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LIO 8/25 – What Does Prayer Do?

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What Does Prayer Do?

Have you ever found yourself in a crisis situation when you felt as if there was nothing you could do to make things better for yourself or someone you cared about? Often in these situations your mind spins with thoughts, fears, and worries as you desperately grasp for steps you can take to resolve the crisis and move forward in your life. Then someone recommends prayer; you stop, catch your breath, and clear your mind. Prayer enables us to stop the frantic thoughts running through our minds and provides an opportunity to change our thinking. In Philippians 4:6 we are told, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

God calls us to pray. In fact, even Jesus regularly spent time in prayer. Although he was the Son of God, Jesus still needed to take that time to communicate with his Father. All good relationships require constant communication so that we can understand each other and get the help we need. Robert Velarde, author of The Power of Family Prayer, says that we were made to function best emotionally in a prayerful relationship with God. C.S. Lewis stated, “God designed the human machine to run on himself. He is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn.” Prayer allows us to present our request to God by expressing our desires, our wants, and our needs for ourselves and others. When we pray to God and for others we are emotionally and spiritually connected to him and to those we lift up to God in prayer.

Mother Teresa said, “I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray the he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I’m praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.” Paul, writing to the church in Ephesus—knowing that he along with those in the church were facing persecution—encouraged them to pray at all times and on every occasion. Though our persecution may be different today, we still need to rely on God in all circumstances, and also continually pray for boldness.

 

READ IT: What does the Bible say?
Ephesians 6:18
18Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

What are some of the key benefits of prayer?

 

BELIEVE IT: What is the lesson for me?
Prayer connects us with God, lifts us with confidence, and unites us with other Christians. Has your prayer experience generated these results? If not, are you being persistent enough in your prayers?

 

LIVE IT: What will I do now?
How can you ensure that you find time each day to spend in prayer?

 

PRAY IT:
Dear God, I pray that I will be faithful in prayer and that you will grant me the wisdom to understand how my prayerful petitioning not only connects me to you, but also helps to fulfill my needs and those of others for whom I pray. God, give me boldness. Amen.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group video by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: (Use the following questions, along with the message notes, during the “POWER OF ONE” series with
a group of friends, family, or your LifeGroup to connect, learn, and take your next step.)

  1. Describe a crazy family trip you’ve experienced?
  2. What part of the weekend message stuck out to you?
  3. Why is it so difficult for us to be bold?
  4. In addition to praying, “Give me boldness,” what is one thing you can do to be bolder this week?

Bible Reading Plan

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The Power of One Series—Memory Verse:

Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
PHILIPIANS 2:2 (NLT)

 

LIO 8/24 – The First Prayer of the Church

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The First Prayer of the Church

In John 16:33, Jesus promises that we can expect great tribulations on earth. But, he also promises that because he has overcome the world, we will be covered in peace through him. If we already know that God has gone before us each day and that we cannot add or take away any time from our life, why do we sometimes stress or become fearful of what could lie ahead in certain situations? Why do we allow the panic of possible outcomes to consume our minds when we know that our God is sovereign? His thoughts are nothing like ours, and his ways are beyond what we can imagine (Isaiah 55:8-9). If God is boundless, unrestricted, and unconditional, then we have the ability to be bold and confident in him.

James 5:16b says, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” God hears our heart’s desires even when we cannot express them in words. He knows what keeps us restless at night and knows when our thoughts rage war; but his love constantly surrounds us and radiates a peace that can only be found in him. God wants us to pray boldly. He wants us to ask him for the impossible dreams so he can make them possible. He wants us to fight the difficult fight so he may give us the victory. Timothy declares, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7). Love, power, and self-discipline are abilities that God has given us to live a bold life, to love without limits, to be confident without an ounce of doubt, and to be disciplined without room for swaying. God created us to live bold lives, to speak boldly about the faith we have in him and to act boldly and confidently in our faith. “This is my command – Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9).

Today’s passage is from Acts 4, and it is a record of the reaction of the disciples when they heard that Peter and John were threatened for preaching the Gospel. These believers found boldness in recognizing God’s sovereignty; by recognizing that he is in control.

 

READ IT: What does the Bible say?
Acts 4:24, 27-28 (New Living Translation)
24When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them… 27“In fact, this has happened here in this very city! For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, your holy servant, whom you anointed. 28But everything they did was determined according to your will.

In the above scripture, what is the significance of all the believers lifting their voices together to God? What was determined beforehand according to God’s will?

 

BELIEVE IT: What is the lesson for me?
How can you shift your thoughts from fearful to fearless?

 

LIVE IT: What will I do now?
Are there other believers that you can start to get together with to pray boldly for each other and for Christ’s church? List their names here.

 

PRAY IT:
Thank God for his promise of peace and for the abilities he gives us to be strong, bold, loving, and disciplined. Ask him to reveal areas of your life that need to be released to him that you have no control over. Ask God to give you his spirit of power and love. Ask God to give you boldness.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group video by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: (Use the following questions, along with the message notes, during the “POWER OF ONE” series with
a group of friends, family, or your LifeGroup to connect, learn, and take your next step.)

  1. Describe a crazy family trip you’ve experienced?
  2. What part of the weekend message stuck out to you?
  3. Why is it so difficult for us to be bold?
  4. In addition to praying, “Give me boldness,” what is one thing you can do to be bolder this week?

Bible Reading Plan

Thank you for reading today’s LivingItOut! We encourage you to take it one step further by participating in a Daily Bible Reading plan. There are thousands of individual reading plans available and there is ONE that is just right for you! CLICK HERE to download a basic “Bible in a year” plan. Customizable reading plans available at Youversion.com or Biblegateway.com.


The Power of One Series—Memory Verse:

Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
PHILIPIANS 2:2 (NLT)

 

LIO 8/23 – When I Don’t Know What to Pray

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When I Don’t Know What to Pray

Prayer is a wonderful thing; but sometimes it can be hard to know how to pray, when to pray, and what to pray about. You don’t have to guess at the answers to these questions. Jesus left us a guide to prayer in Matthew chapter 6. Jesus left us his own prayer to God, often referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer,” and it can serve as the ultimate example of prayer. These verses are not intended to be repeated ceremonially, but rather as a foundation for our personal prayers.

So what exactly does The Lord’s Prayer tell us? It starts with “Our Father.” This is a personal greeting. It reminds us that although God is all-powerful and all-knowing, He still desires a personal relationship with you. It continues with a reminder and praise of who God is.

“Give us today the food we need” is a request for our basic needs to be provided. When we take into consideration the context of Scripture, these basic needs are beneficial to us in that they assist us in carrying out the mission. It’s all mission focused. Next, we are to ask for Gospel power: forgiveness of our sins and the ability to forgive others, which is the power of the gospel—forgiveness for sins. Finally, we need God’s help to stay out of trouble and away from evil; this is especially helpful for our mission of bringing the Good News to the ends of the earth.

The Lord’s Prayer touches every aspect of our lives: praising our Creator, recognizing our personal relationship with God, understanding every aspect of our lives (even basic needs like food) within the context of our mission, receiving and giving forgiveness, and helping with our actions. God cares about all aspects of our lives, little and big. Just like praying for boldness, when we have a gospel mindset our prayers line up with God.

 

READ IT: What does the Bible say?
Matthew 6:9-13 (New Living Translation)
9Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us today the food we need, 12and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

What stands out to you in the above prayer?

 

BELIEVE IT: What is the lesson for me?
How have you viewed The Lord’s Prayer in the past? Was it a set of verses you read in the Bible, a prayer you recited word-for-word, an outline that prompted your personal prayers, or something else?

 

LIVE IT: What will I do now?
Have you ever struggled with knowing how to pray, when to pray, what to pray about? How can the Lord’s Prayer answer those questions for you?
 
Rewrite Matthew 6:9-13 in your own words and then pray that prayer to God.

 

PRAY IT:
God, thank you for your word and the answers it provides us. Thank you for the gift of Jesus showing us exactly how to pray and what to pray about. Help us to use this guide to enrich our prayer life and relationship with you. Amen.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group video by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: (Use the following questions, along with the message notes, during the “POWER OF ONE” series with
a group of friends, family, or your LifeGroup to connect, learn, and take your next step.)

  1. Describe a crazy family trip you’ve experienced?
  2. What part of the weekend message stuck out to you?
  3. Why is it so difficult for us to be bold?
  4. In addition to praying, “Give me boldness,” what is one thing you can do to be bolder this week?

Bible Reading Plan

Thank you for reading today’s LivingItOut! We encourage you to take it one step further by participating in a Daily Bible Reading plan. There are thousands of individual reading plans available and there is ONE that is just right for you! CLICK HERE to download a basic “Bible in a year” plan. Customizable reading plans available at Youversion.com or Biblegateway.com.


The Power of One Series—Memory Verse:

Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
PHILIPIANS 2:2 (NLT)

 

LIO 8/22 – Why Aren’t We Bolder?

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Why Aren’t We Bolder?

This past weekend, Ben Snyder spoke about the importance of being bold in our faith. He told us how God uses our boldness to transform individuals and how transformed individuals transform communities. Ben focused on unity in prayer. He spoke about the need to focus on praying as a collective church to stay on our mission, which is, “To help spiritually restless and unchurched people love Jesus, serve others and tell the world about Christ.” In living this mission, we are helping to fulfill the Great Commission, baptizing all nations in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20).

Ben also asked us to pray for boldness. The dictionary defines boldness as “not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger.” To be bold implies a willingness to get things done despite the risks. For example, a bold person may be willing to risk shame or rejection in social situations.

Jesus was bold. He overturned the money changers in the temple, healed on the Sabbath, and challenged the false teachers of the day to their faces. He fearlessly walked on water and convinced Peter to be bold and get out of the boat. His boldness inspired many to believe and this helped build his church.

When Jesus ascended into heaven, he gave his believers the Great Commission, and in the book of Acts, we read about what they did with that mission. In chapter 4, John and Peter are commanded by the authorities to no longer speak in the name of Jesus. After telling the authorities that they have to listen to God and not man (v. 19-20), they returned to the other disciples and explained to them what had happened. The Scriptures do not tell us that they prayed for safety or comfort rather, they prayed for boldness. This is an incredible testament to the focus of the early church. They were committed to the mission Jesus had given them, even at the expense of their own lives. Ben encouraged us to pray this simple prayer as one church: Give me boldness. Just like the early church, we are charged to carry out the Great Commission, even at the expense of our safety and comfort. This starts with our prayers. Dwight Moody wrote in The Gospel Awakening, “When we find a man meditating on the words of God, my friends, that man is full of boldness and is successful.” How life changing would it be for everyone to experience this?

 

READ IT: What does the Bible say?
Acts 4:29-31 (New Living Translation)
29“And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

Boldness requires the courage to press on through our fears and even the threats of others to do what we know is right. Are you meditating on the words of God and sharing his message with boldness?

 

BELIEVE IT: What is the lesson for me?
Why is boldness so essential to accomplishing our mission?

 

LIVE IT: What will I do now?
Ask yourself: what is one small thing I can do today to increase my boldness?

 

PRAY IT:
God, give me boldness. Amen.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group video by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: (Use the following questions, along with the message notes, during the “POWER OF ONE” series with
a group of friends, family, or your LifeGroup to connect, learn, and take your next step.)

  1. Describe a crazy family trip you’ve experienced?
  2. What part of the weekend message stuck out to you?
  3. Why is it so difficult for us to be bold?
  4. In addition to praying, “Give me boldness,” what is one thing you can do to be bolder this week?

Bible Reading Plan

Thank you for reading today’s LivingItOut! We encourage you to take it one step further by participating in a Daily Bible Reading plan. There are thousands of individual reading plans available and there is ONE that is just right for you! CLICK HERE to download a basic “Bible in a year” plan. Customizable reading plans available at Youversion.com or Biblegateway.com.


The Power of One Series—Memory Verse:

Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
PHILIPIANS 2:2 (NLT)

 

LIO week of 8/22: Series – The Power of One: One Prayer

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LIO 8/20-21: Series – The Power of One: One Prayer

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Click here to download a printable version of the discussion questions for this weekend.

 

LIO Weekend of 8/20-21, Family Activity: Cedarville Recap

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we discovered how God hears our prayers. We know that He always hears us and answers in the best way.

 

Scripture:

As a family read about Solomon (1 Kings 3: 1-15). Also take time to read a key verse from this weekend:
“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.”
-1 John 5:14-15

 

Family Discussion Questions:

What did Solomon ask for? What is wisdom? Did God hear Solomon’s prayer? Why was God pleased with Solomon asking for wisdom? If you could ask God for anything, what would you ask for? Looking at the key verse how do we know we can be confident in our prayers?

 

Family Activity:

Solomon trusted God and knew that he could ask Him for anything. We can ask God for anything too, but we also should get in the habit of talking to Him about everything in our lives. As a family, talk about each person’s “you go!” moments (high moments, good things to celebrate) and “uh oh” moments (low moments, not so great things) for the day. Then pray for one another! God loves to hear about all the highs and lows of our days. He wants us to thank Him and ask Him for help!

 

Memory Verse:

In CedarVille, we have the opportunity to memorize a verse and earn a special treat. It makes all the difference when families work on memorizing the verse together! This week take time to practice Philippians 2:2. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

“Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.” –Philippians 2:2

LIO 8/19 – What to Do When You’ve Killed an Innocent Man

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What to Do When You’ve Killed an Innocent Man

Just after Jesus ascends into heaven, Peter delivers a sermon and witnesses more than 3,000 people join the church! How does this happen? Let’s summarize the sermon before we answer that question. Throughout the sermon (found in Acts 2), Peter is telling the people a few things. First, Jesus is God in the flesh, and he proved that by his many signs and wonders (v. 22). Second, they (the ones listening to him) killed Jesus and God planned for this to happen (v. 23) so that he could raise him from the dead (v. 24). Finally, the people knew all of this to be true because they were witnesses to the events (v. 32). So they realize that they caused the death of Jesus, obviously by calling for his death, but also because of their sin. This prompts them to ask, “What should we do?” Imagine how they must’ve felt in the moment. The leader of the Church stands up and tells you that you’re at fault for the death of Jesus Christ – the Messiah. God knew you were going to do this – it was his plan – and he raised Jesus from the dead because of your decision to call for the death of Christ. How would you feel? Guilt might come to mind, but does that really do it justice? Maybe other words like shame, embarrassment, and fear come to mind. You would probably ask the same question, What should we do? How can I make up for this? How could God ever forgive me? I helped to kill an innocent man! We should be asking those questions because even though we weren’t physically present at the death of Christ 2,000 years ago, our sins helped to carry Jesus to the cross just as much as their calls for him to be crucified. We should be asking the question, “What should we do?”

Peter’s response reveals a simple truth – one to which the followers of Jesus need to continually return. He says in verse 38, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” You’ve probably read this passage before, but it always helps to take a closer look. He commands us to repent of our sins and turn to God. The Greek word for repent he uses here is metanoeō, which means, “to change one’s mind.” Peter tells us that we need to change our mind. What about our minds need to change? He tells us that we need to change our mind and turn to God. He implies here that our minds our turned away from God. He’s not only told us that we have crucified the Messiah, but that it wasn’t a one-time thing. A poor decision isn’t the problem; it’s our minds being turned away from God. Peter commands us to change our minds—their focus and consumption—and to turn them to God. This is what happens when a person finally trusts Jesus. They change completely. Their mind shifts from being consumed with the world to being consumed with God. They want to please God in all that they do. It doesn’t mean they always will, but it means they have a passion to do so. A person cannot be made right with God by being “better” at religion. Consistent church attendance, over-the-top giving, selfless serving, sound doctrine, and a memorized Bible are all good things. However, without a changed mind due to the radical grace of God, they are simply selfish attempts to fix our sin problem. When we surrender ourselves to the love and mercy of Jesus, our minds change; they are reprogrammed to be faithful followers of Jesus.

In her message last weekend, Barb said, “We need to agree that only the Gospel is our top focus.” When we struggle with unity because of disagreements and difficult relationships we have to go back to Peter’s command for us to change our mind. Though we are new creations after salvation (2 Cor. 5:17), keeping our minds focused on Jesus is something we need to do for the rest of our time here on earth.

 
 

What significant changes have you seen in the way you think since you met Jesus?

In what areas of your life are you still struggling with repentance?

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group video by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: (Use the following questions, along with the message notes, during the “POWER OF ONE” series with
a group of friends, family, or your LifeGroup to connect, learn, and take your next step.)

  1. Growing up, what was your favorite team experience?
  2. What part of the weekend message stuck out to you?
  3. Why is it so difficult to attain unity?
  4. What are you going to do this week to be more unified with those around you?

Bible Reading Plan

Thank you for reading today’s LivingItOut! We encourage you to take it one step further by participating in a Daily Bible Reading plan. There are thousands of individual reading plans available and there is ONE that is just right for you! CLICK HERE to download a basic “Bible in a year” plan. Customizable reading plans available at Youversion.com or Biblegateway.com.


The Power of One Series—Memory Verse:

Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
PHILIPIANS 2:2 (NLT)


Weekend Updates!

  • Groups: What’s your opportunity for influence? Sign up to be a group leader for adults, students or children. You don’t need to be an expert, you just need a passion! Go to CedarCreek.tv/groups or visit the Welcome Center this weekend.
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  • Baptism: Have you not already been baptized and would like to? We have baptisms coming up on the weekend of August 27th and 28th. For more information, email Baptism@CedarCreek.tv or go to CedarCreek.tv/baptism

Resources Used This Week:

Faithlife Study Bible
Blueletterbible.org
ESV Study Bible
Biblegateway.org

All Scripture verses are New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.


The mission of the CedarCreek LivingItOut Bible study is to provide a complementary Monday-Friday study that digs deeper into Scripture and the weekend message topic so we can live out our faith daily in Jesus Christ.

Each week the LivingItOut (LIO) is put together by a team of writers and proofers. Thank you to this week’s team! Interested in serving? Questions or comments about this week’s study? Email AndyR@CedarCreek.tv

 

LIO 8/18 – Mommy Wars

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Mommy Wars

The Mommy Wars, Republican vs. Democrat, Christian media vs. secular media, homeschooling vs. public schooling vs. private schooling, moderation vs. total abstinence from alcohol, Catholic vs. Protestant. Suffice it to say, our church can seem very divided in some respects. It seems that Christ’s church is constantly striving for “unity” in name only. We want peace, yet grasp at any difference and claim it as a hill to die on. We then allow it to divide us from anyone who dares to disagree with our firm convictions. We spew written insults at the poor blogger who dares to disagree with our ideals and then wonder why the world doesn’t want anything to do with our faith.

As Christians we should be the most unified group of people on the planet. We are united under Christ alone. We have been redeemed and saved under one name and our differences should be used to enhance our relationships, not destroy them. Areas that can be seen as a difference of opinion, unless clearly identified as a sin, should be areas in which we seek to understand each other. These differences enable us to reach out to an unbelieving world and identify with their struggles. As an example, who is better to understand the mom who works outside the home than a Christian mother who is also trying to juggle home and work life?

Paul is writing to the church in Ephesus. Prior to conversion, the Ephesians were living by their “sinful nature.” But by God’s grace, they were saved from death and united in life with Christ. This amazing fact alone should unite us like nothing else.

 

READ IT: What does the Bible say?
Ephesians 4:3-6 (New Living Translation)
3Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. 5There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all and living through all.

As Christians, what should unite us?

 

BELIEVE IT: What is the lesson for me?
What areas in your life do you allow to divide you from other Christians?

 

LIVE IT: What will I do now?
How can you put aside these differences you recognized above and embrace unity under Christ? Is there someone you’ve shunned in the past whom you need to ask for forgiveness?

 

PRAY IT:
Praise God that we have a common cause with which to unite ourselves. Praise God for the hope of one future that we have in Christ. Pray for unity among those in the church so we as Christ’s bride show the world that we cannot be divided by issues that are insignificant in the eyes of God.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group video by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: (Use the following questions, along with the message notes, during the “POWER OF ONE” series with
a group of friends, family, or your LifeGroup to connect, learn, and take your next step.)

  1. Growing up, what was your favorite team experience?
  2. What part of the weekend message stuck out to you?
  3. Why is it so difficult to attain unity?
  4. What are you going to do this week to be more unified with those around you?

Bible Reading Plan

Thank you for reading today’s LivingItOut! We encourage you to take it one step further by participating in a Daily Bible Reading plan. There are thousands of individual reading plans available and there is ONE that is just right for you! CLICK HERE to download a basic “Bible in a year” plan. Customizable reading plans available at Youversion.com or Biblegateway.com.


The Power of One Series—Memory Verse:

Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
PHILIPIANS 2:2 (NLT)

 

LIO 8/17 – What is Worship?

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What is Worship?

Time dedicated to worship builds our relationship with God; it glorifies him and strengthens our faith. But have you experienced worship with others? There’s something powerful that happens when worship is shared. Think of how it feels at church when everyone sings, when you truly allow yourself to be immersed in the lyrics. God’s presence is almost palpable. There’s a connection with the others in the room as you all celebrate God.

Another way to worship together is in a LifeGroup. When you regularly gather with fellow believers, you strengthen yourself and each other in your faith. Not only this, but these groups can create a bond amongst their members that is unlike any other type of group. These groups help each other grow in worship by studying the Bible and by supporting one another in their successes and struggles.

There are many more ways to worship together (e.g., group prayer and reading the Bible together), but it’s important to try different things to see what works best for you so you stay consistent. Build a habit of worship, do it together, and keep each other accountable.

The following verses describe how believers devoted their time to worshiping God, learning from the apostles, and developing those relationships. They valued their faith along with their fellowship, knowing both were important in their lives.

 

READ IT: What does the Bible say?
Acts 2:46-47 (New Living Translation)
46They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — 47all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were saved.

What did God do in response to the believers’ united worship?

 

BELIEVE IT: What is the lesson for me?
What is gained as a result of worshiping together?

 

LIVE IT: What will I do now?
How can you experience unity in worship? List ways to worship in unity. Also, if applicable, list some names of people with whom you desire to worship.

 

PRAY IT:
Pray over how to worship in unity. Ask for the right people and right situations to enable you to better worship him. Thank him for current areas in your life that allow you to experience Christian fellowship, focusing on the specific relationships you value.

 

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Weekend Message Discussion Questions: (Use the following questions, along with the message notes, during the “POWER OF ONE” series with
a group of friends, family, or your LifeGroup to connect, learn, and take your next step.)

  1. Growing up, what was your favorite team experience?
  2. What part of the weekend message stuck out to you?
  3. Why is it so difficult to attain unity?
  4. What are you going to do this week to be more unified with those around you?

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The Power of One Series—Memory Verse:

Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
PHILIPIANS 2:2 (NLT)

 

Additional Resources

James Reading Plan

John Reading Plan

Making It Last, Marriage Resources

Deeper Study

 


2016 Memory Verses

Power of One Series
"Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.”
Philippians 2:2

Switch Series
"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”
James 4:10

Summer Concert Series
"My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!”
Psalm 57:7

Family Matters Series
"A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.”
Proverbs 24:3

Comeback Series
"Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”
Ephesians 4:23-24

One On One Series
"Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, 'I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.'”
John 8:12

Crazy In Love Series
“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other."
Romans 12:10

Awaken Series
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
Ephesians 5:14b

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