Month: June 2020

Message Slides – 06.28.2020

THEREFORE | Wk 1: “Therefore”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 06.28.2020

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

 

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THEREFORE – for that reason; consequently; if/then causation

 

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For the early Church, theology & ethics were inseparable. There was no divide between their belief in Christ’s story & how they lived together in community. 

 

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VALUES are guardrails for life together that reflect God’s character, emerge from the movement of the Holy Spirit, & should inform how we seek to accomplish our mission together. They are the how of life in community that is inseparable from our belief in Christ’s story.

 

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Romans 12:1 (NIV)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

 

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Romans 12:1

  • Offer / Present as a sacrifice 
  • Your bodies – all of us physically, behaviorally, mentally, emotionally, spiritually
  • Holy – set apart for a divine purpose 
  • Pleasing – something that brings joy to God in how it exists

 

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Paul envisions the sacrifices in question as being physical, indeed animal; but the animals are human, and they are not to be ritually slaughtered but rather ‘presented’ to God, still alive. What are to be presented are the ‘bodies’ of Christian worshippers… [and] the primary worship that Paul envisions is the obedience of the whole person to the commands that follow…” –NT Wright

 

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E3’S VALUES

  1. Growth
  2. Humility
  3. Intentional Design
  4. Trust
  5. Make Room
  6. Authenticity 
  7. Grace in All Things

 

 

Going Deeper – 06.28.2020

GOING DEEPER

06.28.2020 | THEREFORE | Wk 1: “Therefore”

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Breaking Ground

What is a tradition or value from your family that you still hold onto today? 

 

The Dig

Begin your discussion by defining the term values. What are values? What is the difference & connection between an individual’s values & a community’s values

Next, read Romans 12:1. In Romans chapters 1-11, Paul lays out the entire biblical story & gospel message. Then, beginning in chapter 12, Paul lays down this therefore that begins his focus on what this means for how the Church, as a Christian community, must live together in response to that story

What is the connection between the beliefs/stories we claim as true & how we actually live in the world? What happens when there is a divide between these two things? 

Paul urges any community that believes in the Christ story to exist as a living sacrifice that is holy (set apart for a divine purpose) & pleasing (something that brings joy) to God. He closes by stating that this how the Church lives in the world is the true & proper worship of God (above things like ritual, appearances, & other forms of religious practice). 

What do you think it means to exist as a living sacrifice to God? How does a community’s values play into achieving that? 

What does it mean for a community to be holy? How does a community’s values play into achieving that? 

What kind of attributes do you believe you should find in a community that is pleasing to God in terms of how it lives? How does a community’s values play into achieving that?

How is the unique, transformed life of a community in the world the highest form of worship to God? 

As Pastor Mike mentioned, a church’s values are things that both reflect the community as it is & point to what the community desires to be. It is both a description & goal. Close by reflecting on E3’s Values:

  1. Growth
  2. Humility
  3. Intentional Design
  4. Trust
  5. Make Room
  6. Authenticity 
  7. Grace in All Things

Which intrigues or appeals to you the most? 

Which are you living out well in community during this season? 

Which do you need to live out better or more consistently in community during this season? 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take this week to reflect on E3’s Values listed above. Journal about the following:

  • Where are you personally succeeding or falling short at living out these values in community? 
  • Where is E3 as a community succeeding or falling short at living out these values in community? 
  • Where can you help E3 live into its values more in this next season of church?

Journal, reflect, & pray over your answers. Note any insights that stand out or really hit home. Share your experience with your growth group next week!

 

Additional Resources*

To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, & Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World by James D. Hunter

Resident Alien by Stanley Hauerwas

A Community of Character by Stanley Hauerwas

The New Testament & the People of God by NT Wright

Organizational Culture & Leadership by Edgar Schein

Leading Change by John Kotter

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, July 5: Join us for the next week of our series Therefore, where we will explore why Growth is a central value at E3. 

* Please see mye3.org for details.

Going Deeper – 06.21.2020

GOING DEEPER

06.21.2020 | JUST BE | Wk 9: “Just Be Love”

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Breaking Ground

What is your most cherished memory from childhood? 

 

The Dig

Begin by taking time to define love. What are the different ways you experience being loved? Unloved? 

Next, read Colossians 3:12-14. Paul has just finished laying out his understanding of the Gospel message to a church that is deeply divided – ethnically, religiously, socially. He then begins instructing this community on how that story should shape how they live together in love. 

First, notice that Paul begins by reminding them that they are holy (or set apart for a divine purpose) & loved by God. 

What is the connection between being holy & loving others?

How does knowing that we are loved impact how we seek to love others in our world? 

Second, Paul lays out a series of virtues that he believes love should produce & bind together – compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, & forgiveness. 

Have each member of the group pick one of these attributes. How does love inform that attribute? 

What does it mean that each of these attributes is bound together & united in love? In other words, how is love the common denominator between each of them? 

Consider these attributes in terms of how you receive love

Which, when extended or expressed to you by someone else, makes you feel loved the most? 

Which, when withheld from you by someone else, makes you feel loved the least? 

Consider these attributes in terms of how you extend love

Which do you find easiest to extend to other people? 

Which do you find yourself most often withholding from other people? 

How does this reflect on the quality of your love? 

Where do you need to work on growing in your capacity to love in the way Paul describes here? 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Reflect on the practices that were covered in this series. For reference: 

  1. Meditation (Just Be Present)
  2. Centering Prayer (Just Be Centered)
  3. The Examen (Just Be Aware)
  4. Praying for Others (Just Be Released)
  5. Intentional Solitude (Just Be Still)
  6. Praying the Psalms (Just Be Trusting)
  7. Gratitude Lists / Tithing (Just Be Generous)
  8. Lectio Divina (Just Be Open)

Choose one from this list that has stuck with you or intrigued you & commit to practicing it daily for the next 2 months.

Journal about your experience with this practice. Note anything that stands out or really hits home. Share your experience 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, June 28: Join us for the first week of our new series Therefore!  

* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides – 06.21.2020

Just Be | Wk 9: “Just Be Love”

Pastor Lori Green | 06.21.2020

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

 

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E3 exists to make disciples (or followers) of Christ.

 

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Agape love is 

  •       Unconditional
  •       Selfless 
  •       Sacrificial

 

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“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”  (Matthew 7:12)

 

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When we treat others the way that we ultimately want to be treated then we will be honest and trustworthy, we will be loving and kind.

 

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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ALL THE LAW and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

 

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Loving others as ourselves means we have to be willing to set aside our own preferences, rights and agendas to serve the others in our lives. 

 

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God doesn’t love us because we are easy to love.  He loves us because HE is so loving.

 

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When someone loves God with all of their heart, there is no room left for hate.

 

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Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) 

 

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Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you MUST clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you … 

Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with LOVE, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.  (Colossians 3:12-14)

 

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Are you ready to BE LOVE in this world?

 

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Commit to incorporating one of the practices for the next 30-60 days.

 

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“Every time I wonder who I should love and for how long I should love them, God continues to whisper to me: Everybody, always.” – Bob Goff

 

Going Deeper – 06.14.2020

GOING DEEPER

06.14.2020 | JUST BE | Wk 8: “Just Be Open”

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Breaking Ground

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? 

The Dig

First, reflect generally on what it means to be open. 

What does it mean for you to be open to something or someone? What characterizes it? What doesn’t? 

Next, read Deuteronomy 6:4-5. As discussed on Sunday, this is a famous text called the Shema, which comes from the Hebrew word for “Hear” or “Listen.” 

First, reflect on Shema. In the biblical worldview, listening isn’t something that only means hearing sounds. To truly Shema, you also must pay attention to what was said, honor the one who said it, & then act upon it

Is this how you normally understand listening? How does it impact the way you receive the passage? 

How does being open play into that understanding of truly listening to God? 

Next, reflect on each part of the passage that flows out of truly listening to God in this Shema way. 

“Love (or Ahavah in Hebrew) God” – which, in the Hebrew worldview, includes both affection & actions that embody those affections (directed towards God & others).

Is this how you normally define “love” (affection & actions)? How does truly listening & being open to someone help produce this kind of love? 

“With all your heart (Lev)” – in the Bible, the “heart” wasn’t the source of emotions, it was the source of our will (our thoughts, worldview, & actions

How does listening & being open allow us to love someone with our thoughts, worldview, & actions

“With all your soul (Nephesh)” – this world encompasses our being. It is the core of who we are as a person (physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually). 

How does listening & being open allow us to love someone with all of who we are or our being

“With all your strength (Me’od)” – strength is better translated as our very much or our everything. It includes all of our time, talents, treasures, & abilities. 

How does listening & being open allow us to love someone with our “very much”

Reflect on each one of these terms (heart, soul, & strength). Where are you currently closed off to Shemaing God by holding one of these avenues of loving other people? 

What might it look like to listen to God by opening up that part of your life to God & loving others?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to practice Lectio Divina. Follow the steps laid out in the message on Sunday: 

  • Step 1: READ
    • Read through a short passage slowly & gradually – don’t analyze it, just repeat it & listen.
  • Step 2: MEDITATE 
    • What does this text say to me, today, in my life? 
    • Go through each part & reflect on that question. 
    • Wait until one word or phrase sticks with you.
  • Step 3: PRAY
    • Ask God to show you what He wants you to hear from that word or phrase. 
  • Step 4: CONTEMPLATE
    • Sit in silence & listen for God to speak to you about that word, phrase, & area of your life that it applies to. 
    • Trust that God brought it to your attention for a reason
  • Step 5: ACT
    • Commit to acting in some small way on what you heard God say to you in this time through the text. 

Journal about your experience with this practice. Note anything that stands out or really hits home. Share your experience 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, June 21: Join us for the last week of our series Just Be, where we will be looking at how to just be love
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides – 06.14.2020

Just Be | Wk 8: “Just Be Open”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 06.14.2020

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

 

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Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (NIV)

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KQLOuIKaRA

 

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Shema includes knowledge, experience, transformation, AND action. 

 

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, & strength

  • Love (Ahavah) – affection & response towards God & people
  • Heart (Lev) – thoughts, worldview, desires, & actions
  • Soul (Nephesh) – the entirety of our being & who we are
  • Strength (Me’od) – our very muchness or our everything (time, talents, treasures)

 

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James 1:22 (NIV)

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

1 John 3:18 (NIV)

18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

 

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Lectio Divina (Divine Reading) 

  • Step 1: READ
    • Choose a small section of Scripture & read it slowly without analyzing it.
  • Step 2: MEDITATE
    • Sit with the passage & ask, “What does the text say to me today, in my life?”
    • Repeat it until part of it sticks with you.
  • Step 3: PRAY
    • Ask God to light up what He wants you to hear from it.
    • Pray openly as thoughts about it come to your mind & heart.
  • Step 4: CONTEMPLATE
    • Sit in silence, listen to God, & trust He’s given you this word/phrase for a reason.
  • Step 5: ACT
    • Where do I need to respond with change & action?

 

Going Deeper – 06.07.2020

GOING DEEPER

06.07.2020 | JUST BE | Wk 7: “Just Be Grateful”

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Breaking Ground

What is the most generous thing ever done for you? 

 

The Dig

First, read the following verses on gratitude from Scripture: James 1:17-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Psalm 118:24-29 – share any others that come to mind with the group! 

Take the rest of the group to discuss the nature of & importance of gratitude.

How do you define gratitude? What does it mean to truly be grateful? Do you consider yourself to be a grateful person? 

What gets in the way of you being grateful? 

One of the central beliefs of the Scriptures are that we, as disciples, are called to grow in our understanding of the giftedness of all things. That is, everything in our lives – including our very lives – is to be understood as a gift from God.

Why do you think this is a central pillar of the Christian worldview? 

What is gratitude supposed to do to & for us in our lives?

What makes it such an important aspect of discipleship & growing in our resemblance of Jesus? To engage the question, consider the role gratitude might play in:

  • Being generous 
  • Engaging in mission
  • Resolving conflict & extending forgiveness 
  • Relinquishing fear 
  • Any other areas of spirituality that come to mind

Where in your life do you succeed at living out this level of gratitude? Where in your life are you falling short – that is, taking something or someone for granted

In terms of this series, we need to recognize that gratitude is something we can, & need to, practice in order to grow in our capacity for it. 

What are some ways that we can practice gratitude? 

How might these practices impact our spiritual growth & our daily lives?

Close by sharing where you are finding gratitude in this season & share why. 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to practice gratitude lists. The practice is simple. Each day, write in your journal three to five things that you are grateful for. Pray over those things & spend time truly thanking God for them.

If you are able, try not to repeat anything for a minimum of two weeks. Force yourself to get more & more specific & focused as you reflect on what you are grateful for. Try to make yourself more & more aware of just how much there is to hold with gratitude – even your breath! 

Journal about your experience with this practice. Note anything that stands out or really hits home. Share your experience 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, June 14: Join us for the next week of our series Just Be, where we will be looking at how to just be open
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides – 06.07.2020

Just Be | Wk 7: “Just Be Grateful”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 06.07.2020

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

 

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Just Be - Final

 

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DIALOGUE QUESTION 1: How do you define gratitude & do you consider yourself a grateful person?

DIALOGUE QUESTION 2: What is the role of gratitude in the spiritual life? What makes it important in terms of discipleship, faith, & living in the Kingdom of God? 

DIALOGUE QUESTION 3: In terms of this series, we need to recognize that gratitude is something we can, & need to, practice in order to experience it more in our lives. How do you practice gratitude so you can grow in your capacity to just be more grateful? How has that practice played out in your spiritual journey?

DIALOGUE QUESTION 4: Where are you finding gratitude in this season?