NEW BIBLE READING PLAN IN THE PSALMS!
Find someone to read through the first part of Psalms with! Starts tomorrow. The reading plan includes both growth questions and days for further reflection.
Click here for our "Like a Tree" Reading Plan
HOME CHURCH SERVICE
Passage: Psalm 1
Speaker: Pastor Jason
Title: GROWING (Seeking Growth)
READ PSALM 1, with special focus on the end of verse 3
What thoughts, questions and impressions do you have from listening to God's word?
Reminder: These questions from our Bible reading plans, and from last week's Home Church, are ones that we can ask in our seeking of growth as we read and meditate on the Bible.
What does God tell us about Himself in this reading?
What does this reading tell us about people (ourselves and/or others)?
What is something I can take from this reading and live out today?
What is something from this reading that I will share with someone else?
1) Why is it helpful to understand that there is an element of spiritual growth that we cannot choose, and at the same time there is an element that we can choose. Discuss the value of each of these, and talk about how the two work together.
2) "In all the he does, he prospers..." Psalm 1:3
i- Discuss how and why growth is a part of God's definition of prospering.
ii- We want to be a people that seek growth into closeness and conformity with Christ by the Holy Spirit.
Talk about biblical prospering in light of this statement
3) 1 Corinthians 3:1-7 is a passage that tells us that God is the one who brings our growth, but that shows us how we can participate in that. What is a point of encouragement or conviction that you need to hear from these verses?
4) Questions about seeking growth: Which these areas can hinder your own seeking of growth?
-Autopilot vs Expectation: Falling into routine without the expectancy of a growing encounter with God.
-Critic vs Disciple: missing out on God's growing opportunity for you because of criticism, preference and judgmentalism
- Information vs transformation: Focusing on what I can learn without looking for for God wants to grow me
5) Indeterminate Growers grow to their environment. They'll keep growing if put in a place conducive to that. Seekers of Jesus are indeterminate growers:
i- becasue there's always more of Jesus that we can grow into
ii- because the Holy Spirit has more to give to empower us for growth.
What way do you need to grow more like Jesus, and need the Spirit's power to do so?
Sundays 2020 for Kids - Today September 20th, 2020
Listen to God’s wisdom
Listen to the Lord's Song
Big Idea: We need one another.
Has anything you’ve heard from the teachings in Proverbs during this series stuck with you? Today in Proverbs we look at why we need to get along with other people!
Look up and read Proverbs 27:1-11.
Don’t brag about tomorrow. You don’t know what a day will bring. Let another person praise you, and not your own mouth. Let an outsider praise you, and not your own lips. Stones are heavy, and sand weighs a lot. But letting a foolish person make you angry is a heavier load than both of them. Anger is mean, and great anger overpowers you. But who can face jealousy? Being warned openly is better than being loved in secret. Wounds from a friend can be trusted. But an enemy kisses you many times. When you are full, you even hate honey. When you are hungry, even what is bitter tastes sweet. Anyone who runs away from home is like a bird that flies away from its nest. Perfume and incense bring joy to your heart. And the sweetness of a friend comes from their honest advice. Don’t desert your friend or a friend of your family. And don’t go to your relative’s house when trouble strikes you. A neighbor nearby is better than a relative far away. My son, be wise and bring joy to my heart. Then I can answer anyone who makes fun of me.
• Which proverb stands out to you?
• How could it help you be wise in getting along with others?
How are some ways that we’re better together in our families, in our home churches, and in the bigger church. Is it easier to grow in wisdom by ourselves or when we are together? Why?
Remember that wisdom is something we can ask God for any time!
“If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He will give it to you. God gives freely to everyone and doesn’t find fault.” James 1:5
Pray, “Thank you, God, for the gift of needing one another! Thank you that when we are together, we can help others grow in wisdom. Please encourage us in our togetherness today. Amen
Have a fantastic week Fort families!
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This month, we are encouraging you to continue with the Reach Out FLAG initiative for the duration of this COVID season. In addition to checking in with others, let us be intentional in our prayer.
This FLAG initiative is inspired by Philippians 1:8-11!
Intercessory prayer is one place where our heart for God and heart for others meet in a wonderful way. It's humbling to know that someone is praying for you, and it can be a huge encouragement to know what they are praying for you. Write-and-Send your prayer for someone to them by mail, email, text, WhatsApp or other social media!
This is a season for us to take care of one another and our community. May we grow and flourish in what it means to do "one anothering" well at this time, and may this include a growing comfort to reach out to one another in our time of need so we can love, serve, encourage, and otherwise care for one another. If you are not sure where to start, or who to talk to contact us through [email protected]
Just because we cannot gather as one large group, it doesn't mean we cannot gather at all. This is a season to look a little more like the early church: meeting in households with one another! This isn't a "second best" experience. There are opportunities for growth and connections that can't happen in the larger gathering!
If you can make some of the FLEFC family a part of your carefully expanded bubble, then we encourage you to meet with them Sundays. If your home allows you you the space to meet in a socially distanced manner, you can have a gathering of up to six even with those outside your bubble. We only encourage this if it can be done according to provincial guidelines and protocols!
In this season of drastic changes, the church continues to live out God's mission for us. We are finding and taking incredible opportunities to Seek God, Seek Growth and Seek Good for our neighbours. We ask you to prayerfully consider what faithful giving and worshipful stewardship look like in this season!
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