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LIO for the Week of 6/08-The Great Adventure:The Compass

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LIO 6/05— 6 Ways to Live in the Transition

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FRIDAY— 6 Ways to Live in the Transition
Big Point: Living patiently in the wilderness is fertile soil for transformational growth.

 

Becoming a first-time parent is no easy task. Luckily, you get nine months to prepare. During this waiting period most first-time parents read every parenting magazine they can get their hands on, take birth classes and collect advice from “been there, done that” friends. They use their time of transition to grow. Just like expectant new parents, we too can use times of transition for growth. Charles Stanley says it this way, “God wants us to benefit from our times of waiting by being transformed.”

The Bible is a great resource for how we can wait while in the wilderness. We are to wait patiently (Psalm 37:7), quietly (Psalm 62:1), trustingly (Psalm 37:7), expectantly (Psalm 27:13), steadfastly and courageously (Psalm 27:14), and standing on God’s word (Psalm 105:5).

Our plans may or may not align with God’s will for our lives. In both circumstances God will respond to our requests in His perfect timing. Delays in His response should not be viewed as obstacles, but as opportunities to be refined and transformed. Don’t rush God’s answer, instead, wait patiently so you don’t miss the blessing.

 

READ, THINK and LIVE… Read and apply the Bible.

New Testament writer Paul has just retold the story of the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness. He talks about how God cared for the Israelites’ needs, even though the Israelites had no permanent home. Paul reminds the Corinthians that because of their complaining and lack of faith, God punished the Israelites severely.

 Question: Why did Paul use the Israelites as an example for the Corinthians? Why is their story relatable to the Corinthians generations later?

1 Corinthians 10:11-12 (New International Version)
11These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!

 Answer:

 

How does Paul’s reminder help you with your wilderness period? What have you learned throughout the week in order to wait patiently and productively?

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Thank God for His constant presence in your wilderness. Ask God to help you wait patiently, quietly, trustingly, expectantly, steadfastly, courageously, and on His word. Pray for endurance and understanding while you walk through this season of your life.

 

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

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

  1. During The Great Adventure, the wilderness is a metaphor for experiencing a change which leads to a period of transition. Share a time when you have experienced this.  
  2. The wilderness was also a place of wandering and waiting. Lee talked to us this past weekend about resisting temptation when we are in this stage. Which of the temptations that he discussed is the greatest for you: 1) to blame God, 2) to become bitter, or 3) to misread God’s promises? Explain. 
  3. Read Exodus 16. Compare the behavior and heart of Moses to the behavior and hearts of the Israelites. What problems did Moses face as he tried to lead Israel? Why do you think the Israelites’ failure to follow God is also shared? Why do you think God allows “wilderness” places for both?
  4. Staying connected to God, being other-centered, and getting better (not bitter) are all strategies for coming through the wilderness. If you are in a period of transition, which of these areas do you need to employ to get through it? If you aren’t in a period of transition right now, which area do you need to strengthen in preparation?
  5. Trust means a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. As a Christ-follower, there is noor in the definition of trusting God. Replace or with and –trusting God means a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability and strength of God. Do you trust God? Do you trust His ultimate plan for all that is happening to you? Explain.

 

June 2015 Memory Verse:
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

 Romans 15:4 (New Living Translation)

Weekend Updates!

  • Next Weekend: Join us for “The Great Adventure: The Map”.
  • Missional Members—It’s Time to Renew! We hope you may confidently say, “Yes, I am still an active Missional Member! I am loving Jesus, serving others and telling the world about Christ to the best of my ability.” Renew online at CedarCreek.tv/membership or visit the Welcome Center during any weekend service.
  • TONIGHT! Celebrate Recovery: Find support and encouragement at Celebrate Recovery at 7pm at all campuses. CedarCreek.tv/celebraterecovery
  • The Landing: Are you a teen, or the parent of a teen, who is having a difficult time dealing with life’s issues? Join us at the Landing, a safe place for teens to find freedom and peace. All students grades 9-12 are welcome every Friday 7-9pm at the Perrysburg Campus only. CedarCreek.tv/celebraterecovery, The Landing

 

RESOURCES:

Foundations for Freedom

AustinStone.org

Charles Stanley—Waiting on God’s Timing

Jeff Manion 2010 Summit Talk, The Land in Between

HikingDude.com

Getting Them Through the Wilderness by William Bridges

YourChurch.com

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This Week’s Living It Out Daily Bible Study Team:

Kaye Althaus

Alison Frye

Pam Haynam

Kailey Walkup

Christine Wuwert

Mary Jo Sutton

Shelley Adams

Ann Wischokil

Barb Roose

 

LIO 6/04– In the Wilderness? Trust God

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THURSDAY – In the Wilderness? Trust God
Big Point: It’s God’s timing…not ours.

 

Take courage. We walk in the wilderness today and in the Promised Land tomorrow.

-D.L. Moody

 

Change. Not many people like it. Whether it is relationships, jobs, deaths, relocation, friendships, new schools, or a health diagnosis, change plagues our lives. These transitions usually require us to go from comfortable to uncomfortable, from safe to unknowing, from confident and content to naked and afraid…and in the wilderness. It’s inevitable, though. As much as we might try to avoid change, we will encounter it, time and time again. For many people, that’s unsettling.

What’s more unsettling though, as Lee pointed out, is that these transitions do not ensure safety or a better life. While we might think we are catching a break and going from bad to good, things might actually get worse. Here is what’s comforting: it only appears bad to worse in our human eyes. God, who knows so much better than we do, can see the bigger picture, and His plan is perfect and for the best.

It’s normal to wonder why God wouldn’t immediately answer our prayers since He loves us so much, but the Lord’s reasons for delaying are always for our good.

God wants us to receive His clear direction. What God has planned for our lives is already encircled with our names on it. No matter if we are impatient or distracted, there’s no way we can lose anything if we follow Him, His will, and His schedule. God wants to keep us in step with His timing. The Lord created time and has planned everything perfectly. However, He doesn’t reveal everything to us when we want it, but instead, when we are ready to receive it.

God wants to test our faith. God wants us to believe Him even when we can’t see all the details. God wants to strengthen our faith. During times of transition—in the wilderness—sometimes the most powerful prayer we can offer are these four words: “I trust you, God.”

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?

  1. Solomon is teaching the people of Israel how to attain wisdom and discipline, as well as providing moral instruction.

Question: When making a difficult decision, whom are we supposed to trust? Why?

 Proverbs 3:5-6 (New International Version)
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to Him, and he will make your paths straight.

 Answer:

 

  1. These psalmists share that God’s living presence is our greatest joy and it helps us grow in strength, grace and glory.

Question: The word “courts” is analogous to being in God’s presence. What type of life does the writer desire?

 Psalm 84:10 (New Living Translation)
A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.

 Answer:

 

LIVE… What will you do now?
Did you notice how Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to trust God with ALL of our heart? It’s easy for us to trust God with most of our heart, but how are you doing with trusting God with ALL of your heart? (Give yourself a grade: A, B, C, D, F)

 

Is there an area where you’ve felt God nudging you to trust Him more than you currently are in life? If yes, how could you trust Him and act on it?

 

What is something that you want now? How could you allow for God’s timing instead?

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Praise God for His perfect timing and His all-knowing plan that is so much better than ours. Thank God for wanting the best for you. Ask Him how He wants to use you to help give you peace when encountering changes, then thank Him for being constant and never failing, despite the many changes of life.

 

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.

 

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LIO 6/03– In the Wilderness? Be Other-Centered & Get Better

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WEDNESDAY – In the Wilderness? Be Other-Centered & Get Better
Big Point: I’m going to get better, not bitter.

 

We need to remember that God is not merely with us, He is intimately at work in us.

Jeff Manion,
pastor and author

 

Why me, you ask God? Why the loss of a job, death of a loved one, difficulty with a child, an unexpected medical diagnosis? When facing a change or transition, are we ready for whatever God’s mission is? Moses gives us a great example. Not only was Moses ready for God’s mission, but he listened to God, was teachable and loved others deeply. It is no wonder that Moses was so greatly used by God. He met with God, controlled plagues and parted the Red Sea.

In times of transition, when you are depressed, or discouraged, can you get God-centered and other-centered? To keep life in perspective, Lee Powell has a sign on his desk that says, “Get better, not bitter.”

Perrysburg Campus Pastor Tom Martin shared in a recent Facebook post that Teresa Ray, an attendee of CedarCreek battling pancreatic cancer, inspired him with her faith and a reminder that “this life is temporary”. It is difficult and challenging when someone you love is experiencing that cruel reality of death. But, here is a woman who is using her terminal cancer diagnosis to show all of us that God has allowed this, but she’s going to cooperate within it to bring Him the glory. Just as when Jesus himself walked this earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with cries and tears to the One who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.

Can you come to that place in your transition? Will you be the one who has the incredible attitude, “It’s not about me, it’s about God. It’s about others, and I’m going to get better, not bitter”?

READ and THINK…What does the Bible say?

  1. In Numbers 14, the Israelites had sinned against God…again. Moses pleaded with God, asking Him to forgive His people.

Question: Moses’ plea reveals several characteristics of God. What are some of those characteristics?

Numbers 14:17-19 (New International Version)
17 “Now may the Lord’s strength be displayed, just as you have declared: 18 ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’ 19 In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.”

 Answer:

 

  1. The New Testament writer James doesn’t say “if” you face trials, rather “when” you face them. Point is not to pretend to be happy when we face suffering or pain, but to have a positive outlook because of what trials can produce in our lives.

Question: How do hardships develop character? What do they teach us?

James 1:2-4 (New International Version)
2Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Answer:

 

LIVE… What will you do now?
Think of a time when hardships built character in your life. How could you use that experience to teach others about God’s love?

 

Have you ever looked back on a time of transition, which was extremely difficult when you were experiencing it, but now understand how it developed your character and got you to where you are today? What did you learn?

 

If it’s not about you, what is this temporary life about? On tombstones is a birth date and a death date, with a dash in between representing life. What will your “dash” show others about God’s love?

 

Like Moses, we plead with God. What do our pleas reveal about the characteristics of God? Has He changed since Moses’ day?

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do? Try this prayer: Dear Father, lead me through the transitions of this life. Teach me to listen. Help me to always have a song of love and gratitude in my heart. And remind me, that it’s not about me. Help me to “Get Better, Not Bitter”. Amen.

 

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.

 

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.

LIO 6/02– In the Wilderness? Wait and Stay Connected to God

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TUESDAY – In the Wilderness? Wait and Stay Connected to God
Big Point: God uses the wilderness time to help prepare us for the other side of the delay.

 

When we fail to wait prayerfully for God’s guidance and strength, we are saying with our actions, if not our lips, that we do not need him.

-Charles Hummel, author

 

Nobody likes to wait, and few of us have patience to wait for long periods of time. However, God’s plan often includes periods of waiting to prepare us for the next phase in our lives. One of many examples of waiting in the Bible is King David.

David was a man who chose to live according to the Lord’s plan and schedule. Although he was anointed at the age of sixteen, he didn’t actually become the King of Israel until fourteen years later. God’s promise was sure, but the timing was unknown to David. He had to wait, and much of that time was spent hiding and running from King Saul who was continually trying to kill him.

What does it mean to wait on the Lord? How can we avoid blaming God, becoming bitter or misreading His promises? The key is to understand how God uses the wilderness and waiting:

-God uses delays to prepare us for His plans. David learned valuable lessons during those difficult years that equipped him for his future role as king. In the same way, God uses our hurts, losses, and disappointments to produce character qualities we’ll need to accomplish His plan for our lives.

-Waiting on God is an active stillness. It doesn’t mean we abruptly stop all activity and do nothing. When the Lord is bringing about a change in our lives, He wants us to continue being productive while watching and waiting for future direction.

-Waiting on God is purposeful. We often think the Lord’s plan for our lives is on the other side of the delay, but in His eyes, the process of waiting is an essential part of His purpose. Knowing this allows us to wait with a sense of direction and expectancy.

-God knows when we’re willing to accept His answers. If we’ll listen, He will reveal the next step when we’re ready. If He delays, we must recognize that His timing is perfect, and the best doesn’t always come quickly.

Excerpted from In Touch Ministries, Charles Stanley

 

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?

  1. Deuteronomy 32 are Moses’ last words to the Israelites, reminding them of their journey and all God has done for His people.

Question: What point is Moses trying to make? 

Deuteronomy 32:45-47 (New International Version)
45 When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. 47 They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”

Answer:

 

  1. Jesus died as a sacrifice for our sins—past, present and future. When he was resurrected, Jesus overcame death. Nothing in this world is beyond his power.

Question: What was Jesus trying to get the disciples to understand?

John 16:33 (New International Version)
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 

Answer:

 

LIVE… What will you do now?
God has a plan for your life. Right now that plan might be to wait. Where are the places where you need to wait on God to move?

 

How can you be more active, or productive, while waiting for God’s timing?

 

In what ways do you need to stay more connected to God through the wilderness? How can Moses’ story remind you to trust in God?

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Pray for God to show you what lessons He is trying to teach you. Be open to listening to God, and patient to wait on His timing even if you don’t understand why you’re waiting.

 

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.

 

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.

LIO 6/01–Series: The Great Adventure-The Wilderness

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The [wilderness] is where God transforms us from people of slavery, to people of God.

– Jeff Manion, pastor and author

   Summertime brings dreams of pool parties, tan lines and outdoor activities. Unfortunately, summer also brings headlines like “Two found after getting lost while hiking” or “Fifteen rescued after stepping off the mountain trail.” In parks and wilderness areas across the nation, inexperienced and unprepared hikers get so lost each year that they end up needing to be rescued. They are found after massive searches, or a “help text” with 1% left on their cell phone battery giving a signal to their whereabouts before shutting off. How do those individuals get in such a pickle? The thing is, most people don’t prepare to be lost in the wilderness.

   Last weekend Lee left us at the Garden of Eden where he answered the question of “what is wrong with the human race?” The answer was simple. Sin. As Tim Keller says, “…the Bible is a single story. A story that tells us what is wrong with the human race, what God is doing about it, and how history will end…”, and ultimately, it is a story of mercy, grace and redemption.

   As we heard this weekend, a tremendous series of events have unfolded between the Garden of Eden and our next stopping point with the Israelites enslaved in Egypt. As Lee re-capped this weekend, these 2500 years have included:

  • Noah and the flood
  • Abram (later Abraham) called and the beginning of the nation of Israel
  • Jacob who had 12 sons, each becoming a tribe in the nation of Israel
  • Jacob’s son, Joseph, who God used to save his family from famine
  • Israelites endure 400 years of slavery
  • God raises up a man named Moses, who told the Pharaoh, “Let my people go.”
  • After leaving Egypt, God parts the Red Sea to give the Israelites final victory over the Egyptians.

   Now, the Israelites are on their way to the promised land God has said He would give them. What a time of thankfulness and praise, right? Wrong. The Israelites’ gratitude quickly turns as they hit difficulty and hardship in what they thought would be an easy passage. Even as God provided for them, like water from a rock after days of thirst, and manna (sweet wafer) every morning for food, what starts out as praise turns to complaints and bitterness. Yet, how often do we receive a wonderful blessing from God, but quickly forget and begin complaining?

   The Israelites’ repeated disobedience and lack of trust, including an attempt to enter the Promised Land their way, cost them 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. Since the Israelites wandered from one place to the next under God’s hand, the wilderness came to represent a place of constant transition.

   Maybe the transition you are experiencing is because of a discouragement, graduation after college, an empty nest, a health change or diagnosis. We don’t like change—and we don’t like uncertainty, yet God does amazing work during those times. How will you wait while in the wilderness? Will you trust God to lead you through the perfect plan He has for your life in His timing? Time in the wilderness will tell.

 

THIS WEEK’S STUDY CONTINUES OUR ADVENTURE THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH THE ISRAELITES IN THE WILDERNESS.

MONDAY–Resist the Temptation to Go Back
Big Point: Transition looks ahead, faith pushes us forward.

 

Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.

-Picasso

 

   Grab the caps and gowns, pomp and circumstance and shredded chicken sandwiches…it’s graduation season! Perhaps, recently, someone you know has graduated from high school or college. It’s an exciting time where you are likely to hear people say, “lots of changes going on right now” or “it’s going to be a big transition”.

   The words CHANGE and TRANSITION are often used interchangeably but they are really quite different. The moment a student receives their diploma, something has CHANGED: they are now a graduate. But TRANSITION is a process that takes time and can be more difficult to manage than change. The real transition for a graduate is shifting from dependence on parents to independent decision-making.

   Transition really begins with an ending—with people letting go of their old reality and their old identity. Unless people can make a real ending, they will be unable to make a successful beginning. The second phase of transition is the neutral zone. It’s the time when old behaviors die and the heart is preparing for a new reality. Only after this time of neutrality can we enter the last phase: new beginnings. We emerge on the other side of the transition with a renewed energy, passion and purpose for our new life.

   Few leaders can manage transition well, but in the book of Numbers we find Moses, a leader who was patient during his wilderness (transition) time. A journey that should have taken just eleven days ended up taking decades as Moses’ people felt the consequences of their lack of faith and trust in God’s plan by being stuck in the wilderness. When the people felt nostalgic about their past, Moses kept reminding them that their past included slavery and that their future included so much more. Never go back!

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?

1. In this first passage, the community is devastated by the news brought back by the men that Moses sent to explore the land God had promised them. Although the land had great blessings, there were giants and powerful cities that would need to be conquered before the Israelites could leave the wilderness and make a new home.

Question: Why did the Israelites consider going back to Egypt, rather than pressing on to the land God had promised them?

Numbers 14:3-4 (New International Version)
3Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? 4…We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.

ga 6-1Answer:

 

  1. Later on in Numbers 14, God spoke to Moses and shares the consequences for those who incited panic and suggested the tribe go back to Egypt, including the wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.

Question:  All of the Israelites had to change their locations and wander through the desert, yet many Israelites failed to transition their thinking and rebelled against God. As a result, what was their punishment?

Numbers 14:35 (New International Version)
…They will meet their end in this wilderness…

Answer:

 

LIVE… What will you do now?
Did you realize there is a difference between change and transition? Change is physical (something tangible) and a transition is mental (thinking).

 

What is changing in your life right now? (Example: job, health, home, friendship)

 

Where are you undergoing transition? (Meaning, where do you need to re-vamp your thinking in order to move forward?)

 

Transitions are tough! Yet, we get stuck in life when we don’t complete transition. When was a time you had to trust God’s plan and go through a transition in your life? What did you feel once you were on the other side of the transition?

 

Sometimes, we get discouraged and we stop including God in our transition, believing that He has abandoned or disappointed us. Have you ever been through that kind of transition and how did you change your course?

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Thank God for the changes and transitions He has placed in your life. Let Him know you trust His plan for your life and ask Him to show you ways to stay on course. Pray for the discipline and patience to transition through difficult times and

 

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.

 

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.

LIO for the Week of 6/01-The Great Adventure: The Wilderness

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LIO 5/29— His Story Can Be Your Story

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FRIDAY— His Story Can Be Your Story
Big Point: Your journey is a part of God’s story! 

Your current circumstances are part of your redemption story He is writing.

Evinda Lepins,
writer

          Our great adventure has just begun. Remember not to think of the Bible as disconnected individual stories, but as one great story, God’s story of love, rescue and redemption. Sin does not have the final say; Christ has won!

      The exciting part is that He is not done yet. As Christ-followers, everything that we experience in our lifelong journey will be a part of God’s story. Andy Stanley says it best, “God brings you into His family, making His story your story.”

      God’s story for the Christian is one that shows how this world is fallen and there are things that need to be fixed, but God is all-powerful and is the only One who can make things right and can use us, His “change agents”.

       So, we invite everyone to the table, no matter their race, religious background or where they are from. God wants every single person to take this journey where we come to have a relationship with Him through His son, Jesus Christ. Once we begin our walk with Jesus, our story is in God’s book. We find hope, joy and peace even in the sad, heart-wrenching parts of the story. There is a peace on our voyage because we know that the Holy Spirit is with us every step of the way.

 

READ, THINK and LIVE… Read and apply the Bible.

  1. Paul was explaining the differences in those who believe and those who do not. He explains that the sin in our lives can be cut off with Christ, and uses the following analogy to illustrate his point.

Question: What does Paul compare the Word of God to? How does His Word handle our sinful nature?

 

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Answer:

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?
Try this prayer: Thank you, Lord for this journey called life. I ask that You reveal Your Word to me so that I can see the seamless story of Your love and redemption, and to help reveal anything in my life that needs to be changed.

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.

 

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.

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

  1. This weekend we started our new series, “The Great Adventure”. An adventure is an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity. What is an adventure you’ve experienced in your life?
  2. We’re going on a journey through the Bible, God’s story, over the next 6 weeks. In your own words, what is God’s story about?
  3. Lee discussed this weekend that sin is putting yourself in place of God, and everyone is hardwired for sin. Do you believe this? What, in your personal experience, confirms that belief?
  4. What is the first word you think of when the word sin is mentioned? Is it a cause or result of sin? How would you explain the cause of sin to someone who doesn’t have an explanation?
  5. Read Genesis 3:12–24. Sin hurt our relationship with God, and just as with any decision, the consequences almost always include others. Talk about the lasting effects sin has on our relationships, then give one specific example of its effect on a relationship in your life.
  6. Tim Keller says, “…the Bible is a single story…” and sin doesn’t have the final say. We have an opportunity to participate in the redemptive work that continues as God’s story today. Have you found your place in His story?

 

May 2015 Memory Verse:
For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.

 Romans 11:36 (New Living Translation)

Weekend Updates!

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RESOURCES:

Hitfix.com 

Discovery.com

Gotquestions.com

Tim Keller, Paradise Lost Sermon

Gty.org

TodayIFoundOut.com

 

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LIO 5/28– The End of Sin

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THURSDAY – The End of Sin
Big Point: Not only did Christ cover our sin, he crushed it.        

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     Every generation asks the questions: Why is there evil in the world? Why is this world so corrupt and depraved? As we’ve discussed this week, the answer is sin. Everything that is appalling about this world is because of sin. And we chose this course. He gave us free will and we used it to disobey His commands. Even now, we routinely choose the wrong words, the wrong path, the wrong actions. So, are we doomed? Is there a way out? You bet there is!

     That is the magnificence and awesomeness of the Gospel. God has provided a way back to Him, a way back to paradise. In Genesis 3:21, God used animals to make clothing for Adam and Eve to cover them up. Those animals had to die for that purpose and some believe this was foreshadowing of Christ one day dying for us to “cover” our sins so God would accept us again. But Christ did more than that.

     The end of verse 15 says, “He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” Who is “he”? Christ! Not only did he make us right with God, but he stomped on sin, crushed it and destroyed its power in our lives. As a result, we are no longer slaves to our sinful nature. Christ took our punishment, made us right with God again and defeated sin. He suffered unimaginable torture and pain, losing his life in the process, out of love and as a gift for us. He offers freedom to all of us if we choose it.  

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?

  1. Before God speaks to Eve and Adam, telling them what will happen because of their choice to disobey Him, He first speaks to the serpent, cursing him to crawl on his belly and eat dust and then He defines how Satan will interact with mankind.

Question: What does this verse tell us about the relationship between Satan and man from that point forward?

Genesis 3:15 (New Living Translation)
“And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”

Answer:

 

  1. We all come from the family line of Adam. The inheritance he passed onto us is a sinful nature and the outcome of that nature is death. This verse tells us of another family line that has a different destiny.

Question: Knowing the first man is Adam, who is the second man referred to in this verse? What did the second man do to obey and offer righteousness?

Romans 5:19 (New International Version)
For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

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  1. In Romans 5, Paul was teaching about the hope and peace that are available through Christ, who died for us while we were still sinners.

 Question: Now, what does this verse say was restored by Christ’s death? How sure can we be about being saved?

 Romans 5:10 (New Living Translation)
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.

Answer:

 

LIVE… What will you do now?
What role do we play in restoring our relationship with God?

 

If you are not a Christian, what is keeping you from professing Christ as Lord of all and turning your life over to him? If you are a believer, how can the verses be a reminder to you of all that Christ has done?

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do? Thank God for pursuing you and providing a way to restore your relationship with Him. Thank Jesus for having enough love to endure the pain and torture that ultimately renewed our relationship. Ask God to open your mind so you can fully understand just what He has done for you to become a member of His family and the true cost of that gift.

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LIO 5/27– In Over Our Heads

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WEDNESDAY – In Over Our Heads
Big Point: Sin is as deep in our hearts as dirt is in our homes.

See, the one thing we don’t want to believe is that we’re utterly dependent on God.

– Tim Keller

Erma Bombeck, late humorist, wrote, “You know, my life is dominated by dirt. At this end of the house there’s dirt. There’s dirt in the bathroom, dirt on the plates in the kitchen, dirt in the rug. So I work to get rid of the dirt, and by the time I get to the other end of the house, the first end of the house is dirty again. It never ends. And in the end, after all of these years of struggling against dirt… what do I get? Six feet of dirt.” When applied to sin, this humorous, yet revelatory, statement shows us just how deep sin runs in our hearts. Change the places of the home to peoples’ names in our lives, and we begin to see how every relationship is affected. We were created in God’s image. We were built to reflect and relate to God. We were not made to be alone. Unfortunately, sin acts like a malignant tumor eating away at our ability to conduct any relationship. Every one of our relationships (with God, ourselves, others, and even nature and the world) has been decimated by sin. The original sin from Adam and Eve is part of all of our lives. We acknowledge the heart, breadth and depth of our sin, but all hope is not lost. Sin doesn’t win. God is still at work!

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?

  1. In this chapter, Matthew captures Jesus’ famous teaching called the Sermon on the Mount. A great deal of our guidelines for acting Christ-like in our relationships come from this. Although Jesus is teaching about adultery in the verses leading up to this one, he reveals how deep all of our sin is with these words.

Question: What does this verse tell us about the depth of our sin, and what our tolerance should be for it in our lives?

Matthew 5:29 (New Living Translation)
So if your eye — even your good eye — causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
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  1. God had just finished creating the earth, plants and animals. Then He created human beings. He built us to reign over, and have relationship with, the things He had only just finished creating. He gave us the task of handling these gifts for His Glory.

Question: How did God equip us to take on the big task of reigning over and having relationships with the rest of His creation?

Genesis 1:27 (New Living Translation)
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

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LIVE… What will you do now?

Read Matthew 5:29 again. What current sin in your life is causing you the most grief and consequences in your relationships? Are you willing to gouge it out, throw it away, give it up? What tangible steps can you make towards that in your life

 

 

When God said He created us in His image, He didn’t mean we are exactly like Him, especially in a physical sense. We can demonstrate His characteristics like love, patience, kindness, forgiveness and faithfulness. Which of these characteristics do you need to work on the most and why? How would it improve the relationships in your life?

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do? Thank God for sending Jesus to die for our sins. We are so much more dependent on Him than we know. Ask for the strength and courage to rid your life of sin. Ask God to help you to grow in becoming more Christ-like, reflecting His glory more and more each day. Thank Him for His grace and forgiveness.

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Deeper Study

2015 Memory Verses

August, 2015
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
Hebrews 4:12

July, 2015
“You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”
2 Timothy 2:2

June, 2015
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”
Romans 15:4

May, 2015
“For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.”
Romans 11:36

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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