This Is Us – Firstborn

How would you describe your family? When you look back at those family members who preceded you, does it provide some insight into why you are like you are? We are also part of a much larger family: The family of God. If we are truly interested in knowing who we are, we need to dig deeper and go further back. In truth, our family’s story can be summed up in six Bible stories. These stories illustrate God’s interaction with our most important ancestors.

The first chapter of this journey delves into God’s relationship with Adam and Eve. Our goal is to dive deep into this story and hear God’s supremely good intention for all humanity (people, place, and presence) and to recognize that our current brokenness is due to our unwillingness to live within the bounds He has established.

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
  • Read Genesis 2 & 3: What lesson(s) do we learn from God’s interactions with Adam and Eve? What does this teach us about who God is?
  • What part did the “fall” play in who we are, today?
  • How can knowing “who we were” help us to become a better “who we are?”

 

Do something about it:

Take some time during the next week to Read Genesis chapters 1-3, aloud. Read these chapters like they are a message directly from God to you. Listen closely to the covenant that God makes with humanity. Take a moment to reflect on what that means for you, personally.

Digging deeper:

Genesis chapters 1-3; Romans 5:12-18; Exodus 34:6,7; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 7:21-23

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Back to Ones – Again?

 

Perhaps no one in the New Testament better understood what going “Back to Ones” meant than Peter. Time after time Peter had to take a step back and start over.  Time after time Jesus demonstrated the grace that changes lives and provided Peter with an opportunity to begin again. Even after Jesus rose from the dead, True to his impetuous and stubborn nature Peter continued to mess up, even after Jesus died and rose from the dead. Yet, true to His forgiving nature, Jesus offered him another do-over. This blundering disciple is actually the perfect model for most of our relationships with God. Peter, though he screwed up a lot, continued to grow closer to Christ, despite making mistake after mistake, Peter’s life is a great example of how God offers forgiveness and grace as He draws us closer to him.

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
  • Read Matthew 16:13-23: What lesson(s) do we learn from Peter’s interactions with Jesus? What does this teach us regarding how God deals with our failures?
  • What were some of Peter’s failures? How did God offer opportunities for him to go “back to ones?”
  • What do Peter’s failures and victories teach us regarding how we should deal with our own failures?

Do something about it:

Ironically, our failures sometimes lead us to distance ourselves from God because we either feel ashamed or we feel angry. Usually, this leads to us feeling like we have to step away and create a distance. But, just like with human relationships, resolution and the ability to move forward comes only with honest communication. We need to go “back to ones” in our relationship with God and remember that no matter how long we’ve been “gone,” or how bad we think we’ve messed it up, Jesus is still desperate to re-establish a relationship with us.  That being the case, He is waiting for us to return.  How we best connect (or reconnect) with God is a very personal thing. Think of times when you have felt closest to God (prayer, worship, study, meditation, taking a walk or listening to music, etc.) and use those venues to have an open and honest talk with God.

Digging deeper:

Matthew 16:13-23; Luke 5:1-11; John 18:10; 27; Acts 3:1-8;10:28-11:18; Galatian 2:11-21; Matthew 7:7-11: Hebrews 10:21-23

Back to Ones – How Could I

Has doubt ever stopped you in your tracks? Whether the doubt is self-doubt or directed towards God, it can, if we let it, become an obstacle for growth. In the book of Judges, Gideon experiences this kind of self-doubt and projects those doubts on God, asking “If the Lord is with us, then how can all of these things be happening?” This doubt in God’s desire to provide for and protect his children nearly paralyzes him. However, things change when Gideon allows himself go “Back to Ones.” When he chooses to set his doubts aside long enough to allow God to use him, the situation turns into a huge blessing for him and his people.

Some of us have allowed doubt in God or self-doubt to hold us back from experiencing God’s plan for our lives. We need to start over and get ready to be used by God.

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
  • Read Judges Chapters 6-8: What lesson(s) do we learn from Gideon’s interactions with God? What does this teach us regarding how we should deal with doubt?
  • Have you ever doubted yourself and/or God? How were you able to move past it?
  • How does this message apply to your life?

Do something about it:

Just as Gideon did, it’s ok to ask God to help us with our unbelief. Look for some practical ways to recognize how God is working in your daily life. One way is to keep a prayer journal. Record your prayer requests and then periodically go back and reread them. As you see God answer a particular prayer, write the answer next to the request in the journal. If we become more intentional about looking for God presence in our daily lives we will begin to see areas that were oblivious to in the past. Ask God help you with your doubt and reveal His will for you and for your future.

Digging deeper: 

Judges 6-8; Psalm 9:10; 27:1; 37:4-6; Proverbs 3:5-6; Jeremiah 29:11-12; Mark 9:23-24; Hebrews 4:16

Dayspring Diamond

What exactly is our vision and mission as the body of Christ in Tyler, Texas?

“Feeding our love-starved culture by empowering Christ-filled lives”

Dayspring has an incredible opportunity to introduce our neighbors to the power of Christian community and decrease the number of spiritually disconnected people in the “Dayspring Diamond”.

In the next 7 years (2023), we will focus on reducing the number of spiritually disconnected people within the “Dayspring Diamond” by 15%, with a special emphasis on introducing young families to a
Christ-filled life within Christian community.

Nearly one out of three households within the “Dayspring Diamond” (South Loop 323-Flint-Bullard-Whitehouse) is completely disconnected from a church home, and 3 out of 5 people attend church once a month or less! While many of our neighbors come from “churched” backgrounds, they no longer identify with or invest in a vital faith-life.

We also see that 70% of the population in the “Dayspring Diamond” is younger than 50 years old, primarily consisting of families with young children (including single/divorced parents) who have never experienced the transforming power of the Body of Christ.

We see a day in which families in the “Dayspring Diamond” are healthier and more stable because of God’s work through us.

Every person deserves the opportunity to be invited and welcomed into the family of God!  We believe God uniquely positioned Dayspring to move the needle and make a measurable impact in the lives of spiritually disconnected people that live in our “backyard.”

We see a day in which every individual in worship at Dayspring would identify one person per quarter, pray for them and invite them into a Christ-filled life within a Christian community (at Dayspring or any other church).

 

The Story : A New Beginning

Sermon Title: A New Beginning…

WHAT’S THIS MESSAGE ABOUT?

If you remember the old “A Team” series, the lead character’s weekly quote was “I love it when a plan comes together.” When we look at the Bible, as a whole and we see God’s overall plan, from beginning to end, we see that there was always a plan. There was always a plan for God to have a personal relationship with a people He could call His own. There was always a plan for God establish a special place for those in His family, and there has always been a plan for God to walk and talk with those He loves. As we come to the end of this series we catch a glimpse of the future, our future and see that the plan has come together and it is amazing!

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Pete’s message?
  • What do the book of Acts, the pastoral letters and the last two chapters of the Book of the Revelation tell us about God’s plan?
  • What do these stories say about God?
  • What do these stories teach us about our personal relationship with God?
  • What do these stories teach us about what God calls us to do and who God is calling us to be?

 

Do something about it: Now that you have an overview of what the Bible is about set up a reading plan. Begin in one of the Gospels and then formulate a plan to spend time in God’s Word on a regular basis. As you read ask your self the questions: “What does this say about God…me…how to be?

Digging deeper; John 1:1-4,14-18; Acts 2 and 9, 1 Corinthians 15, Revelation 21 and 22

Sunday, November 20th

Today in Worship Jr. we learned:

Monthly Question: Who am I thankful for? I am thankful for people who help me.

Bible Story: A woman helped Elisha by making a room for him to stay in when he visited. 2 Kings 4:8-17

Follow Up Activity: Greet your child in the morning by saying “ Today is a great day to help someone! God gives us people to help us, so let’s help others!”

Memory Verse: “ Always give thanks to God!” Ephesians 5:20

 

Today in Kids Worship we learned:

Main Point: Everybody is Important!

Bible Story: The Body of Christ – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Discussion Starter: God has given each person different gifts to use within the body of Christ. Discuss with your child the things that he/she is good at doing, and how that might be beneficial within the church and their sphere of influence.

Memory Verse: “ Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

The Story: Back to the Very Beginning…

The stories of the Old Testament can sometimes seem messy, confusing, disheartening and discouraging. We wonder sometimes if God was different in Old Testament times. In truth, it’s crucial to understand the big picture of Israel’s history and their interaction with God so that we can better understand what part that plays in the gaining a better understanding of who God really is.. This is the story of a God who will try anything to convince His people to return to Him. It’s the story of God’s continued faithfulness to His covenant with Abraham and His ultimate covenant with all who believe.
 
Questions for discussion:
 
•What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
•Why should we study the Old Testament? Isn’t that just ancient history?
•What do these stories say about God?
•What do these stories teach us about our personal relationship with God?
•What do these stories teach us about what God calls us to do and who God is calling us to be?
 
Do something about it:
 
In order to gain a broader perspective of the character and ultimate plan of God we have to delve into the foundations: The Old Testament. Take some time to look up and read through the following scriptures. Use this opportunity to gain some insight into who the God of the Old Testament really is and why understanding the “whole story” is important.
 
Digging deeper:
 
Exodus 34:6-7; 1 Samuel 16:1-11; Isaiah 53; Psalms 139; Micah 6:8; Romans 15:4