Archive for October, 2011

Gang,

Sunday we will look @ Romans.  Please read the first four chapters.

The background of Romans is that there was tension in the church between Jews and Gentiles.  Each thought they had advantages over the other.  So Paul addresses them to address their pride and arrogance.

The three main points we will look at are:  1) God’s impartiality is revealed in His condemnation of all 2) God’s impartiality is revealed  in His justification of all who believe and 3) welcome all, as Christ has welcomed you.

In the first several chapters, Paul teaches that God is impartial, and then later shares that because of this, they should welcome one another.

This book is rich.  It is meat.  It is highly valuable for us.  There are some great things to discuss Sunday—such as what does it mean to be justified?  What is the gospel?  How does the doctrine of justification by faith keep us humble?  What in the heck does propitiation mean?  What does propitiation have to do with the mercy seat in the OT?

Romans is so good.  So look at chapters 1-4 and you will be blessed.

See you Sunday!

mg

 

Fall Block Parties

Posted: October 27, 2011 in Class Activities, Class Fun

Gang,

Monday night (Halloween), there will be fun, food, and festivities @ the Underwood’s in Jackson.  Last year was the first time Lynwood had “block parties” and the shin-dig @ the Underwood’s was good.

So make plans to help out @ the Underwoods if able—they will need help (I think it starts at 5)

We will be hosting the College peeps at our crib Monday night.  Should be fun.

We will have directions to the Underwood’s Sunday.

Leave a post if you can help….or leave a post if you are dressing up!!!!  Or, if you would not get laughed at, who/what would you dress up as?

mg

Who You Pickin’???

Posted: October 20, 2011 in Class Fun, Fun Stuff

Cardinals in 6?  Or will Texas break through and win this year?

Who are you pickin’?

Or do you just not care?

Let’s see who the die-hard Cardinal fans are?  Let’s hear who could care less?  Anyone got any tickets?

How about 10 posts???!!!!

mg

Gang,

Sunday we will look at 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5.

The church @ Corinth was messed up.  The culture impacted the church, rather than the church impacting the culture.

The Corinthians were noted for exalting self, participating in things that made themselves more prominent, rather than living in their community proclaiming the cross.  As our lesson points out, the message of Christ crucified became just another spoke in the wheel of their community rather than the unifying hub.

To help get the church @ Corinth “back on track”, Paul starts with the cross.  Notice how many times Paul mentions the cross in this passage.  In a culture that promoted self, Paul came preaching the cross.  You could say that Paul’s approach was counter-cultural.  What implications should Paul’s methodology have on how we minister in our culture in America?

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 this week and check out your lesson.  Great discussion questions and things to think about.

See you Sunday….have a great week!

mg

 

Can You Lend a Hand?

Posted: October 12, 2011 in Ministry, Missions

Gang,

See the below message from Alex:

A co-worker of mine has family who have resettled in Cape (Bloomfield Road) earlier this week.  The family has been on a rough road and is in need of basic kitchen and
household items. The parents are Jeremiah & Jessica and they have a son in 8th grade, 6th grade, daughter in 3rd and a 5 month old baby.

I think this is a great opportunity to minister through our LifeGroup. The items I know they need include:

Kitchen Chairs–Broiler Pan/ Pots–Cookie sheet(s)–Dish drainer–Sheets (queen bed)–Other kitchen or household items.

They have very little of anything. If anyone has a heart to help, I will be happy to coordinate.

Sincerely,

Alex

If you can help, please email Alex @ aogburn@sfmc.net

Thanks Alex!

mg

Sunday Lesson

Posted: October 12, 2011 in Upcoming lessons

Gang,

Jason Bandermann will be bringing the Word this Sunday from  1Thessalonians.  The lesson will be on “Confidence in Salvation”.

You all will look at the coming “Day of the Lord”.  For some that can bring joy, for others it will be an unexpected and unwelcomed event.

Here is a line from the lesson in your folders…”We know the joy we have already received by Christ’s death and look forward with a guarantee of Christ’s glorious return and a future with him.  While we live between the times of the incarnate Christ and the coming of Christ in glory, our hearts are filled with urgent peace.  We are assured of our own salvation but burdened for those who have no hope.  As we seek God’s face and He sanctifies us, we will be all the more confident in our salvation and our lives given to the work of sharing the Gospel with all nations.”

So look @ 1 Thessalonians in your folder and y’all have a great lesson.

mg

 

Saul to Paul

Posted: October 7, 2011 in Upcoming lessons

Gang,

Sunday we will look at Acts 9 and discuss the conversion of Saul.

It is an amazing story of one who “…breathed threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord…”.

He was present and involved with the stoning of Stephen in chapter 7 and comes to know Christ in chapter 9.

He then goes on to serve the Lord like no one else in history.  He went nearly everywhere preaching the gospel.  He suffered over and over in preaching the gospel.

We will look at Paul’s life, our lives, persecution, the gospel, and more.

Looking forward to it.

Hope you are having a great week!—mg