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WORSHIP GOD
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When so much competes for our attention, worshiping God
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UnBELIEVEable
 
 
Let’s be honest, aren’t we sometimes embarrassed to share what we believe. Hasn’t science proven the bible wrong? Isn’t old fashioned Christianity narrow-minded and mean? But these “unbelievable” beliefs lay the foundation for faith, justice, grace, and hope. In our message series unBELIEVable, we take a look at how sometimes a leap of faith is the smartest thing to do. Some things are too good not to be true.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“UnBELIEVEable: This Jesus”

UNBELIEVABLE
Message 3: This Jesus
 
Key Points:
-We BELIEVE God is present, personal, & all-powerful
-We BELIEVE God is faithful, loving, & just
-A Just God won’t let good works undo bad works.
-We BELIEVE Jesus is God’s grace in person
-Jesus is WORTHY, WILLING, & Has WON!
-The GOOD NEWS is JESUS, the power of God saving all who believe
 
Further Conversation
1. Have you ever gotten caught doing something wrong? What were you most afraid of? What did you hope would happen to you?
2. Why can’t “good works” make up for the “bad works” we do?
3. Read Romans 3:23-26 What does this Scripture say did Jesus do to be God’s Grace for sinful people?
4. Why is it important that Jesus is WORTHY & WILLING for his life to be God’s grace for us? What does it mean the Jesus has WON?
5. Read Hebrews 4:14-16 What does it mean to be confident in your relationship with God? Are you confident? Why or why not?
6. Read Romans 10:9-10 Why are both belief & public confession of Jesus essential to salvation? How have you “gone public”?
7. The GOOD NEWS is a person, JESUS! Who shared the Good News with you? Who do you need to share the Good News with this week? How can you trust that its God’s power, not yours?

Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – John 16:31-33
These are powerful lines. Jesus basically says to his disciples that “you’re all going to betray and abandon me, but I’m not worried because God is with me.” And then he says that this should give us peace. How should this give us peace? We can have peace because Jesus wins. And he won for us. Pain is inevitable. But if we stick with Jesus, Jesus promises to stick with us. We can have peace, despite the pain, because Jesus is with us. If the disciples had run from their trails, they would have ran from Jesus. In what ways are you enduring struggle and pain? How are you choosing to stick with Jesus? Where are you experiencing His peace?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I am so grateful that you endured the cross for me. Help be be disciplined and endure my cross, sticking with you.
 
Tuesday – Hebrews 12:1-13
Discipline is an interesting word. It can appear to have two distinct meanings. When I discipline my children, many might assume I am bringing punishment on them. Yet when i practice discipline myself, I am holding myself to high standard and staying steadfast in my resolve of reaching a goal. This passage suggests that the two meanings for discipline are more similar than we might want to think. We are both called to practice discipline and God disciplines us. In both cases, it is for our good. In both cases, it is about attaining a high goal (holiness). In both cases, there is purposeful pain. How are you experiencing discipline today? Are you practicing it yourself or is God leading you through it? Remember, in both cases, it is for our good and God’s glory to lead us to holiness.
Pray: Heavenly Father, we so often fear discipline. Help me trust you, that you want the best for me. And help me run the race well.
 
Wednesday – Proverbs 12:1
Someone should have tattooed this proverb to my forehead as a child. I would argue with anyone trying to correct me, especially my parents. Why do we fight correction? Why do we fear failure? So often we allow our self-image to be wrapped up in our performance. The irony (clearly stated by the passage) is that the more open we are to critique and correction, the more we grow. Are you open to correction? Are you open to someone challenging your actions, your motives, your beliefs? Why or why not? And how are you seeking it?
Pray: Creator God, am I really open to correction? Lead me to humility and people who will lovingly correction me so that I grow.
 
Thursday – Psalm 94:12-15
We don’t talk about God’s Justice much today. The idea of God being “Just” sounds good but it brings along some sticky details we don’t like to contemplate. Justice means there will be restorative balance to right and wrong. It means there must be punishment for wrongs. We don’t like to talk about God punishing, but without it, there is no justice. And if God isn’t Just, then God isn’t very loving. Would you call it love to allow those that harm you to be rewarded? Here is the rub. Justice must be for all. My wrongs are just as wrong as the wrongs others have done to me. I deserve punished. Loving punishment isn’t just pain or torment. It is always pain with purpose. The purpose is that we will grow to be just, loving, and holy. Do you trust God’s discipline? Do you lean into God’s Justice and what it will mean for you?
Pray: Almighty God, I believe you are truly JUST, and will right all wrongs. Through Jesus you have saved me and called me your child. Wisely discipline me as your child, so that I may grow in love.
 
Friday – Revelation 3:14-22
“I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” Nothing makes it harder on me as a parent than when my children seem indifferent to my correction. I always wonder how hard, how painful I must make it in order to get their attention. I wonder what God thinks when I walk down dangerous paths. Does God grieve, wondering what it will take for me? How much pain will I endure before I wake up and turn back to God? Nothing is more dangerous than indifference. Are you sensitive to God’s teaching and correcting? Or are you stubborn, indifferent?
Pray: Holy Spirit, soften my hard heart. May I be sensitive to God’s love and correction, eager to live in the way that glorifies God.
 
Saturday – 1 Timothy 4:7
What do you want most? We so often spend way too much time on silly pursuits, inconsequential arguments, and godless chatter. Just read internet chat discussions, and eventually it will nauseate you. What do you want most? In the end, what we should want most is the very thing God created us for…to have perfect intimacy with God. Because of Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit, this is available to us…if only we commit to it. How are you distracted most easily? What holds you back? May God truly be the desire of our heart!
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, I was made to know you, to know your peace, to live in your joy…make this the true desire of my heart

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“UnBELIEVEable: Heaven & Hell”

UNBELIEVABLE
Message 2: We Want Heaven & Hell
 
Key Points:
 
– What we BELIEVE about Heaven & Hell influences where we go
– We BELIEVE God is faithful, loving, and just
-A Faithful God won’t change what is good or bad.
-A Loving God won’t ignore the pain created by the bad.
-A Just God won’t let good works undo bad works.
 
The Good News is that our God refuses to excuse the bad.
 
Further Conversation
1. Has anyone ever done you wrong and gotten away with it? What does injustice feel like? Why is it a big deal?
2. What are some various beliefs people have about Heaven & Hell? Why are Heaven & Hell so vital for real justice?
3. Read 2 Timothy 2:13 What is faithfulness? Why is it important? What would it be like if God kept changing what is right & wrong?
4. Read 1 John 4:8 Why is love necessary for justice to occur?
5. Read Romans 2:5-11 How would you feel if God went “easy” on someone who hurt you or someone you loved?
6. Justice means good works can’t undo bad works. What does this mean? What does this tell us about God’s judgment of us?
7. How do you think God will judge you? Why? What can you do today in response to God’s judgement you? How can Christ Church help you take a next step with Jesus?

Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Mark 14:32-36
I don’t want to _______. How many times in my life have I said those words? Sometimes its childish: I don’t want to wake up early. I don’t want to eat my vegetables. Other times selfish: I don’t want to serve. I don’t want to give. I don’t want to share. Yet other times, painful: I don’t want to bury my mom. There are millions of things in this life we don’t want to do. It brings me great comfort to know I’m not alone. Even Jesus struggled, basically praying, “God, I don’t want to.” The challenge of surrender is admitting the “I don’t want to” but choosing to move forward in obedience anyway. Control says “no.” Surrender says “I don’t want to…but for you, LORD, I will.” Where are you being challenged to surrender today?
Pray: Almighty God, there are many things I don’t want to do, but today for you I will obey. I will live my life surrendered in faith to you.
 
Tuesday – John 15:1-7
I’m frustrated. The cord on our new vacuum is short. Maybe I was spoiled by an extra long cord on our old one. I feel like I have to hop outlets all the time. No surprise, my vacuum doesn’t work unplugged. Sure, I can push it around. It might even leave some nice lines in the carpet. But the carpet won’t be clean unless the vacuum is plugged in and running. The vacuum only bears the fruit of cleaning when its plugged in. You and I are much the same way. Only connected to Christ, through surrender, can we truly live. Many walk through life leaving carpet lines but never really running. In Christ, we run, we live, we grow, and we bear fruit. Are you living a life truly connected to Christ? What is your evidence, your fruit?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I must stay connected through surrender to you. Help me stay plugged in, growing and bearing fruit of real life
 
Wednesday – John 4:4-14
The human body can only live a few days without water. We must drink and then drink again and again. Today, we only need to turn on a faucet. But the irony is that for as readily available water is in America, our deeper thirst is never quenched. Jesus speaks to the woman about a thirst water can’t quench. We try to drink in stuff, relationships, power, prestige, conquest, and control. These only leave us thirsting for more. Only Jesus can quench the thirst of our hearts. What do you want more of? Only Jesus truly satisfies.
Pray: Creator God, I am made to only be satisfied by you. I confess I drink in things and people and power. Today, I will only seek you.
 
Thursday – Psalm 56:1-4
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Not long ago we lived by this motto. Today, we recognize the power of words. Words, names, slander all hurt. Are we soft today? Maybe. Were we ignoring or denying damage in the past. Probably. People hurt people. Since Cain and Abel, people have hurt and killed each other. This Psalmist laments the pain and lies thrown his way. Yet, he turns to the LORD. Surrender not only affects our actions, but the way we choose to see ourselves and others. If we are trying to control our self-image, slander matters. If we have surrendered our image of ourselves to God, then only God’s opinion matters. Who are you choosing to listen to about who you are?
Pray: Heavenly Father, I listen to the wrong voices so often. Tune my ears to your WORD and your promises. Help me hear only you.
 
Friday – Psalm 37:1-6
What does it take to survive and thrive in this world today? We watch celebrities and politicians, business leaders and athletes cheat and betray others to get to the top. And it sure seems to work for them. They have their mansions while we struggle to pay for necessary prescriptions and basic healthcare. They live in luxury while we only look on longingly. Yet this Psalm reminds us that all these things will pass away. How many on top so quickly fall? Only in obedience, surrender, and trust in the LORD will we ever find real joy and contentment. “Commit yourselves to the LORD.” What are you committed to today? Do you look longingly or choose to trust?
Pray: Holy Spirit, I confess I look around and long for so much. Please mold my heart and help me commit myself to the LORD.
 
Saturday – 1 Peter 5:6-7
When will it be my turn? Its so hard to wait. Everyone wants to be the line-leader. We want to go first, get the best, and have our day in the sun. Yet Peter reminds us to wait on the LORD. Surrender requires allowing God to own the time and the line. We want to control our place and protect our position. But humility relinquishes our rights to the LORD and allows God to lift us up at the right time, in HIS way. Its so hard to wait. Yet, if we will spend time in God’s word, learning and trusting his promises, we will always find the wait is worth it. Are you seeking control, riding the cycle of fear? Or surrender to the LORD today, and wait on God?
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, thank you that you alone are trustworthy and will elevate me in your time…if only I will trust you.

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“UnBELIEVEable: Creation”

UNBELIEVABLE
Message 1: The Beginning
 
Hasn’t science proven the bible wrong? Isn’t old fashioned Christianity narrow-minded and mean? Some of these “unbelievable” beliefs lay the foundation for faith. In our series UNBELIEVABLE, we take a look at how sometimes a leap of faith is the smartest thing to do. Some things are too good not to be true.
 
Key Points:
– What we BELIEVE about the beginning directs our other beliefs
– We BELIEVE there exists one present, personal, all-powerful God.
– Only a present, personal, all-powerful God can give value, meaning & hope.
– A present, personal God requires a present, personal response.
– The best news is that Good News begins with the God.
 
Further Conversation
1. What is one hope you have for this new year?
2. What are some of the common beliefs or theories concerning “the beginning” of all things?
3. Read Genesis 1:1-5 How would explain to someone what it means to believe there is a present, personal, all-powerful God?
4. What value does God give to us? What meaning? What hope?
5. Read Jeremiah 29:11-14 How important is it to you to believe that God has a plan and a purpose for your life? Why?
6. Read John 14:1-6. How important is it to you to believe that God has prepared a place for you for all eternity? Why?
7. A present, personal God requires a present, personal response. How are you responding to God presently?
8. Who do you know that really needs to hear some Good News about a God who loves them? When will you tell them?

Daily Devotion: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Nehemiah 6:1-9
I remember the great challenge of choosing to live out my faith in college and make wiser decisions. I had lived a wild lifestyle and ran with some crazy guys. When I decided I couldn’t live that way any more, they were not supportive. Oh, they didn’t purposefully seek to sabotage my choices. They simply kept asking me to join them. I loved those guys. But I knew I had to stay focused and live with purpose. I had to make hard decisions to avoid going with them. Just like Nehemiah, I had to keep myself away from those seeking to distract me from what I knew I must do. What purpose are you living for? What or who are the distractions in your life?
Pray: Almighty God, I want to live a life of purpose and engage in great work for you. Please give me clarity & strength to focus.
 
Tuesday – Romans 12:1-2
How do you decide what to wear? The days of making clothing are long gone for most of our society. Now, we must shop. But where do you shop? Why do you choose those places? Why those styles? Even the most frugal among us must recognize that popular opinion shapes our decisions. (I don’t see anyone wearing bell-bottoms or polyester leisure suits anymore). The world pushes hard to conform us into its mold, and it happens in many other ways than simply fashion. Paul reminds us that real worship is where we commit our entire selves to Christ and we are transformed into HIS likeness. What decisions are you making, and who is influencing you?
Pray: LORD Jesus, you know the pressure the world puts on me to conform to its ways. Today, I offer myself to you to be transformed.
 
Wednesday – Matthew 5:13-16
I noticed something odd in my living room the other day. We’ve used two large textbooks under a lamp to elevate a lamp… the lamp now sits higher. It all looks and works well sitting on an end table. What struck me is all the effort the writers must have put into crafting two books that simply sit under a lamp. What would they think of all their effort. I bet they were proud of the books. Would they be proud now? We were created for a purpose. Jesus saves us for a purpose. We are meant to be salt and light to a dark world desperate for healing. Yet many of us ignore or avoid our purpose. How about you? Are you living with purpose or are just decoration?
Pray: Creator God, I know I was created for a purpose. I know you have a desire for my life. Help me live into your purpose today.
 
Thursday – Matthew 6:19-33
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” This is a challenging statement. We have bills to pay. Many of us have families to feed. We have jobs to do. We have bosses to please. Each demand puts pressure on us and influences the decisions we make. If I don’t please the boss, will my family eat? Around and around we go. Yet Jesus paints a different picture. When pressure and worry mount, lean into the Jesus. Trust the LORD. Do the right, righteous, and good things that are pleasing to God. Do so, and God’s promise remains. God will take care of us. Where do you feel pressure and worry? What might God be calling you to do in these moments?
Pray: Heavenly Father, I want to trust you. I need to trust and obey you. When worry hits, help me focus my attention on your purpose.
 
Friday – Jeremiah 1:4-8
“Do or do not. There is no try.” This is a famous Yoda quote from the movie Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. If you can look past the puppet, the line presents a profound truth. So often we allow a fear of failure or our fear of incompetence to dissuade us from doing the things we know we can and should do. Therefore, we say we will “try.” What we really mean is that we will put forth minimal effort because we are convinced we will fail. Jeremiah feared what God was asking of him. God reminds him that he was created with purpose. You can have confidence that you can do what God has called you to do. Even in failure there is great lessons to learn. We can do the things God has asked. Do you have confidence in God? What holds you back from your purpose?
Pray: Holy Spirit, remind me today who and whose I am. I am yours. You have made me with purpose. I will DO your will today.
 
Saturday – Luke 4:18-20
Jesus knew his purpose. In the middle of the synagogue he boldly read these words from Isaiah. Everyone knew the implication. These words were written concerning the Messiah, the coming Savior of God. The people we astonished, dumbfounded, even angry. Who did Jesus think he was? Yet Jesus knew exactly who he was…and he wasn’t going to allow the crowd to dissuade him. Who has God called you to be? What is your purpose? What great work are you focused on completing? What pain must you work through? What distractions must you ignore? Live with purpose from God.
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, thank you for your love and work in my life this week. I want to live my life with purpose, pleasing You.

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