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Feb 28, 2021
Colossians 3:1-17 “Radical Obedience: Setting our Minds on Christ”
Thoughts for Reflection: We have been unpacking our Vision of boldly bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to every household in the Hopkins community through Expectant Prayer, Effective Evangelism, and Radical Obedience to the Holy Spirit.  Over the last several weeks we’ve talked about how prayer will fuel this Vision.  Today, and through Easter, we will be talking about Radical Obedience to the Holy Spirit and what that looks like for us as individuals and as a church. Radical Obedience sounds pretty… well… radical.  For us, this concept is not actually new.  In Christ we are a new creation and we are given a new identity.  For the Christ follower, we are called to BECOME what we already ARE through the Spirit’s work in and on our lives.  Obedience that is ‘radical’, from the world’s perspective, starts, as Paul says here in Colossians, starts with orienting our minds around our Savior, Redeemer, and Lord and then living according to His commands and our God-given new identity in Him. Questions to take home:
  1. Who are you?  If you were to list the top 5 things you spend your time and energy on, what would come out on top?  If your closest friends were to make the same list based on what they know about you, how would they describe you?  Is that congruent with your Identity in Christ?
  2. Scripture says that “since we have been raised with Christ” we are to “set our hearts on things above.”  Based on what we heard today, what does this mean for you?  What things are you pursuing in your life or in your family’s life that are not from “above”?  How can you reorient your lives to better heed this Biblical command?
  3. Read Matthew 6:24 & 1 John 2:15-17.  How does this speak into our Scripture passage for today?  How does it speak into your life right now?  As we continue to “return to normal”, are there other ‘masters’ in your life that should not be returned to?  Which ones and how will you avoid them?
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  • Feb 28, 2021Colossians 3:1-17 “Radical Obedience: Setting our Minds on Christ”
    Feb 28, 2021
    Colossians 3:1-17 “Radical Obedience: Setting our Minds on Christ”
    Thoughts for Reflection: We have been unpacking our Vision of boldly bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to every household in the Hopkins community through Expectant Prayer, Effective Evangelism, and Radical Obedience to the Holy Spirit.  Over the last several weeks we’ve talked about how prayer will fuel this Vision.  Today, and through Easter, we will be talking about Radical Obedience to the Holy Spirit and what that looks like for us as individuals and as a church. Radical Obedience sounds pretty… well… radical.  For us, this concept is not actually new.  In Christ we are a new creation and we are given a new identity.  For the Christ follower, we are called to BECOME what we already ARE through the Spirit’s work in and on our lives.  Obedience that is ‘radical’, from the world’s perspective, starts, as Paul says here in Colossians, starts with orienting our minds around our Savior, Redeemer, and Lord and then living according to His commands and our God-given new identity in Him. Questions to take home:
    1. Who are you?  If you were to list the top 5 things you spend your time and energy on, what would come out on top?  If your closest friends were to make the same list based on what they know about you, how would they describe you?  Is that congruent with your Identity in Christ?
    2. Scripture says that “since we have been raised with Christ” we are to “set our hearts on things above.”  Based on what we heard today, what does this mean for you?  What things are you pursuing in your life or in your family’s life that are not from “above”?  How can you reorient your lives to better heed this Biblical command?
    3. Read Matthew 6:24 & 1 John 2:15-17.  How does this speak into our Scripture passage for today?  How does it speak into your life right now?  As we continue to “return to normal”, are there other ‘masters’ in your life that should not be returned to?  Which ones and how will you avoid them?
  • Feb 21, 20211 Kings 18 “Radical Prayer (Part 2)”
    Feb 21, 2021
    1 Kings 18 “Radical Prayer (Part 2)”
  • Feb 14, 2021John 11:45-53; 1 Kings 17:1-24 “Praying Radically (Part 1)”
    Feb 14, 2021
    John 11:45-53; 1 Kings 17:1-24 “Praying Radically (Part 1)”
  • Feb 7, 2021James 5:13-20 “Vision in Action: Praying Effectively”
    Feb 7, 2021
    James 5:13-20 “Vision in Action: Praying Effectively”
    Thoughts for Reflection: Every day at some point, after I come home from work, Bethany and I have a conversation about the contents of our day.  Regardless of whether it is good or bad, we take the time to talk through it and also talk through what is on the horizon for us that evening and maybe into the next day or week.  Though this is not the sum total of our conversations and communication, it is a very intentional connection point for us that, when missed, can also be somewhat detrimental… especially when it gets missed a lot. Prayer is a core part of our relationship with God.  It is communion with Him, conversation with Him.  In prayer we both speak and listen and as we make our requests known to God (Philippians 4:6-7) we also gain, through the Holy Spirit, a sense of God’s heart and His will too (Psalm 46:10).  These things in balance, along with the reading of God’s Word, work to transform our hearts and our minds (Romans 12:1-2) so that we better understand, desire, and pray into God’s will for us and for those around us (Matthew 6:10). Questions to take home:
    1. James begins a conversation on prayer by talking about “when” to pray.  What does he say here?  If you were to look at your own prayer life, how would it match up to our passage today?  Are there times when you are more or less apt to pray?  What are they?
    2. Why do you think that James makes a big deal about “calling the Elders of the church”, bringing other people from the body of Christ in to pray?  What benefits do you think there are in this?  Why do you think so many people don’t reach out for prayer?  What do you think James would say to that?
    3. James 5:16 says, “the prayer of the righteous person has powerful effects.”  What is it that makes a person righteous?  Why do you think this righteousness is related to the effectiveness and power of their prayers?  How do these answers impact the way you think about your prayer life?
  • Jan 31, 2021Matthew 6:5-15; Acts 2:42-47 “Vision in Action: Exectant Prayer”
    Jan 31, 2021
    Matthew 6:5-15; Acts 2:42-47 “Vision in Action: Exectant Prayer”
    Thoughts for Reflection: In the next 7 years HCC will boldly bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to every household in the greater Hopkins Community through Expectant Prayer, Effective Evangelism, and Radical Obedience to the Holy Spirit.  Last week we laid out God’s Vision for HCC over the next seven years; today we begin to unpack it and it all begins with prayer.  Everything that the Apostles did in Acts and all the growth of the early church and the Kingdom was bathed in prayer and so shall our efforts be as well. Prayer is something that we all know we should do.  It is something Jesus taught about and modeled and something the disciples continued to do and to teach after He had ascended.  They prayed boldly & expectantly, believing that God would work mightily on their behalf.  How often do our prayers feel this way?  Do we approach the throne boldly, expecting to have God’s ear and concern or do our prayers default to rote repetitions with a faint hope that God might hear us? Questions to take home:
    1. Read 1 Timothy 2:1-4.  What does Paul have to say to Timothy about prayer here?  Who & what should be prayed for?  How does this encouragement match up with Jesus’ teaching on prayer that we read today from Matthew 6:5-15?
    2. If God showed up today and answered all of the prayers you prayed in the last week what would happen?  Would anyone new be entering the Kingdom of God?  How is this answer encouraging or convicting?  What changes do you think might need to come from this?
    3. Our first major goal in the HCC Vision is to meet our neighbors in the Village of Hopkins.  Go for a drive (or two) this week through the neighborhoods of the village.  Ask God to give you eyes to see things here the way He sees them.  Listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  What did you see and hear?  How is God leading you to pray for the Village of Hopkins in the next month?
  • Jan 24, 2021Luke 4:16-21; Matthew 9:35-38, 28:18-20; Acts 1:8 “A God-Sized Dream”
    Jan 24, 2021
    Luke 4:16-21; Matthew 9:35-38, 28:18-20; Acts 1:8 “A God-Sized Dream”

    Thoughts for Reflection:

    God is a God of both mission and vision.  From the very beginning, God’s mission in creation was to love and live in relationship with humanity that would also love and worship Him.  When creation was broken through Adam and Eve’s sin, God laid out a vision to repair and redeem all of creation, because of His great love, through His mercy, grace, and sacrifice.  This Vision was realized by the death and resurrection of Jesus and a new Vision, that of a great multitude of worshippers and a New Heaven and Earth, recorded in Revelation became the new Vision of God to be realized when Jesus comes again.

    God’s mission, from the very beginning, has not changed.  His vision, however, has seen many seasons and shifts as God works out His will to its ultimate end.  Hopkins Community Church exists to connect people to Christ and Community; this is our mission and it has been a part of who we are… in our “DNA” for much of HCC’s existence.  Today we begin to lay the groundwork of a 7-year vision to boldly bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the community of Hopkins through Expectant Prayer, Effective Evangelism, and Radical Obedience to the Holy Spirit.

    Questions to take home:

     
    1. The terms “mission” and “vision” get thrown around a lot, yet they are not the same thing.  How would you say that mission and vision are different, and how are they related?  Have you ever considered what your personal “mission” and your current “vision” are for your life?

    2. Have you ever thought about what God’s ultimate “mission” is?  How does understanding His mission better help us to understand and participate in our Scripturally given roll?  What is our Scripturally given roll in God’s mission?

    3. How does God’s vision for HCC over the next 7 years strike you?  Are you excited?  Overwhelmed?  Skeptical?  What do you think it is going to take for us to get there and how do you see yourself as a part of it?  Would you commit to praying for HCC and about this Vision in the next couple of months as we start moving forward with it?

  • Jan 17, 20211 Samuel 17 “David and Goliath”
    Jan 17, 2021
    1 Samuel 17 “David and Goliath”
    Series: Discipleship
    Cadet Sunday
    Jim Fredricks Preaching
  • Jan 10, 2021Luke 9:1-6, 10 “Making Disciples Jesus’ Way”
    Jan 10, 2021
    Luke 9:1-6, 10 “Making Disciples Jesus’ Way”
    Series: Discipleship
  • Jan 3, 2021Jeremiah 29:4-14 “Settle In”
    Jan 3, 2021
    Jeremiah 29:4-14 “Settle In”
    Thoughts for Reflection: We all have high hopes for 2021, especially after the year that we’ve just had.  You don’t have to look far, however, to see that any immediate change for the better is still fairly far into the future.  Whether it is mutated strains of COVID-19, continuing political turmoil, the moral degradation of society, increased tensions in the Middle East, or the general darkness of the winter season, pinning our hopes on something worldly to go right is ultimately a fruitless endeavor. When the Kingdom of Judah was dragged into captivity, having lost any sense of “normal” for their lives, God spoke to them words of comfort and reassurance.  Even in the swirling chaos that they experienced, God was there and He was still actively working in and through His people.  Rather than sitting and waiting, protesting or resisting, God encourages His people to “settle down” and live as His people in a foreign and hostile land.  Perhaps it is time for the Church to do the same and recognize that even though our world has “changed”, we are still called to the same mission, serving the same unchanging God. Questions to take home:
    1. What is one thing that you’ve been holding on to this year hoping it would return to normal soon?  Do you think that holding on to this has been hindering you in any way?  How could you experience freedom in your life by giving it to God?
    2. How does thinking about our current life as the “new normal” change your perspective for how you think about the things going on around you?  How does your view of God’s work in and through you change?
    3. We, the church, are called to be “Christ’s Hands and Feet”, to minister and proclaim the Gospel in the context that we are in.  What do you think needs to change for us if we are to do this effectively?  What about for you?
  • Dec 27, 2020Luke 2:41-52 “Christmas: Setting the Stage for Mission”
    Dec 27, 2020
    Luke 2:41-52 “Christmas: Setting the Stage for Mission”
    Message from December 27, 2020 Hopkins Community Church Mission & Values and Ministry Metrics Self-Assessment: https://www.hopkinscommunitychurch.net/vision-and-mission/
  • Dec 24, 2020Luke 2:1-20 “Christmas: Setting the Stage for Salvation”
    Dec 24, 2020
    Luke 2:1-20 “Christmas: Setting the Stage for Salvation”
    Series: Advent
    Christmas Eve Service
    Pastor Jon VanderWall Preaching
  • Dec 20, 2020Isaiah 92, 6-7; 7:14 “Advent: Setting the Stage – Prophecy”
    Dec 20, 2020
    Isaiah 92, 6-7; 7:14 “Advent: Setting the Stage – Prophecy”
    Series: Advent
  • Dec 13, 20202 Samuel 7:12-16 “Advent: Setting the Stage for the Kingdom”
    Dec 13, 2020
    2 Samuel 7:12-16 “Advent: Setting the Stage for the Kingdom”
    Series: Advent
    Thoughts for Reflection: Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry, the Kingdom of Heaven is one of the topics that He addresses most.  Often speaking through parables, Jesus explains what this Kingdom is like and how it expands.  This, however, is not the first time this sort of language is spoken of in Scripture.  From the time of King David, God puts forth the understanding that His Kingdom would be established on earth through David’s line, ultimately resulting in the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. God tells David that his throne would be established forever.  This too points to Jesus not just as a relative of David, or as an exemplary teacher and moral example, but as the true King of kings and Lord of Lords.  So many New Testament passages affirm this position of Jesus, seated on “David’s throne” and at “God’s Right Hand.”  Ultimately, though, as we look forward to Christmas, we must consider what it means for us that the King of Heaven came into the world, when we declare Jesus as Lord and King of our lives as well. Questions to take home:
    1. What do you think about when you hear “Kingdom of Heaven/God”?  Where would you say you have learned the most about that?  How has that understanding been challenged or confirmed through today’s Scripture passage?
    2. Jesus fulfills three Old Testament rolls: Prophet, Priest and King.  How do you understand Jesus as your King and what implications does that have for your life and walk of faith?
    3. We talk often about seeing “the Kingdom expand” in the community of Hopkins.  What does that mean for you?  How do you envision that being accomplished?  How do you see yourself as a part of that expansion?
  • Dec 6, 2020Genesis 12:1-9; Exodus 20:1-21 “Advent: Setting the Stage – Covenant Promise”
    Dec 6, 2020
    Genesis 12:1-9; Exodus 20:1-21 “Advent: Setting the Stage – Covenant Promise”
    Series: Advent

    Thoughts for Reflection:

    Having set the stage for the coming Messiah, a Redeemer and Savior from the sin humanity has become bound to, Scripture then takes us on a journey. Along that journey God reveals how he is going to bring about this Messiah, what this Savior will be like, and how redemption will be accomplished. Through a series of covenants, God gradually sets the stage for the coming Messiah, His Son, and shows His people both their need for Him and what He will be like.

    As we journey through Advent and look forward to the Christmas holiday, we find ourselves thinking a great deal about the story of that first Christmas night. Shepherds and angels, wisemen and a manger, and a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths. That’s what Christmas is all about, right Charlie Brown? But there is so much more wrapped up in those cloths than just an infant and the way that we understand and recognize Him, His Mission, and ultimately His deity and Holiness has been part of God’s work for hundreds of years.
     

    Questions to take home:

    What are some of the normal things that come to mind when you think about the Christmas narrative? Do you ever find yourself dismissing this amazing happening because you’ve “heard it before?” How can you intentionally work to deepen your understanding of the Incarnation of Christ this year?

    We read the 10 Commandments today. Read Romans 3:9-20 & 7:7-25. What is the connection to the Messiah here? How do these passages help you understand the person of Jesus Christ better?

    Ultimately, the story of Christmas is a message that we are called to share. How does our understanding of God’s word to “set the stage” for the coming of Jesus Christ help you better share the Good News with others?

  • Nov 29, 2020Genesis 3:1-15 “Advent: Setting the Stage”
    Nov 29, 2020
    Genesis 3:1-15 “Advent: Setting the Stage”
    Series: Advent
    Thoughts for Reflection: Though the contemporary season of Advent is not truly outlined in the Bible, the theme of “expectant waiting” and anticipation for the coming of the Lord and His work is found throughout Scripture. From the very beginning, humanity had been waiting for the One who would crush the head of the serpent. The people of God waited through both good times and bad times for the coming of the Messiah. In the present age, we wait once again for Christ’s Second Coming and the ultimate fulfillment and completion of His redemptive work. In the season of Advent, we reflect on and even practice this sort of “expectant waiting” as we approach the celebration of Christmas. This year, our waiting seems to go beyond just Christmas though as our yearning for a “return to normal,” a release from this pandemic is on our minds. Throughout Scripture, we see God at work through the difficult times, setting the stage for something greater for His people. As we consider the Advent season, maybe this year we need to broaden our gaze as we wait expectantly for the great work God is preparing in advance for us. Questions to take home: Read Psalm 130. The word “wait” means to “hope for”, “put trust in” and “anticipate”. These are major themes of the Advent season. How do these themes and this Psalm alter your perspective on our present season (most of 2020) of “waiting”? Read Romans 8:18-30. Scripture is very clear that God is working for the “good” of those who “love Him.” If you have declared Christ to be Lord of your life, how does this passage help to clarify your perspective on God’s work in and through your present situation? What do you think He is “setting the stage” for in your life? How can the hope/anticipation of Psalm 130 and the Truth of Romans 8 impact your prayer life in the next month? Read Hebrews 11. Pay special attention to Verses 13-16 and 39-40. How does the faith of these “heroes of the faith” inspire you in this difficult time? How can we put our faith into action in this Advent season? 4 Ways to Pray during Advent: Acknowledge Present Difficulties Renew Trust in God's Faithfulness New (renewed) Vision for God's Present Work Expectant Hope for God's Future Plans