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{October 6, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


October 6 – 11, 2019

 

I AM: Your Passion

By Christina Marie Mitchell

I will be the first to admit that I always thought passion was something God created to remind us that life doesn’t suck when it can feel like it does. I always assumed that passion was about me — what I loved to do, what I was interested in. My passion was the one thing that made me different from those around me. And while those things are true, today’s teaching really fleshed out a lot of what I was missing.

Today, we were presented with a few thought provoking questions: What drives you? What wakes you up in the morning? What keeps you up at night? I found myself silently answering: my job, my job, and my job. And that’s because, for me, I thought that my passion was rooted in what I was good at. I am great at my job, so of course, it makes sense. But when I’m actually honest with myself, I knew it couldn’t have been my job — I’ve only had it for 8 months. I’ve clearly been fired up about something consistently for the majority of my life, as I know God is intentional.

I’ve always been interested in people — in our stories, in our experiences. I love to people watch. I think about how God made me an introvert who is called to be amongst people. Consistently. On purpose. I think about how God blessed with the love language of quality time. I think about how hard it was for me to set boundaries for myself once my heart for serving people was truly awakened. I think about how God made my first day at Heartland in 2010, a day of service — where I stood at the front of the atrium greeting people, hoping that they didn’t ask me where anything was, because I had no idea. I was just there to smile and greet. My passion was how God brought me back to the church. My whole life has been centered on community & connection. And service.

What drives me? Serving people. What wakes me up in the morning? The hope that I’m going to make someone’s life better. What keeps me up at night? Anticipating how God is going to use me for the goodness of someone else. Either at work, or on the streets, or amongst my friends. The posture of “how can I help?” never leaves my mind.

Today’s teaching offered a powerful notion of ‘passion, at its core, being a form of pain that demands to be quenched’. I had to reflect & still am reflecting and processing that thought, because I’ve always led with the assumption of passion being about me. When in fact, the use of my passion is an expression of my faith in motion. It’s my living testimony of my love for God and my love for people. God gave me a heart for others so that I would use it for His purpose. This isn’t anything new to me, because I’ve been on my walk with God for years, I know that people are my thing. But today, God delivered even more clarity and conviction — yes, I have a heart for people; but my passion precisely lies in service. Serving Him & serving others.

 

CLICK HERE to watch the 10.6.19 message, I AM: Your Passion.

 

{sunday 10.6.19}

Read 1 John 3:18

Passion: A conviction that becomes contagious because it withstands the test of pain.

Questions:

  1. Interested In:  What do I enjoy?  What are my hobbies?  Where do I spend my free time?

  2. Excited About:  What gives me energy?  What do I look forward to doing?

  3. Driven By:  What must I do?  What gets me up in the morning?  Where do I feel most alive?

  4. Burdened For:  What keeps me up at night?  What pain in the world do I sense God wants me to step into?

Action:  Write down 3-5 words from these questions that best describe your Passion.

________  _________  ___________  ___________  _________

 

{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 10.7.19}

Read Mark 9:1-10

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 10.8.19}

Read Mark 9:11-29

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 10.9.19}

Read Mark 9:30-37

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 10.10.19}

Read Mark 9:38-50

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 10.11.19}

Read Mark 10:1-12

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.

 

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