Patriarchs-Matriarchs

This coming Sunday during community worship we are focusing on the stories of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, all the way from Abraham to Joseph (Genesis 12-50)! As you prepare for community worship, consider the following questions:

  • Which of the characters in these stories do you feel like you can relate to the most? The least? Why?
  • How is it that such a convoluted family history is the start of God’s chosen people?
  • Where do you notice reconciliation present in these stories?

May God bless us as we reflect on the beginnings of God’s chosen people.

Peace, Phil

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Fall Stories

This coming Sunday during community worship, we are focusing on four stories depicting the fall of God’s good, orderly creation: Adam and Eve eating the fruit (Gen. 3), Cain killing his brother Abel (Gen. 4), the corruption of humanity before the great flood (Gen. 6-9), and people trying to make a name for themselves by building a great tower (Gen. 11).

As you prepare for community worship, read through Genesis 3-11 and also consider the following questions.

  • What do these fall stories teach us about sin?
  • What do you notice about God’s judgments in these stories?
  • Where do you notice God’s Grace in each story?

May God help us receive grace even amidst the brokenness of creation.

Peace, Phil

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“Co-Creators”

This morning during community worship, we focused on the two creation accounts in Genesis 1-2 and on how God calls each of us to join God in the continuing work of creation all around us. If you’d like to read the morning message, feel free to click the following link:_Co-Creating_.

Family discussion questions for this Sunday are:

  • What do the creation stories teach us about God?
  • What do they teach us about people?
  • Which story captures your imagination? Why?

This next week, we will reflect on the fall of creation, although we must always remember  a few key things:

  • In the beginning, God created all things good
  • People are made in the image of God and filled with the breath of God
  • God calls people to join God’s continuing work of creation.

Here’s our weekly handout: 0908. Remember to keep up with the reading plan! May God continue to bless us as we embrace and live God’s Word!

Peace, Phil

 

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Creation

This coming Sunday during community worship we will focus our attention on the two creation stories in Genesis 1-2. As you prepare for gathered worship, please read through these chapters and also consider the following reflective questions:

  • What is the purpose behind these stories of creation?
  • How important are these stories in relation to the bigger story of scripture? Explain.
  • Who are the most important characters in these stories?

May God bless us as we dive into our Year of the Bible! In addition to reading Genesis 1-2, I challenge you to keep up with the Bible reading plan in your binders so that we can all read the whole Bible together in a year! (It only takes about 10 minutes a day.)

Peace, Phil

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“Are we listening?”

This morning during community worship, we focused on how God speaks throughout Scripture and beyond. God spoke powerfully through the Exodus (Deuteronomy 25:5-10a), through the Prophets (Micah 6:6-8), and through Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-3a). And God continues to speak to us today. Are we listening?

If you’d like to read through the morning sermon, feel free to click the following link: Are we listening_?

Family discussion questions for this week:

  • What passages of Scripture have you memorized throughout your life? Are you ready for the challenge of memorizing these three passages of Scripture?
  • How does God speak in our world today? How do you respond to God’s living Word?
  • How do today’s passages serve as summaries of larger portions of Scripture?

Handout for Binder this week: 0901

Reminder: We start the Bible Reading Plan tomorrow (Monday, September 2nd)!!

May we receive God’s living Word with open hearts and minds so that we can live God’s Word.

Peace, Phil

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“God Speaks”

This coming Sunday, we will consider some of the ways that God speaks throughout Scripture, through the story of exodus, through the prophets, and finally through Jesus. As you prepare for community worship, be sure to read Deuteronomy 26:5-10a; Micah 6:6-8; and Hebrews 1:1-3a. Also consider the following questions:

  • (Deuteronomy 26): What are your firstfruits? How can you offer them to God?
  • (Micah 6): What are the burnt offerings, calves, rams, and oils that we try to bring to God today?
  • (Hebrews 1): Jesus represents God. As a follower of Jesus, how do you also represent God?

Our challenge for this coming year will be to memorize (at least) these three Scripture texts because they touch on key points in the major sections of God’s salvation story.

Peace, Phil

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“God’s Saving Story”

This morning during community worship, we kicked off our Year of the Bible! This will be an exciting year ahead diving into God’s word and allowing God’s story to truly become our story! May God bless us in this year ahead, and may we respond to God’s calling by living as God’s missionary people!

Family Discussion Questions for this week:

  • Which part of the Biblical story are you most familiar with? Which part are you least familiar with? What parts make the most sense? What parts make the least sense?
  • What do you hope to learn in this coming year through the Bible?
  • How is God still at work today bringing salvation?

Here are some relevant documents, including the morning sermon as well as the handouts you received in your binders.

I look forward to our journey together!

Peace, Phil

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