March 25, 2009

Heaven Series - Heaven Crashing Down ...

To listen to the podcast, go here ... (should be up soon) ...

Read Revelation 21:1-7 ... the Bible ends with Heaven crashing down on the new Earth ... God Himself will live with His people forever ... the whole Bible is about a God who wants to be here, speaking to His people and dwelling with His people ...

In this Revelation passage, what glimpses do we get of Heaven? ...

Check out these verses ... Genesis 3:8, Genesis 28:12-17, Exodus 25:8 ... do you see God's heart to be with His children? ... do you see God's passion to bring heaven on earth? ...

Read Matthew 6:10 ... when you read the phrase, "On Earth as it is in Heaven," what images come to mind? ... what is Jesus talking about? ... is this the prayer of your life? ... are you living for God's will and God's Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven? ...

March 11, 2009

I am Jonah - The last two weeks

If you missed the gatherings you can listen to the podcast here.

Two weeks ago Nate asked a few questions:
- Why does God send winds and waves and whales into our lives?
- Why does God hurl us into the ocean depths?
- Why does God bury us beneath his stormy and wild waves?

God, in His mercy, humbles us and exposes us and tests us and disciplines us to shape our character ... to make us holy ... to make us more and more like Jesus ... Read Hebrews 12:1-13
Talk to someone about your thoughts.

This week Travis Osborne shared about God's character
- All through scripture God is described as gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

The irony in the Jonah story is that Jonah accepts God's grace and compassion for himself but he refuses to share that grace and compassion with the Ninevites. But Jonah still smells like fish!

Question: How do you respond when God shows grace to others?

Read Matthew 20:1-16
It's the parable of the workers in the vineyard.
Talk about your thoughts with someone.