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A Clean Well Lighted Place (Multiply)

Imagining the Kingdom (Summer Playlist – Psalms)

Say It (Hope of a Kingdom)

Missional Creativity (Hope of a Kingdom)

The Good Way (Hope of a Kingdom)

Living in Promises (Hope of a Kingdom)

Identity (Hope of a Kingdom)

Hey! (Hope of a Kingdom)

And Then… (What’s Next?)

Work (What’s Next?)

Forgiving Living (What’s Next?)

What’s Now? (What’s Next)

Same Sending (What’s Next?)

Jesus Is (What’s Next?)

Alive in Christ

Fully Ready (Made Ready)

The Next Gen (Made Ready)

Equipped Through Worship (Made Ready)

Check Your Alignment (Made Ready)

Cultural Crossover (Made Ready)

God’s Story in You (Made Ready)

Made Ready

In View of God’s Mercy (Given. Love. Gives – part 3)

Rooted (Given. Love. Gives – part 2)

Reciprocate Generosity (Given. Love. Gives – part 1)

Your Calling (Yes, I Will – part 4)

I Can Relate (Yes, I Will – part 3)

A Patient Yes (Yes, I Will – part 2)

Your Best Yes (Yes, I Will – part 1)

He Came for All of Us

Ready, Set, Go! (part 4)

Ready, Set, Go! (part 3)

Ready, Set, Go! (part 2)

Ready, Set, Go! (part 1)

Gospel Bearing (part 2)

Questions to ask at every gathering…

  • What did the Holy Spirit say to you this past Sunday, or during the week?
  • What are you going to do about it?
  • How can we help?
  • How can we be praying for you?

Sermon Application:

Review 1 Timothy 2

…Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. (1 Tim 3:13)

  • What does it mean to have a “gospel bearing” in life?
  • How does having a gospel bearing balance who you are – in Christ, in communityand in our culture?
  • What do you need to change in your life to have a greater gospel bearing?

Additional Items/Events

• Please update your group of what’s going on from the most recent Weekly Update.

Gospel Bearing (part 2)

Questions to ask at every gathering…

  • What did the Holy Spirit say to you this past Sunday, or during the week?
  • What are you going to do about it?
  • How can we help?
  • How can we be praying for you?

Sermon Application:

Review 1 Timothy 2

…Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. (1 Tim 3:13)

  • What does it mean to have a “gospel bearing” in life?
  • How does having a gospel bearing balance who you are – in Christ, in communityand in our culture?
  • What do you need to change in your life to have a greater gospel bearing?

Additional Items/Events

• Please update your group of what’s going on from the most recent Weekly Update.

Gospel Bearing

Scripture Reference:

1 Timothy 3:13

13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.


Sermon Notes

Hermenuetics  =  A discipline for understanding and studying scripture.

When reading the bible, you have to take the time to understand the context, culture, and circumstance.

“All meaning is context dependent”  –  John Wimber

The context behind Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:

  • To secure proper teaching of the Gospel inside the church
  • To secure a persuasive teaching of the Gospel outside the church
  • Paul to Timothy – this is what I’ve been called to, I’m now calling you to.

1 Timothy 2:1-3  –  I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior …

Our purpose:

  • Have a posture / presence that is godly and Christ-like
  • To present a persuasive alternate to a broken world.
  • The gospel is not just information – it’s the transformation of your heart and how Jesus is reflected in you.

Christians can remain thankful and hopeful in the midst of life’s storms / chaos because we know we follow a king above all kings!  A king who we know is working towards something good.

Philippians 4:11-13:  –  11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Christians can remain confident and content because we can do everything through Jesus!

Four steps to take as a result of this message:

  1. Pray (for those above you and those against you)
  2. Remember the gospel in your life
  3. Identify your fears (it’s in those spaces where your faith needs work)
  4. Exercise faith in those spaces

Sermon Questions:

  1. How did the Holy Spirit speak to you personally through this message?
  2. As a result of this message, what steps is the spirit wanting you to take?
  3. Do you take time to understand the context, culture and circumstances of scripture?
  4. What does it mean to persuasively teach / deliver the gospel?
  5. How can you personally deliver the gospel in a way that’s persuasive?
  6. What does it mean to you to have a posture / presence that’s godly and Christ-like?
  7. Is your faith in God, the king of kings, strong enough that you remain thankful / hopeful in the midst of life’s storms and chaos?  Share an example.
  8. How do you remember the gospel in your life?
  9. Are you able to identify your fears?  If no, what steps can you take to identify them?  If yes, how do you exercise faith in those spaces?

Additional Events & Dates

  • Life Support – Grief Share:  grieving the loss of a loved one?  You don’t have to do it alone.  We have a Grief Share support group that meets every Monday from 7-8:30pm at the Vista Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.  For more information, contact lifesupport@vistacc.org.
  • Operation Christmas Child:  boxes are due back on Sunday, Novemeber 11.

Gospel Bearing

A King and A Kingdom

A King and a Kingdom

Gospel Life

Scripture

They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.  –  1 Timothy 1:7


Sermon Notes

Christians are no longer under the law.

  • Galatians 5:18  –  … you are not under the law

What’s your definition of a Christian?  Is it someone who believes the bible, goes to church and believes in Jesus?

We have to understand what’s at the core of Christianity.  Not knowing the core makes the church ineffective.

Paul instructed Timothy to not just teach the Gospel but to embrace and live it!

  • The rabbinical example of the time was was to follow and emulate your rabbi.  Do as he did.

The Law = Pre-Jesus, Jewish, way of relating to God.  As we understand the law, we realize there’s no way we could ever measure up to it.

  • The lawful approach to God is flawed.
  • Jesus says that if you’ve thought about it, you’ve already failed!

Critical essence of the Gospel  is you don’t deserve God’s grace and mercy!

  • Your Christianity is not dependent by what you do or don’t do!

With regards to the law, Jesus did three things:

  1. He resolved/fulfilled it (Matthew 5:17 and Romans 8:3)
  2. He repurposed it (1 Timothy 1:8-11)
  3. He reduced it (Matthew 22:35-40)

Jesus helped us see that the law isn’t a pathway but a mirror.  The law reminds us of our need for Jesus.

Jesus boiled down all of the commands of God into one: love.  And He says, love like me and you will be in alignment with the law!

Those of Jesus are free of the law and free to live!

The church often tries to control people by giving them laws/rules to operate/live by.  You can’t “law” someone into loving others.  Loving others happens when we understand what’s at the core of Christianity.  It happens when we believe, teach, model and facilitate the Gospel!

Those of Jesus are free of the law and free to live!

  • Accept the continuous free gift of God: Jesus, who lifts the burden of earning his affirmation and affection.
  • Live a life of love in alignment with God’s law.
  • Be active guardians of the gospel against the insidious threat of non-gospel teaching, motivation and action, that promote legalism, pride and oppression among Christians and church.

Sermon Questions

  1. How did this message impact you?
  2. As a result of hearing this message, what do you sense God calling you to do?
  3. What do you say when someone asks you if you’re a Christian?  Is your response going to be different after hearing this message?
  4. Paul told Timothy to not just teach but to embrace and live the Gospel.  How do you personally embrace and live it?
  5. Do you find yourself trying to measure up to the law?
  6. What does it mean to you when you hear that you are no longer under the law?
  7. What are you reflecting  –  a good, beautiful loving God … or … a decaying world?
  8. Vista’s model is to keep church simple.  We don’t institute many laws/rules hoping people will follow them.  Instead, we want people following and loving like Jesus.  Is this different from other churches and experiences you’ve had in the past?
  9. Have you accepted the continuous and free gift of Jesus?  If yes, who are you sharing this gift with?
  10. Do you have a Bless 1o list  –  a list of 10 people who you know are far from God and that you’re praying for?

Additional Events & Dates

  • Child Dedications – Oct 21, We celebrate this wonderful occasion as a church body, supporting parents as they commit to raising their child/ren in a Christ centered home. If you are interested, please sign up HERE. Questions?  Email Evan Uhl
  • Lazelle Halloween Party – Oct 27, 5-8pm @ Lazelle Community Center: We have another opportunity to partner with our neighbors up the street from us at the Lazelle Community Center. They are hosting a Halloween event for 500 people and are looking for help to make the event work. If you’re interested in serving, please reach out to Marjorie Scott. This is a great way to get the whole family involved, as kids are welcome to serve too!
  • Mondays – Grief Share Support Group.  Are you grieving the loss of a loved one?  You don’t have to do it alone.  For more information contact Vista Life Support or register here. Also Surviving the Holidays one night seminar on October 18. Sign up on Vista website.
  • Christmas Choir & Orchestra Sign-ups.  Looking for a place to worship and build community?  It’s that time of the year!  Sign-up for choir or orchestra here or email Kim Webb.
  • Baptism – A public display of faith in Christ, we will be baptizing folks in the next few weeks. If you are interested in being baptized or have questions about it, contact Ali Hooper.

Gospel Life

Gospel Love

Gospel Love

Scripture Reference

1 Timothy 1: 3-5 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, 4nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. 5But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 

Galatians 5:6b The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

Sermon Notes

The teaching and application of the Gospel is of chief importance for the church. (Gal 1:6-7)

Mark 1:14-15

  • The gospel is a long anticipated plan of God; a moment within a movement; the surprising arrival of God incarnate…God showing up in the flesh
  • The gospel is an event that ushered in a new movement of God which includes a new King…a death-conquering, everlasting King.
  • The Gospel is the unexpected and personal nearness of God, namely Jesus, through whose life we can see the truth, through whose sacrifice we can escape bonds of shame and inadequacy, and through whom we’re folded into God’s deeply meaningful eternal restoration plan.
  • Mark 1:14-15 -> the 1st part is truth, 2nd part is repent and believe

1 Tim 1:3-4

If you wanted to internalize this message…

I believe the God-come-near, death-conquering, King Jesus is the only one who repairs my soul and all of what’s deeply wrong in the world.

I turn away from all other life-promising approaches and kins, and trust him alone to transform and restore me and everything in due time.

All areas of life including church needed to be first infused with the gospel.

Whatever you believer develops into practices, which develops into a system.

1 Cor 7:17

Faith in Jesus’ sacrificial work of love repurposes our work and revolutionizes our love.

To radically practice a Gospel life within the current circumstances, constraints, and consequences of life…LOVE.

Galatians 5:6 -> faith and love make us godly

Application & Questions

  1. How were you impacted by the message? What stuck out to you?
  2. What are some things that are most important to you or you are most afraid of losing or that you want the most? How do those things shape your life and routines?
  3. With the way that the Gospel is described above, how has your life been impacted by it? What do you need to do as a result of the Gospel?
  4. What are some systems that you participate in to perpetuate faith in Jesus?
  5. How is faith in Jesus’ sacrificial work of love repurposing your work and revolutionizing your love? What are you doing or going to do (how could you) to show love in a revolutionary way?
  6. What steps of faith are you taking right now?

Additional Items & Events

  • Mondays  –  Grief Share Support Group.  Are you grieving the loss of a loved one?  You don’t have to do it alone.  For more information contact Vista Life Support or register here. Also Surviving the Holidays one night seminar on October 18. Sign up on Vista website.
  • Christmas Choir & Orchestra Sign-ups.  Looking for a place to worship and build community?  It’s that time of the year!  Sign-up for choir or orchestra here or email Kim Webb.
  • Baptism – A public display of faith in Christ, we will be baptizing folks in the next few weeks. If you are interested in being baptized or have questions about it, contact Pastor Justin.
  • Child Dedications – Oct 21, We celebrate this wonderful occasion as a church body, supporting parents as they commit to raising their child/ren in a Christ centered home. If you are interested, please sign up HERE. Questions?  Email Evan Uhl
  • Rapids Hangout – 5th – 8th graders, 6 – 7:30pm at the VW building. 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday evenings. Come HANGOUT with us in a casual space to have fun and grow our faith. Contact Angie Bell or Kyle Collette for details.

Advancing the Gospel

Advancing the Gospel

Good, Faithful and True

Good, Faithful and True

Scripture

18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.


Sermon Notes

The Gospel isn’t to be enjoyed by yourself  –  it’s to be enjoyed with others.

On the road to Damascus, Paul met Jesus and called him beyond himself (Acts 9).  We have the same call to live beyond ourselves.

  • We carry the Spirit of God with us
  • Heaven and earth overlap in our hearts

Paul and Timothy both exhibited Gospel Behaviors.  Gospel Behaviors = Transformative Initiatives.  As Jesus people, we have to be willing to lean in, trust and follow God in space we don’t necessarily want to go!

Timothy was circumcised so that God could use him to reach all people  –  even the Jews  –  with the gospel.  In many way, our hearts are circumcised by Jesus, meaning we give up our desires for the sale of the Gospel … for the sake of others.

Pistis (Greek) for faith  =  faithfulness, loyalty, allegiance and trust.

Paul sent Timothy to Ephesus because hadn’t held onto their faith  –  they were hearers but not doers.

  • They carried and depended on the law, not the Gospel
  • They were trusting in themselves and lower-g Gods (money, sex, etc.) for fulfillment
  • They loved what kept them captive.  The had Stockholm Syndrome.
  • Stockholm Syndrome = feelings of trust or affection felt in certain cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim toward a captor

We are called to bring the kingdom to bear … To love beyond reason … to be an accurate reflection of hope!

We are called not to just enjoy grace but to share it … to spread it!

  • It’s not about be a better reflection of you but rather an accurate reflection of Jesus

Sermon Application / Questions

  1. How were you impacted by this message?
  2. After hearing this message, what step is God wanting you to take?
  3. The Gospel isn’t to be enjoyed by yourself – how do you enjoy it with others?
  4. All Christians carry the Spirit of God. How does the spirit manifest itself in you?
  5. Are there spaces God’s calling you to that will allow you to exhibit Gospel behaviors (leaning, trusting, following)?
  6. Do you have an example of when you leaned, trusted and followed God into a challenging / difficult space?  How did God show-up for you?
  7. How do you apply the word of God instead of just hearing it?
  8. How do you bring the Kingdom of God to bear, or, love beyond reason?  Give an example or two.
  9. Do you find yourself trusting in you or in other lower-case “g” Gods instead of God?  What lower-case “g” Gods do you put your trust into?
  10. Would those who know you (neighbors, coworkers, classmates) say your an accurate reflection of Jesus?

Additional Items / Events

  • Mondays  –  Grief Share Support Group.  Are you grieving the loss of a loved one?  You don’t have to do it alone.  For more information contact Vista Life Support or register here.
  • Christmas Choir & Orchestra Sign-ups.  Looking for a place to worship and build community?  It’s that time of the year!  Sign-up for choir or orchestra here or email Kim Webb.
  • Interested in getting baptized?  We’re thinking of holding a second baptism before it get much colder.  If you’re interested in taking this step or have questions, please contact  Ali Hooper.

 

What’s the Gospel

Scripture Reference

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.  1 Timothy 1:15


Sermon Notes

We are flawed and immature people … the church is full of flawed and immature people … as a result the church is flawed.

The Ark of the Covenant  =  the embodiment of God’s presence with the Israelites. The atonement cover (or mercy seat) that covered the ark was God’s throne (2 Sam 6:2) and God’s presence was above it (Lev 16:2)  –  it was also the place where God met Moses and gave him commands (Ex 25:22). If someone approached the ark, they would effectively be in God’s presence  –  a sinner standing before a holy God who does not tolerate evil (Ps 5:4-6) – and would die as a result of their sins.

  • If anyone looked into or touched the Ark, they were struck down by God.
  • 1 Chronicles 13:7-10:  Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark and he was struck down.
  • Uzzah was well meaning … he was well intentioned  –  just like you and I!

The Pharisees pushed people away who couldn’t live up to the law.  We do the same!

Rules aren’t the primary emphasis of Paul’s letters  –  he wasn’t pushing a church model, rather, he was pushing everyone to live as a believer.  He was pushing the Gospel!

  • Paul had one agenda: the teaching and application of the Gospel in its purest form, in order to keep the church on message, on mission, on fire…
  • These aren’t new rules for the church  –  these are new initiatives for our heart!
  • Paul preached that Jesus wanted us to deal with our heart!
  • Galatians 1:6-7  –  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.

Gospel Leader  =  someone who understands the Gospel and lives it out

Gospel  =  GOOD NEWS!  The kingdom of God is near and available to anyone!

  • We TRUST the one who has completely TRUSTED God!

Mark 1:14-15  –  14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

G.O.S.P.E.L

  • Garden (Adam & Eve)
  • Old Testament (Israel)
  • Savior (Jesus)
  • People of God (Church)
  • Edge of Gospel (Missional)
  • Life as it should be (Heaven)

The Gospel is an anticipation (hope), a confrontation (decision) and a reflection of Jesus.

The church stays on track by those who believe they’ve been shown great mercy.

  • 1 Timothy 1:15-17  –  15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Sermon application / questions

  1. How were you impacted by this message?
  2. After hearing this message, what step is God wanting you to take?
  3. Do you recognize that you’re flawed and immature?  What steps can you take to address this?
  4. Do you hold people to the law that you yourself can’t live up to (think of the Pharisees)?
  5. Jesus wants us to address and deal with our sinful / immature hearts.  What area(s) of your heart need addressed?
  6. A Gospel Leader is someone who understands the Gospel and lives it out.  Do you understand the Gospel?  What does it mean for you personally?
  7. How do you live the gospel out?
  8. Christians trust the one who completely trusted God.  In what ways do you trust Jesus?  How did Jesus completely trust God?
  9. Based on 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Christians have been shown great mercy so that Jesus might be on display through us.  How is Jesus on display through you?
  10. Who on your Bless 10 list in your world needs to see Jesus on display?  How can you share the Gospel with them?

Additional Items/Events

  • Christmas Choir & Orchestra Sign-ups.  Looking for a place to worship and build community?  It’s that time of the year!  Sign-up for choir or orchestra here or email Kim Webb.

What’s the Gospel?

Always the Gospel

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 7:17 “…each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.”


Sermon Notes

Context: Timothy is the leader of the Ephesian church when Paul writes the letter we call 1 Timothy.

  • The behavioral and structural issues Paul talks about in his letters are not his priority.  His priority is the gospel.
    • 1 Cor 7:17 The rule: live like a believer…

All areas of life and church needed to be infused with the gospel.

  • If the hearer doesn’t change then the brokenness of life and church will remain, no matter how many behaviors (even right ones) you try to put on top of it.
  • We love our old ways … we don’t necessarily want to change.

Paul had one agenda:  the teaching and application of the Gospel in it purest form, at all costs.

The church has one job:  love one another as Jesus has loved you.

The Gospel  =  the Kingdom of God is here.  God is no longer distant – He is here with us (Immanuel) and available to anyone who puts their faith, hope and trust in Jesus.

1 Tim 1:10-11 -> Take care of issues by going to the heart of the matter…the gospel

At the core of every matter of the healthy CHURCH is the gospel.

Every healthy church member is a gospel LEADER.


Application & Questions

  1. How were you impacted by this message?
  2. After hearing this message, what step is God wanting you to take?
  3. Do you know what the Gospel is?  How would you explain it to someone?
  4. How do we live in light of the Gospel regardless of our life structures and circumstances?
  5. What are some things in life that impact you in some way that would be different if all involved were committed to Gospel?
  6. How can your commitment to the Gospel begin to change those spaces? How have you seen that happen already in your life?
  7. How do you practically love one another as Jesus has loved you?

Additional Items/Events

  • Mon, Sep 17  –  Grief Share Support Group.  Are you grieving the loss of a loved one?  You don’t have to do it alone.  For more information contact Vista Life Support or register here.
  • Christmas Choir & Orchestra Sign-ups.  Looking for a place to worship and build community?  It’s that time of the year!  Sign-up for choir or orchestra here or email Kim Webb.
  • Sun, Sep 23  –  Discover Vista.  Are you or someone you know new to Vista?  Do you have questions about the church?  Would you like to take the next step?  Join us for lunch following church in the commons area of DJHS.  Contact Ali Hooper to RSVP or if you have questions.

Always the Gospel

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 7:17 “…each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.”

Sermon Notes

Context: Timothy is the leader of the Ephesian church when Paul writes the letter we call 1 Timothy

  • The behavioral and structural issues Paul talks about in his letters are not his priority. His priority is the gospel.
    • 1 Cor 7:17 The rule: live like a believer…

All areas of life and church needed to be infused with the gospel

  • If the hear doesn’t change then the brokenness of life and church will remain, no matter how many behaviors (even right one) you try to put on top of it.

Paul had one agenda: The teaching and application of the Gospel in it purest form, at all costs.

Galatians 1:6-7

Galatians 3:26-29

1 Tim 1:10-11 -> Take care of issues by going to the heart of the matter…the gospel

John 13:34

At the core of every matter of the healthy church is the gospel.

Every healthy church member is a gospel leader.

Application & Questions

  1. What were you impacted by in the message?
  2. How do we live in light of the Gospel regardless of our life structures and circumstance?
  3. What are some things in life that impact you in some way that would be different if all involved were committed to Gospel?
  4. How can your commitment to the Gospel begin to change those spaces? How have you seen that happen already in your life?

Additional Items/Events

  • Baptism – Sept 16 during the service. Email Pastor Justin (justin.bradshaw@vistacc.org) if interested.
  • Grief Share – Sept 17 is the first meeting of this group. Go to vistacommunitychurch.org/life-support/ for more details and to register.

 

RELATIONVISION: Forward or Backword

Scripture Reference

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  –  Philippians 3:13-14

“I am making everything new!”  –  Revelation 21:5

 


 

Sermon Notes

  • Be shaped by the voice of God, not the LIES of the past.
    • Past relationships impact today’s
  • GOSSIP ties others to the lies of their past.
    • Allow Gods words to be the biggest shaper of our lives
    • Be shaped by the voice of God, not the lies of the past
  • Be EDUCATED by the past and fueled by the future.
    • Live forward … speak love and truth today
  • Be blessed to be a BLESSING.
    • Live to be a blessing, not to get one

Take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5)

We are not wise about relationships (Proverbs 18)

Words can heal and kill (Proverbs 12)

We repeat what we don’t repair!

Everyone we see is struggling with a lie.  Your words can change that!

 


 

Application & Questions

  1. What about this message stood out for you?
  2. After hearing this message, what step is God wanting you to take?
  3. How have past relationships impacted your relationships today?
  4. What actions, thoughts or words do you REPEAT as a result of your heart not being repaired?
  5. What does it mean to take every thought captive?
  6. What is a truth you need to hear and believe about God right now?
  7. How can you be a blessing to someone this week?
  8. How does being a blessing bless you?
  9. What lie do you believe about yourself right now?  Share this lie with someone and ask them to pray against that lie.
  10. How can you speak healing words into the lives of others?  Look for opportunities to speak words of affirmation / encouragement to each other.

 


 

Additional Items/Events

  • Mon, Sep 17  –  Grief Share Support Group.  Are you grieving the loss of a loved one?  You don’t have to do it alone.  For more information contact Vista Life Support or register here.
  • Christmas Choir & Orchestra Sign-ups.  Looking for a place to worship and build community?  It’s that time of the year!  Sign-up for choir or orchestra here or email Kim Webb.
  • Sun, Sep 23  –  Discover Vista.  Are you or someone you know new to Vista?  Do you have questions about the church?  Would you like to take the next step?  Join us for lunch following church in the commons area of DJHS.  Contact Ali Hooper to RSVP or if you have questions.

RELATIONVISION: Love is …

Love Is…

Sermon Notes

Relationvision is taking God at His word for the benefit of relationship…thinking the best of people because of what Christ has done for you and for them (imputed righteousness).

Do you see the world’s vision for love (fantasy) or God’s vision (reality)?

Mark 12:30-31

  • Love is even more demanding than the law
    • Love is demanding

John 13:34-35

  • Love is deliberate
    • Matt 7:12
    • Luke 6:35
    • John 13:14-15
    • Rom 12:10

Phil 2:1-12 -> The love we are to exhibit is radically others-centered

  • Love is dying to self
    • We would do best if we recognized there are no neutral interactions with people
    • Rom 13:8
      • expectations put other people in our debt

Mark 10:43-45

  • Love is devoid of expectations
    • Stop being surprised by people being people (brokenness)
    • Solution: Walk in your strengths and deal with your weaknesses
      • lay down your expectations

Prov 17:17

  • Love is difficult
    • John 3:18

When we understand difficulty, we can better experience richness (in relationships)

Luke 9:24-25

Application & Questions

  1. What impacted you about the message?
  2. How can this challenging message actually be one of freedom or help to you? How will you “see” differently as a result?
  3. Which “Love is ____” statement do you most resonate with? Why?
  4. How can you lay down your expectations in relationships but still have desires within/for the relationship? How do those two things go together in relationships?

Additional Items/Events

  • MEGA Group: Sunday, Aug 26, 5:30-7:30pm RSVP here

I Did What?

Scripture Reference

John 9:1-12 1As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4“We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5“While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” 6When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, 7and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing. 8Therefore the neighbors, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying, “Is not this the one who used to sit and beg?” 9Others were saying, “This is he,” still others were saying, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the one.” 10So they were saying to him, “How then were your eyes opened?” 11He answered, “The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went away and washed, and I received sight.” 12They said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.”

Sermon Notes

2 postures that inhibit you having the relationship with God that He wants:

  1. It’s not my fault
  2. I don’t have blind spots

Humility and honesty are essential in moving from a general to a personal knowledge of God

Jesus meets people at the crossroads of their insufficiencies and the challenges of real life.

  • John 9 -> Jesus meets the blind man and touches him in/on the very place he is most insufficient and insecure

John 9:1-3

  • We think that our actions compel the action of God
  • Don’t worry. God’s world doesn’t revolve around you.
  • Our conditions are for the purposes of God’s work
    • 1 Thes. 5:16-18
  • Trusting God in the spaces that usually bring fear is where God shows up in more concrete ways.

John 9:4-7

  • We must do the work…the time is short…particularly to repent
  • God has shown up in your life…Do you remember it?
  • When God works, our work is to repent and work.

If we knew the ways God wants to change us, we would probably avoid it.

Your actions/response to God are likely going to be simple, counter-intuitive, but urgent.

What is God prompting you to do? Are you not doing it because it isn’t big enough or urgent enough?

It is unnecessary for you to over-complicate your story or over-state your knowledge of God.

  • Learn to say what is. -> Learn to say what God has done in your life.

Application & Questions

  1. What were struck by in the message or the Scripture passage?
  2. Do you ever feel like you are just not connecting with God? What do you think the problem is? What is keeping you from connecting with God?
  3. When in your life have you recognized your insufficiencies and God showed up?
  4. How has God shown up in your life? How does remembering that impact your life?
  5. What work or steps of faith is God prompting you into now? How does repentance play a role in you doing this work?

Additional Items/Events

  • Fri, Jun 8 – Missions Prayer / Worship Night.  Let’s join together to hear from, pray over and worship with our missions team before they leave.  The time will take place at our Worthington Campus from 7-8:30pm.apt
  • Baptisms – Interested in taking the this next step of faith?  We’re planning for baptisms this Summer!  If interested or if you have questions, please contact Ali Hooper.

I Did What?

Scripture Reference

John 9:1-12 1As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4“We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5“While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” 6When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, 7and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing. 8Therefore the neighbors, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying, “Is not this the one who used to sit and beg?” 9Others were saying, “This is he,” still others were saying, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the one.” 10So they were saying to him, “How then were your eyes opened?” 11He answered, “The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went away and washed, and I received sight.” 12They said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.”

Sermon Notes

2 postures that inhibit you having the relationship with God that He wants:

  1. It’s not my fault
  2. I don’t have blind spots

Humility and honesty are essential in moving from a general to a personal knowledge of God

Jesus meets people at the crossroads of their insufficiencies and the challenges of real life.

  • John 9 -> Jesus meets the blind man and touches him in/on the very place he is most insufficient and insecure

John 9:1-3

  • We think that our actions compel the action of God
  • Don’t worry. God’s world doesn’t revolve around you.
  • Our conditions are for the purposes of God’s work
    • 1 Thes. 5:16-18
  • Trusting God in the spaces that usually bring fear is where God shows up in more concrete ways.

John 9:4-7

  • We must do the work…the time is short…particularly to repent
  • God has shown up in your life…Do you remember it?
  • When God works, our work is to repent and work.

If we knew the ways God wants to change us, we would probably avoid it.

Your actions/response to God are likely going to be simple, counter-intuitive, but urgent.

What is God prompting you to do? Are you not doing it because it isn’t big enough or urgent enough?

It is unnecessary for you to over-complicate your story or over-state your knowledge of God.

  • Learn to say what is. -> Learn to say what God has done in your life.

Application & Questions

  1. What were struck by in the message or the Scripture passage?
  2. Do you ever feel like you are just not connecting with God? What do you think the problem is? What is keeping you from connecting with God?
  3. When in your life have you recognized your insufficiencies and God showed up?
  4. How has God shown up in your life? How does remembering that impact your life?
  5. What work or steps of faith is God prompting you into now? How does repentance play a role in you doing this work?

Additional Items/Events

  • Mon, May 28 – Memorial Day Parade Join other VW folks at the Worthington Memorial Day Parade. For details of when and where to meet contact Marjorie Scott (mgrafton.9@gmail.com).
  • Fri, Jun 8 – Missions Prayer / Worship Night.  Let’s join together to hear from, pray over and worship with our missions team before they leave.  The time will take place at our Worthington Campus from 7-8:30pm.apt

A Tale of Two Miracles

A Tale of Two Miracles

Scripture Reference

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.


Sermon Notes

  • Both the women who was unclean and Jairus had two things in common:
    • They were both desperate for Jesus
    • They both had simple, flawed faith
  • Often the more knowledge we have, the less we feel we need Jesus.
  • We need to see our need for Jesus.  For us to see our need, it requires us to step, to move out of our comfort, to trust:
    • Faith has to be active  –  we have to be hearers and doers
    • Faith has to be personal  –  we have to know Jesus
    • Faith has to be flawed  –  we aren’t always going to get it right
  • We have to be ok with being flawed people.  Jesus loves us right there regardless!
  • We will never cease to be flawed people God isn’t looking for perfection.
    • God doesn’t just want to change our thinking … He wants to transform our hearts!
  • Our understanding of Jesus is flawed – it’s about transformation of our hearts, our perspective, our actions, our lives!
  • We try to improve our life by putting our trust in things we believe we satisfy us.  In reality, we’re “dying of improvement.”
  • It’s not the strength of our faith that saves you, it’s the strength of the one who you put your faith into!

Sermon Apps and Questions

  1. What did God want you to hear in this message?
  2. What does He want you to do with it … how does it become actionable for you?
  3. Are you keenly aware of your need for Jesus?
  4. If not Jesus, what are you trusting in to satisfy you?
  5. We all have to understand that we’re flawed.  How is your faith flawed and how does it impact your understanding of Jesus?
  6. Adam mentioned that there are things we look to thinking they will improve our life.  He said we “Dying of improvement.”   What does that phrase mean to you?
  7. How is God transforming your life?
  8. The Kingdom of God is now but not yet.
    • In what ways do you see the Kingdom of God breaking into your world now?
    • In what ways are you waiting for the Kingdom to come?

Additional Items / Events

  • Sun, May 20 – Middle School Z-Night Baptisms (grades 5-8).  Invite and join middle schoolers for an evening of fun, worship and baptisms!  Z-Night is held at the Dublin Office and Family & Student from 5:30-7:30pm.  For questions, email Andrew Woody.
  • Fri, Jun 8 – Missions Prayer / Worship Night.  Let’s join together to hear from, pray over and worship with our missions team before they leave.  The time will take place at our Worthington Campus from 7-8:30pm.apt
  • Baptisms – Interested in taking the this next step of faith?  We’re planning for baptisms this Summer!  If interested or if you have questions, please contact Ali Hooper.

 

It Is I

It Is I

Effortless Power

Effortless Power

Scripture Reference

Matt 8:28-34 28When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,c two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29“What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”

30Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”

32He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

Mark 5:18-20 18As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolisb how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

Sermon Notes

The only two options you have to ground your life in are fear and faith.

  • Only faith…trusting the One who is in control…can diminish your fear.

Matt 8:28 -> There is demonic activity and influence in our world, you’re susceptible, and some are afflicted to the degree that defines them.

Jesus is from above and beyond us – a realm where He is known and feared by the dark forces as the Son of God.

Scripture categorizes people (generally) in 3 ways…

  1. wise ~ hear the truth and act on it
  2. fool ~ hear the truth but don’t do anything about it until there are consequences
  3. evil

To deny the existence of evil is to question the integrity of Jesus and the scriptures, to be subject to the Deceiver’s greatest lie, and to spend much of life fighting the wrong battles.

Matt 8:30-32 -> the demon presence is separate

Matt 8:33-34 -> What is the subject of the story if the demon possession thing is an add on?

  • the townspeople are just as afflicted as the demoniac, just not as visibly so.
  • Bad news: If you want separation from Jesus, He’ll give it to you.

Mark 5:18-20 -> Do you see? Will you go?

Application & Questions

  1. What were you struck by in this message?
  2. What has your opinion/thinking/belief been with regard to evil?
  3. What did you learn about who Jesus is as a result of this account? How are you impacted by it?
  4. How have you seen God heal you and then use your experience in the same place as you were before? (…just like the men who were healed, but were told they couldn’t go with Jesus and instead told people in the area about what had happened.)
  5. What do you think God wants you to do as a result of this message? (Do you see? Will you go?)
  6. What faith steps are you taking right now and how do you think you need Jesus to show up?

Additional Items/Events

  • Sun, May 13 – Child Dedications Are you interested in dedicating your child/ren this spring? If so, fill out a response HERE. There will be a mandatory parent class on May 9. More details to follow. Questions? Contact Andrew Woody
  • Sun, May 27 – Cookout After Church Plan on staying after the service on May 27 and we’ll have a cookout lunch together. More details to come.
  • Mon, May 28 – Memorial Day Parade Join other VW folks at the Worthington Memorial Day Parade. For details of when and where to meet contact Marjorie Scott (mgrafton.9@gmail.com).

Calming Control

Calming Control

Scripture Reference

Mark 4:35-41 35That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

39He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Sermon Notes

Jesus isn’t just an inspirational leader, a compassionate pastor, or a dynamic and insightful teacher.

  • If you don’t know who Jesus is at the core, then you are a long way off in your understanding.

Who is Jesus and what are we going to do about it? Three clues that reveal who He is and the pathway to know Him…

  1. He’s asleep in the storm!
    • Mark 4:37-38a
    • The soundly-sleeping man in the boat is the fully-trusting Son of God
  2. The atmospheric conditions that envelop the planet, obey Him!
    • Mark 4:39
    • Having power over the sea is particularly meaningful…sea ~ evil, chaos
    • This soaking wet, perfectly balanced Jesus surrounded by the shockingly peaceful sea is the all-powerful Jesus
  3. They were “terrified”
    • Mark 5:41
    • The fairly normal-looking man of no special stature, frighteningly beyond a powerful teacher, pastor or leader, instead is God…they are face to face with God…And it is freaking them out.

What’s YOUR view of Jesus?

  1. Storms coexist with Jesus
    • The storms of life, while possibly traumatic, are quite normal and natural
    • Jesus is with us in the storm
    • He saves us through the storm not necessarily from the storm
    • Are you willing to trust the unalterable plans and purposes of God in the storms of your life?
  2. Rebuke
    • Mark 4:40 “Why are you so afraid?”
    • Are you willing to be called out?
    • All that we need to be rebuked for is based in fear.
    • When we turn from God, it is a vain grab at control.
  3. Faith
    • Mark 4:40 “Do you still have no faith?”
    • Where there is Jesus, there is not fear.
    • Rom 10:9

Application & Questions

  1. What were you impacted by in the message?
  2. With what’s going on in your life right now, how do you respond to the Jesus’ questions, “why are you so afraid” and “do you still have no faith?”
  3. Because there is a difference between doubt and fear, what are you afraid of? Has Jesus ever proven Himself to you before? How can that proof help ease your fears now?
  4. What are some times/storms in your life that Jesus has saved you through? How has that shaped you? How do you recognize yourself living and trusting Him differently than before?
  5. What step of faith are you in the midst of now? How does this account help you trust Jesus? What do you think God wants you to do as a result of this message?

Additional Items/Events

  • Sat, May 5 (8am – 1pm) – Worthington Service Day Each year, on the first Saturday in May, community volunteers join Leadership Worthington in helping senior citizens and others in need with projects around their homes and property. This is a great opportunity to continue to serve to folks in the community. Pancake breakfast and check-in starts at 8am, projects start at 9am and it usually doesn’t last all the way till 1pm. Check out the Service Day webpage or contact Marjorie Scott, Vista Worthington’s Local Impact Coordinator, for details and to indicate interest in helping.
  • Sun, May 13 – Child Dedications Are you interested in dedicating your child/ren this spring? If so, fill out a response HERE. There will be a mandatory parent class on May 9. More details to follow. Questions? Contact Andrew Woody

A Line in the Sand

Scripture Reference

John 5:6  –  When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”


Sermon Notes

  1. Jesus asks if we want to get better.  This also equates to do you want to see something different?
  2. We’re comfortable not being well because …
    • If we see Jesus more clearly, it’s going to expose us
    • We purposely refuse to “see” because of this very reason.
  3. We have life spaces where we don’t believe God can change or God will move.  There’s nothing beyond God’s capacity in out life!
    • We distance ourselves from God because of past experiences.
    • God’s always at work … He’s always moving – it’s our posture that’s changed.
    • John 5:16-17   –   So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
  4. God moves when we least expect it.  It’s not about us but rather about His mercy, power and timing.
  5. We’re afraid that seeing God is going to tilt us beyond what we’re comfortable with.  It’s a faith issue!
  6. We have to trust God to not only move but for the follow-up as well.  We want God to give us the miracle than we want to be done with him.
  7. When we travel and entertain life apart from God, life goes poorly.
    • John 5:14-15  –  Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.
  8. Jesus puts me on trial.
  9. When we stop living outside of God’s bounds, things could get worse.  This is what sin does to us.
    • Sin = trusting stuff instead of God.
  10. We have to be willing to admit that we can’t believe / trust our own heart and ability to see.
  11. The result of that trial determine my future.

Sermon Questions / Application

  1. Was there something in particular that stood out for you from this message?
  2. As a result of hearing it, what is God compelling you to do?
  3. In John 5:6, Jesus asks, “Do you want to get well?”  What does that question mean for you personally?
  4. In light of the crippled man in this story, do you see yourself in the same light?  Do you recognize that you’re sick / diseased because of your sin?
  5. Do you come before God in prayer and routinely confess of your sin?
  6. Are you comfortable with your sin … are you ok if it doesn’t change?  Why / why not?
  7. What is it that God desires to change within your heart?  Do you have people around you that will encourage you to take steps and help keep you accountable?
  8. What would it look like for you to move outside of your comfortable, self-serving space and into a space where you’re living a full-life in God?  What step(s) would you take?  What’s prevented you from taking them?
  9. What’s your posture towards God  –  do you trust that He’s going to move … or … do you believe that He won’t change anything?  What’s led to this posture?
  10. Have you experienced a time when you were outside of God’s bounds and a life space / situation became worse?

Additional Items / Events

 

  • Sat, May 5 (8am – 1pm) – Worthington Service Day Each year, on the first Saturday in May, community volunteers join Leadership Worthington in helping senior citizens and others in need with projects around their homes and property. This is a great opportunity to continue to serve to folks in the community. Pancake breakfast and check-in starts at 8am, projects start at 9am and it usually doesn’t last all the way till 1pm. Check out the Service Day webpage or contact Marjorie Scott, Vista Worthington’s Local Impact Coordinator, for details and to indicate interest in helping.
  • Sun, May 13 – Child Dedications Are you interested in dedicating your child/ren this spring? If so, fill out a response HERE. There will be a mandatory parent class on May 9. More details to follow. Questions? Contact Andrew Woody

A Line in the Sand

The Old is Gone, The New Has Come

The Old is Gone, The New Has Come

Scripture Reference

John 2:1-12 1On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

4“Woman,a why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.b

7Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

8Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, 9and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

11What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

12After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.

Sermon Notes

It is through the “what” that Jesus shows who He is.

John starts the book by naming Jesus:

  • vs 1-18) Word of God, Creator, Light of the World
  • vs 19-51) Messiah, the Prophet, Jesus, Lamb of God, one who baptizes with the Spirit, Chosen of God, rabbi, anointed one, son of Joseph, Nazarene, Son of God, King of Israel, Son of Man

John is writing so that two things may happen:

  1. We would be able to answer the question, “who is Jesus?”
  2. And we would have a personal encounter with Him and com away forever changed. (…we would become disciples)

John 1:5 –> God is here…

God is here and it is announced at a wedding–>this is a perfect place to announce it because Jews had this imagery already

Amos 9:13-15 –> This is the foundation of the wedding feast

This is no accidental miracle done in earthly deference to maternal instincts…This is a pronouncement that the Messiah has come and the Messianic Banquet has begun!

He has come to fulfill all Jewish law, festivals, and institutions

The Old is Gond, the New has come (2 Cor 5:17)

John 2:1-11

  • Jesus takes away the shame
  • vs 4) wine will mean something else later
    • “hour…” always in reference to what He will do on the cross
  • vs 5) “Do whatever He tells you” –> not just a here and now command…be His disciples
  • vs 6) stone cleansing jars –> Jesus is the one who can make you clean
  • vs 8-10) Who is the true master of the banquet?
    • “You have saved the best till now.” –> not just a prophet…this is God’s Son (Heb 1-2)
  • vs 11) “signs” –> little different word than word used for miracle…God’s glory is being revealed in full in Jesus

Will our response be like the disciples? OR Will our response be like the darkness and demand another sign? OR Will we want more of Him?

This story points to THE story:

  • God’s great love for us
  • Our rejection of Him (sin)
  • His intervention
  • Our faith at His promption
  • His redemption of us

Application & Questions

  1. What impacted you about the message?
  2. Which one of the names that John uses in chapter 1, to describe Jesus most resonates with you and why?
  3. What about this miracle helps you understand who Jesus is? How does that effect your life?
  4. What do you think it looks like to live in such a way that people around you might answer the question “who is Jesus?” and have a personal encounter with Him?
  5. What steps of faith are you taking right now and how might they be pointing others toward Jesus?
  6. What do you think God wants you to do with regard to this new (more detailed) view of Jesus?

Additional Items & Events

  • Wed, Apr 25 (6-8pm)  –  Family Equipping Workshop.  You’re invited to an evening of parent and family equipping with Dr. Tammy Smith.  Dinner and childcare are provided.  You can RSVP here or contact Andrew Woody (andrew.woody@vistacc.org) for questions.
  • Sat, May 5 (8am – 1pm) – Worthington Service Day Each year, on the first Saturday in May, community volunteers join Leadership Worthington in helping senior citizens and others in need with projects around their homes and property. This is a great opportunity to continue to serve to folks in the community. Pancake breakfast and check-in starts at 8am, projects start at 9am and it usually doesn’t last all the way till 1pm. Check out the Service Day webpage or contact Marjorie Scott, Vista Worthington’s Local Impact Coordinator, for details and to indicate interest in helping.
  • Sun, May 13 – Child Dedications Are you interested in dedicating your child/ren this spring? If so, fill out a response HERE. There will be a mandatory parent class on May 9. More details to follow. Questions? Contact Andrew Woody

Who is That

Who Is That?

Scripture Reference

Mark 4:41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Sermon Notes

Jesus doing miracles caught the attention of the people so that they would ask, “who is that?”

miracles > “signs” –> a demonstration or event that creates connection to its origin

Who is Jesus?: Mark 4:39-41, John 20:30; 21:25

The miracles point to the Son who points to the Father: Matt 6:9-10, John 1:50-51

Who am I in relation to Jesus and what am I going to do with that reality?

  • What will you do when you discover who Jesus is?

We have paradigms about who we think Jesus is…that aren’t always right/correct: John1:9-13, Mark 4:11-12

  • Be careful who you’re looking for…
    • When we pick and choose the pieces of Jesus we lie or are looking for specifically, we strip Him of His fullness and glory –> Don’t do that…embrace the fullness of Christ.
    • EX: Zacchaeus –> We are so dependent on God that even our desires need a miracle…that a sinful man would want to see Jesus is a miracle.
    • Instead of managing and manipulating God…make a commitment to humbly allow who He is, what He says, and what He wants, to manage and manipulate you. Trusting that following the true Jesus is best.

Will you see Jesus, the Father, the Kingdom and your own heart?

Will you follow?

Application & Questions

  1. What were you impacted by about the message?
  2. When have there been times in your life when you recognize you were looking for a pieces of Jesus to show up instead of embracing His fullness of character? How did that work out?
  3. What kinds of miracles have you asked or or needed in your life? Did you experience them the way you wanted? How did that influence your view of God?
  4. How do you see Jesus showing up in your life right now? What is He teaching you about Himself?
  5. What steps of faith are you taking right now? Why are you doing them and what are you learning about God in the midst?

Additional Items

  • Wed, Apr 25 (6-8pm)  –  Family Equipping Workshop.  You’re invited to an evening of parent and family equipping with Dr. Tammy Smith.  Dinner and childcare are provided.  You can RSVP here or contact Andrew Woody (andrew.woody@vistacc.org) for questions.

In Our Hearts as it is in Heaven

In Our Hearts as it is in Heaven

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 15:3-5 3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 

Sermon Notes

We come from different distances and directions in life, but we all come to the one King, Jesus.

The Resurrection proves that Jesus is…

  1. The Good Shepherd
    • There’s nowhere we can go that Jesus will not go to find us (Psalm 139:7-12)
    • There is always hope.
  2. He is the King of kings…the true king
    • Rom 1:1-7
    • No one else deserves our allegence
      • our lives must be animated by the truth of the resurrection
      • we need to live our lives in light of the resurrection
  3. Reversing the Curse
    • Jesus put death to death
    • Col 1:13-15
  4. The Way…Christ’s way is THE way
    • Jesus is the teacher so do what He says
    • Jesus lived the life as a human that we ought to live
    • Col 3:12-15

We need to let Him reign in our hearts as it is in Heaven.

The Resurrection changes absolutely everything…it enables us to be who we are meant to be.

Application & Questions

  1. What impacted you about the message?
  2. How do you respond internally to the reality of Jesus being the Good Shepherd, the King of kings, reversing the curse, and being the Way? Do any of those resonate with you more than the others? Why?
  3. How has your life been different as a result of knowing and believing these things about Jesus?
  4. In what ways do you need Jesus to reveal Himself to you? How does the Resurrection make it possible for you to believe it when Jesus shows up in that way?
  5. If Jesus reigned in your heart like it is in Heaven, what would be different about your life? What needs to change to make that happen?

Additional Items

  • Fri, Apr 6 and Sat, Apr 7  –  Soul Satisfaction Conference.  Our souls long for peace in a broken world.  Even as the Healer mends our personal crack and chips, we encounter pervasive grief and continued longing.  With fresh insights from her new book, Tammy Smith with guide our earnest journey to real hope and authentic joy through pursuit of the living Christ.  For more information and to register, visit www.drtammysmith.com.
  • Wed, Apr 25 (6-8pm)  –  Family Equipping Workshop.  You’re invited to an evening of parent and family equipping with Dr. Tammy Smith.  Dinner and childcare are provided.  You can RSVP here or contact Andrew Woody (andrew.woody@vistacc.org) for questions.

Solitude With Others?

Scripture Reference

Matthew 26:38  –  38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Mark 6:31-32  –  31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.


Sermon Notes

  • God is live, light and the truth.
  • Jesus made the truth available to everyone … not just to those who were privileged enough to enter the temple.
  • In Matthew 26, Jesus included others in His solitude.
    • In His most difficult moment(s) He gets time with God – He took His anger, grief and disciples to God.
  • Relationships take time to develop and grow.  We need to meet with God even when we don’t think we need to.
  • From the very beginning, God is a community:
    • God is plural not singular
    • God in three parts / Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)
    • God with us (Emmanuel)
  • Jesus exampled what it looked like to be alone with others.
  • Christian solitude has always been a gathering!
  • We need to be in community as we have blind spots.
    • We need others who have a better perspective of God than we do
    • Growth doesn’t happen alone … growth happens in community
    • People don’t take steps alone … we need others helping us
  • God has built community into our spirit  –  it’s part of our fabric.
  • You can’t find your way to God without others, specifically Jesus!

Application & Questions

  1. What stood out for you about this message?
  2. What do you believe God wants you to do as a result of hearing this?
  3. Why do you think Jesus brought others into His times of solitude?
  4. Jesus modeled life with God for His disciples  –  He did this in order to build them up.  How do you build others up?
  5. Jesus made the truth available to everybody, not just the elite and powerful.  How did you first hear the truth about Jesus?  How are you passing that truth along to others?
  6. Someone in your faith journey helped you take a step.  How are you doing the same?  Is there someone on your BLESS10 list, or a neighbor, or a friend or a classmate who you can help take a step towards Jesus?
  7. Have you invited anyone to Easter service next Sunday?
  8. Growth doesn’t happen alone.  Have you given someone the freedom to keep you accountable and point out your blind spots?
  9. Do you have someone you can trust, someone you’ll defer to when you feel like you’re out of alignment with God?
  10. What is your greatest challenge right now?  Who do you need to invite into it with you?

  • Lazelle Rec Center Easter Egg Hunt – March 31, 9am, Help set up and run the Easter egg hunt for the Lazelle Rec Center. Contact Marjorie Scott for details. (mgrafton.9@gmail.com)
  • Sun, Apr 1 (9am and 10:45am)  –  Easter Services.  Invite a friend and hear about the hope of our risen and transformed Lord!
  • Fri, Apr 6 and Sat, Apr 7  –  Soul Satisfaction Conference.  Our souls long for peace in a broken world.  Even as the Healer mends our personal crack and chips, we encounter pervasive grief and continued longing.  With fresh insights from her new book, Tammy Smith with guide our earnest journey to real hope and authentic joy through pursuit of the living Christ.  For more information and to register, visit www.drtammysmith.com.
  • Wed, Apr 25 (6-8pm)  –  Family Equipping Workshop.  You’re invited to an evening of parent and family equipping with Dr. Tammy Smith.  Dinner and childcare are provided.  You can RSVP here or contact Andrew Woody (andrew.woody@vistacc.org) for questions.

Solitude and Others

Breathing Room

Scripture Reference

Luke 5:12-16 12While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy.b And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 13And Jesusc stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 15But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.16But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.


Sermon Notes

  • Life will always demand more of us than we are able to give on our own.
  • It should blow us away that Jesus (fully God and fully human) thought time alone with the Father was worthy of His time.

5 Signs That You are Too Busy:

  1. You can’t remember what’s next.
  2. You can no longer relax
  3. Other people aren’t as busy as you are
  4. You must multi-task
  5. You have less time for God
  • Busy people decompress/relax by checking out
  • Breathing Room = the space between our current pace and our limitations
    • God initiated breathing room –> Gen 2:2-3
  • We can trust God with our work
  • Deut 5:15
    • God is a deliverer and liberator from our work. Your (earthly) master is never the one in charge…God is.
    • It is not what you do that determines who you are. It is who you belong to that determines who you are.
  • Even in your work, your ability to engage in time with Jesus is most important
    • We need to work FROM rest, not rest from work

5 Ways to Create More Time with Jesus

  1. Take more Sabbath time
    • daily
    • weekly
  2. Do something new
    • outdoors
    • contemplative
    • unstructured
  3. Be accountable
    • There are seasons of extended rest
  4. Put rest into your work
    • set boundaries
    • learn to say “no”
  5. Get community
    • your family
    • your neighbors
    • your Lifegroup
  • In the quiet times, we are training our souls to trust in God and He is the liberator…

Application & Questions

  1. How were you impacted by the message? What were you struck by?
  2. What and/or who keeps you busy? How do you respond to busyness?
  3. Why do you think it is significant that Jesus spent time alone with the Father?
  4. When thinking through the first list of 5 (signs that you’re too busy), how many do you identify with? Are you too busy by this definition? How do you feel about that?
  5. If you don’t have breathing room in your life, who or what would you say is in charge of your life? How does God being the liberator effect you and your schedule?
  6. Which one (or more) of the second list of 5 (ways to create more time with Jesus) is most needed or appealing to you? How can the people in your group help you accomplish this?
  7. When you are busy (and pressed … and stressed), do you find yourself checking-out or checking-in (with God)?
  8. What can you do daily and weekly to sabbath (rest)?

Additional Items/Events/Resources

  • Prayer Time
    • Tuesday mornings (7-7:30am) throughout the 40 Days @ Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
    • Friday mornings (6:45-7:15am) throughout the 40 Days @ Worthington campus.
  • Mid-day Devotional Walk  –  every Wednesday (11-11:45am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Honda Wetland Education Center at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.
  • Click here for all of our 40 Days (Silence and Solitude) resources.
  • Good Friday Cross Walk – March 30, 11:45am  /  meet at the south parking lot of Coffman High School.  The Cross Walk will depart at noon and walk in silent procession to Dublin Community Church.  Following the walk, there will be a brief service at Dublin Community Church at 12:45pm.  The Dublin Police will stop traffic along the route and keep walkers safe.
  • www.shaneblackshear.com/category/podcast/  episode 186 with author A.J. Swoboda on “Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World.”

Breathing Room

Scripture Reference

Luke 5:12-16 12While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy.b And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 13And Jesusc stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 15But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.16But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.


Sermon Notes

  • Life will always demand more of us than we are able to give on our own.
  • It should blow us away that Jesus (fully God and fully human) thought time alone with the Father was worthy of His time.

5 Signs That You are Too Busy:

  1. You can’t remember what’s next.
  2. You can no longer relax
  3. Other people aren’t as busy as you are
  4. You must multi-task
  5. You have less time for God
  • Busy people decompress/relax by checking out
  • Breathing Room = the space between our current pace and our limitations
    • God initiated breathing room –> Gen 2:2-3
  • We can trust God with our work
  • Deut 5:15
    • God is a deliverer and liberator from our work. Your (earthly) master is never the one in charge…God is.
    • It is not what you do that determines who you are. It is who you belong to that determines who you are.
  • Even in your work, your ability to engage in time with Jesus is most important
    • We need to work FROM rest, not rest from work

5 Ways to Create More Time with Jesus

  1. Take more Sabbath time
    • daily
    • weekly
  2. Do something new
    • outdoors
    • contemplative
    • unstructured
  3. Be accountable
    • There are seasons of extended rest
  4. Put rest into your work
    • set boundaries
    • learn to say “no”
  5. Get community
    • your family
    • your neighbors
    • your Lifegroup
  • In the quiet times, we are training our souls to trust in God and He is the liberator…

Application & Questions

  1. How were you impacted by the message? What were you struck by?
  2. What and/or who keeps you busy? How do you respond to busyness?
  3. Why do you think it is significant that Jesus spent time alone with the Father?
  4. When thinking through the first list of 5 (signs that you’re too busy), how many do you identify with? Are you too busy by this definition? How do you feel about that?
  5. If you don’t have breathing room in your life, who or what would you say is in charge of your life? How does God being the liberator effect you and your schedule?
  6. Which one (or more) of the second list of 5 (ways to create more time with Jesus) is most needed or appealing to you? How can the people in your group help you accomplish this?
  7. Do you find that when you are busy (and stressed) do you check-out or do you check-in?
  8. What can you do daily and weekly to sabbath (rest)

Additional Items/Events/Resources

  • Prayer Time
    • Tuesday mornings (7-7:30am) throughout the 40 Days @ Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
    • Friday mornings (6:45-7:15am) throughout the 40 Days @ Worthington campus.
  • Mid-day Devotional Walk  –  every Wednesday (11-11:45am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Honda Wetland Education Center at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.
  • Click here for all of our 40 Days (Silence and Solitude) resources.
  • Good Friday Dublin Cross Walk  –  Friday, March 3, 11:45am  –  meet at the south parking lot of Coffman High School.  The walk will depart at noon and walk in silent procession to Dublin Community Church.  Dublin Police will stop traffic and keep walkers safe.  Their will be a brief service at Dublin Community Church at 12:45pm.
  • www.shaneblackshear.com/category/podcast/  episode 186 with author A.J. Swoboda on “Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World.”

Breathing Room

Scripture Reference

Luke 5:12-16 12While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy.b And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 13And Jesusc stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 15But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.16But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.

Sermon Notes

  • Life will always demand more of us than we are able to give on our own.
  • It should blow us away that Jesus (fully God and fully human) thought time alone with the Father was worthy of His time.

5 Signs That You are Too Busy:

  1. You can’t remember what’s next.
  2. You can no longer relax
  3. Other people aren’t as busy as you are
  4. You must multi-task
  5. You have less time for God
  • Busy people decompress/relax by checking out
  • Breathing Room = the space between our current pace and our limitations
    • God initiated breathing room –> Gen 2:2-3
  • We can trust God with our work
  • Deut 5:15
    • God is a deliverer and liberator from our work. Your (earthly) master is never the one in charge…God is.
    • It is not what you do that determines who you are. It is who you belong to that determines who you are.
  • Even in your work, your ability to engage in time with Jesus is most important
    • We need to work FROM rest, not rest from work

5 Ways to Create More Time with Jesus

  1. Take more Sabbath time
    • daily
    • weekly
  2. Do something new
    • outdoors
    • contemplative
    • unstructured
  3. Be accountable
    • There are seasons of extended rest
  4. Put rest into your work
    • set boundaries
    • learn to say “no”
  5. Get community
    • your family
    • your neighbors
    • your Lifegroup
  • In the quiet times, we are training our souls to trust in God and He is the liberator…

Application & Questions

  1. How were you impacted by the message? What were you struck by?
  2. What and/or who keeps you busy? How do you respond to busyness?
  3. Why do you think it is significant that Jesus spent time alone with the Father?
  4. When thinking through the first list of 5 (signs that you’re too busy), how many do you identify with? Are you too busy by this definition? How do you feel about that?
  5. If you don’t have breathing room in your life, who or what would you say is in charge of your life? How does God being the liberator effect you and your schedule?
  6. Which one (or more) of the second list of 5 (ways to create more time with Jesus) is most needed or appealing to you? How can the people in your group help you accomplish this?

Additional Items/Events/Resources

  • Prayer Time
    • Tuesday mornings (7-7:30am) throughout the 40 Days @ Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
    • Friday mornings (6:45-7:15am) throughout the 40 Days @ Worthington campus.
  • Mid-day Devotional Walk  –  every Wednesday (11-11:45am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Honda Wetland Education Center at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.
  • Click here for all of our 40 Days (Silence and Solitude) resources.
  • Lazelle Rec Center Easter Egg Hunt – March 31, 9am, Help set up and run the Easter egg hunt for the Lazelle Rec Center. Contact Marjorie Scott for details. (mgrafton.9@gmail.com)
  • www.shaneblackshear.com/category/podcast/  episode 186 with author A.J. Swoboda on “Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World.”

Grief Is

Scripture Reference

12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.  13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.


Sermon Notes

  • Silence & Solitude with God is important because:
    • It helps us make a meaningful impact on the world
    • It deepens are relationship with God
    • It connects us with God
  • When spending time with God, do so by first walking through the door way of scripture.
  • The world is sad … The world is not what we thought it would be … The world can be disappointing.
  • John the Baptist understood this and poured his life out for the purposes of God.
  • Grief is an opportunity to connect with God in a way like no other.
  • When it comes to grief, our body / our spirit craves God!
  • Don’t ignore grief, engage it!
    • Grief is trauma, you don’t simply get over it quickly.  You may never get over grief, it’ll be with you for a lifetime.  You have to learn to live with it while inviting God into it.
  • Grief softens the heart.
  • Life has threads of grief into it – you can’t escape it.
    • As long as there is sin, there will be grief.
  • You can’t push grief down – doing so robs you of the ability to experience joy, peace and authenticity.

Sermon Application & Questions

  1. What struck you about today’s message?
  2. What do you believe God wanted you to hear specifically?
  3. Jesus wept … Jesus grieved.  Why is so difficult for us to do the same?
  4. How do you engage grief?  Do you engage grief?
  5. What specifically grieves you?
  6. What dashed hopes, broken dreams or disappointments have you / or are your grieving?
  7. Have you ever wondered why God allows for tragic events?  How have you dealt with such things?
  8. Have you ever lamented to God?
  9. Identifying your grief helps diminish it, thus putting it in a place where it doesn’t overwhelm you.  Have you been able to identify your grief?

Additional Items/Dates

  • Prayer Time
    • Tuesday mornings (7-7:30am) throughout the 40 Days @ Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
    • Friday mornings (6:45-7:15am) throughout the 40 Days @ Worthington campus.
  • Mid-day Devotional Walk  –  every Wednesday (11-11:45am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Honda Wetland Education Center at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.
  • Worship / Reflective Service  –  Wednesday, March 14 (7-8pm) at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
    • Lifegroup Leaders, consider not gathering for group on the week of March 12th.  Instead, attend the Worship / Reflective service as a group.
  • Click here for all of our 40 Days (Silence and Solitude) resources.
  • Middle School Hangout  –  every Sunday evening beginning Sunday, Feb 25 (5:30-7:30pm), at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.

Grief Is

Scripture Reference

12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.  13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.


Sermon Notes

  • Silence & Solitude with God is important because:
    • It helps us make a meaningful impact on the world
    • It deepens are relationship with God
    • It connects us with God
  • When spending time with God, do so by first walking through the door way of scripture.
  • The world is sad … The world is not what we thought it would be … The world can be disappointing.
  • John the Baptist understood this and poured his life out for the purposes of God.
  • Grief is an opportunity to connect with God in a way like no other.
  • When it comes to grief, our body / our spirit craves God!
  • Don’t ignore grief, engage it!
    • Grief is trauma, you don’t simply get over it quickly.  You may never get over grief, it’ll be with you for a lifetime.  You have to learn to live with it while inviting God into it.
  • Grief softens the heart.
  • Life has threads of grief into it – you can’t escape it.
    • As long as there is sin, there will be grief.
  • You can’t push grief down – doing so robs you of the ability to experience joy, peace and authenticity.

Sermon Application & Questions

  1. What struck you about today’s message?
  2. What do you believe God wanted you to hear specifically?
  3. Jesus wept … Jesus grieved.  Why is so difficult for us to do the same?
  4. How do you engage grief?  Do you engage grief?
  5. What specifically grieves you?
  6. What dashed hopes, broken dreams or disappointments have you / or are your grieving?
  7. Have you ever wondered why God allows for tragic events?  How have you dealt with such things?
  8. Have you ever lamented to God?
  9. Identifying your grief helps diminish it, thus putting it in a place where it doesn’t overwhelm you.  Have you been able to identify your grief?

Additional Items/Dates

  • Prayer Time
    • Tuesday mornings (7-7:30am) throughout the 40 Days @ Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
    • Friday mornings (6:45-7:15am) throughout the 40 Days @ Worthington campus.
  • Mid-day Devotional Walk  –  every Wednesday (11-11:45am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Honda Wetland Education Center at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.
  • Worship / Reflective Service  –  Wednesday, March 14 (7-8pm) at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
    • Lifegroup Leaders, consider not gathering for group on the week of March 12th.  Instead, attend the Worship / Reflective service as a group.
  • Click here for all of our 40 Days (Silence and Solitude) resources.
  • Middle School Hangout  –  every Sunday evening beginning Sunday, Feb 25 (5:30-7:30pm), at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.

Rested Decisions

Scripture Reference

Psalm 62:1-2,5 1Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. 2Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. 5Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

Luke 6:12-13 12One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:


Sermon Notes

  • Healthy/Godly decision making happens because of…
    • Biblical ethics
    • Counsel of Wisdom
    • (Resourcing)
    • Others-oriented
    • Rejecting confirmation bias
      • If you think you’re right, work overtime to prove yourself wrong.
    • Transformative
    • Eternal vs. Short-term ends
    • Naps
  • Rest is a pivot point of God’s structure for life (ex: Creation, Ten Commandments Ex 20:4-7)
    • Deepen your trust in God by resting
    • Give yourself a chance to deal well with other by resting
  • Knowing God should always precede doing for God (BB4DO)
  • Psalm 62:1,2,5 –> active rest…not rest for the sake of checking out, but for the sake of checking in
  • Every day we get to decide whether or not to rest in God…The results will correspond with that decision.
  • Luke 6:11-13
    • We start working to fix complicated or difficult situations because we think that if we do, it will lead to rest. But, when we get there we have to work to keep it there. Rest is not the end goal. It is the means to good/Godly decision making.
  • Godly decisions are rooted in rest.
  • Christian rest isn’t just a thing, it is a person…The One in whom there is eternal rest…The One in whom God’s forgiveness and new life rests.
    • Our deepest place of rest comes from the work that Jesus has done, that we can’t do.
    • Start with thankfulness and rest.

Application & Questions

  1. What stuck out to you about the message?
  2. What has been your process for making big decisions in the past?  How has that been good or bad?
  3. Besides sleeping at night, do you have a rhythm of rest in your life? What have been some practical things you have done to protect your times of rest?
  4. How often do you come before God and just collapse?
  5. What area(s) of your life do you find it challenging to trust in God?
  6. Do you believe God is reliable?
  7. What areas do you naturally just try to work harder to fix rather than rest and trust God? How do you think that could change by resting first?
  8. What do you think God wants you to do specifically, with what you’ve heard and learned?

Additional Items/Dates

  • Prayer Time
    • Tuesday mornings (7-7:30am) throughout the 40 Days @ Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
    • Friday mornings (6:45-7:15am) throughout the 40 Days @ Worthington campus.
  • Mid-day Devotional Walk  –  every Wednesday (11-11:45am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Honda Wetland Education Center at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.
  • Worship / Reflective Service  –  Wednesday, March 14 (7-8pm) at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
    • Lifegroup Leaders, consider not gathering for group on the week of March 12th.  Instead, attend the Worship / Reflective service as a group.
  • Click here for all of our 40 Days (Silence and Solitude) resources.
  • Middle School Hangout  –  every Sunday evening beginning Sunday, Feb 25 (5:30-7:30pm), at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.

Rested Decisions

Scripture Reference

Psalm 62:1-2,5 1Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. 2Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. 5Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

Luke 6:12-13 12One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:

Sermon Notes

  • Healthy/Godly decision making happens because of…
    • Biblical ethics
    • Counsel of Wisdom
    • (Resourcing)
    • Others-oriented
    • Rejecting confirmation bias
      • If you think you’re right, work overtime to prove yourself wrong.
    • Transformative
    • Eternal vs. Short-term ends
    • Naps
  • Rest is a pivot point of God’s structure for life (ex: Creation, Ten Commandments Ex 20:4-7)
    • Deepen your trust in God by resting
    • Give yourself a chance to deal well with other by resting
  • Knowing God should always precede doing for God (BB4DO)
  • Psalm 62:1,2,5 –> active rest…not rest for the sake of checking out, but for the sake of checking in
  • Every day we get to decide whether or not to rest in God…The results will correspond with that decision.
  • Luke 6:11-13
    • We start working to fix complicated or difficult situations because we think that if we do, it will lead to rest. But, when we get there we have to work to keep it there. Rest is not the end goal. It is the means to good/Godly decision making.
  • Godly decisions are rooted in rest.
  • Christian rest isn’t just a thing, it is a person…The One in whom there is eternal rest…The One in whom God’s forgiveness and new life rests.
    • Our deepest place of rest comes from the work that Jesus has done, that we can’t do.
    • Start with thankfulness and rest.

Application & Questions

  1. What stuck out to you about the message?
  2. What has been your process for making big decisions in the past? How has that been good or bad?
  3. Besides sleeping at night, do you have a rhythm of rest in your life? What have been some practical things you have done to protect your times of rest?
  4. What area(s) of your life do you find it challenging to trust in God? What areas do you naturally just try to work harder to fix rather than rest and trust God? How do you think that could change by resting first?
  5. What do you think God wants you to do specifically, with what you’ve heard and learned?

Additional Items/Dates

  • Prayer Time
    • Tuesday mornings (7-7:30am) throughout the 40 Days @ Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
    • Friday mornings (6:45-7:15am) throughout the 40 Days @ Worthington campus.
  • Mid-day Devotional Walk  –  every Wednesday (11-11:45am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Honda Wetland Education Center at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.
  • Worship / Reflective Service  –  Wednesday, March 14 (7-8pm) at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
  • Click here for all of our 40 Days (Silence and Solitude) resources.
  • Middle School Hangout  –  every Sunday evening beginning Sunday, Feb 25 (5:30-7:30pm), at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.

Choose Kind

Scripture References

John 5:19-20  –  1Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.

Ephesians 2:1-10  –  As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 


Sermon Notes

  • When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose KIND.
  • Relationships deteriorate when we try to hold onto being right.
  • We have been created in Christ Jesus to reflect the CHARACTER of God.
  • Kindness is a reflection of God as it shows others that they value.
    • God desires that we’d know that we’re loved, valued and have hope!
  • We’ve been created to reflect the character of God and to do good works out of that character.
    • We can’t reflect the character of God until we’re connected with God!
  • Silence and solitude help us hear God thus trust Him better when the world tells us to trust ourselves.

Application & Questions

  1. What stuck out to you about this message?
  2. God is always speaking.  Are we listening?  What did God say to you through this message?
  3. Unless we’re connected to God, we can’t reflect the character of God.  How are you connecting with God?
  4. Are you taking time for silence and solitude during these 40-days?
  5. How has God reminded you that you’re loved and that you’re valued?
  6. How can you, day-to-day, choose kindness over being right?  Give an example.
  7. Have you been the recipient of someone showing you kindness recently?  Please share.
  8. Philippians 2:3  –  In humility, value others above yourself.  In order to do this, in order to choose kindness over being right, we have to be willing to give up the power position.  Are you willing to do that?  Why is that such a challenge?
  9. Do you have Bless 10 list?
  10. As a group, consider taking time each meeting to pray for one another’s Bless 10 list.  Share how you’ve seen God move or how He’s moving for those you’re praying for?

Additional Items/Events

  • Prayer Time  –  every Tuesday morning (7-7:30am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
  • Mid-day Devotional Walk  –  every Wednesday (11-11:45am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Honda Wetland Education Center at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.
  • Worship / Reflective Service  –  Wednesday, March 14 (7-8pm) at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
  • Click here for all of our 40 Days (Silence and Solitude) resources.
  • Middle School Hangout  –  every Sunday evening beginning Sunday, Feb 25 (5:30-7:30pm), at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
  • BLESS 10  =  BEGIN with prayer, LISTEN to them, ENGAGE them where they are, SERVE them, share your STORY.

Choose Kindness

Scripture References

John 5:19-20  –  1Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.

Ephesians 2:1-10  –  As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 


Sermon Notes

  • When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose KIND.
  • Relationships deteriorate when we try to hold onto being right.
  • We have been created in Christ Jesus to reflect the CHARACTER of God.
  • Kindness is a reflection of God as it shows others that they value.
    • God desires that we’d know that we’re loved, valued and have hope!
  • We’ve been created to reflect the character of God and to do good works out of that character.
    • We can’t reflect the character of God until we’re connected with God!
  • Silence and solitude help us hear God thus trust Him better when the world tells us to trust ourselves.

Application & Questions

  1. What stuck out to you about this message?
  2. God is always speaking.  Are we listening?  What did God say to you through this message?
  3. Unless we’re connected to God, we can’t reflect the character of God.  How are you connecting with God?
  4. Are you taking time for silence and solitude during these 40-days?
  5. How has God reminded you that you’re loved and that you’re valued?
  6. How can you, day-to-day, choose kindness over being right?  Give an example.
  7. Have you been the recipient of someone showing you kindness recently?  Please share.
  8. Philippians 2:3  –  In humility, value others above yourself.  In order to do this, in order to choose kindness over being right, we have to be willing to give up the power position.  Are you willing to do that?  Why is that such a challenge?
  9. Do you have Bless 10 list?
  10. As a group, consider taking time each meeting to pray for one another’s Bless 10 list.  Share how you’ve seen God move or how He’s moving for those you’re praying for?

Additional Items/Events

  • Prayer Time  –  every Tuesday morning (7-7:30am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
  • Mid-day Devotional Walk  –  every Wednesday (11-11:45am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Honda Wetland Education Center at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.
  • Worship / Reflective Service  –  Wednesday, March 14 (7-8pm) at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
  • Click here for all of our 40 Days (Silence and Solitude) resources.
  • Middle School Hangout  –  every Sunday evening beginning Sunday, Feb 25 (5:30-7:30pm), at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
  • BLESS 10  =  BEGIN with prayer, LISTEN to them, ENGAGE them where they are, SERVE them, share your STORY.

Voices

Voices

Scripture References

1 Kings 19:8-18 8So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.

      9Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10He said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”

      11So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. 13When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14Then he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”

      15The LORD said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus, and when you have arrived, you shall anoint Hazael king over Aram; 16and Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. 17“It shall come about, the one who escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall put to death. 18“Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Matt 3:13-17 13Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. 14But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” 15But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he permitted Him. 16After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, 17and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

Sermon Notes

  • Silence and Solitude: Intentional places and posture, not only for physical, but emotional, mental and spiritual reorientation and renewal.
  • We listen to voices all the time…the problem is not that God is not speaking. The problem is that we’re often not listening.
  • 1 Kings 19:8-18
    • Elijah might have been going through the religious routine, but he wasn’t listening. BUT, he obeys and goes to a place (mouth of the cave) to hear God.
    • God is looking for a relationship –>He wants to be heard and to hear.
  • Disciplines are a way to keep the main thing the main thing. –> You cannot find your way back to the core without discipline.
  • Psalm 24:1, Prov 11:25, Psalm 112:5, 2 Cor 9:11 –> All of this breaks down if God is not the loudest voice in your life. When He’s not, we slide toward taking care of ourselves and not trusting God to do it.
  • The bar of discipleship that Jesus sets is NOT super-human. It’s doable.
  • Matt 3:13-17
    • Most important parts of this passage: What God says, Jesus’ obedience, Jesus’ humility
    • The affirming voice of God needs to be the clearest of all, and we hear it through Christ.
    • Baptism –> Jesus subjects himself to obedience. Jesus humbles himself to be baptized by John.
      • Obedience is a requirement for hearing the voice of God in your life.
      • Humility precedes hearing
  • The listening Christian is the practicing Christian.
  • The listening Christian is the humble, obedient Christian who first and always returns to the affirming voice in Christ, and then waits on the still small voice of God amidst the competing voices, noise of life, and even the phenomenal feats of God.
  • Practicals…
    • Read the gospel of John
    • Read a book about Jesus
      • Resisting Happiness
    • journal
    • check the Vista website for more ideas or opportunities to engage.

Application & Questions

  1. What stuck out to you in the message?
  2. How have the voices in your life shaped you as you’ve grown up? How do they dictate your life now? How has God’s affirming voice shaped you?
  3. What are some disciplines you are engaging with this Lenten season? Why? If you’ve done this in the past, how have you seen it be helpful to you/what did you learn?
  4. How do you best hear God’s voice?
  5. If obedience and humility are the examples that Jesus sets for us, what do you think God wants you to do as a result of hearing this message or His voice?

Additional Items/Events

  • Prayer Time  –  every Friday morning (6:45-7:15am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Vista Worthington campus.
  • Worship / Reflective Service  –  Wednesday, March 14 (7-8pm) at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
  • Click here for all of our 40 Days (Silence and Solitude) resources.

Silence & Solitude

Scripture Reference

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”


Sermon Notes

  • Life is a rhythm … Rhythms are inevitable … Rhythms are powerful.
  • We have to recognize these rhythms and be willing to address them.  If not, these rhythms will eventually catch-up to us and force us to address them.
  • The wise man recognizes the tension, health and beauty of rhythm and makes them a part of life.
  • Life consists of mountain tops, valleys and plateaus.  We see and hear God better in the valleys and not on the mountain tops.
  • We need to always be “excavating” down into the valleys where we find Living Water!
  • God has a plan for the church and is preparing the church for something, always!
  • Your access to God is not about you, what you’ve done or what you’ve said.  We have access to God because of one reason:  The Son.  There’s no relationship with God without Jesus!
  • We’re challenged to intentionally to find time / space to be silent because we don’t like what we find when we’re by ourselves.
  • Satan is going to push back against anyone getting closer to God!

Sermon Application & Questions

  1. What struck you about today’s message?
  2. What do you believe God wanted you to hear specifically?
  3. Where do you find yourself right now – are you on a mountain top, a valley or a plateau?
  4. Share a moment from a valley where God showed up for you.
  5. God is preparing the church for something, always.  What is God preparing you for?
  6. What is God’s plan for you?  Where is God calling you?  He’s calling you somewhere for something, always.
  7. Are people getting a glimpse of God through your life?
  8. God is always speaking.  If we can’t hear Him, we have to ask ourselves if we’re listening.  Are you posturing yourself towards God?  Are you listening?  Journals were handed out today; over the next 40 Days, take time to be quiet, to listen for God and write down in the journal what you’re hearing.  It will change your life!
  9. Do you routinely take time to just be quiet with God?  Would be willing to make a commitment during the 40 Days to spend time in silence and Solitude and listen for God?

Important Dates & Events:

  • Ash Wednesday Personal Prayer and Reflection time  –  Wednesday, February 14 (9am-7:30pm) at the Vista Worthington Campus.
  • Prayer Time  –  every Friday morning (6:45-7:15am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Vista Worthington campus.
  • Worship / Reflective Service  –  Wednesday, March 14 (7-8pm) at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
  • Click here for all of our 40 Days (Silence and Solitude) resources.

Silence and Solitude

Scripture Reference

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”


Sermon Notes

  • Life is a rhythm … Rhythms are inevitable … Rhythms are powerful.
  • We have to recognize these rhythms and be willing to address them.  If not, these rhythms will eventually catch-up to us and force us to address them.
  • The wise man recognizes the tension, health and beauty of rhythm and makes them a part of life.
  • Life consists of mountain tops, valleys and plateaus.  We see and hear God better in the valleys and not on the mountain tops.
  • We need to always be “excavating” down into the valleys where we find Living Water!
  • God has a plan for the church and is preparing the church for something, always!
  • Your access to God is not about you, what you’ve done or what you’ve said.  We have access to God because of one reason:  The Son.  There’s no relationship with God without Jesus!
  • We’re challenged to intentionally to find time / space to be silent because we don’t like what we find when we’re by ourselves.
  • Satan is going to push back against anyone getting closer to God!

Sermon Application & Questions

  1. What struck you about today’s message?
  2. What do you believe God wanted you to hear specifically?
  3. Where do you find yourself right now – are you on a mountain top, a valley or a plateau?
  4. Share a moment from a valley where God showed up for you.
  5. God is preparing the church for something, always.  What is God preparing you for?
  6. What is God’s plan for you?  Where is God calling you?  He’s calling you somewhere for something, always.
  7. Are people getting a glimpse of God through your life?
  8. God is always speaking.  If we can’t hear Him, we have to ask ourselves if we’re listening.  Are you posturing yourself towards God?  Are you listening?  Journals were handed out today; over the next 40 Days, take time to be quiet, to listen for God and write down in the journal what you’re hearing.  It will change your life!
  9. Do you routinely take time to just be quiet with God?  Would be willing to make a commitment during the 40 Days to spend time in silence and Solitude and listen for God?

Important Dates & Events:

  • Prayer Time  –  every Tuesday morning (7-7:30am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
  • Mid-day Devotional Walk  –  every Wednesday (11-11:45am) throughout the 40 Days.  Meet at the Honda Wetland Education Center at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.
  • Ash Wednesday Personal Prayer and Reflection time  –  Wednesday, February 14 (9am-7:30pm) at the Vista Worthington Campus.
  • Worship / Reflective Service  –  Wednesday, March 14 (7-8pm) at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.
  • Click here for all of our 40 Days (Silence and Solitude) resources.

Reach the World

Reach The World

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 16:19-22 19The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscillaa greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. 20All the brothers and sisters here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

21I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.

22If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed! Come, Lord!

Sermon Notes

  • Why Church?
    • To Reach the World and offer, humbly, the question, “who do you say I [Jesus] am?”
    • Because it is the only true community and good purpose
      • it is a special family with a special purpose
  • (vs 20) When the church embraces (each other), it has eternity in mind
    • Because of Christ, nothing can divide us…we are equal and on level ground as each other
  • (vs 22) Reality! Church, love one another, but don’t forget your purpose. There’s something else going on and it’s serious and urgent.
  • The Church exists to reflect and extend the love of God…To be worshipful, relational, and missional.
  • “Amen” – So be it (Let it be so)…this is not the end. Go and do it!

Application & Questions

  1. What struck you about the message? What do you think God wants you to do as a result of hearing this message?
  2. How do you see God moving in the people on your BLESS10 list? (If you don’t have one, make one and start praying.)
  3. How have you experienced the community of God at Vista working together for each other’s good and/or God’s purpose?
  4. What are some practical ways you (with the encouragement of the group) can be more worshipful, relational, or missional?

Additional Items & Events

  • BLESS 10https://vistacommunitychurch.org/playbook/#fb0=15
  • Ash Wednesday: Feb 14, 9am-7:30pm The VW building will be open for you to stop by and spend some time with God. We’ll have prayer prompts, soft music, ashes, and communion available for you to start the Lenten season. Stop by at any point during the day and stay as long or as short as you would like.
  • “Parenting Beyond Your Capacity” study: We are excited to kickoff small, parent-led groups to go through this book study together!  If you are interested, please fill out the form below.  As we gauge interest, we will form groups and leader teams.  Feel free to share this form with friends or others who might like to go through the study with you.  Interested? Email Andrew Woody or RSVP here.

Reaching

Scripture Reference:

Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me.

After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you—for I will be going through Macedonia. Perhaps I will stay with you for a while, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.    1 Corinthians 18:1-8

But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.    1 Corinthians 16:8-9


Sermon Notes:

  • The church REACHES because the church is full of those He REACHED!
  • The church is fueled by heart-level expressions of FAITH into FAITH-RICH expectations.
  • N.T. Diles quote  –  “One beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.”
  • Who leads the church?  Jesus!
  • Church leaders are simply shepherds under THE shepherd (Jesus)!
  • Church = lost sheep following one shepherd (Jesus)!
  • Church leaders are responsible for pointing people to / helping others follow Jesus
  • Church attendees are responsible for following Jesus!
  • Work of the Lord = REACHING and RESCUING those far from God
  • Church = we are now the arms of God, we are to be REACHING and RESCUING
  • We’re in the middle of an historic, cosmic movement – we have to keep it moving!
  • Transformation triangle:  BB4DO is in the middle  –  Before you begin to do, make sure that you’re right with God first!


Sermon Application / Questions:

  1. What stuck out for you the most about today’s sermon?
  2. How are you (the church) reaching those far from God?
  3. Did today’s message change the way you think about church leadership?
  4. Do you see yourself as the arm of God, reaching and rescuing those far from him?
  5. Do you have a BLESS 10 list who you’re praying for?
  6. Talk about the Transformation Triangle, specifically BB4D0
  7. Talk about how you’re Gathering (large, medium and small groups) …
  8. Talk about how you’re Giving (tithes and talents) …
  9. Talk about how you’re Going (personally, locally and globally) …
  10. If you’re not doing all three of the above, why?  What do you think is prohibiting from doing so?

Additional Items

Reaching

When is A Church The Church

When is A church THE church?

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 12:24-26 24whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 

Sermon Notes

  • Context for Corinthians: The church is looking for how to flourish with all of the surrounding influences of the world.
  • 1 Cor 10:23-24 –> Seeking you own good doesn’t reflect the Lord
  • 1 Cor 11: 17-21 –> If you seek out honor for yourself, you aren’t actually celebrating the Lord’s supper
  • 1 Cor 12 :3b-6 –> Even the positions in the church are under Jesus
    • Unity and equality are a foundation for the church: Christ is the (only) head of the church
  • If Christ is the Head, what are the function of the leaders within the church?
    • Leaders aren’t more important or useful than the rest of the body
    • Leaders of the church are to keep the body in alignment with the Head, Jesus.
  • Eph 4 –> to equip people to do the things they were meant to do
    • Everyone and every gift is to be leveraged in the same direction, toward Jesus
      • You can’t draw attention to Jesus until you are living like Jesus
  • The church was instituted by God in order to look like (1 Cor 13) the father welcoming the prodigal son home.
  • Jesus show us what flourishing looks like.

Application & Questions

  1. What stood out to you in the message? How were you impacted by it?
  2. What are some ways that you have experienced the church’s care and empathy?
  3. How have you used the gifts God has given you to benefit the body?
  4. How does using your gifts only for your own hurt the entire church?
  5. How do you think the leaders of Vista are doing at keeping the church aligned with Jesus? How can you support that effort?
  6. How do you think the body, working together, helps welcome the “prodigal” home or shows what’s talked about in 1 Cor 13? Talk about BLESS10 and how you are using your gifts in this arena.

Additional Items/Events

What’s My Part?

Scripture Reference

1 Corinthians 12:27  –  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[d]? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

Matthew 16:16-18  –  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[b] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[c] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[d] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[e] loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

 


 

Sermon Application and Questions

  1. What part / point of the message impacted you the most?
  2. What comes to mind when you think about God? Who do you say He is?
  3. God is building His church with us … average, broken and messy people.  Why?  Because by building His church with us, He gets the credit and glory when we persevere.  What area of challenge / difficulty is God helping you persevere through?
  4. The church is the body of Christ, with many parts. What are the gifts/talents/passions that God has given you to contribute to the body? How are you using them to benefit the body?
    • Jesus is the head of the body.
  5. How are you introducing people to Jesus and His people? In what ways do you need God to show up as you try to introduce people to Him?

 


 

Additional Items

  • Sunday, January 21 (5:30-7:30pm): Z-Night at Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.  Grades 5-8 and this Sunday is also “Bring Your Parents” night.  Parents, come and experience the message, music and relationships that are being created!
  • Spiritual Gifts Assessment www.lifeway.com/lwc/files/lwcF_PDF_Discover_Your_Spiritual_Gifts.pdf
  • BLESS 10 https://vistacommunitychurch.org/playbook/#fb0=15

What’s My Part

Why Church

Embodiment

Scripture Reference

Acts 1:6-11 6So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

9And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

Acts 11:19-23 19So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone. 20But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. 22The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch. 23Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; 24for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord. 25And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; 26and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

Sermon Notes

  • Acts 1:6-8 –> You don’t need to be concerned with the details of what the future holds. You need to know I (God) am doing something powerful NOW.–> I’m going to do something in and through you that will be monumental.
  • “The embodiment of the gospel is personal – Jesus Christ in human flesh. From Creation to Redemption, God has worked in and through people.” ~Tom Mauriello
  • Who is the church?
    • Those past, present, future, around the globe, believing, confessing, obeying, and telling the story of Jesus, and adding to the number doing the same.
  • When did the church begin?
    • Matt 16: 13, 15, 18 The foundation on which God is going to build His church is people who believe and have the Spirit.
  • Why does the church exist? (Not asking for what purpose, but rather how is it sustained)
    • Acts 11:19-23 Because God’s hand is on the church/His people
  • One of the challenges we have is finding the words to tell other people about what God has done. We need to be aware that this is sometimes challenging and practice getting better at it.

Application/Questions

  1. What stuck out to you about the message? Why/How were you impacted?
  2. Throughout your life, what has been your view of what/who the church and what they do? How do you feel knowing who the church is now? What do you think it means to be the church?
  3. How have you seen God show up in your life? How has God’s grace shown up in your life?
  4. How has that situation (however you saw God show up) changed you? What do you think God might want you to do as a result of experiencing His grace in that particular situation?

Returning Transformed

Scripture Reference

James 2:14-18 

14What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

18But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

Sermon Notes

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” ~Nelson Mandela

  • Taking note of our emotions can help us navigate spaces of life when they feel different.
  • Root your work in faith
  • To get from here to there (how we want to change or to the vision God has given us for our lives)  it is helpful to…
    • Remember where you’ve been.
      • Sometimes you get lost and need to return to Jesus to get your bearings and realign yourself to His plan. (Mal 3:6-7)
      • The life of faith is often like Legos
        • the future vision (on the box) is built on the previous step
        • What you have already walked through is probably preparing you for what’s to come. (Phil 1:6)
    • Do what’s next (Take the next step)
      • Follow God’s instructions through His Spirit and Word to step in faith.
      • God will supply what you need when the time is right.
      • Ain’t nothing to it, but to do it –> At some point, for there to be progress and transformation, you just have to take a step and do what’s next. (James 1:22)
    • In all things give thanks. (1 Thes 5:18)
      • Giving thanks in all situations keeps us in the context of faith and the posture of trusting God’s plan and goodness.

Application & Questions

  1. What kind of year have you had? How do you feel about heading into a new year? How have you changed in the past year?
  2. What are some things in life that you can see how God used it to prepare you for something? What is the future vision for your life/for the next year?
  3. What is the next step? Is there anything keeping you from taking it?
  4. What are you thankful for in this past year? What are you thankful for thinking about 2018?

Additional Items

“Saturate” by Jeff Vanderstelt (a book about following Jesus in the every day stuff of life)

Believable

Believable

Scripture References

Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us

Mark 5:21-36 21When Jesus had crossed over again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him; and so He stayed by the seashore. 22One of the synagogue officials named Jairus came up, and on seeing Him, fell at His feet 23and implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.” 24And He went off with him; and a large crowd was following Him and pressing in on Him.

      25A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, 26and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse— 27after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. 28For she thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.” 29Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. 30Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My garments?” 31And His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” 32And He looked around to see the woman who had done this. 33But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”

      35While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?” 36But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” 

Notes

  • Wanting more of God is having a thirst for God and having an empty cup. We have to have an empty cup…We don’t think this way though.
    • To know a big God, we have to need a big God
  • 3 Types of People
    1. You need God but won’t admit it
    2. You need God but don’t know how much
    3. You’re convinced you need God for everything
  • At some point in your life you are going to be confronted with you overt need for Jesus
  • God is: incredibly powerful, intensely personal, a complete healer (physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially, etc.)
  • Our posture has to be humble–>Only those who kneel, beg, and reach out experience God deeper.
    • We need to embrace vulnerability
  • Believe
    1. Belief opens the door to the power of God
    2. Belief helps us persist in overcoming obstacles
    3. Belief is lived out in simple obedient actions

Application/Questions

  1. What part of the message impacted you? Why?
  2. Do you think it is reasonable to expect that God would do immeasurably more in you life? (Eph 3:20) Why or why not?
  3. Why do you think we are so overconfident about how we live life?
  4. What are some times in your life (maybe now) when you have been confronted with your overt need for Jesus? What was your response? What did you learn about God as a result?
  5. What do you think God wants you to do with this message? Where in your life do you need to be vulnerable and believe God for something?

Events/Dates/Additional Info

  • Sunday, December 3  –  Christmas Program, Dublin Jerome HS, 10:30am and 5pm
  • Saturday, December 9  –  Christmas Program, Thomas Worthington HS, 2pm
  • Sunday, December 10  –  Christmas Program, Dublin Jerome HS, 10:30am, 2pm and 5pm
  • Sunday, December 24 – No morning service
    • Christmas Eve services: 3 & 5pm @ Worthington campus, 6pm @ Dublin Jerome HS, (7pm Sanctuary Columbus @ Worthington campus)
  • Sunday, December 31 – regular Sunday morning service

Same Spirit/Same Power

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 15:54-55  –  54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[a]

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”[b]

 


Sermon Application and Questions

  1. What part of this message stuck out for you?  Why?
  2. Adam pointed out that Paul was willing to say yes to God.  What is God wanting you to say yes to?  Are you willing to say yes or are you reluctant?
  3. How did you come to know Jesus, the Risen Lord?  Did someone pass the Gospel along to you?
  4. How would you explain the Gospel … the Good News … to someone?  As a Lifegroup, take sometime to make sure everyone knows and can share the Gospel!
  5. Who are you passing the Gospel along to?
  6. In what ways is the Spirit transforming you?
  7. Since you said yes to Jesus, how has your life been changed?
  8. What areas of your heart / life still need to be transformed?
  9. Adam made the point that we don’t want to deal with the implications of a Risen Lord.  Why?  Because when we allow Jesus to be our king, His ways are to become our ways.  His example becomes our example.  His ways are better than our ways.  How do you personally reconcile this?
  10. Do you have a Bless10 list who you’re praying for?  Are you inviting friends to the Christmas program?  Are you inviting your friends to church?

Key Dates / Events

  • Sunday, November26 – Worthing City Tree Illumination, 5:00pm (Contact mgrafton.9@gmail.com for details to serve)
  • Sunday, December 3  –  Christmas Program, Dublin Jerome HS, 10:30am and 5pm
  • Saturday, December 9  –  Christmas Program, Thomas Worthington HS, 2pm
  • Sunday, December 10  –  Christmas Program, Dublin Jerome HS, 10:30am, 2pm and 5pm
  • Sunday, December 24 – No morning service
    • Christmas Eve services: 3 & 5pm @ Worthington campus, 6pm @ Dublin Jerome HS, (7pm Sanctuary Columbus @ Worthington campus)
  • Sunday, December 31 – regular Sunday morning service

Same Spirit/Same Power

One Spirit

One Spirit

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 12: 1-11 1Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

4There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

7Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,a and to still another the interpretation of tongues.b 11All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Sermon Notes

  • The lives we work so hard to protect, bring a little bit of life. BUT, it doesn’t compare to the life God can give.
    • Israel –> God among them/us
    • Jesus –> God with us
    • Holy Spirit –> God in us
  • Spiritual Gifts: wisdom, faith, (miraculous-ish) power, prophesy
    • 1 Cor 12:8-11 –> There is ONE Spirit of God working itself out in average, normal people in different ways.
    • “gifts of the Spirit” ~ spiritualness
  • One Spirit: proof –>1) believe Jesus died and rose, 2) Jesus is Lord in their life
  • Trusting Jesus isn’t essentially logical.
    • The Spirit of God is actually showing up but only in/through those who truly believe in Jesus.
  • 1 Cor 12:4-6 –>Different people with different gifts so tha the church would be more complete in caring for other and telling other about Jesus.
  • The Spirit of God works uniquely in you.
    • …for the common good (1 Cor 12:7,11)
  • The Spirit of God brings us together for good.

Application and Questions

  1. What stuck out to you about this message or passage? Why?
  2. Where has God put you?
    1. What are the needs in your space?
    2. How does God want to use you WITH OTHERS to do good?
  3. Which one of these four gifts would you say you have? How have you used that for the good of the church or for the people in your spaces of life?
  4. Why is unity in the Spirit so important to God, for the church, and for the world?
  5. What do you think God wants you to do with this message?

Additional Items

Spiritual Gifts Assessment

  • Sunday, November 19  –  Middle School (grades 5-8) Z-Night at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center
  • Sunday, November 26 – Worthing City Tree Illumination, 5:30pm (Contact mgrafton.9@gmail.com for details to serve)
  • Sunday, December 3  –  Christmas Program, Dublin Jerome HS, 10:30am and 5pm
  • Saturday, December 9  –  Christmas Program, Thomas Worthington HS, 2pm
  • Sunday, December 10  –  Christmas Program, Dublin Jerome HS, 10:30am, 2pm and 5pm
  • Sunday, December 24 – No morning service
    • Christmas Eve services: 3 & 5pm @ Worthington campus, 6pm @ Dublin Jerome HS, (7pm Sanctuary Columbus @ Worthington campus)
  • Sunday, December 31 – regular Sunday morning service

 

What Matters?

Scripture Reference

29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.  –  1 Corinthians 7:29-31

 


 

Scripture Applications and Questions

  1. What stuck out to you about the message?
  2. What do you think God wants you to do as a result of hearing this message?
  3. The church is God’s holy people.  The church is set apart for a mission.  What do you believe that mission is?  What does that mission look like for you personally?
  4. The promised land isn’t necessarily a place, it’s where God is!  Where we see God working, we join Him.  In what ways and in what areas do you see God working?
  5. God wants us to be different, but it’s not about behaviour or religion, it’s about who you are!  God desires to change you from the inside out SO THAT you can change your family, your neighborhood, your school, your office, your group, etc.  How is God changing you?  How are you changing others?
  6. The Gospel … the Good News … is a message about change / transformation from old life to new life.  Have you shared your Gospel story with someone?  Ask everyone to take three minutes and share their story about how God met them, how they were compelled to take steps closer to Him and how their life is being changed as a result
  7. Being able to share your story is so important especially in light of BLESS10.  The last “S” is share your story.  Who on your BLESS10 list will you invite to the Christmas Program?
  8. We are four weeks away from the Christmas program.  The Christmas program is an opportunity to serve, to exercise faith, to take a step and to create space for others to hear the Gospel!  How will you participate this year?  Click here for ways to be a part of it!

 


 

Key Dates and Events

 

  • Sunday, November 12  –  Operation Christmas Child boxes are due back
  • Sunday, November 19  –  Middle School (grades 5-8) Z-Night at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center
  • Sunday, November 26 – Worthing City Tree Illumination, 5:30pm (Contact mgrafton.9@gmail.com for details to serve)
  • Sunday, December 3  –  Christmas Program, Dublin Jerome HS, 10:30am and 5pm
  • Saturday, December 9  –  Christmas Program, Thomas Worthington HS, 2pm
  • Sunday, December 10  –  Christmas Program, Dublin Jerome HS, 10:30am, 2pm and 5pm

What Matters?

A Questionable Life

Scripture Reference

1 Corinthians 6 1If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? 2Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 4Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church? 5I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? 6But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers!

7The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters. 9Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with mena 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

12“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”b 17But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.c

18Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.


Sermon Application / Questions

  • How were you impacted by this message?
  • What do you believe God wants you to do with this message?
  • What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
  • Choosing the cross / Jesus means choosing a life that’s “upside down” when compared to the world.  Why did you choose it?  Why would you tell someone else to choose it?
  • The cross says, “To find your life, you must lose your life.”  What does losing your life look like?
  • The cross calls us to lay it down, give it all away and be second.  This looks foolish to the world.  In what ways have you laid it down, or given it away, or put others first?
  • The title / theme of this years Christmas program in BELIEVABLE.  Any more, we find ourselves not believing in much of anything (news, labels, etc.).  But, as Christians, we believe in Jesus!  What evidence have you seen … how have you see n Jesus moving in your life recently?
  • Are you different to your family, friends, co-workers or classmates?  Is your faith believable to them? How so?
  • Do you see areas of you life where your gaining power, leverage, prestige at the expense of other?
  • How does the gospel impact you on a daily basis?  What can you do to align yourself to the spirit?

Key Dates / Events:

  • Sunday, November 5  –  Vista Worthington moves into the newly renovated worship space!
  • Sunday, November 12  –  Operation Christmas Child boxes are due back.
  • Sunday, November 19  –  Middle School (grades 5-8) Z-Night at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.

A Questionable Life

No Pretense

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 5  1It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. 2And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? 3For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this. 4So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh,a b so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.

6Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 7Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sisterc but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.

12What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”

Notes

  • Sexual immorality exists
  • Sexual immorality exists in you
  • Hypocrisy destroys
  • Community restores (The healthy church, Community/People of God are always restorative, life-giving)
  • Name and own your sin. Stop coddling it. Stop trying to work around or sweep away the cobwebs and get to the work of killing the spider.
  • Good accountability isn’t in place to judge but to awaken.
  • Embrace everyone that is willing to acknowledge their brokenness (or at least the possibility of it), – to humbly embrace the precepts of God (even though they might not be there)…
  • Lack of humility & repentance is irreconcilable with the gospel.

Application Questions

What struck you about the message?

1) In what other places do we try to find life that in the end lead us away from God?

2) In what areas do you see the American Church being proud when it ought to be humble?

3) Is there a time when someone spoke truth to you that was painfully life-giving?

4) For what reasons do we avoid these kinds of conversations?

5) Is there a time that you turned to God, the life-giver, after having sought life elsewhere (apart from him) and found Him right there waiting, faithful despite our unfaithfulness?

No Pretense

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 5  1It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. 2And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? 3For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this. 4So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh,a b so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.

6Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 7Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sisterc but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.

12What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”

Notes

  • sexual immorality exists
  • sexual immorality exists in you
  • hypocrisy destroys
  • community restores (The healthy church, Community/People of God are always restorative, life-giving)
  • Name and own your sin. Stop coddling it. Stop trying to work around or sweep away the cobwebs and get to the work of killing the spider.
  •  good accountability isn’t in place to judge, but to awaken.
  • Embrace everyone that is willing to acknowledge their brokenness (or at least the possibility of it), – to humbly embrace the precepts of God (even though they might not be there)…
  • Lack of humility & repentance is irreconcilable with the gospel.

Application Questions

What struck you about the message?

1) In what other places do we try to find life that in the end lead us away from God?

2) In what areas do you see the American Church being proud when it ought to be humble?

3) Is there a time when someone spoke truth to you that was painfully life giving?

4) For what reasons do we avoid these kind or conversations?

5) Is there a time that you turned to God, the life-giver, after having sought life elsewhere (apart from him) and found Him right there waiting, faithful despite our unfaithfulness?

City of God/Servant of God

City of God/Servant of God

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 3:1-4:7 1Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.3You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?

5What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.12If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

16Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

18Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”a ; 20and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”b 21So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephasc or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

1This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

6Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. 7For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

Sermon Notes

  • There’s a difference between having the Spirit and having the Spirit be in charge
  • Power and prestige have nothing to do with building the church
  • Jealousy was and is an issue not only in the church but in our own lives
    • Jealousy lacks the humility that is needed in the church for equality
  • It is God who has assigned you to your task
  • Life’s Objectives:
    • know Christ more
    • Be more like Christ so that others would know Him more
  • We have all we need and ought to want–>every time we pull for ourselves, we pull in the opposite direction of the cross
  • We’ve been given the gospel so that we might in turn, give it.
  • How we are living will one day become clear.

Application

  • Identify rightly what is of the “city of God” in your life and what is of the “earthly city.”
  • We need to live the way we will have wished we had lived.

Questions

  1. What stuck out to you about the message or Scripture?
  2. When have you been jealous of someone…someone in the church? How did that work out?
  3. Have you ever been given a gift that changed your thinking from “I deserve more,” to “Wow! I didn’t deserve that?” What was it and how did it change you/impact you?
  4. How does the gift of the gospel impact you on a daily basis? What are the ways in our lives that we can live in step with the Spirit?

Additional Items

  • VW grounds clean-up, Saturday, Oct 21, 9am-2pm, contact Paul Vorst with questions (paul@krgre.com)
  • first service in big building, Nov 5
  • book that talks about living the gospel in everyday life: “Saturate” ~Jeff Vanderstelt

Secret Wisdom

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 2:9-14 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— 10these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 


Sermon Notes

  • There is a very particular and critical God-made design-element of creation necessary for life to go well.
  • The wisdom of life is unknowable apart from God
  • True life is found in the upside-down power of God
  • We cannot just know the story of Jesus, we must by faith believe that this way…the way of the cross…is the heart of God, and it’s the best way.
  • It’s critical to carefully build only upon the Christ foundation
  • Are you carefully living upon a Christ foundation?…the most powerful way to live is to lay down your life, even in the face of evil, unjustly
  • Giving freely of what you’ve gained, so that others might gain (rather than giving to gain)
  • What if the goal of the Christian life is to end life with nothing, including no good reputation (according to the world)? It is…
  • See also Philippians 2:1-9

Sermon Application / Questions:

  1. What were you particularly impacted by in the message?
  2. What are some ways that you “power up” in your life? When do you feel powerful in life? (ex: when you control the details, or work hard for sake of achievement)
  3. What makes the church good?  It’s you … you taking steps of faith in your life.  What steps of faith do you consistently take?
  4. How does it make you feel to have Jesus’ example of how we should live, to set aside His power for our gain? When you think of your own life, how does setting aside your power for someone else’s gain strike you?
  5. We are called to be Christ-like in every situation, regardless of the space (church or secular).  In light of this sermon series, what does “Christ-like” mean for you personally?
  6. The cross is an upside-down world that relies on the power of God.  Our way is a power way … God’s way is a sacrificial way.  What are some ways that you “power up” in your life? When do you feel powerful in life? (ex: when you control the details, or work hard for sake of achievement)
  7. How can you preach the gospel to your own soul in these situations/areas of life? What part of God’s character, love, sacrifice, or example do you need to be reminded of?
  8. What do you think God wants you to do with this message/understanding?

Key Dates / Events:

  • Sunday, October 15  –  Child dedications during service.  Child dedication class on October 10.  For more information, email Heather Eschbach.
  • Sunday, October 15  –  Middle School (5-8 grades) Z-Night from 6-7:30pm.  This once-a-month gathering is held at our Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.  For more information, email Andrew Woody.
  • Wednesday, October 25  –  Monster Vision Night.  Your invited to hear about all of the new and exciting things happening in our Kids Community and Family Ministries.
  • Tuesdays in November  –  serving at the Dublin Food Pantry from 9-noon (six people needed every Tuesday).  Email Jan Bowman for more information

 

Secret Wisdom

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 2:9-14 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— 10these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 

Sermon Notes

  • There is a very particular and critical God-made design-element of creation necessary for life to go well.
  • The wisdom of life is unknowable apart from God
  • True life is found in the upside-down power of God
  • We cannot just know the story of Jesus, we must by faith believe that this way…the way of the cross…is the heart of God, and it’s the best way.
  • It’s critical to carefully build only upon the Christ foundation
  • Are you carefully living upon a Christ foundation?…the most powerful way to live is to lay down your life, even in the face of evil, unjustly
  • Giving freely of what you’ve gained, so that others might gain (rather than giving to gain)
  • What if the goal of the Christian life is to end life with nothing, including no good reputation (according to the world)? It is…
  • See also Philippians 2:1-9

Application Questions

  1. What were you particularly impacted by in the message?
  2. What are some ways that you “power up” in your life? When do you feel powerful in life? (ex: when you control the details, or work hard for sake of achievement)
  3. How does it make you feel to have Jesus’ example of how we should live, to set aside His power for our gain? When you think of your own life, how does setting aside your power for someone else’s gain strike you?
  4. What is an example in your life of how the “upside-down” power structure of God has confronted you or impacted you?
  5. How can you preach the gospel to your own soul in these situations/areas of life? What part of God’s character, love, sacrifice, or example do you need to be reminded of?
  6. What do you think God wants you to do with this message/understanding?

Other Items

  • VW grounds clean-up, Saturday, Oct 21, 9am-2pm, contact Paul Vorst paul@krgre.com
  • spiritual gifts assessment https://www.lifeway.com/lwc/files/lwcF_PDF_Discover_Your_Spiritual_Gifts.pdf
  • book recommendation to accompany this message series: “Saturate” ~Jeff Vanderstelt

 

 

Solus Chirstus

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 2:2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Sermon Summary

The culture of Corinth is the same as our American culture; obsessed with sex and sports, prioritizing the individual, freedom, and distrust of authority. The reason it is the same is because all humans throughout history have the same condition. As a result, the church was and is failing to leave the (“old”) culture behind. So, Paul points the church to Christ and him crucified because there has never been a moment more defiant of the sinful culture and resonate with the things of God than the moment of the cross. So, too, must we examine our lives against the culture we are swimming in and Christ.

Notes

  • Problems in the church: neglect of the poor (1 Cor 11:17-34), sexual immorality (1 Cor 5, 6:12-20), litigation of one another (1 Cor 6:1-11), argument over legalism vs. freedom in Christ (1 Cor 8), preference of one leader over another (1 Cor 1:10-4:21)
  • The solution to the culture we/they are swimming in? Christ and him crucified
  • It matters a great deal what you think of when you think about God.-> Your metal picture of God changes everyting (Heb 1:1-3, Col 1:15-22)
  • What is it about the cross that confronts my way of life?
    • Our thought: The cross is a very loving way to die, but a foolish way to live.
  • How do we come to the cross?
    1. Listen to the Spirit and to others
    2. Go to parts of town and parts of the world that you might not normally go (the gospel’s edge)
    3. Do something hard that no one knows about
    4. Be always, actively seeking someone else’s gain
    5. Pray for your enemies, love them on purpose
      • to identify the culture: think on purpose
      • to change the culture: love on purpose
    6. Go to the edges of the room

Application 

  1. What were you struck by during the message?
  2. When you think about God, what do you think about Him? What is your mental picture of God? How do you think you came to that picture/conclusion?
  3. What is it about the cross that confronts your way of life?
  4. What do you think God wants for you to do as a result of this teaching? (Use the 6 points under “How do we come…” as reference.)

References

“The God Shaped Brain: “How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life” ~T.R. Jennings

“Changing Your Mind: The Bible, The Brain, and Spiritual Growth” ~Victor Copan

Other Items

  • Child Dedications Oct 15. Contact Brittany.Woerth@vistacc.org for details
  • Christmas choir has started, but it’s not too late to sign up. Do so via the Vista app.

Solus Christus

God Culture

Summary & Scripture Reference

The culture, context and conditions of the Corinthian church (always try to use the same beginning letter for all the main words in a sentence!) was an eclectic collection of gods, passions, ethnicities, demographics, and cultures that made of a muddled mess of a situation and for one of the most diverse congregations to date. The degree of conflict had to be dizzying for the young, new elders to navigate. It would surprise me if church services were nearly if not often out of control. Opinions about God, morality, sex, politics, you-name-it, were varied and passionately engaged. Harsh spoken and unspoken judgements had to have been equally pervasive. Imagine your church with more people that don’t understand “the Christian norms, rules and expectations” for thought and behavior than do. And then you’ll begin to have an idea of the Corinthian church.
Yet, something deep was going on among this church that caused Paul to start his first letter to the Corinthians with these words before he wrote a primer on Godly living in the remaining paragraphs of his letter:
(1 Cor 1:1-9)
Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Spirit of God, Christ, was among them. Something deeply profound was occurring beneath the surface that was evident even among the challenges and chaos of coincidental cultures that was creating a new, heaven-on-earth, culture…a God culture.

Although new behaviors in alignment with Jesus were certainly required, something powerful was bubbling up from a faith-filled conviction within them, and they were being transformed. In fact, their transformation and culture pointed to (reflected) the deep things that were occurring. The same is true of us: our inner condition is reflected in our actions and in the culture forming among us. The question: Are our actions and culture reflective of the Spirit of God. Would others say, in the fullest, deepest meaning of the name: Christ is among you!
Notes
  • God has an agenda for all who are willing, to usher in new life through his very presence.
  • Our lives are designed to be in step with the One who gives us life.
  • The primary emphasis of a healthy church, congregation, or Christian has always been the SAME; learn to live life as a result of the very real presence of God.
  • Culture is generally built like this: desires/values > practices > structures
    • The practices and structures of your life reflect the desires/values in your heart.
    • “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”
  • In Christ, you have all the spiritual-ness you need for life.
    • Christ in you sets the culture around you.
      • Immerse yourself in Scripture and community
      • Improvise as you follow Jesus by faith to serve others sacrificially
      • Avail yourself to the Holy Spirit through prayer, purity, and rest

Application

  1. What was meaningful or struck you about the message and why?
  2. What kind of culture did you grow up in? Was it a “God friendly” culture or not, etc.? How has that manifested itself in your life?
  3. How often do you feel like you are living life as a result of the presence of God? Why?
  4. Has there been a time in your life, that you can identify, when the presence of God has changed you or changed the direction of your life? What was it and how did you change?
  5. How does your perspective on the world, your actions, and your interactions with others change/shift as a result of knowing that we are the body of Christ (Acts 1:8) and so carry in us the Spirit of God?
  6. What do you think God would have you do as a result of hearing this message of being a part of this conversation?
  7. Make a list and begin praying for folks who might be more inclined to come to the Christmas program than to a service on Sunday morning.

Additional Items

  • Child Dedications Oct 15. Contact Brittany.Woerth@vistacc.org for details
  • Christmas choir has started, but it’s not too late to sign up. Do so via the Vista app.

God Culture

Culture & Call

 

Culture & Call

Series Summary

We live in a pluralistic society. The constant exchange of ideas and perspectives can be dizzying. The suggested solutions and social pressures for the human condition can be a siren song that subtly seeps into our consciousness and comes out in our actions. The gods that our society puts forward through advertising, storytelling, and every day conversation run in direct conflict with the One True God. One cannot serve both God and man, one cannot serve both God and Money, and one cannot trust both the message of the King and the message of the Culture.  But we are not alone. This has been the situation for all that follow after God from the very beginning. From the call of Abraham, through the Exodus, into the Promised land the people of God have had to discern the differences between the voice of God and that of the culture they were steeped in. The Promised Land meant the beauty of the presence of God, but it did not mean the removal of the presence of other voices and sources of trouble. Here we are, still citizens of earth even as we have become citizens of heaven. Even after the ministry of Christ, ushering in the Kingdom of God and gathering in the lost sheep to bring them near to the presence of God, still had no intention of removing us from the world around us. The Corinthians found this out first hand. These people who lived in a plural society, with various world religions and philosophies colliding all around them, needed to learn what it would mean to live a life of faith in a sea still fraught with storms. They would need to live the life of the kingdom while living as sojourners in a foreign land. This is not easily done and necessitates a church community insistent upon seeking after the presence of God. We have much to learn from the people of God in their pursuit of the presence of God.

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 15:10 But, by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.

Main Idea

God is ushering in a new life with His presence like never before.

  • We are trying to live with the SAME presence of God in our lives as the Israelites and Corinthians (and all other God-followers throughout history).
  • Our lives are designed to be shaped. If God is not the one doing the shaping, what is?
  • Often the world we live in is similar to the world we’ve been freed/rescued from…Key difference is that now we live with the presence of God.
    • Are we taking God into all the parts of our lives?
  • One of the greatest testimonies that God is with us, the church, is that we get along with one another.
  • God’s presence in the church influences our culture.
  • God’s presence in you becomes a call to his purpose.

Application

Since this is probably one of the first times your group is getting together, be sure to spend some time getting to know one another. One way to do that, which would go with the message would be asking everyone to share two or three things in their lives that have shaped/influenced them. Another way to do it would be to have folks describe themselves in seven words.

  1. What impacted you or stood out to you about the message?
  2. How do you think that the truth of Malachi 3:6 (I, the Lord, do not change) has shaped you and your life?
  3. When, do you think, the presence of God became something in your life that you were aware of? When was the first time you felt like God “showed” up, if ever? How has that event/experience influenced you?
  4. If the world looked at the church today, what do you think they would see/say about who God is?
  5. Depending on previous answers, what can we do to provide an accurate (maybe better) view of who God is? How are you/we doing that already?
  6. Do you feel like you know what God has/is called/calling you to? If so, what? How can we support you to live out your calling?

Other Items

  • Christmas choir rehearsals start Wednesday, Sept 20. Sign-up via Vista app.
  • Child dedications on Oct 15. If you want to dedicate your child, contact Brittany.Woerth@vistacc.org

Living Faith

Scripture Reference

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.  James 2:26


Sermon Application / Questions

  1. As we see in Matthew 7, storms show-up even when Jesus is present.  The presence of God doesn’t mean storms will never happen but that He will be present when they arrive.  The question we need to ask is: will I bend my will to God’s will?  In the storm, where do I place my faith?
  2. Pastor Dan said that we will struggle with relationships and that’s a good thing!  The more we struggle and depend on God, the closer these relationships will be.  When you have difficult relationships, do you press into them and God, or do you run from them?  Is there a relationship in particular that you need to press into?
  3. God calls us to be who He wants us to be … not who we want to be.  Who is God calling you to be?  What is your ministry?  If you don’t know, here are two steps:
    • Pray.  Ask God to give you clarity on your calling.
    • Ask.  Ask others what they see in you.
  4. Would you say you faith is alive or dead?  Be honest with your response.  🙂
  5. Pastor Dan said our faith needs activated.  Our faith is activated by God’s word and pursuing the dreams / goals He’s given us.  What dreams / goals has God given you?  What can your Lifegroup do to support each others faith and dreams?
  6. Pastor Dan gave us five steps to activate and keep our faith alive:
    • Being obedient to God
    • Being committed to God
    • Staying focused on God
    • Intimacy with God
    • Addressing discord with others
  7. God doesn’t allow us to see someone’s sin / weakness just so we can sin!  Rather, he allows this so that we can be an instrument of reconciliation, healing, grace and truth in that person’s life.  God is working all things together for your good!   Ask yourself these three questions:
    • Why me?
    • Why now?
    • For what purpose?
  8. How are you making someone’s life better?

Key Dates / Events

Sunday, September 17  –  Middle School “Z-Night” at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center.

Wednesday, September 20  –  First Christmas Choir Practice.  Email Kim Webb for more information.

Sunday, September 24  –  Open House / Ice Cream Social at the Dublin Office and Family & Student Center

Sunday, October 15  –  Child Dedications.

Living Faith

Scripture Reference

James 2:17,26 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead…As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Notes

  • Faith can be dead or alive
  • If we don’t put action behind our faith, it is dead

How do you keep your faith alive?

  1. Obey God’s Word
  2. Be committed to God –> Be ready in and out of season
  3. Be in relationship with God (love God)
  4. Be focused to your calling –>Be willing to say “yes”

In the midst of different situations and relationships, to keep your faith alive ask…

  • Why me?
  • Why now?
  • For what purpose

Further Application

  1. What impacted you about the message or about your hearing Pastors Dan and Mike?
  2. What are some things going on in your life right now? What would be your answers to the questions of why me, why now, and for what purpose? How do you think God wants you to lean into those situations and trust Him?
  3. What do you think of Vista’s partnership with Pastor Dan and Restoration Revival Churches in Kenya? What questions do you have about that partnership?
  4. How do you feel about sharing our space with Sanctuary Columbus Church?
  5. What are you compelled to do, if anything, with regard to the hurricanes? Do you have family and.or friends down there that the group can be praying for and supporting? What do you think it looks like to trust God with these events?

Other Items

  • Christmas choir rehearsals start Sept. 20. Folks can sign up via the Vista App or on Sunday morning at the Connections table.
  • Z-Night (5th-8th graders) Sept. 18
  • Child Dedications – Oct 15th (class on Oct 10th) Contact Brittany Woerth or Justin Bradshaw if interestd.

Crossroads

Scripture Reference

John 15:4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Application

  1. What stuck out to you about the message?
  2. What do you think it means to “abide” in Jesus? (persevere, endure) How have you done that? or What would it look like for you to do that?
  3. Do you have a sense of what God is calling you to right now? What steps of faith are you taking at this time? Have you been able to see any fruit yet?
  4. Read Rom 12:1-2 Is there anything in your life that is “off limits” with regard to your relationship with God? How can you trust God with those areas/things/people? How can the group help?

Changing Everything

Scripture Reference

John 15:14-16 You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last

Application

  1. Was there anything in particular in the message that stuck out to you?
  2. How do you feel when you here Jesus say that you are his friend? How does that status change how you interact with Him?
  3. Do you feel like you know what “the master’s business” is? What does it look like in your life right now? (What is God up to in your life right now?) What do you think God’s work at Vista entails these days? How are you joining His work?
  4. Jesus calls you friend (not a servant). Are you living there?
  5. What do you think God wants you to do as a result of your friendship with Him? How can the group help you with that?

Additional Items

  • Graduation Recognition: Sunday 5/21

 

Remain In Me

Remain In Me

Scripture Reference

John 15:1-6 1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunesa so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.

Sermon Context Summary

The disciples had said yes. Jesus said that His words had made them clean, that the pruning had begun. From there it was a matter of staying the course and remaining in the one they had said yes to. Jesus is reminding them to continue to say yes rather than relying on the first yes only, or straying somewhere else altogether. This reminder was necessary on several levels. First, it is necessary to recognize that there is no life to be found elsewhere. This is not a matter of choosing between good options. It is life with Jesus or death apart from Him. Second, there will be difficulty and sacrifice ahead for those who have said yes to Jesus. Whether it is the pruning process or the experience of hate from a world who hated Jesus ahead, there are storms coming. In those moments we must remain in the one who has made us clean. We must resist the temptation to take the easier path or to switch our allegiance and place our roots elsewhere in order to avoid pain and trouble. This continuous yes that we live with in Jesus is a matter of wisdom vs. foolishness. We accept the pruning that the good Gardener does and we remain in Jesus knowing that this is where true life can be found. In wisdom we take instruction and are refined, pruned, to look more like the one we are remaining in. In wisdom we are shaped towards a future that bigger than us, and  that is His, and is greater than any of our short term and present desires.

Application

  1. What impacted you about the message?
  2. Jesus is asking us to make a commitment like none other and follow Him? How do you naturally feel about commitment? How does this “ask” make you feel?
  3. John 15:3-6 (vs 5 –> “You are already clean…” Why is that significant? How can you live in light of that truth?)
  4. How do you respond to the words of wise people in your life? Can you think of a specific time to share with the group about your response and the result? (Read Prov 12:15, Prov 23:9) What do you need wisdom about right now?
  5. How can your group help you remain in Jesus this week?

The Garden Needs A Gardner

The Garden Needs a Gardener

Scripture Reference

John 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

Application

  1. What stuck out to you about the message or Scripture?
  2. If you could know the future about something, what would want to know?
    • God knows the future…Jer 29:11, Job 42:2, Prov 19:21
    • How do those verses and knowing God is active in seeing His plan come about resonate with you?
  3. What does it mean for Jesus to be the TRUE vine? (context: In context to Israel (the vine), who was unfaithful and got the judgement of God, Jesus (the true vine) was completely faithful and thus fulfills Israel’s calling to be the vine of God.)
  4. What does this mean for the church?
  5. How are you living right now in light of God’s future vineyard (what God has in store)? What can you do to live with God’s “picture” in mind?
  6. What does God want you to do as a result of hearing this message or reading this Scripture? How can the LifeGroup help?

Additional Items

  • Worthington Service Day – Saturday, May 6th contact Marjorie Scott for details.

The Gardener

Summary

Once you know where to go and have the resources to support that vision, then you have to get to it and start growing. We’ve made great and useful advances in finances and facilities, but those aren’t ends they are means to an end, and the end is always to grow personally and corporately as God has designed the church.

It always good to be reminded about and to make sure we are still living the basics of what God intends for his church. G.R.O.W. is an acrostic that is a simple way to remember how everyone can contribute to transformation, multiplication and advancing the Kingdom of God.

Go: Wherever God calls you, find a way to say yes and go. It could be going into service, leadership, summer missions or a new campus launch. In any case, always listen for God’s direction and calling on your life and follow Jesus into those spaces.
Remember in prayer: Maybe God’s call on your life isn’t specific at this time, but you can sense a passion for what He’s up to in a certain area…commit to pray for that ministry and/or those people.
Open your wallet: Well, that’s just a cute way to remind you to give…to remain faithful to the commitments you’ve made, or to begin giving regularly if you aren’t already supporting the work God with Vista. Sometimes you can’t both go and give, but usually we are able to do one or the other.
Work for a year: Particularly when it comes to launching new sites and long-term global opportunities, but also with regard to new things that God is calling you to…it sometimes requires a lengthy commitment of a year or so to see something through fully. A year might seem like a longtime at the beginning, but we all know that a year can fly by quickly. You will also be surprised at the significant ways that God can grow you and accomplish with you through such a commitment.

Let’s G.R.O.W.!


Scripture Reference

John 15:1  –  I am the true vine, and my father is the gardner.


Application

  1. Growing isn’t a bed of roses … it’s not easy and is usually painful (if not always).  Can you look back at a season of growth in your own life that seemed painful or challenging at the time but, looking back, you’re thankful for God’s “pruning?”
  2. We don’t see church as a place to be comfortable … or a place to find rest.  Rest is found in Jesus.  We see church as a place to point people to Jesus, as a place to help get people closer to God.  Does that differ from your tradition or church experience?  How do you embrace this approach?
  3. God uses circumstances to drive us to Him.  God may not remove us from a difficult space because He knows it will ultimately lead us back to him.  Can you identify those circumstances God has used to bring you closer to him?
  4. Pastor Mike mentioned that for an unknown season Vista Hilliard is no longer going to meet on Sunday.  There are two primary reasons: 1). We launched prematurely.  To carry the lift of a campus, you need about 150 people.  We launched with 70.  2).  Through REACH, we realized that there are central systems and processes that needed to be strengthened before we can launch additional campuses.  What are your thoughts about Vista Hilliard folding back into Dublin and Worthington?
  5. Where are you getting your “life-blood” from?  We get it from somewhere: family, friends, work, school.  Do you get your “life-blood” from God?  How do you go about doing so?  Mike provided three ways:
    • Being in a biblical community, like a Lifegroup.
    • Reading and hearing God’s very words.
    • Talking to God.
  6. When you have depth to your relationship / connection with God, you experience fruit as a result!  The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace forbearance, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).  Are you experiencing these fruits?

Items Coming Up

  • Worthington Service Day, May 6th – contact Marjorie Scott for details.

The Gardner

The True Vine

God With Us

Summary

Is it that the night is too long, or that the day is too short? Or perhaps it’s the other way around. When there is this so much work to be done it is easy to be tossed about by the waves in life and see only your own inability to accomplish the task. Joining a God of Justice in doing Justice can be just like that. There is so much work left to do but so much we’ve already done. Can we make it? And what of when the progress is slow? Is it worth it to stay in the fight? Where is God in the meantime? When children in Syria are ground under the wheels of their own government and when there is famine in Africa and when our own hearts are a bit beat up, where is God? Well, He is right there with us. He is with us in the work, He is with us in the waiting, and He is with us in the wanting.

We wouldn’t be the first of His children to see the daunting nature of the task more easily and naturally than we see how His provision prepares us for the work. Jesus little by little prepared His disciples for the work that He would ask them to do, sending them out in faith with nothing but the knowledge that they were squarely in His will. He is right there with us in the work

We won’t be the first of His children to need a fresh glimpse of His kingdom in the midst of the effort to build His kingdom. John the Baptist Himself asked Christ if He indeed was the Messiah, the one who was to come, or if they should wait for another. When the kingdom doesn’t look exactly as we expected, when the waiting period is longer than we had imagined, He is right there with us in the waiting.

We wouldn’t be the first children to cry out for Him in the dead of the night wondering why we felt so alone. When loneliness creeps into the kingdom that we had understood would finally be our home we may be tempted to believe the lie that we truly are alone. But no. Our Christ went to the cross on our behalf crying out Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani. That is to say, He was willing to be without God so that we could be with Him. When we are stuck in the season of loneliness and are left wanting we return to the source of all community and faith and are reminded that He is right there with us in the wanting.


Scripture Reference

Matthew 10 & 11


Application

  1. How can God be good when my circumstances are not?  It all depends on your perspective … are you looking at it through yours or Gods?
  2. How do you get beyond your own view or perspective?  Our broken perspective / filter defiles our view of God’s goodness.
  3. How do you align your heart to Gods?  Unless we do so, life will be constantly disappointing and difficult to manage.
  4. How different would your life look if you believed that God had and loved you?  How would it change your view … how would it change those around you … how would it change the church?
  5. It’s good to have someone with you … someone who is walking beside you.  Who has walked or is walking with you at this moment?  Who are you walking with?
  6. We are meant to reflect God’s character.  What does that look like for you?
  7. Discuss this point: God with us went without God so that we could be with God.

God With Us

Missio Dei

 

Good God, Just God

Missio Dei

Scripture Refernce

Genesis 18:18-19 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.c 19For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.

 

Summary

Christian Justice is more than punishing those that do wrong. It certainly includes that kind of justice (though last week we saw that God received our just punishment for us) but it goes well beyond that. The Justice of God doesn’t simply dole out punishment to those who would incur His wrath. If that were the case we would have long ago run out of time on this earth. Instead, God’s Justice is interested in remaking all things. Our just God wants more than external obedience, He is seeking a transformed heart. He is seeking a people who will represent Him on earth in a way that speaks to His heart for the poor, the disenfranchised, and the downtrodden. Scripture tells us repeatedly that God stands with the widow, the orphan, the alien, and poor against the oppressor. Scripture also tells us that the plan for our those who have trusted Him is to be more and more like Him. That is to say, we have a Just God who mercifully restores His people to a life of pursuing justice. And when His remade and restored people join Him in doing justice they find that they have meaning, purpose, fulfillment, and a clear vision of the future that God will bring about. These are things to be truly thankful for.

Application

  1. What impacted you about the message?
  2. How do you feel about your role in God’s justice…making things right and how they should be?
  3. If walking in the way of the Lord means doing for other what God wants done for them and what He has already done for you, what would that look like?
  4. In what ways are you thankful for God’s justice?
  5. What do you think God want you to do as a result of hearing this message?

Other Items

  • Easter: Dublin Jerome High School, 9 & 11am

Good Justice

Pursuit of God

Pursuit of God

Pursuit of Good

Thank God

Thank God

Sermon Summary

Have you ever wondered or been confused about what God’s will is for your life? It’s a great question. In fact,  it’s a question that speaks volumes about the health of your Soul. Only the God-sensitive and God-oriented souls ask humble, sincere, heart-level questions of posture and purpose with regard to God.  Of course, it’s not easy or quick work to figure out God’s unique and specific will for your life, but He has made it clear how to find yourself generally at the center of his desire for you!

Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

How wonderful is it to know that finding our way back to God…knowing God better…having our faith increased can happen simply through the discipline of thankfulness. The Bible often refers to thankfulness as the practice of remembering (see M505). Throughout scripture God has compelled his people to remember Him, what He’s done and His enduring mercy and compassion…

1 Chronicles 16:34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 35:18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.

Mark 8:6 [Jesus] told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute…

I expect that by the time we get to this point, a month from now, we will need to balance our efforts at trusting God for what we are hoping, dreaming and straining for with an effort toward thankfulness. It’s always important to be remembering what God has done and is doing. It is God’s will for his people!
If you’re not regularly looking through the greater story and the story God is telling within your life…you’re probably not expressing enough thanks, and you’re probably experiencing very little joy or celebration.

Application

  1. What stood out to you about the message?
  2. Lent is a springtime cleaning for the soul in order to prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. How are you engaging this time?
  3. Why do you think thankfulness is one of God’s primary objectives for your life?
  4. What are the two things we need to get right when it comes to thankfulness? (1. to whom are we thankful 2. why)
  5. How does “God is good all the time and all the time, God is good,” strike you? Do you believe it? Why or why not?
  6. What did (will) you commit to doing from now till Easter that will promote thankfulness?

Additional Items

  • Easter at Dublin Jerome HS
  • sign up for Easter choir on-line
  • Summer missions trips: high schoolers to Appalachia, Cambodia in July

Thank Goodness

 

Thank Goodness

Summary

The Goodness of God is most clearly seen through the ministry and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. For many It is this sacrifice that breaks down the barriers to our misunderstandings of who God is. We may have made the mistake of thinking of God as distant or angry, but because of Jesus we can no longer think that way. Jesus changes our mind about God. We must not make the mistake of thinking that God changed though. Mark, in his gospel, makes a concerted effort to remind us of the connection between the beginning of Christ’s ministry and the beginning of all things. That is to say, while Jesus puts God’s goodness on display, God was always good. The very act of creation is an act of goodness and love by a God who is both loving and good. His love is eternal and seen in the relationship of the heavenly community as the three persons of the trinity love and submit to one another. It is this loving community that God invites us into through the act of creation.

Creation is God’s love spilling out into material existence in order to give Himself to others and to those made in His image. He invites us into a relationship with Him, available from the very beginning. This relationship was designed in goodness and love to be giving, submissive, sacrificial, and defined by service. In short, He calls us into a love that has always existed in Heaven and now intends for it to exist on earth as well. When we embrace this, when we celebrate His goodness through thankfulness, we are able to live according to His loving design for us. Thankful hearts being transformed to be more like Him by loving like he loves. He is very good. We can taste and see His goodness from creation onwards. A good and loving relationship restored with the Father through the loving work of the Son who reminds us that God was always good.

Application

  1. What stuck out to you about the message?
  2. Why are we not naturally thankful people? What does thankfulness do for us?
  3. What does it say about who God is, when we recognize a gift He has given? (ex: salvation, love, healing, provision, fellowship, eternity, power over sin)
  4. How have you experienced praise of God and thankfulness going hand in hand?
  5. What circumstances have you gone through or are going through that you feel God is using to get your attention?
  6. Do you believe God is good all the time? How could you begin to trust that is the case? How does “God is good all the time” make you feel?
  7. How can your group help you remember this truth?

Things to Remember

  • Daylight Savings time starts 3/12 (set clocks forward Saturday night)
  • new VW location starts 3/12 7349 Worthington-Galena Rd. Worthington, OH 43085

Thank Goodness

First Commitment

First Commitment

Commitment

Scripture References

Isaiah 53:6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray…

Ephesians 2:4–5 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions…

Luke 12:15  Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

Matthew 19:16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

Application

  1. Why do you think the gap between general agreement and generous participation is so great?
  2. How is it possible to be doing well/good things and still be off course? Have you had an experience like that in your life?

Revelation 2:5Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

7Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

  1. What does it mean that the church is not a work story, but a love story?
  2. Without the grace of God in our soul, we lose our eternal hope and our missional light. What are some ways that you can continue to put/feel/experience the grace of God in your soul?
  3. How do you feel about making a commitment to Vista? How do you anticipate God meeting you in the midst of your commitment?

Upcoming Events

  • Ash Wednesday, March 1st, 6-7:30pm, 7349 Worthington-Galena Rd., Worthington 43085 (new building)

Finding Life

Summary:

Self-Dependency was a major roadblock for the Pharisees and others of that age in their efforts to understand who Jesus was. In much the same way, self-dependency remains a lower-case “g” god of this age as well. In Luke 18 (Matthew 19 and Mark 10) we see one such person who desired to rely on himself to achieve abundant life. The Rich Young Ruler believes himself to be positioned well to inherit the resurrected life but Jesus sees through this immediately. It is not the outward actions that concern Jesus most but instead the inward dispositions. That is to say, the directionality of a life of dependent faith is a transformed heart that then lives out that transformation in the surrounding world. Jesus asks the man to demonstrate dependent faith rather than self-dependency when He asks the young man to sell all he has, give it to the poor, and then follow after Jesus. In contrast to the little children in the passage just before this, the Rich Young Ruler does not have the eyes to see where authentic treasure can be found. His actions may fit within in the confines of the law, but His heart has not be transformed by true dependent Faith. As we launch this Reach campaign our deepest desire would be to take steps of faith that become a transformative initiative in our lives. We desire that our actions would deepen our dependent Faith in Jesus and give us the eyes to see that He is the truest treasure as we follow after Him.

Scripture References:

  1. Matthew 19:21
  2. Luke 12:13-21
  3. Luke 18:18-23
  4. 2 Chronicles 16:9

Questions:

  1. Would you say you’re heart is fully devoted to God?
  2. What does being fully devoted look like for you?
  3. God wants to strengthen our hearts so that He can lead us into spaces where we have to be dependent on Him.  Do you find yourself depending on God’s strength or your own?
  4. Over the last four weeks, have you been talking and listening to God as it relates to Reach?  What’s God saying?
  5. Reach is an opportunity to invest in the Kingdom and the vision of the church.  Are you compelled to take a step?
  6. Do you trust your leadership at Vista?  Why or why not?
  7. How does the parable of the rich man with an abundant harvest (Luke 12) apply to us today?
  8. How does the parable of the rich young ruler (Luke 18) apply to us today?
  9. When did you decide to begin giving to the church?
  10. What does Reach mean for you personally?

Additional steps:

What if everyone who calls Vista home took a step of generosity?  What if we all responded in a way that grew our faith?  The step we take will look different for each of us.  But our combined efforts can have a profound effect on the kingdom of God.  The following descriptions are designed to help you evaluate your response:

  • Consistent.  You may have never given to Vista, or you give occasionally. Regardless of the amount or frequency, what would it look like to make giving a habit?
  • Percentage.  Maybe you’ve given as you’re able, but you’ve never set a proactive goal.  Consider giving in the same way you budget for other expenses.  Will you set aside 2%, 5% or 10% consistently?
  • Progressive.  For some, tithing has been a priority.  If this has become routine and comfortable, what would it look like to increase your percentage beyond 10%?
  • Creative.  Perhaps you already give a significant portion of your income to kingdom work.  What would it look like to be creative with your resources?

The thoughts, questions and words that the Spirit gives you are important to the church.  Please share them with your group leaders, ministry leaders and campus pastors!  As we move through the Reach initiative, let’s do it together!

Finding Life

Finding Life

Reaching for Transformation

Scripture Reference

2 Peter 1:3-4a 3His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature

Summary

God is always at work, executing His plan to bring people back to Himself, and He’s invited His church to join Him. For Vista specifically, He has given us a new vision for the future and an opportunity to expand our capacity. My hope is that together we will engage the process, seek God for our next steps, and faithfully trust that He is going to take care of His church and transform us into people who look more and more like Jesus in the world.

Application

  1. How has God used Vista to grow, mature and stretch you?
  2. What does transformation mean to you?
  3. How have you seen God transform you as you have followed Him?
  4. When you hear the phrase, “If we can REACH more, we can REACH further,” what does that personally mean to you?
  5. The REACH initiative is a transformative initiative.  Do you see it as opportunity to take a step and trust God? What questions do you have about what we are asking the church to commit to?
  6. How do you determine how much you give?  Is giving an area that you’ve had to wrestle with God

Reaching for Transformation

REACHING for Trust

Summary:

It should not surprise us to see that the journey from Fear to Faith has so many twists and turns. This is the age old story of the Patriarchs. Just last summer we traced the journey of Abraham as he stumbled towards the life that Yahweh wanted him to lead.

Perhaps the greatest example of the challenging journey we are talking about is the story of the entire nation of Israel. Once they had been brought out of captivity in Egypt they spent forty years being taught to trust in Yahweh. They needed to learn to leave their fear behind and have faith in the one who was leading them forward into the Promised Land. In the meantime we see Yahweh tell them to rest one day a week, don’t work on that day, just trust Him. We see Him say to them, “I will provide your daily bread, don’t gather more for tomorrow, just trust me.” He tells them He will grant them victory and give them the Promised Land. Don’t look at the size of the cities, or the inhabitants of those cities, just Trust Him.

As we imagine all that God might do with Vista on a practical level in ministry and facilities and programming and operations and global missions, it is important to remember that God’s plans exceed our imagination and will require faith to follow Him – an increasing trust in Him – the very thing that is most important to our Father as we live to become His people and to serve on His mission to Reach the whole world.

Scripture Reference:

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those who hearts are fully committed to him.  –  2 Chronicles 16:9


Questions:

  1. When was a time when you were most proud of Vista?
  2. How deeply do you care about the eternal security of those around you?
  3. What is your part within the vision and mission of God at Vista?
  4. With what do you need to trust God more for?
  5. Where has God asked you to go that requires trust and faith?
  6. God’s hope for us is to trust Him and take steps of faith.  What steps do you sense you need to take?
  7. Did Pastor Mike’s message challenge you?  In what way?
  8. Do you trust the church and it’s leadership?
  9. Are you willing to struggle with God as to what he wants you to do next?
  10. What does it look like for you to wrestle with God?

Additional steps:

What if everyone who calls Vista home took a step of generosity?  What if we all responded in a way that grew our faith?  The step we take will look different for each of us.  But our combined efforts can have a profound effect on the kingdom of God.  The following descriptions are designed to help you evaluate your response:

  • Consistent.  You may have never given to Vista, or you give occasionally. Regardless of the amount or frequency, what would it look like to make giving a habit?
  • Percentage.  Maybe you’ve given as you’re able, but you’ve never set a proactive goal.  Consider giving in the same way you budget for other expenses.  Will you set aside 2%, 5% or 10% consistently?
  • Progressive.  For some, tithing has been a priority.  If this has become routine and comfortable, what would it look like to increase your percentage beyond 10%?
  • Creative.  Perhaps you already give a significant portion of your income to kingdom work.  What would it look like to be creative with your resources?

The thoughts, questions and words that the Spirit gives you are important to the church.  Please share them with your group leaders, ministry leaders and campus pastors!  As we move through the Reach initiative, let’s do it together!

Reaching For Trust

Reaching for Trust

Summary:

It should not surprise us to see that the journey from Fear to Faith has so many twists and turns. This is the age old story of the Patriarchs. Just last summer we traced the journey of Abraham as he stumbled towards the life that Yahweh wanted him to lead.

Perhaps the greatest example of the challenging journey we are talking about is the story of the entire nation of Israel. Once they had been brought out of captivity in Egypt they spent forty years being taught to trust in Yahweh. They needed to learn to leave their fear behind and have faith in the one who was leading them forward into the Promised Land. In the meantime we see Yahweh tell them to rest one day a week, don’t work on that day, just trust Him. We see Him say to them, “I will provide your daily bread, don’t gather more for tomorrow, just trust me.” He tells them He will grant them victory and give them the Promised Land. Don’t look at the size of the cities, or the inhabitants of those cities, just Trust Him.

As we imagine all that God might do with Vista on a practical level in ministry and facilities and programming and operations and global missions, it is important to remember that God’s plans exceed our imagination and will require faith to follow Him – an increasing trust in Him – the very thing that is most important to our Father as we live to become His people and to serve on His mission to Reach the whole world.

Scripture Reference:

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those who hearts are fully committed to him.  –  2 Chronicles 16:9


Questions:

  1. When was a time when you were most proud of Vista?
  2. How deeply do you care about the eternal security of those around you?
  3. What is your part within the vision and mission of God at Vista?
  4. With what do you need to trust God more for?
  5. Where has God asked you to go that requires trust and faith?
  6. God’s hope for us is to trust Him and take steps of faith.  What steps do you sense you need to take?
  7. Did Pastor Mike’s message challenge you?  In what way?
  8. Do you trust the church and it’s leadership?
  9. Are you willing to struggle with God as to what he wants you to do next?
  10. What does it look like for you to wrestle with God?

Additional steps:

What if everyone who calls Vista home took a step of generosity?  What if we all responded in a way that grew our faith?  The step we take will look different for each of us.  But our combined efforts can have a profound effect on the kingdom of God.  The following descriptions are designed to help you evaluate your response:

  • Consistent.  You may have never given to Vista, or you give occasionally. Regardless of the amount or frequency, what would it look like to make giving a habit?
  • Percentage.  Maybe you’ve given as you’re able, but you’ve never set a proactive goal.  Consider giving in the same way you budget for other expenses.  Will you set aside 2%, 5% or 10% consistently?
  • Progressive.  For some, tithing has been a priority.  If this has become routine and comfortable, what would it look like to increase your percentage beyond 10%?
  • Creative.  Perhaps you already give a significant portion of your income to kingdom work.  What would it look like to be creative with your resources?

The thoughts, questions and words that the Spirit gives you are important to the church.  Please share them with your group leaders, ministry leaders and campus pastors!  As we move through the Reach initiative, let’s do it together!

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More and Further

Summary:

Jan 29th REACH INITIATIVE  KICK-OFF (Reach More/Further)

There is no more inclusive vision in this world than the vision of God. God’s vision includes all and is for the good all. Each of us is called and invited into a restored relationship with God through Christ. Once this relationship is restored God sets about the work or transforming us. This transformation brings us into alignment with His vision to reach more and to reach further in order to bring heaven to bear on earth more and more fully. As heaven and earth overlap with God’s presence in us leading us to the Gospel’s edge we see His kingdom advancing. This Kingdom that includes the least of the these and includes the most unlikely candidates will restore us to a right relationship with Him, with others, and with our work/role in His vision for His Church.


Questions:

  1. What was it about your first experience with Vista that helped you decide it was the church for you?
  2. Why do you think what we do as a church matters so much?
  3. What’s your response to Pastor Mike’s picture about the difference Vista’s making locally and globally?
  4. Do you feel a part of Vista’s mission – why or why not?  If not, what can you do to be a part of it?
  5. Why would we keep going at Vista – is suburban ministry worth it?
  6. Do you know anyone within your circle who is far from God?
  7. Is the vision of Vista big enough, exciting enough and compelling enough for you to say, “Yes, it’s worth it!”?
  8. Are you willing to take a step and exercise faith in Vista’s vision?
  9. Based upon what you heard today, what do you think God’s doing next at Vista?
  10. What role do you play in Vista vision?
  11. Pastor Mike used the phrase, “Courageous Faith” a couple of times this morning.  What does courageous faith look like for you with regards to Reaching More and Reaching Further?

Additional steps:

The thoughts, questions and words that the Spirit gives you are important to the church.  Please share them with your group leaders, ministry leaders and Campus Pastors!  As we move through the Reach initiative, let’s do it together!

Reaching More and Further

More and Further

Reaching Up in Celebration

Reaching Others

Sermon Summary (Scripture Reference – John 21)

There’s nothing vague or generic about Christ’s love for us. This is no theoretical forgiveness or mere philosophical restoration. This is a digging deep, a pressing in. The kind of community that Christ is dedicated to creating through His work on the cross and through the work of the Spirit is authentic as it does more than merely gloss over our past

indiscretions.  Christ brings the failures of Peter into the light and he deals with them. Peter will never have to wonder what Christ thought of him or whether Christ would truly love him if he knew everything about him. Jesus leaves no doubt that He loves Peter enough to meet him where he is, but also loves Peter too much to leave him where he is. Christ is after the maturation of Peter’s heart. Christ is after the transformation of Peter into the man that he was always meant to be. Christ will not settle for anything less than the restoration of Peter to the truly human being that joins God in creating the heavenly community. The heavenly community we are talking about does a great deal more than create space for people to do life together (though it does that). It is the crucible in which God’s people point each other to Christ. It is the space in which God uses even the broken aspects of our hearts to bring about maturity and reflect God’s love to one another. After Peter experiences a restoration like this he is now fully equipped to feed Jesus’ sheep. He is fully able and motivated to join God in bringing heaven to earth in communities that don’t run from trouble and never settle for less than heaven itself.


Application Questions

  • Through sin, misunderstanding or background (tradition), we sometimes feel far from God and that we need to work to get back to Him.  Do you understand and accept that you are never out of His reach?
  • There’s nothing you need to do except, by faith, turn to Jesus … and there … you’ll find God’s reach, God’s rescue, transformation, purpose and value.  Have you turned to Jesus?
  • What does the word transformation mean to you?  Can you describe how you’re being transformed?
  • Have there been times in your life when people said, “You’re different / Who are you?” because of new life (transformation) in Christ?
  • Pastor Mike said, “Jesus didn’t come back to life, he was RAISED to new life.”  What does that mean to you?
  • Reaching people like Jesus did takes courage.  As we see in John 21, Jesus was intentional, truthful and graceful with Peter.  Why do you think that level of reaching take courage?
  • What can you take-away from Jesus’ conversation with Peter?  How can you apply it within your own relationships?
  • Can you think of any relationships where the truth wasn’t spoken or grace wasn’t given?  Are you comfortable with the distance it’s created?
  • Jesus demonstrates how to reach others: intentionally, truthfully, and gracefully. Which one of these attributes are the most difficult for you?  Why?
    • Prov 20:5 –> What kind of questions do you ask?  Are you intentional with your questions?
  • Vista views the message on Sunday as a means of equipping.  Today, we heard / saw that the way of Jesus leads to real relationships and real life.  Do you see Sunday as a time of equipping?  How are taking what you learn and equipping others?

 


 

Dates / Events to Remember:

  • 10 Year Anniversary / one church celebration  –  Sunday, January 22
  • Middle School Z-Night  –  Sunday, January 22nd
  • The Table (an event to encourage, inspire and connect women)  –  Thursday, February 2

 

Reaching Others

Scripture Reference

John 21:7-17

7Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.c 9When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus Reinstates Peter

15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

Sermon Summary

There’s nothing vague or generic about Christ’s love for us. This is no theoretical forgiveness or mere philosophical restoration. This is a digging deep, a pressing in. The kind of community that Christ is dedicated to creating through His work on the cross and through the work of the Spirit is authentic as it does more than merely gloss over our past

indiscretions.  Christ brings the failures of Peter into the light and he deals with them. Peter will never have to wonder what Christ thought of him or whether Christ would truly love him if he knew everything about him. Jesus leaves no doubt that He loves Peter enough to meet him where he is, but also loves Peter too much to leave him where he is. Christ is after the maturation of Peter’s heart. Christ is after the transformation of Peter into the man that he was always meant to be. Christ will not settle for anything less than the restoration of Peter to the truly human being that joins God in creating the heavenly community. The heavenly community we are talking about does a great deal more than create space for people to do life together (though it does that). It is the crucible in which God’s people point each other to Christ. It is the space in which God uses even the broken aspects of our hearts to bring about maturity and reflect God’s love to one another. After Peter experiences a restoration like this he is now fully equipped to feed Jesus’ sheep. He is fully able and motivated to join God in bringing heaven to earth in communities that don’t run from trouble and never settle for less than heaven itself.

Application

  • What struck you about the message and why?
  • Have there been times in your life when people say, “you are different/who are you,” because of new life (transformation) in Christ? What was true before and after? How did you change?
  • Why does reaching for other require courage? What would that look like for you in your relationships?
  • Jesus demonstrates how to reach others: intentionally, truthfully, and gracefully. Which one of these attributes are naturally most difficult for you and why? How can your group help you improve?
    • Prov 20:5 –> What kind of questions do you ask? Are you intentional with your questions?
  • If Jesus reaching leads to real life and real relationships and allows you to equip others, how have you seen this play out in your life or others? How are you equipping others to follow Jesus through your faith?

Other Items

ONE Church Service: Jan 22nd, 10:45am, @ Dublin Jerome High School

Reaching Others

Reaching God

Isaiah 59:2 – “…but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”


Summary:

Is 59:2 reminds us that the “arm of the Lord is not too short.” You may feel disconnected from God, you may feel undeserving of his compassion, you may feel that you’ve wandered too far away from God…that you’re beyond hope. That’s not true! Nothing is too difficult for God…you are well within God’s reach! The question isn’t whether He can reach you, but whether you are reaching out for Him and then reaching out for others. Join us the first few weeks of January as talk about why, how and where we are designed to REACH.

 


Discussion Questions:

“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save…”   Isaiah 59:1-2

  • God is a compassionate Rescuer! In what ways have you been aware of God rescuing you in your life?
  • The Rescuers “arm” is never too short. Do you believe that the arm of Lord is long enough to reach anyone? Do you believe His arm is always long enough to embrace you?
  • Only the humble will be rescued and truly worship. Why do you think that only the humble are capable of true worship?
  • Vista’s core values aren’t unique … they’re the same values as any other Jesus-centric church.  However, our expression is different.  How would you explain to someone what it means to be worship, relational, missional?
  • Worshipful = your alignment with God  –  Relational = your alignment with others  –  Missional = your alignment with what God’s doing.  How are you worshipful, relational, missional?

 


Questions to always be thinking about:

As you listened to the sermon or you’re discussing things in LifeGroup…

  • What are you learning about the character and nature of God and his kingdom?
  • In light of what you’ve learned about who God is and what actions he has taken – what is God telling you about your own heart and identity?
  • In light of what you learned about who God is, what he’s done, and who you are intended to be – how can you live that out?
  • How is the gospel being preached?
  • How can you apply the gospel to your heart, your sense of identity and how you live?

 


Dates / Events to Remember

  • Vista Over Coffee  –  Sunday, January 15
  • 10 Year Anniversary / Celebration  –  Sunday, January 22

Reaching God


Isaiah 59:2 – “…but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”


Summary:

Is 59:2 reminds us that the “arm of the Lord is not too short.” You may feel disconnected from God, you may feel undeserving of his compassion, you may feel that you’ve wandered too far away from God…that you’re beyond hope. That’s not true! Nothing is too difficult for God…you are well within God’s reach! The question isn’t whether He can reach you, but whether you are reaching out for Him and then reaching out for others. Join us the first few weeks of January as talk about why, how and where we are designed to REACH.

 


Discussion Questions:

“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save…”   Isaiah 59:1-2

  • God is a compassionate Rescuer! In what ways have you been aware of God rescuing you in your life?
  • The Rescuers “arm” is never too short. Do you believe that the arm of Lord is long enough to reach anyone? Do you believe His arm is always long enough to embrace you?
  • Only the humble will be rescued and truly worship. Why do you think that only the humble are capable of true worship?
  • Vista’s core values aren’t unique … they’re the same values as any other Jesus-centric church.  However, our expression is different.  How would you explain to someone what it means to be worship, relational, missional?
  • Worshipful = your alignment with God  –  Relational = your alignment with others  –  Missional = your alignment with what God’s doing.  How are you worshipful, relational, missional?

 


Questions to always be thinking about:

As you listened to the sermon or you’re discussing things in LifeGroup…

  • What are you learning about the character and nature of God and his kingdom?
  • In light of what you’ve learned about who God is and what actions he has taken – what is God telling you about your own heart and identity?
  • In light of what you learned about who God is, what he’s done, and who you are intended to be – how can you live that out?
  • How is the gospel being preached?
  • How can you apply the gospel to your heart, your sense of identity and how you live?

 


Dates / Events to Remember

  • Vista Over Coffee  –  Sunday, January 15
  • 10 Year Anniversary / Celebration  –  Sunday, January 22

Reaching God

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A New Name

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Our Distinctives

Liturgical Life

Scripture Reference

Colossians

Sermon Summary

What of the distance between my heart and the truly compassionate heart? How will this distance be made up, and how will transformation occur? We have seen principle number one from Paul, eyes up to walk well. That is, place your mind on the hope and identity that is found in Christ Jesus. This is important enough that Paul repeats himself and very nearly does so repeatedly. Here he makes clear that he wants the beautiful community to sing songs and spiritual songs to point each other back towards what is true all the time. That is, Paul wants us to help each other think on purpose about who we are in Christ. This simply cannot happen in a manner limited to a portion of our week whether large or small. It must be the whole of our mindset, it must be a liturgy of thought. Paul goes on then to give us the second principle of transformation and the second half of what will be liturgical living. More than just our minds will need to be shaped by the cross, but our actions as well. For the human being every act is one of allegiance and worship and for the restored human being every act is one of allegiance and worship of God. For the follower of Christ our daily lives and relationships are shaped by the pattern of the cross. This pattern of action in relationship is characterized by submission to the other and for the good of the other. This liturgical way of living sees every moment as shot through with eternity. It sees that every moment is an opportunity to turn our minds back to Christ and reshape our relationships in the pattern of Christ through submissive and loving relationships.

Application

  1. What struck you about the message?
  2. What are some things that we pledge allegiance to and how has that looked in your life?
  3. What does it mean to live “liturgically?” (actively thoughtful and thoughtfully active about our actions)
  4. How would living in this way be different than how you live now? How can the group help you in this area?
  5. How do you think God views you? How do you view you? How do you view others? How do you view your work?
  6. What do you need from God and your group this week?

Distinctive Lives