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{June 10, 2018}





Heartland Community Church


 

June 10 – 16, 2018

 

A Variegated People: We Are No Longer Aliens

By Meghan Hemenway

I have traveled to foreign countries several times in my life. Each time I have prepared by studying the language and customs to try to be able to communicate and navigate in a place so different from my home. Each time I have reached a point where my brain and body feel exhausted from the work of trying to translate and adapt. Just to buy groceries or use public transportation is a test of my skills and preparation. I travel to experience new cultures and appreciate the differences in people, but I usually reach a point of surrender, where I just want to hide the fact I am an outsider and hear someone speak my own language so I don’t have to think so hard. I want to relax and feel the comfort of belonging.

Diter Aguilar from La Fe En Jesus Cristo talked to us today about how as Christians we are all foreigners here on Earth. We are citizens of heaven so we don’t actually belong to this world. My sense of security from being in a familiar place is false, but God does want us to have and experience the comfort of a true homeland. What we need to remember is that the barriers and walls we put up between each other in this world don’t belong. We as Christians are all foreigners together, no matter what church we go to or what language we speak. 

The building that matters is the one built with Jesus as the cornerstone. We are being built into a dwelling place for God. We are being made part of the dwelling where God lives. I often look for belonging for my own comfort. I am looking to be in community with others for my own good. But in Ephesians 2:19-22, Paul emphasizes that we are really making a place for God.

Some day our comfort will be real. It will be time to relax and celebrate because we are truly with our people. Finally. But it won’t be at all what we are used to or what we have experienced before. We will be one body united and representing every race, language, and tribe. Jesus is our cornerstone and our building is built on love, mercy, compassion, and acceptance.

 

{sunday 6.10.18}

Read Revelation 7:9-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This sermon series has given us a chance to sit in our same seats and hear from or about Christians who may be different from us. Where in your life do you have walls or divisions? How might you start to build your foundation on love and compassion?

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

To dive deeper into Luke 1-2, CLICK HERE or on the video below to check out a short teaching from our own Seth Davidson.

{monday 6.11.18}

Read Luke 1:46-56

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What would make you celebrate wildly, without inhibition? Or pen a song? These verses contain a song that Mary voiced. She is giddy with excitement and hope. What has made you feel this way? Why did Mary launch into this song, choose these words? What do her words indicate that she believes about God? About Jesus?

{tuesday 6.12.18}

Read Luke 1:57-66

Observe, Reflect, Apply: We choose names for our children for many reasons. Why do you think Elisabeth chose the name John? Why was your name chosen? What does your name mean?

{wednesday 6.13.18}

Read Luke 1:67-80

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What emotions do you hear in Zechariah’s poem? I sense both agony and hope. Do you ever feel this way about our world today, or about a situation? How do you navigate life in the tension between agony for what is not right, and hope that it will be set right?

{thursday 6.14.18}

Read Luke 2:1-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Take a moment to consider what YOU know about Jesus’ birth? Read the passages, and identify anything new that you learn of his birth here. What role does the feeding trough/manger play in this story?

{friday 6.15.18}

Read Luke 2:21-32

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Simeon had a message, and was to share it with the world. What story is being told in these verses?

{saturday 6.16.18}

Read Luke 2:33-40

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This is a story for all people, not just the Jewish people. How does the story of Jesus become your story? Where do you fit in the picture? What story might Jesus be writing with your life?

 

{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?

 

{extra journey resources}

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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