We are beginning to prepare for the next session of Lifelines and we want to consider the possibility of new Lifeline groups. Please be in prayer asking the Lord if this is something He wants you to do at some point.
We are still collecting eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt on March 27th
INVITE SOMEONE TO THE EASTER SERVICE. This is a great time of year to invite someone to church. The whole world is talking about Easter and there is a greater fire in the air about Christ and His resurrection. Invite friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.
Academy Promotional Night is this Thursday. If you might be interested in enrolling your child into our Academy, come at 7pm to the church for more information. This is for a Christian based, affordable, private education 1st-9th grades.
Volunteer with our Children's Ministry. Go by the Children's Ministry Table on Sunday if you would like to be part of the Children's Ministry Team. There are many aspects to this ministry that you can volunteer for.
Take the Agape offering. All of the Lifelines take this offering and it goes into a fund to help people in the church especially the elderly who might need financial help or work done to their home, etc.
Think back to what you remember about the Garden of Eden. Considering the Garden of Eden, does it seem that God took joy in giving to Adam and Eve? Why?
Would you say the nature of love is to want the best for those we love and to work toward what is best for them?
Do you think that God wants to give everyone peace? joy? love? prosperity? successful marriage? happy home?
Read Matthew 7:9-11
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (NIV)
How does God give to us?
Read Genesis 15:1
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward. (NIV)
What do you think God means when He says that He is our reward?
The Scripture says that God is love. It is not that God gives love. He is love. When we are WITH Him, we receive His love. The Scripture says that every good and perfect gift comes from God. He is everything good, and right, and perfect. To receive from Him, we must remain in His presence, connected to Him.)
Because God loves, He always wants to do for us the very best for us. He wants to give to us the very best. But He is unable to do this when we are far from Him. The rest of this Bible study describes the process by which He tries to restore what was lost in the Garden of Eden.
Read Isaiah 6:1-8
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (NIV)
Because God wants to bless us and this can only be done when in His presence, He pursues us. Here, we see how He came to Isaiah. The angels proclaimed the holiness of God. God will pursue us because He wants to bless us, but when He pursues us we will be confronted with His holiness.
What effect does it have on people to be confronted with the Holiness of God? How did it affect Isaiah?
Because God loves us, He pursues us. When He pursues us, we are confronted with His holiness. This causes our sin to be illuminated. Like a bright diamond on top of black felt is the holiness of God compared to our sinfulness. This brings conviction. The way we respond to our sin when confronted by God's holiness is HUGE!
What are some of the different ways that people respond when they become fully aware of their sin?
To dig deeper into this question, let's look at Peter and Judas. Peter and Judas both betrayed Christ. Judas went to a lonely place and took His own life. Peter went back to the disciples and the next time he saw Jesus standing on the shore, he was so excited to see Jesus that he jumped out of the boat and swam all the way to the shore.
How do you think Judas expected Jesus to react to his betrayal compared to how Peter expected Jesus to react?
If we understand that God convicts us of our sin, in love, hoping to set us free, we will confess, repent, and be restored to the presence of God. If we don't, we will run away from God further.
Let's recap. God wants to bless us. He can only bless us when we are in His presence. So He pursues us. When He pursues us, we are confronted with our sin by His holiness. He hopes that the illumination of our sin will cause us to repent and be restored into His presence so that we can receive all that He has for us.
After Isaiah repented, God asked, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" Isaiah responded, "Here am I. Send me."
Why do you think that Isaiah desired now to be a servant of the Lord?
A desire to serve the Lord is the natural consequence of a full understanding of God's forgiveness. When we realize all that He has done for us, we want to do for Him.
To receive blessings from the Lord, we must be connected to Him. The process of reconnecting produces a desire to serve Him.
Is it possible to receive all He has for us without actively serving Him? Why or why not?