Living It Out – Daily Bible Study 7.22.11

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FRIDAY — Game Changing Response
Big Point: Sometimes answering God’s call on our life is as simple as saying yes to serving in the local body of Christ..

All of us who are Christ followers are called to be ambassadors for Christ and to pursue holiness. At CedarCreek, the Missional Membership Bible study process encourages those who choose to pursue membership to do just that… be an ambassador and pursue a life of holiness. Going through the membership process is a great next step in the pursuit of answering the call of God on your life. If you are not a member yet, the following are ways that you can begin the process.

There are three ways you can complete the Missional Membership Bible study, which is necessary prior to becoming a member:

  • Self-Study: Pick up a Missional Membership booklet at the Welcome Center/Connecting Point at any CedarCreek Campus.
  • Online course: Take the eMissional Membership online course. Go to www.cedarcreek.tv for more details.
  • Life Groups: There is a DVD-based Missional Membership study that Life Groups can complete together.

Have you already completed the Bible study, but not had your confirmation interview? That’s easy! To schedule an IN-PERSON interview:

  • Contact: lauriw@cedarcreek.tv, 419.661.8661 for PB
  • Contact: jimb@cedarcreek.tv, 419.720.8661 for WT
  • Contact: tinab@cedarcreek.tv, 567.246.5064 for WH

READ…What does the Bible say?
2 Corinthians 5:20 (New Living Translation)
20 So we are Christ‟s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”

Isaiah 6:8b (New Living Translation)
…“Here I am. Send me.”

PRAY…God, what do You want me to know & do?
Spend time today talking to God about what you think He is calling you to. Ask Him to prepare you for the work that He has for you to do.

HomePointe Family Activity
Big Point for Families: There are things we can do to help our kids love the nations and the cause of Christ, even though a heart and calling for the Great Commission is ultimately something only God can grant.
1. Pray for missionaries as a family. Keep a stack of prayer cards on the dinner table and rotate through them during mealtime prayers.
2. Read missionary biographies to your children. The stories of Hudson Taylor, Adoniram Judson, William Carey, Gladys Aylward, and other missionary pioneers are captivating ways to orient a child‘s heart on the most important things in life.
3. Draw the whole family into supporting missionaries financially. Teach your kids from a young age that being a good steward of their money involves channeling resources toward the the cause of Christ in missions. Older kids can donate some of their lawn mowing and babysitting money. Younger children can earn money doing chores around the house which can be set aside for missionaries.
4. Take risks as a family. There are ways to live life which help children grasp the reality that discomfort and suffering are normal and rewarding parts of the Christian experience. Volunteer at a rescue mission; house a single mother; move to the inner-city.
5. Affirm and nurture qualities in your children which could serve them on the mission field. As your children grow in knowledge and skill, encourage them to think about how they could use their gifts in missions work. Then, if God says, “go,” release them to go!
6. Use missions resources such as Operation World, the Global Prayer Digest, the Joshua Project, and Voice of the Martyrs (VOM).
7. Pray for your children. Pray every day that your kids will develop hearts that mirror God’s compassion for the nations.

Living It Out: Scripture Memory July 2011
5 Live wisely among those who are not believers,
and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive
so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Colossians 4:5-6 (New Living Translation)

Living It Out
It is the dream of CedarCreek that everyone who calls this their church home will be reading and studying the same topics, both individually and in groups. Each week, join with thousands of others at CedarCreek Church in applying God’s Word, the Bible, into your daily life. Our hope is that while we learn and grow together, as individuals and as a church, we will collectively live out the weekend message.
Living It Out resources, such as the Daily Bible Study, Daily Bible Reading Plan, Discussion Questions and Scripture Memory Verses, are designed to help us embrace a missional mindset…a mindset that compels us to love Jesus, serve others and tell the world about Christ.
Living It Out: Daily Bible Study…Daily Bible study activities to reflect on the weekend message
Living It Out: Daily Bible Reading Plan…Read through the New Testament in a year
Living It Out: Discussion Questions…Weekly questions to discuss with others
Living It Out: Scripture Memory…Memorize one Bible verse per month

All of these resources are also available electronically at www.livingitout.tv, where you can subscribe to have any or all of them emailed to you as they are updated.

We Want Your Feedback!
Tell us about any questions or comments you have about this week’s Living It Out: Daily Bible Study. Forward them to barbr@cedarcreek.tv.

RESOURCES:
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit
Wesley’s Explanatory Notes
ExecutableOutlines.com

This week’s Living It Out Daily Bible Study written by:
Amber Distel
Diana Patton
Mallory Stock-Dow
Jim Miller
Chantele Henry

DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY:
v17 God’s people continued to sin even though they had the law, the prophets of God, and their history full of God’s miracles. How could they do that? Jeremiah says the heart is deceitful above all things and that sin is engraved upon their hearts. He contrasts two kinds of people here: those who trust in human beings and those who trust in God. God makes it clear why we sin – it’s a matter of our hearts, which are inclined toward sin from the time we are born.
v18- 19 The parables in these chapters illustrate God’s sovereignty over the nation. God has power over the clay (Judah) and He continues to work with it to make it a useful vessel. If Judah doesn’t repent, it will harden in the wrong way and then be good for nothing and destroyed. Jeremiah’s words and actions challenged the people’s social and moral behavior. He wasn’t afraid to give unpopular criticism. The people could either obey him or silence him, and they chose the latter. Their false prophets told them all that they wanted to hear.
v19 The valley of Ben-Hinnom was the garbage dump of Jerusalem and the place where the children were sacrificed to the god Molech. Topheth was located in the valley and means “fireplace”. God declared that the place of sacrifice would become a place of slaughter. The killers of the innocent would be judged by losing their own lives. The horrible carnage that Jeremiah predicted happened twice: in 586 B.C. during the Babylonian invasion under Nebuchadnezzar and in A.D. 70 when Titus destroyed Jerusalem. During the Babylonian siege food was so scarce that people became cannibals, eating their own children.
v20 This event took place during the reign of Jehoiakim of Judah. Jeremiah preached at the valley of Ben-Hinnom, the center of idolatry in the city. He also preached in the Temple, which should have been the center of true worship. Both places attracted many people; both were places of false worship. Pashur was a priest who pretended to be a prophet, and who was in charge of maintaining order in the Temple. After hearing Jeremiah’s words he had Jeremiah whipped and put in stocks (locked up) instead of taking his message to heart and acting on it. As Jeremiah called out to the Lord with an authentic description of his situation, we can find hope for ourselves when circumstances are overwhelming. No matter how we feel about ourselves or our circumstances, or even about God, He remains unchanging, loving and present in our lives.

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