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LIO 4/1 – What Do Christians Have to Do?

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FRIDAY—What Do Christians Have to Do?
Big Point: All of the commands tell us to love.

As we’ve talked about all week, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is probably the most significant event in human history, and when believed, radically transforms one’s life. While God begins and sustains the relationship, the believer has a role to play as well. God doesn’t just expect His people to simply believe and then hope for the best. Instead, God invites us to actively pursue Him and live out our faith in Him. What does this look like? It can be confusing sometimes, especially with all the commands listed in the Bible. Last weekend during the Easter services, Ben brought up the Ten Commandments and explained how we measure up to them. The Ten Commandments are (as Ben stated): No other gods, no idols, honor God’s name, honor God’s day, honor your father and mother, don’t murder, no adultery, don’t steal, don’t bear false witness, and don’t covet. We can’t measure up to even one of these commands let alone two, or ten! So what do we do with this (the law)?

The law was given to us to reveal our sin and our need for a Savior. When Jesus came, he fulfilled the law and released us from the judgment the law brought upon us. He explained to us that the law will bring death, but he brought new life. All of this doesn’t mean that we simply ignore the law and pretend it doesn’t apply to us, but quite the contrary! Instead, we live out the law of grace when we love other people. Read what Jesus said about our role below.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Matthew 22:36-40 (New Living Translation)
36“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” 37Jesus replied, “’You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Question: What are the two most important commandments for the believer?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
What did Jesus mean when he said, “The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments”? What does that mean for your life?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
In what areas of your life do you need to show more love? How are you going to do that?

 

PRAY IT…
Pray that God would draw you closer to Him and make you a person marked by love. Ask for His grace, His mercy and His provisional hand in guiding you to becoming a more loving person.

 

More Living It Out


Dig 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.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. What part of the service did you enjoy most? Why?
  2. Ben asked the question, “What does God see when He sees me?” What do you think God sees when He sees you?
  3. In what ways have you attempted to “clean yourself up” as Ben talked about this weekend? What were the results?
  4. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can live differently here on earth and we can spend eternity with God in heaven. Talk about the time when you first believed in Jesus.
  5. Instead of changing the way God sees us, we need to change the way we see Jesus. How do you see Jesus? What does that mean for you today?

Bible Reading Plan

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.


The Comeback—Memory Verse:

23Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Ephesians 4:23-24 (NLT)


Take Another Step:

On the YouVersion Bible app, there are several reading plans that relate to this week’s content including:

  • The Ten Commandments: Devotions From Time Of Grace
  • Undying Commitment: A 14-day Study In Stewardship
  • Grace: A 7-day Study On Grace And How To Renew Your Faith Each Day

Weekend Updates!

  • Get Connected: Looking to get connected? Know someone who wants to get connected? Connect at the Creek is coming up April 17th at all five campuses from 4:00-6:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet other people at your local campus and find a way to get connected! RSVP here: cedarcreek.tv/connect
  • New Community: New Community is coming up on April 24th at all five campuses starting at 6:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to gather with people from your local campus to worship, take communion, and also watch baptisms!
  • The Drive: From April 9th to May 8th we will be participating in a clothing and food drive. Bring in your gently used clothes and some good food to donate!

Resources Used This Week:

Blueletterbible.org
Biblegateway.com
ESV Study Bible


The mission of the CedarCreek LivingItOut Bible study is to provide a complementary Monday-Friday study that digs deeper into Scripture and the weekend message topic so we can live out our faith daily in Jesus Christ.

Each week the LivingItOut (LIO) is put together by a team of writers and proofers. Thank you to this week’s team! Interested in serving? Questions or comments about this week’s study? Email MarnaW@CedarCreek.tv

 

LIO 3/31 – God Loved So God Gave

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THURSDAY — God Loved So God Gave
Big Point: Jesus’ death and resurrection shows that God loves us.

It seems like we just finished with Valentine’s Day and all the ads telling us how we were supposed to show our sweethearts that we loved them. Chocolates. Flowers. Gigantic stuffed bears. (Nothing says I love you like waking up at night to see an enormous animal staring at you from across the room.)

Valentine’s Day deals largely with those warm, fuzzy feelings a person has when they are in love. But what does real love look like? Is love a feeling? No, love is a verb. It involves action and doing and, yes, sacrifice.

Scripture tells us that God created us and loves us. But our choices separated us from God. There was a huge divide between us and God, and the Bible tells us He wanted us back. However, an enormous price would have to be paid in order for that to happen. So why didn’t God make us pay the price since we screwed up the relationship in the first place? For one, He knew we could never afford it. But more importantly, God loved us so much that He was willing to pay the price with the blood of His very own Son. He would have to watch him be mocked, tortured and die an excruciating death, all the while covered with our putrid sins. But He did this willingly, because He loved us.

Imagine if someone took one of your children from you, or a parent or sibling or a spouse who you loved with all your heart. What would you be willing to do to get them back? Is there anything you would stop at in order to have them back by your side? This is how much God loves us. This is what love looks like. This is what Easter is all about.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
John 3:16-17 (New Living Translation)
16For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Question: Explain what this verse says about God’s love for us. Why did He send His Son to this earth according to these two verses?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
There is an iron-clad promise in the above verses. What is it? Do you believe this promise is for you? Why or why not?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
How would you respond to a person that gave you a priceless gift in order to show you how they felt about you? How do you respond to the God of the universe who gave you His most precious possession to show you how much He loves you?

 

PRAY IT…
Sit quietly for several minutes and think about what it would be like for someone to give their child over to death so you could live. Tell God from your heart how you feel about his decision to give up his son for you.

 

More Living It Out


Dig 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.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. What part of the service did you enjoy most? Why?
  2. Ben asked the question, “What does God see when He sees me?” What do you think God sees when He sees you?
  3. In what ways have you attempted to “clean yourself up” as Ben talked about this weekend? What were the results?
  4. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can live differently here on earth and we can spend eternity with God in heaven. Talk about the time when you first believed in Jesus.
  5. Instead of changing the way God sees us, we need to change the way we see Jesus. How do you see Jesus? What does that mean for you today?

Bible Reading Plan

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.


The Comeback—Memory Verse:

23Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Ephesians 4:23-24 (NLT)


Take Another Step:

On the YouVersion Bible app, there are several reading plans that relate to this week’s content including:

  • The Ten Commandments: Devotions From Time Of Grace
  • Undying Commitment: A 14-day Study In Stewardship
  • Grace: A 7-day Study On Grace And How To Renew Your Faith Each Day

 

LIO 3/30 – Jesus is For Us, Even When Some Are Not

Click here to download a printable version of the Daily Bible Study for the week.

WEDNESDAY—Jesus is For Us, Even When Some Are Not
Big Point: Among all the competitors for our attention, we need to choose Jesus.

Think about what you have on your calendar for the next week. Now think about what your bank account shows regarding where and how you’ve spent your money in the past week. One can get a pretty good idea of who you are and your priorities by looking at these two things. Does this paint the picture you were hoping for? Jesus wants to be your number one priority. After all, you are his. In today’s culture, it is so easy to get caught up in worldly temptations. Even something that may not be bad in and of itself can become sinful if it pulls you away from time with Jesus. The problem with worldly things is that Satan uses them to distance us from God. Satan wants believers to give in to things that will only hurt us. He wants to steal, kill and destroy. Sometimes his most crafty way of doing this isn’t by the blatantly sinful things, but in the seemingly innocent distractions. Jesus, on the other hand, will never betray us. Time spent for him and with him will never be time or energy wasted.

The verse below tells us that Jesus wants us to have a rich and satisfying life. (This doesn’t exactly mean financially rich and happy here on earth; it refers to the peace we can experience because of Jesus’ love for us and the joy from knowing what the resurrection has done for our eternity.) Jesus is explaining how he is the good shepherd: loyal and committed to his sheep who can trust him fully.  

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
John 10:10-11 (New Living Translation)
10The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. 11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.”

Question: Who is the thief, and what is his goal? Who is the shepherd, and what is his goal?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
Describe some characteristics of the good shepherd. Why should we be willing to follow him?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
Look at your calendar and bank account to get an idea of your priorities. Do you think you have them where they should be, or are there adjustments needed? If you need adjusting, how can you do so? If you feel you are succeeding at keeping your focus on Jesus, how can you help others to do the same?

 

PRAY IT…
God, help me to fix my eyes on You and to prioritize time with You over worldly temptations. Help me recognize when something that seems innocent is really a distraction. Thank You for the resurrection so that I can live eternally with You even though I have done nothing worthy of such a gift.

 

More Living It Out


Dig 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.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. What part of the service did you enjoy most? Why?
  2. Ben asked the question, “What does God see when He sees me?” What do you think God sees when He sees you?
  3. In what ways have you attempted to “clean yourself up” as Ben talked about this weekend? What were the results?
  4. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can live differently here on earth and we can spend eternity with God in heaven. Talk about the time when you first believed in Jesus.
  5. Instead of changing the way God sees us, we need to change the way we see Jesus. How do you see Jesus? What does that mean for you today?

Bible Reading Plan

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.


The Comeback—Memory Verse:

23Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Ephesians 4:23-24 (NLT)


Take Another Step:

On the YouVersion Bible app, there are several reading plans that relate to this week’s content including:

  • The Ten Commandments: Devotions From Time Of Grace
  • Undying Commitment: A 14-day Study In Stewardship
  • Grace: A 7-day Study On Grace And How To Renew Your Faith Each Day

 

LIO 3/29 – God Wants Us to Live in Freedom

Click here to download a printable version of the Daily Bible Study for the week.

TUESDAY–God Wants Us to Live in Freedom
Big Point: When we see Jesus rightly, we live freely.

The image of Jesus hanging on the cross is not an image of freedom. It reminds us of death and defeat. Those staring up at him must have been wondering what went wrong. What happened to the man that was supposed to bring them freedom from the tyranny of the law and religious leaders? How could they have been so wrong and deceived? Then imagine three days later when they walk into the empty tomb, when they heard the angels proclaim that he was not dead but had risen and was alive. His words must have been running through their minds and it all began to make sense; he did offer true freedom but only by defeating death.

As Christians, we often live in fear and allow the chains of our past or even our present to bind us. We are paralyzed by circumstances that seem out of our control, circumstances that make us doubt the goodness of God and the freedom He offers us. The voice of Satan can be strong and leave us feeling inadequate and helpless, but that is not what Jesus came for. When we live in fear, we are forgetting what he did and why he came. We are staring at him dead on the cross, not in awe at the empty tomb.

Paul was writing to the church in Ephesus. The letter was to encourage the church and remind them of the power of Christ. He reminds them that before Christ, they were dead in their sin, but through Christ’s death and resurrection, they were made alive.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Ephesians 2:8-10 (New Living Translation)
8God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Question: What did we do to earn God’s salvation? Who are we in Christ?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
Why do you think God says you are His masterpiece?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
What are some areas in your life where you are not living in freedom?

Are you staring at the cross in fear or at the empty tomb in awe? What is one area of your life where you can reflect this change in thinking?

 

PRAY IT…
Pray that God opens your eyes to areas of your life where you are not living in freedom. Thank Him for the opportunity to break free from the chains that hold you back and live the life you were created to live.

 

More Living It Out


Dig 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.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. What part of the service did you enjoy most? Why?
  2. Ben asked the question, “What does God see when He sees me?” What do you think God sees when He sees you?
  3. In what ways have you attempted to “clean yourself up” as Ben talked about this weekend? What were the results?
  4. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can live differently here on earth and we can spend eternity with God in heaven. Talk about the time when you first believed in Jesus.
  5. Instead of changing the way God sees us, we need to change the way we see Jesus. How do you see Jesus? What does that mean for you today?

Bible Reading Plan

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.


The Comeback—Memory Verse:

23Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Ephesians 4:23-24 (NLT)


Take Another Step:

On the YouVersion Bible app, there are several reading plans that relate to this week’s content including:

  • The Ten Commandments: Devotions From Time Of Grace
  • Undying Commitment: A 14-day Study In Stewardship
  • Grace: A 7-day Study On Grace And How To Renew Your Faith Each Day

 

LIO 3/28 – The Comeback

Click here to download a printable version of the Daily Bible Study for the week.


MONDAY—The Comeback
Big Point: Jesus rose from the dead, and we have been raised to new life.

“Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!” (Forever – Kari Job)

If you attended one of the Easter services, these lyrics may seem familiar. Easter is a time of the year where we remember what God did for us by sending His Son to die for us on the cross. Imagine, however, if that’s where the story ended. If Jesus would have just died and stayed dead, we wouldn’t be celebrating Easter. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is probably the single most important event in human history. By rising from the dead, Jesus showed the world that he had conquered our sin and death and had set us free from being enslaved to sin. While the resurrection of Jesus is something Christians celebrate, is it something they really believe? The way the word “believe” is often used in the New Testament refers to a conviction or trust that the inner soul compels. Belief in the resurrection of Jesus is not just acknowledging that it happened, or merely that the Bible says it happened. Instead, belief in Jesus’ resurrection entails a deep conviction from one’s soul that says, “It happened. It happened for me and it happened to me.” Unfortunately, many times Christians live their lives without allowing the resurrection of Jesus to truly transform their lives.

As Ben pointed out in his message, Ephesians 2 tells us that we were once dead in our sins but because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can be made alive again. The Christian’s role is belief. One must believe that Jesus is glorified, lifted high, risen and alive… forever.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Ephesians 2:1-5 (New Living Translation)
1Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. 4But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)

Question: If you are not a follower of Jesus, who or what are you following?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
As mentioned, belief is a deep conviction of the soul. What does it look like to truly believe in Jesus?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
When you believe in Jesus, your life is radically transformed. In what ways have you grown since you first believed? In what ways are you still growing?

 

PRAY IT…
Ask God to give you strong, unwavering faith. Ask Him to continually remind you of the resurrection and what it means for your life.

 

More Living It Out


Dig 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.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. What part of the service did you enjoy most? Why?
  2. Ben asked the question, “What does God see when He sees me?” What do you think God sees when He sees you?
  3. In what ways have you attempted to “clean yourself up” as Ben talked about this weekend? What were the results?
  4. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can live differently here on earth and we can spend eternity with God in heaven. Talk about the time when you first believed in Jesus.
  5. Instead of changing the way God sees us, we need to change the way we see Jesus. How do you see Jesus? What does that mean for you today?

Bible Reading Plan

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.


The Comeback—Memory Verse:

23Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Ephesians 4:23-24 (NLT)


Take Another Step:

On the YouVersion Bible app, there are several reading plans that relate to this week’s content including:

  • The Ten Commandments: Devotions From Time Of Grace
  • Undying Commitment: A 14-day Study In Stewardship
  • Grace: A 7-day Study On Grace And How To Renew Your Faith Each Day

 

LIO week of 3/28: Series – The Comeback: When All Hope Was Lost

Click here to download a printable version of the Daily Bible Study for the week.

LIO 3/25 – Good Friday

Attending an Easter service tonight? Click here for the message notes!

Click here to download a printable version of the Daily Bible Study for the week.

FRIDAY—Good Friday
Big Point: Our future place gives us current perspective.

Today is the Friday before Easter, what Christians have historically called Good Friday. This day represents the day that Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world. Unfortunately in our day and age, we have been grossly desensitized to things like the crucifixion, so it is easy for us to know that the crucifixion happened, but not really know what happened. Fortunately, there are people who have studied this topic extensively and have written on it. Lee Strobel, who was once an atheist, interviewed Dr. Alexander Metherrell in his book “The Case for Christ.” Here’s how Dr. Metherrell described what the crucifixion would have been like:

“And it’s important to understand that the nail would go through the place where the median nerve runs. This is the largest nerve going out to the hand, and it would be crushed by the nail that was being pounded in… Let me put it this way… Do you know the kind of pain you feel when you bang your elbow and hit your funny bone? That’s actually another nerve, called the ulna nerve. It’s extremely painful when you accidentally hit it. Well, picture taking a pair of pliers and squeezing and crushing that nerve,” he said, emphasizing the word squeezing as he twisted an imaginary pair of pliers. “That effect would be similar to what Jesus experienced.” He goes on to explain that this was so painful that they had to come up with a new word for it, “excruciating,” which literally translates to “out of the cross.” This is the pain and suffering that Jesus went through for us. It was a bloody, painful, slow, excruciating process. The gruesome nature in which Jesus died is important because it shows how bad our sin really is. Sin is not something that God just looks over, it is an assault against him that requires a price to be paid. The beautiful news is that Jesus didn’t stay dead. He didn’t let the gross nature and power of sin hold him down. Instead, he rose from the dead to show that our sin was not powerful enough to overtake him.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
John 19:17-19, 28-30 (New Living Translation)
17Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). 18There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 28Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” 29A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. 30When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Question: What do you think was the significance of the words Pilate placed on the sign?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
What words come to mind when you think of how Christ died for you?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
How should your life look knowing what Jesus did for you on the cross?

 

PRAY IT…
Thank Jesus for his death on the cross, which gave us the freedom to live for him. Praise, bring glory to, and honor him.

 

More Living It Out


Dig 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.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. What’s something in your life that you like to splurge (or spend a lot of money) on?
  2. During his message, Ben said that the depth of our love is revealed in our devotion to give. Discuss how he talked about this principle during his message and what it means to you.
  3. Read John 12:1-8. Mary gave out of a pure heart, one devoted to Jesus. Judas wanted to leverage his acts of giving to benefit himself. Looking back in your life, would you say that you have given with a pure heart or more of a selfish one? Explain.
  4. This whole series we have been talking about going One on One with Jesus and how it radically changes a person’s life. Throughout the series, what steps have you taken to move closer to following Jesus? How has taking these steps challenged you?
  5. Next weekend is Easter, who are you going to invite to one of our 8 Easter services?

Bible Reading Plan

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.


One-on-One with Jesus—Memory Verse:

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12 (NLT)


Weekend Updates!

  • Easter Services: When all hope is lost, remember, some of life’s most significant moments come when we make the choice to get back up. Join us this Easter for the greatest comeback story ever! Plan now to attend one of our 8 identical Easter services across all of our campuses on Friday, March at 5:15p & 7:00p, Saturday, March 26 at 3:30pm, 5:15pm & 7:00pm, or Sunday, March 25 at 9:00am, 10:45am & 12:30pm. Easter – the time when your own comeback story begins!

Resources Used This Week:

Blueletterbible.org
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel


The mission of the CedarCreek LivingItOut Bible study is to provide a complementary Monday-Friday study that digs deeper into Scripture and the weekend message topic so we can live out our faith daily in Jesus Christ.

Each week the LivingItOut (LIO) is put together by a team of writers and proofers. Thank you to this week’s team! Interested in serving? Questions or comments about this week’s study? Email MarnaW@CedarCreek.tv

LIO 3/24 – Does Your Love for People Reflect Your Love for God?

Click here to download a printable version of the Daily Bible Study for the week.

THURSDAY— Does Your Love for People Reflect Your Love for God?
Big Point: We love Jesus by loving others.

Today we see Jesus asking Peter a hard hitting question. Peter had denied knowing Jesus in Chapter 18, after swearing that would never happen. Now the disciples have given up their mission after Jesus’ death and have gone back to their boats. When Jesus shows up the disciples haul in a huge catch and realize their Messiah has returned! After they eat, Jesus asks Peter to define his love. Although the word in English is simply “love,” in Greek there are separate words for love that describe it differently. Jesus asks Peter if he “agape” loves him, which is unconditional love, but Peter responds that he “philia” loves Jesus, which is a kind, brotherly love. In the same way that Peter denied Jesus three times, he answers the agape-love question three times with a philia-love response. Even though Peter only thought himself capable of philia-love, Jesus knew better and therefore responds by entrusting Peter with building the church.

Jesus knew Peter’s heart better than Peter knew it himself, just as he knows our hearts. He calls us to love each other with that agape love, the same way that he loves all of us. When we love people in this way, we are showing our love for God as well as the love of God. We take that step beyond God being someone we know to being the one we follow. Imagine how the world would be if we all loved everyone the way that Jesus loves us!

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
John 21:15-17 (New Living Translation)
15After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. 16Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. 17A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.”

Question: What does the Jesus ask Peter to do for the sheep? Why?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
Do you think your love for Jesus is more of an agape or philia love? Explain.

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
Simon Peter denied Jesus three times. Then after seeing Jesus risen from the dead he still couldn’t give himself fully to his savior! Yet, Jesus chooses to use Peter to build his church in the world. How does that make you feel about your ability to be used by God?

 

PRAY IT…
Thank Jesus for believing in you as he believed in Peter. Ask him to help you show agape love to everyone you encounter so that they will see Jesus shining through you.

 

More Living It Out


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Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. What’s something in your life that you like to splurge (or spend a lot of money) on?
  2. During his message, Ben said that the depth of our love is revealed in our devotion to give. Discuss how he talked about this principle during his message and what it means to you.
  3. Read John 12:1-8. Mary gave out of a pure heart, one devoted to Jesus. Judas wanted to leverage his acts of giving to benefit himself. Looking back in your life, would you say that you have given with a pure heart or more of a selfish one? Explain.
  4. This whole series we have been talking about going One on One with Jesus and how it radically changes a person’s life. Throughout the series, what steps have you taken to move closer to following Jesus? How has taking these steps challenged you?
  5. Next weekend is Easter, who are you going to invite to one of our 8 Easter services?

Bible Reading Plan



One-on-One with Jesus—Memory Verse:

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12 (NLT)


LIO 3/23 – Is Your Trust in Jesus?

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WEDNESDAY—Is Your Trust in Jesus?
Big Point: We are blessed when we believe.

The words in the first verse and refrain of the hymn ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus by Louisa M.R. Stead explain the relationship we are to have with Jesus – one of faith and trust.

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take him at his Word;
Just to rest upon his promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him!
How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust him more!

Do you take Jesus at his Word? Do you believe what you read in the Bible? Do you believe in the promises he has given you in Scripture? Can you honestly say you have complete trust in your Savior? The last sentence of the refrain clearly shows our shortcomings. We need his grace because we often lack trust when we need to trust him more. Too often we allow our doubts to control our faith, when it should be the other way around. Word had gotten out that Jesus had risen from the dead. Although Jesus had told his disciples many times that he would, Thomas was doubtful. In the passage, Jesus addresses Thomas’ doubt and asks him to test him.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
John 20:25-29 (New Living Translation)
25They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” 26Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” 28“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. 29Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

Question: How can you be blessed by Jesus?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
In what areas of your life are you lacking trust in Jesus? Like Thomas, are you doubting God’s Word or His Sovereignty?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
What can you start to do now to exercise more faith in Jesus?

 

PRAY IT…
Ask God to continue to help you believe without seeing Jesus in the flesh. Ask him for guidance and direction as you trust him more and more. Thank him for the blessings that he has given you because of your faith.

 

More Living It Out


Dig 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.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. What’s something in your life that you like to splurge (or spend a lot of money) on?
  2. During his message, Ben said that the depth of our love is revealed in our devotion to give. Discuss how he talked about this principle during his message and what it means to you.
  3. Read John 12:1-8. Mary gave out of a pure heart, one devoted to Jesus. Judas wanted to leverage his acts of giving to benefit himself. Looking back in your life, would you say that you have given with a pure heart or more of a selfish one? Explain.
  4. This whole series we have been talking about going One on One with Jesus and how it radically changes a person’s life. Throughout the series, what steps have you taken to move closer to following Jesus? How has taking these steps challenged you?
  5. Next weekend is Easter, who are you going to invite to one of our 8 Easter services?

Bible Reading Plan



One-on-One with Jesus—Memory Verse:

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12 (NLT)


LIO 3/22 – Nothing Compares to Jesus

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TUESDAY–Nothing Compares to Jesus
Big Point: Too often we choose temporary things over Jesus.

Yesterday we discussed Ben’s message on Jesus’ one on one with Mary. Today we are going to dive into our John reading plan, picking it up in chapter 18.

We watch the “highlight reel” of lives on Facebook, feeling increasingly dissatisfied with our own lives. You might think, “I need a new hair do – something dramatic, calling new attention and praise into my life.” Or, “What about a snazzy new car? One that will keep me consumed with washing, waxing and updating all the gizmos to the latest and greatest.” A new diet, new clothing style, a different career path, new hobby, new friends or even a new spouse might cross your mind. Time is ticking away and life is passing by so quickly! However you break it down, this underlying, nagging restlessness is something everyone can relate to in his own way. How do you fill that void? How long do these new vices last? Frequently, a person uses several avenues at the same time to deal with this restlessness.

Ironically enough, people seldom like being told what to do to find fulfillment, especially if the suggestion seems to conflict with “the norm” for our culture. People are very contradictory in this way, complaining about what they don’t have; yet not really wanting to change beyond a superficial level. In John 18, Jesus and Barrabas are death row inmates who are about to be presented to the Jews who were able to release a prisoner per tradition at Passover. Barrabas is a sinner, murderer, liar and a coward. In essence, Barrabas is…just like us. Jesus is alone with Pilate, his jailer. Pilate asks Jesus a poignant question: “What is truth?”

The truth is, there is a huge “God-shaped” hole in each one of us, one that only he can fill. We are created that way on purpose because God wants us to seek Him for fulfillment.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
John 18:38b-40 (New Living Translation)
38bThen he [Pilate] went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. 39But you have a custom of asking me to release one prisoner each year at Passover. Would you like me to release this ‘King of the Jews’?” 40But they shouted back, “No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a revolutionary.)

Question: What does Pilate say about Jesus?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
Describe how difficult it can be to follow Jesus when culture says not to.

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
How do your daily actions help people to take their next step with Jesus?

 

PRAY IT…
It is so easy to be swept up in what everyone around us values, so much so that we lose sight of Jesus! How awesome it is to have a God that loves us and always calls us to come back to Him. Pray that the Lord inspires you to focus on that which is everlasting.

 

More Living It Out


Dig 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.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. What’s something in your life that you like to splurge (or spend a lot of money) on?
  2. During his message, Ben said that the depth of our love is revealed in our devotion to give. Discuss how he talked about this principle during his message and what it means to you.
  3. Read John 12:1-8. Mary gave out of a pure heart, one devoted to Jesus. Judas wanted to leverage his acts of giving to benefit himself. Looking back in your life, would you say that you have given with a pure heart or more of a selfish one? Explain.
  4. This whole series we have been talking about going One on One with Jesus and how it radically changes a person’s life. Throughout the series, what steps have you taken to move closer to following Jesus? How has taking these steps challenged you?
  5. Next weekend is Easter, who are you going to invite to one of our 8 Easter services?

Bible Reading Plan



One-on-One with Jesus—Memory Verse:

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12 (NLT)


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2016 Memory Verses

Family Matters Series
"A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.”
Proverbs 24:3

Comeback Series
"Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”
Ephesians 4:23-24

One On One Series
"Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, 'I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.'”
John 8:12

Crazy In Love Series
“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other."
Romans 12:10

Awaken Series
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
Ephesians 5:14b

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