12/3 Mary

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This Week’s Bible Readings  Nov. 22-28

Texts:  Luke 1:26-56

IN A NUTSHELL: Many women’s lives historically have been divided into pre-marriage/post marriage, pre-college or post college, pre-children or post-children. Mary’s life could have been regarded as “pre-Gabriel” and “post-Gabriel.”  In every stage of life there are obstacles and opportunities. What we choose to see as we embrace that stage may make the difference of finishing well or destroying a great Godly legacy.

QUESTIONS: 

  1. How does the Bible describe people responding to an angel appearing to them?
  2. What was at stake (going to be the cost) for Mary because of this announcement?
  3. What are the ironies, contrasting views, or “reversals” that Mary sees in God’s announcement to her?
  4. What seemed to inspire Mary to view this as an opportunity of service, rather than an obstacle in her life?
  5. How do you imagine responding if an angel appeared to you for any reason?
  6. How has being a faithful Christian (parent, spouse, employee, church leader) been an obstacle to your comfort, happiness, or life enjoyment?
  7. “Motherhood” for many ladies become a source of personal fulfillment. Knowing what Mary watched take place in Jesus’ life how much “personal fulfillment” do you imagine her receiving from being Jesus’ mother?
  8. How have you practice viewing challenges as opportunities?
  9. What are some Scriptures that you need to embrace which can help you view life obstacles as Godly opportunities to fulfill His purpose?
  10. Do you sense God calling on you to sacrifice any life hope or dream for Him to be able to fulfill His purpose through your ministry instead?

 

 Online Resources:

  1. This week’s CARE Sheet CARE Sheet 12-1-15
  2. TLCC’s 2015 Advent Calendar
  3. Mary – The Virgin Birth of Jesus compared to the Mythological god Mithras
  4. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  5. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
  6. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WwoU-kGDxUjj7KJATDNlzG6_vj_nSWU9JwcUugklolw/editjusp=sharing_eid&ts=56547c04
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11/29 “Advent Analyzed: What’s this Season all About?”

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This Week’s Bible Readings  Nov. 22-28

Texts:  Traditionally,  each week of the advent season has emphasized one of these five elements of the Christmas story.  These will form the outline of our message on Sunday, and you can look ahead at the texts if you want.. #1 — Prophecy / Hope (Romans 15:12-13) #2 — Bethlehem / Peace (Luke 3:4-6) #3 — Shepherds / Joy (Luke 2:7-15) #4 — Angel / Love (John 3:16-17) #5 — Christ (John 1:29)

IN A NUTSHELL: What’s the Advent Season all about?  Is it the same as the Christmas season or unique?  Is it consistent with biblical themes and priorities?  Could this season be celebrated in a way that helps us grow in faith rather than focus on materialistic ‘stuff?”

QUESTIONS: During Advent, we recall the waiting and expectancy that God’s people had in anticipation of the Messiah.  Think about these questions in relationship to waiting and patience in your own life:

  1. Do you find it difficult to wait and trust in God’s love? Why or why not?
  2. We often think of waiting as being passive. However, the waiting we see in Scripture is very active. One author has described it this way: “Active waiting means to be present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it.” Have you ever thought of waiting in this way? What are some ways in which you can practice active waiting?
  3. In general, do you try to control your life or do you allow God to define your life? Does it scare you to trust God with your future?

 Online Resources:

  1. TLCC’s 2015 Advent Calendar
  2. What is Advent?
  3. Family Advent Ideas
  4. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  5. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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11/22 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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Title:  “Encountering God- with Gratitude”

This Week’s Bible Readings  Nov. 22-28

Texts:  Mic. 6:8; Mt. 7:14; Lk. 17, 18 & 19Rev. 12:7-12

IN A NUTSHELL:  The prophet Micah said, “Do justice, love mercy and walk humbly before God.”  Worship is the humble walk. It is the knee buckling, jaw dropping acknowledgement of the gap between the creature and the creator, sinful and the Holy.  It is the heart-rending, spirit-mending gratitude and the joy of celebrating grace and redemption. This is all wrapped up in a hope that starts today and will last an eternity.

ICE BREAKER:  When was the last time you felt overwhelmed with gratitude?  What caused your thankfulness?  How did you respond?

WINDOWS IN THE WORD

  1. What does Mt. 7:14 suggest about the number of those going to heaven?
  2. What are God’s priorities for us as His children? Mic. 6:8
  3. List the stories recorded in Luke chapters 17 – 19.  What lessons on gratitude might be taken from those stories?  Lk. 17, 18 & 19
  4. We’ve heard the phrase for decades, no doubt, it’s been said for millennia, “What’s this world coming to?”  What’s the answer? Rev. 12:7-12

WINDOWS INTO MY HEART

  1. Some have suggested that there are often key events in a person’s life that moves them from a mindset of gratitude, discovery and hope to a mindset of criticism, discouragement and hopelessness. Can you identify an event, relationship or circumstance that generally speaking changed your disposition (either good to bad or bad to good) Do you have any unfinished business with God or someone else regarding forgiveness or expressing gratitude?

WINDOWS TO THE WORLD

  1.  How might the world be different if gratitude for God’s grace were more spoken of by the church rather than criticism and judgement. We’re not talking about the absence of Scripture but rather the improvement of our tone!

 WHAT I SEE…

 

Online Resources:

  1. The CARE Sheet –11415GodEnccaresheet
  2. “Teaching Thankfulness” – Creative Connections for Kids
  3. Biscuit is Thankful” – A children’s book
  4. 30 Days of Thanksgiving” a daily devotional
  5. The Dangerous Act of Worship” book by Mark Labberton
  6. TLCC Music Ministry – Pinterest Board
  7. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  8. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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11/15 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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Title:  “Encountering God- Spiritual Warfare in Worship”

This Week’s Bible Readings  Nov. 16-21 

Texts: Matt. 5:23-24; Ac. 16:16-40;  John 4:23-24Eph. 6:10-18; 1 Pet. 5:8-102 Cor. 10:3-4; Heb. 3:13, 4:12-13;  Gal. 5:19-21;  Col. 3:5-8Mk. 7:21-23

IN A NUTSHELL  If  worshiping God “in spirit and in truth” is seen by Jesus as one of the most important things for us to understand in our worship, then Satan is more than happy to just tweak our disposition and slightly distorting the truth.

ICE BREAKER  Describe the last time you saw the patrolman and knew you were going to be stopped.  What is it that causes us to be careless until we think we are about to be caught?

WINDOWS IN THE WORD

  1. What did the woman at Jacob’s well go to for discussion when she perceived Jesus was a prophet?
  2. Since the devil is trying to “devour” us what does Peter say we should do?
  3. What are the weapons we fight with as Christians?
  4. In what ways might John 4:23,24 and Heb. 4:12-13 be linked regarding the “spirit & truth”?

WINDOWS INTO MY HEART

  1. How can Christians help each other avoid being deceived by Satan?
  2. What today has challenged your ability to worship God in Spirit and truth?
  3. Take a look at the back of the CARE Sheet (Worship Priority) and spend some time this week evaluating your thoughts and actions.  If you are a Christian they are at war with the Holy Spirit in you as you try to worship. In light of those passages of Scripture how might you better make worshiping God in Spirit and truth a priority this next week?

WINDOWS TO THE WORLD

  1. If someone came to church today for the first time and asked you about the most important thing about your church, what would you describe?  Why?

 WHAT I SEE…

Online Resources:

  1. The CARE Sheet –11315GodEnccaresheet
  2. Spiritual Warfare – by Karl Payne
  3. Indications of Spiritual Warfare 
  4. TLCC Music Ministry – Pinterest Board
  5. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  6. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
  7. “Oh, that’s good!” Hee Haw tribute to comedian Archie Campbell
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11/8 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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This Week’s Bible Readings  Nov. 8-15 

  • Esther 1-10
  • Psalms 59-71

Texts:   Rev. 4:8-11; Neh. 8:6; Hab. 2:20; Matt. 2:11; Ps. 47:1; 2 Sam. 6:14, 16, 22

IN A NUTSHELL  Posture not only reflects the attitude of humility and gratitude that is present in the believer, but postures can enhance and magnify the experience of gratitude and reverence expressed by the believer.

ICE BREAKER  When a child raises their hands to his father, he wants to be picked up. When a friend offers you a gift, you reach out to receive it. When you celebrate a great victory, you jump up and down and shout and high five those around you. When you enter in the presence of a great king, you bow down in honor and respect. Talk about how posture does have meaning and significance in our lives.

WINDOWS IN THE WORD

Read 2 Sam. 6.  Why was David dancing with all his might in worship of the Lord?  What was his response to his wife’s critical comments about his expression of worship?

WINDOWS INTO MY HEART

Do you find yourself more often being like David and worshiping God without inhibitions? Or do you find yourself more like Michal who is embarrassed and critical of those who are expressive in worship? Which one did God bless?

WINDOWS TO THE WORLD

In a world that often does not believe in a Creator God, what do you think the average person thinks when they see someone passionately singing and lifting their hands in worship? How could posture communicate to a broken world that you believe in an unseen God?  ?

 WHAT I SEE…

Online Resources:

  1. The CARE Sheet –11215GodEnccaresheet
  2. Worship in the Bible – David Carpenter
  3. LCC Music Ministry – Pinterest Board
  4. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  5. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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11/1 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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This Week’s Bible Readings  Nov. 1-7 

  • Ezekiel 33-48
  • II Timothy 1-4
  • Psalms 56-58

Title: “Encountering the Holy Spirit in Worship”

Texts: Acts 4; Gal. 5:19-26;  1 Cor. 12:1-11;  Jn. 15:26; 14:15-25; 1 Cor. 14:33; Ro. 8:26; Jn. 3:1-13; Rom. 11:34Is. 55:8,9

In a Nutshell: According to Acts 4 when we encounter the Holy Spirit amidst worship we could see some or all of these things which happen totally at God’s discretion, not by man’s invention or device.  The overriding manifestations of the presence of the Holy Spirit include: respectful boldness of the believers and indisputable resources & successes of the gospel among the believers and unbelievers.

 ICE BREAKER  When is the last time you prayed for revival? Why? Why not?

 WINDOWS IN THE WORD

  1. What things “happened to the church” in Acts 4?
  2. What things did “the church do” in Acts 4?
  3. What happened “amidst the church” outside of their control in Acts 4?
  4. What was Paul saying to the most divided, confused and argumentative church (Corinth) found in the Bible when he said, “You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led.” See also 1 Cor. 14:12,20
  5. What is the difference between “manifestations of the Spirit” and the “fruits of the Spirit”? Gal. 5:19-26

WINDOWS INTO MY HEART

  1. If you had a choice between having the power to do miraculous things and gain a large audience or the power to live every day filled with resolve growing in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control which would you choose? Why?
  2. What would you say is the most “noteworthy” thing that happened in Acts 4?
  3. What would you like to see in Acts 4 happen to Timber Lake today?

WINDOWS TO THE WORLD

  1. How might Randolph County be changed if we prayed for boldness to share Christ with others amidst difficult situations?

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  1. This week at supper read, discuss the meaning of and pray about the “Fruits of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22-24).  Look for ways to foster hope in the worlds in which each of your family members live. Believing in the Holy Spirit and celebrating life means living in hope. Have a positive , enthusiastic and supportive attitude rather than a critical one.   See how that habit changes  your next time “at church.”

Online Resources:

  1. The CARE Sheet –11115GodEnccaresheet
  2. Forgotten God”  by Francis Chan
  3. The Holy Spirit” by Jack Cottrell
  4. Counterfeit Revival” by Hank Hanegraff
  5. The Difference Between Emotion and Emotionalism in Worship
  6. LCC Music Ministry – Pinterest Board
  7. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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10/25 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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This Week’s Bible Readings  Oct. 24 – 31 

  • Ezekiel 17-32
  • Psalms 54-55
  • I Thessalonians 1-5

Title: “A Genuine Encounter”

Texts: 1 Sam. 16:7; Mat. 15; 1 Cor. 10; Heb 12:28-29; Isa. 57:15

In a Nutshell: What does it mean to worship God authentically?  What are the qualities of genuine worship?  The New Testament does not give us a “prescription” for how to worship God.  It would have been much easier if God had done that, but He wanted us to have freedom and creativity.  We’ll look at several “healthy tensions” when it comes to worshiping God with our mind, bodies, and emotions (heart).

 ICE BREAKER:  Describe a time in your life (an event, personal worship time, etc.) when you had an awesome God encounter.  What were the circumstances? How did that experience change your overall picture of what it means to worship God?

QUESTIONS:

WINDOWS IN THE WORD

  1. What does 1 Sam. 16:7 teach us about genuine worship? Can you tell if someone else is worshiping God by how the look, act, feel, etc.?
  2. What does 1 Cor. 10:31 tell us about when / how often we worship God? Have you ever been guilty of having an “event-oriented” view of worship rather than worshiping in all of life?
  3. In what ways do we worship horizontally, and in what ways do we worship vertically? (Psalm 29, Eph. 1:3-6, 1 Cor. 14:26, Col. 3:16, 1 Cor. 11)

WINDOWS INTO MY HEART

  1. What is the number one priority when it comes to worshiping and serving God? (Matthew 15:8ff)  Have you been focused too much on emotions or actions and not enough on your heart?

WINDOWS TO THE WORLD

  1. What do you believe is the healthy balance between staying rooted (tradition, hymns, doctrinal emphasis) and relevant (modern terminology, changes in style, etc.)?
  2. In what ways are your expressions of worship and service observable and compelling to the world (unbelievers) around you?

WHAT I SEE

  1. Did the explanations of any of the healthy tensions challenge your thinking about genuine worship?
  1.  synergy flame
  2. Worship and service cannot be separated.  The fact is that we were created to serve God. When we worship God, we will naturally serve Him, and when we serve God, we are worshiping Him.  As Christians, no matter how young or old, we all have something to do.  We are servants of the Most High God!   When we think of a servant, we may think of someone who reports to work for a specific amount of time and is paid a specific wage. That is an employee – not a servant.  In the New Testament, the Greek word for “serve” is often “latreuo” and is often translated as “worship.”  This is not the picture of a slave serving a master. It is the picture of a relationship of love that compels action.  Romans 12:1 — “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.”

Online Resources:

  1. The CARE Sheet –10415GodEnccaresheet (1)
  2. LCC Music Ministry – Pinterest Board
  3. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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10/18 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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This Week’s Bible Readings  Oct. 11 – 17 

  • Ezekiel 1-16
  • Romans 12-16
  • Psalms 52-53

Title: “Encountering God in Scripture ”

Texts: Matthew 6:1-15; Psalm 100

In a Nutshell:  The principle of ’affirmation’ could be derived from Scripture and compiled into a format that would act as a prayer  tool to enable people to encounter God in Scripture.

 ICE BREAKER:  Do you remember a time you fell asleep while you were praying?

QUESTIONS:

WINDOWS IN THE WORD

  1. What seems to be a reoccurring theme (comparison/contrast) in Matthew 6:1-15?
  2. What is Jesus asking God for when he says” your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”?
  3. It has been suggested that two verses of Psalm 100 are action oriented, and two are knowledge based. Which ones are which in your estimation?
  4. Is it possible to enter “his presence/courts” without singing, really singing?
  5. What would it look like to come into a corporate worship service not realizing that you are His? He owns you…

WINDOWS INTO MY HEART

  1. What areas of your life are not ordered as God has ordered heaven?
  2. What keeps you singing when you worship?
  3. How is my prayer life… really? Selfish or selfless? Focused or haphazard

WINDOWS TO THE WORLD

  1. How might you take this verse (Matt. 9:35-37)and pray for people in your world?

WHAT I SEE

  1.  synergy flame
  2. This week take seriously one of the below challenges:
    1. This week commit to read/pray with/from/through 1 John chapter 1.
    2. Go to next week’s CARE sheet usually posted on Thursdays and then read/pray the Scriptures to be used in the sermon. http://www.dougdelp.wordpress.com
    3. Buy the book (“Face to Face: Praying the Scriptures for Intimate Worship”) and commit to at least one month of praying through Scripture.  [Oct. 25—Nov. 26, Thanksgiving]
    4. Check out this website knowing only the Scripture is inspired and man’s interpretation and application always needs to be checked with the Bible (Acts 17:11). http://www.pray-the-scriptures.com

Online Resources:

  1. The CARE Sheet – 10315GodEnccaresheet
  2. Face to Face: Praying the Scriptures for Intimate Worship” by Kenneth Boa
  3. TLCC Music Ministry – Pinterest Board
  4. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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10/11 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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This Week’s Bible Readings  Oct. 11 – 17 

Title: “The Cost of Encountering God ”

Texts:   Leviticus 1-7; Luke 9; 18; Mark 12; Ac. 2, 4

In a Nutshell:God has always shown that it takes sacrifice to worship Him properly. We honor him appropriately when we give the first and the best. If we only give the leftovers, it is not worship. 

ICE BREAKER:  Remember a time when you responded with a glad and generous heart. Maybe a VBS where you emptied out your piggy bank to help a missionary, or wrote an extravagant check to help the Lord’s work, or committed a significant amount of time to serve in a ministry you are passionate about?

QUESTIONS:

WINDOWS IN THE WORD

  1. Skim through Leviticus 1-7 and notice some of the repeated words about what we are to bring to the Lord in worship.
  2. How difficult is it to give your best, an animal without defect, or the finest flour? To be burned (wasted?) in the fire. Have you ever felt like your were throwing money way when you were putting money in the offering?
  3. Have you read through the old testament sacrifice requirements and thought, “I am so glad we don’t have to do that anymore.” Discuss why we say that.

WINDOWS INTO MY HEART

  1. When we read the New Testament, we see Jesus asking for much more than a tithe. Read Luke 18:18-25; Luke 9:23-25; Mark 12:41-44; Acts 2:44-45;4:32-35.
  2. Do you see yourself in any of those stories? Have you encountered God in such a way that you love Him and other believers to the point of sacrificial giving?
  3. Maybe instead of “giving till it hurts” we should “give until we worship.” Do we give our first and best from a heart of worship? What would that look like for you?

WINDOWS TO THE WORLD

  1. If we gave and shared in one another’s needs, how would that change the reputation of the church in the community?  We tend to place limits on what we are willing to give up so that we feel secure and safe.

WHAT I SEE

  • Will you sacrifice with joy and worship God as you give and serve this year?
  • Will you cheerfully give with a glad heart when you see a need that you can fill?
  1.  synergy flame
  2. Ask “Do I trust God enough to give sacrificially in my offerings of money, time and talents?” And if not, why not?  What would our ministry and missions budget look like if we gave not according to our comfort, but according to the need. Would the nursery, children’s and youth ministry ever lack for volunteers? Would the communion and shut-in ministry ever have to beg?

Online Resources:

  1. The CARE Sheet – 10215GodEnccaresheet
  2. A Call to Die” by David Nasson
  3. TLCC Music Ministry – Pinterest Board
  4. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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10/4 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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This Week’s Bible Readings  Oct. 4 – 11 

Title: “Created to Encounter God”

Texts:  Romans 1Genesis 4;  John 4

In a Nutshell: As birds are designed to fly, and fish are designed to swim, so we humans are designed to love God.  Bible stories provide windows into the lives of people as they have encountered God.  The first challenge we discover quickly is our tendency to love that which has been created, instead of the Creator. 

Questions:

ICE BREAKER  Can you remember the first thing/person that made you think… “I can’t live without…”?

WINDOWS IN THE WORD

  1. How did Cain’s attitude toward his brother affect his relationship with God?  Genesis 4
  2. What was the beginning of the downward fall for those that become enslaved to sin? Romans 1
  3. What are the two most important elements God expects us to bring to our worship of Him? John 4

     

    WINDOWS INTO MY HEART

  4. What was the most dominant emotion you have sensed this morning since coming to church?   What action or thought did that emotion come from?emoticons
  5. If God were to tell you “sin is crouching at your door and you must master it” what situation would He be referring to?
  6.  If all your struggles had been exposed and forgiven (like the woman at the well) how would your worship experience be different?

    WINDOWS TO THE WORLD

  7. How did Cain’s attitude toward his brother affect his relationship with God?  Genesis 4
  8. Has the Holy Spirit brought to mind a name of a person that you need to visit with at the water cooler (Jacob’s well)?  What do you need to tell them?  

    WHAT I SEE

  9. Jot down one thing you sense the Holy Spirit telling you that you need to do differently this week. 
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  11. Let’s think about a recent family challenge where one of you struggled with anger or bitterness. On a scale of 1-10 how difficult was it to go to church, read the Bible, pray?  Was there anything specific that helped you to overcome those feelings?

Online Resources:

  1. The Way of a Worshiper” by Buddy Owens
  2. TLCC Music Ministry – Pinterest Board
  3. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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