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Dec 30, 2018
Philippians 3:12-4:9 “Pressing Onward”
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  • Dec 30, 2018Philippians 3:12-4:9 “Pressing Onward”
    Dec 30, 2018
    Philippians 3:12-4:9 “Pressing Onward”
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  • Dec 24, 2018Luke 2:8-12 “Do Not Be Afraid”
    Dec 24, 2018
    Luke 2:8-12 “Do Not Be Afraid”
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  • Dec 23, 2018Matthew 2:1-12 “Presence Present”
    Dec 23, 2018
    Matthew 2:1-12 “Presence Present”
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  • Dec 9, 2018John 1:1-17 “Light in the Darkness”
    Dec 9, 2018
    John 1:1-17 “Light in the Darkness”
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  • Dec 2, 2018Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 “Advent: Worship Fully”
    Dec 2, 2018
    Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 “Advent: Worship Fully”
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    Today is the first Sunday of Advent, a season in which we prepare for and anticipate the coming of Jesus, our Lord, and Savior. Unfortunately, for many, this season has become one of preparing to decorate, have parties, and go shopping and anticipating the gifts that we are going to get and give. Consumerism has largely taken over this season, replacing Christmas music with the songs of sales and advertisements.
     
    Yet in the midst of this, the word still goes out: the Savior is coming! Into the noise and the chaos of life the arrival of Jesus is announced again. Like the messages of the prophets from long ago and the sudden visit of Mary by an angel, God shows up in the busyness of our lives in the form of a baby. Though we know the story, it still isn’t quite what we expect. Yet, when we approach the manger, things begin to change.
     
    Questions to take home:
    What are some memories of Advent that you have from previous years? How did these things impact your experience of the celebration of Christmas?
     
    Worship is about placing a particular person or thing above all else. This can be seen in how we focus our attention, spend our time, or even our money. Take an honest look at your life during this holiday season. What do you find yourself worshiping? Is it what you want to be worshiping?
     
    How are you going prepare for Jesus’ coming in Advent this year? Will you try something new? What are your hopes for how God will meet you this Advent season?
  • Nov 25, 2018Matthew 18:1-5 “Believing for the Impossible”
    Nov 25, 2018
    Matthew 18:1-5 “Believing for the Impossible”
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  • Nov 18, 2018Colossians 3:18-4:6 “Living Relationships”
    Nov 18, 2018
    Colossians 3:18-4:6 “Living Relationships”
    Series: Colossians
    Saying that “life is different after you get married” would likely not come as much of a shock to most people.  Making the same statement about having kids would garner even greater affirmation. It is no secret that relationships, especially close ones, change our lives.  The ability to live solely for one’s self continually diminishes as the presence of others and our love, care, and desire for them increases. This process, at its very core, is what Scripture calls submission.  It is a willingness to yield our own desires, pursuits, and self-interest for the sake of the other and it is part of Scripture’s calling in Colossians 3 to “set our minds on things above” rather than on “earthly things.”  Our ultimate example in this is Jesus Christ, who willingly submitted Himself to the will of the Father, giving up His life for the sake of humanity so that the way to the Father could be open to us once again. Questions to take home:
    1. Do you feel like it is difficult to value others above yourself?  Why do you think so many people struggle with this in their relationships?
    2. Read Ephesians 5:21-6:9.  What are some ways that Scripture tells us to “submit” to each other?  Do you think doing these things will bring life to your relationships? Why?
    3. Jesus is the ultimate example of selfless submission and love.  Knowing what we have read here, and following His example, what are one or two things you can work on to bring new life to your relationships?
  • Nov 11, 2018Matthew 6:19-24 “Treasured Possession”
    Nov 11, 2018
    Matthew 6:19-24 “Treasured Possession”
    Series: Colossians
    Introduction Video Credit: "Rooted week 8: Whiteboard Money" https://youtu.be/aRE3tTbXGHg
     
    Everyone needs money. You need money to purchase the necessities of life. The government needs your money to continue to function. Non-profit groups need your money to continue to serve in their varying capacities. Businesses need your money in order to make money and pay their employees. Producers need money to sustain themselves and provide for their families. Everyone needs money… except for God.
     
    God doesn’t need money; in fact, God doesn’t need anything. God is the one that provides us with the things that we need, money being just one of those things. However, God does want our money in the same way He wants everything else He has blessed us. Our Lord wants our money, time, energy, and everything else to be used to honor Him above all else. Ultimately the use of those things comes from what is in our heart, and that is what He wants most of all.
     
    Questions to take home:
    Why do you think that is it difficult to talk about money with other people? Why is it difficult for us to talk about money in the church?
     
    The Bible talks a lot about the “first fruits” when it comes to giving to God. Why do you think that giving the first fruits of our resources/blessings is important? Does the way that you use the money and resources that God has blessed you with honor Him? If so, how?
     
    If not, are there steps you can take to move toward honoring God first with your money?
     
    Scripture Passages Referenced: Matthew 6:19-24; Deuteronomy 6:5; Exodus 20:3; Proverbs 22:7; Colossians 3:24; 1 Peter 2:16; Psalm 62:10; Luke 16:14-15; Luke 12:15; Matthew 6:25; 1 Chronicles 29:14; Philippians 4:19; Proverbs 3:9; Malachi 3:10; Deuteronomy 16:17; 2 Corinthians 9:7; 2 Corinthians 8:5; Psalm 121; Matthew 15:8
  • Nov 4, 2018Colossians 3:1-17 “Living Alive”
    Nov 4, 2018
    Colossians 3:1-17 “Living Alive”
    Series: Colossians
    When it emerges from a cacoon, having undergone the process of metamorphosis, a butterfly is fundamentally different than the caterpillar that it was.  Spreading its wings, the butterfly springs into the air, flying naturally as if it always had done so. The old way of doing things is no longer an option; it isn’t even natural for the transformed caterpillar. New life in Christ is like metamorphosis.  When we come to faith in Christ, a transformation takes place.  Scripture says we are a “New Creation,” that the “old is gone and the new has come.”  Paul says, here, that our old self is dead, buried in Christ and that we are then raised to New Life in Christ, that we are brought to fullness in Him, and that the results of this are a fundamentally different person than was before. Questions to take home:
    1. Paul makes a transition between what we believe to how it impacts our lives.  At this point, he assumes faith on the part of the reader. Do you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior?  What does that mean to you? How has it impacted you?
    2. A list of vices, things that belong to our “earthly nature” or our “old self” is given.  We called to “take them off” or “put them to death.” Which one(s) of these do you struggle with the most?  How can you move toward greater freedom from them this week?
    3. Read Colossians 3:11-17.  The natural effect of new life in Christ is unity in Christ through a love for one another. What does this look like to you?  How does/should this look in the church? Read 1 Corinthians 13. How does this enhance what we’ve just read?
  • Oct 28, 2018Colossians 2:16-23 “Interrupted Connection”
    Oct 28, 2018
    Colossians 2:16-23 “Interrupted Connection”
    Series: Colossians
    We live in an increasingly connected world.  Fueled by technological advances, information and communication are available instantaneously through the internet.  Whereas 100 years ago, an understanding of “lag time” in communication was recognized by the time it took for a written letter to travel a distance, “lag” is not measured in milliseconds between computer and server.  More importantly, when there is an interruption in connection, the results seem almost cataclysmic in our lives. Paul continues strengthening the church in Colossae in their struggle against false teachings and resistance from within and outside the church.  Following his comments in verses 6-15, Paul encourages them not to allow the judgments or opinions of others sway their belief or the practice of their faith.  This is especially true, Paul says, if their religious commitment is centered more on tradition and less on God. For their part, tradition focused worship represents an interrupted connection to the head, which is Christ. Questions to take home:
    1. How did you feel the last time you experienced an internet outage or your phone not working?  How about slow or lagging connections? How immediate was your reaction and what did you do about it?
    2. Have you ever felt disconnected or distant from God?  How did you feel in that situation? Compare your responses between question one and two.  Are you comfortable with how they match up? Would you change something? If so, how?
    3. What are some ways that you can better establish or secure your connection with Christ in your faith walk?  What is one step (make sure this step is specific and measurable) you are willing to take to move in that direction this week?
  • Oct 21, 2018Colossians 2:6-15 “‘Really Christian”
    Oct 21, 2018
    Colossians 2:6-15 “‘Really Christian”
    Series: Colossians
    I remember, in my younger days, having to get dressed up to go to church.  Though it seemed torturous at the time and I hated every minute of it, I remember vividly my parents explaining that “we give our best to God.”  The irony our “best” clothes causing a rather chaotic and heated morning prior to entering God’s presence in worship is certainly not lost on me. Paul, in our Scripture today, warns the Christians in Colossae to not be taken captive by human traditions.  He uses the tradition of circumcision as an example. Though the act certainly had meaning in the Old Testament, it was virtually pointless if it didn’t involve a changed heart and a transformed life.  This is the point that Moses makes in Deuteronomy, the one that Jesus draws forward in His life and work, and the one that Paul reminds us today: it’s not about how we look, it’s about where our heart is. Questions to take home:
    1. Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9.  How do the words that Moses speaks there relate to our passage today?  In what ways do these words speak to you today?
    2. Read Mark 7:1-23. How are the words that Jesus speaks here similar to what Paul says in our passage today?  How do they relate to Moses words from Deuteronomy?
    3. What are some “human traditions” that you hold to in your Christian walk?  What are some that we hold to as a church? How do you think that we can keep our focus on the transformative call of Christ rather than the things we feel comfortable with in life?
  • Oct 14, 2018Colossians 1:24-2:5 “Default Reaction”
    Oct 14, 2018
    Colossians 1:24-2:5 “Default Reaction”
    Series: Colossians
    Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”  Essentially, this is referring to the forces that are acting on two separate objects and how they interact when one acts against another.  This can be seen in everyday interactions such as the collision of football players at the line of scrimmage or the mess that is made when your car windshield is hit by (or hits) a large juicy bug. Each of us can act a bit like this as well.  Whether we encounter a stressful situation at work or naughty kids at home, if we aren’t thinking about it we can have a default reaction, be it anger, sarcasm, or maybe even disengaging.  Paul, in our Scripture today, talks about his reaction to his encounters with resistance, forces in opposition to his faith and his calling to preach the Gospel. Questions to take home:
    1. What is your default reaction when you encounter a stressful situation?  An unexpected situation? What about when you encounter resistance to your faith or the message of Jesus Christ?
    2. Read Romans 5:3-5.  What does Paul have to say about suffering’s place in the Christian life?  When have you experienced a time when, in the midst of a struggle or resistance, you grew in your faith and experienced God in a new way?
    3. Think of someone in your life that hasn’t accepted Jesus or is resistant to the message of the Gospel?  How are you contending for them, as Paul talks about in Colossians, in an effort to help them come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord?
  • Oct 7, 2018Colossians 1:15-23 “All Things”
    Oct 7, 2018
    Colossians 1:15-23 “All Things”
    Series: Colossians
    Have you ever taken a moment to look up at the night sky and ponder the immense vastness of the universe?  Have you ever considered how something as small as an ant or a mosquito perceives the world around them? Did you know that light travels further in a single second than most humans will travel in a lifetime?  Things like this can be mind-boggling. Yet, despite our lack of ability to comprehend some of these things, our Scripture today reminds us that they all exist because of Jesus.  Not only that, they all exist for Him, through Him, AND are held together by Him! Scripture says that God is aware of all of it, knowing the names of every star that HE placed there and, even in the overwhelming greatness of creation, God knows each one of us by name and concerns Himself with every aspect of our lives. Questions to take home:
    1. Can you think of some other Scripture passages that reflect the majesty and awesomeness of God when it comes to creation?  Passages like Genesis 1, John 1:1-17; and the final chapters of Job, are all great places to see the greatness of God’s handiwork!
    2. How does seeing the sheer enormity and immensity of God’s creation change your perception about God?  Will it change how you interact with God?
    3. The extent of God creative ability is rivaled only by the reach of God’s redemption and restoration in Jesus Christ!  Scripture says that all things are reconciled to Him. How does this impact your view of Jesus work of salvation? What difference does that make?
  • Sep 30, 2018John 7:37-38 – Guest Speaker: Jessica AcMoody
    Sep 30, 2018
    John 7:37-38 – Guest Speaker: Jessica AcMoody
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    Jessica AcMoody is the Principle of River of Life School in Benton Harbor, MI.  Hopkins Community Church supports River of Life as our regional Missionary/Mission organization.
     
    You can find more information about River of Life school on their Facebook page:  
     
     
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  • Sep 23, 2018Colossians 1:1-14 – “Continual Prayers”
    Sep 23, 2018
    Colossians 1:1-14 – “Continual Prayers”
    Series: Colossians
    Thankfulness is something that is really easy to be aware of when things are good.  Prayer is something we tend to do more of when things aren’t so good. How often do we find ourselves so thankful that we are driven to prayers of thanks to God?  In the same way, how often, in the midst of life’s struggles, do we find ourselves in prayer and overcome with thankfulness that we can indeed come before God and find our help in Him? Paul begins this letter with prayers of thankfulness for the great faith that was being displayed among the church in Colossae.  His joy grew out of the fruit of their faith, people living for Christ and the kingdom of heaven expanding because of it. This morning, as we continue kicking off our fall season, we have the opportunity to offer thanks to God for the ministries present here, the leaders who lead them, and expansion of God’s Kingdom because of them! Questions to take home:
    1. Paul opens this letter with thankfulness for their faith in God and love for God’s people.  How do we take time to celebrate each other’s faith? What do we do to be thankful for the love that we have for each other in the community of faith?
    2. Do you remember the people who were influential in introducing you to Jesus?  Maybe they were parents, Sunday school teachers, or a pastor. How thankful are you for them?  When was the last time you told God that? When was the last time you told them?
    3. Because of what he has heard, Paul says they “have not stopped praying” for the Colossian church.  What are some things going on at HCC that you are thankful for? What are some things you are concerned about?  Commit them to prayer this week!