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LIO for the Week of 2/2 -SERIES: Get In Shape-Serve

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LIO 1/30 – One at a Time

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 FRIDAY – One at a Time
Big Point: We give because He first gave to us.

Earlier in the week, we talked about how the New Testament goes on to teach proportional giving in response to Christ’s lavish grace. We are encouraged to do ever more to advance the kingdom. What’s so cool is that it’s a “response to…” God’s unfailing love for us all. It is the basis for SAVE to GIVE to SAVE.
However, we know that not everyone can go from giving zero to tithing or beyond in a heartbeat so this is why we recommend using the “Generosity Ladder” as an on-ramp for this process. As you reflect on the generosity ladder, ask yourself these three questions:g8

1. Where am I now?
2. Where do I want to be one year from now?
3. What will it take to get there?

Followers of Christ realize that God is the owner and giver of all things and that we are God’s managers of all that He has entrusted to us. In light of all this and God’s Kingdom, we desire to be responsible caretakers of the material resources that God has entrusted to us. We want to look honestly at where we are, where we want to be and commit to doing what it takes to get there.
If your goal is truly to live a godly life in 2015, then take the next step and put your faith in God because He is the giver of all things.

READ, THINK and LIVE… Read and apply the Bible.
It’s Friday! Whether you get paid today at your job or you are managing your family finances, we want you to think about your income through God’s eyes. How will you make giving a priority to your faith?

 

Once you’ve made giving a priority, are you willing to give progressively as you grow in your faith? Why or why not?

 

Matthew 28:19-20 (New Living Translation)
19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

If proportionate giving becomes possible for you (that is, giving beyond 10% of your income), what dreams do you have of using your resources so the Kingdom can expand locally and around the world?

 

 

PRAY…God, what do you want me to know and do?
Ask God to show you what’s possible through your giving. Talk to Him honestly about where you are, where you want to be one year from now and what you think it will take for you to get there.

Questions for Discussion— Try these in a group, with friends or at the dinner table.
1. If you had to describe your attitude toward money, what would it be? What or who influenced that attitude the most?

2. Lee talked about the cycle of “SAVE to GIVE to SAVE” this weekend and how each of us are called to be a part of that. Is this a new concept to you? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

3. In 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, Paul urges believers to give cheerfully, not in response to pressure, but later on he says our generosity will prove our obedience and the genuineness of our love. Discuss the truth in this paradox and what effect it can have on your giving.

4. We often look at saving and generous giving in relation to the people around us, but in light of eternity and salvation, what does saving and generosity look like?

 

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

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January 2015 Memory Verse:

Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT)

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LIO 1/29– The “T” Word

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THURSDAY– The “T” Word
Big Point: Jesus fulfilled the law and made it personal.

Money is a good servant, but a bad master.

- French proverb

One of the most common questions we receive is, “Is tithing only an Old Testament principle or should we still tithe today?” The answer is yes! The Old Testament provides the backdrop by instructing God’s people to give the first 10% of their income back to Him. In Matthew 23:23, Jesus affirms tithing, with the warning that people must also maintain a righteous heart attitude and live by faith.

Furthermore, in response to Christ’s lavish grace, the New Testament goes on to teach proportional giving, and spurs us to do even more to advance the kingdom locally—and beyond—as God individually prospers and leads.

And it’s not just about our money, but our entire life is an act of worship and celebration. As professor and author Dr. Kenneth Hemphill says, “Tithing is not the entire story. The Bible teaches that it’s the giving of all of one’s life — time, talents and treasures. We serve a God who has equipped us for kingdom service and has thus enabled us to live daily in such a manner that we can lay up treasures in heaven. To do so means that we will have to deal with our money issues…but that should be part of how we are managing all of our resources that He has placed at our disposal.”

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?
1. We uphold the Old Testament instruction that God’s people give back the first 10% of their income to Him.

Question: What percentage is told to be set apart?

Leviticus 27:30, 32 (New Living Translation)
30One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy. 32 Count off every tenth animal from your herds and flocks and set them apart for the Lord as holy.

Answer:

 

 
2. In this next passage of scripture, God provides some harsh words to those who do not recognize His lordship over all things. However, God also invites us to challenge Him in the area of giving.

Question: Why does God use such harsh language to the people? What is God’s purpose behind issuing that tithe challenge?

Malachi 3:8-10 (New Living Translation)
8 “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’ You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. 9 You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!”

Answer:

 

 

3. Paul gives a clear teaching about how one can advance to grace-filled, Kingdom-minded giving.

Question: How does Paul ask believers to look at generous giving?

2 Corinthians 8:7-8 (New Living Translation)
7 Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us — I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. 8 I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches.

Answer:

 

 

LIVE… What will you do now?w6
We believe that the Bible teaches a biblical tithe and that Jesus affirms the tithe and more in the New Testament. Do you think Christians should tithe (giving 10% of income as an act of worship)?

 

 

If yes, how are you doing in this area of your Christian life?

 

 

If not, what are some of the reasons for your belief in giving less?

 

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Thank God for all your blessings. Ask Him to help you excel in giving. If you are feeling challenged by, fearful of, or reluctant to tithing, tell Him why and then ask Him to show you how to always give with gladness and

 

 

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

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LIO 1/28—Three Ways to be More Generous

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WEDNESDAY—Three Ways to be More Generous
Big Point: Generosity can be a measure of spiritual growth.

If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.

- Billy Graham

This past weekend, Lee challenged that if we are serious about living a godly life, then we will need to make SAVE to GIVE to SAVE a part of the plan. Ultimately, the goal is to excel in giving so that more and more in the world can know Christ. One of the major themes in the Bible, especially as it pertains to money, is the concept of generosity. Biblical generosity is giving that is the result of a transformed heart and genuine love. So, what does that look like in your life? How can you know if you are growing spiritually in this area as you walk on the path of living a godly life?

In his best-selling book, “How to be Rich”, Andy Stanley provides a three-step, easy-to-apply framework for us to consider when deciding how we can honor God with our money:

Priority giving means that no matter how rich or poor you might feel, right now is the time to be generous. The best way to make giving a priority is to make it the very first check you write every month.
Percentage giving means knowing what your giving is as a percentage of your income, instead of just an amount. If you just focus on amounts, you’ll either become discouraged when it isn’t very much or you’ll become prideful if you feel it’s a lot.
Progressive giving means that you continue to grow in generosity as you grow in your faith. This simply means that over time, you raise the percentage of giving, not because you have to, but because of the joy and gratitude you have due to what Christ has done for you.

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?
1. Jesus always adapted his instructions to the circumstances of the listener and, in this passage, he is speaking to his disciples about how critical their attitude and management towards money was to serving God.

Question: What’s the moral of the story Jesus summarized in Luke 16:10-12?

Luke 16:10-12 (New Living Translation)
10 If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. 11 And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? 12 And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?

Answer:

 

 

2. Application is critical when studying what Scripture says because it’s what we do that makes our Christian faith genuine and life changing.

Question: What specifically are we being asked to prove through being generous?

2 Corinthians 9:13 (New Living Translation)
As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.

Answer:

 

 

LIVE… What will you do now?
In light of what the Bible teaches about finances, are you willing to make giving a PRIORITY? (Meaning that you will give no matter how you feel or your current financial situation; your intention is to give, trusting that God will provide for your needs.)
____ Yes
____ No
What are your reservations in this area?
 

 

Since the Bible identifies a specific percentage as a benchmark (10%), then we should be aware of percentages as well. Are you aware of your current giving PERCENTAGE?
_____Yes
_____No
If no, take a moment to calculate it right now using this formula:
Current monthly income = Giving
Current monthly giving Percentage
Is the percentage what you thought it would be? How do you feel now looking at the percentage?
 

 

We are so inspired by ‘Creekers who live generously and partner with us financially to take the gospel into the world. If you have made giving a priority and you know your percentage of giving, then what would PROGRESSIVE giving look like in your life?

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Pray that you, and all believers, will develop an attitude of generosity and to honor God with their money as a reflection of their faith in Him.

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.

 Thanks for reading today’s daily devotional! We encourage you to enhance your spiritual growth 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.

LIO 1/27–A New Manifesto

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TUESDAY– A New Manifesto
Big Point: What we believe drives what we see.

Some people are so poor all they have is money.
– Patrick Meagher

Do you give? How much do you give? Will you have enough if you do? A manifesto is a publically declared plan for how to live—a declaration of your intent, beliefs and attitude toward an aim or goal. Author Geoff McDonald says, “The single best reason to create a manifesto is to devise a context that inspires you and attracts others.”
With that in mind, when it comes to money, here’s a manifesto to consider: You are rich. You may have heard this before, but it bears repeating: If you make $35,000 per year, you are in the top 4% of all earners on the planet. If you make $15,000 per year, you are in the top 20%. So 80% of 7.125 billion people make less than $15,000/year. Many, a lot less.

Yet there is a tension in making that declaration. Not only is there a natural tension that accompanies the subject of money—a tension that we must manage—but also because there is always someone who has more. We don’t feel rich, but we are. When we make “I am rich” our new manifesto, the questions of “Do I give?” “How much do I give?” and “Will I have enough if I give?” start to fade. As Dave Ramsey says, “Change your attitude, and you’ll begin to change your life.” Are you willing to let it start with that simple manifesto?

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?
1. Paul is using the good example of other followers of Christ and churches to rouse other believers, urging that saving money is good when it’s for a good purpose.

Question: How can Paul’s instructions help set us up for success when it comes to planning our giving? How could it decrease tension or that “put-on-the-spot” feeling at church?

1 Corinthians 16:1-2 (New Living Translation)
1 Now regarding your question about the money being collected for God’s people in Jerusalem. You should follow the same procedures I gave to the churches in Galatia. 2 On the first day of each week, you should put aside a portion of the money you have earned. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once.
 Answer:
 

 

2. Read the following verses with the understanding that you are the rich people that the scriptural author is talking about.

Question: What kind of responsibility comes with being rich?

1 Timothy 6:6-10 (New Living Translation)
6 Yet true godliness with contentment is great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

Answer: 

 

 

3. Our giving response is directly related to our attitude and our attitude is directly related to our giving.

Question: What attitudes should characterize giving? How does this reflect SAVE to GIVE to SAVE that Lee talked about this weekend?

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (New Living Translation)
6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

Answer:
 

 

LIVE… What will you do now?
God has entrusted each of us with “stuff” (cars, homes, belongings, etc.). Do you believe the way you use your material wealth is God-honoring in all respects?
____ Yes
____ No
If no, in what areas are you lacking? What action are you taking to make changes?
 

 

What excites you most about giving to others?
 

 

If you had to write out your personal money manifesto, what would it be?
 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Ask God to give you fresh insight into generosity and what He would have you do to bring honor to Him and blessings to others with your money.

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.

 Thanks for reading today’s daily devotional! We encourage you to enhance your spiritual growth 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.

 

LIO 1/26 -SERIES: Get In Shape: Save

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God doesn’t want to take your money. He just doesn’t want your money to take you.

-Andy Stanley

Have you ever watched the television show “Extreme Couponing”? Extreme shoppers devote themselves to collecting, cutting and organizing dozens of coupons. The point? To go on super-size shopping sprees of $500-$600 in hopes of reducing their final bill down to less than $10. Yes, they can actually reduce their total by up to 100% of the original cost. But they often come away with dozens of identical items they don’t need and stockpile their freebies in closets, basements and garages. These shoppers save coupons so they can save money on groceries. One woman featured on the show takes offense to the claims that extreme couponers unnecessarily stockpile unneeded items. “People assume extreme couponers are hoarders. I want to purchase items that my family needs. If we purchase extra,we donate it. Things are not going to go to waste.”

This weekend, the theme of Lee’s message was that Christ-followers are called to “SAVE to GIVE to SAVE”. Did you catch the meaning of that statement? What did he mean? First, Christ-followers are called to save, to set aside resources specifically to be donated to the cause of Christ, first, through our local church. When we give this money tothe local church, it is used to bring people to salvation through Christ. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus calls us to bring people to him and make them disciples in our community, region and around the world. The process of making disciples begins with sharing the gospel message and inviting people to acknowledge their brokenness and, through God’s grace, asking for forgiveness and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone. The cycle of SAVE to GIVE to SAVE is intended to repeat over and over millions of times before Jesus returns. We are called to be a part of the cycle. Do you understand the role that you play in this process?

Did you know that the Bible addresses money more than any other topic in Scripture? That would suggest that God thinks it’s an important topic and we need a lot of instruction and teaching regarding it. As Andy Stanley says, “God doesn’t want to take your money. He just doesn’t want your money to take you.” During the message, Lee emphasized that your role in this process is up to you and the level of conviction you feel in this area of your life. If you’ve made the decision to live a godly life in 2015, then we hope that you will invest yourself in this week’s study to determine how God wants you to live out SAVE to GIVE to SAVE.
Remember, honoring God with our giving isn’t about God taking our money, rather it’s more about what God wants FOR us. His greatest desire is for the world to come to know Jesus Christ and the salvation that only he can bring.

THIS WEEK’S STUDY IS ABOUT HOW GIVING GENEROUSLY EQUIPS US TO REACH OUR 2015 GOAL OF LIVING A GODLY LIFE.

MONDAY – God Doesn’t Want Your Money
Big Point: There is a tie between our faith and our money.

Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity.

- Henry Ward Beecher

Look around at all of your possessions: your home, car(s), clothes and thousands of other material things. How did you pay for these items? Was it by cash, check or credit card with money you earned working a job? Were some of them gifts given to you? Do they really belong to you?
 
There is a significant tie between the maturity of our faith and our view of money and possessions. Since the Bible teaches about money over 800 times, instructing us on how to handle it in ways that honor God and bless others, it must be an important topic for us to master. Our desire is to help you understand what the Bible says about living generously, to SAVE to GIVE to SAVE, and to provide a tool to help you understand what it looks like, as well as how to apply it to your life in a practical way.
For some of you, this week’s study might precipitate an unexpected spiritual breakthrough. Remember, there is an important reason why there are so many verses on this topic and it’s not because God wants our money. It’s because He wants to grow your faith in Him, not your bank account.

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?
1. Look around your house or mentally picture it. Even the poorest American has a lot of stuff compared to the rest of the world. Since we buy things with our money, we’re under the impression that we’re the sole owners of our belongings. God has a different view.

Question: Who owns all of our stuff? How does this Scripture help us to seek a life in Christ?

Psalm 24:1 (New Living Translation)
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.

Answer:

 

 

2. Everything is God’s, yet He gives it to us to watch over and manage. Jesus tells a story to the crowd about three individuals who managed their boss’ money in different ways. This is a long reading, but an important lesson about being a good wealth manager for God.

Question: What do you learn about God’s expectations for how we manage the resources that He gives to us? Why do you think the master was so angry with the third servant who tried to keep his money safe? What spiritual application should we draw from the third servant?

Matthew 25:14, 19-30 (New Living Translation)
14 Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 19 After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, “Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.” 21 The master was full of praise. “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” 22 The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, “Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.” 23 The master said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” 24 Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, “Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.” 26 But the master replied, “You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.” 28 Then he ordered, “Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Answer:
 

 

 
LIVE… What will you do now?
What is your understanding of how the Bible calls you to live out your faith when it comes to using your money to honor God?

 

 

Why is the verse “All the world and all its people belong to Him” true whether you believe it or not?

 

 

How would you explain Lee’s axiom on biblical generosity SAVE to GIVE to SAVE to someone else?
 

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Thank God for all the things in your life He has blessed you with and ask Him to help you see it in the light of His plans and purpose above your own.

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.

 Thanks for reading today’s daily devotional! We encourage you to enhance your spiritual growth 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.

 

LIO for the Week of 1/26 -SERIES: Get In Shape-Save

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LIO 1/23– You Choose

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FRIDAY You Choose
Big Point: The Holy Spirit fulfills specific purposes including how we can really live out our faith.

 

If you could have any new car in the world, what would it be? Now, imagine there’s a knock on your door. You go to the door and find a smiling car dealer pointing to that particular car, now parked in your driveway, with a big red ribbon tied around it. He hands you the keys and says it’s yours, free and clear. You are screaming and yelling with excitement, you turn the key to start it up but there is a catch; it doesn’t have any fuel.

Author Steve Scott uses this analogy to describe our faith without application. This is what it’s like when we accept the free gift of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but don’t allow the work of the Holy Spirit into our lives. In other words, we have faith, we believe, we can even stay excited for a time but if we don’t allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, then we aren’t transformed and we miss out on God’s purpose for our lives.  

Our spiritual growth is dependent upon the priceless fuel, known as the work of the Holy Spirit, in our lives. Our spiritual birth is just the beginning of a new relationship with God. After being born again, we need to grow spiritually through reading the Bible and doing what it says. God empowers us to follow Christ in every aspect of our behavior, miraculously, through the outworking of the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. Without his ministry to us and his presence within us, we would be powerless to become what God wants us to be, to live the way He wants us to live, to achieve what He wants us to achieve and to influence others the way He wants us to influence them. When the Holy Spirit lives within us and we yield our will to his guidance, he will help us to live in a way that we cannot achieve on our own. Instead it reflects what God desires to do in and through our lives.

 

READ, THINK and LIVE… Read and apply the Bible.
The word “Trinity” means “three-in-one” and refers to the unity of God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit. Of the three members of the Trinity, people are the least familiar with the Holy Spirit.

Question: What is the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives? How does the Holy Spirit help us to live out our faith?

 

Romans 8:9-11 (New Living Translation)
9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

 Answer:

 

 

LIVE… What will you do now?
God wants to change our life through His Word. How can understanding the role of the Holy Spirit be used to make real change in your life?

 

Questions for Discussion— Try these in a group, with friends or at the dinner table.

1. The Bible is comprised of 66 books of the Old and New Testament, compiled over

3 continents over some 1,500 years, but it wasn’t given to be just a historical

account. Why was the Bible given to us?

2. What is your Bible reading plan for this year? (Visit YouVersion.com to select a

personalized Bible reading plan.)

3. Using the handout about Rick Warren’s progressive 12 Bible Study Method

Steps, where are you right now? What would it take for you to go to the next

level? What method would you like to get to by mid-year?

4. During this past weekend’s message, Lee said, “We all are educated beyond our

level of obedience.” In what area of your life do you need to exercise obedience,

rather than more study?

5. How would applying the Bible to your life change your words, your thoughts and

actions? Would you be more or less fulfilled than you are now

 
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January 2015 Memory Verse

1 Timothy 4:8 (New Living Translation)

Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.

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Marna Ward

 

 

LIO 1/22– The Best Mystery in Non-Fiction

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THURSDAY– The Best Mystery in Non-Fiction
Big Point: Jesus is fully God and fully man.

 

Here are two mysteries for the price of one–the plurality of persons within the unity of God, and the union of Godhead and manhood in the person of Jesus. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is this truth of the incarnation!

- J.I. Packer

 

There are five main truths taught in the Bible about incarnation (the divine nature of the Son of Man perfectly united with human nature in one divine person): 1. Jesus has two natures — He is God and     man. 2. Each nature is full and complete — He is fully God and fully man. 3. Each nature remains distinct. 4. Christ is only one person. 5. Things that are true of only one nature are nonetheless true of the person of Christ. The relevance of these truths go to the very heart of who Christ is. Knowing these truths will greatly affect the way you view Christ and live out your faith, and will make the gospel accounts of his life come more alive. Jesus is God; he is all-powerful and he cannot be defeated. Because Jesus is God, he is the only adequate savior. Because he is God, believers are safe and can never perish; his sacrifice is our security. Because he is God, we can have confidence that he will empower us for the tasks God has chosen for us. Finally, because he is God, all people will be accountable to him when he returns to judge the world. Because Jesus is man, he has experienced the same things that we do. Because he is man, he can identify with us more intimately. Because Jesus is man, he can come to our aid as our sympathetic high priest when we reach the limits of our human endurance. Because he is man, we can relate to him–he is not far off and uninvolved. Because he is man, we cannot complain that God does not know what we are going through. Jesus experienced it firsthand. We have all we need in the same savior. May we look forward to the day when we see him face to face, and until then may the joyful hope of this day inspire in us a great diligence in serving and worshiping him.

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?

  1. Most every major religion acknowledges Jesus Christ in some way. However, many believe that Jesus was a “wise man”, “good teacher” or “good moral authority”. However, they are missing something very important: Jesus was fully divine.

Question: What do the following verses tell you about the deity of Christ?

John 1:1-3, 14, 18 (New Living Translation)
1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.

 

 Colossians 2:9 (New Living Translation)
For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.

 Answer:

 

 

  1. Jesus’ claim of deity fueled the religious leaders’ desire to kill him.

Question: According to this verse, why did the Jews want to kill Jesus? 

John 10:33 (New Living Translation)
They replied, “We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Answer:

 

 

LIVE… What will you do now?
Lee talked this past weekend about how studying the Word of God can be dangerous without applying it. How does applying these truths of Jesus to your faith encourage you to serve and worship him?

 

 

It would seem that applying the Bible would be fairly simple, but actually it is the hardest part of Bible study. Why is it so hard to apply Scripture to our lives?

 

  

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Use the paragraphs in the introduction and turn them into a prayer, like this: Dear God, thank You for Jesus as our savior. Jesus is all-powerful and cannot be defeated. He is God and is the only adequate savior. I am safe and will never perish because of him. I can have confidence that he will give me everything I need for the task that he has called me to do.

 

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LIO 1/21— Halfway Need Not Apply

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WEDNESDAY— Halfway Need Not Apply
Big Point: God is present everywhere, all-knowing and all-powerful.

 

Just as He cannot but know what is right, so He cannot but do what is right.

- Jerry Bridges

Reading the Bible daily ensures that we keep the very character of who God is at the forefront of our thoughts. Reading the Bible daily reminds us that God is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. While difficult to grasp, Dr. Ray Pritchard of Keep Believing Ministries says that, in part, it’s because they describe truths about God for which there is nothing comparable in human experience. We are limited as to place, power and personal knowledge. God is not. Thus we capture these truths of God by saying He is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (present everywhere) and omnipotent (all-powerful).

Remember, God’s power is infinite and unlimited. God has the power to do all He wills to do. He has both the resources and the ability to work His will in every circumstance in the universe. A simpler definition—“God is able”. Even though Satan is now the “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4), it belongs to him only because God has granted it to him. It is God who ultimately reigns in the universe; all legitimate authority derives from Him. There is no limit to His power, there is no place you can hide from His presence and He cannot act contrary to His nature—and His nature is just and merciful.

 

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?
 1. God exists in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, also known as the Trinity. He is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent.

Question: How would you describe God’s character to someone who needed to know? What do these Biblical authors say about God’s omnipresence (all-presence)?

Psalm 139:7-10 (New Living Translation)
7 I can never escape from your spirit! I can never get away from your presence! 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. 9 If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, 10 even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. 

 

Hebrews 4:13 (New Living Translation)
Nothing in all creation can hide from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

 Answer:

 

 

2. The Bible gives us an extraordinary picture of how Jesus entered into life on earth.

Question: What is unique about Mary’s conception? 

Matthew 1:18, 22-25 (New Living Translation)
18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. 22All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will be call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” 24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

 Answer:

 

  

LIVE… What will you do now?
Meditate on what it means to know that God is all-knowing, present everywhere and all-powerful. How will that affect how you live?

 

 

What is the difference between knowing God is all of these things and living these truths out?

 

  

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Ask God to help you apply today’s Scripture to your life, to show you specifically what He wants you to do. You already know that God wants you to do two things: obey His Word and share it with others. In your prayer, tell God that you are ready to obey what He will show you and that you are willing to share that application with others.

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.

 Thanks for reading today’s daily devotional! We encourage you to enhance your spiritual growth 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!

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2015 Memory Verses

April, 2015
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
Ephesians 3:20

March, 2015
"I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark."
John 12:46

February, 2015
“ Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
Hebrews 12:1

January, 2015
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
1 Timothy 4:8

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