Think about the question: "Is it possible for two people to stay happy together forever?" Is it even in our imagination for this to be possible? Happy together? Forever? What would it take for any relationship, romantic or otherwise, to keep love on the forefront for a long period of time? Where is God wanting to challenge you in this area of your life? Join us Sundays for the next four weeks at 10:30am! (YouVersion Event!)
Reflection Questions for Week 1:
1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
2. If a young teenager asked you that question- "How possible is it for two people to stay happy together forever?" -how would you answer, and what reasons would you give for your answer?
3. Think of the relational habits promoted by our culture. Which ones have you noticed work against enduring love relationships?
4. When you think about Jesus telling us to love one another as he loved us, what standards and guidelines for relationships does that bring to mind?
5. What do you think it means in a marriage to practice mutual submission out of reverence for Christ? What typically keeps couples from practicing this in their marriage, from always giving priority to the other person?
6. How can we encourage each other to respond to what God has for us?
We are starting a new series tomorrow called The Christmas Option. Christmastime can be a rough season for some. But with Christ in our lives, we have some options on how we respond to disappointments. Over the next few weeks, we’ll read the entire Christmas story and we are going to examine what each of the major characters in the narrative had to endure. Hopefully, we’ll begin to see ourselves in their stories, as well as see the opportunities within our own disappointments... the hope... even at Christmastime. The Christmas Option! Join us at 10:30am for worship.
I am so excited about this weekend and the time we have set aside for Spirit Week. Do you believe that the Holy Spirit stills speaks and helps and heals? As we prepare for this time as a church, I am reminded of the story we find in Luke 10 of Jesus visiting the home of Mary and Martha. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus listening to every word but Martha was distracted. What was she distracted by? Ministry! Life!
Let's not miss this opportunity. We take this time once a year to sit and rest and listen and respond to what the Spirit of God has for us. Can we find a way to clear our schedules and take advantage of this important time? We have something for everyone... Pastor Pam has a great teaching time prepared for the kids as well, so come and be filled.
The times for the services will be: Sunday 10:30am and 6pm. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 7pm (all in the sanctuary). They will not be long, drawn out services but important times with the Lord. I would encourage you to bring a notebook/journal to write down what you feel the Holy Spirit is speaking to you about and what your response will be. We will give you some time each night to listen and respond. Our theme will be: Winning Our City through a Jesus Lifestyle.
Prepare your hearts for this time. Pray for God to move. Invite friends who the Spirit may be laying on your heart. Read Scripture passages about the Holy Spirit. Here are a few: Ephesians 1:13-14, John 14:15-17, John 14:26, Romans 8:26, Isaiah 11:2, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, John 16:7-11, 1 Corinthians 2:7-13. You might start with reading Romans 8. Let's be ready for what God has for us.
We also have small groups prepared to offer us some snacks for a quick fellowship time afterwards. If you have any questions, let me know.
May God's blessings be on you all!
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