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TUESDAY — Why we do what we do…
Big Point: CedarCreek Church exists to help spiritually restless and unchurched people love Jesus, serve others and tell the world about Christ. (CedarCreek.tv Mission)
“I was handed an invite card when I was walking around at Harrison Rally Days in Perrysburg with my friends who were not too pumped about going to church. My first time at CedarCreek was during the MySpace series on September 21, 2008. I loved it and have been coming ever since. I didn’t get involved in volunteering with Vertical (high school ministry) until April 2009 when I gave my life to Christ during the Easter service. Oh, and that group of friends I was walking with the day I was invited are now the core student leaders in Vertical.” —Brooke Thomas, student
READ…What does the Bible say?
Acts 2:39-42 (New Living Translation)
39“This promise is to you, and to your children, and even to the Gentiles all who have been called by the Lord our God.” 40Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!…” 41Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all. 42All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
1 Corinthians 10:33 (New Living Translation)
33I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.
THINK…Find the answers
In Acts 2:39-42, many people were saved after hearing Peter’s powerful, spirit-filled message. What four things did the new believers do to signify their new faith? How are those things important in the life of a new believer?
Read 1 Corinthians 10:33. When we make the good of others one of our primary goals, rather than focusing on doing what we like best, how does this affect our overall attitude? Why is this attitude important when it comes to sharing the gospel message?
LIVE…What will you do now?
Our approach here at CedarCreek Church is to do what’s best for those who are unchurched and spiritually restless. When you first came to CedarCreek, what was it about CedarCreek that you liked best? What made you keep coming back?
We unapologetically serve free pop and coffee and play some secular music. While it might make some Christians feel uncomfortable, how do the non-traditional things we do at CedarCreek make visitors feel welcome?
Look at the Five Agreements of CedarCreek Church. How do these agreements reflect Jesus’ commands to Christians in the New Testament?
The Five Agreements of CedarCreek Church
We agree that the cause of the church is the greatest cause on the planet.
We agree to do anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Christ. (This means music styles and outreach methods.)
We agree that the church can never get too big! If we obey the commands of Jesus, the church will grow! To say a church is too big is to give up on the mission of Christ.
We agree to be an example of Jesus’ love behind and beyond the walls of CedarCreek. We want to be known as a church that expresses radical love to our own as well as others.
We agree to do more with less. The average mega church spends $2,250 per person, per year. At CedarCreek, we spend a third of that, or $760 per person. The average church in America has one full-time staff member for every 80 people—our ratio is 1 to 140.
Have you prayed today for the people you want to invite? Y N
Have you invited them? Y N
PRAY…God, What do you want me to know & do?
Ask God to give you boldness and help you pick up on the opportunities you may have to tell the people on your invite list about CedarCreek.
DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY: Leviticus 1-3
Theme of the book: In order to approach a holy God, sin must be dealt with. God designed sacrifice as a way to seek forgiveness and restore a relationship with Him. There were a variety of sacrifices so that each one would have meaning and relate to specific life situations. The first seven chapters of Leviticus describe them and how they are to be used. There are five topics addressed in this book: sacrifices/offerings, worship, health, holiness and the Levite priests.
Chapter 1: Sacrifices were God’s Old Testament way for people to ask for forgiveness for their sins. Many people ask why did God go into such detail. God was teaching the Israelites a new way of life and deprogramming them from the pagan practices they had learned in Egypt. The strict guidelines were there to keep them from falling back into their old lifestyle.
Chapter 2: Yeast was not allowed in the grain offering because it was a bacterial fungus and therefore, a symbol for sin. Just as a little yeast affects the entire dough, a little sin can ruin an entire life. Salt, however, was commanded because it symbolized God’s activity in a person’s life because it penetrates, preserves and aids in healing.
Chapter 3: A peace offering was a way of expressing gratitude and a means of maintaining fellowship between a person and God. The sacrifice of the animal symbolized the importance of gratitude and maintaining harmony with God.