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{September 1, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


September 1 – 6, 2019

 

SUIT UP: Ty The Mailman

By Rhonda Stock

Many years ago (many, many years ago), I attended a youth camp where one of the teachers used Bible characters to illustrate the Four Personality Types—Melancholy, Phlegmatic, Sanguine, and Choleric.

I don’t remember much about the lesson (like I said, it was many years ago), but I do remember that she said Paul was a perfect example of a Choleric temperament. Paul was passionate and authoritative, an ambitious leader in the Jewish community before his conversion and a dynamic leader in the Christian community after.

He was practical (Acts 18:1-3), goal-oriented (Acts 19:21), and a pretty handy guy to have around in case of snake bite (Acts 28:1-6). He could also be bossy (Galatians 2:11-21) and intolerant (Acts 15:36-41). As you read through the book of Acts and Paul’s epistles, one thing becomes clear: everyone who met Paul, sooner or later wanted to kill him.

Despite his flaws, Paul was used by God in extraordinary ways. Paul wrote most of the books in the New Testament, many of them after he was placed on house arrest in Rome. He was publicly flogged five times (39 lashes each time), beaten with rods three times, stoned at least once, and shipwrecked three times (2 Corinthians 11:24-25). Paul traveled thousands of miles in the most dangerous conditions to bring the Gospel to those who had not yet heard the Good News. He spoke in homes, synagogues, and palaces. He preached to sailors and Pharisees and potentates.

But God doesn’t just use mighty men like Paul. He also uses lesser known people like you and me and Tychicus. As Pastor Seth pointed out in this morning’s teaching, Tychicus’ role in spreading the Gospel may seem minor. But if people like Tychicus didn’t carry Paul’s letters across the ancient world, how would the Gospel have become known?

Maybe you’re a Paul. Maybe you’re a Tychicus. Whoever you are, play your part in God’s plan today.

 

Looking for a spot to get connected this Fall at Heartland? Join us on Sundays for the I AM series, then jump in on Tuesday nights for the I AM Course, where we will explore the life of David, God’s story, and where our stories intersect with God! CLICK HERE for information and to sign up!

 

{sunday 9.1.19}

Read Ephesians 6:21, Colossians 4:7, Galatians 6:9, Ephesians 6:22

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you ever feel like you’re too unimportant to be used by God? You can’t preach or sing or do anything else the people “onstage” can do. So, what’s your purpose in God’s Kingdom? God doesn’t use only the folks onstage to share the Gospel. God uses ordinary people doing ordinary things, as Pastor Seth said. Look for ordinary things you can do this week to share God’s love. Return your shopping cart to the corral to make it easier on the employees at HyVee. Allow someone to go ahead of you in line. Smile kindly at the frazzled mom herding her children into a building. Such ordinary things, yet they can have extraordinary impact.

 

{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 9.2.19}

Read Mark 1:1-8

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 9.3.19}

Read Mark 1:9-20

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 9.4.19}

Read Mark 1:21-34

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 9.5.19}

Read Mark 1:35-45

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 9.6.19}

Read Mark 2:1-12

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.

 

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

 

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