28 July - Luke 8:40-42, 49-56

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28 July, 2019Dennis ShanksDigIn

Jesus Heals Jairus’ Daughter -

Here’s what happens…

Jesus promises to go with Jairus to heal Jairus’ daughter, but he gets distracted. During the delay, Jairus’ daughter dies. But Jesus promises that she’ll be okay and sticks to his word as he brings the girl back to life.


Talk About This…

  • What things do people depend on you to do? 
  • What is something you can always depend on someone else to do?
  • When have you been as desperate as Jairus?
  • Why do you think Jesus sometimes tells people he has healed to tell others, when sometimes he instructs them to tell no one?
  • What do you think God is saying to you through this passage today?


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23 June - Matthew 7:7-29

23 June, 2019 Barry Jardine

Jesus Teaches Us to Live Differently

Here’s what happens…

Jesus has preached a sermon known as “The Sermon on the Mount.” where he talked about living differently than people expect by loving our enemies, giving privately, not worrying, not judging others, and, today, presents us with some real choices.

- If you could build your dream home, what would it look like? Where would it be? What would be unique about it?

- Jesus presents us with a number of choices in this passage – the broad or narrow gate; to build on the rock or on the sand. What are the major choices you are currently facing in your life? How are you going to decide which to take?

- As Christians, we are expected to live differently – how easy is that in today’s modern society? Can you share some personal examples of how you may have tried this, and……. how has it turned out for you?

- Matthew 7:12 contains what we know as “the golden rule” – “do unto others…”. Should this just be a natural way for us to live or, in today’s society, is it more difficult to live like this. If so why?

- Matthew 7: 7-11 encourages us to pray – ask; seek and knock. When did asking, seeking and knocking pay off for you? When didn’t it? What did you learn in each situation? What hint does Jesus give us which suggests that we should confidently expect God to hear and answer our prayers?

- What’s one thing that’s different about you because you love Jesus?

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9 June - Acts 2:1-41

9 June, 2019 Jessica Pinkerton

Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Here’s what happens…

The disciples were obeying Jesus’ instructions and were staying in Jerusalem. It had been 10 days since Jesus had ascended (went back up) to heaven, and on this day Jews that had travelled from many different countries were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost, the harvest festival. This special feast was a time when God’s people brought gifts as offerings to God (see Leviticus 23:15-21). While the disciples were together, a sound like a violent blowing wind, came and filled the house, and what looked like tongues of fire, rested above their heads. The people were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages which amazed everyone. Peter addressed the bewildered crowd, explaining that the coming of the Holy Spirit had been prophesied by Joel, and was the fulfilment of Jesus words too.

- If you had been with the believers on this day, what do you think you would have seen, heard and felt? Do you think your reaction would have been more like that of the people in verse 12 or verse 13?

- What happened to the believers on the Day of Pentecost? And everyone else?

- What do you think is the point that Peter wants the people to understand about the current events (verse 13, 17 & 18)?

- What response is Peter urging the new believers to take (verse 38)? Have you made that response before? Would you like to make it today?

- Have you ever experienced an empowering from the Lord to witness about Christ? Explain what it was like.

- What do you think this passage saying to you in your current circumstances? What are you going to do about it?

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Summer Worship

23 December, 2018

Sunday December 23rd (and throughout 2019)

(During this time we will be unable to record and upload the sermons due to people being on holidays and the technology available. I encourage you to still explore the readings and below is a suggested way that you can dig in deeper into discipleship and Jesus.)

As mentioned in the newsletter on the front page, over summer and throughout 2019 we’ll be “Digging into Discipleship”. Once school returns I’ll resume providing some follow-up questions for the weekly readings. In the meantime, and as a handy help in D.I.Y. bible study (and also incredibly useful in helping either to lead a bible study or simply explain something you’ve read to another person, please find below this well known method of bible study known as Discovery Bible Study.

A bible passage of no more than 10-15 verses is selected – perhaps one that relates to the Sunday preach, or material your Explore Group (or other Missional Community) is currently dealing with, and then it’s over to the Holy Spirit.

It’s designed to work best in a small group of 4-7 people, especially in terms of practising what you might explain to others, (but you can certainly do it on your own to some extent, although this negates the multiplication factor somewhat!).

The passage is read in multiple ways – first reading round the room, then one reading with others listening, and then with everyone pitching in to try and recall what they have read without looking at the passage.

Then ask these 4 questions. The same questions are used every time. (There are many versions of these questions but these are the ones I find most helpful):

1. What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus, people and/or life?

2. Does it give us any promises, principles, commands or warnings?

3. What is God saying to me through this, and what am I going to do about it?

4. Who can I tell about what I have learnt here, within the next week?

The first 2 questions are about exploration – what is the passage saying? You should spend half your time on these questions. This is giving space for the Holy Spirit to be speaking through all the members of the group. I normally follow this with a short pause for people to think on their own about what God might be saying to them through this (especially important for the introverts in the group!)

Question 3 is all about application – these two discipleship questions help people process their “Kairos” / light-bulb moments. If you’re not sure what I mean here, please ask!

Question 4 is about reproduction – this helps people to think not just as a disciple, but also as a potential disciple-maker.

Have a go over summer . . . maybe invite someone for a coffee and do it together informally while you get used to it. It’s fun and you don’t have to be an expert. Try it on these readings which we’ll be using over January . .

December 30 Genesis 1:1-2:3 & Genesis 2: 4-25

January 6 Genesis 11:1-9

January 13 Genesis 13

January 20 Exodus 3:1-15

January 27 Exodus 10:1-18

The weekly Dig in at Home Resource will also be available via the App and Website under the Devotion section during this time.

God Bless

Ian

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Sunday 16 December - Matthew 28:16-20

16 December, 2018 Rev Ian Weaver

Sunday December 16th (and throughout 2019)

As mentioned on the front page, over summer and throughout 2019 we’ll be “Digging into Discipleship”. Once school returns I’ll resume providing some follow-up questions for the weekly readings. In the meantime, and as a handy help in D.I.Y. bible study (and also incredibly useful in helping either to lead a bible study or simply explain something you’ve read to another person, please find below this well known method of bible study known as Discovery Bible Study.

A bible passage of no more than 10-15 verses is selected – perhaps one that relates to the Sunday preach, or material your Explore Group (or other Missional Community) is currently dealing with, and then it’s over to the Holy Spirit.

It’s designed to work best in a small group of 4-7 people, especially in terms of practising what you might explain to others, (but you can certainly do it on your own to some extent, although this negates the multiplication factor somewhat!).

The passage is read in multiple ways – first reading round the room, then one reading with others listening, and then with everyone pitching in to try and recall what they have read without looking at the passage.

Then ask these 4 questions. The same questions are used every time. (There are many versions of these questions but these are the ones I find most helpful):

1. What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus, people and/or life?

2. Does it give us any promises, principles, commands or warnings?

3. What is God saying to me through this, and what am I going to do about it?

4. Who can I tell about what I have learnt here, within the next week?

The first 2 questions are about exploration – what is the passage saying? You should spend half your time on these questions. This is giving space for the Holy Spirit to be speaking through all the members of the group. I normally follow this with a short pause for people to think on their own about what God might be saying to them through this (especially important for the introverts in the group!)

Question 3 is all about application – these two discipleship questions help people process their “Kairos” / light-bulb moments. If you’re not sure what I mean here, please ask!

Question 4 is about reproduction – this helps people to think not just as a disciple, but also as a potential disciple-maker.

Have a go over summer . . . maybe invite someone for a coffee and do it together informally while you get used to it. It’s fun and you don’t have to be an expert. Try it on these readings which we’ll be using over January . .

December 30 Genesis 1:1-2:3 & Genesis 2: 4-25

January 6 Genesis 11:1-9

January 13 Genesis 13

January 20 Exodus 3:1-15

January 27 Exodus 10:1-18

The weekly Dig in at Home Resource will also be available via the App and Website under the Devotion section during this time.

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