We Are to Practice Love & Unity: Day 4

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     Day 4: Statement on Gender, Marriage & Sexuality

LOVE ONE ANOTHER:

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of South Ridge Church.

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31)

Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31)

MARRIAGE & SEXUALITY:

We believe God created the marriage relationship to be between one man and one woman, with the purpose of marriage to be a reflection of Christ’s relationship with His people. Similarly, we affirm sexual fulfillment only within the context of marriage. Therefore, in accordance with the Bible, we consider any sexual expression outside of or apart from the marriage covenant (including adultery, viewing pornography, practicing homosexuality, and other forms of fornication) to be against God’s design. 

“As the Scriptures say, ‘A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.” (Ephesians 5:31-32) 

“This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” (Genesis 2:24) 

“The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs. The wife gives authority over her body to her husband, and the husband gives authority over his body to his wife. 

Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer.” (1 Corinthians 7:3-5) 

“You must not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14) 

GENDER:

Though He is gracious, God is also holy and we believe that God wonderfully and immutably created each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

RESPONDING TO GOD:

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. (Acts 3:19-21)

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)

Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

READING:

1 CORINTHIANS 13:11-13

What questions, if any, came to your mind as you read through the statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality? 

How do you respond to questions from others about these topics in love and grace? 

Read 1 Cor. 13:11-13 in two or three different translations? Which verse sticks out to you the most? Why do you think that is?

Read: Proverbs 31

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

PRAYER: On your own, take the opportunity to pray for the a friend or colleague. The following outline may be helpful.

Four Prayers for Your Friend:

  1. Thank God for the miracle of friendship.
  2. Thank God for any way in which your friend has changed your life.
  3. Commit your friend’s future to the Lord.
  4. Ask God for help in figuring out what your part in that future may be.

 

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We Are to Practice Love & Unity: Day 3

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     Day 3: Core Values of SRC

GRACE OF GOD: God’s grace through Jesus Christ is the basis and power, not only of our personal lives, but also of our ministry.

COMMITMENT TO GOD AND HIS WORD: Our aspiration is that our ministries will be marked by a wholehearted devotion to God, through prayer and by studying, obeying and teaching His Word.

GREAT COMMISSION: Our ultimate goal and mission is to reach the whole world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to make disciples of all the nations.

LOCAL CHURCH: The local church is God’s vehicle for accomplishing the Great Commission. The church is the place for winning people to Christ, building them to maturity, raising up leaders, and for preparing church planting teams to be sent out for the expansion of God’s kingdom.

CHURCH LEADERSHIP: We place a priority upon raising up pastors and other leaders of Christ-like character within the local church.

LOVE AND UNITY: We desire our ministry to be marked by a Christ-like, selfless love, loyalty, and unity with fellow believers.

EVERY MEMBER A MINISTER: All Christians are empowered through the Holy Spirit to be workers in the church, not just the pastors. Therefore, we seek to equip and empower each member to utilize his/her spiritual gifts to serve others.

STRONG FAMILIES: Strong families are the foundation for strong churches. Therefore, we make it a priority to equip members and pastors in building their marriages and families.

READING:

1 CORINTHIANS 13:8-10

Of the three ways we believe you can experience Spiritual Growth in Real Purpose, which of these do you find most difficult to apply regularly? 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: Proverbs 16, 17, & 18

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

PRAYER: On your own, take the opportunity to pray for your children or another loved one. The following outline may be helpful.

Four Prayers for Your children or children that God has placed in your life:

  1. Thank God for the miracle of the children God has placed in your life.
  2. Thank God for any way in which these children have changed your life.
  3. Commit these children’s future to the Lord.
  4. Ask God for help in figuring out how you may best guide and lead them.

 

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We Are to Practice Love & Unity: Day 2

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     Day 2: What We Believe: Part 2

SALVATION 

Men and women are freed from the penalty for their sins not as a result, in whole or in part, of their own works, goodness, or religious observances, but by the undeserved favor of God alone which was given through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God forgives and accepts all who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation.

THE HOLY SPIRIT 

The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ, to convict men and women of their sins, and to impart new life to all who place their faith in Christ. He permanently indwells believers from the moment of spiritual birth, guides them into truth, and empowers them to live a life pleasing to God.

BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER 

Jesus commanded that those who believe in Him are to be baptized in water as a declaration of faith and a symbol of new birth in Christ. He also instructed His followers to remember Him by partaking in the Lord’s Supper, which reminds us of His death, resurrection, and future coming.

ASSURANCE 

All who are born again of the Spirit can, through the sure promises of God, be fully assured that God will complete the work He has begun in them. They are sealed with the Holy Spirit, who is God’s deposit, guaranteeing their eternal inheritance. Good works are not the basis for acceptance by God, but as believers grow in doing good, they grow in their assurance that they are truly children of God and that they will be with the Lord when they die.

JESUS’ FUTURE COMING 

The Lord Jesus Christ will physically return to earth to reign in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment. The righteous will receive immortal bodies and be welcomed into eternal fellowship with God in a world where all things will be made new.

THE CHURCH 

All true believers, whether Jew or Gentile, male or female, rich or poor—people of all ages and races—make up the Church worldwide as God’s family. They should gather together in local churches for worship, prayer, fellowship, and teaching, in order to become conformed to the image of Christ and to become equipped to carry out the “Great Commission” that Christ gave His followers in Matthew 28:19-20.

READING:

1 CORINTHIANS 13:5-7

What questions, if any, came to your mind as you read through the final six statements of the SRC Statement of Faith? What do you find most encouraging about SRC’s Statement of Faith? 

Read 1 Cor. 13:5-7 in two or three different translations? Which verse sticks out to you the most? Why do you think that is?

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: Proverbs 3 & 4

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

PRAYER: On your own, take the opportunity to pray for your spouse, or another loved one. The following outline may be helpful.

Four Prayers for Your Spouse or Another Loved One:

  1. Thank God for the miracle of your spouse and marriage or the loved one in your life.
  2. Thank God for any way in which your spouse or loved one has changed your life.
  3. Commit your spouse’s or loved one’s future to the Lord.
  4. Ask God for help in figuring out what your part in that future may be.

 

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We Are to Practice Love & Unity: Day 1

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     Day 1: What We Believe: Part 1

THE SCRIPTURE 

The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. The Bible is unique in that every portion and every word was inspired by the Holy Spirit. It was without error in the original manuscripts and has been passed down to us with great accuracy. It is the supreme and final authority in faith and life in this age.

GOD 

There is but one God, everywhere present; infinite in power and knowledge; perfect in justice, goodness, and love; Creator of the universe; eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each of whom possesses all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.

MAN 

God created the first man and woman in His own image and appointed them to rule and care for the earth. They lived in perfect relationship with God and each other. God instituted marriage, which is the life-long union of one man and one woman and the foundation for bearing and raising children in a family.

THE FALL 

The first man and woman doubted God’s goodness and rebelled against Him. In judgment, God brought death into the world and creation fell from its state of perfection. Since then, all human beings are born with a corrupted nature and without spiritual life and are under the wrath of God because of their sin.

JESUS CHRIST 

God the Father, by His own choice, for His own glory, and out of love for sinful men and women, sent his Son, Jesus, the Christ, into the world to reconcile sinners to Himself. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He was God in the flesh, both true God and true man. Jesus lived a sinless life and voluntarily suffered and died as our substitute to pay the penalty for our sins, thus satisfying God’s justice and declaring righteous all those who trust in Him alone.

THE RESURRECTION 

Three days after His crucifixion, God raised Jesus from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He bodily ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, makes intercession for His own.

READING:

1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-4

What questions, if any, came to your mind as you read through the first six statements of the SRC Statement of Faith? What do you find most encouraging about SRC’s Statement of Faith? 

Read 1 Cor. 13:1-4 in two or three different translations? Which verse sticks out to you the most? Why do you think that is?

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: Proverbs 1 & 2

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

PRAYER: On your own, take the opportunity to pray for the ministry of South Ridge Church. The following outline may be helpful.

Four Prayers for Your Church:

  1. Thank God for the miracle of SRC and our ministry.
  2. Thank God for any way in which SRC has changed your life.
  3. Commit SRC’s future to the Lord.
  4. Ask God for help in figuring out what your part in that future may be.

 

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We Are Transformed by the Gospel: Day 5

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     Day 5: Review

READING:

1 CORINTHIANS 2:1-16

What verse(s) most stick out to you in 1 Corinthians Chapter 2? Explain.

Briefly review the readings from Days 1-4. What do you find most encouraging about SRC’s vision for spiritual growth? 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 1 Kings 8 & 9:1-9

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

PRAYER: On your own, take the opportunity to pray for the ministry of South Ridge Church. The following outline may be helpful.

Four Prayers for Your Church:

  1. Thank God for the miracle of SRC and our ministry.
  2. Thank God for any way in which SRC has changed your life.
  3. Commit SRC’s future to the Lord.
  4. Ask God for help in figuring out what your part in that future may be.

 

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We Are Transformed by the Gospel: Day 4

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     Day 4: Understanding the Gospel

  1. God loves you and created you to know Him personally. 

God’s Love

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

God’s Plan

“And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.” (John 17:3)

  1. Man is sinful and separated from God, so we cannot know Him personally or experience His love. 

Man is Sinful
 “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (Romans 3:23)

Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his own stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin. 

Man is Separated 

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

“…bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power.” (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)

The third principle explains the only way to bridge this gulf… 

  1. Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him alone we can know God personally and experience God’s love. 

He Died in Our Place
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8)

He Rose From the Dead 

“I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.  He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve.  After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)

  1. He is the Only Way to God

“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me’.” (John 14:6)

“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation 

(Christ speaking) “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20)

Receiving Christ involves repentance.  Repentance means changing our mind about sin and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive us of our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. We make a faith decision to turn from sin and return to God.  Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of our will. 

You can receive Christ right now, through faith, in prayer.

God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer: 

“Jesus, I want to know you personally. I know that I am a sinner in need of a Savior.  I confess my sins to you.  Thank you for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins and rising from the grave to defeat sin and death.  I ask that you be my Savior.  Thank you for forgiving me of my sins and promising me abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven.”

READING:

1 CORINTHIANS 2:1-16

Would you feel confident to share the gospel with a friend or loved one? What steps can you take so that you would be more confident? 

What questions or thoughts came to your mind as you read through this passage today? 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 1 Kings 3 & 6

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

PRAYER: On your own, take the opportunity to pray for the a friend or colleague. The following outline may be helpful.

Four Prayers for Your Friend:

  1. Thank God for the miracle of friendship.
  2. Thank God for any way in which your friend has changed your life.
  3. Commit your friend’s future to the Lord.
  4. Ask God for help in figuring out what your part in that future may be.

 

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We Are Transformed by the Gospel: Day 3

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     Day 3: Our Vision for Spiritual Growth: Real Purpose

At South Ridge Church, we believe you can experience Spiritual Growth in Real Purpose in the following ways:

  1. Discovering your spiritual gifts and using them to serve others.

“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” (Romans 12:6-8)

“A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help one another. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.” (1 Corinthians 12:7-10)

  1. Seeing where God is already at work and joining Him there.

“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” (Mark 8:34-35)

  1. Making disciples of others, and regularly communicating your faith to others in both word and deed.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Mathew 28:19-20)

At South Ridge Church, we provide you the opportunity to grow in these ways by selflessly serving others, pursuing God-given opportunities and experiencing Real Purpose.

READING:

1 CORINTHIANS 2:11-16

Of the three ways we believe you can experience Spiritual Growth in Real Purpose, which of these do you find most difficult to apply regularly? 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 1 Kings 2

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

PRAYER: On your own, take the opportunity to pray for your children or another loved one. The following outline may be helpful.

Four Prayers for Your children or children that God has placed in your life:

  1. Thank God for the miracle of the children God has placed in your life.
  2. Thank God for any way in which these children have changed your life.
  3. Commit these children’s future to the Lord.
  4. Ask God for help in figuring out how you may best guide and lead them.

 

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We Are Transformed by the Gospel: Day 2

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     Day 2: Our Vision for Spiritual Growth: Real Relationships

At South Ridge Church, we believe you can experience Spiritual Growth in Real Life in the following ways:

  1. Loving God and others.

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37)

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)

  1. Practicing Grace and Truth with others. 

In John 4:1-26, Jesus meets with a Samaritan Woman and offers her tremendous grace and truth. We must do the same in the lives of others.

  1. Experiencing healthy conflict and practicing forgiveness.

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15)

“If another believer sins against you go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector. 

I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven. 

I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:15-20)

  1. Encouraging one another to abide in Christ.

“But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception.” (Hebrews 3:13 HCSB)

“Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.” (John 15:5b)

At South Ridge Church, we provide you the opportunity to grow in these ways through experiencing Real Relationships with others in Community Groups, Life Groups, and Mentoring, where we equip you to practice accountability, belonging, and care with others.

READING:

1 CORINTHIANS 2:6-10

Of the four ways we believe you can experience Spiritual Growth in Real Relationships, which of these do you find most difficult to apply regularly? 

In what ways is God’s wisdom a mystery? (1 Corinthians 2:7)

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: Psalm 148, 149, & 150

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

PRAYER: On your own, take the opportunity to pray for your spouse, or another loved one. The following outline may be helpful.

Four Prayers for Your Spouse or Another Loved One:

  1. Thank God for the miracle of your spouse and marriage or the loved one in your life.
  2. Thank God for any way in which your spouse or loved one has changed your life.
  3. Commit your spouse’s or loved one’s future to the Lord.
  4. Ask God for help in figuring out what your part in that future may be.

 

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We Are Transformed by the Gospel: Day 1

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     Day 1: Our Vision for Spiritual Growth: Real Life

At South Ridge Church, we believe that Spiritual Growth may occur in people’s lives in a variety of ways. For example, one may experience tremendous growth through practical teaching, while another may experience spiritual growth as they serve others. One may grow more through a pivotal life circumstance, and another through connecting relationally with others, or through private disciplines such as reading the Scriptures and prayer. Many will grow in all of the above! In short, we recognize the diversity of people, yet it’s our hope that everybody will regularly grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

We believe you can experience Spiritual Growth in Real Life in the following ways:

  1. Trusting God and His Word. This is the beginning, middle and end of your potential growth.

“But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, ‘You are my God.’” (Psalm 31:14)

“Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:6)

  1. Practicing private disciplines. Regular reading and study of the Scriptures, time in prayer, and worshiping God.

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (Joshua 1:8)

“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” (John 14:21)

  1. Applying Godly principles to grow in character, by following the leading of the Holy Spirit

“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these…But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:19-23)

“But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” (Colossians 3:8-15)

  1. Living out your identity in Christ, by believing you are who God says you are, even on your worst day. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20, Romans 8:1-2)

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)  

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.  2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” (Romans 8:1-2)  

At South Ridge Church, we provide you the opportunity to grow in these ways during our weekend services, where we equip you to take information from the Bible and apply it in Real Life.

READING:

1 CORINTHIANS 2:1-5

Of the four ways we believe you can experience Spiritual Growth in Real Life (Trusting God & His Word, Practicing Private Disciplines, applying Godly principles, and Living out your identity in Christ), which of these do you find most difficult to apply regularly? 

What steps can you take so that, like Paul, you “know nothing except Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2)? 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: Psalm 119:129-176 & Psalm 139

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

PRAYER: On your own, take the opportunity to pray for the ministry of South Ridge Church. The following outline may be helpful.

Four Prayers for Your Church:

  1. Thank God for the miracle of SRC and our ministry.
  2. Thank God for any way in which SRC has changed your life.
  3. Commit SRC’s future to the Lord.
  4. Ask God for help in figuring out what your part in that future may be.

 

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We Are the Church of God: Day 5

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     Day 5: Our Vision: Real Purpose 

We strongly believe that everybody wants and needs real purpose and that real purpose is experienced through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.  Real purpose is how we put our knowing and growing to work.  Therefore, we encourage people to pursue God-given opportunities that produce God-sized results by serving Him and others.

“Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20)

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)

READING:

1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-31

What verse(s) most stick out to you in 1 Corinthians Chapter 1? Explain.

What do you find most interesting about SRC’s vision of providing people the opportunity to experience Real Life, Real Relationships, and Real Purpose?

In what ways have you experienced Real Life, Real Relationships, and Real Purpose through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ? 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: Psalm 119:49-128

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

PRAYER: On your own, take the opportunity to pray for the ministry of South Ridge Church. The following outline may be helpful.

Four Prayers for Your Church:

  1. Thank God for the miracle of SRC and our ministry.
  2. Thank God for any way in which SRC has changed your life.
  3. Commit SRC’s future to the Lord.
  4. Ask God for help in figuring out what your part in that future may be.

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