Sanctuary North

Sanctuary North is seeking to join God’s renewal in all things in the neighborhoods of Smith Hill, Elmhurst, Mount Pleasant, Olneyville, Wanskuck and Valley in Providence, RI. We are passionate about embracing our ethnic identity and diversity, serving local families, and being a loving presence in our neighborhood.

 

 

Week after January 28, 2018

Announcements:

-Join us Sunday as we start a new series, "Feel/Better":  an 8 week focus on the journey to emotional health for real spiritual maturity! This will be great for all of us and for newcomers, so please take a moment and consider who to invite and bring! Sermon series starts this Sunday, new HG lessons start this next week, book included! Please pay for your book next week if you can! $10

-Team night, February 8th- 645 pm- 15 Hayes! Time to worship together and then follow up on some North initiatives discussed on this past Sunday!  

-Men's gathering, this Saturday, 10 am- At Hatch office, 244 Weybosset. 

-Racial Justice Track- NEW START DATE!  Sunday, Feb 11 after church, 130 pm, Ogunba' home (12 Atlas St, PVD)  

 Scripture

John 4:1-28

1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

 

  • Take 5 minutes alone and quietly look over this passage, taking notes.  What sticks out to you? How is God speaking to you through this text?   
  • Take 10 minutes and discuss as a group.  What seems to be the main point? What convicted you personally in this text?  

Summary

John 4 shows us the story of Jesus crossing divides, including ethnicity and gender, to reconcile a woman with God. Jesus’ first priority was giving full value and dignity to a woman, regardless of her ethnic background, gender, sins, or place in society. Next, Jesus offered her living water to pull her from her brokenness and into reconciled relationship with God. So our invitation is to be first reconciled to God, so that we can be a force for reconciliation with others. Pastor Kim said, “The beautiful thing about God is that the more of Him we give away, the more of Him we get.”  

As we think about reconciliation with others, Pastor Kim left us with three key applications: First, try to be more aware where you currently are; second, allow yourself to be uncomfortable in conversations; and third, consider how you can invest in changing broken systems. In our time, the church must engage with racial reconciliation because it is so often at the root of places in need of peace. Matthew 5:9 says “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” 

Questions: 

  1. Where do you need to ask Jesus for “living water?” Are there “wells” that you keep going back to? 
  2. What barriers prevent you from loving and being in community with people who are different from you?
  3. How can you become more aware? Or How can you invest in changing broken systems?
  4. Who do you need to pursue intentional friendship with? How will you do that?

 

Close in prayer for each other, asking that God continue to use us as a community to bring the peace of Jesus to our city in this time! 

 

Week after January 21, 2018

Announcements: 

-Join us this Sunday as we wrap up our peacemakers series. 

-Leadership gathering, this Sunday after church for those in that space- Sunday, 130 pm- Reuker's home. 

-Racial Justice Track- Starting Sunday, Feb 4 after church, 130 pm.  

Scripture

Jesus prays for His disciples and future believers

John 17: 13-26

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory,the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

  • Take 5 minutes alone and quietly look over this passage, taking notes.  What sticks out to you? How is God speaking to  you through this text?   
  • Take 10 minutes and discuss as a group.  What seems to be the main point? What convicted you personally in this text?  

Summary

Personal and corporate sin creates lines that separate us from God.  This sin then bleeds out into our community and creates lines that keep people separated when they should not be!  Lines that separate race, gender, social class, and age, for examples.  Jesus gave his life to erase the lines that separate us from Himself, and separate us from each other.   Because of Him, you are freely justified, forgiven and made right with Him!   Yet we are called to work out what God has already worked inside of us, this is called sanctification.  We continue to bring the love of Jesus into every aspect of our lives, letting Him change those situations and bring healing to relationships and former ways of sin and separation from each other.   

Questions: 

1. If in Christ we are all one, how can we move in the direction of that being a reality now in the church?  

 2. How can we better empower our women and communicate that they are equal in our church community?  

3.  How can we better empower our people of color and communicate and practice equality amongst race? 

4. How can we better celebrate our diversity? 

5. How can you make friends with others from different age groups? 

6. How have you learned from our friends in recovery?.  

7. Are there ways that you have been privileged in our society. Why or why not?  How has this affected your view of other races or people from different social backgrounds? 

Close in prayer for each other, asking that God continue to use us as a community to bring the peace of Jesus to our city in this time! 

Week after January 14th, 2018

Announcements: 

- 14 day focus on prayer and fasting! Join us:  https://sanctuaryri.org/FIRSTSEEK/

-Join us Sunday for week 2 of a 3 week series on Peacemakers and racial reconciliation. Bring some friends!

-Teen Night, Wednesday, January 17, 6 pm at 128 Modena Avenue! 

Sermon: Courage to make peace

“There was a time when the church was very powerful--in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators."' But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated." By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests. Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an arch defender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's silent--and often even vocal--sanction of things as they are.” MLK Jr, April, 1963.  Letter from Birmingham Jail. 

SCRIPTURE READING: 

Exodus 3:1-10

3 "Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”  And Moses said, “Here I am.” 5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.  7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

  • Take 5 minutes alone and quietly look over this passage, taking notes.  What sticks out to you? How is God speaking to  you through this text?   
  • Take 10 minutes and discuss as a group.  What seems to be the main point? What convicted you personally in this text?  

Summary

In this exodus story God calls one man to take a stand and to go and speak up and say no.  To go enter a conflict that no one had entered before, and to speak up to someone that NO one would dare speak up to.  For freedom.  For people to experience the life God had called them to.  This story is of one guy; weak and sinful and old, who had to STEP up in courage and follow God into the unknown.

Peace does not just come our way.  We have to TAKE courage to MAKE peace.  Only we as believers can bring our broken city the peace that lasts, a peace that rules in our hearts by the finished work of Jesus Christ. 

Like Moses, we need extreme courage to: 

  • Hear and obey Gods voice 
  • To let go of past failures

 You cannot enter the light of today until you get out of the shadow of yesterday. 

  •  To say NO!  
  • To say sorry!  To confess your sins to God, and to say sorry when you hurt your brother/sister. 
  • To let God heal your broken heart! 
  • To walk into  the unknown 

Questions: 

1.  What is your soul tired of? To who and to what do you need to say no to, so that you can live the life you are called to live, so you can let God love you the way you are supposed to be loved!

2.   What have you heard from God lately?  Are you following through with what He is putting in your heart? 

3.  Is there a certain place in your life or in your relationships that need the peace of Jesus Christ to break through?  How is God leading you to make peace in that situation? 

End in praying for each other; for your hearts to ever be aware of God's activity in you and in those around you, and for those that do not know Jesus to find Him this season! 

Bring them Sunday! 

 

 

 

Week after December 10th, 2017

Announcements: 

-This Sunday we have our special Kids' play! Bring your family to watch a cute skit by the kids, enjoy a hot chocolate bar, breakfast and some pics with Santa after service. Our message will be on the nearness of God and His intimate love to each of us. Bring some friends and hand out some invites! 

-Home group Christmas party! Tuesday, December 19, 630 pm at 141 Springfield Ave, Johnston! Sign up to bring some food or cookies and bring your friends as we all party together! 

-Christmas Caroling! Thursday, December 21, 6:30 pm.  Join us at __________ as we go to carol and love on our neighbors!

-December 24th- 10 am-  Christmas Eve morning service! Join us for a candle lit service, brunch and time or worship as we celebrate the coming of Jesus.  

Sermon:The invitation 

Romans 1:20  “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."

  • Take 5 minutes alone and quietly look over this passage, taking notes.  What sticks out to you? How is God speaking to  you through this text?   

  • Take 10 minutes and discuss as a group.  What seems to be the main point? What convicted you personally in this text?  

  • Summary:

We asked the question, Is Jesus Christ really the only way to Heaven?  

What we are really saying is… 

IS THERE A DISTANCE TO FAR FOR GOD? Is there a place where His love does not reach? 

These questions assume a lot: We assume that we are in the center of the world- PVD, U.S., never occurs to us that Gods activity is still in Nazareth, the Middle East and across the world!  Why do we think that we are at the center of God’s universe?!!!!!

-What we dont realize we are asking in "Is Jesus the only way", is really: “Can he really reach all people?!!!  The way we talk about this planet in relationship to God is like He has too much ground to cover!  Its like we doubt Jesus at the level of Santa coming down every chimney.  JESUS IS NOT SANTA!  He is God over all creation and is always at work!   

 With Jesus, Do NOT mistake the unseen as UNDONE. 

The whole beauty of this Christmas story is that God came to us, and if He came to us, that means He came for ALL!   

He initiated the love.  He didnt forget certain places, countries or peoples!

Colossians 1:16- “All things were created through him and for him- You and us are not the only things!!!!!

The distance that He does not cover is the distance in your own heart. The only thing missing is for your heart to respond and for those around you to open their hearts to Him.  He is working and speaking to you, and He is working and trying to speak to those lost around you.  Can we trust Him and help point people to what He is doing? 

Questions: 

1. What was the first thing that made you look up and realize that you needed a Savior? 

2. How did God speak to you when you came to believe in Him? 

3. How do you think God is speaking to those friends around you that do not know Jesus? Share some stories if possible. 

4.  Are you currently trusting in the relentless love in your own life? If not, how can you realign your heart to receive is endless love and grace?  

End in praying for each other; for your hearts to ever be aware of God's activity in you and in those around you, and for those that do not know Jesus to find Him this season! 

Bring them Sunday! 

Week after December 3rd, 2017

Announcements: 

-This Sunday we continue our Advent series, "Ill be home for Christmas."  We will be talking about the invitation of Jesus,  how He reaches out to everyone and meets them where they are at! This will be an ideal Sunday to bring your unchurched and seeking friends!  Please be praying, inviting and pushing invites on your social media as well.  We want to be very intentional and sensitive in this Christmas season to newcomers and our loved ones that need Jesus. Take invites provided at your home group, and take a moment and pray for those you will hand them to!  

-Teen Bowling: Monday, Dec. 11,  6 pm. $13 a kid, Lang's Bowling- Ana Guerra will call each teen to confirm! 

-Home group Christmas parties! Invite your friends! Week of December 18th! 

-Sermon:Waiting well 

 Romans 5:2-5  “And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

  • Take 5 minutes alone and quietly look over this passage, taking notes.  What sticks out to you? How is God speaking to  you through this text?   

  • Take 10 minutes and discuss as a group.  What seems to be the main point? What convicted you personally in this text?  

SUMMARY 

We hate waiting.  Yet waiting is a central thing we do as believers.  We live waiting for the return of Jesus.  It is not a waste of time, like waiting in line at a grocery story.  In the waiting, God is working in ways we don't realize.  We can realize in the slow seasons that seem to have no answers,  that Jesus has real gifts and things He wants to say to us and work through us!!!!    We are waiting, but Jesus is producing: character, dependence, humility, hunger and desire for Him!   He is preparing your heart and soul to fully receive all that He is and all that He wants to do in you. 

-In waiting, we sometimes realize the thing or relationship we were trying to make happen is not from God, but God is actually doing this other thing that is far better than what we initially desired!  

-In waiting,  realize prayer is not a waste of time, but  the core of what we are called to do. 

-In waiting, we realize some of our wants and desires are not from HIm. 

-In waiting,  our hearts and souls  become peaceful in His presence. 

-In waiting, God is preparing your soul for greater depths of His love and for greater ways to give away His grace. 

-In the waiting, God wants to transform and prepare you for HIS PRESENCE! 

 

Questions to consider as you break up into small groups: 

-What are you not waiting well with today? 

-What have you missed this week by not giving thanks to God?

-What does God want to show you in that person/circumstance that you are not patient with?

-What have you been trying to force on your own and realize you need God's guidance in? 

End in prayer together and by thanking God for the gift of silence, and the ways that He is transforming you as you wait for Him. 

 

 

 

Week after November 26th, 2017

Announcements: 

-This Sunday we begin our Advent series, "Ill be home for Christmas."  Please be praying, inviting and pushing invites on your social media as well.  We want to be very intentional and sensitive in this Christmas season to newcomers and our loved ones that need Jesus.  Bring them!  

-This Saturday we will be doing our annual Xmas tree cutting at Henry's farm.  Join us, and bring some friends! 1030 am! 

Passage from Sunday:

Amos 5:21-24

21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
    your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
    I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
    I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs!
    I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river,
    righteousness like a never-failing stream!

On Sunday we looked at Amos 5:21-24  and Matthew 22: 36-40. We talked about the fact that Love without Justice is not Love an Justice without Love is not Justice. 

  • Take 5 minutes alone and quietly look over this passage, taking notes.  What sticks out to you? How is God speaking to  you through this text?   

  • Take 10 minutes and discuss as a group.  What seems to be the main point? What convicted you personally in this text?  

  • Summary:

Jeremy preached about the necessity to sit in the tension of things that seem very polarized and on opposite sides of the spectrum. The 4 tensions that he mentioned were..

1.) The tension between Grace and Truth (John 1:14-17) 

2.) The tension between Narratives; what stories about our nation do we believe and communicate to our children and neighbors? 

3.) The tension between our Ethnicity and our Race. One that is beautiful and ordained by God, and the other which is a construct created to oppress. 

4.) The tension between Justice and Love. Love that over looks Justice is not Love. 

Questions

1.) Which of these tensions do you resonate with the most and why?

2.) What has been difficult when trying to have these conversations? 

3.) Which systemic injustice effects you the most, or that you are most passionate about? What can you do to work towards justice in that area? 

End your time in small groups praying for each other, your needs, and for our community of faith to grow in grace and truth through Jesus Christ. 

 

 

 

11/05/17

Announcements: 

 -Bring some friends! The way that new people come to our community is by trusting and knowing someone within it already.  Take a moment right now,  pray and consider who around you needs a community like this!  Make a plan to invite them or offer them a ride for Sunday! 

-Orphan Sunday this Sunday. Please go to             love providence.org to see what ways you can personally help serve our foster children in the city. 

-Rfk school dance this Thursday! For those that can help, we will set up at 4 and tear down at 730 pm. If you want to just come and mingle with our school families, we would love to have you as well!  

-Team night for everybody! Thursday, November 16, 645 pm at 15 Hayes. This is a time to prepare for Advent and all the initiatives we will be doing in the city.  It will also be  final prep for our All City Gathering that we will be hosting that Sunday, Nov. 19 at RFK! 

Boldness in Action  

God is active in the world. And we are called to join Him in the action.
When we don't act, sometimes people don't receive what was intended for them through us! Because He created you to act with Jesus and for Jesus.

The humbling and crazy part of this gospel partnership is that He creates and call us to DO HIS WILL- TO BE HIS ACTIVE witnesses to His heavenly realities.

Bold actions done in hope help unleash the reality of Gods power and goodness.

Back to what we have been talking about in this series, hope: Hope is the gear that moves us forward from our neutral state of apathy and defeat into experiencing victory and joy in Jesus.

Hope drives us to joy, drives us to bold prayers and BOLD ACTION based on the living hope we have.

When you don't take actions in faith and full hope, you're not only blocking the life you are called to live, but you are keeping others from the life they are meant to live.

The kingdom of God is filled with one action done in faith followed by thousands of ripple effects followed by the faithful one. Much of the spiritual fruit will never be seen until we are all together in Heaven.

UPWARD PRACTICE / Studying the Word

Spend time in:

1 Peter 1:13
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” 

Peter is writing about the new life, family and inheritance that we all share in knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. So based on this new life, we are to be spiritually ready to spiritually engage in what Jesus is doing around us today! 

Questions: 

  • Take 5 minutes alone and quietly look over this passage, taking notes.  What sticks out to you? How is God speaking to  you through this text?   

  • Take 10 minutes and discuss as a group.  What seems to be the main point? What convicted you personally in this text?  

  • For those that heard the sermon on Sunday, what is one thing that you took away from it? What are you going to DO with it? 

Context of passage:

1. Prepare our minds for action. Literally means 'gird up your loins", one would pull up your long robe and be ready to run and to be active.  It is a faith posture of being fully aware of Jesus around you, and being fully aware of what God is doing in those around you. 

2. Be sober-minded.  It is putting in your mind and heart the truth of Jesus and what He has done and is doing for you.  It's realizing that you need to rid yourself of the things than numb you to the reality that God is on the move and working with you and for you right now!  

3 So that we can set our hope fully on Jesus Christ. This is what the other two points are leading us to: That we are fully hopeful in Jesus and fully engaging in that hope all around us, taking bold action and living out the hope that lives inside of us.  Because this hope is so real, we should be acting like He is real in every conversation and action today.  

Questions: 

-What have you been numbing your mind with, keeping you from being fully aware of Jesus around you and Jesus in those around you? 

-What practice can you take to be more fully aware of God's presence in you and in those around you?

-What is God leading you to act upon? Is there a certain situation you are being called to act on? Is there a certain person you are feeling led to take action with? 

We will never look back on life and say, I should have loved less, served less, gave less, or hoped less.  May God lead you this week to take bold actions in your present situations and people, showing everyone that a living hope is inside you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/15/17

Announcements: 

-Plan on coming to our GROW class this Sunday, 12-1 pm.  This week is our final class of this session, and we will review what it looks like to become a partner with North.  Join us! 

-Bring some friends! The way that new people come to our community is by trusting and knowing someone within it already.  Pray and consider who around you needs a community like this!  Make a plan to invite them or offer them a ride for Sunday! 

Experiencing joy 

Acts 16:25-34

25 "About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household."

Summary

Picture hope as a tree.

The ground from which hope can grow is the grace of God and the gospel of Christ. The fruit on the tree is JOY.  As we experience Jesus, take hope in him, we bear the fruit of JOY!   John Perkins talks about coming to faith and how Christian maturity happens.:  

“True Christian change works more like an old oak tree in the spring, when the NEW LIFE INSIDE pushes off the old dead leaves that still hang on” 

We are ever letting the reality of a life in Jesus PUSH out the old life of anger, sadness, cynicism, negativity, hopelessness. We let Jesus fill us with hope and that hope fill us, overflows out of us with JOY!!!!

What is Christian Joy?  Christian joy is a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as He causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word and in the world.

 

Questions: 

  • Take 5 minutes alone and quietly look over this passage, taking notes.  What sticks out to you? How is God speaking to  you through this text?   

  • Take 10 minutes and discuss as a group.  What seems to be the main point? What convicted you personally in this text?  

  • For those that heard the sermon on Sunday, what is one thing that you took away from it? What are you going to DO with it? 

  • What ways are you experiencing joy in Jesus as of recent?  In what ways do you feel the joy of God has been taken from you lately?  

  • Who in your life needs to see the overflowing joy of Jesus in your life?  Have people ever noticed you to have an unexplainable joy? 

  • Deepen your joy by deepening your relationship with Jesus.  What is one way you can be more aware of His love and presence this week!
  • What is the one thing in your life bringing you down the most! Give it to God right now, and claim that He will meet you where you are at and transform your current broken reality! 

  • Close in prayer and celebrate together the ways God has been good to you lately.  Take joy in prayer as a community for who He is and what He is doing in your life! 

Extra resource:  Many spiritually wise leaders read a certain text or have a daily reminder of who they are in Jesus. You have an inheritance.  Here is a brief reminder of WHO you are and WHAT you have in Jesus. Feel free to read it and keep it to refresh yourself in the joy of Jesus daily:       

In Jesus, you are …

Loved (Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 1:4)

Forgiven (Psalm 103:3)

Redeemed (Galatians 3:13)

A new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Holy (Hebrews 10:10)

Set apart (Jeremiah 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:21)

Created with a purpose (Jeremiah 29:11)

God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10)

A temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19-20)

Fully accepted, fully healed, fully known, fully adopted, fully HIS! 

 

 

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Sanctuary North is a neighborhood parish of  Sanctuary Church