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The Importance of Biblical Teaching – Sunday Morning Journey 1.8.12

How do you approach reading the Bible? Is it a chore or do you love it?   

In our last Sunday morning Journey meeting this winter break, we discussed the importance of Biblical teaching.  As you head back to school (or stay home), the college years are a very important time to understand the meaning of the text we hold as God’s Word.
We started by watching a video by Francis Chan’s Basic Series – Teaching. Click here to view the trailer of the video:
http://basicseries.com/films/teaching.php

Then we discussed the following verses:
Acts 5:17-42 – The early disciples were put in prison for teaching God’s Word, and continued to do so even when they were threatened (oh and by the way, angels miraculously broke them out of prison).
Acts 2:42 – “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching…”  Can our view of scripture be described as “devotion”?
2 Peter 1:16 – Peter was an eyewitness account of Jesus.  He wasn’t just making up stories.

Another topic we talked about regarding teaching was identifying false teachers:
John 13:34-34 – We will know who God’s people are by their love.
Matthew 7:15-20 – We’ll be able to recognize false prophets by their fruit – or the works that their lives produce.  See Galatians 5:19-26 for more about the metaphorical/Biblical definition of “fruit.”
1 Timothy 4:16 – Don’t just pursue an understanding of doctrine, but live it out!

If you are traveling back to school this semester – remember the importance of being involved in a Christ-centered community who has a high regard for Biblical teaching.  As Christians, we have a responsibility study and teach the Word to others.  If you are not currently involved in a group like this at your school, let me recommend a few:

Campus Crusade for Christ
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Navigators
CCO

Making the Most of New Year’s – Sunday Morning Journey 1.1.12

In many ways, there aren’t any real differences between December 31st and January 1st.  The sun will still rise and set on its usual schedule.  But the cultural implications of this transition are huge.  We reflect on the previous year – from accomplishments to failures, people we’ve lost and new additions to families, good times and bad.  We hang out with friends, go to parties, make resolutions, and plan for the new year.  Or some people go to bed at 9 pm.  No matter what your new year’s traditions are, as followers of Christ, we can look at this time as an opportunity for reflection, expectation, and growth.

That is what we talked about last Sunday morning at Journey.  We went over a great devotional from Oswald Chamber’s, “My Utmost for His Highest”:
http://utmost.org/yesterday/. Some of the questions we asked were:

“How can our past be a ministry of spiritual growth to us?” and “How can we avoid going into the next year carelessly?”

We read some scripture:

Hebrews 10:1-7; 15-22 – As we reflect on the previous year, we can’t let our mistakes plague our present and future.  Christ died once and for all so that we can be cleansed of sin.  Our past should act as a ministry to us – that we would learn and grow from it – rather than be burdened by it.  And we also shouldn’t just try to avoid sin in 2012, but seek to do the will of the One who sent us (v. 7).

Isaiah 52:1-12 – This is one of Isaiah’s prophecies regarding Israel returning from exile.  They weren’t coming back to their land by random chance.  God let them be taken into exile and orchestrated their return.  He had a purpose and a plan for them.  He will go before them and prepare the way; He will be behind them and guard them.  So it is with us as we reflect on the previous year and move forward into 2012.  Let’s remember who has sustained us and provided for us so that we could make it this far and be intentional about living for Him in the coming year.

God doesn’t want us to carelessly go into the next year, but wants us to be intentional about our steps – that we’d be obedient to him.  We closed with a video clip of a real life example of people living in obedience to God:
NEW ZEALAND {Our Extended Story} Webisode 5: Looking Back

Sunday Morning 12.18.11 – Be Christlike on Christmas

There can be a lot of difficult things about the Christmas season.  It’s easy to build up lots of expectations about what the “perfect Christmas” should be like only to be hit by a reality that falls short.  For many, church is a big part of the Christmas experience. But how many times can we sing the same Christmas carols and still mean it?

This past Sunday morning, I challenged everyone at Journey to try to be more like Jesus this Christmas season.  Instead of making the whole experience about us, let’s focus on others.  We looked at this video about an extreme (and pretty funny) example of how crazy the consumerism mentally has impacting the shopping days leading up to Christmas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dIBL4tYQPI

Then we watched this video from the Advent Conspiracyhttp://vimeo.com/30556886, which shows another way to celebrate.

The main focus of the morning was on three attributes of Jesus and trying to live them out as best as possible as we are experiencing everything the Christmas season has to offer – from the silent nights to busy shopping and family feuds.

Humility: Philippians 2:4-11; Luke 14:1-14

Service: Matthew 20:20-28; John 13:1-17

Love: Luke 6:27-36; Mark 12:28-34

It’s not easy, it takes strength that only God can give, but if we all reflected these attributes of Jesus this year, we will be able to worship more fully and experience Christmas closer to the way it was intended.

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