Spiritual Growth Under Pressure, Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

Scripture  1 Peter 2:1-10

Song list

 

Message Outline

Grow up

            By getting rid of all your old junk

            By craving spiritual milk as newborn babies

 

Live for God (offer spiritual sacrifices)

            By coming to the Lord, the living Stone

            By recognizing our new identity in Christ       

            By responding to Christ, the Cornerstone

Believe = no shame, honor

Not believe = stumble and fall

Tell about God’s greatness

            By recognizing our privileged identity in Christ

Chosen family (tribe)

Royal priests

Holy nation

Special people

            That he called us out of darkness into his wonderful light

 

 

What’s Going On

 

Get Connected in a Life Group

christfellowshipeldorado.com/groups

Life Groups are our primary form of groups for adults – we encourage you to be a part of these vital communities. Grab a Connection Guide or stop by the kiosk today.

Fiesta Latina

christfellowshipeldorado.com/fiesta

Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage at our fourth annual Fiesta Latina. Live music and dancing, food from restaurants, family fun … all FREE. Stop by the kiosk today or contact Melany Bermudez, espanol@christfellowshiphome.com

Scare Away Hunger

christfellowshipeldorado.com/scareawayhunger

Add a missional endeavor for the Kingdom of God to your Trick-or-Treating. We will have Scare Away Hunger door hangers available soon that you can leave on your Trick-or-Treat route ahead of time requesting non-perishable food donations on Halloween night. Then, while Trick-or-Treating, ask for these donations and bring them back to Christ Fellowship the following Sunday, Nov. 3. All donated items will be taken to the Food Pantry. Doorhangers will be available on Sunday, Oct. 21. For more information, contact Lu Mackey at lmackey@christfellowshiphome.com or 972.547.7034

Garage Giveaway

christfellowshipeldorado.com/giveaway

On Saturday, Nov. 16 we are putting on a community-wide Garage Giveaway and social ministry fair here at Christ Fellowship. It’s like an enormous garage sale, but everything is FREE! Thousands of donated items are needed and you can drop them off here at the church Nov. 14 and 15.

Can you help? Hundreds of volunteers are needed to make this event successful. Visit christfellowshipeldorado.com/giveaway to find out how you can join in these efforts.

A Recycle Ministry in Collin County is donating their time and talent again this year by refurbishing bicycles so we can give them away during our event. Please bring your bicycles, any size, any shape, any condition during October. We’ll have a trailer in the visitors parking area where you can donate your bikes.

Men’s Breakfast

christfellowshipeldorado.com/men

Men, please join us for breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8 am in Room 201. Come hear Christ Fellowship’s own Brian Considine speak on “Living Sent Today.” Coffee will be ready at 7:30 am. Cost is $5 at the door and there’s no charge for newcomers. Breakfast includes breakfast burritos, pancakes, cereal, bagels, coffee, tea, milk and OJ. See you there!

World Cultures Weekend

christfellowshipeldorado.com/worldcultures

We’d like to invite you to World Cultures Weekend on Oct. 19 and 20 for…

  • a Conference to train and equip you to share Christ with people from different cultures
  • a Banquet to introduce you to our Asia and Uganda Ministry Partners
  • Opportunities to introduce you to our Christ Fellowship Global Workers

This weekend will bless, equip and inspire you as you discover how God is using your church family to touch hearts and change lives around the globe. And it’s all free! Register online. Contact Lu Mackey lmackey@christfellowshiphome.com

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.

 

 

 

 

Group Discussion Questions

 

  1. How do the daily things of life distract you from the more important issues of life? In other words how does busyness distance you from your true identity and clear mission in Christ?
  2. Of the five items mentioned in verse 1, what do you most need to get rid of and why?
  3. How would you rate your desire for God and his Word compared to the craving of a newborn baby for milk? How does “spiritual milk” help us to grow up in our salvation?
  4. How is our identity connected to Jesus’ identity according to verses 4 and 5? Have you ever thought of yourself as a holy priest? How does that make you feel to know you are a priest?
  5. What does it mean to offer “spiritual sacrifices”? What are spiritual sacrifices?
  6. What are the two responses possible to Jesus Christ and the consequences of each (verses 6-8)? What is your response to Jesus Christ?
  7. What is our true identity according to verse 9? Which of the four is most moving to you at this point in your life? Why? What difference would it make in your life if you really saw yourself as a royal priest of the one true God?
  8. What is our clear mission according to verse 9? What is it that we declare? How can we practically do that in our daily lives?

 

 

Family Discussion Questions

 

  1. Because as Christians we have God’s Spirit within us, what does Peter say we should actively work to get rid of in 1 Peter 2:1? What exactly are malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander? How can they hurt our spiritual growth?
  2. What happens to a baby when they drink milk? What is the “spiritual milk” that Peter describes in verse 2? What happens to us when we “drink in” God’s Word?
  3. What does Peter say we are being built into (verse 4)? If a building is meant to last, what does it need? How is Jesus described in verse 6?
  4. What are some of the characteristics of Jesus as the “cornerstone”?
  5. How can Jesus be a block that people stumble over (verse 7-8)? In what areas of your life are you disobeying Jesus (maybe the behaviors in verse 1 are a good place to look)?
  6. For younger children: Here’s a link to a children’s song that reminds us to build our house upon the rock of Jesus Christ and the promises associated with putting our faith and trust in Him (Luke 6:46-49): missionbibleclass.org/songs/songs-q-z/wise-man-built-his-house-upon-the-rock
  7. How are Christians described in verse 9? What does Peter say our purpose is in this verse? How can you declare God’s praises in the places you go today and to the people God puts in your path?
  8. How do we receive God’s mercy (John 3:16)?

 

Giving

Giving Year-To-Date

Week 12 of 52

Projected: $747,371

Actual: $734,295

Variance: ($13,076)

Where do our gifts go? christfellowshipeldorado.com/financials

Attendance

Sept. 22 Eldorado attendance:  2,439

 

 

 

 

 

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