Last Night As I Was Sleeping

Acts 16: 1-11

A Dialogical Sermon on “Mission” and “Call” with Pastor Michelle and Dr. Mike Sluss

1.  When and where are you more likely to ‘hear’ God and/or God’s beckoning and how intentionally do you posture yourself to do so?
2.  Describe a time you have ‘taken a risk’ and walked into that place of ‘call.’
3.   What excites and frightens you most about being ‘called out’ or ‘to?’
4.  Name one bodacious step you could take today towards ‘Great Commission Living’
(Matthew 28: 18-20)

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What It Takes

II Kings 5: 1-14

Thoughts for the message:
1. Where do you most need healing in your life and to what ends will you go to acquire it?
2. To your way of thinking, what is the origin of human suffering?
3. What do you believe about God and the nature of healing?
4. How might we sabotage our own healing?

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All Things to All People

1 Corinthians 9:16-23

Thoughts for Sunday’s message…
1. When you think of the life of faith, do images of freedom or images of slavery get evoked?
2. When someone has nurtured you in the faith, what were the characteristics of that person and their approach that enabled you to connect?
3. Think of a time when you refrained from exercising influence to get your way for the sake of others. What was the experience like for you and for others?

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Deep and Wide

Jonah 3 & 4

“Then Jonah went out of the city [Ninevah] and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.”

~Jonah 4: 5

Learn about the depth and breadth of God’s love for us through the telling of this story of Jonah.

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What’s in a Name…?

Mark 1:4-11

Baptism of Our Lord Sunday

On this Sunday we commemorate the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist. Jesus’ baptism has come to be seen as the true beginning of His ministry on earth. But this day is more than just the celebration of a moment in history. It is a celebration of the connection which each of us has – through our Baptism – to Jesus and his church. We are called to share in Jesus’ ministry. We share in his resurrection through our baptism and are declared the children of God.
Reflect on your baptism and/or the baptism of your children or other family members and read Mark 1: 4-11 to prepare for the sermon What’s in a Name…?

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“Home” By Another Way

Matthew 2:1-12

Questions to consider:

Name a memorable epiphany you have experienced in life. What were the circumstances? Place? Your age? What if any actions did you take as a result of the experience?

When did life disrupt your “best made plans?” Did you find your way “home” by another way? How did faith enter in?

What star(s) are you following these days? Where is it leading you? Talk about the experience.

 

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1Corinthians 1: 1-9

Every time I think of you – and I think of you often! – I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. There’s no end to what has happened in you – it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge. The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives. ~ 1Corinthians 1: 4-6.

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The Rush is On

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-15

1.  What life-rhythms do you appreciate most? Do others join you in these rhythms? Do some fight or even sabotage your rhythms?
2.  What are the most important traditions you have leading up to Christmas?  What brings you the most joy and satisfaction?  Which of your traditions are the most stressful?
3.  Which of your pre-Christmas activities could be slightly pruned or made simpler?  What could be eliminated?
What could be postponed until January or even February?
4.  Be sure to tell your family and friends about your simplification efforts this season.  Enlist their help and cooperation.

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