The Vow of Honesty
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