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{October 27, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


October 27 – November 1, 2019

 

I AM: Celebrations

By Brooke Hodnefield

“Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”

– 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (The Message)

Have you felt like a nobody? Or tried to be a somebody? There are times when we oscillate between these two very different statures. The definition of stature is just that, a simple definition…a person’s height. Some days we are feeling solid-seeing clearly our path ahead and confident, even. Maybe we feel surrounded by our people and even content with the life we find ourselves in. Our stature feels strong and tall. Then there are those days…and maybe weeks, or seasons, where we are small. We are insecure, lost, disoriented, and seemingly alone. Our path is unclear and if we are honest with ourselves, we aren’t even sure who we are. Our stature feels frail, weak and small. 

The shepherd boy, David experienced this. He was alone, on a hill, tending sheep. Certainly not in any sort of spotlight. He was but a speck and insignificant in comparison to his squadron of brothers, Jesse’s sons. He fell last in line. The runt. But God saw this shepherd boy, music-maker and child after His own heart. God saw KING David. And he was surely a nobody that God saw as a sombody. God called David to become King. Not right now, but to become, one day, KING. So what did David do in those days…shepherd boy with the prospect of King on the horizon? He did what he did in his ‘nobody’ days, but put one foot in front of the other and trusted that God would lead him, guide him, teach him to be the King that God saw in this nobody. 

My dad has always said,  even from my younger days, ‘don’t create your own sense of urgency.’ When he said it, it made me frustrated, impatient and annoyed. I wanted to grow into somebody and I had grand plans for just what that might look like. I’ve done a lot of striving, trying to pave my own way.  I’ve done a lot of moving in what I thought was the right direction, but not stopping to question if this is how God has created me and where He wants me to go. I love the simplicity of David, though. Wow, I could have used his quiet, humble presence when I felt larger than life. 

But if you and I were to look back…over the bumps (and maybe hurdles) on our path, nothing was in vain. We’ve all had our fair-share of wrestling with God & self, feeling unsettled, anxious & doubtful. The waiting, the quiet stagnant times, the hurts-those things that we still can’t quite understand. But they all point to a higher calling. Just as a compass pulls North, God pulls us towards Him. 

Here’s what you need to hear. YOU, and only YOU have been created as God’s glorious somebody. Simply by being who you are, you are crowned a child of God. And somebody needs YOU. Despite how ill-equipped or insecure you might feel, you have an intentional calling that God has placed within you. It’s already there! And you are good. You are good enough. You are ALWAYS good enough. There is never a time that you fall so far from grace that God doesn’t need all of us nobodies. 

So, are you ready? Let’s be honest. We are never ready. We aren’t equipped, knowledgeable skilled, financially ready. We aren’t at that pie-in-the-sky imaginary spot that we’d like to be to make that move, jump or offer ourselves imperfectly perfect to someone or something. 

We don’t have to. God has gone before. Lean into Him, His goodness and that which He can do through you. It’s not about you. And it never was. He will take our nobody stature to a somebody stature, and it will be ALL for His glory. 

It is always a lie from the pit that tells you that your gifts aren’t good enough to be given. 

Ann Voskamp

 

CLICK HERE to watch the 10.27.19 message, I AM: Celebrations.

 

{sunday 10.27.19}

Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What insecurities and comparisons do you need to confess today? What is the nagging desire that you’ve tried to push back down? Possibly a dream or something that feels unattainable? Where do you need God to speak into your understanding of the "somebody" he created you to be?

 

{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 10.28.19}

Read Mark 13:14-27

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?

{tuesday 10.29.19}

Read Mark 13:28-37

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?

{wednesday 10.30.19}

Read Mark 14:1-11

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 10.31.19}

Read Mark 14:12-31

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 11.1.19}

Read Mark 14:32-42

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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