What Can We Do About Suffering?

November 12, 2018

Life Application: 12 Ways Ordinary People Can Love Orphans

1) Foster

2) Adopt

3) Celebrate Orphan Sunday Annually

4) Become a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children

5) Mentor

6) Become a volunteer Safe Family 

7) Offer practical aid to foster/adoptive families

8) If you have a specialized skill, considering offering it to adoptive/foster families

9) Raise Financial Support

10) Conduct culturally sensitive mission trips with clear objectives

11) Establish an ongoing church ministry as one church or partnering with others

12) Facilitate a church culture open to loving/supporting orphans and families

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Is the Bible Historically Reliable?

November 4, 2018

Life Application: What parts of the Bible are the hardest for me to accept? What parts speak the most to me? How engaged am I in God’s Word?  Do I read it daily? Weekly?  Monthly?  Never? How can I take my next step to be more in God’s Word? Consider exploring the YouVersion Bible App. Am I willing to trust the Bible in such a way that my heart begins to “burn within me?” What would it take for this to happen?

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Has Christianity Hurt People?

October 29, 2018

Life Application: Who have I hurt?  Am I willing to confess this to God? How do I show favoritism? Who can I pray for who has been hurt or disappointed by the church?

“Whole-hearted faithfulness to God will always require of us whole-hearted faithfulness to the least of Jesus’ brothers and sisters: to orphans and widows, to our naked, hungry neighbors, to wounded and broken left-behind bystanders”.  ~AKM Adam, Oxford University

 

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Is There Only One True Religion?

October 22, 2018

Life Application: What question is my biggest obstacle when it comes to understanding Jesus as the truth? What question most helps me understand Jesus as the truth?  Do I see questions more as obstacles or opportunities? Why do you think Jesus asked so many questions? What is a question in your life that you would most love answered?  How am I testing what is true?  What question can I ask that will help me discover the truth?  Will you ask Jesus to reveal His truth in your life this week?

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Salvation

October 15, 2018

Life Application: Have you ever had a defining moment of saying “Yes” to Jesus in your heart and mind?  If not, can today be that day? Is Jesus just a formula in my life?  Or Lord of my life?  Am I trying to become a Christian?  Or can I say with certainty I am a Christian?  How can I better realize that salvation in Jesus is the greatest news in the universe?

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The Communion of Saints (World Communion Sunday)

October 9, 2018

Life Application: What is your current perception of “church?”  What step can you take to help us live into GOD’S perception of the church? What step can you take to help First Church become a “supernatural community” where so many different people are united in God’s love? How can our vision of “Transformation in Christ, Changing Lives Inside and Out” be more than a statement? How can it be our reality? Who can you be the church for this week? Who is someone very different from you that you can love, serve, invite, and exemplify Christ’s love? Will you commit to fervent prayer that we would be the community of saints that God intends God’s church to be?

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The Holy Spirit

October 1, 2018

As believers, we are given the Holy Spirit as our advocate to help us live in close relationship with God.

Life Application: How solid am I in knowing what the essentials of the Christian Faith are?  Am I allowing my ability to understand the concept of the Trinity to limit my acceptance of Biblical truth?  What would my life be like if I was more aware of God’s presence? How am I willing to change my life to spend time with God?

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Incarnation (Freedom Sunday)

September 24, 2018

Life Application: How am I living an incarnational life? How am I not? Where am I trying to be the hands and feet of Jesus? Where is God calling me to be the hands and feet of Jesus? Spend some time this week simply dwelling on the miracle of the incarnation—that Jesus as fully divine chose to become fully human for us. On this Freedom Sunday how can you support those around the world seeking to be the hands and feet of Christ?

Will you commit to praying for International Justice Mission (IJM)? Will you have a conversation to learn more about what IJM does? What next step can you take to support IJM?

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Sin .

September 17, 2018

Life Application: What is my perception of sin? In the core of my being, do I trust that God has my best intent? Do I seek to please God to gain favor or simply to please God? What elements of my life am I hiding behind in order to gain security and worth? What part(s) of my life is God in control of?  Which ones is God not in control of? When God asks, “Where are you?” what is my response? How much must God love me in order to give up His own Son Jesus to be the foundation of my life?

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God .

September 10, 2018

Life Application: What step can I take this week to realize how real God is? What step can I take to experience God in a more personal way? What step can I take this week to realize the holiness of God? If you are not already part of a small group would you commit to joining one? Leave a comment on a communication card, call the church office, or email the church office (office@firstchurch.cc) and we will be glad to help you get connected in a life group.

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