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Series: Not a Fan
This Week: Total Surrender
FRIDAY — The Highest Level of Commitment
Are you a Missional Member? If not, are you wondering what Missional Membership is all about? Well, Missional Membership is the highest level of commitment here at CedarCreek Church. And if you’ve followed along in this week’s study, you will find that Missional Membership is simply a form of total surrender. Everything outlined in the past four days has everything to do with becoming a Missional Member, which includes surrendering:
• Your self-directed life, allowing God to take control.
• Your emotions, by getting rid of anger and rage.
• Your relationships so that you may learn to love people unconditionally.
• Your resources, so that you may begin giving back.
For people who have not started the process of Missional Membership, here are the ways to engage:
1. Commitment Day:
October 8th is Commitment Day, which is an individual’s opportunity to complete the missional membership process here at CedarCreek. See the “weekend reminders” on the next page to learn more.
2. Take the Online Class
The online class will assist you in the membership process and take you through CedarCreek’s membership manual. You can work at your own pace from your own computer. A link is provided for you on page 12, Commitment.
3. Do the Self Study
Pick up your self study at the Connecting Point/Welcome Center at any CedarCreek campus.
We know that hundreds if not thousands of you have begun the process of Missional Membership and now we are giving you the opportunity to finally make that commitment. On pages 12-14 we’ve provided an opportunity for you to move forward with membership by providing details regarding the Missional Membership Confirmation Process and an actual Missional Membership Confirmation Sheet for you to tear off and return to the Connecting Point/Welcome Center at any CedarCreek campus.
PRAY…God, what do you want me to know & do?
Pray and ask God to help you take the steps toward the highest level of commitment you can make here at CedarCreek church—and that’s by becoming a Missional Member.
Weekend Reminders: Check out www.cedarcreek.tv for more details.
• Are you single? Join other CedarCreek Singles for Single Impact Day on October 1! Single Impact is a SINGLE ONLY opportunity to make a difference in our CedarCreek Campus Communities on October 1st, at all campuses from 9am-2pm. Register online at www.cedarcreek.tv under “get connected” and classes and seminars.
• Be a part of the South Toledo Campus: Are you interested in volunteering at the South Toledo campus? On Oct 2nd at 6pm, at the Perrysburg Campus, Ben Snyder will share the next steps needed to prepare for South Toledo’s first service on December 10th.
• Commitment Day: On Saturday October 8th from 9-3pm, you can complete the highest level of commitment at CedarCreek church by becoming a Missional Member. Register under the “get connected” tab at www.cedarcreek.tv and find classes and seminars.
Missional Membership Confirmation Process
Here is the link for those who wish to complete this process online: http://cedarcreek.tv/get-connected/membership/
Missional membership is simply every member being committed to the mission God has given us! It means living sacrificially, being the first to give up a seat at a full weekend service, changing to a service that has empty seats, serving at another campus, planting new life groups, or even moving to another town to plant a church. It means doing what it takes to reach people for Christ through our relational networks, our families, neighborhoods, and workplaces. It is about maturing as a believer, falling more in love with Jesus and seeing people through his eyes.
For many years, individuals wishing to complete the Confirmation stage of the Missional Membership process would participate in an interview with a CedarCreek staff member or other trained key volunteer. Recently, we’ve decided to introduce another option in lieu of the face-to-face interview. The form on the next page addresses the questions that are posed during the Missional Membership Interview. This form is a variation of the annual Missional Membership renewal form that existing members complete each year to affirm their membership.
We hope that everyone considering Missional Membership has completed the Missional Membership workbook (available at no charge at any Welcome Center/ Connecting Point or on-line) prior to engaging in this confirmation process. The Missional Membership workbook combines both a vigorous Bible study as well as Personal Response questions designed to help you gauge your current spiritual temperature. You are encouraged to keep your Missional Membership workbook. We will want to look at it if a face-to-face interview is necessary to clarify any information.
Once you have finished the Missional Membership study and Personal Response questions, please complete the following pages and return to the Connecting Point/Welcome Center at any CedarCreek location during the weekend service OR mail it to 29129 Lime City Road, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551 attn: Lauri White.
If you would prefer to speak to someone on the Membership Team, please feel free to contact the Spiritual Formation staff member at your campus. We will review your responses, possibly checking in our database for accuracy. We will call you with any concerns we have, or if you have indicated that you would like to talk to someone about any of the issues. Within 10 to 14 days of our receiving your application you will receive either a phone call or a letter in the mail informing you of your membership status. If you have not heard from us by then, please call to make sure we received your submission.
Lauri White, Perrysburg Campus (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tina Bryant, Whitehouse Campus (email@example.com)
Jim Brosius, Toledo Campus (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Missional Membership Commitment
I regularly attend Cedarcreek Church as my primary place of worship.
I have read the Missional Membership manual and have completed all the personal response questions.
Baptism (please check the appropriate responses)
__ I have been baptized since accepting Christ as my Savior. Approximate date of baptism ______
__ I have not been baptized but will do so at the next baptism service at my campus.
__ I was baptized as an infant or young child, but not since coming to Christ.
__ I would like to talk to someone about this.
Relationship issues (please check the appropriate responses)
__ I have found forgiveness in Christ, and have extended forgiveness to the people in my life.
__ I still need to resolve some conflict in my relationships, but I am committed to doing what I can do to reconcile.
__ I find myself unable to forgive some people who have hurt me, but I would like help to get started on this difficult process.
__ I would like to talk with someone about this.
Evangelism (please check the appropriate responses)
__ I have some people I am currently praying for the opportunity to share the gospel with or to invite to church.
__ I plan on taking an evangelism class so I can be comfortable sharing my faith.
__I would like to talk to someone about this.
Tithing (please check the appropriate response)
__ I give 10% or more of my income to the ministry of CedarCreek Church.
__ I have calculated 10% of my income and am committed to consistently increasing my giving with a goal of a full tithe over the next 12 months.
__ I am unable to consistently give a percentage of my income.
__ I would like to talk to someone about this.
Serving (please check the appropriate response)
__ I am currently serving in the following ministry_________________________. My ministry leader is_____________________.
__ I am currently in ____________________________’s Life Group.
__ I am not serving or in a Life group.
__ I would like to talk to someone about this. Other comments or questions:
CedarCreek Five Agreements
__ I agree that the cause of the church is the greatest cause on the planet. (Matthew 28:18-20)
__ I agree to support CedarCreek in doing anything short of sin to reach people for the cause of Christ. (1 Corinthians 9)
__ I agree to never complain about the church being too big, and I am committed to supporting the outreach of CedarCreek Church. (Acts 2:42-47)
__ I agree to be an example of Jesus’ Love and Generosity both within and beyond the walls of CedarCreek Church. (Galatians 6 & Matthew 5:16)
__ I agree to be actively involved in using my talents, gifts and resources to help CedarCreek Church be effective at doing more with less. (Matthew 9:37)
___ I am committed to living missionally as defined above.
My home campus is (please check one):
___ Perrysburg ____ Toledo ____Whitehouse
(remaining portion to be completed by reviewer)
Accepted ____________________ (date) Notification Sent: _____________(date)
Living It Out: September 2011
Luke 9:23 (New Living Translation)
23 Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you
wants to be my follower, you must turn from your
selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.”
Living It Out
It is the dream of CedarCreek that everyone who calls this their church home will be reading and studying the same topics, both individually and in groups. Each week, join with thousands of others at CedarCreek Church in applying God’s Word, the Bible, into your daily life. Our hope is that while we learn and grow together, as individuals and as a church, we will collectively live out the weekend message.
Living It Out resources, such as the Daily Bible Study, Daily Bible Reading Plan, Discussion Questions and Scripture Memory Verses, are designed to help us embrace a missional mindset…a mindset that compels us to love Jesus, serve others and tell the world about Christ.
Living It Out: Daily Bible Study…Daily Bible study activities to reflect on the weekend message
Living It Out: Daily Bible Reading Plan…Read through the New Testament in a year
Living It Out: Discussion Questions…Weekly questions to discuss with others
Living It Out: Scripture Memory…Memorize one Bible verse per month
All of these resources are also available electronically at www.livingitout.tv,
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Living It Out: Daily Bible Reading Plan scriptures are listed for each day. By completing each of the daily readings, you will read the entire Old Testament in 1 year. These readings are separate from the Daily Bible Study.
Old Testament commentary compiled by: Lauri White, and Not a Fan by Kyle Idelman
This week’s Living It Out Daily Bible Study written by:
Daily Bible Reading Commentary: Ezekiel 37-42
37 This vision illustrates the promise of chapter 36 – new life and a nation restored, both physically and spiritually. The dry bones are a picture of the Jews in captivity – scattered and dead. The two pieces of wood represent the reunion of the entire nation of Israel that had divided into northern and southern kingdoms after Solomon’s reign. The scattered exiles of Israel would be released from the “graves” of exile and one day regathered in their homeland, with the Messiah as their leader.
38 Once Israel became strong, a confederacy of nations from the north would attack, led by Gog, to destroy God’s people. Gog’s allies would come from the mountainous area southeast of the Black Sea and southwest of the Caspian Sea (central Turkey), as well as from the area that is present-day Iran, Ethiopia, Libya and possibly Russia. Gog could be a person, or a symbol of all the evil in the world.
39 The story of the battle continues. The defeat of the evil forces will be final and complete; they will be destroyed by divine intervention. Because of this victory, God’s name will be known throughout the world.
40 The building of the Temple envisioned a time of complete restoration to the exiles, a time when God would return to His people. The Temple was built from 520 to 515 B.C. but fell short of Ezekiel’s plan. Whether the Temple is literal or symbolic, it seems clear that this is a vision of God’s final perfect kingdom. This gave hope to the people of Ezekiel’s time who had just seen their nation and its Temple destroyed with no hope of rebuilding it in the near future. The details given in the vision gave the people even more hope that what Ezekiel saw had come from God and would surely happen in the future.
41 God’s holiness is a central theme throughout both the Old and New Testament. The Most Holy Place was the innermost room in the Temple; only entered once a year by the High Priest who performed a ceremony to atone for the nation’s sins.
42 The description of the Temple continues with the rooms in which the priests were to eat and store the holy offerings. Holy garments symbolized the importance of having a holy heart when approaching God and to minister in the inner rooms of the Temple. Because the garments were holy, the priests had to change their clothes before going back out to the public.