Slow Down & Listen
In This Together
Description:Mark 6:6 And he was amazed at their lack of faith. Luke 7:9When Jesus heard this, He was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, He said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”Jesus was amazed by lack of faith. | Jesus was amazed by great faith.Shepherd’s Gate started in 1980 with great faith.Shepherd’s Gate has always had a history of stepping out in great faith.Let’s not play it safe heading into the future. • We are in this together! • God brought you here and made you part of this church family for a reason! • Let’s dream big, work hard and trust God!He’s got this! This is His church!Matthew 16:18I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it.Ephesians 3:20-21Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Turning Friends Into Family
Description:Everyone needs a safe place where they feel loved and have a sense of belonging. That safe place is called family.God’s family is the church and He wants everyone in it. Revelation 7:9-10; Matthew 28:19Jesus breaks down the dividing walls and brings people together who would not naturally want to be together. Ephesians 2:14-19What we need is the supernatural power of God’s love. Acts 1:8Judea | People you look down on.Samaria | People you can’t stand because of your bias.Ends of the earth | Unfamiliar people you don’t even want to get to know.To turn neighbors into friends and friends into family, we are to cross barriers, not be one.Begin by admitting your bias. (Hint | Everyone is biased.)Bias can be intentional or unintentional. Bias can be expressive or passive.What is God’s bias? Ephesians 2:12-13, 17-19God is always biased by love.Because of love Jesus “crossed” all the barriers. Reconciliation is always intentional and expressive.How do we turn friends into family? Be awareCare (Matthew 22:39) Prayer (1 Timothy 2:1, 3-4) Share (Romans 10:14, 17)Our vision is to connect unconnected people to Jesus by turning neighbors into friends and friends into family.
Turning Neighbors Into Friens
Description:John 3:1-22 Jesus and NicodemusJesus valued everyone Unlikeable | John 3 Unfriendly | Luke 23 Unwanted | John 4Jesus gave time to those He valued Eating and drinking | Matthew 11:19Jesus gave time without any expectations He liked them just the way they were | Romans 5:8, John 3:16-17 Can we be like Jesus? Can we enjoy people? Can we eat and drink? Can we have no agenda?Jesus gave us what He’s now asking us to give others 1 John 4:19
Who Is My Neighbor?
Description:Luke 10:25-37The reason for everything is love. Love for others is so easy to understand but so difficult to do. The Lawyer, the Story and Jesus The religious lawyer’s question had nothing to do with his neighbor and everything to do with himself. He wanted to justify himself even though he excluded certain people. He wanted to exclude certain people. He made his life about something other than love. Jesus expands our understanding of who our neighbor is through telling a story. The question to ask is not, “Who is my neighbor?” but “How do I love my neighbor?” A neighbor is anyone and everyone we encounter. Love everyone always. What keeps you from loving everyone always? Jesus bridges every relational gap with his love. Everyday God places you around people to love as your neighbor. Who is your neighbor?
It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Description:Pastor Tim BollingerMatthew 22:36-40The Bible teaches us to: Go, make dicples Matthew 28:19-20 Seek and save the lost Luke 19:10 Practice hospitality Romans 12:13John 1:14 (NIV84)The Word (Jesus) became flesh and made his dwelling among us.John 1:14 (The Message)The Word (Jesus) became flesh and blood and moved into our neighbourhood.As you read the Gospel stories, you learn over-and-over again how Jesus was master at building relationships with people. Jesus spent time with people, eating in their homes, talking to them and building friendships with ordinary people just like us.Matthew 22:37And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." Jesus began by quoting Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:13-21 and Numbers 15:37-41 This is a Jewish confession of faith they repeated twice daily.Matthew 22:39And a second is like it: "You shall love Your neighbour as yourself. The Hebrew word for love, ahavah, means "to act lovingly toward". God isn't commanding just a feeling, but compelling us to action.Jesus didn't just command us to love our neighbour, but he demostrated how to love our neighbours. Jesus reclined at table in the house Matthew 9:10 Zacchaeus, I must stay at your house today Luke 19:5 And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon's house Luke 4:38The Neighbourhood FormulaUnhurried Time + Proximity + Activity (Food/Drinks) = Conversation x Over Time = FriendshipNeighbourhood Mapping Line 1: Social Contact Line 2: Caring/Serving Contact Line 3: Faith DiscussionJesus came into our neighbourhoods and met us right where we are at. We get to respond to God's grace in our lives by opening our homes and sharing our lives with others.Which neighbour(s) is/are God calling you to reach out to this year?
Year End Review 2016
Description:Psalm 105:1-6We remember the highlights not to turn the focus on us, but on God. Remember that God is God and we are not. Our natural tendency is to focus on what we do and miss what God is doing. When we give thanks to God for the past, we increase our awareness of what He is doing now.2016 Ministry highlights VideoWhat God is doing is done through people like us. On Campus Bible Study - Ada Roeser and Laura Duronio Pastoral Care Team - Roy Long Single Parenting Small Group - Jerry & Phyllis Morris Abigayle Ministry - Susan MeyerLet no one abandon the faith that God wants to do great work through you! - Martin Luther
Promises Kept, Promises Made
Description:Promises Kept Promises kept to the Israelites Joshua 23:14; Joshua 1:5-7 Why would Joshua need to remind the people? Promises kept to us. What were the good things promised? Seed time and harvest (Genesis 8:22) His presence in health (James 5:15; 3 John 1:2) Peace that only He can give (John 14:27) Strength in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:10) Answer to prayer (Matthew 21:22) All things worked together of our good. (Romans 8:28) Comfort in sorrow and distress (2 Corinthians 1:3;John 14:1) Daily provides all that we need (Psalm 36:6; Hebrews 1:3) Forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:26-28) A living hope (1 Peter 1:3) Why do we need to be reminded?Promises Made Promises made to the people of Israel. - Joshua 23:15-16;2 Peter 3:3-4 Promises made to us. - 1 John 1:9-10; Romans 8:31-32
Comfort in Crisis
Description:Who do you turn to in times of crisis?Do you try to go through life alone or do you turn to others for help?Luke 1:26-45Chair Bibles, Page 855Luke 1:35-37And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy - the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.”Luke 1:38And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.Luke 1:39-40In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.What we know about MaryMary got to see and experience firsthand the life of Jesus, and each time God brought people into her life to walk alongside her. We can look at what God has done for us in giving HisSon Jesus. We can look to the church God has brought us to and placedus in.Psalm 68:6aGod sets the lonely in families.Hebrews 10:24-25And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Visited by an angel and told she will be the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26-28)Goes in haste to be with Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-40)Writes her own song (Luke 1:46-55)Was present at Jesus’ first miracle (John 2:1-5)Was present during Jesus’ earthly ministry (Mark 3:31-34) Was present at the crucifixion (John 20:25-27)Was in the Upper Room after Jesus’ Ascension (Acts 1:14)
Description:Luke 1:5-25Christmas is a season full of surprises. God’s surprise is that he wants everyone home for Christmas! The way home is through the Gospel of Jesus. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John tell the Gospel story. It’s all about Jesus. Luke tells the story about the Gospel in the life of Zechariah and Elizabeth. The Gospel of Jesus - and only the Gospel of Jesus - brings hope to places that are humanly - hopeless. Hope rooted in life’s fleeting circumstances won’t last. Hope in the maker of all your moments will not disappoint. Romans 5:5 (New English Translation) The face of hope is joy! Romans 15:13 The Gospel unleashes joy in the messiest places. Don’t let the joy suckers rob you of the joy. Believe the Gospel and come home for Christmas. Embrace hope. Express joy.
Description:Matthew 6:5-15How's your prayer life? How do you feel when people ask you this question?Prayer is a command and a privilegr.Conversational Prayers Ephesians 6:18, "Prayer at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication." 1 Thessalonians 5:17, "Pray without ceasing." 2 Timothy 1:3, "I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day."You can pray freely in your own words spoken straight from your heart. Prayer is as easy as breathing. You don't have to be an expert in prayer to be able to pray. Prayer is simply talking to God in words and thoughts.Mathew 6:5-15 Jesus first teaches how not to pray Don't look to "religious" people Don't pray to get attention from others Don't use empty phrases and countless wordsJesus gives us the Lord's Prayer as a pattern to help us pray Our Father who art in heaven Hallowed be Thy name Thy kingdom come Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven Give us this day our daily bread And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. AmenMatthew 6:8, "For your father knows what you need before you ask him."Create a simple prayer guide for YOURSELFCreate a simple prayer guide for YOUR SPOUSER or a FRIENDCreate a simple prayer guide for YOUR CHILDREN / FAMILY Dear God (Our Farther who art in heaven, hallowed be your name) Thank you for my Mom, my Dad, my Brother. Thank you for our house, our food, our clothes and our toys (give us this day our daily bread) Be with Thomas in Africa and be with the missionaries all over the world (Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven) And we thank you most of all for Jesus who died on the cross for our sins. Amen (And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and aver. Amen)
The Prayer of Prayers
Description:Matthew 6:9-13Prayer is the continuation of a conversation started by God.Our Father At the core, prayer is about relationships. Romans 8:1`4-15; Hebrews 4:16 Jesus tenderly invites us to believe that God is our true Father and that we are His true children so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear Father. Martin LutherHallowed be thy name The truth is that God's holiness is an indisputable, unchangeable realitty. Jesus wants this truth to be real in our lives.Prayer is also about partnership. Prayer connects our need with God's provision. Luke 11:9-10; James 4:2 Some things will not happen unless we pray! Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Jesus invites us to pray with shameless audacity. Luke 11:5-8; 1 Timothy 2:9 Some things will happen unless we pray! And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evilAmen! Agree with other when we pray. Matthew 6:9; 18:1-20 In the Lord's Prayer you are praying in agreement with Jesus! 1 John 5:145-15
Description:Luke 11:1, 9-10Why pray? God commands it. Psalm 50:15; 1 Timothy 2:1-5 We need it. Luke 11:1 Your helplessness is your best prayer. Trusting God's faithfulness is your best answer to prayer. You know that Jesus went to the cross and rose again for you. Do you know that right now Jesus is praying for you? Romans 8:31-34 The quickest and best way for you to get in on what God is doing in the world is to pray.Prayer is the continuation of a conversation started by God. The best way God speaks to us is ... Prayer is our response to God. Almost everybody prays. But not all prayers are the same.There are all kinds of prayers. Ephesins 6:18Keep on praying! Luke 11:9-10 Don't say you will pray about a thing. Pray! - Oswald Chambers
Description:Remembrance Service | Matthew 14:22-32Wes Baldwin, Care DirectorGrief is _____________________________________.Loss will affect us in multitude of ways:-----Psalm 23:4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.