Month: October 2019

Message Slides 10.27.2019

GOD, PART 1 | Wk 7: “The God Who Provides”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 10.27.2019

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

 

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Exodus 15:22-25 (NIV):

Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”

Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.

There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test.

 

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Exodus 16:1-3 (NIV):

The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”

 

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Exodus 16:11-19 (NIV):

The Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”

That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.

Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.’”

The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.

Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.”

 

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Key Questions on Practicing Provision & Generosity 

  • How are we changing how we think about God’s Provision?
  • How are we practicing generosity as a spiritual discipline?
  • How are we growing through and in our generosity? 

 

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Some people nowadays say that charity ought to be unnecessary and that instead of giving to the poor we ought to be producing a society in which there were no poor to give to. They may be quite right in saying that we ought to produce this kind of society. But if anyone thinks that, as a consequence, you can stop giving in the meantime, then he has parted company with all Christian morality. I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charities expenditure excludes them. I am speaking now of charities’ in the common way. Particular cases of distress among your own relatives, friends, neighbours or employees, which God, as it were, forces upon your notice, may demand much more: even to the crippling and endangering of your own position. For many of us the great obstacle to charity lies not in our luxurious living or desire for more money, but in our fear — fear of insecurity. This must often be recognised as a temptation. Sometimes our pride also hinders our charity; we are tempted to spend more than we ought on the showy forms of generosity (tipping, hospitality) and less than we ought on those who really need our help. – C.S. Lewis

 

10.27.2019

GOING DEEPER

10.27.2019 | GOD, PART 1 | Wk 7: “The God Who Provides”

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Breaking Ground

What was the best gift you’ve ever been given? Why did you appreciate it so much?

 

The Dig

Begin your discussion by talking about the difference between these two mindsets: abundance & scarcity

How would you define abundance? How would you define scarcity? 

Which do you lean towards when it comes to thinking about your possessions, wealth, or status in the world? 

Read Exodus 15:22 – 16:3.

What are you initial responses to this story? What stands out to you the most? 

Why do you think the Israelites begin to grumble against Moses, Aaron, & God in the first part of the story (when they need water)? 

Why do you think they do the exact same thing in the second part of the story? 

What areas in your life do you feel scarcity or like you don’t have enough? Why do you feel that? 

How do you respond when you feel that sense of scarcity in your life? What sorts of things do you do to comfort that feeling or deal with it? 

Read Exodus 16:11-19.

God provides for His people by giving them exactly what they need, one day at a time

Why do you think He provides in this way? 

How do you think this form of provision changes the way the Israelites view what they have & how they treat it? 

Finally, close by discussing generosity. 

What keeps you from giving or from being more generous with your possessions or wealth? 

What do you spend your money & resources on the most? 

Do you think of generosity or giving as a spiritual discipline that is a key part of discipleship & growth? 

How does trusting in God’s provision impact how you view what you have & how you use it? 

What are some things you can do this week to become more generous (think of a small step)? 

Getting Out of the Hole

This week, take time to reflect on gratitude. Each day, write down 5 new things that you are grateful for (no repeating!). 

At the end of the week, reflect on any themes found in your list. 

Reflect on these two questions: How does what your grateful for impact how you use your gifts, wealth, or resources? Do you feel like you spend them on what you find most important in your life? 

Share your thoughts with your group next week. 

Additional Resources*

Practice Resurrection by Eugene Peterson

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, November 3: Join us for the next week of our series GOD PT. 1, where we will be looking at the God who covenants!
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides 10.20.2019

GOD, PART 1 | Wk 6: “The God Who Fights”

Pastor Lori Green | 10.20.2019

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

 

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  • God has called Moses (an unlikely shepherd with no obvious leadership skills) to LEAD God’s people (the Israelites) out of their oppression by the Egyptians
  • God has sent the plagues
  • Pharaoh tells Moses to take his people and GO
  • Pharaoh changes his mind

                                           

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Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV):

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

 

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When faced with the choice between control, and trust, we need to learn how to TRUST.

 

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HEALTHY ACTIVITY vs. destructive efforts to CONTROL

 

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“Either God IS, or God ISN’T”

 

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How much anger do you have in your life? 

How much resentment? 

How much anxiety?

 

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God, you are our refuge and strength,
You are our help who is always near in times of great trouble.

That’s why we don’t need to be afraid when our world falls apart,
when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea,

when the waters around us roar and rage,
when the mountains shake, and things seem unstable.

We know you, the Lord of heavenly forces, are with us!

That You are our true place of safety.

Help me to know when it’s time to be still and to let you be God. Help me to know when it’s time to be still and to let go of my troubles.

Help me to know when it’s time to be still and let you fight for me.

Help me to remember that you are with me, and you will not leave me stranded. Help me to dwell with you in safety and peace. Amen.

10.20.2019

GOING DEEPER

10.20.2019 | GOD, PART 1 | Wk 6: “The God Who Fights”

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Breaking Ground

What used to make you most upset as a kid? Try to keep it light and funny! Think of a story that highlights getting upset over small or silly things. 

 

The Dig

Read Exodus 14:10-14.

Take a moment to get into the minds of the Israelites.

How would you have responded when you realized the Egyptians were approaching and you were stuck between them and the Red Sea? What’s the first thing you would have thought to do? 

Think about a time in your life when you were experiencing something hard that you thought would never end

How did you feel in that situation? How did you respond to it? 

Next, reflect on how God responds to the Israelites through Moses. First, think about his instruction to not be afraid

What role does fear play in trusting God in the midst of hardship? How does fear impact us in those moments?

Second, think about how God responds to their fear. He tells them to be still and trust that He will fight the battle for them.

How do you respond to the idea that God is willing to fight for us in the hardest battles of our life? 

What does it practically look like to let God fight for us in these areas of our lives? 

What does being still mean to you when it comes to facing hardships in our life? 

Do you find it easy to be still or seek quiet in the midst of hard seasons? 

What is an area in your life right now that you are experiencing struggle or hardship? What would being still and trusting look like in that situation? 

What are some practices or spiritual disciplines that you could practice to grow in your ability to experience this stillness (i.e., meditation, journaling, quiet retreat, prayer, etc.)? 

Close by reflecting on the end of the story. Despite what they first thought, God does the impossible and leads them through the Red Sea to safety. 

Reflect back on that situation in your past that you thought would never end. Namely that, despite how you felt in the moment, you were able to get through it

How did you get through it? How did things change? 

Does reflecting on how you made it through that situation impact how you handle hardships now?

Take time to express gratitude for making it through that experience and how it helped you grow

 

Getting Out of the Hole

This week, take time to think about what it means to be still in the midst of hardship or challenge. 

Take time this week to practice silent reflection through meditation, prayer, or getting quiet. 

Think about how adding these practices can help you handle hard situations in a healthier way. 

Journal about what you experience in these times of stillness and quiet. Share your thoughts with your group next week. 

 

Additional Resources*

Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer

The Five Books of Moses by Robert Alter

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

 

Sunday, October 27: Join us for the next week of our series GOD PT. 1, where we will be looking at the God who provides!
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides 10.13.2019

GOD, PART 1 | Wk 5: “The God Who Leads”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 10.13.2019

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

 

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Exodus 13:17-18 (NIV):

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.

 

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Process of Transformation in the Exodus:

  1. God liberates His people.
  2. God leads His people.
  3. God transforms His people.

 

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Exodus Route Map

 

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Exodus 13:19-22 (NIV):

Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the Israelites swear an oath. He had said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.”

After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

 

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LESSONS FROM THE EXODUS

  1. God’s liberation and leading is not earned, it is given
    1. The liberation and leading is the starting point, not the finish line.
    2. Our only response is to be ready to move.
  2. Spiritual growth takes place in our willingness to be led through small steps and moments, not just big events. 
  3. The Exodus shows how God often seeks to lead us to new life.
    1. Through people and communities.
    2. Through our stories.
    3. Through His presence here and now

The Exodus teaches us to expect the desert places, not as barriers, but rather as the path to Promised Land.

10.13.2019

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10.13.2019 | GOD, PART 1 | Wk 5: “The God Who Leads”

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Breaking Ground

Share about a time when you got lost somewhere. Where was it? How did you find your way out? 

 

The Dig

Read Exodus 13:17-18.

Take a moment to reflect on the movement of the Exodus mentioned in the sermon. First, God liberates His people. Then God leads His people. And, only then, does God work to transform people.

How do you respond to the idea that God liberates and leads people before asking them to change? Is that how you usually think of God working when it comes to life change? 

What is the relationship between liberation and being led by God when it comes to spiritual growth? 

Reflect on the route God leads His people down. He first leads them through the desert, which is symbolic in the Bible of trial, testing, and hardship. 

Why do you think God leads His people through the desert before taking them to the Promised Land? 

What is the relationship between this idea of the desert and experiencing liberation and being led into new life? 

Next, read Exodus 13:19-22. Reflect on what this part of the story teaches us about how God leads

First, God leads the Israelites by giving them a memory or story from their past (Joseph’s bones). 

What role does remembering our past and sharing our stories play in growth and transformation? 

Second, God gives them His Presence in front of them.

Why do you think God only leads them towards the next step in front of them, instead of giving them details about their final destination

How does seeking to find God only in the very next step impact you when you think about your own growth and change? 

Finally, close by reflecting on the struggles of the Israelites. Place yourself in their story. 

Share about a time in your life when your path of growth made you want to return to Egypt (i.e., go back and give up on the transformation you are experiencing).

Share about a time in your life when growth made you feel like you were in the desert (i.e., a place of trial and testing). 

Share a story that at times you reflect back on that has helped you pursue growth, even when it was scary. 

Share about a time in your life when taking things one-step at a time led you to a better destination than you had originally imagined. 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

This week, take time to think about the small steps of growth that follow liberation.

Take the area in your life that you identified as needing to change from last week and reflect on one, small step you can take towards that change.

Journal about that first step and what else you can do over the next month to see that change start to take place. 

Share your thoughts with your group next week. 

 

Additional Resources*

Practice Resurrection by Eugene Peterson

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson

How People Grow by Cloud and Townsend

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, October 20: Join us for the next week of our series GOD PT. 1, where we will be looking at the God who fights our battles!
* Please see mye3.org for details

Message Slides 10.06.2019

GOD, PART 1 | Wk 4: “The God Who Liberates”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 10.06.2019

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

 

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Exodus 7:1-5 (NIV)

Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”

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The WHO of the Confrontation – The Villains of the Exodus

The Nation of Egypt

  • Military empire built on the back of slaves and oppression.
  • Viewed their empire as divinely chosen, justified, and empowered.
  • Viewed their king as a god.

The Pharaoh 

  • No name given – just The Pharaoh.
  • Embodiment of what Egypt represents – violence, pride, obsession with power.

 

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The Ten Plagues / Divine Actions

  1. The Nile is turned to blood (Exodus 7:14-24)
  2. The Plague of Frogs (Exodus 8:1-15)
  3. The Plague of Gnats (Exodus 8:16-19)
  4. The Plague of Flies (Exodus 8:20-39)
  5. The Plague on Egypt’s Livestock (Exodus 9:1-7)
  6. The Plague of Boils (Exodus 9:8-12)
  7. The Plague of Hail (Exodus 9:13-35)
  8. The Plague of Locusts (Exodus 10:1-20)
  9. The Darkening of the Sun (Exodus 10:21-29)
  10. The Death of Egyptian Firstborns (Exodus 11:1-10)

 

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The HOW of the Ten Plagues

  • Direct refutation of Egypt’s national identity and strength.
  • Confrontation of the Egyptian sense of divine superiority.
  • Challenge to Pharaoh’s delusion of power.

 

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The WHY of the Confrontation – Pharaoh’s Hardened Heart

  • 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th Plague – “Pharaoh’s heart grew hard.
    • Verb does not imply God acted to harden Pharaoh’s heart – it just grew hard.
  • 2nd and 4th Plague – “Pharaoh hardened his own heart.” 
    • Verb implies that Pharaoh, not God, acted to harden his own heart.
  • 6th, 8th, 9th, and 10th Plague – “God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.” 
    • Verb implies God is only furthering what has already taken place. 

 

 

10.06.2019

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10.06.2019 | GOD, PART 1 | Wk 4: “The God Who Liberates”

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Breaking Ground

Share about a time when you had a bad habit that you finally were able to quit. What helped you stop doing it? How did it feel once you were past it? 

 

The Dig

Read Exodus 7:1-5. 

Take a moment to discuss anything that stands out on the first read through. 

Re-read verses 1 & 2. At the time, Egypt was the greatest military empire in that part of the world & Pharaoh was its leader. But God sends Moses, a shepherd, to confront Pharaoh & order him to let the Israelite slaves go. 

First, reflect on what this says about how God views power. What are the power dynamics that would be taking place in this confrontation (military empire vs. slave, strong vs. weak, king vs. shepherd, etc.)? 

What does it say about God’s view of worldly power that He sides with & uses a shepherd to confront someone like the Pharaoh? 

Re-read verses 3-5. 

Take time to reflect on the theme of liberation at the heart of these verses. 

What do you see as the connection between who God is & liberation in our world? 

What does it say about God that He so strongly identifies Himself with an oppressed group (Israelite slaves), rather than the most powerful nation in the eyes of the world (Egypt)? 

Next, take time to think about Pharaoh’s hardened heart. Ultimately, as discussed on Sunday, Pharaoh refuses to free the Israelites because his heart is hardened by pride, obsession with power, & his own sense of superiority

Why do you think these traits are so deeply tied to a human being having a “hard heart” / opposing what God is trying to do in the world? 

Has there ever been something in your life, worldview, or behavior that you knew was hurting you or hardening yoru heart, but you just couldn’t stop? What led you to change it?

Finally, close by reflecting on where you might need to find a God who wants to liberate/free you, no matter the cost. 

What are some things that “harden your heart” when it comes to helping or caring for people? 

Where do you need liberation or change in your life right now? What might it look like to have God change you in that area of life?  

 

Getting Out of the Hole

This week, take time to reflect on the topic of liberation. Take 10-15 minutes to journal about two questions:

First, where do you personally need to experience radical change in the patterns or habits of your life? Where can you begin to take steps towards small changes in that area? 

Second, where do you need to become more active in helping other, less-fortunate people in our world? 

Share your thoughts with your group next week. 

 

Additional Resources*

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

Simply Jesus by NT Wright

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament by Chris Wright

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, October 13: Join us for the next week of our series GOD PT. 1, where we will be looking at the God who leads!
* Please see mye3.org for details.