3/8 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

ChristianPrinciples (1) TLCC Worship playlist.

March 1-7 Bible Readings: 

March 8-14 Bible Readings: 

In a Nutshell:   Try some spiritual disciplines that you may not have tried in order to experience a new dimension in your relationship with God.

Ice Breaker:  What is the last project or goal that you had to really focus time and energy on in order to accomplish it?

Title:  “You have to work at spiritual disciplines.”

Text: I Tim. 4:8; I Cor. 9:24-27; John 15:9-10

Some Questions to Consider:

  1. How is Thanksgiving a spiritual discipline that takes work?
  2. Discuss how Evangelism is a spiritual discipline and what obstacles you have to overcome?
  3. Talk about how acts of kindness and generosity can cause spiritual growth in different ways than Bible Study or Fasting or Prayer?
  4. How is celebration a spiritual discipline that takes extra focus and diligence?
  5. Embrace the fact that we all need to be a well-rounded Christian in all the spiritual disciplines. If you only do praise and celebration, you may be shallow in doctrine and easily led astray. If you only do Bible Study and Prayer, you may neglect loving your neighbor and reaching the lost. Discuss the temptation to be a lazy Christian when it comes to spiritual disciplines in general.

NOTE: We are not talking about earning salvation with righteous deeds, but rather training in godliness which is beneficial for both the present life and the life to come. (I Tim. 4:8)  If we are not connected to the vine, we will not bear fruit. If we are not obeying Jesus' commandments, then we are not abiding in Jesus' love. (John 15)

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3/1 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

ChristianPrinciples (1) TLCC Worship playlist.

February 23 -28 Bible Readings: 
March 1-8 Bible Readings: 

In a Nutshell:   The first truth that must be addressed is whether there are any such things as truth and false teachings.  Once that is established  you have the ominous task of figuring out what are necessary essentials to agree on and nonessential opinions we are free to disagree over.  The Bible spends more time exposing false teacher's by their fruit than it does contrasting essential beliefs vs. nonessential opinions.  No question - the Bible clearly warns us to be on guard against false teachers!

Ice Breaker:  Can you recall a conviction/belief that you had as a young person that in time you learned was inaccurate?  How did it make you feel about the Bible once you understood the truth? About the person/church that taught you inaccurately? About yourself once you figured out the truth?

Title:  “Core Beliefs”

Text: Matthew 13:24-30,36-43;  2 Peter 2:1-3; 1 John 4:1; Matthew 7:15-20Romans 16:172 Timothy 4:3-4

Some Questions to Consider:

  1. What is the source of "weeds" in the field (the world)?
  2. What do these passages tell us about false teachings?
  3. What do these passages tell us about false teachers?
  4. What do these passages tell us about people in the churches where false teachers are attending?
  5. If there are "weeds" in the field (false teachers and false teachings in the world) then what does that say about the need for core beliefs to be taught in the home and the church?

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2/22 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

ChristianPrinciples (1)
February 22- 28  Bible Readings: 

In a Nutshell:   The next four week's sermon series is in cooperation with the Bible Fellowship class "Christian Principles- What Makes His Kingdom Grow?" It will be a "fly-over" of TLCC's Core Values, Core Beliefs, Spiritual Disciplines and Spiritual Gifts.  We want to celebrate those things that make Timber Lake special! Much of the hopelessness you can sense today comes from a lack of confidence that God is involved in making sure good things will happen.  Along with our loss of a sense of purpose comes the endless busyness and useless distractions that can quickly steal our peace and joy.  At Timber Lake we seek to Love God, Learn the Truth, and Light the World, from these priorities we see His Kingdom grow!

Ice Breaker:  How many parables of Jesus can you name that are related to agriculture?

Title:  “How Does His Kingdom Grow? (1 of 4)”

Text:  Luke 10:27; John 8:31-33 & Acts 17:11; Matthew  5:14-16

Some Questions to Consider:

  1. After reading the above passages of Scripture answer these questions:
  2. How is your desire to "Love God" lived out in your life?
  3. How is your desire to "Learn the Truth" lived out in your life?
  4. How is your desire to "Light the World" lived out in your life?
  5. Judging by the past 5 years; the money you have spent, the activities you have been involved in, what is your purpose in life.
  6. Looking at the next 5 years of your life; if Loving God, Learning the Truth, and Lighting the World were three core values of your life, what would you begin doing this week?

Online Resources:

  • CARE Sheet:CARE Sheet 2-4-15
  • "Longing For God" by Richard Foster & Gayle D. Beebe
  • Setting up a Lent activity Calendar with your family
  • "I often tell people that I read about the life, death and resurrection of Christ in the Bible, but in the garden I experience it." - Christine Sine
  • List of Jesus' parables (how many of them are related to agriculture?)

2/15 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

Feb Series Graphic Brian will be preaching this Sunday, and Jonathan Dunham is leading the music.  Check out the songs he has planned on the TLCC Worship playlist.

February 15-21 Bible Readings: 

In a Nutshell:   Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the 40 days leading up to Easter (not including Sundays) is the season of lent.  Putting aside the "baggage" that may come along with the mention of these dates, we might find that the original intent of this season was very beneficial for a Christian's spiritual walk.  The challenge is to be very intentional throughout this 40-day period, in which true repentance can lead to true celebration.

Ice Breaker:  Have each person in your group share your perception of the season of lent.  Is it positive or negative or neutral, and how did you come to have that perspective?

Title:  "Ash Wednesday: Start Your 40-Day Journey"

Text: Joel 2: 12-14; Hebrews 9:11-17; John 10:27; Matthew 6:16-18

Some Questions to Consider:

  1. What do you know about the history / purpose of Ash Wednesday and the lenten season?
  2. Are there some spiritual disciplines that you might practice to help be more intentional during this season leading up to Easter Sunday?
  3. Jesus gave us an example of taking extended quiet times for fasting and praying.  What ways can we take time out of our busy lives for personal worship and communion with God?

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2/8 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

TLCC Worship playlist:

February 1-8 Bible Readings: 
  • Luke 7-11
  • Mark 4-5
  • Exodus 34-40
  • Leviticus 1-9

In a Nutshell:   There are a lot of things said about “love” and done in the name of “love.”  But Scripture says the love that completes us, casts out all fear and is “perfected with us” enables us to “have confidence for the day of judgment” starts with God.  Any good thing you do to or for anyone that is motivated by anything other than gratitude is tainted. Sometimes the only gratitude we can find to love others is that God loved us first.  But when you really believe that, it is enough!

Ice Breaker:  Without naming names, who has been the hardest person for you to love? How do you manage that relationship?

Title:  “Valentines Day“

Text: 1 John 4:7-21; Galatians 5:22-231 Corinthians 13:1-3

Some Questions to Consider:

  1. What phrases found in 1 John 4:7-21  would you say are most appealing to today’s culture? Which  ones are least appealing?  Why?
  2. What are some most extreme actions that one can do without love and thus without benefit spiritually?  1 Cor. 13:1-3
  3.  Do you have confidence in your spiritual  walk and  your anticipation of judgment day?
  4. Do you recall a person that thought they were expressing love toward you, but to you they sounded like a “clanging symbol?”

Online Resources:

Next Weeks’ Bible Readings:

  • Matthew 18-19;
  • Mark 10;
  • Luke 12-14;
  • John 9-11;
  • Leviticus 23-27;
  • Psalms 1-9

2015 Bible Reading Plan & Journal: Once again we have journals available  for you to utilize while reading/praying. We are including in today’s bulletin C.C.C.B.’s Bible reading plan.  You may pick up a brochure of the reading plan at the church or go download the brochure here: 2015 Reading Plan brochure (1)

2/1 Super Bowl Sunday

Feb Series Graphic TLCC Worship playlist:

January 25- February 1 Bible Readings: 
  • Matthew 5-12
  • James 1-5
  • Mark 2-3
  • Luke 5-6
  • John 5
  • Exodus 27-33

In a Nutshell:  Vince Lombardi said, “If Jesus were alive He would be at the Super Bowl.” Yeah, not convinced yet. Paul told Timothy, “ Rather train yourself for godliness;  for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. There is certainly valuable lessons and illustrations that can come from being involved in sports.

Ice Breaker: Who is your favorite Christian athlete?  What makes him/her your favorite? Who is your least favorite?  Why?

Title:  “Super Bowl Sunday“

Text: Hebrews 12:1;   1 Cor 9:24-27; 2 Cor. 5:10Phil. 3:13-14Galatians 5:71 Tim. 4:7-82 Tim. 2:3-7;  

Some Questions to Consider:

    1. What Supper Bowl stories stand out to you as potential lessons in godliness and/or faith formation?
    2. Is there a particular player that has gotten your attention during this game? Why?
    3. How many different ways to you see people “celebrating”?
    4. Is it possible that some people are celebrating some things that aren’t particularly spiritual and yet because of the reason they are celebrating it could be a very positive lesson?
    5. What are some illustrations of the Apostle Paul that came from the sports arena?
    6. What are some valuable lessons people can learn from sports today?
    7. What are some warnings we should heed when getting involved in sports activities?

    Online Resources:

Next Weeks’ Bible Readings:

  • Luke 7-11
  • Mark 4-5
  • Exodus 34-40
  • Leviticus 1-9

2015 Bible Reading Plan & Journal: Once again we have journals available  for you to utilize while reading/praying. We are including in today’s bulletin C.C.C.B.’s Bible reading plan.  You may pick up a brochure of the reading plan at the church or go download the brochure here: 2015 Reading Plan brochure (1)

1/25 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

Slide1 TLCC Worship playlist:

 One of the newer songs we're doing this week is "Boldly I Approach."  Its subtitle is "The Art of Celebration."  As we're moving through this series about celebration, it's a great song to make us think about what should really move us to the point of true joy and celebration in our lives.

January 18- 24 Bible Readings: 

In a Nutshell:  Applying the Scriptures appropriately as we decide what to celebrate, how and why is very difficult.  It demands that we look deeper than basic elements of the gospel “rightly dividing the word of truth.”  His word will expose “the thoughts and intentions of our heart.”  We must move past just thinking about Scripture into practicing it and following those mentors whose faith has led them to spiritual maturity.

Ice Breaker:  Pick a holiday you celebrate and discuss how the thoughts and intentions of your heart could be questionable in your celebration.

Title:  “Be thoroughly Convinced…“

Text: 2 Tim. 2:15; Heb. 4:12-13; 5:11-6:2; 13:7; Rom. 14:4-6

Some Questions to Consider:

    1. 2 Tim. 2:15: What will a “good worker” in the Kingdom be able to “rightly divide?”
    2. What result will one’s best effort tend to produce?
    3. Heb. 4:12-13: What is the word like, and able to do?
    4. What tends to influence your convictions more… a passage of Scripture? … a personal experience?...a relationship with someone that has a particular conviction
    5. If you have a moral/biblical question to which you are seeking an answer how would you go about studying the Bible to find your answer?

    Online Resources:

Next Weeks’ Bible Readings:

  • Matthew 5-12
  • James 1-5
  • Mark 2-3
  • Luke 5-6
  • John 5
  • Exodus 27-33

2015 Bible Reading Plan & Journal: Once again we have journals available  for you to utilize while reading/praying. We are including in today’s bulletin C.C.C.B.’s Bible reading plan.  You may pick up a brochure of the reading plan at the church or go download the brochure here: 2015 Reading Plan brochure (1)

1/18 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

Slide1 TLCC Worship playlist:

January 11- 18 Bible Readings: 

In a Nutshell: People can be very persuasive with their convictions.  But from where do those convictions come.  Are they from a false religion, an empty philosophy or a human tradition?  Those things will leave you empty.  We have been awakened to an eternal celebration in Christ, dare we settle for less?

Ice Breaker:  When you think of the terms “bate and switch” does that bring to mind any time that you felt cheated?  (a.k.a. deceived)

Title:  “Don’t be Deceived...“

Text: Colossians 2; Jeremiah 7

Some Questions to Consider:

  • What was Paul’s goal in writing to the Christians at Colosse? Col. 2:2-4
  • What did Paul want them to “see to it” that didn’t happen? Col. 2:8
  • What do people’s lives look like when they are church goers but confused about Jesus, His relationship to God, and not confident in their relationship with Him?
  • What have you done to help your children/grandchildren avoid being deceived by these?

Online Resources:

Next Weeks’ Bible Readings:

2015 Bible Reading Plan & Journal: Once again we have journals available  for you to utilize while reading/praying. We are including in today’s bulletin C.C.C.B.’s Bible reading plan.  You may pick up a brochure of the reading plan at the church or go download the brochure here: 2015 Reading Plan brochure (1)

1/11 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

Slide1 TLCC Worship playlist:

  • All the People Said Amen
  • All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
  • Every Praise
  • Always
  • None But Jesus
  • In Christ Alone

January 1- 10 Bible Readings: 

In a Nutshell: There are differences of opinions about celebrating holidays, special events and seasons.  It is important that we dig deep in our understanding and not rely on our long embraced assumptions.  Neither should we quickly judge others for having a different opinion.   Celebrating things are important, even more important is the need to celebrate for the right reasons.

Ice Breaker:  When did you first realize that some people refused to celebrate  a holiday that you had always celebrated?  How did you react? How did they react to you?

Title:  “Some Prefer One Day Over Another"

Texts: Romans 14 (especially verses 4-6)

Some Questions to Consider:

  1. List some key guiding principles from Romans 14 to help you decide what, how and why to celebrate a special day.
  2. How important is it to you that you protect the conscience? What do you intentionally do to help your kids learn how to protect their conscience?
  3. On a scale of 1-5 how would you rate your “spiritual maturity” based on how you react toward others that have different convictions than you do?
  4. How should a church handle celebrations that may seem to cause contradictory convictions within it’s members?

Online Resources:

Next Weeks' Bible Readings:

  • Genesis 21-43
  • Genesis 44-50
  • Matthew 1-2
  • Luke 1-2
  • Exodus 1-11

2015 Bible Reading Plan & Journal: Once again we have journals available  for you to utilize while reading/praying. We are including in today’s bulletin C.C.C.B.’s Bible reading plan.  You may pick up a brochure of the reading plan at the church or go download the brochure here: 2015 Reading Plan brochure (1)

1/4 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

Slide1 From Brian:

On Sunday, we kick off our new year and the Celebrate series with a few songs of celebration.  One of the songs we'll be doing has been requested by several of our attendees as a result of a flash mob video that went viral last month.  It's a great song... I've just been holding out on doing it because I thought it would be great to use as we celebrate together to begin 2015!

TLCC Worship playlist:
Songs for Sunday:
    (We often post artists/bands for you to know the arrangement or album version we use.)
  • Every Praise (Hezekiah Walker)
  • Today is the Day (Lincoln Brewster)
  • The Solid Rock (modern hymn arrangement)
  • Majesty-Here I Am (Delirious)
  • O the Blood (Gateway Worship team)

January 1- 10 Bible Readings: 

In a Nutshell: This week we'll launch a new year-long theme: CELEBRATE!  Many people today are perceiving that life is more and more difficult and complex. Morals are declining, and the economy seems to continue to be entitlement-driven rather than productive in nature. But in Christ there are always reasons to celebrate.  The Scriptural context for this theme is periodically looking at the Jewish festivals Jesus celebrated and the Christian calendar developed by the church through the centuries.  The bottom-line assumption of this theme is that Jesus Christ is the reality of all goodness and hope.  Every celebration must end looking at Jesus. Outside of Him there is no real celebration!

Ice Breaker:  What all kinds of events the past 3 months have you celebrated?  Has any of those celebrations included any of  the following activities, sexual immorality, greed, idolatry, reviler, drunkard, or swindler?  Was this with other believers?

Title:  “Celebrate - with sincerity & truth”

Texts: Gen. 1:1-4; 1:26; 2:18; 1:31Jn. 1:1-5; Heb. 1:1-4; Col. 1:13-231 Cor. 5:6-13

Some Questions to Consider:

  1. From Genesis 1 what all does God is "good?"  "Not good?" "Very good?"
  2. From John 1, how is Jesus described?
  3. From Heb. 1 in what ways are Jesus superior to the prophets and angels?
  4. From the Colossians 1 text how is Jesus described and what was His purpose?
  5. From the 1 Cor. 5:6-13  text to what does the "leaven" in our Christian walk seem to refer? (look closely at vs. 11)

Online Resources:

2015 Bible Reading Plan & Journal: Once again we have journals available  for you to utilize while reading/praying. We are including in today’s bulletin C.C.C.B.’s Bible reading plan.  You may pick up a brochure of the reading plan at the church or go download the brochure here: 2015 Reading Plan brochure (1)

12/28 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

church stage graphic (1) Today’s  Chronological Bible Reading: (today) This Sunday’s Song List:    TLCC Worship  This Week’s Readings:

In a Nutshell: What is it about the holidays that draw us to long for things to be different than they are now?  There are those that miss their loved ones, those that wish they had more loved ones, some that wish their loved ones were different.  There is a deep sense of longing for peace and hope... but friends peace is only found in Christ. No tradition, no gift, no human can satisfy that longing. If UR the real chURch, you will long to spend time "at home" with the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.  But until then there are things we must "understand", "remember", "be diligent" to do, "watch out" for, "hate" and "love". Ice Breaker:  What was a Christmas gift as a child that you longed for the most but never got? Title:  “chURch - longing for home” Texts: Heb. 10:32-39; 2 Pet. 3:1-14; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Jude 17-23; 2 Jn. 7-11; Rev. 21:1-4 CONNECTING TO THE TEXT

  1. In what way does Heb. 10:32-39 make you long for heaven? In light of today's difficulties and the hope of heaven, how does this passage say we should live?
  2. In what way does 2 Pet. 3:1-14 make you long for heaven? In light of today's difficulties and the hope of heaven, how does this passage say we should live?
  3. In what way does 2 Tim. 3:1-5 make you long for heaven? In light of today's difficulties and the hope of heaven, how does this passage say we should live?
  4. In what way does Jude 17-23 make you long for heaven? In light of today's difficulties and the hope of heaven, how does this passage say we should live
  5. In what way does 2 Jn. 7-11 make you long for heaven? In light of today's difficulties and the hope of heaven, how does this passage say we should live?
  6. In what way does Rev. 21:1-4 make you long for heaven? In light of today's difficulties and the hope of heaven, how does this passage make you want to live?

REFLECTING ON YOUR LIFE

  1. Of all those things these passages say we should think about, remember, focus on and do what do you feel most week at?
  2. What does it look like when a Christian is "throwing away" his/her confidence or shrinking back in their faith?
  3. Has anything happened this year that seems to have affected you by making you want to "shrink back" or "throw away" your confidence?

CONNECTING TO OUR CHURCH:

  1. How can the church help during those times?
  2. How does Satan try to keep you from finding that help?

Next Week’s Readings:

  •  Dec 29, Rev 6-11
  • Dec 30, Rev 12-18
  • Dec 31, Rev 19-22

2015 Bible Reading Plan & Journal: Once again we have journals available  for you to utilize while reading/praying. We are including in today's bulletin t marriage bllowing C.C.C.B.'s Bible reading plan.  You may pick up a brochure of the reading plan at the church or go online to find it.  You can download the brochure here: 2015 Reading Plan brochure (1) January 1 - 10

Online Resources: 

12/21 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

church stage graphic (1) Today’s  Chronological Bible Reading: (today)

This Sunday’s Song List:    TLCC Worship 

This Week’s Readings:

  • Dec 15 Col 1‐4, Phm 1
  • Dec 16 Eph 1‐6
  • Dec 17 Phil 1‐4
  • Dec 18 1 Tim 1‐6
  • Dec 19 Titus 1‐3
  • Dec 20 1 Pet 1‐5
  •  Dec 21 (Sunday) Heb 1‐6

In a Nutshell: 

 We need to look past the surface and examine meaning and motives.

Ice Breaker: 

 What is something you have done that could be taken one way, but you meant it another way? or What is the best symbol of your love for God? for others?

Title:  “Fix your eyes on Jesus”

Texts:  Col. 3:2; 2 Cor. 4:18; James 1:17; 2 Kings 6; Matt. 4

CONNECTING TO THE TEXT

  1. Think about the meaning and significance of Christmas.
  2. What does the perfect gift look like??

REFLECTING ON YOUR LIFE

  1. Which of the three temptations do you tend to get caught up in? (1. Comfort/Pleasure 2. Attention/Popularity  3. Power/Control)
  2. How does focusing on Jesus help you enjoy the gifts of those three without abusing them?
  3. When you unwrap your gifts this week, take time to appreciate the love and relationship the gift represents.

CONNECTING TO OUR CHURCH:

  1. Where do you see God at work in "unseen" ways at TLCC?
  2. What would change about your life if you walked with the confidence of Elisha in Dothan?
  3. What excites you about what God is doing at TLCC?
  4. In what ways would you like to be involved in helping others see God at work?

Next Week’s Readings:

12/14 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

church stage graphic (1) Today’s  Chronological Bible Reading: (today)

This Sunday’s Song List:    TLCC Worship   We also look forward to having the preschool choir sing at the beginning of second service!

  • Let Us Adore  (Hillsong)
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • Christmas Offering  (Paul Baloche)
  • We Believe  (Newsboys)
  • Agnus Dei  (Michael W. Smith)
  • Doxology for Christmas

TITLE: “chURch – engages, enrages and changes the world"

TEXT: Acts 20—28 & Romans (especially Acts 20:1-419:23-2626:20-28Rom. 5:1-8;  Acts 28:26-27)

IN A NUTSHELL:  From the Jewish priests and Pharisees to Lydia the seller of purple; from Saul to Simon, Simeon, Felix and Festus, the Gospel engaged with all kinds of people.  From the noble reactions from the Bereans, to the skepticism of the philosophers of Athens.  The chURch engaged the world, sometimes enraged the world, and often times changed the world.   How are we doing?

This Week’s Readings:

  • Dec 8, Rom 4‐7
  • Dec 9, Rom 8‐10
  • Dec 10, Rom 11‐13
  • Dec 11, Rom 14‐16
  • Dec 12, Acts 20:4‐23:35
  • Dec 13, Acts 24‐26
  • Dec 14, (Sunday) Acts 27‐28

A few questions to consider:

  1. How did various individuals and groups respond to Paul as he preached, taught and lived the gospel? (Acts 20:1-4; 19:23-26; 21:17-19; 27-32; 23:9-11; 24:24-27; 26:20-28)
  2. How might one introduce a gospel presentation using Romans?  (Rom. 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:8-10; 6:1-4)
  3. What did Dr. Luke make note of from Isaiah 6:9,10 in Acts 28:26-27?

Online Resources:

Next Week’s Readings:

  • Dec 15 Col 1‐4, Phm 1
  • Dec 16 Eph 1‐6
  • Dec 17 Phil 1‐4
  • Dec 18 1 Tim 1‐6
  • Dec 19 Titus 1‐3
  • Dec 20 1 Pet 1‐5
  •  Dec 21 (Sunday) Heb 1‐6

12/7 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

church stage graphic (1) Today’s  Chronological Bible Reading: (today)

This Sunday's Song List:    TLCC Worship 

TITLE: “chURch – distracted…”

TEXT:  Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 3:1-95:1-2; 6:1-2; 6:12; 10:6;  1 Cor. 12 – 14; 1 Cor.  15

IN A NUTSHELL:  The church has consistently struggled from it’s inception with getting distracted. Do you remember Ananias & Saphira?  No better epistle addresses the issues surrounding a church that gets distracted than Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians.

This Week’s Readings:

A few questions to consider:

  1. By what was Ananias and Saphira distracted? In other words, what did they try to do and why did they do it?
  2. After reading 1 Corinthians chapters 1—12 list the things that tend to distract people from their spiritual walk?
  3. What about Christmas activities can tend to cause you to get distracted as did Ananias & Saphira?

Online Resources:

Next Week’s Readings:

  • Dec 8, Rom 4‐7
  • Dec 9, Rom 8‐10
  • Dec 10, Rom 11‐13
  • Dec 11, Rom 14‐16
  • Dec 12, Acts 20:4‐23:35
  • Dec 13, Acts 24‐26
  • Dec 14, (Sunday) Acts 27‐28

11/29 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

church stage graphic (1) A Word from Brian: This week, we are beginning the Advent season!  Advent is a season of expectancy... looking forward to Christmas.  As God's people, the ancients, looked forward to the coming of their Messiah, we look forward to remembering His coming during this season.  We'll light a candle each Sunday to symbolize this expectant attitude, all culminating with the lighting of the "Christ Candle" during our Christmas Eve service, whose light will spread to all of our other individual candles that evening.  We hope you also enjoy some of the advent worship songs and Christmas Carols we'll be singing.  One of them we'll introduce this week, "Advent Song," is not available on Spotify... so you'll have to wait until Sunday to learn it together!

Song list:
  • All the People Said Amen
  • New Doxology
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • Advent Song
  • Because He Lives (Amen)
  • Once Again

Today’s  Chronological Bible Reading: (today)

TITLE: “chURch – blessed..."

TEXT:  Acts 2:47; 4:4,32-33; 5:12-14; 6:7; 8:1,4; 10:44; 11:19-21; 16:5, 14-15; 18:8; 19:18-19; 28:30-31

IN A NUTSHELL:  The Acts of the Apostles is Dr. Luke's historical account of the birth of the church. It provides a model of how the eyewitnesses to the Apostles teachings became "the chURch." We get to see the early chURch's mistakes, God's grace and blessing.  This Thanksgiving Sunday we will do a fly over of God's blessings toward the chURch.

This Week’s Readings:

A few questions to consider:

  1. Does Acts 5:13-14 contradict itself in logic? Why or why not?
  2. Does there seem to be a progression among these verses concerning these words:  heard, believed, repented (turned), obedience, were baptized, were added to the church?
  3. List the words in these Scriptures that reflect positive blessing.
  4. List the words in these Scriptures that reflect negative persecution.
  5. How did those scattered by persecution react?  Acts 8:1,4; 11:19-21
  6. Would you say God blessed the church because it was good,  or because He had a purpose for it, and it pursued that purpose?

Online Resources:

Next Week’s Readings:

11/23 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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Today’s  Chronological Bible Reading: (today)

This Week’s CARE Sheet: CARE Sheet 11-4-14

This Week’s Readings:

    •  Nov 10 Luke 22, John 13
    •  Nov 11 John 14‐17
    •  Nov 12 Matt 27, Mark 15
    •  Nov 13 Luke 23, John 18‐19
    •  Nov 14 Matt 28, Mark 16
    •  Nov 15 Luke 24, John 20‐21
    •  Nov 16 (Sunday) Acts 1‐3

Brian: Here is this week's song list.  We're doing a relatively new version of "Man of Sorrows" (rearranged by Hillsong).  I heard at chapel a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it... you can check it out on the Spotify playlist!     TLCC Worship 

  • Sweeter
  • How Majestic
  • The Greatness of our God
  • My Hope is In You
  • Man of Sorrows
  • O How I Love Jesus

TITLE: “chURch - devoted”

TEXT:  Acts 2  (especially vss. 42-47)

IN A NUTSHELL:  It's the second major Jewish feast of the year.  It comes at the close of the grain harvest and God has called every Jew to come to Jerusalem for a time of worship and gratitude to God for the harvest.  All of a sudden 120 disciples praying becomes 12 apostles preaching and then 3,000 souls coming into the chURch.  What now? In verses 42-47 we see the four practices/priorities/privileges that united a very diverse chURch, and set the stage for an unprecedented spiritual harvest!

A few questions to consider:

  1. How many different nations were represented in the crowd on Pentecost?
  2. If you remove the word "tongues" and put in it's place languages how would you view the story of Acts 2 differently?
  3. What seemed to be the main points of Peter's sermon?
  4. What are four reoccurring priorities the new chURch started/grew with?
  5. To what RU devoted?

Online Resources:

Next Week’s Readings:

  • Nov 17 Acts 4‐6
  • Nov 18 Acts 7‐8
  • Nov 19 Acts 9‐10
  • Nov 20 Acts 11‐12
  • Nov 21 Acts 13‐14
  • Nov 22 Jas 1‐5
  • Nov 23 (Sunday) Acts 15‐16

11/9 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

Messiah graphic (1) Today’s  Chronological Bible Reading: (today)

This Week’s CARE Sheet: CARE Sheet 11-2-14

 

 

This Week’s Readings:

  • Nov 3 Mark 11, John 12
  • Nov 4 Matt 22, Mark 12
  • Nov 5 Matt 23, Luke 20‐21
  • Nov 6 Mark 13
  • Nov 7 Matt 24
  • Nov 8 Matt 25
  • Nov 9 (Sunday) Matt 26, Mark 14

Brian: Looking forward to praising God together again this coming Sunday.  You've probably noticed some new faces on stage singing and playing instruments. Last week we were pleased to welcome Walt Harper, playing acoustic guitar. Keep in mind that we're always looking to add to the list of people who participate on worship team, band, and tech volunteers.  Feel free to email me (brian@timberlakechristian.org) if you are interested in being plugged into the worship ministry in some way!

This week's songs:  (Playlist here: TLCC Worship )

  • Majesty
  • Glorified
  • 10,000 Reasons
  • Glory to God Forever
  • He Leadeth Me
  • Remembrance (The Communion Song)
  • They'll Know We Are Christians

TITLE: “What's a Cross Without an Empty Tomb?”

TEXT:  Matt. 26-28; Mk. 14 - 16; Lk. 22-24; Jn. 18 - 21; Rom. 6:1-4

IN A NUTSHELL:  Several people watched Jesus die on the cross. Only a few realized what was happening. Some were drawn to Him because of what He taught, how He lived and even how He died; but from those that became convinced of the empty tomb there came a revolution!

A few questions to consider:

  1. How did the two thieves on the cross respond to Jesus on the cross?
  2. How did Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea respond to Jesus at His death?
  3. What were the various responses of the twelve disciples after Jesus resurrection?  (especially, John, Peter Peter at Galilee, and Thomas)
  4. Do you tend to live your Christian life on the basis of guilt and conviction or new life and confidence? 
  5. Take a few minutes to draft two lists:
    1. reasons you love Jesus and believe He rose from the dead
    2. sins you struggle with and what makes you feel guilty
  6. Which list was easier to make?  This may reveal if you tend to focus on the cross, without the empty tomb.  It’s very noble to recognize Jesus’ sacrifice.  It’s revolutionary to believe in and seek to live out His resurrection!

Online Resources:

Next Week’s Readings:

  •  Nov 10 Luke 22, John 13
  •  Nov 11 John 14‐17
  •  Nov 12 Matt 27, Mark 15
  •  Nov 13 Luke 23, John 18‐19
  •  Nov 14 Matt 28, Mark 16
  •  Nov 15 Luke 24, John 20‐21
  •  Nov 16 (Sunday) Acts 1‐3

11/2 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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Today’s Chronological Bible Reading: (today)

This week’s CARE Sheet:CARE Sheet11-1-14

We are looking forward to praising God together again this coming Sunday.  You've probably noticed some new faces on stage singing and playing instruments.  Keep in mind that we're always looking to add to the list of people who participate on worship team, band, and tech volunteers.  Feel free to email me (brian@timberlakechristian.org) if you are interested in being plugged into the worship ministry in some way!

This week's songs:  (Playlist here: TLCC Worship )

  • Build Your Kingdom Here
  • Desert Song
  • 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
  • He Knows My Name
  • Redeemer, Savior, Friend
  • This is Amazing Grace

This week's election ballot: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2014ballot/