Category: The Most Interesting Man In The World

Free T-Shirt!!!

July Teaching Series

We are giving a free shirt to the first person to post the answer to the bonus question for this week’s Reflection Questions!!!  If you forgot to pick up the reflection questions we passed out at the end of SHIFT on Sunday here they are: (The Bonus question is at the bottom.

1.  If humility is a requirement of following Jesus, do you think Christians today meet that requirement? What does a humble Christian look like?  Do you see such people at CityChurch and Shift?  Do you see yourself as humble?

2.  Jesus called Simon Peter to follow Him and said He would make Him a fisher of men. (Luke 5:10)  Read Matthew 28:16-20.  Do you think Jesus’ call to Peter and to the other disciples is the same call He has for you?  Why or why not?

3.  Andy talked this weekend about how Simon Peter had to STOP, DROP, and COMMIT.  What do you need to stop this week?  In what ways will you “drop” aka humble yourself before Jesus this week?  What is Jesus calling you to commit to this week?

4. This was the last talk of our series Jesus: The Most Interesting Man In The World.  We looked at Jesus  turning water into wine (John 2:1-11), healing a demon possessed man (Mark 1:21-28), healing a bleeding woman & raising to life a dead girl (Mark 5:21-43), curing the leprous men (Luke 17:11-19) , and calling ordinary men to initiate His kingdom movement (Luke 5:1-11).  How did you grow through this series?

Bonus Question: What is the verse reference or the verse quotation of the verse that has been posted to the reflection question sheets the past 4 weeks?



July Teaching Series

We did not have a chance to prepare the reflection questions to pass out on Sunday.  We’re going easy on you this week and only giving you two questions to think about.  Remember we encourage you to share your thoughts and leave comments on this blog.  If your brave we would love to see you share your answers to the questions.

1. What is one thing you got out of or learned from Al’s sermon on Luke 17:11-19 (healing of 10 lepers)? Having learned this, how do you plan to apply this to your life?

2.Who are the outcasts of  today in our culture? our city? our community? our work? Who in your life is an outcast that God is calling you to reach out to with His Grace and Compassion?

Daughters and Sons

July Teaching Series

Personal Reflection Question:

Jesus addressed the woman who was an outcast of society for twelve years as “daughter” (Mark 5:34). Self- image problems plague us today. How does the fact that you’re a “daughterʼ or “son” of the Creator of the world influence your own self-image and identity?

Being rejected is not fun.  Being rejected in the workplace, in the classroom, and in relationships.  All not fun.  Now, I imagine some people can handle it better than others.  You know, the people with those sunny dispositions and the born-natural salesman, who can handle getting doors shut in his face all day, but I think after 12 years of rejection one’s self-identity would be concretely built around it.  

As someone who’s grown up in a Christian home and who later came to embrace Jesus as someone I wanted to walk with and not someone my parents told me about, I’ve heard that “Jesus Loves Me” my whole life and I have to fight the tendency to go to God to stroke my own ego.  When one gets used to the God of the Universe calling me Son I can develop a mindset like the prodigal’s sons brother and get indignant when I’m not celebrated. (Luke 15:27-29)

To experience rejection at the level the bleeding woman did in Mark 5 is something my moments of rejection cannot even begin to approach, but I know there are people out there who do identify.  All I need to do is turn on the local news to be blasted with stories, night after night, of people who are in desperate need of the Good Life that Jesus desperately desires to extend to everyone of us.  All waiting to hear the word of acceptance by a never failing, always loving Dad.  I need to remind myself that is how badly I need to hear the word too. 

Jesus calls everyone of us, with our incomplete stories, daughters and sons.  AND with that one word He invites us to begin new stories.  A story where we can have a home, a place at the table, and the ear of a FATHER.

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