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{April 28,2019}






Heartland Community Church


April 28 – May 4, 2019

 

LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Trinity Math

By Sheree Lutz

I sweated through my fair share of math courses. Nothing like you would while studying Aeronautical Engineering, but quite a few! What do many people like about math? It generally is concrete, factual, and objective. In the beginning, 2 apples + 3 apples = an uncontested 5 apples. At the next stage, the area of a right triangle is the area of a square divided by 2. No sweat. But then math gets theoretical. In the second semester of collegiate calculus, somehow a long string of numbers added and subtracted together = “a number infinitely approaching 0.” HOW IS THIS AN ANSWER?! Where did the predictability go?

But isn’t this is why math is a seamless parallel to our understanding of relationships? Early in my life, social connections seemed so simple. My parents and siblings did their best to take care of your physical and emotional needs. It felt so natural. Then my understanding expanded to include my “best friend” who was chosen based on our shared love for Jayhawk basketball (relational glue there!). Eventually, I realized personal interactions are far more complicated. I had romantic interests, family, colleagues, friends, children, etc. all who brought their own view of the world to the table. In other words, living in community got theoretical! Relationships required additional study, emotion, time, and if I am honest, selflessness. Mine brought me immense joy and/or deep sorrow. Again, the predictability seemed to disappear

Thankfully, we have the triune God as the perfect example of how to live communally! Dan’s sermon unpacked how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit co-exist in perfect harmony. Somehow, 1 + 1 + 1 = 1, each member needs the other. Each serves the other and plays a vitally important role. 2 Corinthians 13:14 (MSG) says “The amazing grace of the Master Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” Author Paul is praying that the strength of each person of God would dwell in us!

“Amazing grace, Extravagant love, Intimate friendship”—can you imagine what kind of world it would be if we as the church could love others in this fashion? We could help eliminate loneliness, anxiety, unforgiveness and so much more. In my personal walk with Christ, he is leading me to view others and circumstances with more give-and-take. To embrace unpredictability and and be in tune to the needs of others! Like watching Rachel paint amidst today’s worship, each brushstroke in response to the musicality of others. 

 

{sunday 4.28.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 13:14 (MSG)

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Are you naturally more of a “mathematical person” or an “intuitive person?” What do you find are the strengths of each? Which part of the trinity are you most comfortable relating to? Which part do you want to increase your understanding and experience with?

 

{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 4.29.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In our current culture we don’t see food sacrifices for idols. That doesn’t mean this scripture is no longer relevant to us. If Paul were writing to our church today, what example do you think he would use?  

{tuesday 4.30.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 9:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Because we are followers of Jesus does not mean we can’t enjoy the rewards of our hard work. How do you know the difference between enjoying the rewards of your work and greed?    

{wednesday 5.1.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 9:13-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul says he announces the gospel not out of pride, but compulsion. Share an example of the difference between pride and compulsion in your life with a trusted group or friend.    

{thursday 5.2.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “Don’t make the same mistakes again” is one of the chapter titles in this verse (in the version I’m reading). We should strive to grow from the mistakes made before us. What mistakes made in generations before us are you working at to not repeat?    

{friday 5.3.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 10:11-22

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “You can’t drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons.” This type of scripture has been repeated in several different ways and in different areas. Essentially, we can’t serve two masters. We all struggle with something that threatens to pull us away from God. What is it that pulls at you the strongest?  

{saturday 5.4.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “But if someone says, “This was offered in sacrifice,” then don’t eat it—because of the person who told you about it, and because of conscience, by which I don’t mean your own conscience, but your neighbor’s. For why should my freedom be condemned by someone else’s conscience?” This hits right at the heart of being kind and considerate of others. I imagine going to dinner with a recovering alcoholic and choosing not to have a drink while I’m there. I’m ok with having a drink for myself because this is not an issue I have. I could have a drink, but I know (and Paul is telling us) to be aware of the other person and their conscience. Pray to be more aware of these situations in your own 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}

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.

 

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