Jesus & We

In This Together

3/5/17

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.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Turning Friends Into Family

2/5/17

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.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Turning Neighbors Into Friens

1/29/17

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

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Who Is My Neighbor?

1/22/17

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?

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

1/15/17

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

Year End Review 2016

1/8/17

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

New Years Day Service

Promises Kept, Promises Made

1/1/17

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

Home For Christmas

Comfort in Crisis

12/18/16

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)

Home For Christmas

Unexpected Surprises

12/4/16

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.

The Lord's Prayer

Conversational Prayer

11/20/16

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 Lord's Prayer

The Prayer of Prayers

11/13/16

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

The Lord's Prayer

Why Pray?

11/6/16

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

Remembrance Service

Remembrance Service

10/30/16

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.

Our Family Story

The Christian Family

10/23/16

Description:Through all the changes we arein our day, the one thing that never changed is this: God wants a family and He created you to be part of it. God gave us families because life is better together than alone. Genesis 2:18The most devastating change in our world happened when God's family split.Jesus changed everything at the cross when He was split from His heavenly Father so you don't have to be. Jesus gave us the single best idea to bring life-giving change to our world. Jesus gave us the church. Matthew 16:18- Don't settle for shallow imitations of church. - The church is famly. You are born into God's family thru baptism. Luke 8:19-21- You can trust that God's every intention toward you is good no matter how hard life gets. Practical ways to experience life giving change in your churchfamily. Hebrews 10:24-25- Spend significant time together.- Serve together. - Experience Jesus together. 1 Corinthians 12:12

Our Family Story

Elkanah & Hanna.

10/16/16

Description:Our Family Story | Love and Life in Loss1 Samuel 1: Elkanah and HannahHow do we handle loss?1 Samuel 1:1-20: What is this text saying to you?Prescriptive vs. DescriptiveOur Story | Elkanah and Hannah, 1 Samuel 1:1-2Love: 1 Samuel 1:3-8Loss: 1 Samuel 1:9-16Life: 1 Samuel 1:17-20God gifts love and life in the midst of loss. Turn to faithfulness in times of helplessness.

Our Family Story

Noah

10/9/16

Description:Our Family StoryIn this series, we are looking at four families of the Bible to discover that their family story is also our family story. But the good news (Gospel message) is that our family story becomes God's family story through God's forgiving love and healing grace. The World We Live In- Material progress- Violent and corrupt- "For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered his ark. " Matthew 24:37-38The Days of Noah- Material progress- Godless - Genesiss 6:4; Genesis 6:5; Genesis 6:11The Ark- And God said to Noah, "I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. Genesis6:13-14 (ESV)- Genesis 6:22; 1 Peter 3:30; 2 Peter 2:5The Flood - Genesis 8:21-22Noah's Family Story-Saved by God's Grace through faith - Romans 5:8- A Life of Witness- Walk with God- A life of faithThough you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressable and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. - 1 Peter 1:8-9 (ESV)

Our Family Story

Adam and Eve

10/2/16

Description:Genesis 3 & 4What Kind of story is your family story?Where do you discover your family story? Bible Humanism Other religionsThe biblical narrative best explains why things are the way they are and how we can have hope.Your familt story began before you. Our family story has a perfect beginning until Adam and Eve chose to replace God's narrative with their narrative of self at the center instead of God. Genesis 3:1-6 Our own narrative has been flawed and failing ever since Adam and Eve. Genesis 3:7-24 We have a picture of what our family should be. What we get are the broken pieces of the picture. Let me tell something that so many try to keep secret. We are all broken. Genesis 4:1-9God's narrative of our family story doesn't end with our brokeness. God wrote himself into our family story to save us from our sin - broken narrative. Matthew 1:21 God's narrative from the beginning was to redeem and restore the broken pieces of our story. Ephesians 1:4-6; Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 53:5-6 God's narrative uses the broken, imperfect pieces of our lives to create a new beautiful picture - perfect ending. Even though we are broken, we are loved by the One who makes us whole. Jesus fits us together into the picture of His family. God is still writing his narrative of redemption and restoration for us today.Family Home Assignment Set aside a time this week to connect as a family (whatever your family looks like right now) and share a story about your family that stands out as something you enjoy remembering Talk about how you have experienced God's love in your family. Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Read again but replace the word "love" with "Jesus" Say a prayer thanking God for your family.

I Know He Is But What Am I?

Living Conquerors

9/25/16

Description:One of the most powerful confessions we can learn to make starts like this: "God says I am ______________." How would you finish this sentence?The Bible is full of vivid descriptions of the kinds of labels we should wear as God's children, but we often don't believe it or receive it.What are ways in which we have labeled ourselves?What label are you cuyrrently carrying around and allowing to hold you back?Romans 8:1 (ESV)There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.If our God declares to us there is no condemnation over us, why do we constantly condemn ourselves?And why do we allow others to condemn us as well? Who are the "whos" in your life? If God is for us, who can be against us? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? Who is to condemn? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?What about our circumstances? What situation do we allow to hold us back from being victorious? Romans 8:35, Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Romans 8:38-39, For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angles, nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Who God has declared Himself to be! He who did not spare His own Son It is God who justifies Christ Jesus is the one who died Who was raised Who is at the right hand of God Who indeed is interceeding for usWho God has declared us to be! If God is for us, who can be against us? But (God) gave Him (Jesus) up for us all How will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who indeed is interceeding for usRomans 8:37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.Even when we feel like we're losing God has declared us more than conquerors ready to take on anything!I know He has Conquered, so I am Conqueror!

I Know He Is But What Am I?

Live Loved

9/18/16

Description:1 John 4:7-12I know He is, but what am i?I am LOVED1 John 4:7-10 My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relatiuonship with God. The person who refuse to love doesn't know the first thing about God, because God is love - so you can't know him if you don't love. This is how God showed his love for us; God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about - not that once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they've done to our relationship with God.He loved us and so saved us and saved us to keep loving us.How do we live loved?1 John 4:11-12 My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us and his love becomes complete in Us- perfect love!Living loved gives us: Humility Security Love for OthersLiving loved shows God to others.I know He is Love, so I am Loved!

I Know He Is But What Am I?

Light

9/11/16

Description:One of the most powerful things you can say about yourself is what God says you are! God says that I am _________.People tend to define themselves according to what's wrong with them. What matters most is not what others think you are or what you think you are. What matters most is what God says you are. God is hte artist and you are his canvas. He determines what you are. Genesis 1:1 What you are without Christ is totally differnet than what you are on account of Christ.Jesus says that you are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14-16 You are what you are by the grace of God. 1 Corinthians 15:10 Your light is Jesus. John 8:12; John 1:9-12 Your light shines through what you do. No matter what, the darkness cannot put out your light. Let your light shine.

Labor Day Weekend

All Generations/Care Ministry

9/4/16

Description:Care Sunday | The Homecoming, Luke 15:1-24Wes Baldwin, Care DirectorTo the men, Jesus told the stroy of the Lost Sheep. To the women, Jesus told the story of the Lost Coin.To everyone, Jesus told the story of the Lost Son. 1. We say, "Give me"Luke 15:12The younger one said to his father, "Father, give me my share of the estate." So he dividedd his property between them.2. We say, "Make me"Luke 15:19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants. 3. God says, "Receive from me"Luke 15:22-24But the father said to his servants, "Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found." So they began to celebrate. Today, wouild you consider praying for our Care Ministry on a regular basis, consider attending our Thursday night program if you could benefit from one of our classes, and giving the Care brochure to someone you know who may be going through a difficult time?