Everything listed under: SundaytoMonday

  • Sunday to Monday | Greater Things Than This

    On Sunday, Pastor Dave talked about how God calls us to "greater things." He read this passage from a recliner during worship:

    See a middle-aged man who spends his nights sitting in front of a television set....He was once all fired up with bright plans for the future and strong yearnings to make his mark on this world. But somewhere along the line all the fire went out, and he settled for comfort. His dreams were sacrificed to a La-Z-Boy and flickering images on a screen. He is the story of unrealized potential.

    This is the way that lead to stagnation - unrealized potential, unfilled longings. It leads to a sense that I'm not living my life, the life I was supposed to live....

    To sinful patterns of behavior that never get confronted and changed,

    Abilities and giffts that never get clutivated and deployed -

    Until weeks become months

    And months turn into years,

    And one day you're looking back on a life of

    Deep intimate gut-wrenchingly honest conversations you never had;

    Great bold prayers you never prayed,

    Exhilarating risks you never took,

    Sacrificial gifts you never offered

    Lives you never touched,

    And you're sitting in a recliner with a shriveled soul,

    And forgotten dreams,

    And you realize there was a world of desperate need,

    And a great God calling you to be part of something bigger than yourself -

    You see the person you could have become but did not;

    You never followed your calling,

    You never got out of the boat.

     ~ from John Ortberg's If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat:

     We talked about how God's Grace is called to Love God, Love People, Serve the World....and what that might mean for each of us. Here's a song we sang together after the sermon.

     

    And here are some questions to guide you through the rest of the week:

    • Has God given you a vision that offers you life? (Proverbs 29:18)
    • Do you trust that God can do greater things in your life? (John 14:12)
    • Are you willing to pray for the courage to step out of the boat and into the raging waves?


  • Sunday to Monday | Following Jesus

    On Sunday, we talked about what it means to follow Jesus and how God gifts and calls each of us to serve. Here are some questions to take you through the week:

    • What does it mean to be “employed by Jesus?”
    • Can you name a time you felt “equipped” to serve the Lord (Ephesians 4:12)?
    • Are you praying God will equip you for new adventures; do you have any idea what they might be?
    • Have you ever heard someone else tell you who they say Jesus is…(Mark 8:27) and your image of Jesus grew based upon the view of another?
    • Where have you been surprised to see Jesus? Where do you hear the voice of God in the poem “For the Garden of Your Daily Living?” 

    Here's a video we watched and listened to as a way in to what it looks like to by employed by Jesus.

  • Sunday to Monday | Doing Church in a Whole New Way (1 of 2)

    On Sunday, we started a 2-part series on Doing Church in a Whole New Way. The service started with this video from Nickelback.

    Pastor Dave talked about the Vital Signs of a Church....and how each of us plays a part in the vitality of the church through Preparation, Participation, Pastoral Acts and Public Witness. Here are some questions and passages to reflect on this week:

    • "...they devoted themselves to the apostles' teachings..." (v. 42). What might you do to engage in a higher level of spiritual Preparation?
    • "...they were devoted tot he breaking of the bread.." (v. 42). How might you grow in your Participation in the body of believers?
    • "All who believed were together and had all things in common" (v. 44). How might you share what you have to Pastorally care for another?
    • "...they ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having goodwill for all people" (vv. 46-47). What is God desiring that your Public Witness look like?

    And here are a couple of other videos that were part of the service.

    Schindler's List clip on the value of using your gifts to serve others.

     

    Extreme Community Makeover video. Learn more about GGCC's Extreme Community Makeover here.

  • Sunday to Monday | Broken Vessels

    Nobody's perfect. On Sunday we talked about how God use our imperfections to carry the light and love of Jesus into the world....even when we might feel like things are falling apart. Here are some questions to reflect on this week:

    • Are you more attracted to people who are “perfect” or those whose “cracks” are visible? Why?
    • Paul writes in 2 Cor 4:7, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.” How can our troubles and problems reveal Jesus to others? Do our troubles and problems reveal Jesus better than our successes and excellence?
    • How do we put the pieces back together when it feels like we’re falling apart?
    • Paul continues in 2 Cor 4:16, that we should not “lose heart” and focus on our inner self, worrying less about our outer troubles. What are one or two things you can do this week to renew your inner self?