9-15-19 Faith and Works go Hand in Hand

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Reflect on this Scripture: James 1:19-27 (NRSV) 19 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. 21 Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.  22 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. 23 For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; 24 for they look at themselves and, ongoing away, immediately forget what they were like. 25 But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing. 26 If any think they are … Read More

9-8-19 Words of Wisdom: Wisdom’s Forgiveness Factor

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Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Instructions: When using this material as teacher, feel free to pick and choose the point you want to emphasis in the lesson. The format of the curriculum is designed to have an abundance of information in which to refer as desired. Core Point:  We are focusing on the words and actions of people as they follow Jesus as disciples.  The salient point of this series is that as Christians we are called into community with other believers to be a holy nation representing the grace and love of God in the world by both word and deed.  This will be the final week for this series. Start point: This week, the scripture focus is found in the Letter of Ephesians. This letter was written by Paul to the church and surrounding people of Ephesus sometime around … Read More

9-1-19 Words of Wisdom: Elevate Your Speech

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Words of Wisdom: Elevate your speech September 1, 2019 Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Instructions: When using this material as teacher, feel free to pick and choose the point you want to emphasis in the lesson. The format of the curriculum is designed to have an abundance of information in which to refer as desired. Core Point:  We are focusing on the words and actions of people as they follow Jesus as disciples.  The salient point of this series is that as Christians we are called into community with other believers to be a holy nation representing the grace and love of God in the world by both word and deed. Start point: This week, the scripture focus is found in the Letter of 2 Timothy.  This letter was written by Paul who was imprisoned at the time. The letter was … Read More

8-25-19 Words of Wisdom: The Care in Listening

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Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Instructions: When using this material as teacher, feel free to pick and choose the point you want to emphasis in the lesson. The format of the curriculum is designed to have an abundance of information in which to refer as desired. Core Point:  We are focusing on the words and actions of people as they follow Jesus as disciples.  The salient point of this series is that as Christians we are called into community with other believers to be a holy nation representing the grace and love of God in the world by both word and deed. Start point: The scripture focus is found in the Letter of James.  This letter was written by James, the brother of Jesus, who became the leader of the Jerusalem church. The letter was probably written about 40–45 A.D. to … Read More

8-18-19 Words of Wisdom: Brand New Words

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Words of Wisdom: The power to brand August 18, 2019   Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Instructions: When using this material as a teacher, feel free to pick and choose the point you want to emphasis in the lesson. The format of the curriculum is designed to have an abundance of information in which to refer as desired. Core Point:  We are focusing on the words and actions of people as they follow Jesus as disciples.  The salient point of this series is that as Christians we are called into community with other believers to be a holy nation representing the grace and love of God in the world by both word and deed. Start point: The scripture focus is found in the Letter of James.  This letter was written by James, the brother of Jesus, who became the leader of … Read More

8-11-19 Words of Wisdom: Where did that come from?

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Words of Wisdom: It’s a heart issue August 11, 2019   Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Instructions: When using this material as teacher, feel free to pick and choose the point you want to emphasis in the lesson. The format of the curriculum is designed to have an abundance of information in which to refer as desired. Core Point:  We are focusing on the words and actions of people as they follow Jesus as disciples.  The salient point of this series is that as Christians we are called into community with other believers to be a holy nation representing the grace and love of God in the world by both word and deed. Start point: Gospel overview: The Gospel of Luke was written sometime after 60 A.D. and before 70 A.D. The Gospel narratives were probably written to help people remember … Read More

8-4-19 The Start of the Church (week 4)

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The Start of the Church: Sent to make a difference August 4, 2019   Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Instructions: When using this material as teacher, feel free to pick and choose the point you want to emphasis in the lesson. The format of the curriculum is designed to have an abundance of information in which to refer as desired. Core Point:  We are focusing on being Called and Sent.  The salient point of last week was that as Christians we are called into community with other believers to be a holy nation representing the grace and love of God in the world.  This week, we will focus on being sent out to actively make a difference in the lives of people by leading them to encounter the activity of God. Start point: Gospel overview: The Gospel of Matthew was most … Read More

7-28-19 The Start of the Church (week 3)

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The Start of the Church: Called to make a difference July 28, 2019   Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Instructions: When using this material as teacher, feel free to pick and choose the point you want to emphasis in the lesson. The format of the curriculum is designed to have an abundance of information in which to refer as desired. Core Point:  The beginning of the early church started with some very simple activity by the growing community. The early church grew through the activity of people devoting themselves to teachings, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer. These four simple, yet galvanizing, practices helped the church to develop into a life changing organization. This final Sunday of July, we will wrap up the four pillars of the church and begin focusing on being Called and Sent.  The salient point is that as … Read More

7-21-19 The Start of the Church (week 2)

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The Start of the Church: A Community committed to making a difference July 21, 2019   Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Core Point:  The beginning of the early church started with some very simple activity by the growing community. The early church grew through the activity of people devoting themselves to teachings, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer. These four simple, yet galvanizing, practices helped the church to develop into a life changing organization. Last week of July 14th, we will dialogue about the aspects of Teachings and Fellowship. This week of July 21st, we will dialogue about the aspects of Break Bread and Prayer. The final Sunday of July, we will wrap up the four pillars of the church and begin focusing on being Called and Sent. Start point: Acts is the second letter of a two letter series written … Read More

7-14-19 The Start of the Church (week 1)

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The Start of the Church: A Community committed to making a difference July 14, 2019   Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Core Point:  The beginning of the early church started with some very simple activity by the growing community. The early church grew through the activity of people devoting themselves to teachings, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer. These four simple, yet galvanizing, practices helped the church to develop into a life changing organization. Over the course of the next three weeks, we will be looking at this model of the early church. This week of July 14th, we will dialogue about the aspects of Teachings and Fellowship. The week of July 21st, we will dialogue about the aspects of Break Bread and Prayer. The final Sunday of July, we will wrap the concept up with focusing on being Called and … Read More