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When so much competes for our attention, worshiping God
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NEXT STEP with Jesus.
 
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Life is better together.
Where life separates and isolates, Christ connects. Life change happens best in relationship.
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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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“Lies Christians Believe: Lie #4”

LIE #4: I don’t need to go to church to be a Christian.
 
All of us have heard the clichés meant to offer comfort in a difficult moment, but don’t realize they can hurt when they prove unreliable. In this series we want to tackle some of the most common “Lies Christians Believe”, and discover the truth that sets us free and will never let us down.
 
LIE: I don’t need to go to church to be a Christian
TRUTH: I need a local church because…God says so -Worshiping Jesus together is powerful -we need Christian community -we grow better together BOTTOM LINE: If I’m going to follow Jesus, I need a local church
 
Further Conversation
1. Why don’t some people like attending or connecting to a church?
2. Read Hebrews 10:23-25 List out the commands in this passage. Summarize in your own words what the writer in suggesting.
3. Read Proverbs 27:17 & Ephesians 5:20 How do these two commands work together to help a Jesus follower grow?
4. Read Jeremiah 17:9 How are we sometimes our own worst enemy? How have our hearts lied to us?
5. Read Matthew 18:15-20 What does this passage suggest is a role of the church? How do you feel about this for your church?
6. Why is accountability a challenge for us today? How do people creatively avoid accountability, especially in spiritual matters?
7. How is your commitment to the local church? Where are you struggling? Why do you think this is an concern for you? How could Christ Church help you more faithfully follow Jesus?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
You matter! Comparison is a deadly game, especially in the church. We don’t serve because we feel intimidated. We’re afraid of commitment. We lead busy lives. Yet, if Paul can be trusted, you and I matter to the Body of Christ, the church. The Body will never be fully healthy if we’re not obedient and committed to Christ and the church. Those who have lost limbs can lead productive, even inspiring lives. But its never quite the same as a fully healthy and complete body. The church needs us at our best and at our most. And we need the church. (A body part is dead – and gross – apart from the body.) How are you connected to the church? What is your commitment level to your spiritual health for the sake of others?
Pray: LORD Jesus, remind me that I belong your body, the Church. Help me commit my whole self, healthy and complete, to you.
 
Tuesday – 1 Corinthians 5:1-8
I’m a passionate football fan, especially for my Pittsburgh Steelers. A few years ago the Steelers cut a very productive and popular player. Everyone was shocked until it came out how this player’s behavior was negatively affecting the locker room. A team committed to their goal must eventually remove a person who holds them back from that goal. Paul challenges the church in Corinth to do the same. A person committed to sin is a person not committed to Jesus. The church holds people accountable because the goal of Christ is worth it. Paul doesn’t say the person is banished forever, only until their allegiance to Christ is renewed. Accountability is a gift for the church and the person. How do you feel about accountability? Are you fully committed to the goal and glory of Jesus Christ?
Pray: Loving God, accountability is hard when its my sin. Help me and the church be passionately committed to your holiness & glory!
 
Wednesday – Matthew 5:12-16
Have you ever driven up to an intersection where the lights aren’t working? I approach with extreme caution because I never know when someone might go or turn. The light protects us. Jesus wanted the same said of the church. We’re meant to give light (guide & protect) and salt (flavor & preservative) to the world. When we give into sin and fail to live for Jesus, that light goes dim and the world becomes more dangerous. The church is important. How am I affecting the church? How do I brighten the light within me?
Pray: Holy Spirit, help me see how important the church is and how I can grow in my faith and obedience, brightening the light within.
 
Thursday – 2 Timothy 2:15-26
We try hard to impress those we respect and admire. We dress to impress for job interviews and first dates. We put our best effort into pleasing the boss, hoping for that next promotion. Even kids act out to gain the attention of those they love. Paul challenges Timothy, and all Jesus followers, to do the same for God. “Work hard to present yourselves to God…” We have God’s unconditional love. But how do we respond to God’s love? Do we give God a feeble effort or are we straining to restrain and present ourselves holy, obedient, pure, godly, honorable, etc. How we choose to leave is evidence of how we expect to approach God’s throne. What are you planning to present to God? What would God want for you?
Pray: Heavenly Father, forgive me when I take your love for granted. Help me present to you my best because you gave me your best.
 
Friday – Acts 7:54-60
We first read about Stephen in Acts 6. Stephen’s love for Jesus and his commitment to serve in the church are recognized. Eventually, Stephen’s faith conflicts with the Jewish leaders in the community. As Stephen is about to be murdered because of Jesus, he has a vision. Jesus is standing at the right hand of God. Everywhere else in Scripture Jesus is said to sit at the right hand of God. But as his faithful servant is about to die, Jesus stands. We stand to show honor. Jesus said the goal of a faithful follower is to hear the LORD say “well done good and faithful servant.” (Matt 25:23) I like to think Jesus is clapping, giving Stephen a standing ovation that screams with pride “well done!” None of us aim to die for our faith. But the question is, are we really committed to living our faith. I know one thing. I would love to hear the words “well done!” Today, I will aim for the applause of heaven! Will you?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I confess I have lived for the applause of many others. But today, and every day hereafter, help me live for you.
 
Saturday – Matthew 7:13-14
We must chose the path we will take. The wide way is popular and easy. The narrow way of Christ is hard and less traveled. Its not easy to follow Jesus. One of the hardest parts is admitting how hard it is and confessing that we need help. We need each other to faithfully follow Jesus. Prepare yourself today for church tomorrow. Go open to ask for help, confess your missteps, and offer your hand to another. The church is our traveling partners on this narrow way.
Pray: Loving God, thank you for the church, these fellow followers of Jesus ready to help me along the way of Christ.

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“Lies Christians Believe: Lie #3”

LIE #3: The Bible says it, I believe it. That settles it.
 
So many things sound “true”. Maybe they’re almost true. Maybe we’d like them to be true. Often, they’re true enough until something goes wrong and we discover the platitudes we relied on for comfort weren’t built to last.
 
All of us have heard the clichés meant to offer comfort in a difficult moment, but don’t realize they can hurt when they prove unreliable. In this series we want to tackle some of the most common “Lies Christians Believe”, and discover the truth that sets us free and will never let us down.
 
TRUTH The Bible claims to be God’s
a. Inspiration b. Salvation
c. Revelation d. Authorization
 
TRUTH We believe the bible because Jesus did.
TRUTH We believe the bible because the Church does.
TRUTH If the bible says it, I need it.
 
BOTTOM LINE The Bible says it. Jesus believes it. I need it.
 
 
Further Conversation
1. Who are some people you trust? Who taught you that some people are trust-worthy? Why do you to trust these persons?
2. Why do some people not trust & believe the Bible?
3. Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17. What does it mean when the bible claims: Inspiration? Revelation? Salvation? Authorization?
4. Read Matthew 5:17-18 How did Jesus view Scripture? Why should Jesus’ opinion matter to us?
5. Read 2 Peter 1:16-21, & 1 Corinthians 11:1 How does the Church view Scripture? Why should the Church’s opinion matter?
6. How are you taking time to hear from God through the Bible? How does the Bible shape how you live?
7. What do wish was different about how you engage the bible? How can this group help you make those changes and grow in faith?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Ephesians 6:10-17
Did you remember sword drills in children’s Sunday school? We’d raise our bible’s over our head until the teacher called out a passage. The first to turn to the passage won the drill. The bible is called the sword of the Spirit. It is the only offensive weapon in the spiritual armor of a believer. It is our critical tool, God’s word to us, to fend off the attack of the enemy. The problem is that we forget who our enemy is. Many people misuse the bible as a club to beat others into submission. But Scripture itself reminds us that our enemy isn’t flesh and blood…but the powers of evil in the unseen world. God’s word is vital in the life of a believer. We should know it well and utilize it well so that we may stand strong in the LORD.
Pray: God of Heaven, thank you for your word. Help me know it well, apply it well in my life, and use it well to fend off the enemy.
 
Tuesday – Hebrews 4:12-13
Have you ever watched a butcher cut meat? Through training and a really sharp knife they precisely and effortlessly cut to and even through bone. The writer of Hebrews compares the Scripture to that sharp knife. The truth shared in Scripture cuts deep…through the masks, the lies, the defenses we use to pretend we’re good. It cuts to the soul. Many of us run from the word. But these masterful cuts beautifully expose our greatest need. We need God’s forgiveness, grace, and hope. And God’s word, even as it exposes it also reveals the Good News that grace and forgiveness is God’s free gift to us. May we not fear the word, but eagerly dive in. May we allow God’s word to cut to the core…and bring wonderful healing and wholeness
Pray: Loving God, your word hurts when it exposes. Help me not run but dive in and find that it wonderfully heals and refreshes.
 
Wednesday – Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Some Jewish people took this passage literally. They tied bits of Scripture text to their foreheads and wrists. They embedded them in their doorframe. Whether God expected a literal application or not misses the point. God commands us to pass down God’s word to future generations. We do so not just by teaching knowledge but demonstrating its truth. We should wear God’s word and display it through all we discuss and do. It should identify our home…just like a house number (on a doorframe). Is God’s word that vital to you? Do others hear God through the way you live? What could change?
Pray: Holy Spirit, help me so come to know and grow in God’s word that I live it out boldly and loudly for all to see.
 
Thursday – Matthew 19:1-12
Were Adam and Eve real? Honestly, its a fair question. Modern science presents a strong case for at least some degree of evolution. No one has conclusive proof. We have varying degrees of evidence and a lot of faith. But what about Jesus? This passage is important not only for what it teaches about human sexuality and marriage, but also how Jesus teaches. Jesus references Adam & Eve’s creation and relationship. For Jesus, Adam and Eve are real and definitely matter. We are challenged as Jesus followers with what we will believe. We can not prove the creation story. But we don’t have to. We don’t believe because of evidence. We believe because Jesus did. What Jesus teaches, we believe…whether its human sexuality, marriage, service, love or even Adam & Eve.
Pray: LORD Jesus, may I follow you with all my heart, mind, and will. What you believe may I come to trust and live.
 
Friday – Acts 17:10-12
We know better than to talk religion or politics. Throughout history, those are fighting words. Paul experienced a lot of opposition as he sought to share the Gospel throughout the known world. But his early experience in Berea was different. Instead of fighting Paul, the Bereans were curious. They explored the Scriptures together to determine if what Paul was sharing was true. We witness talking heads screaming past each other on our televisions. And now the fight is in many churches. Maybe we could show the world something different if we dive into God’s word together. We stand in a long line of Jesus followers who share in the conversation. As we explore God’s word as its been heard throughout the ages, we learn how to not fight but be truly noble and open-minded. May we be curious, not fighting but exploring God’s word together.
Pray: Holy Spirit, call us together with all the Church through all the ages, to hear and learn what God says through eternal God’s word.
 
Saturday – Psalm 119:105
We take light for granted. I once did a night-hike. This was a guided hike in the dark of night through the woods…with only the moonlight to guide us. It is amazing what we can see with artificial light. This experience helped me appreciate a flashlight. Light makes the path so much easier to see. The word of God is that light for our paths. We ignore it at our own risk and peril. May you dive into God’s word today and come to see like never before!
Pray: Loving God, thank you for your word that is a light to my feet. Help me listen, learn, and take each step of life in faith and trust!
 

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“Lies Christians Believe: Lie #2”

Lie #2: God will not give you more than you can handle.
 
So many things sound “true”. Maybe they’re almost true. Maybe we’d like them to be true. Often, they’re true enough until something goes wrong and we discover the platitudes we relied on for comfort weren’t built to last.
All of us have heard the clichés meant to offer comfort in a difficult moment, but don’t realize they can hurt when they prove unreliable. In this series we want to tackle some of the most common “Lies Christians Believe”, and discover the truth that sets us free and will never let us down.
 
TRUTH: God is good…even when life isn’t.
TRUTH: There is nothing God can’t handle
TRUTH: God lets me have more than I can handle to help me realize I can’t handle it on my own!
BOTTOM LINE: God will never leave me with more than HE can handle
 
Further Conversation
1.What are some ways people prepare for storms and struggle? What did you do to get ready for Hurricane Florence? 2. Read Matthew 7:24-27. Storms happen in everyone’s life. What does Jesus tell us will determine our safety in the storm? What are some storms you’ve faced? 3. Read John 16:33 How did Jesus overcome the world? How does this help us in the midst of our storms and struggles? 4. Read Psalm 61:1-3 How can being overwhelmed actually be a blessing? When have you prayed a similar prayer to David’s? 5. God will never leave me with more than HE can handle. What are some ways we can grow more aware and confident in God’s presence with us and his strength through us? 6. What do you need to do to prepare for the next storm that may come your way? How can Christ Church help you?
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Luke 19:1-10
As kids, we hated being picked last. This doesn’t change with age. We want to be wanted. The religious leaders wanted Jesus to value them. Jesus didn’t ignore them. The Gospels show several times Jesus meeting with religious leaders. But Jesus had a heart and desire for the lost, those who felt like the least. Jesus wanted to help them know that God desires them. Those who felt far from God, who because of their actions might believe God would reject them, instead Jesus chose to seek. Zacchaeus was such a person. Rejected by the community because of his sin, he hoped to only catch a glimpse of Jesus. Jesus chooses him. What does it mean to you that Jesus “came to seek and save” the lost? How are you following Jesus’ example by choosing to be friends with the lost?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I was lost and you choose me. Help me see the lost in my midst, that I may go to be with them, sharing your grace.
 
Tuesday – 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
Pain always has a purpose. If I touch something hot, it hurts. But I learn to be more careful. Suffering and shame can also serve a purpose. Though God doesn’t create our crisis, many times God will use those difficulties to speak love, grace, and truth. Many people trace their greatest spiritual awakenings to their most difficult experiences. Have you experienced struggle, fear, or a crisis? Are you in the middle of one now? How might God be speaking to you, calling you with grace and truth, that in difficulty you find new life?
Pray: Almighty God, when we listen you can take our brokenness and make it beautiful. Help me to hear you, see you, and find hope.
 
Wednesday – Psalm 34:17-18
Many of us hate to ask for help. We want to try to see if we can do it. We don’t want to appear needy. We don’t want to seem incapable. No, we want to show our power and worth. This is the core problem of pride. Pride keeps us from what we truly need. We need God’s help. We can not do life on our own. Calling out to God requires real humility. It means admitting our brokenness. It means acknowledging our real need. The Good News is God loves answering the call of the broken-hearted and the humble. God seeks to save the lost! Are you trying to prove your worth to God or are you calling our to God in humility today?
Pray: Holy Spirit, I need your help. I can not do this on my own. Help me humble myself that I might learn from you and be saved.
 
Thursday – Proverbs 20:29-30
“Youth is wasted on the young!” When I was a kid my grandpa used to say this a lot. Now that I’m older, I’m beginning to understand. What I’d give to know then what I know now. Wisdom is knowledge matched to experience. It can’t be taught, it must be lived. But really, what is experience? Aren’t our greatest learning experiences often our biggest struggles seen from the other side. In the midst of struggle, we have tunnel vision. All we know is the moment. But on the other side, we have wisdom. These two proverbs remind us that our pain, our struggle, is our opportunity to gain wisdom. Don’t lament, but look and learn. What is God trying to teach you today?
Pray: Heavenly Father, I often want cured of pain and removed from struggle. Instead, help me begin to learn and grow from it.
 
Friday – John 8:12
When I walk into a dark room, I turn on a light. Its practically reflex. Most of us only like to sleep in the dark. Jesus’ claim to be the light is incredible Good News for all people. We walk around in such darkness today. Wars, disease, hate, and death bombard us on the nightly news. This world is a scary place of darkness. Yet Jesus comes to shine His light. Following Jesus lets us really see. Yes, seeing is sometimes painful. Jesus is perfect, and a know I am not. Looking straight into the light lets me feel and know the darkness I’m so accustomed to. Yet, imagine a life lived in the full light and warmth of the Son. Do you crave light, do you yearn for hope? Come to Jesus. Repent and follow Him and you will know light!
Pray: Light of the World, you stepped down into my darkness that I might see. Open my eyes, restore me to life, fill me with your light.
 
Saturday – Luke 15:1-10
Why should you go to church? Its a fair question that many ask today. We can find great preaching on the radio, TV, or internet. We can sing along to any song any where with modern technology. We can read our bibles. We can find community in small groups. If church is about what I can get from it, we don’t need the church like we used to. But what if we took Jesus’s words in these two stories seriously. What if a church worship service wasn’t about what I got, but instead about who I brought. Imagine the celebration in your soul and in heaven if you brought an unchurched, lost, friend to church, and they chose to repent and be saved by Jesus. What if they got found because you brought them. Now thats something!
Pray: Loving God, you love to seek and save the lost. So often I make it about me. Help me know the joy of seeing someone found!

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