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{June 23, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


June 23 – 29, 2019

 

LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Break Every Chain

By Brooke Hodnefield

I was an awkward 7th grade middle school girl, who had taken a 14 hour, oh-so-slow bus ride from Oklahoma to Granby, CO. After moving to Oklahoma from Seattle in those uncomfortable middle school years, I had found athlete-friends and community through FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). This awesome weekly program took place at school, which ultimately led me to that oh-so-slow bus ride that took me to a week-long FCA camp. We stayed on the grounds of the YMCA in Grandby and I can picture the building with it’s rusty dark brown lodge-like look and the creeks that rambled nearby. I remember this place as if the image was captured as a photo, a lasting-impression on my brain I won’t forget. It was the location in which all the stirrings, unsettled feelings, wrestling and inner-whispers became crystal clear.

I’d grown up a church kid, my family nearly always attended. However, we moved quite frequently (like 30 times total) so our church might not be the same each time. It was easy to attend, fill a pew for that hour, and not get too attached. Why would we? We would just move again. Once we left Seattle and landed in Oklahoma, we had a longer stint there. I had a friend introduce me to her youth group on Wednesday nights and it became something I very much looked forward too. That was when the stirring began to get more common, more often, and louder. I sensed that the control and desire I had to lead my life wasn’t all that there was. That maybe my thoughts and prayers were in fact making it somewhere besides my own head. Then came weekly involvement with FCA, and the unsettledness deep down seemed to grow stronger. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it and I certainly wasn’t sure how to process it, but I knew I wanted to continue being with the people who seemed to be grounded and had a lightness that I couldn’t put my finger on.

Fast forward to Granby, CO at FCA camp. Each night we had chapel, where a speaker would talk and we would take notes in our Five Star notebook. I wanted SO badly to authentically feel and experience that which around me seemed to be happening. Friends and other fellow campers were embracing Jesus and giving their lives to Him. I wasn’t sure how to manifest that for myself but I knew I wanted it. That joy, peace and lightness that I saw in others. The night Neil Jeffrey spoke was unlike any other. His words struck me directly and I knew that Neil wasn’t the one speaking, it was Jesus speaking through Neil. I found myself in tears (the ones I always tried to control or fight back), without shoes, walking to the front as though Jesus were there in flesh. That night I prayed the prayer to give my life to Jesus. I’ve never felt so emotionally drained and filled to overflow. I still have the 5 Star Notebook and it is a treasured symbol of faith.

Funny how God works…10 years later I was in Dallas, Texas in my friend’s wedding. Who officiated that ceremony? None other than Neil. I had the opportunity to look at that man and verbalize (while fighting back tears) that he had changed my life. He pointed me to Jesus in a way that my restless soul could understand. But I certainly couldn’t understand what to do with it at the time. What a gift to share that with him that day.

My baptism story is one of a teeny baby in a long white lacy dress, marked with water at an Episcopal church in Denver, CO. My parents ensured I was baptized and I’m so very grateful they did. But the story above is also my baptism story. The one in which I embraced the deep longing inside to be cherished, beloved and live in the light and freedom only Jesus can give. I didn’t know how to move from a desperate unsettling to saying yes to following Jesus. But He knew. And it’s a gift that every single one of us is offered. Equally, even as we are imperfectly receiving it.

 

{sunday 6.23.19}

Read Acts 8:29-38

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you have a baptism story? If you don’t have one, have you ever senseed something at work that has caused you to consider baptism? If so, what has stopped you from making the decision to follow through?

For more information about Heartland’s June 30 baptism and what baptism means, CLICK HERE.

To sign up to be baptized on June 30 at the lake, CLICK HERE.

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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 6.24.19}

Read Galatians 4:1-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 6.25.19}

Read Galatians 4:17-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 6.26.19}

Read Galatians 4:28-5:6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 6.27.19}

Read Galatians 5:7-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 6.28.19}

Read Galatians 5:19-6:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 6.29.19}

Read Galatians 6:6-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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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