FAMILY GRATITUDE SERMON DISCUSSION
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
What are some ideas that our culture has regarding life after death? What are some ideas that Christians have regarding heaven? How has this shaped your view?
1. What are some of the different things that Paul and his team are thanking God for? Why?
2. What is the hope that is laid up in heaven? Where did the Colossians hear this?
3. What is bearing fruit and increasing? How?
4. From whom did the Colossians hear the gospel first? How might this be an example to us regarding the spread of the gospel?
5. What is the partnership between Paul, his team, Epaphras, and the Colossians like in this text?
1. How can the hope of heaven be a motivator for us in how we live our lives here and now?
2. Even though Paul had not been to Colossae personally, he felt great love for the believers in that city and spent much time praying for them. Who is your life are you regularly praying for and thanking God for?
3. Where in your life do you need the gospel to bear good fruit?
4. Who has God placed in your life that He is inviting you to share the gospel with?
PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER
How To Become More Grateful
by Pastor Duane Smets
“Give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
In life we tend to be either critical, where things are perpetually not right and not good enough or we can be grateful, where we see everything and every day as a day God has made for our good and growth. This is an area God has been teaching me, stretching me and growing me in, in the last few years. Here’s a few things that have helped me.
1. Morning. Wake up every morning and thank God for life and breath. God is the Creator and sustainer of all life. Every day is a gift. God is constantly pouring out His blessings upon us. This helps me not have a wanting heart but a joyful heart.
2. Day. Look for God’s gifts of grace throughout the day and say “Thanks Be To God!” a lot. I say this phrase multiple times a day both out loud and under my breath. We can either look at the events of the day with disappointment as problems or we can look at them with gratitude as opportunities. It also helps me redirect my heart towards Him who truly deserves the credit for the good things.
3. Darkness. On difficult days when nothing seems to be going right, stop and return to step two and think of ways God has been good to you in your day and in your life. God is in control and is good and means everything for our good. Turn from the darkness and ask God what He is trying to teach you through this challenge, no matter how hard it may be. I call this sovereign medicine and sometimes I need a sovereign pill.
4. Bedtime. Go to sleep thanking God for His grace in the day. Recount five things you’re grateful for and say them out loud. If you’re married and/or with kids share them with your spouse and your family. Going to sleep grateful helps me wake up grateful and caps my day in gratitude.
5. Death. The greatest gift of God is His Son Jesus. As sinner we don’t deserve anything but judgment but God judged Jesus in our place on the cross so we could be forgiven and given eternal life. Thank God for Jesus everyday for without Him we are hopelessly lost. When I think of and thank God for Jesus I am reminded that God loves me, is with me, for me and gives to me.
COLOSSIANS 1:1-2 // FAMILY FAITH
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
Think of a time when you were honored for something. What was that like? How did that make you feel?
1. How does Paul describe himself in verse 1? What comes to mind when you hear the word “apostle”? The word apostle means “sent one”. How does this help us to understand Paul’s role and mission? What about ours?
2. Paul uses language of family in this opening of his letter. He honors Timothy by calling him brother and he honors the church at Colossae by calling them faithful brothers and saints. How does this help to shape our identity as God’s people?
3. Paul calls the believers in the church at Colossae saints, which means “holy ones”. Why do you think Paul uses that term for the believers?
4. What is grace? What is peace? Why do these things come from God the Father?
1. Our families of origin (who we grew up with) shape and form us into the people we are today; our personalities, our values, and even our weaknesses have been shaped and formed by our families of origin. How much of your own story do you know?
2. How would viewing myself as a saint change the way I relate to God and to others?
3. Do you view yourself as part of the church family? Why or why not?
PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER!
Our Journey Through The Book of Colossians!
At The Resolved Church we believe Jesus is the Head Pastor who leads us by His written Word. In this season of our church we are journeying together with Him in the book of Colossians. I want to invite you to journey with us!
- Pastor Duane
Here are some ways you can join in with us as God uses the book of Colossians to grow us as His people:
• Read the book of Colossians. You can read the whole thing in one sitting in under 15 minutes. Also, it’s a good idea to prepare your heart each week by reading the text Pastor Duane will be preaching from on the coming Sunday. All the sermons and their text are listed below.
• Listen to the book of Colossians. You can listen to Max Mclean reading the book of Colossians to you on audio for free.
• We are providing three morning devotionals per week from the book of Colossians. You can subscribe to the devotionals and receive them in your email to start off your mornings by texting DEVO to 619-648-5444!
• All of our community groups are discussing the book of Colossians and you can pick up a copy of the community group study guide on Sundays at our Connect Booth for $10.
Colossians: The Glories of Christ
The Glorious Person of Jesus Christ
The Creator 1:15-16
The Sustainer 1:17
The Head 1:18
The Fullness 1:19
The Reconciler 1:20
The Glorious Followers of Jesus Christ
A Changed People 1:21-22
A Resolved People 1:23
A Suffering People 1:24
A Biblical People 1:25
A Mysterious People 1:26
A Rich People 1:27
A Mature People 1:28
A Working People 1:29
A Together People 2:1-5
A Rooted People 2:6-7
A Thinking People 2:8-10
A Sealed People 2:11-12
A Living People 2:13
A Victorious People 2:14-15
A Free People 2:16-23
A Hidden People 3:1-4
A Fighting People 3:5-10
A United People 3:11
A Clothed People 3:12-14
A Peaceful People 3:15
A Singing People 3:16
A Jesus People 3:17
A Family People 3:18-21
A Serving People 3:22-4:1
A Praying People 4:2
A Missional People 4:3-6
A Historical People 4:7-17
A Gracious People 4:18
BORN OF GOD
When you think about the best kind of life what does that look like for you? Why?
Read the passage:
1 John 5:1-12
"Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
What seem to be the main characteristics of those born of God?
What seems to be the relationship between love and obedience?
How does the community of faith help us to know the love of God and to obey Him?
Why is obedience important to God? To one another?
In [vs. 4-5] John describes the life of the believer as ones of victory over the world.
What does this mean? What does this look like in our lives?
Why is the topic of victory important to the life of the believer?
What is it that Jesus has overcome? What kind of hope does this give to us who have trusted Him?
How does this kind of hope change the way that we live our lives now?
John gives us the ultimate proof of Jesus being a human by describing His death on the cross with the water and blood which poured out of His side at His death.
Why is it necessary to believe that Jesus actually lived His whole life as a man? What might this tell us about how to live our lives now?
Eternal life is not just a quantity of life, but a quality of life that has its source and sufficiency in God Himself.
How might this eternal life be experienced here and now?
What are some of the cultural messages we hear which seek to describe the best kind of life? How do these messages line up with the gospel?
What role does the community of faith play in helping us to live out the best kind of life in Christ?
Pray for one another!
Women's Day - Save the Date
October 20, 2018
Save the date! We're hosting our Resolved Women's Day in North Park on October 20. This is always a sweet day to gather as women and get to learn and grow together, making new friendships along the way!
Cost and details are coming soon so be sure to mark it in your calendar!
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Worship in Fellowship
Coffee and tea are available in our outdoor courtyard. We encourage you to come early and stay late to hang out with God's people.
Worship in Song
Every week we love to worship God through song. We are fortunate to have three rotating worship bands that perform a wide variety of songs and styles all centered around the Gospel and the work of God through Jesus. Come prepared to sing these songs unto the Lord!
Holy Holy Holy
Day by Day
Power to Redeem
Praise the Lord Ye Heavens
O For a Thousand Tongues
Worship in the Word
This week, Pastor Duane Smets will be continuing our journey through Colossians. This week's sermon is taken from the scripture, Colossians 1:9-14 and is titled Family Prayers. Feel free to read the passage ahead of time to prepare your heart and mind for God's Word.
Worship in Sacrament
Each week believers respond to God's Word by coming forward to The Lord's Table to receive Holy Communion. During this time there is always prayer available at the back of the sanctuary for those in need. We encourage you to bring your needs to Jesus during this time and have Him meet you with His grace.
EVANGELISM LOOKING TO GLORIFICATION
This week we finish our sermon series "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" looking at how some big theological concepts are a part of spreading the story of Jesus. This week Duane takes us through Glorification, something that will happen when Jesus comes back and the world ends.
The world ending is a really popular idea to speculate and tell stories about. What are some ways you've seen or read the world end in pop culture?
Our passage comes from a small book near the end of the inle called Jude. Let's read:
keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
It's a very short passage this week, but was there anything that stood out to you? Intrigued you?
Duane had a doctrinal point and a practical about this idea if Glorification:
Jude was one of Jesus brother, incredibly, he felt that his brother wasn't just a good guy but a God guy, the God guy and we would do well to put our faith in him so that we can enjoy His return. Juse advises us also about mercy that we are to wait for mercy, to have mercy and to show mercy.
What is the difference between waiting for mercy, having mercy, and showing mercy?
What is a time that you waited for mercy?
Duane pointed out that mercy is not getting what you deserve, and that it's relational. You can only experience mercy in a relationship.
We all try to be good people, but compared to God's perfect goodness our attempts are meager and never enough. Apart from God moving toward us in mercy we would never be able to be with him and definitely not be glorified by him!
Why can't we be with God forever if we just work hard enough?
Why do you think God moves towards us in mercy?
While we wait to experience this great mercy of spending eternity with God and being changed, improved, glorified by Him, we're to do 2 things: keep ourselves in the love of God and tell others about the love of God.
How do you keep yourself in God love?
Why do you think we're told to tell others about God's love?
Our coming Glorification is a huge show of God's mercy. And it will result in an overflow where we should have mercy on people now.
Jude directed us to show mercy to those that doubt and to have mercy with fear.
What does it look like to deal with doubters without mercy? Can you remember having doubts about Christianity, how were those handled? With mercy or without?
Having Mercy with fear seems to be a very strange idea. Duane explained it as a tension of being merciful and connecting with people, and also having a healthy fear of falling back into a life of unrepentant sin.
How do you find that spot where you're actively engaged with sinful people but not sin?
What can we do as a community group to help you show that mercy with fear?
Pray with your group, thanking God for his great mercy and promise of our future Glorification. That he would give us opportunities to show mercy and share His mercy with others this week.
Here's some good advice for not being weird around people who aren't Christians- enjoy!
While the conversation was on the topic of golf, business strategy, or your kids’ school play, you were fine, you were laughing, you were comfortable, you were yourself, and you were having fun. But when the conversation turned to Jesus, you got weird. You got tongue tied and cotton-mouthed. You started breathing heavily; you got very serious and relationally cold. Any hint of joy was gone from your demeanor as you began to talk to them about the Greatest News Ever.
Do you see the contradiction? When talking about anything else, you’re fine. You’re relaxed. But when you talk about the Gospel, your demeanor betrays your message. Your friends think it’s weird when you get weird. Relax. Trust God. Breathe. And then talk about the Gospel like you talk about other things, naturally.
You don’t have to have all the answers to people’s questions, you can say something like, ‘I’m not sure, I’ll have to look into that.’ Don’t get weird. Don’t get defensive, and don’t get frustrated. Just be yourself.
- Friends of Sinners: An Approach To Evangelism by Harvey Turner
EVANGELISM FOR OUR SANCTIFICATION
This week we continued our series looking at key biblical doctrines and how they piece together with evangelism. Evangelism is the spreading of the story of Jesus and Duane defined Sanctification simply as spiritual growth.
Since we're looking at growth, can you remember a time a great personal or professional growth in your life, what caused it?
Let's read the passage:
I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. - Philemon 4-6
Was there anything about the passage that stood out to you? Challenged you? Delighted you?
For this series Duana has been breaking the sermon into 2 pieces: doctrinal and practical. This week those are:
We first looked at a few other explanations for what Sanctification is. Earlier we said it was simply Spiritual growth. Duane also gave us a few places in scripture that discuss it:
1 Thessalonians 4:1-3
Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification
And 2nd Corinthians 2:18,
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
What can we learn about Sanctification from these passages?
How would you explain Sanctification to a friend?
Pastor Duane went on to explain that a large part of Sanctification is seeing more of God and knowing more of God. He also pointed out the amazing truth that God is infinite, and he is good, which means there is an unending amount of goodness from God for us to see and enjoy.
How could infinite goodness from God change how you interact with Him?
How could it change how you talk about Him to friends and neighbors?
We're meant to enjoy God's goodness, Duane had made a comparison to the sun in the sermon. We're healthier when we go out and enjoy it and bask in it.
How can you bask in God's goodness more often this week?
The passage we read is from a letter Paul was writing on behalf of a man named Onesimus, who had been a slave for Philemon before stealing his money and running away. Paul had met Onesimus who then became a Christian and now Paul is trying to unburn this bridge between the two men.
Have you ever had someone steal from you, or disappear from your life without explanation? What did you do after?
What a far cry had to take place in Onesimus' life to go from runaway slave and crook to now a valued member of the family of God. We see there evangelism leading to Sanctification.
Have you ever seen or read about someone as being greatly changed by God after believing in Christ? What do you think the biggest thing that has changed in your life since hearing the Jesus story?
Paul writes to Philemon appealing to spiritual growth in his life that he would love Onesimus as a brother. Forgiving him. That sort of love is only possible if it is Gods love flowing through a believer to other people.
How would that sort of forgiveness and love change Philemon? Onesimus? The people around them?
Duane said that "acts of good works give weight to the good words of Jesus"
What are some good works God is leading you to this week?
Pray with your group that we would know more about God, grow more to be like Him, and take time to bask in his goodness.