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{April 14, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


April 14 – 20, 2019

 

Sightings:What Is This Strange Sight?

By Adam Pontier

I pride myself on being a rational person. I am not the kind of person who sees something strange and attributes it to the supernatural. This made coming to faith a two step process for me. 

When I originally decided to follow Christ, I did without thinking too critically in regards to science. I knew what I experienced was real and it had made real changes in who I was. However, being a rational person, I struggled with all the supernatural things the Bible claims. 

My logic filter kicks in first as I process everything. There was a large gap between what I felt (Jesus) and what I understood (science). So I set out to discover what these gaps were, and what that meant. 

I came accross a book called, The Language of God by Francis Collins. I then came across Mere Christianity by CS Lewis because of reading Francis Collins’ book. Outside of the Bible, these two books have been the most influential books I’ve read in my life. I was processing serious questions and some doubt. I would need to write an entire book to unpack all of the areas where I had questions and doubt.  

Something I’ve concluded through my reading and studying is while science explains “how” things were made, the Bible explains “why” things were made. I’m sure there are many people who, with rational thought and logic, could pick that apart to where it means nothing (that can be done with any statement). But for me, being able to separate “how” something was made from “why” it was made helped me digest much of what I struggled with in my faith.

Can the Bible be trusted if it asks us to believe things that break the laws of physics? Is God the ultimate creator if he can’t break the laws of physics God made? You can go down all kinds of rabbit trails with questions. Go for it. I believe in seeking to find answers to our questions and our doubt, we are seeking to find God.  

As you explore your questions and doubts, make sure your sources are credible, use your own independent logic based on your own experience. And pray for God to reveal himself in his way to you. 

Pursue your answers, and wrestle your doubts in faithfulness, with curiosity and courage. Then, be willing to step out, take a risk, and follow God’s lead.

 

{sunday 4.14.19}

Read Exodus 3:1-6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever experienced a strange, unexplainable sight? Have you ever moved toward an unexplainable moment? Have you ever had opportunity to "look at God"? Share your thoughts and experiences related to these verses with a friend or small group.

 

{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.

{monday 4.15.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 1:1-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Reflect on your faith community. What about it are you thankful for? How can a diverse group of people, from all walks of life, and at all stages of faith come to a place of unity? Join us in praying for that spirit of unity at Heartland, and give thanks with us for the things that make this place home.  

{tuesday 4.16.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 1:21-2:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What does it mean to you, to be united in Jesus? What might that look like in someone’s life in practical ways?   

{wednesday 4.17.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 2:3-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What causes you to trust in God’s wisdom over human experience or wisdom?  

{thursday 4.18.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 3:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: After reading these verses, describe our role vs God’s role in helping someone come to terms with faith.  

{friday 4.19.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 3:12-23

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In your own words, describe what you believe the writer means when he says, "Everything belongs to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God."

{saturday 4.20.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 4:1-15

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Identify who the characters are in these verses. Then go back and identify what they are each told, and what is asked of them. Be sure to include God in your character study.  

 

{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}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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.

 

Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share what you are learning, questioning or experiencing. We love conversations!

 

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