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{November 10, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


November 10 – 15, 2019

 

Threshold: Friendship

By Rhonda Stock

I like to talk.

I also like people.

I like getting to know them, learning what things we have in common and what we don’t. I can chat with someone in the line at the grocery store, and by the time we have checked out, I might know how many children the other shopper has, what allergies each child has, and whether the children were bottle- or breast-fed. I like to make friends wherever I go.

My husband is different. He hates small talk, but he can do it if the situation requires. At social gatherings, he’d rather sit in the corner with one interesting person than gad about the room engaging lots of different people, which is what I tend to do. His closest friends are family members—siblings, cousins, our own now-grown children.

These outside relationships are important. My husband and I consider ourselves best friends, but we can’t be all things to each other. He goes cross-eyed at the thought of spending an entire day scouring thrift shops and flea markets for things we don’t need (which is one of my favorite things to do), so I have a cherished friend that goes with me (she has an uncanny sense of direction and knows where more flea markets are in the KC area than anyone else I know). And if he wants to discuss computer programming or investment opportunities ad nauseum, he knows he’ll have better luck inviting our daughter or one of our sons over.

The point is, friendships are important. Human beings are communal creatures. God created Eve for Adam because, He said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” We are designed to fellowship with other humans.

Maybe you are an extrovert who gathers friends like flowers in May. Maybe you are an introvert who cultivates a few deep, meaningful relationships over time. Maybe you are somewhere in between. Whatever your personality, it’s okay. There is no one right way to make friends.

If you need help finding a community where you can meet new people and make friends, Heartland is here for you. We offer many opportunities to connect with others and develop those relationships that are so important to us as human beings, and as believers. Join us! You are welcome here!

CLICK HERE to watch the 11.10.19 message, Threshold: Friendship.

 

{sunday 11.10.19}

Read John 15:9-17 (TPT)

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you think it was easier to make friends when you were a kid? You were thrust into a new classroom each school year, with a new configuration of students, so you were almost forced to create new friendships each year. Maybe it was easier to bond over Pokémon cards and Lisa Frank pencils than it is to connect with someone at the company water cooler as an adult. As adults, we sometimes must push ourselves out of our comfort zone to make new friends. Maybe that means eating lunch in the break room instead of in your cubicle, or inviting a neighbor over for coffee. Maybe it means signing up for an activity at Heartland. Be bold this week. Take a step. You’ll be surprised at what just might happen.

Do you think you are a good friend to have? Why? Think of what you look for in a friend, and ask yourself if you have those qualities. Be honest. It’s okay to think, “I’m pretty loyal to my friends, and I think that’s a really good quality.” Is there an area you can improve in? Could you be a better friend to others? This coming week, focus on being the kind of friend you would like to have.

 

{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 11.11.19}

Read Mark 15:33-41

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 11.12.19}

Read Mark 15:42-47

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 11.13.19}

Read Mark 16:1-8

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?

{thursday 11.14.19}

Read Mark 16:9-20

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?  

{friday 11.15.19}

YOU CHOOSE! (Pick a chapter or a few verses and read them using the questions below. Share your choice, and your reflections with us on Facebook!)

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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