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FRIDAY — NEW SERIES! BeforeiDIE.tv, I want to…
Tomorrow starts the BIG PUSH. By now, you’ve may have seen the series billboards around town and you may have seen the BeforeiDIE truck. Have you actually thought about this question? Many have responded with their thoughts and dreams at the beforeidie.tv website. Here is a sampling of some of the responses:
• Meet Lady Gaga
• See my kids grow up to serve Christ
• Make a difference in someone else’s life
• Live somewhere that has warm winters
• Pay off my debts
• Adopt a child
• Visit every National Park
• Be financially stable
The question has a wide variety of responses. For many, the answer is simply removing the hardships of their present life. For others, the answer is realizing a dream. And then there are some who aspire to leading a life of greater significance. Next week Lee will kick off the BIG PUSH talking about, “Before I die, I will make the world a better place.”
READ…What does the Bible say?
Philippians 1:20-22 (New Living Translation)
20For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. 21For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. 22But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ.
CHALLENGE…You’re up for it, right?
We only have a certain amount of time on this earth—and we don’t know when our lives will end. Are you spending your precious time on what matters? Ask yourself the following questions:
In any given week, what percentage of your time and energy is devoted to
Your work? ______ %
Your family? ______ %
Your church? ______ %
Serving your community?______ %
Pursuing hobbies? _____%
Just wasting time? ______%
If you could change any of those percentages, how would they change and why?
HERE’S THE BIG QUESTION: Now, list three to five things you most want to accomplish in life before you die:
PRAY…God, what do you want me to know & do?
God, as people around the community talk about what they want to do before they die, help me to have the courage to invite them to church.
HOMEPOINTE FAMILY ACTIVITY
Big Point: Everyone needs Jesus! One of the most important things we can do is encourage each other to look for opportunities to invite our friends and family to church. Each one of us can make a substantial impact on someone’s life with just one question: “Would you like to come to church with me this week?”
Lesson: Read Matthew 9:35-38.
Matthew 9:35-38 (New Living Translation)
35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
In this passage of scripture, Jesus observes the inner-hearts of those who are lost, hopeless and looking for help. There are billions of people in our world today who need to hear about the hope that Jesus offers, yet far too many Christians opt out of their responsibility to share the gospel message.
Activity: Each family should meet together as a group and choose another family to invite to church next week as well as an invitation for lunch or dinner after church. The meal can be a picnic at a park or cookout in your backyard. Keep the meal stress-free by grilling hotdogs or hamburgers and serving with chips and fresh fruit.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. Give us an opportunity and the courage to invite _______________to church so that they can hear the gospel message and hopefully, choose to place their trust in You. Amen.
Living It Out: *NEW* August 2011
Ephesians 2:10 (New Living Translation)
10 For we are God’s masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the
good things he planned for us long ago.
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DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY—Leviticus 10-12
Leviticus 10: “wrong kind of fire” Nadab and Abihu were consumed by the fire because they did not follow God’s precise instructions for giving sacrifices. As leaders, they had a special responsibility to obey God because in their position they could easily lead people astray.
Leviticus 11: This chapter outlines the types of animals that the Israelites could and could not eat. Again, since we are not subject to Levitical laws, we do not live under these constraints. However, the lesson we can take away from this is that when God explicitly calls us to avoid certain types of behaviors, then we are to separate ourselves completely from that sin and not try to create gray areas to operate within. There were certain circumstances that would make individuals ceremonially unclean during that time—whether through sin, childbirth or by accident. These people were not rejected by God during this time, it just means they needed to be “cleansed” for worship.
Leviticus 12: After childbirth, a woman’s body was in a great stage of transition and therefore, it would be inadvisable to ask a new mother to go into the temple. Rather, it was more important for her to be secluded with her new child until such a time when she was physically healed enough to rejoin the worship community.