Hindsight: Simply Discipleship

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We have all heard the statement: "Hindsight is 20/20." The insight gained through hindsight frequently resources us to live with foresight. That is why we are going to spend the Fall looking at the Gospel of Mark in reverse. Why is the message about Him called "the Gospel" (from Old English meaning 'good news') and what is the message that is proclaimed? 

Jesus invites Peter, James, and John to join him on the mountain and they follow... this is a picture of what discipleship is all about. There is a lot we can learn from this passage.

SERMON NOTES

Click here to view/download this morning's sermon notes/slides.

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE | Mark 8.27-9.1 (The Message)

27 Jesus and his disciples headed out for the villages around Caesarea Philippi. As they walked, he asked, “Who do the people say I am?” 28 “Some say ‘John the Baptizer,’” they said. “Others say ‘Elijah.’ Still others say ‘one of the prophets.’"29 He then asked, “And you—what are you saying about me? Who am I?” Peter gave the answer: “You are the Christ, the Messiah.”

30-32 Jesus warned them to keep it quiet, not to breathe a word of it to anyone. He then began explaining things to them: “It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the elders, high priests, and religion scholars, be killed, and after three days rise up alive.” He said this simply and clearly so they couldn’t miss it.

32-33 But Peter grabbed him in protest. Turning and seeing his disciples wavering, wondering what to believe, Jesus confronted Peter. “Peter, get out of my way! Satan, get lost! You have no idea how God works.”

34-37 Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?

38 “If any of you are embarrassed over me and the way I’m leading you when you get around your fickle and unfocused friends, know that you’ll be an even greater embarrassment to the Son of Man when he arrives in all the splendor of God, his Father, with an army of the holy angels.”

9.1 Then he drove it home by saying, “This isn’t pie in the sky by and by. Some of you who are standing here are going to see it happen, see the kingdom of God arrive in full force.”

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Here are some books and resources we recommend for your own reflection and study:

The Weekend Resource Guide can be used for further reflection and is the resource tool that most of our LifeGroups use.

Basic Christianity by John Stott will provide you with insight and understanding whether you are seeking Jesus or have been following Him for years. Thin and profound.

Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters is a great introduction into the life of Jesus and how we can relate to Him today.

Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners is a dynamic investigation of the most earth-shattering, piety-smashing, life-changing news ever. Discover your true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where you might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for it. 

The Hole in Our Gospel Special Edition: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World demonstrates that the whole gospel was always meant to be a world-changing, social revolution, a revolution that begins with each one of us. 

Who is Jesus is a video produced by Alpha... a GREAT introduction:

INFO | OPPORTUNITIES

LIFEGROUP SIGNUPS

LifeGroups are small groups (usually 8-14) that intentionally do life together. Our goal is for Lifegroups to grow in their trust in God and one another so that meaningful community can develop.

Stop by the Welcome Table and join a group today!

CHRISTMAS TREE GIVE-A-WAY

The Giveaway is an expression of the gift of Jesus to our military community and the poor of our community. We sell the trees in lots of 2. This can be one for you and one to giveaway. Or you can purchase as many as you want to gift to our community. This year's costs are: $45 for 2 5-6ft trees or $55 for 2 6-7ft trees. . Click here for more information. Click here to watch a video of last year's event.

The Giveaway is an expression of the gift of Jesus to our military community and the poor of our community. We sell the trees in lots of 2. This can be one for you and one to giveaway. Or you can purchase as many as you want to gift to our community.

This year's costs are: $45 for 2 5-6ft trees or $55 for 2 6-7ft trees. .

Click here for more information.

Click here to watch a video of last year's event.

This December we’ll be running our fifth annual Christmas Shoebox Project for the children of Casa de Orracion and Open Road Global, La Gloria, Mexico. We would love for you to encourage your Life Group or other groups you may be a part of to help the Christmas Shoebox Project. This is a true blessing to the children involved and in many cases these are the only presents they’ll receive.

This December we’ll be running our fifth annual Christmas Shoebox Project for the children of Casa de Orracion and Open Road Global, La Gloria, Mexico.

We would love for you to encourage your Life Group or other groups you may be a part of to help the Christmas Shoebox Project. This is a true blessing to the children involved and in many cases these are the only presents they’ll receive.

ONLINE GIVING:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

Hindsight: The Gospel is so simple we keep missing it!

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We have all heard the statement: "Hindsight is 20/20." The insight gained through hindsight frequently resources us to live with foresight. That is why we are going to spend the Fall looking at the Gospel of Mark in reverse. Why is the message about Him called "the Gospel" (from Old English meaning 'good news') and what is the message that is proclaimed? 

While the Good News is simple... it is not simplistic... that's why we keep missing it!

SERMON NOTES

Click here to view/download this morning's sermon notes/slides.

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE | Mark 8.27-9.10

27 Now Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 They said in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Messiah.” 30 Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him. 31 He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. 32 He spoke this openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” 34 He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it. 36 What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? 37 What could one give in exchange for his life? 38 Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

9.1  He also said to them, “Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come in power.” 2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. 4 Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. 5 Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. 7 Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” 8 Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them.

9.9  As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Here are some books and resources we recommend for your own reflection and study:

The Weekend Resource Guide can be used for further reflection and is the resource tool that most of our LifeGroups use.

Basic Christianity by John Stott will provide you with insight and understanding whether you are seeking Jesus or have been following Him for years. Thin and profound.

Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters is a great introduction into the life of Jesus and how we can relate to Him today.

Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners is a dynamic investigation of the most earth-shattering, piety-smashing, life-changing news ever. Discover your true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where you might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for it. 

The Hole in Our Gospel Special Edition: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World demonstrates that the whole gospel was always meant to be a world-changing, social revolution, a revolution that begins with each one of us. 

Who is Jesus is a video produced by Alpha... a GREAT introduction:

INFO | OPPORTUNITIES

LIFEGROUP SIGNUPS

LifeGroups are small groups (usually 8-14) that intentionally do life together. Our goal is for Lifegroups to grow in their trust in God and one another so that meaningful community can develop.

Stop by the Welcome Table and join a group today!

CHRISTMAS TREE GIVE-A-WAY

The Giveaway is an expression of the gift of Jesus to our military community and the poor of our community. We sell the trees in lots of 2. This can be one for you and one to giveaway. Or you can purchase as many as you want to gift to our community. This year's costs are: $45 for 2 5-6ft trees or $55 for 2 6-7ft trees. . Click here for more information. Click here to watch a video of last year's event.

The Giveaway is an expression of the gift of Jesus to our military community and the poor of our community. We sell the trees in lots of 2. This can be one for you and one to giveaway. Or you can purchase as many as you want to gift to our community.

This year's costs are: $45 for 2 5-6ft trees or $55 for 2 6-7ft trees. .

Click here for more information.

Click here to watch a video of last year's event.

This December we’ll be running our fifth annual Christmas Shoebox Project for the children of Casa de Orracion and Open Road Global, La Gloria, Mexico. We would love for you to encourage your Life Group or other groups you may be a part of to help the Christmas Shoebox Project. This is a true blessing to the children involved and in many cases these are the only presents they’ll receive.

This December we’ll be running our fifth annual Christmas Shoebox Project for the children of Casa de Orracion and Open Road Global, La Gloria, Mexico.

We would love for you to encourage your Life Group or other groups you may be a part of to help the Christmas Shoebox Project. This is a true blessing to the children involved and in many cases these are the only presents they’ll receive.

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ONLINE GIVING:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

Hindsight: Embracing the Kingdom

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We have all heard the statement: "Hindsight is 20/20." The insight gained through hindsight frequently resources us to live with foresight. That is why we are going to spend the Fall looking at the Gospel of Mark in reverse. Why is the message about Him called "the Gospel" (from Old English meaning 'good news') and what is the message that is proclaimed? 

The unique thing about hindsight is that it allows you to see things that may have been misunderstood in that present moment. The moments before Jesus heads to Jerusalem, where He will go to the Cross, He teaches His disciples about the least and the greatest in His Kingdom.  In the Kingdom that Jesus ushers in: those that are perceived to be the least least in society are received and those that receive the Kingdom must learn to receive the least in society.  

SERMON NOTES

Click here to view/download this morning's sermon notes/slides.

TODAY'S SCRIPTUREMark 10.1-52

Getting up, He *went from there to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan; crowds *gathered around Him again, and, according to His custom, He once more began to teach them.

2   Some Pharisees came up to Jesus, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife. 3 And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses permitted a man TO WRITE A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY.” 5 But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 “But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. 7 “FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, 8 AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

10   In the house the disciples began questioning Him about this again. 11 And He *said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; 12 and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.”

13   And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” 16 And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.

17   As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 “You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’” 20 And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” 21 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22 But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.

23   And Jesus, looking around, *said to His disciples, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus *answered again and *said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 They were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Looking at them, Jesus *said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”

28   Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30 but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. 31 “But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.”

32   They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were fearful. And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, 33 saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. 34 “They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.”

35   James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, *came up to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.” 36 And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” 37 They said to Him, “Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 They said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized. 40 “But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

41   Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John. 42 Calling them to Himself, Jesus *said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 “But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. 45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

46   Then they *came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they *called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.” 50 Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. 51 And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Here are some books and resources we recommend for your own reflection and study:

The Weekend Resource Guide can be used for further reflection and is the resource tool that most of our LifeGroups use.

Basic Christianity by John Stott will provide you with insight and understanding whether you are seeking Jesus or have been following Him for years. Thin and profound.

Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters is a great introduction into the life of Jesus and how we can relate to Him today.

Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners is a dynamic investigation of the most earth-shattering, piety-smashing, life-changing news ever. Discover your true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where you might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for it. 

The Hole in Our Gospel Special Edition: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World demonstrates that the whole gospel was always meant to be a world-changing, social revolution, a revolution that begins with each one of us. 

Who is Jesus is a video produced by Alpha... a GREAT introduction:

INFO | OPPORTUNITIES

LIFEGROUP SIGNUPS

LifeGroups are small groups (usually 8-14) that intentionally do life together. Our goal is for Lifegroups to grow in their trust in God and one another so that meaningful community can develop.

Stop by the Welcome Table and join a group today!

CHRISTMAS TREE GIVE-A-WAY

The Giveaway is an expression of the gift of Jesus to our military community and the poor of our community. We sell the trees in lots of 2. This can be one for you and one to giveaway. Or you can purchase as many as you want to gift to our community. This year's costs are: $45 for 2 5-6ft trees or $55 for 2 6-7ft trees. . Click here for more information. Click here to watch a video of last year's event.

The Giveaway is an expression of the gift of Jesus to our military community and the poor of our community. We sell the trees in lots of 2. This can be one for you and one to giveaway. Or you can purchase as many as you want to gift to our community.

This year's costs are: $45 for 2 5-6ft trees or $55 for 2 6-7ft trees. .

Click here for more information.

Click here to watch a video of last year's event.

This December we’ll be running our fifth annual Christmas Shoebox Project for the children of Casa de Orracion and Open Road Global, La Gloria, Mexico. We would love for you to encourage your Life Group or other groups you may be a part of to help the Christmas Shoebox Project. This is a true blessing to the children involved and in many cases these are the only presents they’ll receive.

This December we’ll be running our fifth annual Christmas Shoebox Project for the children of Casa de Orracion and Open Road Global, La Gloria, Mexico.

We would love for you to encourage your Life Group or other groups you may be a part of to help the Christmas Shoebox Project. This is a true blessing to the children involved and in many cases these are the only presents they’ll receive.

ONLINE GIVING:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

Hindsight: The misunderstood King and Temple

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We have all heard the statement: "Hindsight is 20/20." The insight gained through hindsight frequently resources us to live with foresight. That is why we are going to spend the Fall looking at the Gospel of Mark in reverse. Why is the message about Him called "the Gospel" (from Old English meaning 'good news') and what is the message that is proclaimed? 

The unique thing about hindsight is that it allows you to see things that may have been misunderstood in that present moment. It seems that when Jesus entered into Jerusalem at the beginning of the Passover week (the triumphal entry) everyone seemed to have their take on who this radical young Rabbi was. One week later so much would change and so many would realize how much was misunderstood about who Jesus was and the statement he was making. Even today, when we lose sight of the Gospel, we can misunderstand who Jesus is and what he is longing to do in us and in His creation.

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE | Mark 11.1-25

Mark 11.1   As they *approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, He *sent two of His disciples, 2 and *said to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. 3 “If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ you say, ‘The Lord has need of it’; and immediately he will send it back here.” 4 They went away and found a colt tied at the door, outside in the street; and they *untied it. 5 Some of the bystanders were saying to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 They spoke to them just as Jesus had told them, and they gave them permission. 7 They *brought the colt to Jesus and put their coats on it; and He sat on it. 8 And many spread their coats in the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields. 9 Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting:     “Hosanna! 
    BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD;
10     Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David; 
    Hosanna in the highest!”

Mark 11.11   Jesus entered Jerusalem and came into the temple; and after looking around at everything, He left for Bethany with the twelve, since it was already late.

Mark 11.12   On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry. 13 Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening.

Mark 11.15   Then they *came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves; 16 and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple. 17 And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS’? But you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN.” 18 The chief priests and the scribes heard this, and began seeking how to destroy Him; for they were afraid of Him, for the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching.

Mark 11.19   When evening came, they would go out of the city.

Mark 11.20   As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. 21 Being reminded, Peter *said to Him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree which You cursed has withered.” 22 And Jesus *answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. 23 “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. 24 “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. 25 “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.

Mark 11.26 [“But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”]

SERMON NOTES

Click here to view/download this morning's sermon notes/slides.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Here are some books and resources we recommend for your own reflection and study:

The Weekend Resource Guide can be used for further reflection and is the resource tool that most of our LifeGroups use.

Beloit College created The Mindset List to cause faculty and staff to consider the mindset of each incoming class of students. It seeks to paint a picture that illustrates the worldview and culture gap that exists among the generations that comprise a multigenerational community. 

Basic Christianity by John Stott will provide you with insight and understanding whether you are seeking Jesus or have been following Him for years. Thin and profound.

Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters is a great introduction into the life of Jesus and how we can relate to Him today.

Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners is a dynamic investigation of the most earth-shattering, piety-smashing, life-changing news ever. Discover your true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where you might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for it. 

The Hole in Our Gospel Special Edition: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World demonstrates that the whole gospel was always meant to be a world-changing, social revolution, a revolution that begins with each one of us. 

Who is Jesus is a video produced by Alpha... a GREAT introduction:

INFO | OPPORTUNITIES

LIFEGROUP SIGNUPS

LifeGroups are small groups (usually 8-14) that intentionally do life together. Our goal is for Lifegroups to grow in their trust in God and one another so that meaningful community can develop.

Stop by the Welcome Table and join a group today!

CHARITY RIDE FOR GEM FOUNDATION

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SparkCycle is providing a 45 minute spin class followed by an outdoor yoga session at its La Jolla location to benefit the Gem Foundation in Kampala, Uganda.  

The cost for the event is $25, and all proceeds will go to the Gem Foundation. The event will be at 11:00 on Saturday, November 4 at SparkCycle La Jolla (7777 Fay Ave. Suite G1, La Jolla, CA 92037).  

All participants must preregister on-line at sparkcycle.com (space is limited).  If you are a new rider, you will need to create an online account and use your credit card to pay the $25 event fee. Registration for the event opens Sunday night (10/29) at 5:00 pm.  All new riders (that have preregistered) should show up by 10:45 on the day of the event to fill out the required paperwork, get fit for riding shoes (shoe rental is included in the fee), and get acquainted with the bikes.

CHRISTMAS TREE GIVE-A-WAY

The Giveaway is an expression of the gift of Jesus to our military community and the poor of our community. We sell the trees in lots of 2. This can be one for you and one to giveaway. Or you can purchase as many as you want to gift to our community. This year's costs are: $45 for 2 5-6ft trees or $55 for 2 6-7ft trees. . Click here for more information. Click here to watch a video of last year's event.

The Giveaway is an expression of the gift of Jesus to our military community and the poor of our community. We sell the trees in lots of 2. This can be one for you and one to giveaway. Or you can purchase as many as you want to gift to our community.

This year's costs are: $45 for 2 5-6ft trees or $55 for 2 6-7ft trees. .

Click here for more information.

Click here to watch a video of last year's event.

Can God make a burrito so hot He can't eat it? Is the world really going to end on Saturday? If you’ve ever had trouble sifting through the barrage of information on the internet, come join us Friday November 17th through Sunday November 19th where we learn to tell fake stories from the truth. We will spend the weekend in the gorgeous woods of Julian with Jesus, studying what the word “Truth” really means.

Can God make a burrito so hot He can't eat it? Is the world really going to end on Saturday? If you’ve ever had trouble sifting through the barrage of information on the internet, come join us Friday November 17th through Sunday November 19th where we learn to tell fake stories from the truth. We will spend the weekend in the gorgeous woods of Julian with Jesus, studying what the word “Truth” really means.

ONLINE GIVING:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

Hindsight: The Owner, the Coin, the Dead Wife, and the Law

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We have all heard the statement: "Hindsight is 20/20." The insight gained through hindsight frequently resources us to live with foresight. That is why we are going to spend the Fall looking at the Gospel of Mark in reverse. Why is the message about Him called "the Gospel" (from Old English meaning 'good news') and what is the message that is proclaimed? 

This weekend we look at 4 questions that challenge and provoke our understanding of living faithfully amidst oppressive and tumultuous times. Here we witness established leaders challenging Jesus and Jesus challenging established leaders. At stake is the essential question how do "the people of the Good News" (Gospel) arrange and live their lives?

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE | Mark 12.1-34

And He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard and put a wall around it, and dug a vat under the wine press and built a tower, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. 2 At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers. 3 They took him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully. 5 And he sent another, and that one they killed; and so with many others, beating some and killing others. 6 He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 But those vine-growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’ 8 They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not even read this Scripture:
    ‘The stone which the builders rejected,
    This became the chief corner stone;
    11 This came about from the Lord,
    And it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
12 And they were seeking to seize Him, and yet they feared the people, for they understood that He spoke the parable against them. And so they left Him and went away.

13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Him in order to trap Him in a statement. 14 They came and said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not? 15 Shall we pay or shall we not pay?” But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to look at.” 16 They brought one. And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” And they said to Him, “Caesar’s.” 17 And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him.

And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.” Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.” 

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

SERMON NOTES

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Here are some books and resources we recommend for your own reflection and study:

The Weekend Resource Guide can be used for further reflection and is the resource tool that most of our LifeGroups use.

Beloit College created The Mindset List to cause faculty and staff to consider the mindset of each incoming class of students. It seeks to paint a picture that illustrates the worldview and culture gap that exists among the generations that comprise a multigenerational community. 

Basic Christianity by John Stott will provide you with insight and understanding whether you are seeking Jesus or have been following Him for years. Thin and profound.

Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters is a great introduction into the life of Jesus and how we can relate to Him today.

Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners is a dynamic investigation of the most earth-shattering, piety-smashing, life-changing news ever. Discover your true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where you might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for it. 

The Hole in Our Gospel Special Edition: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World demonstrates that the whole gospel was always meant to be a world-changing, social revolution, a revolution that begins with each one of us. 

Who is Jesus is a video produced by Alpha... a GREAT introduction:

ONLINE GIVING:

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Hindsight: The Gospel Coin

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We have all heard the statement: "Hindsight is 20/20." The insight gained through hindsight frequently resources us to live with foresight. That is why we are going to spend the Fall looking at the Gospel of Mark in reverse. Why is the message about Him called "the Gospel" (from Old English meaning 'good news') and what is the message that is proclaimed? 

This weekend we look at a passage frequently quoted: "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and render unto God the things that are God's." Why is this incident part of the Good News Mark feels compelled to share? 

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE | Mark 12.1-17

And He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard and put a wall around it, and dug a vat under the wine press and built a tower, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. 2 At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers. 3 They took him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully. 5 And he sent another, and that one they killed; and so with many others, beating some and killing others. 6 He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 But those vine-growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’ 8 They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not even read this Scripture:
    ‘The stone which the builders rejected,
    This became the chief corner stone;
    11 This came about from the Lord,
    And it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
12 And they were seeking to seize Him, and yet they feared the people, for they understood that He spoke the parable against them. And so they left Him and went away.

13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Him in order to trap Him in a statement. 14 They came and said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not? 15 Shall we pay or shall we not pay?” But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to look at.” 16 They brought one. And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” And they said to Him, “Caesar’s.” 17 And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him.

SERMON NOTES

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Here are some books and resources we recommend for your own reflection and study:

The Weekend Resource Guide can be used for further reflection and is the resource tool that most of our LifeGroups use.

Basic Christianity by John Stott will provide you with insight and understanding whether you are seeking Jesus or have been following Him for years. Thin and profound.

Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters is a great introduction into the life of Jesus and how we can relate to Him today.

Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners is a dynamic investigation of the most earth-shattering, piety-smashing, life-changing news ever. Discover your true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where you might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for it. 

The Hole in Our Gospel Special Edition: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World demonstrates that the whole gospel was always meant to be a world-changing, social revolution, a revolution that begins with each one of us. 

Who is Jesus is a video produced by Alpha... a GREAT introduction:

ONLINE GIVING:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

Hindsight: Battle of the Wills

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We have all heard the statement: "Hindsight is 20/20." The insight gained through hindsight frequently resources us to live with foresight. That is why we are going to spend the Fall looking at the Gospel of Mark in reverse. Why is the message about Him called "the Gospel" (from Old English meaning 'good news') and what is the message that is proclaimed? 

This weekend we observe a battle of ‘wills’. Jesus says that Peter will deny Him, yet Peter insists he will not.

"God knows in us even what we ourselves do not know in ourselves. For Peter did not know his weakness when he heard from the Lord that he would deny him three times" -St Augustine. 

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE | Mark 14.26-31

Mark 14.26   And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” 30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same. 

SERMON NOTES

Click here to view/download this morning's sermon notes/slides.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Here are some books and resources we recommend for your own reflection and study:

The Weekend Resource Guide can be used for further reflection and is the resource tool that most of our LifeGroups use.

Basic Christianity by John Stott will provide you with insight and understanding whether you are seeking Jesus or have been following Him for years. Thin and profound.

Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters is a great introduction into the life of Jesus and how we can relate to Him today.

Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners is a dynamic investigation of the most earth-shattering, piety-smashing, life-changing news ever. Discover your true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where you might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for it. 

The Hole in Our Gospel Special Edition: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World demonstrates that the whole gospel was always meant to be a world-changing, social revolution, a revolution that begins with each one of us. 

Who is Jesus is a video produced by Alpha... a GREAT introduction:

If you would like to partner with us in giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

Hindsight: Torn Curtain

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We have all heard the statement: "Hindsight is 20/20." The insight gained through hindsight frequently resources us to live with foresight. That is why we are going to spend the Fall looking at the Gospel of Mark in reverse. Why is the message about Him called "the Gospel" (from Old English meaning 'good news') and what is the message that is proclaimed? 

Today, we are looking together at the 15th chapter of Mark, the moment of Jesus’ death and the torn curtain. This is a perfect example of a story in scripture that is critical for us to engage in new ways - so that our eyes are refreshed, and our hearts are renewed, as God comes close to us in Jesus. 

This morning's speaker is Serene Neddenriep. Serene serves with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as the National Associate Director for Planting, and on InterVarsity's Council of National Evangelists. She loves to help people to become effective Spirit-led witnesses and empower them to start new things that reach people for Jesus. She lives in San Diego with her husband Jonathan and children River and Pax. Bonus for people who actually read this far: She also likes ice cream.

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE | Mark 15:37-47

37And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.

42 And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. 45 And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph.46 And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

SERMON NOTES

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Here are some books and resources we recommend for your own reflection and study:

The Weekend Resource Guide can be used for further reflection and is the resource tool that most of our LifeGroups use.

Serene recommends Miracle Work: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Supernatural Ministries, by Jordan Seng. "This book has been a great teacher for me in the ministry of the Holy Spirit."

Basic Christianity by John Stott will provide you with insight and understanding whether you are seeking Jesus or have been following Him for years. Thin and profound.

Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters is a great introduction into the life of Jesus and how we can relate to Him today.

Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners is a dynamic investigation of the most earth-shattering, piety-smashing, life-changing news ever. Discover your true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where you might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for it. 

The Hole in Our Gospel Special Edition: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World demonstrates that the whole gospel was always meant to be a world-changing, social revolution, a revolution that begins with each one of us. 

Who is Jesus is a video produced by Alpha... a GREAT introduction:

ONLINE GIVING:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

Hindsight

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We have all heard the statement: "Hindsight is 20/20." The insight gained through hindsight frequently resources us to live with foresight. That is why we are going to spend the Fall looking at the Gospel of Mark in reverse. Why is the message about Him called "the Gospel" (from Old English meaning 'good news') and what is the message that is proclaimed? 

This week we introduce our series and begin to discover what the Gospel is.

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE | Mark 16.9-20

Mark 16:9 ¶ Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and reported to those who had been with Him, while they were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it. 

Mark 16:12 After that, He appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country. 13 They went away and reported it to the others, but they did not believe them either. 

Mark 16:14 Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17 “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 

Mark 16:19 So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.

SERMON NOTES

Click here to view/download this morning's sermon notes/slides.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Here are some books and resources we recommend for your own reflection and study:

The Weekend Resource Guide can be used for further reflection and is the resource tool that most our LifeGroups use.

Basic Christianity by John Stott will provide you with insight and understanding whether you are seeking Jesus or have been following Him for years. Thin and profound.

Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters is a great introduction into the life of Jesus and how we can relate to Him today.

Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners is a dynamic investigation of the most earth-shattering, piety-smashing, life-changing news ever. Discover your true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where you might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for it. 

The Hole in Our Gospel Special Edition: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World demonstrates that the whole gospel was always meant to be a world-changing, social revolution, a revolution that begins with each one of us. 

Who is Jesus is a video produced by Alpha... a GREAT introduction:

ONLINE GIVING:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

Matthew 9.1-13 | The Power of Perspective

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We are all trained to make decisions based on what we see... But the choices we make that will be life-changing and life-giving will be based on what we don't see! We were blessed to have Glenn Burris, President of the Foursquare Church as our morning speaker.

We invite you to give a special offering in Glenn's name to Project Nourish. 2000 people die each day in Eastern Africa. Project Nourish is a Foursquare relief ministry combatting this famine. Click here to make a gift. On the form select the down arrow to the right of "hurricane relief" and select Project Nourish.

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

Matthew 9.1-13 (The Message)

9 1-3 Back in the boat, Jesus and the disciples recrossed the sea to Jesus’ hometown. They were hardly out of the boat when some men carried a paraplegic on a stretcher and set him down in front of them. Jesus, impressed by their bold belief, said to the paraplegic, “Cheer up, son. I forgive your sins.” Some religion scholars whispered, “Why, that’s blasphemy!”

4-8 Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, “Why this gossipy whispering? Which do you think is simpler: to say, ‘I forgive your sins,’ or, ‘Get up and walk’? Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both. . . .” At this he turned to the paraplegic and said, “Get up. Take your bed and go home.” And the man did it. The crowd was awestruck, amazed and pleased that God had authorized Jesus to work among them this way.

9 Passing along, Jesus saw a man at his work collecting taxes. His name was Matthew. Jesus said, “Come along with me.” Matthew stood up and followed him.

10-11 Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers. “What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?”

12-13 Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.”

SERMON NOTES

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This morning we kick off "Council Month". We will celebrate the life and ministry of Faith Community over the next 4 weeks with 4 brief video presentations. Here at Faith we want to be a church that follows well, loves well, and serves well. This morning we take a look at what the Bible says about the Church. The Bible sets a high bar because people are worth it.

TODAY'S SCRIPTURES

1 Timothy 3.15
But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth. 

Acts 2.36-47
Acts 2.36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ — this Jesus whom you crucified.

Acts 2.37   Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 “For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” 40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Acts 2.43   Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. 

SERMON NOTES

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

One of the challenges in recommending books on the Church is that there is so few titles in print. The best and most frequently published titles come from the Catholic Church because of their high regard for the Church. Most non-Catholic titles about the church deal with crowds, cash, criticism, curriculum, and leadership. But very little reflection on who and what the Church is that we are doing all this planning for. Here are 3 titles:

The Church by Hans Kung is quite simply the finest book about the Church in print. Don't let the $55 price scare you off... it can be purchased quite inexpensively through some of the other sites listed on this Amazon page or check out Abe Books. This book will require your effort but Mark thinks that if you put in the time and effort you will grow in your love for Jesus, His Church, and your calling.

The Church: A Theological and Historical Account looks at the four classic marks of the church--its oneness, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity--and illustrates how each of these marks has been understood by different Christian traditions

Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church introduces you to the Churches Fathers - the leaders who succeeded the Apostles. While the church today looks quite different than it did two thousand years ago, Christians share the same faith with the church fathers. Although separated by time and culture, we have much to learn from their lives and teaching.

Check out these studies of religious attitudes and identification from Pew Research and Public Religion Research Institute. Here are 7 startling facts on church attendance in America. 

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Songs of Summer: Inside Out Songs

The Psalms (songs) of the Bible have 2 starting points. The starting point for some expresses how our thoughts about God connect with our feelings about life. The other starting point is our feelings about life expressed with transparent emotions before God. This morning we conclude our summer series, Songs of Summer, with a Family Sunday that reflects the simple truth: life is lived from the inside out.

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Click here to view/download this morning's sermon notes/slides.

RESOURCEs for start of school conversations with your students

First Day Jitters Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school.

A Bad Case of the Stripes is a great story about individuality and being up front about what you love.

How to Be Successful In Middle School - written to middle school students but suggest parents read together with your student.

Middle School Makeover by Michelle Icard. This is a concrete and practical guide for parents and educators to help the tweens in their lives navigate the socially fraught hallways, gyms, and cafeterias of middle school. This little book covers a large range of topics, beginning with helping us understand what is happening in the brains of tweens and how these neurological development affects decision-making and questions around identity. She also addresses social media, dating, and peer exclusion. Using both recent research and her personal, extensive experience working with middle-school-aged kids and their parents, Icard offers readers concrete and practical advice for guiding children through this chaotic developmental stage while also building their confidence.

You may not agree with everything she says but this is a helpful starting point for discussion and understanding...

Right Click helps you think and talk differently about digital media, as you learn from inspiring and creative parents like you who navigate these ever-changing waters day after day. Approach this new connected world like a team and address your most pressing tech related dilemmas.

  • How do I teach my kids to use social media responsibly?
  • Why do my kids constantly check their phones?
  • How can we be present when we’re in the same room?
  • How do I handle the tough stuff: inappropriate sharing, bullying and porn?
  • How do I make digital media a force that knits our family together rather than ripping us apart?

Your Teenager Is Not Crazy: Understanding Your Teen's Brain Can Make You a Better Parent is conveniently organized by what your teen says–things like I’m boredYou just don’t understandWhy are you freaking out?I hate my life, or Hold on, I just have to send this–this book will help you develop a deep compassion for your teen. Rather than seeing the teen years as a time to simply hold on for dear life, Dr. Jeramy and Jerusha Clark show that adolescence can be an amazing season of cultivating creativity, self-awareness, and passion for the things that really matter.

RESOURCES ON THE PSALMS

Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis. This little gem "makes clear their significance in our daily lives, and reminds us of their power to illuminate moments of grace as they teach us about God, Scripture, and the significance of faith." Also available as an audible book. 

A Long Obedience In the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. This book looks at the Psalms 120-134 -- known as the Psalms of Ascents. This grouping of songs were song as people made their way to Jerusalem for the great festivals. Peterson's exposition is moving, theological, and substantial.  Also available as an audible book.

Perseverance: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction is a bible-study based on Psalms 120-134 and Peterson's book. You could use this alone or with others for a summer "Songs of Summer" study/daily devotions.

31 Days to Get the Message: Psalms and Proverbs by Eugene Peterson. The books of Psalms and Proverbs are presented in a thirty-one day audible devotional format. The readings are taken from Peterson's dynamic translation of the Psalms and Proverbs. This might help jumpstart or refresh your devotional habits.

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Songs of Summer: Psalm 73 - A Song About Rule Breakers Prospering

There are moments where we survey the world around us and see that things are the opposite of what we believe they should be.  The wicked are prospering while the faithful are struggling. How do we make sense of this? And how do we not fall into the trap of being overcome by bitterness in the face of this madness?

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Scripture Reading - Psalm 73

1 Truly God is good to Israel,
    to those whose hearts are pure.
2 But as for me, I almost lost my footing.
    My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.
3 For I envied the proud
    when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
4 They seem to live such painless lives;
    their bodies are so healthy and strong.
5 They don’t have troubles like other people;
    they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else.
6 They wear pride like a jeweled necklace
    and clothe themselves with cruelty.
7 These fat cats have everything
    their hearts could ever wish for!
8 They scoff and speak only evil;
    in their pride they seek to crush others.
9 They boast against the very heavens,
    and their words strut throughout the earth.
10 And so the people are dismayed and confused,
    drinking in all their words.
11 “What does God know?” they ask.
    “Does the Most High even know what’s happening?”
12 Look at these wicked people—
    enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.
13 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
    Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
14 I get nothing but trouble all day long;
    every morning brings me pain.
15 If I had really spoken this way to others,
    I would have been a traitor to your people.
16 So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper.
    But what a difficult task it is!
17 Then I went into your sanctuary, O God,
    and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.
18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path
    and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.
19 In an instant they are destroyed,
    completely swept away by terrors.
20 When you arise, O Lord,
    you will laugh at their silly ideas
    as a person laughs at dreams in the morning.
21 Then I realized that my heart was bitter,
    and I was all torn up inside.
22 I was so foolish and ignorant—
    I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
23 Yet I still belong to you;
    you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    leading me to a glorious destiny.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
    but God remains the strength of my heart;
    he is mine forever.
27 Those who desert him will perish,
    for you destroy those who abandon you.
28 But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
    and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.

SERMON NOTES

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Haley Courtney, a member of our worship team shares her favorite psalm(s)

Here are some additional resources we recommend as we reflect on the Psalms this summer:

The Gospel In A Pluralist Society by Leslie Newbigin. How does the gospel relate to a pluralist society? What is the Christian message in a society marked by religious pluralism, ethnic diversity, and cultural relativism? Should Christians encountering today's pluralist society concentrate on evangelism or on dialogue? How does the prevailing climate of opinion affect, perhaps infect, Christians' faith?

This thoughtful book is written by a thoughtful and compassionate Anglican pastor who served 30 years as a missionary in India. A provocative book written way ahead of its time.

The Next Christendom and The New Faces of Christianity, both by Philip Jenkins, look at the impact of the new reality: the center of the Christian faith is no longer north of the equator and represented in the "West". It has moved to the global south (of the equator). What will be the impact worldwide when Africa may emerge as the largest Christian continent? Already churches south of the equator are now the largest "sending" churches in the world.

Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis. This little gem "makes clear their significance in our daily lives, and reminds us of their power to illuminate moments of grace as they teach us about God, Scripture, and the significance of faith." Also available as an audible book. 

A Long Obedience In the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. This book looks at the Psalms 120-134 -- known as the Psalms of Ascents. This grouping of songs were song as people made their way to Jerusalem for the great festivals. Peterson's exposition is moving, theological, and substantial.  Also available as an audible book.

Perseverance: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction is a bible-study based on Psalms 120-134 and Peterson's book. You could use this alone or with others for a summer "Songs of Summer" study/daily devotions.

31 Days to Get the Message: Psalms and Proverbs by Eugene Peterson. The books of Psalms and Proverbs are presented in a thirty-one day audible devotional format. The readings are taken from Peterson's dynamic translation of the Psalms and Proverbs. This might help jumpstart or refresh your devotional habits.

ONLINE GIVING:

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Songs of Summer: Psalm 96 - A Mission Song (Aug 20)

God has made us for something very large. He has made us with a global purpose in mind. Many things are important in life but this is the largest cause of all. Every follower of Jesus of Jesus is part of a diverse movement, marked by solidarity and welcome, to express and present God to the nations-- that every one might know that they are called and cherished.

 

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Scripture Reading - Psalm 96

1Sing to the LORD a new song; 
    Sing to the LORD, all the earth. 
2     Sing to the LORD, bless His name; 
    Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. 
3     Tell of His glory among the nations, 
    His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. 
4     For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; 
    He is to be feared above all gods. 
5     For all the gods of the peoples are idols, 
    But the LORD made the heavens. 
6     Splendor and majesty are before Him, 
    Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. 

7  Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, 
    Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 
8     Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name; 
    Bring an offering and come into His courts. 
9     Worship the LORD in holy attire; 
    Tremble before Him, all the earth. 
10     Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns; 
    Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved; 
    He will judge the peoples with equity.” 

11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; 
    Let the sea roar, and all it contains; 
12     Let the field exult, and all that is in it. 
    Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy
13     Before the LORD, for He is coming, 
    For He is coming to judge the earth. 
    He will judge the world in righteousness
    And the peoples in His faithfulness. 

SERMON NOTES

Click here to view/download this morning's sermon notes/slides.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Haley Courtney, a member of our worship team shares her favorite psalm(s)

Here are some additional resources we recommend as we reflect on the Psalms this summer:

Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis. This little gem "makes clear their significance in our daily lives, and reminds us of their power to illuminate moments of grace as they teach us about God, Scripture, and the significance of faith." Also available as an audible book. 

A Long Obedience In the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. This book looks at the Psalms 120-134 -- known as the Psalms of Ascents. This grouping of songs were song as people made their way to Jerusalem for the great festivals. Peterson's exposition is moving, theological, and substantial.  Also available as an audible book.

Perseverance: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction is a bible-study based on Psalms 120-134 and Peterson's book. You could use this alone or with others for a summer "Songs of Summer" study/daily devotions.

31 Days to Get the Message: Psalms and Proverbs by Eugene Peterson. The books of Psalms and Proverbs are presented in a thirty-one day audible devotional format. The readings are taken from Peterson's dynamic translation of the Psalms and Proverbs. This might help jumpstart or refresh your devotional habits.

ONLINE GIVING:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

 

Songs of Summer: Psalm 100 - A Song about Singing (Aug 13)

There’s something powerful about having an enduring song of joy on your lips as your are overcome by the presence of the Lord.  It is through this song that a powerful invitation is sent out for others to join us in our understanding and celebration of God’s unfailing love. 

Scripture Reading - Psalm 100

1 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.

SERMON NOTES

Click here to view/download this morning's sermon notes/slides.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Here are some resources we recommend as we reflect on the Psalms this summer:

Worship as the Ultimate Act Historically, worship has been a divisive part of the local church experience. How might we rightly understand worship? ED STETZER

Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis. This little gem "makes clear their significance in our daily lives, and reminds us of their power to illuminate moments of grace as they teach us about God, Scripture, and the significance of faith." Also available as an audible book. 

A Long Obedience In the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. This book looks at the Psalms 120-134 -- known as the Psalms of Ascents. This grouping of songs were song as people made their way to Jerusalem for the great festivals. Peterson's exposition is moving, theological, and substantial.  Also available as an audible book.

Perseverance: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction is a bible-study based on Psalms 120-134 and Peterson's book. You could use this alone or with others for a summer "Songs of Summer" study/daily devotions.

31 Days to Get the Message: Psalms and Proverbs by Eugene Peterson. The books of Psalms and Proverbs are presented in a thirty-one day audible devotional format. The readings are taken from Peterson's dynamic translation of the Psalms and Proverbs. This might help jumpstart or refresh your devotional habits.

ONLINE GIVING:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

Songs of Summer: Psalm 13 - Abandonment Song (Aug 6)

Two thirds of the Bible's songbook -- the Psalms-- express lament, depression, discouragement, anguish, grief, dismay, and anger to God. These are the "abandonment songs" and they encourage us because here we discover, in God's book, that we are not the first generation to question God, have doubts, and be discouraged and cast down by His actions and inaction.

Scripture Reading - Psalm 13

1 How long, LORD? Will you utterly forget me?
        How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I carry sorrow in my soul,
    grief in my heart day after day?
  How long will my enemy triumph over me?
 
3 Look upon me, answer me, LORD, my God!
    Give light to my eyes lest I sleep in death, 
4 Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed,”
    lest my foes rejoice at my downfall.

5 But I trust in your
    Grant my heart joy in your salvation,
I will sing to the LORD, 
    for he has dealt bountifully with me!
 

SERMON NOTES

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Here are some resources we recommend as we reflect on the Psalms this summer:

A Psalm 13 Inspired Playlist - Songs that came to me (Mark) this week as I was reflecting on Psalm 13... 

Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure is a reflection on the Psalms by one of the great English pastors, D. Martin Lloyd Jones. Areas he touches include:

  • 1. Regrets in life hurt our trust in God
  • 2. Sin can taint our faith in God
  • 3. Emotions hinder our life in ways that we don't even know
  • 4. Fear can cause us to be like a ship without a rudder

And many more. He lays out the causes (which are many) and the cures (which must be applied). This is not a quick read... it is a classic to encourage study, reflection, and personal application.

Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis. This little gem "makes clear their significance in our daily lives, and reminds us of their power to illuminate moments of grace as they teach us about God, Scripture, and the significance of faith." Also available as an audible book. 

A Long Obedience In the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. This book looks at the Psalms 120-134 -- known as the Psalms of Ascents. This grouping of songs were song as people made their way to Jerusalem for the great festivals. Peterson's exposition is moving, theological, and substantial.  Also available as an audible book.

Perseverance: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction is a bible-study based on Psalms 120-134 and Peterson's book. You could use this alone or with others for a summer "Songs of Summer" study/daily devotions.

31 Days to Get the Message: Psalms and Proverbs by Eugene Peterson. The books of Psalms and Proverbs are presented in a thirty-one day audible devotional format. The readings are taken from Peterson's dynamic translation of the Psalms and Proverbs. This might help jumpstart or refresh your devotional habits.

Songs of Summer: Psalm 133 - the "Unity" song (July 30)

Unity is a regular theme in the psalms... Psalm 133 is 3 short verses that Jews and Christians alike treasure for its celebration and value of unity. Whoever thought that unity might be both counter-cultural and essential?

Scripture Reading - Psalm 133

How good and how pleasant it is, 
        when brothers dwell together as one! 
2     Like fine oil on the head,
        running down upon the beard,
    Upon the beard of Aaron,
        upon the collar of his robe. 
3     Like dew of Hermon coming down
        upon the mountains of Zion.
    There the LORD has decreed a blessing, 
        life for evermore!

SERMON NOTES

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DAMON'S SONG OF SUMMER

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Here are some resources we recommend as we reflect on the Psalms this summer:

Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis. This little gem "makes clear their significance in our daily lives, and reminds us of their power to illuminate moments of grace as they teach us about God, Scripture, and the significance of faith." Also available as an audible book. 

A Long Obedience In the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. This book looks at the Psalms 120-134 -- known as the Psalms of Ascents. This grouping of songs were song as people made their way to Jerusalem for the great festivals. Peterson's exposition is moving, theological, and substantial.  Also available as an audible book.

Perseverance: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction is a bible-study based on Psalms 120-134 and Peterson's book. You could use this alone or with others for a summer "Songs of Summer" study/daily devotions.

31 Days to Get the Message: Psalms and Proverbs by Eugene Peterson. The books of Psalms and Proverbs are presented in a thirty-one day audible devotional format. The readings are taken from Peterson's dynamic translation of the Psalms and Proverbs. This might help jumpstart or refresh your devotional habits.

Global Update with Roma and Mike (July 23)

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This week 2 of our global partners from Ukraine and the Middle East share with us...

Online Giving:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.

Additional Resources

Power, Faith, and Fantasy by Michael Oren, looks at the history of the United States in the Middle East from 1776 to the present. This book is at once inspiring, heart-breaking, and adventurous as Oren presents this story which has largely been untold. This is an epic tale vividly narrated.

The Real Kosher Jesus by Michael Brown. He has been called a rabbi, a rebel, a reformer, a religious teacher, a reprobate sinner, a revolutionary, a redeemer. Some have claimed he was a magician, others the Messiah. Some say he was a deceiver; others say he was divine. Who is this Jesus-Yeshua, and why are we still talking about him two thousand years later?
     The Real Kosher Jesus takes you on a journey to uncover the truth. It is a journey filled with amazing discoveries and delightful surprises, a journey that is sometimes painful but that ends with joy, a journey through which you will learn the real story of this man named Yeshua: the most famous Jew of all time, the Jewish nation’s greatest prophet, the most illustrious rabbi ever, the light of the nations and Israel’s hidden Messiah. 

The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy. This book is a history of the Ukraine that goes back to the Greeks and brings you to the current crisis facing Ukraine today. Some of the battle narratives can get a little tedious but don't let this stop you from reading this book.

Upcoming Opportunities:

Spiritual Conversations: How to Engage Your Friends & Neighbors
Aug 9 & 24 | 6:30-8:00pm, Youth Center

Our two-part class will equip you with the tools you need to engage your friends and neighbors in spiritual conversations, helping you to gauge where they are in their own spiritual journey, and to know how you can witness Jesus as they need it. There will be opportunity to go out and practice, then come back together to reflect and debrief on your experiences in order to help you continue to grow your skills as an evangelist. Let's go out and make disciples of all nations!  For more info, contact Rose Males rosemareemales@gmail.com

Morning News and Info

Join us in the Fellowship Center following this morning's service for a Q & A with Mike and Roma... don't worry there will be bagels!

THIS WEEK'S SPOTLIGHT

Songs of Summer: Psalm 84 - the Homesick Highway Song (July 16)

Scripture reading - Psalm 84

1      How lovely are Your dwelling places, 
    O LORD of hosts!
2     My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; 
    My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
3     The bird also has found a house, 
    And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, 
    Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, 
    My King and my God.
4     How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! 
    They are ever praising You.

5        How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, 
    In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
6     Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; 
    The early rain also covers it with blessings.
7     They go from strength to strength, 
    Every one of them appears before God in Zion.

8        O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; 
    Give ear, O God of Jacob!
9     Behold our shield, O God, 
    And look upon the face of Your anointed.
10     For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. 
    I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
    Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11     For the LORD God is a sun and shield; 
    The LORD gives grace and glory; 
    No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12     O LORD of hosts, 
    How blessed is the man who trusts in You!

Sermon Notes

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Check out Ryan's favorite psalm - the Introvert's Song

Additional Resources

Here are some resources we recommend as we reflect on the Psalms this summer:

Here is a playlist of some of Mark's favorite Home and Highway songs.

Here are Spotify playlists if you are interested: Spotify "Homesick" songs and Spotify "Highway" songs.

Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis. This little gem "makes clear their significance in our daily lives, and reminds us of their power to illuminate moments of grace as they teach us about God, Scripture, and the significance of faith." Also available as an audible book. 

A Long Obedience In the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. This book looks at the Psalms 120-134 -- known as the Psalms of Ascents. This grouping of songs were song as people made their way to Jerusalem for the great festivals. Peterson's exposition is moving, theological, and substantial.  Also available as an audible book.

Perseverance: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction is a bible-study based on Psalms 120-134 and Peterson's book. You could use this alone or with others for a summer "Songs of Summer" study/daily devotions.

31 Days to Get the Message: Psalms and Proverbs by Eugene Peterson. The books of Psalms and Proverbs are presented in a thirty-one day audible devotional format. The readings are taken from Peterson's dynamic translation of the Psalms and Proverbs. This might help jumpstart or refresh your devotional habits.

 

Songs of Summer: Psalm 8 - the OMG Song (July 9)

Scripture Reading: Psalm 8

O LORD, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!
  I will sing of your majesty above the heavens
3 with the mouths of babes and infants.
You have established a bulwark against your foes, 
to silence enemy and avenger.

4 When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and stars that you set in place— 
5What is man that you are mindful of him,
and a son of man that you care for him?
6 Yet you have made him little less than a god,
crowned him with glory and honor. 
7 You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
put all things at his feet: 
8 All sheep and oxen,even the beasts of the field, 
9 The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, 
and whatever swims the paths of the seas.

10    O LORD, our Lord, 
how awesome is your name through all the earth!

Sermon Notes

Click here to view/download this morning's sermon notes/slides.

Additional Resources

Here are some resources we recommend as we reflect on the Psalms this summer:

Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis. This little gem "makes clear their significance in our daily lives, and reminds us of their power to illuminate moments of grace as they teach us about God, Scripture, and the significance of faith." Also available as an audible book. 

A Long Obedience In the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. This book looks at the Psalms 120-134 -- known as the Psalms of Ascents. This grouping of songs were song as people made their way to Jerusalem for the great festivals. Peterson's exposition is moving, theological, and substantial.  Also available as an audible book.

Perseverance: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction is a bible-study based on Psalms 120-134 and Peterson's book. You could use this alone or with others for a summer "Songs of Summer" study/daily devotions.

31 Days to Get the Message: Psalms and Proverbs by Eugene Peterson. The books of Psalms and Proverbs are presented in a thirty-one day audible devotional format. The readings are taken from Peterson's dynamic translation of the Psalms and Proverbs. This might help jumpstart or refresh your devotional habits.