SUNDAY MAY 15 @ 12:45 PM
If you're new around Mission or you've never attended a Mission Welcome Lunch, you're invited to come hear how Mission got started, meet the staff, connect with others who are new and hear more about how you can get involved! Child care is provided and lunch is served. Click below to let us know you'll be there!
We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. We exist to help each other find and follow Christ. These are some things we want to be true of our group:
- We create a safe and honest environment, staying transparent and authentic.
- We keep it inside the circle. Confidentiality is necessary for a healthy group.
- We look together to the Bible for help and guidance, and keep out our own politics, sales, or agendas.
- We do not try to fix each other, preach sermons, or give unsolicited advice. We instead encourage, listen to, and celebrate each other.
- We handle conflict between us quickly and honestly by going to the person, owning our part, and practicing forgiveness.
- We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
- We trust that it is God’s role to change people, not ours.
- We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.
We all have our good and bad habits. Habits that give us meaning and habits that leave us empty. During this series, we'll be challenged together to create some new habits that will in turn create something new in us.
For our first habit, Mike Hickerson talked about the Bible. What it is, what it isn't, where it came from, and how to read it. He encouraged us to make the Bible a part of our everyday lives, not just because we're "supposed to", but because the wisdom that we would gain is worth the effort!
- When in your life have you desperately needed wisdom from someone else? How do you normally go about finding wisdom when you need it?
- Over the course of your life, what have you thought, believed, or heard about the Bible? How has that shaped what you thought about God?
The apostle Paul wrote a letter to his friend and fellow Missionary, Timothy, from a prison cell. He was imprisoned for his work planting churches and teaching people about Jesus, and was coming near the end of his life. In the letter, Paul encourages Timothy to guard the gospel message and keep preaching it no matter the consequences, expresses his concern for the churches that are being persecuted by Emperor Nero, and asks Timothy to pass on his letter to the church in Ephesus.
Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17 together.
14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
- Paul was near the end of his life when writing this to Timothy, passing on his final pieces of wisdom and encouragement. What does that context tell us about Paul's view of Scripture?
- What do we learn about the importance of Scripture from Paul's words? Do you normally think of Scripture being useful for all the things that Paul says it is?
- Have you ever greatly benefited from the wisdom found in the Bible? Do you think that any situations in your life might have changed if you had wisdom from the Bible?
- The reality is that we all do the things that we think are worth our time. And often, reading the Bible doesn't make it to the top of our list. How does seeing the Bible as the pathway toward a life full of wisdom from God help you re-evaluate that list of priorities?
- What makes it hard for you to regularly engage with the Bible? What are some creative ways you can address those challenges this week? What might have to move or change for this habit to grow?
- One of Mike's first tips was to make a reading plan... and there are some really helpful tools to do that! Try downloading the YouVersion Bible app on your phone (links in the header at the top of the page) and find a plan to start with. Share with your group next week about how it went!
Most Books of the bible are grouped into 3 categories:
What is the bible?
Fiction? No, because It proves to be true historically.
Historical? Yes, but people claim this book changes their lives
How-To? Yes, but it is more than sage advice, it claims to be the word of God
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
1 Joyful are people of integrity,
who follow the instructions of the Lord.
2 Joyful are those who obey his laws
and search for him with all their hearts.
3 They do not compromise with evil,
and they walk only in his paths.
4 You have charged us
to keep your commandments carefully.
5 Oh, that my actions would consistently
reflect your decrees!
6 Then I will not be ashamed
when I compare my life with your commands.
7 As I learn your righteous regulations,
I will thank you by living as I should!
8 I will obey your decrees.
Please don’t give up on me!
9 How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word.
10 I have tried hard to find you—
don’t let me wander from your commands.
how do i read the bible?
- Make a plan
- Start small
- Go slow
- Schedule a time
Check out the YouVersion Bible app on your phone's app store for some easy and helpful Bible reading plans! Find links for your device in the header at the top of the page!