Author: Jonathan Divine

Message Slides 01.19.2019

Undone | Wk 3: “We Will Be Remade”

Pastor Lori Green | 01.19.2020

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

 

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To remember our brokenness is to remember our healing.  

To remember our brokenness is to remember God’s grace.  

 

 

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Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

 

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E3’s vision is that we will be an irresistible community of radically transformed disciples, dwelling at the intersection of deep faith, authentic community, and emerging culture.

 

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“In an age of information overload… the last thing any of us needs is more information about God. We need the practice of incarnation, by which God saves the lives of those whose intellectual assent has turned them dry as dust, who have run frighteningly low on the bread of life, who are dying to know more God in their bodies.  Not more about God. More God.”

 

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“Church isn’t static.  It’s not a building or a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Church is a moment in time when the kingdom of God draws near, when a meal, a story, a song, an apology, and even a failure is made holy by the presence of Jesus among us and within us.”

 

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Are you IN?

01.19.2019

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01.19.2020 | UNDONE | Wk 3: “We Will Be Remade”

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Breaking Ground

What is your favorite work of art (painting, piece of music, story, book, etc.)? Why do you like it so much? 

 

The Dig

Read Ephesians 4:1-5.

This passage is written by Paul to a church community (not to us as individuals) that has gone through breaking & is beginning to look forward to what’s next for its future. 

First, reflect on the opening line of the passage. What does it mean for a church to be a “prisoner for the Lord”? What does it mean for a church to “live a life worthy of the calling” it has received? 

After this opening line, Paul urges the church to:

  • Be humble & gentle with each other
  • Be patient & loving in conflict resolution
  • Remain connected in spirit & peace

Why do you think Paul starts with these three attributes as he seeks to guide this church community forward? 

What do you think it looks like for a church to practice these attributes after a season of breaking & conflict?

Next, read Ephesians 4:6-16.

Paul follows up his opening by reminding the church that they are called to be defined by unity – pointing to Christ’s hope, faith, & story as things that should produce unity in the Body of Christ / any community of believers. 

Why do you think Paul sees unity as crucial for his vision of a healthy community / body coming out of breaking & hardship?

What does unity look like for a Christian community that has experienced breaking? 

Paul’s image of the church is one of Christ’s own body in the world – with each member relying on each other, trusting each other, & committing their specific gifts, skills, talents, & service to produce a body that works in unity & is greater than the sum of its individual parts.

How does this imagery impact your understanding of a healthy church? 

What does it look like for a body to heal & return to healthy operation? How does this impact your understanding of what a church is called to do after a season of brokenness? 

Close by reflecting on the fact that Paul sees this as being possible if a community is knitted together by the love of Christ & neighbor shared amongst its members

How does love take these separate, diverse pieces & connect them in a way that produces the unity that Paul sees as central to the church’s existence in the world? 

What role do you currently play in your community? If you don’t have one already, why not? What role might you play in Christ’s body? 

Close by reflecting on how you can give back by taking part in the Body of Christ in this next season. 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to reflect on what it means for our community to be remade by God. 

What does unity look like for E3 in this next season? What roles can you play in the community?

What is one step you can take to build up our community in this next season? 

Journal about your answers to these questions & pray for insights. Share your experience with the group next week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Falling Upward by Richard Rohr

Ephesians for Everybody by NT Wright

The New Testament & The People of God by NT Wright

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, January 26: Join us for the third week of our series UNDONE. We will be looking at what it means for the Church, as a community of disciples, to experience unity & remaking as it moves forward.. 

 

* Please see mye3.org for details.

01.12.2020

GOING DEEPER

01.12.2020 | UNDONE | Wk 2: “We Were Undone”

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Breaking Ground

What was the best group vacation you’ve ever been on (family, group of friends, etc.)? Why?

The Dig

Read Acts 2:42-47. Does this description of community match what you have usually found in your church experiences? What overlaps with your experience? What contradicts it? 

Reflect on the key activities of this community:

  • Devoted to the Apostles Teaching (learning & applying the story of Jesus’ death & resurrection)
  • Fellowship (interconnectedness of life together)
  • Breaking Bread (intimate life-sharing & re-telling the story of death & resurrection through communion)
  • Sharing everything in common & sacrificing generously for all those in need
  • Prayer & Meeting together in the Temple Courts (worship individually & in large gatherings)
  • Meeting in each others homes (small groups)

Which of these is most appealing to you when you think of being part of a community? Why? 

Which of these activities do you think is hardest to develop in a community? Why?

Reflect on how this passage flows. The first piece refers to the disciples devoting themselves to a life of learning & figuring out how Christ’s story of death & resurrection impacts everything in their reality. In a way, each activity is depicted as fruit of the Church growing in its understanding of this new reality. 

How do each of these activities flow out of a church growing in its understanding of death & resurrection? 

How does this foundation impact how you understand each activity?

Take a moment to think about how these activities might reflect a healthy community. How do you think these attributes help a community remain healthy? Which do you think is most important for a community to stay healthy?

From this moment, the Church is depicted as experiencing challenges, hardships, & trials. In many New Testament stories, the Church is most unhealthy in these experiences when it forgets Christ’s story & stops taking part in these practices

How might these practices impact how a community faces hardship & trials? Which would be the hardest for a community to maintain in the face of breaking or coming undone

Why might the loss of these activities reflect an unhealthy community

How might holding onto or returning to these practices in seasons of breaking & coming undone help a community healing & grow after it experiences hard times? 

Reflect on where you need to find yourself in this passage. 

Which activity do you need to lean into in this coming year? Why? What is one step you can take to move forward in this area of practice? 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to reflect on what it means for our community to be undone & remade by God. 

How can E3’s struggles as a community help it become more of what it is meant to be? 

Where can you help E3 discover its story of remaking & resurrection?  

What is one step you can take to engage community in a deeper way & give back to the community? 

Journal about your answers to these questions & pray for insights. Share your experience with the group next week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Falling Upward by Richard Rohr

Acts for Everybody by NT Wright

The New Testament & The People of God by NT Wright

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, January 19: Join us for the third week of our series UNDONE. We will be looking at what it means for the Church, as a community of disciples, to experience resurrection & remaking as it heals & move forward.. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides 01.12.2020

Undone | Wk 2: “We Were Undone”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 01.12.2020

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

 

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Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

 

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The Life of the Church in Acts 2

 

  • Devoted to the Apostles Teaching – active, full-life learning & application of Jesus’ story of death & resurrection. 
  • Fellowship (koinania) – the full interconnection & intertwining of the communities life together.
  • Breaking of Bread – intimate community & communion.
  • Prayer & Meeting Together – connecting to Jesus together through worship, learning, & large/small group gatherings. 
  • Sharing everything in common & giving to those in need – learning to see their possessions as gifts & using them to help others. 

 

 

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The New Testament Response to Church Suffering

    1. Connect & return to the source of the community – Jesus’ presence amongst them.
    2. Remember your story & devote yourself to learning all that it means

 

 

 

Message Slides 01.05.2020

Undone | Wk 1: “I Was Undone”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 01.05.2020

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

 

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The Boasting of the Super Apostles in 2 Corinthians:

  • Boasting in the Roman world – common form of writing & declaring lists of a person’s accomplishments and strengths
  • Used by politicians & philosophers to gain followers by promoting their own strengths & successes, while highlighting their opponents weaknesses & failures.
  • Actively used by the Super Apostles to undermine & attack Paul as a leader – targeting his weaknesses, failures, & low status. 

 

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2 Corinthians 11:21-23 (NIV)

Whatever anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more.

 

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2 Corinthians 11:23-30 (NIV) 

I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?

30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

 

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2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

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Breaking Ground

What is something new you want to do this year? Anything you are super excited about? 

 

The Dig

What comes to mind when you hear the word weakness? What about strength? When do you feel weak or strong?

Read 2 Corinthians 11:22-33. 

Paul is boasting – an ancient practice of promoting one’s strengths, successes, or achievements. However, what he includes would be the exact opposite of what someone in his culture would expect to find in a Roman boast. 

How do you respond to the list that Paul puts forward? Does anything, in particular, stand out from it? 

How do you respond to the idea that Paul boasts about his weaknesses

Next, read 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

How does this impact how you interpret the previous text? How does God’s power & grace impact how we understand weakness & strength

How does this illuminate Paul’s claim that when he is weak, then he is strong

One of Paul’s central beliefs is that, in Christ, our shame of weakness is undone. That grace means we no longer need to hide our weaknesses because, in Christ, our areas of weakness & failure can become the areas of truest growth, resurrection, & newness in our lives. 

How do you respond to the idea that failure, falling down, & brokenness are the pathways the God uses to see us grown, resurrected, & made new

If this is how Paul sees these areas of weakness – what, if anything, holds you back from sharing (or boasting about) your own areas of weakness like he does? 

How might a deeper understanding or acceptance of God’s grace change how you view & share that area of your life?  

How does not talking about it keep you from finding healing & allowing God’s grace/power to work in that area of your life? 

Close by taking time to boast, as Paul does, in our weakness

Where have we experienced God’s healing in an area of weakness & brokenness in our lives? 

Where do we currently need to boast or confess an area of weakness in our lives? 

What would it look like to find God’s grace & power in that area in this New Year? 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to reflect on what it means to be undone & remade by God. 

When have you experienced coming undone? What did it look like to find healing & to be remade after?

Where, currently, do you need to experience coming undone so God can lead you to something new & better?  

What is one step you can take this New Year to begin seeing change & newness in that area of your life? 

Journal about your answers to these questions & pray for insights. Share your experience with the group next week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Falling Upward by Richard Rohr

2 Corinthians for Everybody by NT Wright

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, January 12: Join us for the second week of our series UNDONE. We will be looking at what it means for the Church, as a community of disciples, to experience resurrection & new life on the other side of being broken. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides 12.22.2019

ADVENT 2019 | Wk 4: “Love”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 12.22.2019

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

 

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King Herod in History

  • King Herod’s father came to prominence by collaborating with the Romans.
  • King Herod becomes the King of the Jews by helping Rome conquer his own people
  • He was a shrewd, masterclass manipulator
    • Used Roman connections to maintain power & undermine rivals
    • Used public works & rebuilding the Temple to manipulate his own people.
  • He was incredibly paranoid & brutal
    • Violently crushed all perceived threats – including members of his own family.
    • Caesar Augustus: “I would rather be Herod’s pig than his son.”

 

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Matthew 2:7-8 (NIV)

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

 

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Matthew 2:12-13 (NIV)

And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

 

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Matthew 2:16 (NIV) 

When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.

 

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The Challenge of King Herod’s Story

  1. We must be willing to find ourselves in King Herod – surrendering our pursuit of control, status & power in light of God’s Kingdom. 
  2. We must find ourselves in God’s invitation to Herod as well – an invitation into healing, newness, & love; not self-loathing & shame.  
  3. We must grow into people who can be the Good News of Love to the villains of our world.

 

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Matthew 5:43-45 (NIV)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

12.22.2019

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12.22.2019 | ADVENT 2019 | Wk 4: “Love”

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Breaking Ground

What is something that you are embarrassed to tell people you love to do? 

 

The Dig

Read Matthew 5:43-48.

First, reflect on how shocking this teaching would be for Jesus’ audience. For Americans, the weight of this statement is almost impossible to relate to. At this time, the Jewish people were conquered & living under oppressive Roman rule, which was incredibly brutal & destructive. Romans are who would come to mind when they heard the word “enemy.” 

How does this impact how you understand this teaching by Jesus? Does it change the weight of it for you? 

Next, walk through the passage piece-by-piece. 

How do you believe one can “love their enemy”? 

How might this make us “children of God” like Jesus says?

Next, reflect on the “evidence” Jesus cites for God’s love for the enemy in verse 45. The rising of the sun (another day of life) & rain for crops were both understood as symbols of God’s blessing for a person in Jesus’ time. 

How does God’s choice to bless the righteous & the unrighteous alike change how we understand His love? Why does Jesus point to this as a sign of how we (as children of God) are called to love? 

How does this change how you define love? What does it look like to love by seeking the blessing of those we would consider enemies? 

Next, consider Jesus’ questions. He cites two actions that he holds up as the opposite of how God loves/blesses:

  1. Loving only those that love you; and
  2. Greeting only those like you.

How do these two examples highlight a form of love that Jesus sees as the opposite of how God loves? 

How well do you do at loving/blessing those in opposition to you & who are radically different than you (ethnically, religiously, politically, socially, etc.)? 

Close with Jesus’ final challenge: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” The Greek word translated as “perfect” is teleios – which means maturing to completion

What does it mean to “mature” in your ability to love completely or perfectly like God does? 

From your conversation, where do you need to seek maturation & growth in your love of others? Where do you need to change how you understand love to be someone who can “love their enemies” like God does?

What is one thing you can do to change your heart posture towards an “enemy” this week? 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time each week during this Advent season to reflect on how God’s arrival lights up each of the Advent themes (Hope, Peace, Joy, & Love). 

This week, reflect on how God’s arrival in human form redefines how we understand love. How might your definition of love change in light of Jesus? What does he challenge about your current definition of love? What does he affirm about it? 

Journal about how this advent understanding of love might change how you understand love & seek to build it in your world. 

Share your experience with the group next week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent & Christmas (Advent Devotional) 

Matthew by Stanley Hauerwas

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, December 24: Join us for Christmas Eve! We will have gatherings at 3:00 & 5:00PM to celebrate the arrival of Jesus!

* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides 12.15.2019

ADVENT 2019 | Wk 3: “Joy”

Michael Hanna | 12.15.2019

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

 

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ADVENT2019

 

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Linus (Charlie Brown Christmas) Video:

 

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1 Samuel 16:10-12

Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”

Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”

So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.

Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”

 

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Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

12.15.2019

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12.15.2019 | ADVENT 2019 | Wk 3: “Joy”

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Breaking Ground

What comes to mind when you think of laughing really hard? Who is there? What was the situation? 

The Dig

Begin by defining the word joy as you understand it. What does it mean to be joyful? What does it mean to lack joy in a situation? 

Next, read James 1:2-4. 

Notice that in James understands joy as something that can be found & even grown in the midst of trials & sufferings. This means that, for James, joy is an internal state of being that isn’t tied to our circumstances.

How do you react to the idea that joy is something that isn’t tied to having positive circumstances or getting what you want in a situation? Does your definition of joy allow for that to be true? 

In light of this, take time to re-define the word joy. What would you adjust in your definition? How would you alter how you understand joy? 

Next, reflect on the sermon from this week. In the Gospel of Luke, it is poor shepherds that come to find Jesus after his birth & who are told that they are experiencing a great joy

What does it say about Jesus (who he is, what he came to do, etc.) that he arrives to people in their situation first? 

How might this be a joyful moment for the shepherds? 

Reflect on the fact that the shepherds’ circumstances don’t change after this encounter with Jesus. They arrive as shepherds & leave as shepherds. And yet, they are still said to have found joy in the encountering of Jesus. 

How is God’s arrival in Jesus something that brings joy to these people (poor, low social status, etc.)? 

Close by, once again, reflecting on how you define & understand joy in your life. 

What gives you joy? What takes away your joy? What does this show you about how you understand joy? How does this advent understanding of joy impact how you think about both things? 

Where do you need to grow in your capacity to be joyful? What would it look like to take a step forward in this area?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time each week during this Advent season to reflect on how God’s arrival lights up each of the Advent themes (Hope, Peace, Joy, & Love). 

This week, reflect on how God’s arrival in human form redefines how we understand joy. How might your definition of joy change in light of Jesus? What does he challenge about your current definition of joy? What does he affirm about it? 

Journal about how this advent understanding of joy might change how you understand joy & seek to find it in your world. 

Share your experience with the group next week! 

Additional Resources*

Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent & Christmas (Advent Devotional) 

Christ Plays in 10,000 Ways by Eugene Peterson

Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, December 22: Join us for the next week of our series ADVENT: Where Good News is Actually Good, where we will explore the theme of Love in the story of Christ’s arrival!
* Please see mye3.org for details.