The First Baptism


Series: Genesis
Genesis 6

Mike Rauwolf | December 04, 2016, 10:00AM

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Sign Up for “Sounds N’ Tastes”

It’s that time again.  Our annual “Sounds N’ Tastes of Christmas” will be held Sunday, December 11th at 6:30pm. To put it simply, we’d like you to share some “sounds,” and “tastes.” That is to say, sign up to sing a song, recite a poem, read a story for the kiddos, play a song on your instrument, perform a skit, or whatever else you would like to do. AND/OR: Bring something tasty for everyone to enjoy afterwards. This is always a great time for the whole church to share in the talents and personalities of the congregation while getting into the Christmas spirit.  Please don’t be shy, all levels of talent are encouraged to sign up. You can use the form below to sign up, or Contact us directly at the church.

Time Marches On


Series: Genesis
Genesis 5

Mark Bryant | November 27, 2016, 10:00AM

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Discussion Questions

Big Idea #1—In the bible there is only one family tree that matters—

Gal. 3:26-29  for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

Big Idea #2—Your Legacy makes a difference.

Gen. 5:1-2 When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.

Gen. 5:3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.

 

Question:

What family legacy did you receive?

What are you passing down?

 

Big Idea #3—Life is best lived walking moment by moment with The Father.

Genesis 5:22-24Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.

Hebrews 11:5-7 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Adam-Eve: Gen. 3:8-9 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

Noah—Gen. 6:9These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God;

 

What does it mean to walk with God?

What does your walk with the Lord look like currently?

Split Personalities


Series: Genesis
Genesis 4:1-16, 25-26

Mike Rauwolf | November 20, 2016, 10:00AM

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Discussion Questions

Read Genesis 4

Compare and contrast Eve’s declarations at the beginning and end of the chapter. Who is the object of the sentences? What is God’s role?  What consequences immediately follow each statement?

What is the problem with Cain’s offering?

What does God’s response to Cain tell us about God?

What do we learn about ourselves / mankind in this story?

What are you going to do differently this week because of this story?

 

 

A Curse and A Blessing


Series: Genesis
Genesis 3:1-10

Mike Rauwolf | November 13, 2016, 10:00AM

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Main Points:

This section of Genesis 3 explores, among other things, the Effects of sin, described in a series of curses. In a nutshell, sin destroys relationships.

  • Relationship with self (sense of purpose and self-worth)
  • Relationship with God
  • Relationship with others
  • Relationship with the ground (the Creation, and by extension, our work).

Questions:

  1. How does sin destroy our self worth?
  2. How does sin destroy our relationship with God?
  3. How does sin destroy our relationship with others?
  4. How does sin destroy our relationship with the ground?
  5. Of these four categories of relationships being destroyed, which one do you relate to most right now?
  6. How can the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ be applied in your life and bring healing to those relationships.

Pray for one another.

The Source of Shame


Series: Genesis
Genesis 3:1-10

Mike Rauwolf | November 06, 2016, 10:00AM

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Main Points:

Genesis 3 provides deep insights into the topic of Sin. In particular, this message explores the Root of Sin, the Essence of Sin, and the Result of Sin.

  • Root of Sin = Desire (Though desire itself is not necessarily sin)
  • Essence of Sin = Rebellion and Idolatry (Claiming the authority to redefine good and evil).
  • Result of Sin = Slavery (In seeking autonomy and freedom to rule over our desires, our desires ironically rule over us).

James 1:14-15: 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Dissatisfaction –> Desire –> Lust (Coveting) –> Redefining Good and Evil in order to gratify lust –> Rejection of Calling and Identity –> Nakedness and Shame –> Hiding from God –> Conformity to the object of our lust –> Dehumanization and death.

Questions:

  1. Can you think of specific examples in which a desire yields sin? i.e. The desire for significance becomes strong enough that it results in gossip, and so on.
  2. When the Serpent whispers “Where are you?” What is he trying to do?
  3. When God asks “Where are you?” What is He trying to do?
  4. How can you better equip yourself to recognize the voice of the serpent, and combat it?
  5. How does God make a way for us to be free from our sin?
  6. Read James 5:16. Is there sin you need to confess? Pray for one another.

Bearing God’s Image


Series: Genesis
Genesis 2:18-25

Mark Bryant | October 30, 2016, 10:00AM

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For Discussion:

Dominate Thought: Your life on this earth, your relationships, your marriage, and even your family are not about you—they are a picture, a preparation, even a dress rehearsal for something far greater and much more long lasting.

Key Verses:

  • Gen. 2:18-25—The Beginning of Marriage
  • 1 Cor. 7:6-8 Marriage is not the highest calling of a Christian.
  • 1 Cor. 7:32-35 Marriage and singles—caution about interrupting our “undivided devotion to the Lord.”
  • 1 Cor. 6:16-20- Meaning of “one flesh.”
  • Eph. 5:22-33 Husbands/wives and the great mystery…

Quote from the Message: “Husbands, it’s a picture of sacrificial love, and protection. A picture of initiating, not waiting for your wife to do this and this and this and then you will love her. No, it’s a picture of you going first. Nourishing her, cherishing her, cleansing her, pursuing her and loving her because she is a daughter of the King and He has entrusted his valuable daughter into your protection for a time to teach you how to love more fully than you would ever know on your ow, because that is the way He loves us.

Wives, this picture for you is one of not holding onto power over your husband, or attempting to guide, control or even manipulate his life. Instead it is one of fully trusting and surrendering yourself over to his care and protection. As I say those words I cringe knowing that there are so many stories in this very room of men who have abused that trust and used it to cause great harm. And if I’m very honest I know that there times that selfishness has caused me to overlook my wife, to not protect her, cherish her and value her the way that Christ wants me to. (Illustration—Mark grabbing Manna’s arm). Men we must repent of that now. But women God isn’t asking you to let go of that control and submit yourself to your husbands love and protection alone—he is asking you to do it as an act of submitting to Him—To God. He is saying, “Trust me.” Let go of control.

Does that mean you put up with abuse in your relationship? No, you don’t. And I don’t know fully what this looks like, or how exactly we do this, but we as a Church are called by God to walk with you and help you remove yourself from this and get the help you need. Does this mean you allow your husband or wife to do whatever he or she wants? No, there are boundaries that you set up through prayer and godly counsel. And you actually enforce them. It’s not loving to set a boundary and then allow someone else to bust it over and over—that’s more of a temptation than a boundary.

Singles, Young men and young women, Teenagers, Kids… You, like Paul, are meant to pursue and display and live out the kingdom of God on this earth and show the world what a man or a woman, teenage young man or young women, or a young boy or girl who is fully pursuing God looks like.”

Marriages will one day end. (1 Cor. 7:39, Rom. 7:2, Matt. 22:30)
Verses Used:
Rev. 19:6-9 –  Picture of the bigger image that marriage points to.

Questions:

  1. How are our lives and our marriages a dress rehearsal for something far greater?
  2. Is this a different or new view of marriage for you?
  3. How would this change your marriage/relationships?
  4. What does it look like to “secure your undivided devotion to the Lord” even in the midst of your current relational situation? Is it possible?
  5. What does it mean to be “joined to the Lord” (1 Cor. 6:17)? How would the idea that “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit” change your sex life?
  6. What do we learn about God from all of this?
  7. What do we learn about ourselves?
  8. What do you need to do in light of all of this?