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Small Groups

Here at Tates Creek we encourage every one of our members to be involved in 1 hour or worship, 1 hour of group study, and 1 hour of service every week.  That 1 hour of group study is best done in a Sunday School class or in one of our Small Groups.   Do you ever feel like you’re just not connecting at church?  Do you feel like it’s hard to get plugged in?  Do you feel like you don’t really know where you fit in this community of Christ-followers?  Committing to a Small Group for an extended period of time is a great way to help you get past those feelings.    We realize it’s hard to open your life up to people you don’t know very well.  But there are many people in our church, including myself, who can witness to the fact that when you do… when you consistently involve yourself in the same small group of believers over the course of a long period of time… those people become your closest friends and they help you to grow in your relationship with the Lord.    I can attest to this personally.  About a year after we were married, my wife and I began searching for a church.  We attended so many, but what kept us at Tates Creek long-term, more than anything else, was getting involved in a Small Group.  Church went from being the place we went on Sundays to attend worship, to becoming a tight-knit community that cared for us and needed us to care for them.  We felt like we were finally living the way God created us to live. “Bear one another’s burdens…” Galations 6:2 “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other…” James 5:16 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15   How can we expect to obey those commandments if we’re not deeply connected with some other members of our church?   In January we began two new Small Groups.  I would encourage you to visit our Small Groups page on our website to see what we have to offer.  If a Sunday School class would suit you best, there are many to choose from and committing to one of those is also an excellent way to weave yourself into community with other believers here at the church.  You can find those on our website as well.

~ John       john@tatescreek.org

Daily Prayer Guide

Knowing God’s Love

I John 1:3-10

what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

The Throne of Grace ~ Ephesians 1:15-22

“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church.”

Paul’s prayer is God’s desire for us as well “that they might know God.”  In expressing his prayer that the Ephesians might know “the exceeding greatness of His Power toward us who believe”(Ephesians 1:19), Christ is seated at the right hand of God. We draw near with confidence to the throne of grace to pray. (Hebrews 4:16)  At the throne, we receive mercy and grace. Mercy is His life given to us. We are now able to live by the life of God. Grace is God’s ability or capacity in us and through us, to do His will. The throne of grace contains the name and works of every son of God. Written in the Lamb’s book of life. Every one of us needs help. We are not God. We have needs. We have weaknesses. We have confusion. We have limitations of all kinds. We need help. And therefore at the bottom of our hearts we know that we do not deserve the help we need. And so we feel trapped. I need help to live my life and to handle death and to cope with eternity—help with my family, my spouse, my children, my loneliness, my job, my health, my finances. I need help. But I don’t deserve the help I need. Yes, we all need help. Yes, none of us deserves the help we need. But no to despair and pride and lechery. Look at what God says. Because we have a great High Priest, the throne of God is a throne of grace. And the help we get at that throne is mercy and grace to help in time of need. Grace to help! Not deserved help — gracious help.

Bill Johnson

Daily Prayer Guide

Knowing God’s Love

Ephesians 4:2-3

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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Knowing God’s Love

Romans 13:8

 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

 

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Hebrews 12:28-29

28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

Sermon Outline, February 26, 2017, “The Foundation Before the World”

The Foundation Before the World

Ephesians 1:1-14

God formed His plan before the World.

God chose the Time.

~ I Peter 1:20   For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you

 

God chose the Way.

~ II Peter 3:9               The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

~ John 3:16                 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

~ I Timothy 2:3-4        This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

God chose the Means.

~ Romans 3:24             being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus

 

God chose the Purpose.

~ I Corinthians 6:19-20           Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

~ Philippians 4:8         Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

 

 

God implements His plan during the World.

God provides redemption through His Son, Jesus.

~ I Peter 1:18-19         knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

 

God provides redemption according to His Grace.

~ Romans 5:20            The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

 

 

God extends His plan beyond the World.

God seals His Children for an Inheritance.

~ Revelation 21:3        And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them

~ I Peter 1:4    to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

 

God seals His Children by Faith.

~ Romans 5:5  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

 

God seals His Children with the Holy Spirit.

~ Acts 2:38     Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

~ Titus 3:5       He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

Time for a Check-up

Going to the doctor was never one of my favorite things to do, but I was unfortunately reminded how important it is to regularly go for checkups.  Back in 2012 I was having what I thought were back spasms.  I tried to self-medicate for a long time and it never worked.  I continued to have serious health problems with no relief.  I never went to the doctor though to have them help me figure out what was going on in my body.  In March of 2012, I was on a trip with some students when something bad happened.  I was rushed to the hospital with a serious health condition.  Amy said she knew it was serious when the doctor walked in the room, turned the TV off, and asked her to sit down so he could talk to her.  I spent the next ten days in a hospital waiting for my body to recover enough so that I could have surgery.  I learned a lot through that life event and it has changed my awareness of how important it is monitor your health.     I think the same can be said in regards to church health and how important it is to be aware of our spiritual health.  Far too often, we as churches ignore the warning signs and do not come in for spiritual checkups.  Unfortunately, what happens is that you end up like me, in need of emergency surgery because the warning signs were ignored.  It seems we frequently hear about churches that lose sight of the importance of spiritual healthiness.  I am reminded of this strong warning out of Revelation 3.    “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis.  This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars: “I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead.  Wake up!  Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead.  I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God.  Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly.  Repent and turn to me again.  If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.”  Revelation 3:1-3   I think Tommy’s series right now is a great reminder that it’s time for a checkup!

~ Geoff           geoff@tatescreek.org

Daily Prayer Guide

Knowing God’s Love

Colossians 2:6-7

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

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Romans 5:2-5

through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

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