November 30 – Season of Advent

Advent is a time of PRAYER.

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

 

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November 29 – Season of Advent

Advent is a time of WORSHIP.

Read John 4:23-24 (NIV)

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.”

 

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Advent Church Decorating

Please bring your family and gather together with our church family as we decorate our sanctuary for Christmas on Sunday evening, November 29th at 6:00 pm. We will trim the two Christmas trees that have become our tradition, the Chrismon tree and our Living Faith ornaments tree. Materials will also be available to make family ornaments to add to the ornaments we have collected over the years. There will be Christmas music, festive food, and a chance for fellowship with the entire church family. (See Ruthie or email her at ruthmcconnell76@aol.com to volunteer to provide refreshments.) Come and be a part of this first night of Advent as we prepare to once again celebrate the birth of our Savior.Please bring your family and gather together with our church family as we decorate our sanctuary for Christmas on Sunday evening, November 29th at 6:00 pm. We will trim the two Christmas trees that have become our tradition, the Chrismon tree and our Living Faith ornaments tree. Materials will also be available to make family ornaments to add to the ornaments we have collected over the years. There will be Christmas music, festive food, and a chance for fellowship with the entire church family. (See Ruthie or email her at ruthmcconnell76@aol.com to volunteer to provide refreshments.)

Come and be a part of this first night of Advent as we prepare to once again celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Week Six|Tuesday

Personality

As we have moved though these last five weeks we have begun to get a collective vision of what Living Faith is all about. We have prayed about and listened to one another as we have explored our purpose, calling, context, and giftedness. I hope you have begun to feel a sense on anticipation and excitement. Over the next couple months the task will be for us to take these principles of our identity and to put them into action. One question for you to consider as we move forward is where you fit into this emerging ministry. We believe that a church does not just operate as individuals with individual jobs who happen to be serving in one another’s presence, but a church team of inter-dependent individuals whose talents and passion complement and magnify the talents of other team members. (Remember our reading of 1 Corinthians 12.)

One way to think about how we fit into a place of ministry in to consider our personality. Our personality and temperament has a lot to do with what roles we play best on a team Take this short personality inventory – DISC Personality Inventory.

Look over your results and prayerfully journal.

Think how your personality has helped teams and committees in the past. Have you helped them to move forward more quickly? More thoughtfully? With clearer focus?

How have you typically interacted with other group members?

How have your particular personality traits been a liability on occasion?

How have other group member’s personalities challenged your patience in the past? What does this say about them? What does this say about you?

Going forward, what should you be aware of in your own nature to help you work better with a group?

Rest in God’s presence and thank God for how you have been mysteriously and wonderfully made.

Week Six|Monday

Read Acts 15:36-41.

Follow the process of Sacred Scripture Reading as described before. (Instructions are here.)

Journal about your reflections.

What is your first reaction to the text? What stuck out to you?

What does this text teach us about group dynamics? What does it teach us about identifying our role within a group dynamic? What does it teach us about taking responsibility for our actions and words within a group?

Like Paul and Barnabus, we must decide how we will handle impasses. How can we work together to handle disagreements?
How did it speak to you about church renewal?

 

 

Week Five|Thursday

Dream of Your Ideal Church Start: Bringing Together the Dreams

Throughout the Awake season we have been working on an on-going exercise of imagining starting a new church. You have been asked to dream about the why, where, who, how, and resources and support for this imagined church start. Today, take out your plan and read it over. Where you inspired by any insights from the Vision Matrix or when you looked over the CBF new church starts websites? Add any new ideas you have to you plan.

Now, type it up! As you type your plan, pray over it and make changes as you feel inspired.

When you are finished, email it to Roger (livingfaithminister@gmail.com). We will collect all the plans and bring together different dreams from around the church to make a mosaic of what God has been saying to us. We will look at the big picture on Sunday.

 

Week Five|Wednesday

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Investigate CBF New Church Start Models

There are different approaches to being a congregation in the 21st century. There is no one “right way.” Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has supported and encouraged several approaches in its church starting efforts and will continue to do so in the future. Each new church is situational, contextual, and organic, responding to its particular cultural setting. Each of our church starts is unique. Bellow are links to several new CBF church starts. Take time to explore there websites. As you do, pray for them and the Gospel work they are involved in. Finally, spend the next day dreaming about what is possible in and through Living Faith in these next few years. Be creative and courageous. Journal about your dreams.

The Well

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