"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57
Monday, July 30, 2018
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Monday, July 23, 2018
Sunday, July 22, 2018
The Life of David: Trading Places
Small Group Questions
II Samuel 7:1-14a
July 22, 2018
During our summer series on the life of David, we have reached a point in David’s life where he wants to give God a gift. He wants to build a house for God, a Temple. The only problem is that God has something else in mind. God wants to give David a house instead. This will not be like the kind of house we think about like a house with bedrooms, a deck, and an attached garage. God wants to give David an eternal throne where his descendants will rule forever (the house of David.) This house will eventually lead to the reign of Jesus Christ who would be from the family line of David. This gift that God wants to give David will eventually lead to God saving the world through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In what ways can we remember to be thankful for the incredible gift of God’s salvation for the world?
As we go through our day to day living, we see signs of God’s gifts all around us like the gift of a vivid rainbow that takes us by surprise, encouraging words from someone just when we needed it the most, an unexpected gift just to name a few.
Share a recent time when you have experienced the gift of God’s presence in a real way. We call these “thin place” moments because these are moments when heaven and earth overlap in a mysterious and beautiful ways.
Pastor Robert shared the observation that like David, we think that we are going to bless God with the offering of our gifts but God ends up blessing us even more through the giving of our gifts.
Share a time when you offered a gift or served in some way and you ended up receiving more than you gave.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Sunday, July 15, 2018
The Life of David: Dance, David, Dance!
Small Group Questions
II Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
July 15, 2018
During the first five sermons in our summer long focus on the life of David, we have learned the importance of praying boldly, to not focus on outward appearances but what’s in people’s hearts, to trust God when facing the giants of our lives, to grieve with hope, and to seek unity. In today’s story from II Samuel, David teaches us to dance.
Share a time when you felt so much joy, that you wanted to dance. Why do you think joy often leads to a physical display such as skipping or dancing?
The reason that David danced for joy was because the ark of the covenant was being brought to the city of Jerusalem which was the new capitol of Israel. This was a very joyous occasion because the ark represented the very presence of God for the people. The ark was believed to be the intersection of where heaven and earth overlap. The ark itself was a physical “thin place” moment for the people of Israel.
Share a recent “thin place” moment where you have experienced heaven and earth overlap in your every day life.
Back in the day (like the 1800s!) we were known as “shouting Methodists” because of the joy the people would experience in knowing that God offers forgiveness, peace, and new and abundant life.
Methodists shouted with joy. David danced with joy. How do you express your joy as a child of God?
Conclude your time together by praying this prayer together. It’s a prayer of joy.
Lord, we offer you our praise and worship. Our souls dance before you today with unbridled joy and with unconcealed abandon. We shout your praise for the whole world to hear. We sing our thanks for your presence among us. We love and worship you and we’re not afraid to show it. Your unconditional love and saving grace in Jesus Christ are cause for celebration. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Monday, July 9, 2018
Sunday, July 8, 2018
The Life of David: One Nation Under God
Small Group Questions
II Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
July 8, 2018
In this week’s summer long focus on the life of David, both the northern tribes of Israel and David who was from the southern tribes promote unity by reaching out to each other. David decides to make Jerusalem, a neutral sight, the new Capitol of Israel.
Share a time when you experienced two sides coming together to promote unity and compromise.
All of us have the opportunity to promote unity in any given situation. It’s been said that each person carries two buckets. One bucket is filled with water and the other bucket is filled with gasoline. We can either help put out a fire or make the fire larger.
What are some practical ways that we can use our bucket of water to help put out fires that threaten unity?
The last verse from our scripture reading today says, “And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.” This verse seems to suggest that good things happen when we seek unity.
Think of a practical way that you or your small group can do something intentional to promote unity where there is division and discord.