeting with a pastor/pastor’s wife to get help if you struggle with sex/sexuality. God’s redemption, grace, and power is for you. Our pastors/pastor’s wives would love to help you and/or connect you with a biblical counselor.