LISTEN TO THE SERMON:
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NEED TO KNOW:
Volunteer Pool Parties – July 23
If you’re a OneLife volunteer then listen up! It’s time for OneLife’s annual volunteer pool party on Sunday July 23. Talk to your volunteer team leader for more information and to sign up. If you haven’t started volunteering yet, then this is a great time to get started. To sign up to volunteer go to: onelifeknox.com/volunteer.
Kid City Movie Meet-ups – July 18 & 25
What’s more fun than summer at the movies? On Tuesday, July 18 at 10am you and your Kid City kids are invited to join us at the Regal Knoxville Center Mall to watch The Adventures of Tintin. Then, on Tuesday, July 25 at 10am join us at the Regal West Town Mall for Happy Feet 2. Ticket prices are only $1 so bring the whole family. We can’t wait to see you there!
Kid City Glow Night – an Elementary Family Experience
Are you ready for some glow in the dark fun? Kid City’s Glow Night is an experience for elementary students and their families with glow in the dark games & entertainment that’s going to be a blast! Join us at OneLife’s East Campus on Friday Night, July 21 from 6:30-8:00pm. RSVP at onelifeknox.com/glow.
Women’s Bible Study – Starts July 20
Starting July 20 on Thursday evenings from 6:15 – 8:00pm, women of OneLife are invited to a 5 week bible study held at OneLife’s North Campus. The group will study Christine Caine’s book, Unashamed. This is a great way for ladies to connect with each other as well as to study God’s word.
THINK IT OVER
Think back through Sunday’s message. What stuck out?
Matthew 16:18, Acts 2:40-47
Church is a who that I’m part of not a what that I attend.
- Just like a football team is about more than the three hour games or being part of your family on Christmas is more than the 20 minutes of opening presents, being part of the Church is about so much more than the one hour service each week.
- The English word “church” in our Bible translations means something much different than we understand. It comes from the Greek word “Ekklesia” meaning “an assembly of the called out ones.”
- The first church we read about in Acts 2 showed who they were and who we should be in these five ways: sold out, united, generous, loving, and unstoppable.
- Jesus told Peter that the gates of hell couldn’t stop the church He would build! And that has proven to be true! By 2050 there will be more than 3 billion Christians on the Earth, more than double the number of Muslims (the second largest religion). In the United States, 3,700 churches closed in 2014 but more than 4,000 new ones were started!
- We must ask these questions to make sure we stay a “who” and don’t become a “what”:
- Are we moving or simply meeting?
- Are we making a measurable difference in our community or serving ourselves?
- Are we organized around a mission or a model?
TALK IT OVER
Start Talking – Get the Conversation Started!
- Have you ever been part of a group, team, project, or an event where someone only showed up for the game or the final step? Why was this frustrating?
- Have you ever tried to be part of something new but only showed up for the big event rather than doing everything behind the scenes? What did you miss out on?
- Read Matthew 16:13-18. Before Jesus called Peter the rock, what did Peter first have to acknowledge? What does this teach us is the first step to becoming part of the “Church”?
- What sticks out to you in verse 18 about who will build the church? Why is that important so that the last part of the verse will come true?
- Read Acts 2:40-42. In this gathering of new Christ followers, who took responsibility for their spiritual growth? What does this show about the church being outward rather than inward focused?
- What are the four things this group of people made a priority in verse 42?
- Which of the four things in Acts 2:42 comes the easiest for you? Which do you have to devote yourself to if it is going to be a priority in your life?
- Read Acts 2:43-44. What does it mean that they had “everything” in common? Why is this kind of unity so important?
- Read Acts 2:45. How does the trait seen in this verse put Jesus on display in their community, and how does it do the same in our community?
- Read Acts 2:46. Have you ever been part of a group like this? If so, what was it like?! If not, what do you think is stopping you from being part of making that happen?!
- Talk as a group and give specific examples of what it would look like for you, as an individual, to be or become:
- Sold Out
- As you pray, thank Jesus for giving us the church as a who and not simply a what!
- Confess to God the ways that you naturally revert to treating the church as an event or an institution.
- Ask God to help you trust Him as you become selflessly part of the assembly that serves Him and others rather than attending something that will simply serve you.
- Matthew 16:13-19
- Acts 2