Month: April 2020

Message Slides – 04.26.2020

Just Be | Wk 1: “Just Be Present”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 04.26.2020

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

 

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Just Be - Floral

 

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Who we are without pressure is who we will be with pressure – but even more so

 

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Matthew 6:25 (NIV)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

 

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Matthew 6:26-34 (NIV)

26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

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We so often spend our lives dwelling in the past & anxiously trying to control our future, while missing the present moments of our life

 

Going Deeper – 04.26.2020

GOING DEEPER

04.26.2020 | JUST BE | Wk 1: “Just Be Present”

Join the community and go deeper with this Bible study.

 

Breaking Ground

What is the farthest away place that you’ve ever visited? 

 

The Dig

Begin by discussing the concept of being present

What does it mean to be present

Where do you feel like you are the most present? The least? Why do you think that is for each? 

Next, read Matthew 6:25-34. Right before this passage, Jesus calls his disciples to learn to have one master – to devote themselves fully to God’s Kingdom over the other things that try to gain our allegiance. 

Why does this text follow that calling? 

What role does being present have in being able to devote oneself fully to the Kingdom

Jesus begins by laying out crucial elements of our survival – food, drink, & clothes – telling us not to focus our intense anxiety, concern, & worry on where those will come from tomorrow. 

Why do you think Jesus focuses on these items specifically & instructs his disciples to avoid that kind of thinking? 

In this text, Jesus warns that we will miss two key things when we live in that space of anxiety & concern for the future: our life & God’s Kingdom purposes/work

How does not being present lead us to miss our life? The Kingdom? 

Jesus teaches his disciples how to be present by pointing to the birds in the sky & the flowers that clothe the fields. Jesus believes that we need to practice things that draw us into the present in order to learn to just be present

Why do you think Jesus uses these two images to teach his disciples what being present looks like? What does he want us to practice from this teaching?

How does focusing on these two things help us overcome what Jesus is warning us about? 

Close by sharing where you’ve been present recently. Share how it made you feel & what you can do to be more present moving forward with this series. 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to journal about where you feel like you need to grow in your ability to be present. Consider the following: 

  • In your relationships
  • In your time with God
  • In your time alone
  • In your family
  • In your work
  • In your free time

What do you need to do to get more present in this area of your life? What do you need to change? What do you need to let go of? 

Write down your thoughts & share them with your growth group next week! 

 

Additional Resources*

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun

Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating

The Naked Now by Richard Rohr

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, May 3: Join us for the second week of our series Just Be, where we will be looking at how to Just Be Centered in the midst of the chaotic seasons of our lives. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Going Deeper – 04.19.2020

GOING DEEPER

04.19.2020 | GOD, PART 2 | Wk 12: “A New Mission”

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Breaking Ground

What is the farthest away place that you’ve ever visited? 

 

The Dig

Read Matthew 28:16-20. 

The New Exodus story of Jesus ends with Jesus sending out his disciples to the world to be the New Exodus people & Kingdom where ever they go. 

Why do you think this is the final passage of Matthew? 

This text is often used to define mission & evangelism. First, how do you often think about mission & evangelism? 

In Jesus’ vision of the world, the goal of God’s people was always to be a light to the nations or a people who show the others God’s character & Kingdom with how they exist now

In your experience, does mission usually focus more on who you are OR what you tell people? How does each one impact how you engage in this part of Jesus’ story?

Which do you think is easier? Which do you think is more effective?

How does changing the focus of evangelism to living out the New Exodus impact how you understand what the Gospel story is meant to do to & through us? 

How does the idea that the Gospel invites you to be the Kingdom & New Exodus in the world impact how you understand your responsibility as a disciple in the world? 

Take time to reflect on where you need to be the Kingdom in this season. 

Think about the areas of your life below & answer this question for each: “Where in your life do you feel like you know a lot about what the Gospel calls you to be & do in this area, but you struggle to live out the Gospel in the world?”

  • Your relationships & actions with family
  • Your relationships & actions with friends
  • Your relationships & actions at work
  • Your attitudes & actions towards those you don’t know personally (especially, “the least of these” in our world)

Close by reflecting on where you have seen God move in this series & in your life right now. 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to journal about what you have learned, felt, & experienced conviction over the course of this series. 

  • Where has it hit you the most in a positive way? 
  • Where has it hit you the hardest in a convicting way?
  • Where can you change to be the New Exodus in the world? 
  • How can you invite someone else into this New Exodus story of Jesus? 

Journal about what comes up & pray for our world in this season. Share your experience with the group throughout the week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Matthew Commentary by Stanley Hauerwas

Simply Jesus by NT Wright

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament by Chris Wright

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, April 26: Join us for the first week of our series Just Be, where we will be looking at the spiritual disciplines, practices, & habits that the Christian faith offers as pathways to learning to be more present & navigate the hardest seasons of life. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

 

Going Deeper – 04.12.2020

GOING DEEPER

04.12.2020 | GOD, PART 2 | Wk 11: “A New Victory”

Join the community and go deeper with this Bible study.

 

Breaking Ground

What is your favorite game (sport, boardgame, etc. – you decide)? Why? 

 

The Dig

Read Matthew 28:1-10. The whole Gospel of Matthew has been building to this moment – the resurrection of Jesus, which brings the New Exodus in our reality. 

How would you have responded to this moment? Why do you think it says they felt fear & joy at the same time? Have you ever experienced a moment like that? 

Over & over again, Jesus has declared that, somehow, he is here to defeat evil & heal what’s gone wrong – something he believes he can only do by laying down his life & being resurrected on the other side.

Why does Jesus have to die in order to be able to defeat evil? Why can’t Jesus fight evil with power, strength, & violence?

Why do you think this moment is the climax of the story? How does overcoming death defeat evil

Jesus believes that those that find this story of death & resurrection enter into a new Exodus story – a new story of liberation, freedom, & rescue from slavery

What bondage does this story invite us to find freedom for? How? 

What does victory over that bondage look like in light of what Jesus has taught us in the Gospel of Matthew? 

Reflect on the various topics of this series:

  • A New Exodus 
  • A New Kingdom
  • A New Teaching / Law
  • A New Healing
  • A New Rest
  • A New Provision 
  • A New King & Prophet
  • A New Fruit
  • A New Sacrifice

Which of these topics hit you the most? Why? 

What do these have to do with victory

What do these teach us about what it looks like for someone to live out this new Exodus victory & freedom in the world? 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to practice resurrection life at the end of this Lent season:

  • Reach out to a member of the community to offer them hope & encouragement
  • Write down 5 things you believe you can see resurrected to newness by God in this season
  • Commit to journaling about 10 gratitudes or areas of gratefulness each week
  • Be a blessing in the Tallahassee community by giving to a charity or church 

Journal about what comes up & pray for our world in this season. Share your experience with the group throughout the week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Matthew Commentary by Stanley Hauerwas

Simply Jesus by NT Wright

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament by Chris Wright

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, April 19: Join us for the last week of our series GOD PT 2, where we will be look at the new Mission the New Exodus story of Jesus calls us into. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides – 04.12.2020

God, Part 2 | Wk 11: “A New Victory”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 04.12.2020

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

 

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Dublin - Church

 

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Ireland - Landscape 1

 

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Ireland - Sunshine

 

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Despite everything, the disciples of Jesus exited this story with the radical claim that the Roman cross & all it represents WILL NOT get the last word on God’s good world.

 

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Matthew 28:1-10 (NIV)

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.

 

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The story of Easter is more than believing that dead people can come back to life – it’s about what world we live in & how the resurrection liberates us to change entirely how we live within it

 

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The story of Easter acknowledges the suffering created by evil & brokenness in our world, but declares definitively that it does not get to define us or our story.

 

Going Deeper 04.05.2020

GOING DEEPER

04.o5.2020 | GOD, PART 2 | Wk 10: “A New Sacrifice”

Join the community and go deeper with this Bible study.

 

Breaking Ground

How are you holding up in this season? What is your biggest struggle? What is your biggest challenge? How can you be praying for each other in that?

 

The Dig

What is the biggest thing you’ve ever sacrificed for someone else? Why did you make that sacrifice? How did it impact your relationship with them?

Read Matthew 26:17-30. In this scene, Jesus takes the Passover meal (the symbolic meal celebrated every year by the Jewish people that retold the Exodus story) & reorients it in a number of ways. 

Why do you think Jesus uses the Passover meal, not a lecture or a teaching, to walk his disciples through what is coming & what will happen to him? 

Notice how the scene breaks into three major sections. First, Jesus predicts the coming betrayal of his disciples. Though Judas betrays him uniquely – all of them will abandon him in the coming hours & all of them would have dipped their hands in the bowl with him in the meal at this point. 

How does that impact this scene? What tone does it set for what is about to come? 

Next, Jesus takes the Unleavened Bread (a symbol of the bread God had the Israelites make right before being liberated) & connects it to his body. 

Why does Jesus use this metaphor of bread for what’s coming? 

How does the unleavened bread’s backstory impact the role it plays in Jesus’ retelling of the Exodus story around himself? 

The last part of this section of the meal would have been the Passover Lamb. The sacrifice that ultimately liberated the Israelites & defeated Pharaoh. Notice, the lamb isn’t at Jesus’ dinner. Instead, he reorients the cup of wine around himself & his blood. Reflect on what this means.

First, the Passover in the Exodus defeated the Pharaoh to free God’s People. Who is the Pharaoh in Jesus’ new Exodus story? What does this tell us about why & how he dies in the new few hours?

Second, the Passover was all about liberation. What role does liberation play in what Jesus sees as happening at the end of his life? 

Do you often associate liberation with Jesus’ sacrifice? How & why? How does this launch the New Exodus?

Finally, reflect on the fact that in other Gospels Jesus tells his disciples to repeat this often. Why do you think that is? What does Jesus think this will do for us? 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to take part in Holy Week. Check-in on social media & Vimeo for:

  • The Upper Room experience (Wednesday @ 7:00PM)
  • The Prayer Vigil (Thursday @ 7:00PM)
  • Tenebrae (Friday @ 7:00PM)

Lean into this season, reflect on Christ’s sacrifice, & stay connected to the community as we move through Holy Week. Journal about what comes up & pray for our world in this season. Share your experience with the group throughout the week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Matthew Commentary by Stanley Hauerwas

Simply Jesus by NT Wright

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament by Chris Wright

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, April 12: Join us for the next week of our series GOD PT 2, where we will be celebrating Easter & looking at Christ’s resurrection as the New Exodus Victory of God
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides – 04.05.2020

God, Part 2 | Wk 10: “A New Sacrifice”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 04.05.2020

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

 

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The Passover Meal

  • Begins the Festival of Unleavened Bread
  • Symbolically retells the story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt
  • Focuses on God’s liberation & the defeat of evil

 

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Matthew 26:17-20 (NIV)

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.

 

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The Dipping of the Karpas 

  • Dip vegetable into the first bowl full of salt water, bless it, & eat it
  • Symbolically retells the story of Joseph & how Israel ended up in Egypt

 

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Matthew 26:21-23 (NIV)

21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”

23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.

 

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Reading of the Exodus Story

  • New Pharaoh enslaves, oppresses, & commits violence against the Israelites
  • Israelites cry out to the God of Abraham 
  • God raises a deliverer to rescue them (Moses)
  • God confronts Pharaoh 10 times 
  • Final confrontation (the Passover) defeats Pharaoh & liberates God’s people

 

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Three Crucial Elements of the Passover Meal

  1. The Unleavened Bread
  2. The Bitter Herbs
  3. The Passover Lamb

 

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Matthew 26:26 (NIV)

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

 

 

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Matthew 26:27-30 (NIV)

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.