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Come Follow Me

Come Follow Me Study

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Come Follow MeCome Follow Me is a movie that depicts what it means to follow Jesus.  This movie is based on the Bible and recounts the experiences of one of Jesus’ most prominent followers, Peter.

Peter had doubts and fears, shame and burdens, but Jesus assured Peter of his loving forgiveness. Peter was a faithful follower of Jesus through Jesus’ own power and promise – the same promise Jesus has for you.

Please join us as we examine the themes you will discover in Come Follow Me.

Details:

  • Discussion-based studies of Come Follow Me
  • Sundays, May 4th – 25th 2014, at 10:45am
  • DVD’s available as our gift to you.

These studies will focus on the following segments of the film:

May 4th – In the Upper Room (Download Study Guide)
May 11th – The Denial (Download Study Guide)
May 18th – At the Sea of Galilee (Download Study Guide)
May 25th – A New Future (Dowload Study Guide)

We hope that you will be able to join us!

Your children would be invited to join our Sunday school classrooms during this time. We also invite you to join us in worship at 9:30am on those Sundays.

Watch the trailer!


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From Garden to Glory

From Garden to Glory

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From Garden to Glory

Midweek Interactive Worship

Wednesdays, March 12th- April 9th, 2014

These services will blend meditation, worship, and study as we walk with Jesus “From Garden to Glory.”

Soup and salad suppers will be served at 5:30. The services will begin at 6:15 following the supper.

 


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September 2013

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Follow the Leader

The last week of August marked a significant milestone in American history. Fifty years ago on August 28th, 1963 the civil rights March on Washington took place, during which Martin Luther King Jr. presented his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The March was an impressive feat.  Over 250,000 people gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. That took organization. That took planning. That took leadership. Not only was leadership important for organizing and maintaining a peaceful march, leadership was also necessary to encourage the people who gathered and give them direction.  It took leadership to rally those 250,000 people.

Leadership is critical to accomplishment.  Without leadership things quickly fall apart, so we look for leaders to emerge in our lives whom we can follow.  There might be any number of people we would look to as a personal role model, mentor, or leader, but isn’t there one person who must be our leader?  Isn’t there one person whom we need to follow? Isn’t it Jesus?

Jesus asks us to follow him.  Jesus asks us to keep him as the leader of our life. When we do that we simply recognize the truth:  “God placed all things under [Christ’s] feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”  Without Jesus our lives would be in chaos and confusion because of our sin, but Jesus has removed that sin and offered us life in his name. Jesus demonstrated his leadership by laying down his life for his sheep. Now his leadership assures us that he watches over all things for our good.  His leadership guides us, encourages us, and strengthens us throughout life’s weary way.

Leadership is also important for Christians when they gather as the church. In Hebrews chapter thirteen God’s inspired writer notes that importance when he writes, “Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you.  Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”  Whenever a discussion of leadership comes up, a discussion of leadership qualities usually follows.  Notice the qualities mentioned in that verse.  Leaders speak the Word of God.  Leaders live an exemplary life.  Leaders demonstrate strong faith.  In consideration of those qualities, it’s obvious Christian leadership flows from following the leader – Jesus.

Leadership doesn’t always have to bring 250,000 people to gather for a march. When leadership is carried out as we follow our leader, Christ, it often may take on more subtle, but no less important, forms.  Parents are leaders when they teach their children the truths of God’s Word and love them.  A friend becomes a leader to us when we struggle with life’s difficulties and they stay by our side and offer words of comfort and encouragement. As you follow your leader, Jesus, note the examples of Christian leadership around you and look for the opportunities to be a leader.

Reflection:

List the qualities you seek in a leader.

Does your list change in any way when you consider Christian leadership?

What comforts can you expect knowing Christ is your leader?

What challenges can you expect knowing Christ is your leader?

Write a prayer asking God to help and strengthen you when you have the opportunity to be a leader.


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Grow in the Knowledge of Christ

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Grow in ChristPeter addresses his second letter recorded in the Bible to those who have received a precious faith.  He then proceeds to wish his audience grace and peace in abundance through the knowledge of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Peter’s words are also addressed to you. You too have God’s grace.  You too have God’s peace.  You too have received something incredibly precious from the hand of our God.  With that precious gift you have you can now grow exponentially.  You can grow exponentially as you grow in the knowledge of Christ.

Kick off your own spiritual growth and join the family of Beautiful Savior from September 8 – September 29, Sunday mornings following worship, as we study 2 Peter and grow!

Check here for the study guides during those weeks.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4


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August 2013

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Back to School?

Is it really August already?  August means summer is drawing to a close.  August means the pool parties, the days at the park, baseball, softball, and everything else will soon have to fight for room in the schedule along with school.  For many young children, young adults, and older adults as well, August brings the start of another school year.  If you don’t believe that school is here, all you need to do is take a trip to Wal-Mart, Target, or Meijer and you will find the “Back To School” section. It’s filled with pencils, crayons, glue sticks, erasers, pens, notebooks, loose leaf paper, binders, rulers; everything students need as they return to the classroom to learn.

Do you need to go back to school?

For some, those between the ages of 5 and 18, the answer is an obvious “yes,” even if they don’t want to admit it. For others the answer may not be so obvious, but it certainly is a “yes.” All need to go back to school in God’s Word.  All need to continually be enrolled in Bible study.  Over the last several weeks of worship at Beautiful Savior we have heard encouragements to do so in the words of our scripture readings.  In Romans 15 we hear, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”  In Colossians 2 we hear, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” In Luke 10 we saw how Mary sat at the feet of Jesus listening to his word.  God’s desire for all the people he has called as his own is that they constantly enroll as pupils in his school with the textbook of the Bible. Pencils, pens, and notebooks may be valuable tools as we study, but the only thing that needs to be on our supply list is God’s Word: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16).

The goal of our study of scripture is not a degree or a diploma.  It’s not so that we can secure a greater salary when we enter the work force.  The goal of our study of Scripture is not even to secure our salvation.  Jesus did that for us when he went to the cross and bought us as his very own with his blood as the price.  The goal of our study of scripture is that we might be constantly built up in Christ. “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6-7)

So, are you ready to go back to school?

Reflection:

What are some ways you can personally enroll yourself in the study of God’s Word?

What special blessings have you found in your own life when you have been enrolled in the study of God’s Word?

Write a personal prayer asking God to strengthen and build you up as you study God’s Word.


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