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June 23, 2019

Ephesians 3: 14-21

June 23, 2019 • Pastor Phil Burggraff • Praying Our Convictions

1. WE EXIST FOR THE GLORY OF GOD. 2. GOD IS GLORIFIED THROUGH CHRIST AS HIS GOSPEL IS PROCLAIMED,BELIEVED, AND OBEYED,TRANSFORMING THE BELIEVER TO BECOME LIKE CHRIST. 3. THE HOLY SPIRIT CREATES A NEW KIND OF COMMUNITY THAT REFLECTS CHRIST TO THE WORLD. 4. MEMBERS OF THIS COMMUNITY DEVELOP OTHERS TO THRIVE ACCORDING TO GOD’S DESIGN. 5. A CHRIST-CENTERED COMMUNITY SEEKS THE GOOD OF ITS COMMUNITY THROUGH HOSPITALITY, WORK, AND SERVICE, FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.

October 13, 2019

Why Church? - Series: I Do • October 13, 2019 • Pastor Phil Burggraff

Passage: Titus 1:1–4 Theme: Why Church? Why do we need to become members of a church? The ministry that occurs in church … 1. Strengthens our faith 2. Increases our knowledge of the truth 3. Enables us to live godly lives 4. Connects us with the eternal plans of God. How? a. Before time began, God guaranteed our eternal hope. b. Presently, God reveals his plans through the preaching of his word. c. God empowers his people who share this common faith to minister to one another in the context of the church. Main Idea: God is accomplishing his ultimate plans of salvation for his people through ministry that only takes place in the local church. Are you truly a part of what God is doing here and now? Application Questions: • When and why did you begin to attend church? What may be some well-intentioned but faulty reasons that people have for attending church or for not attending church? In what ways have you possibly struggled with these in the past? • In Titus 1:1, how should faith be understood? Is this talking about our faith for salvation or for increasing faith/faithfulness as we mature as Christians? How does the ministry of church strengthen our faith? • What is the knowledge of truth? In what ways does the ministry of church increase our knowledge of truth? • Titus 1:2–3 speaks of our hope of eternal life. How do the contents of these verses produce hope in us? Explain the different aspects time that Paul elucidates in these verses and what they teach us about God’s plan for our church today?

Kids October 13, 2019

Unit 25 Session 4 • October 13, 2019

Bible Passage: Matthew 26: 36-27:2 Main Point: Jesus was betrayed and arrested Key Passage: Luke 4:17 Big Picture Question: Why do believers share the Lord's Supper? Believers share the Lord's Supper to remember Jesus' life and death and to proclaim Him until He returns. - Be sure to pick up your Big Picture Cards off the chicken wire display in the hallway - Have you done the Weekly Family Activity Idea from the handout given in class?

October 6, 2019

Genesis 2:25-3:13 • October 6, 2019 • Pastor Josh Kee

Theme: Issues—Shame Passage: Genesis 2:25-3:13 What is shame? • A general sense of unworthiness attached to one’s core identity • Failing to measure up to a standard of honor Where does shame come from? (Genesis 2:25-3:13) • The Fall • However, some of our shame, perhaps much of our shame, comes from faulty standards of honor that we fail to measure up to (Mary Willson) o Q: Before whose eyes are we failing to measure up? 2 Kinds of Shame (from John Piper, Future Grace) • “Well-placed shame” – guilt; gift of God to lead to repentance • “Misplaced shame” – guilt that lingers too long and denies the gospel of grace; tool of evil to rob believers of joy, hope, and peace 3 Sources of Shame (from Peter Krohl) • Sin we commit – should produce guilt that leads to repentance, forgiveness, rejoicing • Sin committed against us • God’s purposes (innate struggles, weaknesses, physical limitations, etc.) Shame’s effects (Genesis 3:7-13) • Fear and hiding/ isolation (from God, ourselves, and others) • Blaming others • Divided internally, relationally, societally, nationally God’s solution to our shame (Genesis 3:21; 2 Corinthians 5:21) • "Everything Scripture says about shame converges in Jesus. From his birth to his crucifixion, the shame of the world was distilled to its most concentrated form and washed over him. . . .Jesus identified with us in our shame so we would identify with him in his grace. Shame is overcome in the honor Christ obtained for us through his identification with our shame and sin on the cross." (Ed Welch, Shame Interrupted) • Hebrews 12:1-2 - "…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame…" Main Idea: Shame can only be truly dealt with by the gospel because only in the gospel is our guilt put onto another, judged to the fullest extent, then forgiven in grace and justice so that the sinner can be justified (declared righteous before God) and thereby welcomed into intimate relationship with God, and others, never again to face rejection or condemnation. The church is the community in which this glory is to be embraced, embodied, and expressed relationally, to the glory of God. Application Questions: • What tends to cause shame in our society? What “faulty standards of honor” exist that create shame? • How do you see shame being cultivated in your life’s contexts? • How does shame cause isolation from each other? How do you see this affecting the church? • How does the gospel answer our problem with shame? Why is merely agreeing that the gospel is true insufficient to deal with shame? How do we re-enact the gospel to one another within the church community? • How is the church the means by which our community can be reached with the shame-breaking power of the gospel? What are the implications for Christians regarding how we relate with one another inside and outside the church?