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{September 8, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


September 8 – 13, 2019

 

I AM: A Journey Through The Intersection of God’s Story & Our Own

By Rhonda Stock

It’s an axe. You throw it. How hard can it be?

Pretty hard, I learned recently. I went to one of those trendy axe-throwing places with my co-workers last month. Before your first throw, workers carefully teach you how to stand, how to hold the axe, how and when to release it in its arc. I was surprised at how much finesse it takes to get the blade to embed itself in the target. It’s a lot more than just throwing the thing at a bullseye, that’s for sure.

Some of the bigger dudes in our group tried using brute force. They’d throw the axe as hard as they possibly could. Sure, they’d hit the target, but often with the side of the axe, not the blade. The target (and sometimes the walls) would shake, but the axe would just slide to the floor. Impressive, but no points for you.

Some of us would come close to the bullseye, but our stance or our grip would have the axe at just a slight angle, so that the blade would just glance off the target. Again, no points awarded.

By some miracle, on my third try, I made a bullseye. No joke. This 4’11½” grandmother of seven, with arthritic knees and an achy back, made a bullseye. (I have pictures to prove it.) That blade embedded itself in that red center and I was queen of the world. I have no idea how I did it. I decided to quit while I was ahead (and because I could already feel the pull in my shoulder muscles).

I’d say most of us at Heartland sincerely want to serve God to the best of our abilities. We want to find His will for our lives and allow Him to use us for His glory. But we often feel confused and uncertain.

Maybe we’re like the guys who throw their axes with all the power in their 6’5” frames, only to see the axes slide down the wall and into the sawdust. We throw ourselves into this activity and that activity, seeing how this feels or how that works out. We give it everything we’ve got, only to see our efforts end up in the dust.

Maybe we aim for the target, but we don’t quite hit it because our stance is just a wee bit off. Our intentions are good, but we don’t see the results we were hoping for.

Maybe, like me, you stumble into something by sheer dumb luck and God blesses your efforts so that you see real results. But you have no idea how it happened, or how to repeat it. And so your enthusiasm peters out, and you quit.

It doesn’t have to be that way. God does have a purpose and a plan for your life, and He wants to share it with you. He can show you exactly what you’re aiming for, and how to hit that target. The great I Am, the God of Moses and Elijah and David, wants to give your life meaning and purpose. Join us at Heartland for the next few months as we explore the great mysteries of Who God is and how we can use our gifts to serve Him on Sundays.

Do you ever wonder what God’s will is for your life? Why are you here on this earth? What is your purpose—or do you even have one? You are not alone with questions like these. We have this idea of God’s will as something unknowable and mysterious, when it’s really spelled out clearly in His Word. A good starting point is to sign up for the I AM Course on Tuesdays here at Heartland. Find out Who God is, so that you can know who you are in Him.

CLICK HERE for information and to sign up!

 

{sunday 9.8.19}

Read Pslams 18, 22 and 23

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do you know about David in the Bible? Do you remember the little shepherd boy who brought down a giant? Or maybe you think of David as the writer of most of the Psalms. David was all this and more. As we begin to study the life of David each Sunday at Heartland, begin to read the Psalms (we’ve linked you to 18, 22 and 23 above) and ask God to open your heart and mind to receive new truths about David, truths which you can apply to your own walk with Jesus.

 

{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 9.9.19}

Read Mark 2:13-28

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 9.10.19}

Read Mark 3:1-12

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?

{wednesday 9.11.19}

Read Mark 3:13-19

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 9.12.19}

Read Mark 3:20-35

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 9.13.19}

Read Mark 4:1-20

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?

 

{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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