Month: September 2019

Message Slides 09.29.2019

GOD, PART 1 | Wk 3: “The God Who Sends”

Sam Nunnally | 09.29.2019

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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Moses

 

3:

Imposter Syndrome

 

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1) Moses was actually paying attention (Look beyond yourself)

2) Moses was being a shepherd (It’s the little things)

3) Moses was okay with the unknown (Ask your questions, then trust God)

09.29.2019

GOING DEEPER

09.29.2019 | GOD, PART 1 | Wk 3: “The God Who Sends”

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Breaking Ground

Share about a time that you were asked to do something that you had no idea how to do. What was it? How did it go?

The Dig

Think about the term leader

How would you define a leader? What qualities come to mind when you think of a leader? 

Read Exodus 3:7-10.

First, take time to react to the idea that God sends. God could have handled the situation without human help, but He chooses to work alongside human beings in the liberating of His people & the ending of human suffering

What does it say about God that He seeks to work in cooperation with normal human beings in these areas? 

Why do you think God sends us to deal with the suffering & oppression in our world? 

Next, reflect on who Moses is at this point in the story. He is a criminal who is living in exile/hiding because of his crime. 

Do these attributes coincide with the qualities you associated with leadership to start the conversation? 

How do you respond to the fact that God calls someone like Moses to be a central player in His story? 

What role does falling down or failure play in being called to lead in God’s story? What role does humility play? 

Read Exodus 3:11-12. 

Reflect on Moses’ response. Recall that Egypt is a military superpower at this time. 

How would you have responded if you were Moses? 

What does it say about God that He would entrust a human being with such a monumental task? 

Close by reflecting on God’s response in return. 

How do you respond to the idea that God answers Moses’ objections by simply saying, “I will be with you”? What does this response teach us about who God is? 

Notice that God’s assurance to Moses is a sign that will only come after Moses has followed God in confronting Pharaoh & leading Israel out of Egypt. 

Does it make you uncomfortable that God’s assurance/sign of success comes after taking steps of trust & commitment? 

How does this change how you understand what it means for God to send you to confront suffering in our world? 

Where might God be sending you in this season to help heal or ease suffering in our world? 

What steps do you need to take to answer that calling & be sent? 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

This week, take time to reflect on where God might be sending you in this season. Reflect on this statement: “God calls & sends people to where their gifts & deepest desires intersect with an area of deep need in the world.”

Reflect on where you might be called or sent in this season. Take time this week to research some ways to help in our community (E3, Tallahassee, or Global).

Additional Resources*

The Ministry of the Missional Church by Craig van Gelder

Leading with a Limp by Dan Allender

Transforming Mission by David Bosch

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, October 6: Join us for the next week of our series GOD PT. 1, where we will be looking at the God who delivers!

* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides 09.22.2019

GOD, PART 1 | Wk 2: “The God Who Has A Name”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 09.22.2019

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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Names in the Ancient World

  • Names were bestowed or given by a higher authority (parent, King, God)
  • Names were meant to speak to who a person was or who they could become
  • Giving & changing a person’s name was a powerful & meaningful act
  • A good name conveyed a lot about who a person was – their character, identity, purpose, or destiny

 

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Exodus 3:13 (NIV)

Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

 

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The Word “God” in the Old Testament

  • God = Elohim
  • Elohim acts a status or title, not a name
  • Generic title for a divine deity in the Bible (real or not)
  • The God of the Bible is an Elohim, or divine being, but that is not His Name

 

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Exodus 3:14-15 (NIV):

God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’

“This is my name forever,
    the name you shall call me
    from generation to generation.

 

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What do we learn from the fact that God has a Name? 

  • He is relational & knowable
  • He has an identity & character
  • He is unique in His specific Name & His ability to name Himself

 

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The Name of God in Hebrew & English

  • In English = appears in most translations as LORD
  • In Hebrew = written with four letters – YHWH (יהוה) 
  • Exact pronunciation unknown, though believed to be pronounced as Yahweh
  • Considered too holy to say in some traditions – just referred to as The Name.

 

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Unpacking the Meaning of YHWH

  1. “I AM” – Points to: 
    1. God’s unique role as Creator & Sustainer of all things
    2. God’s existence as the foundation of all reality & life.
  2. Different translations: 
    1. “I am who I am” 
    2. “I am what I am”
    3. “I am what I will be”
    4. I will cause to be what I will cause to be”
  3. Various Interpretations of the Name
    1. God as the creator, sustainer, & caregiver of life
    2. God as having perfect & reliable character
    3. God as being knowable through His actions

 

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The Name YHWH as Breath & Life

  • Four letters act as vowels in Hebrew (Yod, Vay, Ha, Vay) – acts as the sound of breath in the Hebrew language & tradition.
  • God’s divine breath is intimately connected to life throughout the Bible
  • Understood God’s Name to be the very sound of breath & life

Came to believe that the Name & Presence of God resided anywhere that life carried on

09.22.2019

GOING DEEPER

09.22.2019 | GOD, PART 1 | Wk 2: “The God Who Has A Name”

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Breaking Ground

If you know, share about where your name comes from / what it means (family connection, deeper meaning, etc.)

 

The Dig

Read Exodus 3:1-6.

When God first addresses Moses, He tells Moses that He is the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. These were the original forefathers of the Israelites, Moses’ people. In essence, God begins by reminding Moses that He is the God of Israel’s history & story.

Why do you think God begins by identifying Himself with the story of the people He is reaching out to? 

What does it say about God that He begins by choosing to identify  with our story as it has been told so far? 

Next, read Exodus 3:13-15. 

After God tells Moses that He will use Moses to free the Israelites, Moses asks for God’s Name

How do you react to the idea that God has a personal name? What does this teach us about who God is? 

Next, take time to reflect on the Name itself – YHWH, Yahweh,  “I AM” or “I am who I am.” During the sermon, Pastor Mike noted that this name is mysterious & beyond any single definition of it.

What does it say about God that His Name is largely a mystery? How do you respond to the idea that God connects Himself to mystery? 

Finally, think through the first group of interpretations offered up in the sermon about what the Name could mean:

  1. It speaks to God’s role as Creator & Sustainer of reality & all life.
  2. It speaks to God’s deep care for all life.
  3. It speaks to God’s perfect & reliable character.
  4. It speaks to God’s ability to be known by How He acts in the world

Which of these interpretations do you find most powerful, profound, or intriguing? Why? 

Which of these interpretations do you find most challenging? 

Finally, close by reflecting on the final interpretation of the Divine Name – that it is actually meant to be the very sound of breathing or life itself

How do you respond to the idea that God’s name is the sound of breath? 

How does this impact how you understand God’s character & presence in the world, your life, & the people you encounter?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

This week, take time to reflect on what God’s Name speaks to you about His presence in your life. 

In particular, journal about a specific understanding of God’s Name that you found most powerful. Attempt to include some reflection on that part of who God is in each of your prayers this week & close each prayer with God’s Name – Yahweh. 

 

Additional Resources*

Old Testament Theology by Robin Routledge
The Names of God by Nathan Stone

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, September 29: Join us for the next week of our series GOD PT. 1, where we will be looking at the God who calls, sends, & equips!
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides 09.15.2019

GOD, PART 1 | Wk 1: The God Who is Silent | Pastor Lori Green | 09.15.2019
Week 1 of the Element3 Church series “God, Part 1“

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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To know who someone really IS, we only need to watch what they DO.

One of the best ways to explore who God is, is to look at the things He does.

 

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ALL of the parts of the Bible are intended to communicate to all of humanity, the realities of redemption.

 

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Exodus paints the picture for us of who God was and has always been, which is what allows us to trust Him today.

It is all ONE story.  It’s all YOUR story. 

 

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Hebrews = Israelites

‘Hebrews’ refers to the language they speak.

‘Israelites’ refers to the land they are from.

 

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If there’s no EXODUS, there’s no JESUS (because there’s no more Jewish people).

 

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Exodus 1:8-14 (NLT; emphasis added)

8 Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. 9 He said to his people, “Look, the people of Israel now outnumber us and are stronger than we are. 10 We must make a plan to keep them from growing even more. If we don’t, and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us. Then they will escape from the country.”

11 So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. They appointed brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down with crushing labor. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king.12 But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became. 13 So the Egyptians worked the people of Israel without mercy. 14 They made their lives bitter, forcing them to mix mortar and make bricks and do all the work in the fields. They were ruthless in all their demands.

 

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The God Who is Silent.

The God who ACTS. 

 

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Exodus 3:7-10 (NLT):

Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. 10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”

 

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God is not afraid to enter into our suffering. 

We don’t have to hide our pain, from each other OR from God.

God knows what that’s like.

 

11: 

Are you ready to explore the bigger picture? 

 

 

09.15.2019

GOING DEEPER

09.15.2019 | GOD, PART 1 | Wk 1: “The God Who is Silent”

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Breaking Ground

Have you ever had a surprise party thrown for you? How much work was put into it without you knowing?

 

The Dig

Reflect on times in your life you felt abandoned by God. How did you feel? How did that change how you saw God?

Read Exodus 1:8-22

Why are the Israelites suffering?

Is God still working for them? In what ways?

Read Exodus 2:23-25

What does it say about God that he hears and understands his people’s cries?

Had God abandoned his people because they were suffering?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Where do you struggle to trust that God is keeping his promise to transform your life?

How does the beginning of Exodus change the way you think about God’s silence in your own moments of suffering?

Message Slides 09.08.2019

PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT | Child Dedication | Elizabeth Wilkes | 09.08.2019
Week 3 of the Element3 Church series “Practice Makes Permanent“

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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Luke 2:21-40 (CEB)

When eight days had passed, Jesus’ parents circumcised him and gave him the name Jesus. This was the name given to him by the angel before he was conceived. When the time came for their ritual cleansing, in accordance with the Law from Moses, they brought Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. (It’s written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord.”) They offered a sacrifice in keeping with what’s stated in the Law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.

A man named Simeon was in Jerusalem. He was righteous and devout. He eagerly anticipated the restoration of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. The Holy Spirit revealed to him that he wouldn’t die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Led by the Spirit, he went into the temple area. Meanwhile, Jesus’ parents brought the child to the temple so that they could do what was customary under the Law. Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God. He said,

“Now, master, let your servant go in peace according to your word,
    because my eyes have seen your salvation.
You prepared this salvation in the presence of all peoples.
It’s a light for revelation to the Gentiles
    and a glory for your people Israel.”

His father and mother were amazed by what was said about him. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “This boy is assigned to be the cause of the falling and rising of many in Israel and to be a sign that generates opposition so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your innermost being too.”

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, who belonged to the tribe of Asher. She was very old. After she married, she lived with her husband for seven years. She was now an 84-year-old widow. She never left the temple area but worshipped God with fasting and prayer night and day. She approached at that very moment and began to praise God and to speak about Jesus to everyone who was looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

When Mary and Joseph had completed everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to their hometown, Nazareth in Galilee. The child grew up and became strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him.

 

2:

Mary & Joseph
– Obedience and sacrifice
Simeon
– Promise and waiting
Anna
– Worship and prayer

 

3:

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen.

09.08.2019

GOING DEEPER

09.08.2019 | “PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT | Wk 3: Child Dedications”

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Breaking Ground

Where did your name come from?

 

The Dig

What’s the most dedicated you’ve ever been to something? How did you practice or work at it?

What’s the relationship between dedication and practice?

Read Luke 2:22-40.

Is there anyone in the story you relate to (Mary & Joseph / Anna / Simeon)?

What are the ways their hard work and practice were used by God?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

What are you dedicated to? Are your regular practices designed to help you with that?

Message Slides 09.01.2019

PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT | Communion | Pastor Lori Green | 09.01.19
Week 2 of the Element3 Church series “Practice Makes Permanent“

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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What we physically DO becomes something that we REMEMBER.

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Communion is a practice we do regularly, to remind us regularly of the sacrifice that Christ made for us.

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+ Eucharist
+ The Lord’s Supper
+ The Lord’s Table
+ Communion

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Communion indicates ‘co-union’
Union in the church, of God’s people
Union between God and His people

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Matthew 26:26-28 (NLT)
26 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.”
27 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, 28 for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant[d] between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. 29 Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”
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Take what God creates and then through your humanity transform it.
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God invites us to participate with Him, to bring the best of who WE are to this world that He’s created.

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THANKSGIVING
Give thanks to God for the way that He has made YOU.
Give thanks to God that He has invited you to partner with Him to impact this world.

REFLECTION
Where is God calling me to use my gifts to partner with Him?
What (if anything) is keeping me from partnering with Him?