Community Group Week of November 15, 2015

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Time for a Break Community Group Leaders!

Thanks for a great season of groups!  Please mark your calendars with the following dates.

  • January 10, 2016 - March 20, 2016     Community Groups Winter Season
  • January 30, 2016   Leadership Meeting (10am - 12pm) and Community Group Leader Meeting immediately following (12pm - 1:30)
  • April 3, 2016 - May 29, 2016   Community Groups Spring Season
  • June 4, 2016   Leadership Meeting (10am - 12pm)  ( No CG Leader Meeting though )
  • August 28, 2016 - November 20, 2016   Community Groups Fall Season
  • August 27, 2016   Leadership Meeting (10am - 12pm) and Community Group Leader Meeting immediately following (12pm - 1:30)

Announcements :

  •  Habitat for Humanity is having a group volunteer day on December 5, 2015, to help build a home. The site will be in Broward county but exact address is to be determined. The time is from 745am-1230pm. Must arrive by 745am.  They could use up to 10 volunteers.  Please contact Patty Grinion directly at pkelly07@hotmail.com / 727-688-3244
  • Broward Outreach Shelter is doing a Holiday Food Drive.    Collect bags of groceries and return to Steve Englund in the Church Office by December 6th.   Items needed are canned vegetables, boxed cereal, canned meats, instant potatoes, coffee, rice, powdered milk, sugar, ketchup, mustard, stuffing mix, and other non-perishable items.
  • Sheridan House Thanksgiving Blessings Event is coming up on Saturday, November 21 from 9 am to 12 noon!  The single moms will receive a turkey and all the fixings for a bountiful Thanksgiving meal.  They will also get a chance to shop for free in our “Winter Clothing Boutique.”  Volunteers arrive by 8:00 am (doors open for single moms at 9 a.m.)  Volunteers should wear navy blue Sheridan House event staff shirt (with blue jeans or khaki slacks)
    These are the areas of need:
    • Parking, Refreshments, Greeters/Guides, Registration, Clothing Boutique, Turkey and Food Bags Distribution, Turkey Tickets and Christmas Invitations, Package Carriers, Kid supervision (while moms shop) Photos, Tear-down – All volunteers who are able to stay a few extra minutes!
    Here is your contact:
    Pierina Pisani
    Single Parent Ministry
    Volunteer Coordinator
    Sheridan House, 1700 S. Flamingo Road, Davie 33325
    Main:  (954) 583-1552
    Direct Line: (954) 414-3392
  •  Check out the Service Projects Tab for more opportunities

Sermon Title: 

Survival Essentials, Part 2 : Navigation

Main Text:

Philippians 3:1-11, Philippians 4:1, Galatians 3:1-3, 5:1

Topics:  ( Not to be read in group.. this is for your review and recollection )

  • Paul is writing a letter to the Christians of the church of Philippi. And in that letter, he takes time to remind them where their confidence is. He says that as believers, they don’t put confidence in the flesh.
  • He then goes through his pedigree as an Israelite: “circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.” This sounds like an unrelatable list. What’s the big deal, Paul?
  • He is essentially saying, here is how we have confidence in the flesh:
  • He had the right RELIGION (circumcised). Many people believe that since they consider themselves a particular religion, and their religion is right that they are “in.”
  • He had the right GROUP (Israel, Benjamin, Hebrew of Hebrews). Often times we find confidence and security in the group we belong to. We think things like, “my whole family is full of Christians. I’m a Christian.” Or “I’m a part of a Christian church.” Or we find confidence in the particular denomination we are a part of. Maybe we find even more confidence in the particular church we are a part of within that denomination or movement. Or perhaps we find our confidence in the leadership team we are on within that church.
  • He had the right BELIEF (Pharisee). We are often tempted that because we believe correctly, we are accepted by God. We affirm the right truths, so we are “in.”
  • He had the right FERVOR (zeal). Many think that as long as someone is sincere, as long as they do the best they can, they will be accepted by God.
  • He had the right LIVING (blameless). Many think that to get to heaven, it just means being a good Christian. As long as we are kind and loving and avoid the big sins, God will be happy with us.
  • Paul says all of that is rubbish. He gave it all up in order to get Jesus. In other words, it is never Jesus + something else. It’s never Jesus and our good works. It’s never Jesus and being a part of the right group. It is only Jesus
  • Paul is saying it’s not about finding the right religion. There are two paradigms we can operate from: 1) relying on ourselves, 2) relying on Jesus. To put it simply: It’s not about what we do, it’s about what Jesus did.
  • Remember Paul is teaching this to Christians. This is not for people who don’t believe. He is reminding “saints” about this.
  • It is vitally essential for our survival to understand the Gospel so well, that it is constantly washing over us every day. It has to be the firm foundation on which we are constantly standing. It has to be what we are continually working into our idol-making, religion-craving hearts. We have to constantly remind ourselves that we only put our confidence in Jesus.
  • A mathetes, a follower of Christ, has been rescued and has never recovered.

AND NOW.... THE QUESTIONS...

  • HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?
  • ICEBREAKER: What talent or ability do you have?
  • READ: Philippians 3:1-11
  • Looking at the list of Paul’s “credentials,” how do we find confidence in the same types of things?
  • How would you define the Gospel in your own words?
  • What is the difference in a salvation by good deeds mindset and the Gospel’s message of how we are saved?
  • Why do you think Paul is reminding Christians of this?
  • How do you think we sometimes mix our confidence in ourselves with our confidence in Jesus?
  • How does finding confidence in Jesus only deeply humble us but at the same time strengthen us?
  • How does putting confidence in ourselves leave us constantly bouncing between pride and insecurity?
  • How does it change our relationships to put our confidence in Jesus alone?

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