Gang,

Sunday we begin our fourth and final unit on the “Doctrine of Revelation” from the Gospel Project.

Remember that we have looked at how GOD speaks and reveals Himself to us through general and special revelation.  Next we saw MAN‘s fallen response to God’s Word.  The last few weeks we have seen how CHRIST responded perfectly to God’s Word.  Now we are ready to see our redeemed RESPONSE to God’s Word.   This is an excellent way to understand the Gospel—-through the lens of God, Man, Christ, Response.

Sunday we will look at Stephen in Acts 7 and will see that Stephen had received information about Christ and believed, he experienced transformation as a result, and then made proclamation of God’s Word a part of his life.

We had great discussion Sunday…THANKS TO ALL!  Hope to have more great discussion Sunday as we discuss learning the Word better, learning for transformation, and then proclaiming the Word that has changed us.

Remember that we are meeting in the Youth Room.  Also remember to set your clock’s back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

mg

Important Info

Posted: October 30, 2012 in Class Activities, news

Gang,

Here are some important reminders—some we discussed in class…some we did not b/c I forgot!

Wednesday Block Parties:  Locations include Flentge’s, Roseman’s, and Greene’s — If you would like to help at one of these spots, email Kristal, Andrea, or Brandi and they will get you directions.

Sunday we will have class in the Youth Room due to our room being set up for Judgment House.

No LifeGroup on Sunday, November 11th due to Judgment House.

We are serving the Exalt College students lunch on Sunday, November 18th.  Plan is tacos again.  Drew Witvoet gets a chance to redeem himself!  Since we will not meet on the 11th, we will try to knock out a sign up sheet this Sunday.

mg

Sunday Rewind

Posted: October 4, 2012 in thoughts, Upcoming lessons

Gang,

Thanks for the discussion/participation Sunday!

We looked at the lesson “God’s Law for Life” and saw how God adopted the nation of Israel into His family.  They had been enslaved in Egypt over 400 years and they were accustomed to Egyptian culture…used to a quasi-God in Pharaoh, and needed a new identity.  It was very similar to a baby from a third world orphanage coming to America and receiving a new identity here.  Just as a family here would introduce new rules, values, guidelines, etc—-God did the same with Israel.  And we saw that we learn about the character of God in His giving the law.  God’s law is rooted in His character–He is holy; thus His law is holy.  God is love, and he expects obedience b/c He loves us.

So don’t just look at the law as a set of rules.  Sure, some have passed (sacrificial and dietary laws), but God’s moral law continues.  And it is no longer about externals/actions, but is a matter of the heart (see the Sermon on the Mount).  We don’t become God’s child by keeping the law—Exodus 20:1 says that the people brought out of Egypt already belonged to God.  He then gave them the law out of His love for them, to show them how to be in relationship with Him.  Also, Galatians says the law was added b/c of transgressions.  What was it added to?  It was added to the covenant God made with Abraham.  And Abraham was justified by faith—not by works (law).  We discussed how God doesn’t recommend or suggest partial obedience, but total obedience.  We cannot do that–but Christ has done what we cannot.  And that power to obey is present within us.  And that is why we desparately need His grace.  As Tullian Tchividjian says, “The law is like a set of railroad tracks.  The tracks provide no power for the train but the train must stay on the tracks in order to function.  The law never gives any power to do what it commands.  Only the gospel has power, as it were, to move the train.“—-what a quote!!

Please look at lesson 6…”Numb to the Word” for Sunday.  This is the last lesson looking at man’s fallen response to God’s Word.  Remember the Gospel Project breaks the units into God/Man/Christ/Response.

See you Sunday!

Sunday Lesson

Posted: September 21, 2012 in Upcoming lessons

Gang

Have you read the lesson for The Gospel Project yet?  What a good one!

We have been looking at the doctrine of revelation.  We have seen that God speaks and He speaks to us through general revelation (creation).  In His creation, we see the attributes of His power, wisdom, love, and more.  Ultimately we see His glory, b/c His glory is wrapped up in the sum of His attributes.

God also reveals Himself to us through special revelation—His written Word.  General revelation has limits b/c it cannot save.  It is enough to make all responsible, but not enough to bring salvation.  Special revelation is available to specific people at specific times in specific places.  And through the work of the Spirit, it is the special revelation of God to sinners that is able to save.

Sunday we are going to look at lesson 4–”In God We Trust”.  We will begin to look at man’s fallen respons to God’s Word.  So look at the lesson which covers Genesis 3:1-6.  Those 6 verses in Genesis 3 are some of the most important verses in Scripture to understand.  So check it out and see how we question, belittle, and disboey God’s Word.  Class will be much better if we have all been in the text before Sunday…so dig in!

Can’t wait.

mg

Coming Up….

Posted: September 14, 2012 in news

Gang,

Sunday we are having a mission fair that will give people an opportunity to see where people can serve—-locally and globally for the rest of 2012 and in 2013.  Our class is scheduled to attend the mission fair at 11:15.  So Sunday we will not have our Gospel Project lesson.  I will have a handout that summarizes the lesson and will encourage you to review it at home.  Choir peeps—I would say to just go to the mission fair when you are done.  For those in class, someone will be there to lead prayer time and to go over/discuss how Lynwood supports missions through “Lynwood on Mission.”  Remember that you received your LOM 8 info this week in the mail…please spend time praying about supporting LOM 8.

Also, put September 29th on the calendar.  Scavenger hunt starting at church….then ending at Shadow Rest with food and fun times.  Likely will meet at church at 6 pm.  Get your baby-sitter lined up!

See you Sunday!

mg

God Is Not Hiding

Posted: September 11, 2012 in thoughts

Sunday in class we looked at the concept of general revelation.  Psalm 19:1-6 teaches us several things.  Verses 1&2 say “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.  Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.”  So God’s revelation of Himself and His glory never stops…it is day after day and night after night.  There is no pause button.  His revealing Himself to us through creation is always on “play”!  Awesome!!!  We discussed in class that the “noise” of life can distract us from paying attention to the glory of God through His creation.  In addition, people can flat out deny the God of creation b/c their hearts are hard and their spiritual eyes are blind.  Most importantly we see in verse four that this general revelation goes through all the earth.

We also looked at Romans 1:20 and see that His attributes can be seen through His creation.  The glory (worth, weightiness) of God is the sum of His attributes.  Just a few of His attributes we see in creation is power (see Isaiah 40:26), wisdom (Psalm 104:24), love (common grace–rain, food, happiness fall on the sinners and saints).

While general revelation is a great blessing and a points us to a gracious God, it has its limits.  It is enough to make all men responsible and without excuse (Romans 1:20), but not enough to save.  People are saved by responding to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  This should move us.  There are people everywhere who have seen the glory of God…but either have suppressed it, or are waiting for someone to articulate the gospel to them.

 

Sunday Lesson

Posted: September 7, 2012 in Upcoming lessons

Gang

Sunday we will look at lesson 2 from The Gospel Project:  God Is Not Hiding–The God Who Reveals Himself Through Creation

Last week we looked at the fact that God speaks.

This week we will look at the concept of general revelation.

Think about these questions:  What do we see in creation that points us to a Creator?  What does Romans 1:20 say and ask yourself what general revelation can and cannot do?

Is general revelation enough to save?  What about the “innocent” native on the unreached island?

Make sure to look at lesson 2 for Sunday!  Looking forward to it.

mg