Joy Under Pressure, Sept. 15-21

Scripture  1 Peter 1:1-12

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Message Outline


Joy Under Pressure

Praise God for your amazing salvation


            A new birth by the Father’s great mercy


            A living hope by Jesus Christ’s resurrection


            An incredible inheritance secured by God’s power


Rejoice in your salvation in spite of life’s pressures


            Trials are only for a little while


            Your fire-proven faith will bring praise, glory and honor


            You can experience inexpressible, glorious joy in your full salvation



Thank God you now have the privilege of salvation


            Prophets predicted it to you by the Spirit of Christ

            People preached it to you by the Holy Spirit

            Angels long to see it



What’s Going On


Clothe A Child

We’re part of an effort to help children in McKinney have the clothes they need for school. Come help these families shop early in the morning this Saturday, Sept. 21 at Kohl’s in McKinney? If you can help these families shop, or serve as a translator, pass out refreshments or paint kids’ faces, stop by the kiosk today. You can also register to serve online or just show up at Kohl’s this Saturday at 4:30 am with a pen, calculator, notepad and wear your CF shirt.

A Group for You

Groups of all kinds are kicking off – DivorceCare, GriefShare, Financial Peace, Discovering the Christian Life, Defending Your Faith, women’s groups, men’s groups, student and children’s groups, Life Groups, and even more! Grab a Connection Guide or stop by the kiosk today.

Middle School Students

Join us at the Walk Conference, Sept. 27-28, for great worship, awesome teaching and an epic dodgeball tournament. Register online.

Webb Elementary

There are many ways to serve the children and teachers at Webb Elementary. Come visit us at a kiosk today or register online.

Girls Night Out

Ladies – you’re invited to join us Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 7 to 9 pm in Room 201 for “Hands and Heart” – a Girls Night Out where we’ll learn about ways you can get involved serving and sharing the love of Jesus Christ in our own backyard. Bring a dessert to share.

Nursing Mother’s Room

Moms, we have a private room available in the back of the Worship Center where you can nurse your baby and still participate in the service. We provide rocking chairs, a private bathroom, and a one-way window and speakers.

College and Young Adults

Join us on our Fall Retreat Sept. 20-22 in Talihina, Oklahoma. Only $30. Register online. For more information, email

Learning to Mentor Adults

Are you convinced mentoring is one of the best ways to develop as a leader but don’t know how that works? Join us for a life-transforming evening with Rowland Forman, the author of The Lost Art of Lingering: Mutual Mentoring for Life Transformation. No registration necessary, just show up Monday, Sept. 16, 7-9 pm in Room 170.

Gotta golf cart? Want to help us get one?

We would love to have a golf cart every Sunday to bless people with a ride to and from the outermost parking areas. If you have one you would like to donate to the church or just make available to use on Sundays or if you would like to donate towards the purchase of one, contact Belinda Soto at or 817.690.0457.

Prison Ministry Training by Bill Glass

Want to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with inmates of all ages desperate for an all loving, forgiving God? Bill Glass is offering an incredible training experience Nov. 7-9. Take a step out of your comfort zone to be his hands and feet to the lost and broken – then watch our awesome God do the rest. Find out more and register at Contact Kristin Rankins,







Group Discussion Questions

  1. What pressures are you facing in your life right now? Which are the hardest to bear?
  2. How do you explain the paradox that Christians are both “elect” and “exiles”?
  3. Peter calls us to praise God for our amazing salvation – that we are born again in God’s great mercy; to a living hope by Jesus’ resurrection and an incredible inheritance secured by God’s power. Which of these aspects of our salvation is most meaningful to you right now and why?
  4. How does an understanding of our amazing salvation help us face life’s pressures today?
  5. What perspectives does Peter give us on all the various trials we face (verses 6-7)?
  6. How does our amazing salvation both now and in the future enable us to experience inexpressible, glorious joy even under intense pressure?
  7. How are we so privileged in our experience of salvation compared to ancient prophets and angels?
  8. Based on this passage, how can you experience greater joy under life’s pressures?



Family Discussion Questions

  1. Who is Peter’s letter addressed to in 1 Peter? What makes a person a Christian (John 3:16)?
  2. What does Peter say our role is as Christians (1 Peter 1:2)?
  3. In what areas of your life is it easy to obey Jesus? In what areas do you struggle to obey?
  4. What is an inheritance? What is our inheritance as Christians? What is the difference between the gift of heaven and every other gift we might receive (verses 3-5)?
  5. How would you describe heaven (Revelation 21:1-22:6)? Activity: For younger children have them create an art project of how they picture heaven.
  6. Why does God allow struggles and troubles to happen to us (verse 7)? What troubles are you wrestling with? How does the hope of being in heaven one day give you comfort to endure the struggles today?
  7. What is a prophet and what does a prophet do? How do you think the prophecies of Jesus Christ from Old Testament times helped the early Christians with their trials? How can the truth of these prophecies and the reality of Jesus’ death and resurrection help you today?
  8. Who is the Holy Spirit? What did the Holy Spirit do for the prophets of old and what does he do for us today (John 14:26; John 15:26)?




Giving Year-To-Date

Week 10 of 53

Projected: $616,926

Actual: $618,369

Variance: $1,444


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