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WINTER 2020 January 5 – February 25, 2020

January 5, 2020: The Love of God is Greater Far

We begin the year with a foundational passage in the Old Testament. In Exodus 33:18, Moses said to God, “Show me your glory.” God chose to reveal Himself in a profound and mysterious appearance on Mt. Sinai. This incredible Self-Revelation will be referred to many times in the Old Testament. God will show Himself to be a God of compassion and love. In fact, God’s love is beyond our ability to comprehend.

Sermon Text: Exodus 34:4-7


Daily Bible Readings

This week, we will reflect upon the incredible encounter between Moses and God on Mt. Sinai many years ago. God revealed Himself to Moses in an unforgettable expression of His character. This week let’s reflect upon the deep love of God. The Hebrew word for “love” in Exodus 34 is hesed – it can be translated as lovingkindness, mercy, faithfulness, mercy, love, or loyal love. It is the word for God’s covenantal love for His people.


January 6: Exodus 33:18-34:9

January 7: Psalm 103:1-16

January 8: Psalm 103:17-22

January 9: Psalm 145

January 10: Exodus 34:4-7

January 11: Reflection: How have you personally encountered the love of God? Take some time to reflect on the compassion, the faithfulness, the mercy, and the love of God towards you.


January 12, 2020: Love at Work in a Community

How can we recognize the love of God at work in a community of believers? Love is a powerful force. These early believers experienced the grace of God through the power of the Gospel at work in their own lives. This power spread throughout the community of faith and was evidenced on numerous levels. The early church prayed and the building shook! Today, we will be reminded of the power of God’s love at work through us ---- and, like those early believers, we will pray and seek God’s power for our ministry life together.

Sermon Text: Acts 4:23-37



Daily Bible Readings

How were those early believers transformed from a scared group of scattered disciples into the incipient manifestation of the most enduring religious expression (aka – the Church) in the history of humanity? It is a complex answer. But—the Gospel is a transformative force. At the heart of it—is the powerful love of God. This week, we will reflect upon the power of God’s love at work in a community of faith.


January 13: Acts 2:29-41

January 14: Acts 2:42-47

January 15: Acts 4:23-31

January 16: Acts 4:32-37

January 17: Acts 1:1-8

January 18: Reflection: How have you experienced the love of God through the church? What evidences of God’s love have you witnessed in the life of the local church?


January 19, 2020: Children of God

Becoming a part of a transformative community can be a wonderfully healing experience. Our society is characterized by an inordinate amount of brokenness. God’s original design for humanity has suffered greatly due to the power of sin and the forces of evil. One of the realities we can experience in the community of faith is the beauty of healthy, familial relationships. For many people in our day, their experience of family has been anything but healthy. Through the power of love expressed through a transformative community, people have the opportunity to find the healing love of the family of God.

Sermon Text: 1 John 3:1-3

 

Daily Bible Readings

God leads us to the church so that we might experience holistic transformation. We need to be transformed by the power of God at work in and through the church. In our readings this week, we will focus on the healing we can experience through our connection to the family of God.


January 20: 1 John 4:7-13

January 21: 1 John 5:1-5

January 22: 1 John 3:1-3

January 23: Romans 8:12-17

January 24: Romans 8:18-27

January 25: Reflection: How would you describe your understanding of the church as the family of God? Have you experienced the church as the family of God?


January 26, 2020: Gathered, Connected, Growing! 

Paul expressed his personal goal for his ministry-----to present the believers in his care as fully mature. The maturity of believers is connected to the transformative work of Christ both within us as individuals as well as the transformative influence of the community of faith. The secret is—Christ is in us and that is the hope of glory!

Sermon Text: Colossians 1:24-29


Daily Bible Readings

God is at work within us to shape us, form us, conform us, and transform us. He loves us too much to leave us alone! This week’s readings are centered around the topic of the spiritual formation of our lives.


January 27: Romans 8:28-30

January 28: Romans 8:31-39

January 29: Colossians 1:24-29

January 30: Romans 8:28-30

January 31: Romans 8:31-39

February 1:  Reflection: Nothing can separate you from God’s love! Reflect on how His love is shaping you during this season in your life. How are you being formed—conformed, transformed—right now in your life with God and your life in community with your church family?


February 2, 2020: Love is . . . the Greatest!

Pulpit Guest: Todd Still, Dean, Truett Theological Seminary

This text is the most famous treatment of “love” in the New Testament. Paul’s famous description of love is read in all manner of Christian celebrations. It is a profound statement from both a theological and a practical perspective. Love is a mighty force! In fact, as Paul declared, it is the greatest!

Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 13:13


Daily Bible Readings

Love is a powerful force in any arena. It is more than a feeling or an emotional response. It is a verb. Love does. True Christian love is healthy and redemptive. This week, we will read 1 Corinthians 13 each day. Focus on a different section of this beautiful text each day. Ask God to show you how to demonstrate this type of love in your everyday life.


February 3:  1 Corinthians 13

February 4:  1 Corinthians 13

February 5:  1 Corinthians 13

February 6:  1 Corinthians 13

February 7:  1 Corinthians 13

February 8:  Reflection: Meditate on the truths of 1 Corinthians 13. What is God saying to you about love?


February 9, 2020: Love is . . . First for God!

The fundamental relationship we have as humans is our relationship with God. In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, we are instructed to love Him! Obviously, He has first loved us. But, our first love is to be for Him. Our experiences with love and our expressions of love are all contextualized by this fundamental first priority.

Sermon Text: Deuteronomy 6:4-9


Daily Bible Readings

Let’s start every day this week with Deuteronomy 6:4-9. I would encourage you to read it aloud. Take the time to meditate on this text each day. We will add a companion text each day to complement our focus on our love for God.


February 10: Deuteronomy 6:4-9,

John 14:15

February 11: Deuteronomy 6:4-9,

1 John 4:20

February 12: Deuteronomy 6:4-9,

Colossians 3:12-14

February 13: Deuteronomy 6:4-9,

1 John 3:17-18

February 14: Deuteronomy 6:4-9,

1 John 2:15

February 15: Reflection: How well do you love God? How is your love for God manifesting itself in your life each day?


February 16, 2020: Love is . . . Promised in “I Do”

Parent/Child Dedication Consecration of Marriage

On this Sunday, we will reflect on the sanctity of marriage as an institution. In our morning worship services, we will have a special time of prayer and consecration for the marriages in our church family. This is intended to be a positive and hopeful experience for our couples. We will invite those who are not married to join in this time of church-wide blessing and prayer for those who are married.

Sermon Text: Song of Songs 8:5-7


Daily Bible Readings

Marriage is God’s idea. It offers human beings the opportunity to live together in a sacred estate that promotes health, well-being, intimacy, and partnership. Marriage is so special to God that He uses it as one of the primary images to reflect the depth of His love for His people. Everyone benefits from healthy marriages. This week, we will reflect on the beauty of marriage.


February 17: Genesis 2:18-25

February 18: Song of Songs 8:5-7

February 19: Isaiah 61:10-11

February 20: Ephesians 5:15-33

February 21: Song of Songs 8:5-7

February 22: Reflection: If you are married, reflect on the health of your relationship. Ask God to strengthen the bond between you and your spouse. If you are not married, pray for the marriages of your fellow church members. Pray for your family members who are married.


February 23, 2020: Love is . . . for Everyone!

On this Sunday, we will highlight the Single Adults in our church. We will have a Stewardship Testimony from one of our Single Adults. We will embrace the value of each individual life in our congregation. The transformative experience of our community life as a church is available for everyone! And, everyone contributes to the overall health of our church.

Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 7:32-35


Daily Bible Readings

Singleness is not an incomplete state! The Bible is filled with incredible single adults who served God faithfully and fully. Single adults are vibrantly a part of our church family. This week let’s thank God for the many single adults who are a part of our community and let’s pray for their continued growth and maturity in Christ.


February 24: Proverbs 3:1-6

February 25: 1 Corinthians 7:32-35