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Living With God

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sunday Scripture Reading: David Pennington
Sunday Song Leader: Roy Pyle
TEXT: John 14.1-3

To you, what is the greatest thing about heaven?

Jesus tells us the answer in John 14.3b. When you get there, you’ll be with Him. This should be a source of tremendous hope and comfort for all of us! This is where following Jesus will take you. This is what it is all about. This is why we do what we do. We want to be with Jesus. We want to be truly free, alive, and holy. 

On Sunday, we will examine Revelation 21-22. These verses describe heaven in purely physical terms. What does it mean to live with God? On Sunday we will:

  • See how Revelation describes heaven.
  • See what to remember as we read what is said in our text.
  • Give consideration to what God might say today about heaven if he were speaking to a 21st century audience.

As you prepare for worship this weekend, be thinking about these questions:

  1. What is the historical context surrounding the book of Revelation?
  2. What does it mean to you that God will identify Himself with you personally? (Revelation 21.3)
  3. How can Revelation 21.4 inspire you to persevere through this life?
  4. Will anything physical make it to the next realm?
  5. How is living with God a conditional thing?

Our Marvelous Hope

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sunday Scripture Reading: Dan Teater
Sunday Song Leader: Jim Grushon Jr.

TEXT: 1 John 2.28-3.3

In what have you placed your hope?

Salvation promises wonderful future benefits. They are so wonderful that whatever sacrifice we have to make must be made now, in this life. We’re doing it for Jesus, trusting that as we follow, He will lead us to a greater place in the life to come. This is what it means to be saved in hope, Romans 8.24.

On Sunday, we will examine 1 John 2.28-3.3. These verses are tied together by Jesus’ appearing, His coming, and the hope that we share in that. As we await heaven, we can live with confidence and assurance. Our marvelous hope will sustain us. Here are five things we can learn:

  1. Hope is guaranteed by abiding in Him.
  2. Hope is realized in righteousness. 
  3. Hope is established in love.
  4. Hope is fulfilled in Christ’s likeness.
  5. Hope is characterized by purity.

As you prepare for worship this weekend, be looking for answers to these very practical questions:

  • Do you view yourself as an overcomer? What gives you success? See 1 John 5.4.
  • What does it mean to you to know that you have been born of Him? See 1 John 2.29.
  • As you read 1 John 3.1, what facts stir your emotions? 
  • What are some things we do know about our future spiritual personhood? See 1 Peter 1.3-6.
  • On who do we pin our hope for heaven? See 1 John 3.3.

Heavenly Perspectives

Friday, November 03, 2017

Sunday SONG LEADER: Russ Robins

TEXT: Philippians 3.20-21

What are you emphasizing most in your life? What is the biggest thing? For some it is personal prosperity. Others stress over their health and looks. And some, place an extreme emphasis on being successful. While these things may be good in and of themselves, and the result of applying spiritual principles, they are not the main focus.

How often do you think about heaven? 

If you are going to pursue Jesus and become like Him, you have to get your focus out of this world and into the next. On Sunday, we’ll examine Philippians 3.20-21 and talk about:

  • Our motivation.
  • Our accountability.
  • Our security.

We’ll wrap up our time together talking about our attitude as we pursue heaven. With eagerness we await the coming Savior, longing to be transformed to be just like Him.
As you prepare for worship this weekend, be looking for answers to these very practical questions:

  1. What does it mean to you presently to be a citizen of heaven?
  2. How does that mentality affect how you live on earth?
  3. If Jesus were to return today, would you be excited to meet Him in the air?
  4. Would you consider yourself as someone who is groaning and longing for what is to come?
  5. What are some things you can do in order to live more in the light of the 2nd coming?

The Church: A Place of Refuge

Friday, October 27, 2017

Sunday Scripture Reading: Nathan Armstrong

Sunday Song Leader: Dru McLaughlin

TEXT: Hebrews 6.13-20

The Hebrew writer speaks of Christians as having fled for refuge. Our God is the saving God. He is the one who has made a way for our protection and family. The wording in verse 18 describes the haste and intensity with which we have taken hold of our hope. We were in a desperate situation before salvation and realize that the only way out was through God.

Hebrews 6 is not the only place that speaks about refuge in the Bible. In the Old Testament, God set up cities of refuge for people to flee to in cases of manslaughter. There the would be examined and allow to stay if it was determined that they had no intent to kill. In our lesson on Sunday, we’ll look at:

  1. How God used cities of refuge.
  2. Why this is still relevant for today.
  3. How this was fulfilled in Jesus.
  4. Some implications for today’s church.

As you prepare for worship this weekend, be looking for answers to these very practical questions:

  • What drastic action did God take to provide us a place of refuge?
  • What are some ways we can be more accessible to those who are seeking refuge?
  • What can you do to heighten your preparation to help someone who comes in need?
  • What things do you need to remember when a person comes in crisis?
  • What does God’s word promise to those who trust in Him for safety? 

A Faith That Spans Generations

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sunday SONG LEADER: Jason Schofield

TEXT: 2 Timothy 3.10-17

One of the things that makes the Kettering family so great is the committed, grounded, and dedicated family units that make it up. From the youngest family to the oldest couple or widower - our light shines like a city on a hill because of the difference Jesus is making in us individually. What a blessing!

One of God’s most effective tools for extending His kingdom is the godly family. God has provided Christian homes for the perpetuation of the faith. This is not only for bringing children to Christ, but for attracting others into a vital relationship with Jesus. On Sunday as we share our worship time together, we ‘ll focus on the family of Timothy. His early spiritual training came from his mother and grandmother. They instilled in him the type of faith that can span the generations.

What type of faith is that?

  • It is one that is convincing 
  • It is marked by consistency.
  • It becomes contagious.
  • It abounds in confidence.

As you prepare for worship this weekend, be looking for answers to these very practical questions:

  1. What are some things you can do to develop a more consistent faith?
  2. What does it mean to you when you think of God dwelling in you?
  3. Why is it often painful to examine our consistency in matters of faith?
  4. How can you increase the contagiousness of your faith?
  5. Can you say you are living with full confidence of your eternal reward? 

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