Month: July 2020

Going Deeper – 07.26.2020

GOING DEEPER

07.26.2020 | THEREFORE | Wk 5: “Therefore Trust”

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Breaking Ground

 

What’s the biggest leap of faith you’ve ever taken professionally or personally? 

 

The Dig

Reflect on the value for this week: “When the Holy Spirit is moving in & among us, we trust God to lead, provide for, & guide us, & we trust each other to bring their best to the community.”

How do you define trust? 

What do you think it means to trust God to lead, provide for, & guide us – individually & as a community?

What do you think it means to trust each other to bring our best to the community? 

Read Romans 12:9-12. Reflect on the role that trust plays (in God & each other) in each part of these verses.

Why is trusting God & people so crucial for a biblical community? 

What role does trust play in love & remaining devoted to one another in love?

How does trust help us honor one another above ourselves

What roles does trust play in serving the Lord fervently

Why does Paul believe trust is crucial for remaining joyful in hope, patient in affliction, & faithful in prayer

Close by reflecting on where you are currently finding trust easy & hard. 

Where are you currently finding it easy to trust God’s leading, provision, & guidance? Why?

Where are you currently struggling to trust God’s leading, provision, & guidance? Why?

Where are you currently finding it easy to trust other people to bring their best into a situation? Why?

Where are you currently struggling to trust other people to bring their best into a situation? Why?

How can you grow in your ability to trust God & others in this season of life? 

If you have extra time, close by reading through the “How We Live It Out” points in the next section. 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take each week during this season to reflect on each value.

Trust – When the Holy Spirit is moving in & among us, we trust God to lead, provide for, & guide us, & we trust each other to bring their best to the community.

What It Means 

Jesus’ teaching is not about avoiding pain, discomfort, or ill-fortune, but about how we respond when those things arise. To Trust in God is to rely on his promise that all things can be healed, redeemed, and made right. We release our desire to attempt to exercise control over everything, and place our ultimate faith in His leading & teachings. 

How We Live It Out 

  • We abstain from judgment of others, and trust that God is working in someone’s life, even when it is not apparent to us. 
  • We choose faith over certainty. 

Journal, reflect, & pray over this value. 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, August 2: Join us for the next week of our series Therefore, where we will explore why making room is a core value at E3. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides – 07.26.2020

THEREFORE | Wk 5: “Therefore Trust”

Guest Teacher Sam Nunnally | 07.26.2020

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

 

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Trust me

 

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Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.”

 

 

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 “…watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get.”

 

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“Don’t let this throw you…trust me.”

 

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO1WxBWOGGQ

 

Message Slides – 07.19.2020

THEREFORE | Wk 4: “Therefore Be Intentional”

Pastor Lori Green | 07.19.2020

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

 

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E3’s MISSION is to make fully devoted disciples (or followers) of Christ.

E3’s VISION is to be an irresistible community of radically transformed disciples who dwell at the intersection of deep faith, authentic community and emerging culture.

 

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  • Growth
  • Humility
  • Intentional Design

 

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God is a God of intentional design. Everything He creates Is intentional and for a purpose. 

 

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  • Worship
  • Groups
  • Service

 

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Sometimes, this requires us to say NO to a good thing so that we can say YES to a great thing. 

 

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Romans 12:4-8 (NLT)
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.  If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.  If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
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Within the people of God, no one does everything.

The community lives and serves in unity because they share the same purpose and understand their specific role. 

We, together form Christ’s body in the world in a way that no single individual could alone.

 

PANEL DISCUSSION

 

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What have you learned about your own spiritual giftings and how have you used them in your life?

 

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Have you ever experienced what it’s like to work outside of those giftings?

 

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What do think about E3’s posture of sometimes saying NO to good things so that we can say YES to great things?  Have you experienced that in your own life and how did that turn out?

 

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What gives you life?  What makes your heart beat fast? Are you using that gift to further God’s Kingdom?

 

 

Going Deeper – 07.19.2020

GOING DEEPER

07.19.2020 | THEREFORE | Wk 4: “Therefore Be Intentional”

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Breaking Ground

What’s the biggest project you’ve taken on (personally, hobby, work, etc.)? What were you doing & how long did it take?

 

The Dig

Reflect on the value for this week: “When the Holy Spirit is moving in and among us, we embrace & live out a life of design & intention.” 

What stands out to you about this value? What do you think a life of intentional design means for individuals & a community? Why do you think this is an important value?

Next, read Romans 12:4-8. Paul paints a picture of a community defined by unity in diversity

What role does diversity play in the health of a community? 

How does a community embrace unity while being diverse? 

Paul says that we can produce this community by embracing our diverse roles, while, at the same time, belonging to one another fully

What do you think that means? What are the barriers to producing a community like Paul is describing? 

Reflect on the design of the community that Paul describes. Each individual grows in their giftings & humbly recognizes where & how they can help the greater body, while, at the same time, allowing others the freedom to do their part. 

What role does growth play in creating a diverse, but united, community? 

What role does humility play in creating a diverse, but united, community? 

Close with the list of gifts: prophesying (speaking truth to power), serving others, teaching, encouraging, giving generously, leading, & giving mercy. 

Which are you strongest at? Which are you weakest at? 

Are you offering your gifts to help others in a community? 

Where could you take a step forward in offering your unique gifts to others in community? 

If you have extra time, close by reading through the “How We Live It Out” points in the next section. 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take each week during this season to reflect on each value.

Intentional Design – When the Holy Spirit is moving in and among us, we embrace & live out a life of design & intention.

What It Means – We need to put our ultimate trust in God for all things in this life. At the same time, we believe that God does not call us to a life of passivity, but rather to one of co-creation with him, working to realize his Kingdom on earth, now. We strive to steward the gifts that God has given us – resources, time, and talents – and to use them intentionally for the good of all others, as Jesus demonstrated. 

How We Live It Out

  • We seek out and develop our own individual spiritual gifts, and seek to serve in the area of our giftedness, passions and calling.
  • We understand that as a community we cannot do everything; sometimes we have to say “no” to good things in order to say “yes” to great things.
  •  We seek holistic health, both as an organization and as individuals.
  • We craft events and processes that are excellent and intentional. We monitor goals and intended outcomes. 

Journal, reflect, & pray over your this value. 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 26: Join us for the next week of our series Therefore, where we will explore why trust is a core value at E3. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides – 07.12.2020

THEREFORE | Wk 3: “Therefore Be Humble”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 07.12.2020

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

 

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When the Holy Spirit is moving in & among us, when the Holy Spirit is moving in and among us, we maintain a posture of humility. 

 

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Romans 12:3 (NRSV)

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

 

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Humility is neither self-righteousness nor self-loathing. It is about right-sizing ourselves in light of our universal need for grace

 

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Yellow measuring stick on an old wooden table

 

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Through Jesus’ story of grace, we are all freed to humbly see ourselves as we actually are – brokenness & all – because Jesus has done that & still emphatically declares that we are loved by God

 

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Luke 18:9-14 (NIV)

 

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

 

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Pharisee and Tax-collector

 

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At E3, humility must…

  • Define how we think about growth.
  • Inform how we seek growth in community.
  • Shape how we seek to achieve our mission.
  • Transform how we see & seek to help broken people – ourselves included.

 

 

Going Deeper – 07.12.2020

GOING DEEPER

07.12.2020 | THEREFORE | Wk 3: “Therefore Be Humble”

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Breaking Ground

What was the subject in school that you were the best at? What were you the worst at? 

The Dig

Reflect on the value for this week: “When the Holy Spirit is moving in and among us, we maintain a posture of humility.” 

What stands out to you about this value? What is a posture of humility

Next, read Luke 18:9-14. Reflect on the two characters in this parable. 

First, notice that the Pharisee focuses on his own piety, the vices he abstains from, & the sins of other people

How do each of these prevent him from being humble & seeing himself as he actually is

Next, reflect on the tax-collector. He only focuses on his own shortcomings & asks for mercy

How does this teach us about humility? 

Why does Jesus say that the tax-collector is the one closest to the Kingdom of God? 

Why does Jesus believe that humility is so important for discipleship? Why does Jesus see judgmentalism as the antithesis of the Kingdom of God?

What does it mean that “those who exalt themselves will be humbled & those who humble themselves will be exalted”?

Close by finding yourself in the parable. 

Have you ever focused on other people’s brokenness or a certain kind of brokenness in others to avoid seeing, or even excusing, your own brokenness? 

What brokenness do you find hardest to face in yourself? 

What would it look like to embrace humility in how you see that aspect of your life? How might this help you heal & move closer to the Kingdom of God?

If you have extra time, close by reading through the “How We Live It Out” points in the next section. 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take each week during this season to reflect on each value.

Humility – When the Holy Spirit is moving in and among us, we maintain a posture of humility.

What It Means – Jesus asserts that the first will be last and the last will be first, that the highest ambition of our lives should be to serve others. Humility typifies these aims: that we strive to think of others first and ourselves second. We avoid judgment of others, always acknowledging our own brokenness and need for grace. We show respect not just towards the people around us but towards their experiences, and do not place our own experience as inherently greater than that of others. 

How We Live It Out

  • Our posture towards others is that of service. 
  • We won’t shy away from saying, “I/We don’t know.” 
  • All of us are human, and therefore no one is “more special” than anyone else; this includes our Wise Council, staff, leaders, owners, and congregation. 
  • We strive to listen before we speak. 
  • When we do good things in the world, we don’t need to have our name (either our personal name or E3’s name) publicized. 
  • We can elevate other people (and churches) above ourselves. 

Journal, reflect, & pray over your this value. 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 19: Join us for the next week of our series Therefore, where we will explore why intentional design is a central value at E3. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

 

Going Deeper – 07.05.2020

GOING DEEPER

07.05.2020 | THEREFORE | Wk 2: “Therefore Grow”

Join the community and go deeper with this Bible study.

 

Breaking Ground

What is something you’ve always wanted to be good at (that you aren’t good at right now)?

The Dig

Reflect on the value for this week: “When the Holy Spirit is moving in and among us, we embrace a life of perpetual growth.” 

What stands out to you about this value? How do you respond to it? 

What does a life of perpetual growth mean to you individually?

What role does a community play in living this value out? 

Next, read Romans 12:2. 

What do you think Paul means by “the patterns of this world”? 

What does it mean to be conformed to them? 

How would you define being transformed

Why do you think Paul focuses on “the mind” in terms of where this transformation takes place? What does it mean for our minds to be renewed

What does Paul see as the outcome of this renewal? 

Reflect on where you are currently growing in this season. 

Where is this growth taking place? How does it feel? What do you hope to come out of it on the other side? 

How can that growth help you give back to your community? 

Reflect on where you need to grow in this coming season.

Where do you feel like you have refused to grow, stalled out in your growth, & want to see growth take place? 

What do you need to change to grow in this area of your life?

How can your growth group community help you find that growth in this next season?

If you have extra time, close by reading through the “How We Live It Out” points in the next section. 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take each week during this season to reflect on our definition for each value.

GROWTH: When the Holy Spirit is moving in and among us, we embrace a life of perpetual growth.

WHAT IT MEANS: Jesus’ teaching promises redemption and healing for all aspects of our lives. We believe that the emphasis of a Godly, spiritual life is not simply on attaining salvation, but on the process of becoming more like Jesus; a journey of Growth which, in this life, does not end. God is calling all of us, at all times, to be moving towards his vision for our lives, as exemplified by the model of Jesus Christ.

HOW WE LIVE IT OUT:
●  Understanding that the journey of growth takes place in both solitude and community, we seek to foster both areas of our lives. In solitude, we engage in Godly practices (e.g. prayer, meditation); in community, we listen and share with total authenticity (e.g. close friendships, family, and Growth Groups).
●  We emphasize life change over a one time conversion experience.
●  We are patient with people. No one is perfect, and change takes time.
●  In our own lives, we never “arrive”; we always allow for God to do something new in us.

Journal, reflect, & pray over your this value. 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 12: Join us for the next week of our series Therefore, where we will explore why humility is a central value at E3. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides – 07.05.2020

THEREFORE | Wk 2: “Therefore Grow”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 07.05.2020

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

 

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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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When the Holy Spirit is moving in & among us, we embrace a life of perpetual growth

 

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Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

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Genesis 1:26 (NIV)

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

 

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To be made in the Image of God implies that we are created & designed for a purpose – to reflect & mirror God’s character, attributes, & purposes in the world. 

 

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1 Corinthians 15:49 (NIV)

49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we[a] bear the image of the heavenly man.

 

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Colossians 3:8-10 (NIV)

But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

 

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Romans 8:29 (NIV)

29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

 

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A life of perpetual growth means that we…

  • Seek transformation in both the exciting & in the mundane spaces of our daily lives.
  • Approach growth as a lifelong journey, not a peak or destination.
  • Recognize that our failure to pursue constant growth costs us & others.