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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?

Day 26, Be: A Solution

The Spirit of the Lord is upon us to enable us to reach out beyond ourselves and to help others.

Read: James 1:16-27 and 2:14-26

Ask Yourself & Journal:

•  What do these scriptures show us about true Christianity?

That faith apart from works isn’t even faith at all.  This should be a huge wake up call to anyone saying they have “faith” in Jesus Christ.  James is saying that faith is evident in ones work and that they cannot be separated.  The evidence of the transforming work of Christ is changes me.  If that change is not evident in my life, James calls the validity of that persons faith into question.  How is it possible for someone to have faith in Jesus and not have good works.  It’s not.  We must be careful to not accept a “faith” that is akin to merely adopting Christianity as one of hundreds of life systems available to the mind of man.

•  Can you identify the major needs in your community?

First, and foremost the need of any community is to spread the Good News of the freedom Jesus has purchased for us all.  But, San Antonio has many needs.  Food insecurity, teen pregnancy, school-dropouts, human trafficking, and homelessness are all important needs in San Antonio.  I would consider food insecurity the biggest issue in San Antonio.  Consider these statistics posted on the San Antonio Food Bank website:

  • Texas is the second most food insecure state in the nation. Defined, food insecurity is when you are so limited in resources to buy food that you are running out of food, reducing the quality of food that your family eats, feeding your children unbalanced diets, or skipping meals so your children can eat. 17.1 % of Texas’ population is food insecure. U.S. Census—2009 Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates
  • 5.7% of Texas’ population experience hunger on a regular basis – more than one million people.
    USDA/Economic Research Service
  • The rate of children living in poverty in Texas is 24.3%; the national rate is 20.0%. In Bexar County, that rate is 25.1% – that means that one in four children most likely struggle with food insecurity. USDA/Economic Research Service, U.S. Census—2009 Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates
  • Each week, approximately 58,000 people receive emergency food assistance from an agency in the San Antonio Food Bank network. Hunger in America 2010: San Antonio and Southwest Texas

•  What can you do to make yourself more aware of the needs of the people who live on the other side of the world?

I think the key part of this question is “make yourself more aware.”  Watch the news, read the paper (online or old school papers), follow organizations on Twitter and Facebook, see what charities, ministries, and organizations your church supports.  I believe there really is no excuse for being un-informed and ill-informed about issues in the world today.  I don’t want to be the person in James 1:22-24.

  • How can you help your friends to not only be more aware of the needs in the world but also to mobilize them to do something about it?
I recently read an article that talked about the dangers of compassion fatigue.  I’ve read this generation is probably the most cause oriented generation that the world has ever seen.  And with the danger of too much of anything is being desensitized to it.  I believe involving your friends and neighbors with local causes helps them connect with issues around the world.  And in order to get others involved I’m going to need to do the majority of the work first.  I can give as many impassioned speeches as I want but if my passion is empty of action then how can I expect others to get involved.

Listen & Pray: JESUS my ANSWER, what would the world look like if I, alongside all of your family, considered the personal responsibility given by You to make a difference in Your world.  You asked us be as little children and children view the world with hope and possibilities.  I am Your child.  I am blessed by you to be a blessing to others.

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