2018 Theme

JANUARY – TRANSFORMATION
Our emphasis for the month of January is on spiritual transformation. Watch the videos below featuring some of our own family members talking about the transformation that God has brought about in their lives.

For Julie, the decision to follow Christ was the easy part. However, the consequences of that decision were much more difficult to deal with.

In light of Julie’s comments, here are some things for us to consider:
1) How have you sought God’s guidance for your life?
2) Read Mark 10:17-27. What is holding you back from pursuing transformation or being right in the sight of God?
3) What other scriptures came to mind when you listened to Julie?
4) Are there co-workers or classmates in your life that could be waiting for you to share the Gospel with them? How could you be a key part of their spiritual transformation?
5) Will you devote yourself this year to regular Bible study?
 
Take the next few moments and ask God to use you to bring co-workers, family members, and friends to Christ.

Lyjah and Jason may have had different upbringings, but their spiritual transformations have more in common than either of them could have ever thought.

 
In light of Jason and Lyjah’s comments, consider these things:
1. How has your life changed since you became a Christian?
2. How were your family relationships impacted by your decision to become a Christian?
3. What parts of your life have you not surrendered to God?
4. Will you commit to truly giving control of your life to God this year?
 
Spend some time in prayer asking God to show you how to let go of control and to surrender it all to Him. Ask Him to transform your heart and your mind into the image of Christ.

For Jason and Lyjah, spiritual transformation isn’t a one time event. In part 2, they talk about how their lives have changed since their conversion and how they quickly got to work in ministries that they felt a unique connection with.

 
FEBRUARY – COMPASSION
Our emphasis for the month of February focuses on compassion. Throughout the month we want to give special attention to the opportunities that we have to show the compassion of Christ to all that we come in contact with. To help us in this effort, we have a Grief Seminar scheduled for February 17-18. Ron and Don Williams will be helping us better understand the process of going through grief and loss as well as how to better minister to those that are struggling with grief. The event is free and all are invite.
 
MARCH – RESPONSIBILITY
Our emphasis for the month of March is on responsibility. As we examine the responsibilities we have in various aspects of life we are going to challenge ourselves to be able to articulate our convictions. We have provided journals to help us in this endeavor. These booklets will guide our thoughts through the Scriptures and allow us a place to write down what we understand about the Text and how we can explain our faith to others. We hope that you will join us this month. You can download a PDF of the journal by clicking this link.
 
APRIL – RELATIONSHIPS
Our emphasis for the month of April is focusing on Relationships. As Christians, our relationships with other people ultimately go back to the most important relationship in our lives – our relationship with God. To help us focus on our spiritual relationship we have put together a study guide that goes through the book of James. It’s a 28 day study that will give you background information about the text as well as help make relevant and practical connections to our lives today. Click HERE to download the PDF file.
 
MAY – FORGIVENESS
To help us keep forgiveness at the forefront of our minds this week, we asked a few of the brightest minds at Madison (and cutest) to sit down with us and help explain what forgiveness is all about. We think you’ll like what they have to say! Feel free to share this video from our public Facebook page and let’s challenge each other as well as our friends to live out Matthew 5:21-26!

AUGUST – LISTENING TO GOD THROUGH THE BOOK OF MARK

WEEK 1

Chapter 1 Questions:

  1. Mark often uses the word “immediately” throughout his gospel to show Jesus’ power and to show the urgent need to get the news about Jesus spread to others. How many times does he use “immediately” in chapter 1 (ESV)? For what reasons? 
  2. How is John’s baptism similar to Jesus’s baptism? How are they different?

Chapter 2 Questions:

  1. Why did Jesus perform miracles? (v12)
  2. The Pharisees had made the Sabbath into a legalistic law for man. (v23) Can we today become too legalistic and forget what God’s commandments are even for? How so? 

Chapter 3 Questions:

  1. Blasphemy is most often defined as a form of “defiant irreverence.” In other words, to actively deny something. What does it mean to blaspheme the Holy Spirit? (v29) Can a person be a Christian while also blaspheming the spirit? 
  2. How does doing God’s will relate to being included in his family? (v35) What is the will of God? 

Chapter 4 Questions:

  1. Read verses 1-20. Describe someone who would be: 1) seed that falls along the path and is devoured 2) seed that falls on rocky soil 3) seed that fell among thorns 4) seed that fall in the good soil. 
  2. Read verses 21-25. How are you helping to put the light on a stand?