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March 15, 2020

Online Message :: Be still, nothing can keep you from God’s love

March 15, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff and Pastor Josh Kee • Psalm 46; Romans 8:18-39

“Glory and Grace” Sermon Series // Be still, nothing can keep you from God’s love. Passages: Psalm 46; Romans 8:18-39. Family resources in the link above. Main Point: Times of uncertainty and fear test our faith by revealing what we really believe. In this way, God uses these times to purify his people and to produce character, which leads to greater hope. Psalm 46 Discussion Q’s: • What are the circumstances in which God’s people are commanded to “be still and know that [He is] God”? • Why is stillness necessary? Is stillness passive? • Why is stillness so difficult, especially in tense times? • How do these verses inform how we should respond to our current situation? Romans 8:24-39 Discussion Q’s: • What is God telling us about himself in these verses? What does he promise? • Perhaps you are familiar with these verses. How are they informing your present hope and joy? • What points are difficult for you to believe? Take them to the Lord in honest confession. • How are these verses able to nourish our hearts and minds in order to lead us to rest in Christ?

March 29, 2020

Series Glory and Grace :: Glory and Grace in Waiting • March 29, 2020 • Pastor Josh Kee

RESOURCE: RightNow Media - on-line library. For access, email Heather at heatherp@clearwatercommunity.org and she will send an invitation. For all past messages and links: https://clearwatercommunity.org/events/upcoming-events/coronavirus/ Glory and Grace in Waiting Passages: Colossians 3:12-17 Main Point: Seasons of waiting are necessary for God’s deeper work on our character to be accomplished. His purpose is to shape character in us that produces hope (Romans 4-5) and is able to endure all seasons of life. Colossians 3:12-17 • Whatever our circumstance, we can be confident that God’s will for us is to be changed to become more like Christ. In his grace and wisdom, God provides opportunities for these to be shaped in us, usually through means that we would otherwise not choose for ourselves. • Character work usually takes place when we are placed in close proximity with people who have a high capacity to irritate us. These are the opportunities for us to put on Christ. • What we consider inconveniences or irritations may very well be the God-ordained opportunities for us to become more like Christ. • This could be a season in which God reveals sin that exists at depths our typically busy lives rarely allow us to get to. These sins are revealed in our dispositions and attitudes toward others. Remember that God is wholly committed to making us holy so that we lack nothing. • Q’s: o Does this instruction give any consideration for application based on circumstances? What do these verses show us about God’s desire for his people? o What does it mean for us to “put on” these traits? (Considering letting younger kids physically put on some clothes, then observe what is required and tie it to the spiritual “clothes” referenced in these verses). o Read through the list of character traits, or virtues. Which are difficult to put on in your current situation? Confess them, to God and your family. Ask for forgiveness and grace to put these on. o What are other ways you and your family (if applicable) can put these verses into practice? o Notice that thankfulness is mentioned in some fashion three different times in these verses. Gratitude is a key marker of those who are in Christ, but it must be put on with intention. How can you put on thankfulness this week? o How do periods of waiting help serve God’s purposes in our lives? Practical application: • Redeem this season of waiting by actively submitting to God’s character work in your life. • Ask God to help you tune in to what he is doing in your heart during this season. • Actively love the people closest to you by emulating Christ. RESOURCES: app and website • Prayer guide to keep us oriented to God • Family resources for the next couple of weeks under “Sermons” tab on website & mobile app • RightNow Media – online Christian library of resources; email heatherp@clearwatercommunity.org • Dwell Bible listening app – use link to access CCC’s group; free for 60 days • Updates – we will send notifications and will post a video update on Wednesdays LOGISTICS: • Programs – all canceled until further notice • Small groups o please avoid gathering in groups per the governor’s recommendation o Facetime/ Zoom video chats and dinners • Prayer requests (email or reach out to your small group leader or elder) • Contact your elder with spiritual/ physical needs • Benevolence/ Harriet’s o Drop canned goods or pastas off in the black bins at the church office • Giving – online giving via website or app

March 22, 2020

Online Message :: Glory and Grace in Disruption • March 22, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff

A message from the pastor will be online only this week. Live on facebook at 10:00 a.m. on our website, app, and youtube at 11:00 a.m. The Thread :: Sunday, March 22, 2020 Glory and Grace in Disruption Passages: James 4:13-17; Colossians 3:12-17 Main Point: What we perceive as disruptions in our plans are not at all disruptive to God’s purposes. James 4:13-15 • Proverbs 16:9 ESV - “The heart of man plans his ways, but the Lord establishes his steps.” • We can make many plans with little regard to God’s Kingdom. Disruptions have a way of revealing our allegiance. This is an opportunity for us to reorient to God’s kingdom and his heart and to have a deep work done within us to shape Christlike character. • Q’s: o What is getting disrupted in your life because of this pandemic? What does it cause you to feel? o What opportunities do you in place of your regular routine because of the pandemic? o Are you more focused on what is getting disrupted or on what God might be doing in the midst of the disruption? o Colossians 3:1-2 – Practice setting your heart and mind on things pertaining to God’s kingdom and it will transform the way you perceive throughout the pandemic disruptions. You may even behold God’s grace in unexpected ways. Colossians 3:12-17 • Character work usually takes place when we are placed in close proximity with people who have a high capacity to irritate us. These are the opportunities for us to put on Christ. • This could be a season in which God reveals sin that exists at depths our typically busy lives rarely allow us to get to. These sins are revealed in our dispositions and attitudes toward others. • Q’s: o Does this instruction give any consideration for application based on circumstances? What do these verses show us about God’s desire for his people? o What does it mean for us to “put on” these traits? (Considering letting younger kids physically put on some clothes, then observe what is required and tie it to the spiritual “clothes” referenced in these verses). o Read through the list of character traits, or virtues. Which are difficult to put on in your current situation? Confess them, to God and your family. Ask for forgiveness and grace to put these on. o What are other ways you and your family (if applicable) can put these verses into practice? Romans 12:9-12 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Practical application: • Be more concerned with what God is doing through the disruption than on getting through the disruption. If we get through this and don’t learn what God wants to teach, we do not benefit. • Be careful what you pay attention to – fill your mind with as much of God’s truth as you do with the news cycle – Only one of those things can produce peace. • Be careful not to assume that God’s work in your life, in our church, in our nation, and around the world is being halted because of this. “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2). RESOURCES: app and website • Prayer guide to keep us oriented to God • Family resources for the next couple of weeks • Updates – we will send notifications and will post a video update on Wednesdays LOGISTICS: • Programs – all cancelled until further notice • Prayer requests (email or reach out to your elder) • Elder contact with spiritual/ physical needs • Benevolence/ Harriet’s • Small groups o please avoid gathering in groups per the governor’s recommendation o Facetime/ video chats and dinners • Giving – online giving via website or app