Chapter 14- Summing up the Story

The Story is a condensed chronological Bible, and in our church-wide journey through it we’re going to discover how our story fits into God’s story. 

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If you need a copy of THE STORY to follow along with us pick up on in the lobby on Sunday, or follow along in the Bible with the following Bible references.

Chapter 14- A Kingdom Torn in Two

This Week- Read Chapter 14 in The Story or 1 Kings 12-16

Big Idea: True unity comes from God.

Did you miss Sunday’s Message? Check it HERE

Three Reasons we suffer from disunity: (from Cam Huxford)

1) Disunity today is caused by decisions I made in the past

2) Foolish decisions make disunity

3) Unbiblical manipulation threatens spiritual unity

Parents Pages (use these for family devotions, discussions and activities)

Finding our story in God’s story,

Aaron

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Chapter 13- Summing up the Story

The Story is a condensed chronological Bible, and in our church-wide journey through it we’re going to discover how our story fits into God’s story. 

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We’ve taken a 5 week hiatus from the Story and now we enter into ACT II- God Pursues. If you are new or have not been a part in The Story, this is a great time to hop on board.

Chapter 13- The King Who Had it All

This Week- Read Chapter 13 in The Story or 1 Kings 1-8;10-11; 2 Chronicles 5-7; Proverbs 1-3; 6; 20-21

Big Idea: The Bible doesn’t just tell us how to live…it shows us. It also shows us examples of people failing miserably.

Did you miss Sunday’s Message? Check it HERE

King Solomon’s Wisdom Displayed (From Mark Moore)

1)    Teachable (Proverbs 2:1-4) My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord
 and find the knowledge of God.

2)   Submission (Proverbs 3:5,6) Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

3)   Generous (Proverbs 3:9-10) Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

4)    Self Control- Sexually (Proverbs 6:28-29) Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife;
 no one who touches her will go unpunished.

5)    Self Control- Temper (Proverbs 20:3) It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.

6)   Self Control- Tongue (Proverbs 20:19) A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.

7)    Hard Work (Proverbs 20:4) Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

8)    Honesty (Proverbs 20:10) Differing weights and differing measures— the Lord detests them both.

9)    Patience (Proverbs 20:21) An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end.

Though Wise 3 Pursuits derailed King Solomon

1) His work became an idol

2) His wealth consumed him

3) His wives played him

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Finding our story in God’s story,

Aaron

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Everything Can Change in a Split Second- Digging Deeper in Ch. 12.

In chapter 12 of THE STORY we looked at king David. David was known as a ‘man after God’s own heart’. He had moments of incredible faith, integrity, worship and obedience to God’s laws. He conquered the oversized man Goliath as a teenager when all the soldiers were peeing themselves in fear.

But one of the things I love about the Bible is it doesn’t just give us stories of people ‘knocking it out of the park’, it gives many examples of people swinging and missing…in the 9th inning when the team was down by one and the bases were loaded. The Bible gives us stories of faith and obedience, but also stories of struggle, weakness and failure.

In chapter 12 of THE STORY entitled ‘The Trials of a King’ we see some failures and struggles that David went through. One of the huge blowups in David’s life involves a scandalous affair with Bathsheba, deceiving, and a cover-up murder of her husband Uriah.

It made me think of how broken we are as people. People of God, people that are striving to follow Christ and live in faith and obedience to Him. The Bible is clear that we are all sinners. We all fail miserably at hitting the bullseye on the target God has set for us. ALL of us.

One night David was out on top of his palace and he saw Bathsheba in the distance bathing…naked. He had a choice and he had to make it quick…but he lingered. He thought, he inquired about who she was, he summoned her and the rest is history.

I believe that’s how sin is often in our lives too. It often hangs in the balance of a split second. We may be sitting on the fence and could easily go either direction.  The lyrics of an old song come to mind ‘My mind is telling me no, but my body…MY BODY is telling me yes’ (sorry for that). You can read the apostle Paul’s version of the song right here in Romans 7:14-25.  And in a moment we make a choice that may honor God or rejects God.

In Matthew 23:25-26 Jesus is in the middle of grilling the religious leaders and says:

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.  Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”

God is not simply concerned about us being good people, but about our hearts. I believe in those moments where temptation strikes we often go the way of our heart. Often the ‘issues’ are just signposts pointing towards ‘the issue’ of the heart.

Some common ‘issues’ people struggle with: Gossip, Lying, Lust, Porn, Pride, Idolatry, Anger, Stealing, Selfishness, Self-Sufficiency, Lack of Love, Materialism, Stinginess, or Drunkenness.

And so often we struggle against these issues (myself included), but things went wrong because of my heart.

So I want to ask, how’s your heart? Are you constantly feeding your soul on God’s word and pouring it out in prayer? Are you slowing down enough to focus on Him, and to evaluate you? Are you surrounded by people you can have real conversations about to spur you on to further seek God?  There is no ‘quick fix’ for having a heart after God’s heart, but it can quickly go if we let it. We will continue to struggle on this side of things because we are all broken people, but we should continue to grow in our journey to be like Christ.

Everything can change in a spit second sometimes with catastrophic consequences. But God wants our hearts to be ‘for Him’ for the long-run.

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Chapter 12- Summing up the Story

The Story is a condensed chronological Bible, and in our church-wide journey through it we’re going to discover how our story fits into God’s story. 

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We’ve taken a 5 week hiatus from the Story and now we enter into ACT II- God Pursues. If you are new or have not been a part in The Story, this is a great time to hop on board.

Chapter 12- The Trials of a King

This Week- Read Chapter 12 in The Story or 2 Samuel 11-12, Psalm 51, 2 Samuel 18-19, 1 Chronicles 22, 29, Psalm 23

Big Idea: The Bible doesn’t just tell us how to live…it shows us. It also shows us examples of people failing miserably.

Did you miss Sunday’s Message? Check it HERE

  • NO SIN IS BEYOND RESTORATION BUT NEITHER IS IT WITHOUT ITS CONSEQUENCES.
  • IT’S NOT WHAT SIN YOU JUST COMMITTED, IT’S ABOUT YOUR RESPONSE TO THE SIN YOU COMMITTED.
  • YOUR STRUGGLES DON’T HAVE TO DEFINE YOU.

Challenge:

  • Maybe you need to repent like David. Stop pointing the finger and bow the knee.
  • Maybe you’ve been defined for too long by your struggles and you need to accept Jesus as your way back to God.
  • Maybe you need to know this…your weaknesses (past, struggles, sins) don’t have to define you.

Parents Pages (use these for family devotions, discussions and activities)

Finding our story in God’s story,

Aaron

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Chapter 8- Summing up the Story

The Story is a condensed chronological Bible, and in our church-wide journey through it we’re going to discover how our story fits into God’s story. 

Act1slideChapter 8- A Few Good Men…and Women

This Week- Read Chapter 8 in The Story or Judges 2-4; 6-8; 13-16

Did you miss Sunday’s Sermon? Check it HERE

Cycle through the book of Judges: Sin > Suppression > Sorrow > Salvation

1) Where are you in the cycle right now? What do you  need to do to seek God? Repent (change your heart and mind and allow your life to follow), talk to somebody, seek God through prayer and the Bible, etc.

2) If you could join Jesus in redeeming one thing or one person who or what would it be? Be specific.

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Aaron

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Chapter 6- Summing up the Story

The Story is a condensed chronological Bible, and in our church-wide journey through it we’re going to discover how our story fits into God’s story. 

Act1slideChapter 6- Wandering

This Week- Read Chapter 6 in The Story or Numbers 10-14; 20-21; 25; 27; Deuteronomy 1-2; 4; 6; 8-9; 29-32; 34

Big Idea: “God has a great path planned for us that includes joy and intimacy with him; when we choose to take our own route the journey is harder and takes longer.”

Did you miss Sunday’s Sermon? Check it HERE

1) Nobody wants to journey with a whiner.

When God provides, the proper response is gratitude and worship.

2) Don’t Be a Backseat Driver

Often we think we know better than God. God wants us to trust Him on our journey of life.

Challenge:

– Choose life! Are you doing this journey with God? Trusting him, living for him, longing for him?

– Are you doing this journey alone…without others around you?

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Aaron

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Chapter 5- Summing up the Story

The Story is a condensed chronological Bible, and in our church-wide journey through it we’re going to discover how our story fits into God’s story. 

Act1slideChapter 5- New Commands; New Covenant

This Week- Read Chapter 5 in The Story or Exodus 19-20, 24-25, 32-34, 40

Big Idea: God gives his laws and commandments to free us, protect us, and show us his love… not to take away our fun and ruin our lives.

Did you miss Sunday’s Sermon? Check it HERE

3 things we need to know about the law.

     1) God insists that His people live by a set of guidelines.

2) Not honoring these values has a remarkably dark effect on our culture.

     3) God’s Laws are Good

Challenge:

– Put God first (over family, security, time, finances etc.) Is anything coming between you and God?

– Trust Jesus- the one who has kept all the law perfectly. Have you trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior? What is stopping you?

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Finding our story in God’s story,

Aaron

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