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Oct 10, 2021
Matthew 3:13-4:1 “The Trinity”
Series: Apologetics
Thoughts for Reflection: The whole first unit in our study on Apologetics could be summed up with the word “foundation”.  We have spent the last three weeks and will spend the next 5-6 weeks establishing the foundational beliefs of the Christian faith as they are laid out in Scripture.  One of the most foundational doctrines of the Christian faith, as well as one of the most mysterious, is that of the Trinitarian nature of God. While you won’t find the word “Trinity” anywhere in the Bible, it is very clear that the Bible reveals God as existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  All three are present and active in Creation, the psalmist attests to each one at different times, and we are called to go out (and baptize) in the name of all Three.  Yet, Scripture is also clear that there is only ONE God, who was and is and is to come.  We, as humans, both speak this as the Truth that God reveals about Himself in Scripture and also hold in tension that it is impossible to fully comprehend. Questions to take home:
  1. What are some ways that you have tried to describe or explain the Trinity?  How have they been helpful to you?  In what ways do they fall short of the mystery?
  2. What is one thing that you find to be the most awe-inspiring about God’sTrinitarian existence?  What is the most confusing?  Which Scripture passages have you found to be most helpful?
  3. Take a few minutes to read the Athanasian Creed on the inside of this handout.  How does this Creed help you to better understand the Trinity?  How does this understanding affect your view of God?
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  • Oct 10, 2021Matthew 3:13-4:1 “The Trinity”
    Oct 10, 2021
    Matthew 3:13-4:1 “The Trinity”
    Series: Apologetics
    Thoughts for Reflection: The whole first unit in our study on Apologetics could be summed up with the word “foundation”.  We have spent the last three weeks and will spend the next 5-6 weeks establishing the foundational beliefs of the Christian faith as they are laid out in Scripture.  One of the most foundational doctrines of the Christian faith, as well as one of the most mysterious, is that of the Trinitarian nature of God. While you won’t find the word “Trinity” anywhere in the Bible, it is very clear that the Bible reveals God as existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  All three are present and active in Creation, the psalmist attests to each one at different times, and we are called to go out (and baptize) in the name of all Three.  Yet, Scripture is also clear that there is only ONE God, who was and is and is to come.  We, as humans, both speak this as the Truth that God reveals about Himself in Scripture and also hold in tension that it is impossible to fully comprehend. Questions to take home:
    1. What are some ways that you have tried to describe or explain the Trinity?  How have they been helpful to you?  In what ways do they fall short of the mystery?
    2. What is one thing that you find to be the most awe-inspiring about God’sTrinitarian existence?  What is the most confusing?  Which Scripture passages have you found to be most helpful?
    3. Take a few minutes to read the Athanasian Creed on the inside of this handout.  How does this Creed help you to better understand the Trinity?  How does this understanding affect your view of God?
  • Oct 3, 2021Genesis 1:1–2; John 1:1-5; Romans 1:18–23 “We Can Know God Exists”
    Oct 3, 2021
    Genesis 1:1–2; John 1:1-5; Romans 1:18–23 “We Can Know God Exists”
    Series: Apologetics
    Thoughts for Reflection: One of the greatest questions that Atheists pose to believers is that of proof of God’s existence.  Because God is spirit, and therefore invisible, and because you cannot quantify Him in any scientific way, many hold that He simply does not exist.  Science, they say, has proven how and approximately when the universe began and how it exists today.  Everything that exists, they say, finds its beginning in the Big Bang and is the natural result of several billion years of a random evolutionary process that brought us to this point. While science may be able to explain, in varying degrees of specific language, the nature of the first seconds of the universe, it has yet to (and will not be able to) explain the root cause of the beginning of the universe.  What science has shown, however, is that there definitely was a beginning; the universe itself is not eternal.  In keeping with its own laws of physics, then, we (and they) know that there is a cause behind the beginning.  Nothing simply cannot appear from nothing.  Scripture, however, is very clear on this point: “In the beginning, God…” Questions to take home:
    1. Last week, Pastor Jim spoke about the attributes of God.  Which ones on the list he gave us really apply to the conversation about the existence of God?  How do they play a role in what you believe about who God is?
    2. What have you heard or been taught about the beginning of the universe?  What would you save are the theological implications (impacts on what you believe) of this teaching?  How do or don’t they fit in with what Scripture teaches about God?
    3. Part of apologetics is offering reasonable and well-thought-out answers to why you believe what you believe.  How would you respond to someone who says, “I don’t know how anyone could believe in God, there is no proof that God exists”?
  • Sep 26, 2021Exodus 20:1-6, 34:4-8, 14 “The Attributes of God”
    Sep 26, 2021
    Exodus 20:1-6, 34:4-8, 14 “The Attributes of God”
    Series: Apologetics
    Pastor Jim Harrison Preaching
     
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  • Sep 19, 2021Psalm 19:7-14 “God’s Word is Our Foundation”
    Sep 19, 2021
    Psalm 19:7-14 “God’s Word is Our Foundation”
    Series: Apologetics
    Thoughts for Reflection: In starting something new, it is always good to begin at the beginning.  Rarely does anyone pick up a book and start reading random pages halfway through the book.  In the same way, a builder does not construct the walls of the house before the foundation is set and secured.  Students do not finish their capstone college courses until they have completed all the rest of the necessary coursework.  For everything, there is a beginning, a starting line, a foundation.  For Christ-followers, our Foundation is the Word of God. In an age of relative truth, we begin a new season of discipleship, planting our proverbial flag on the foundation that is the Word of God.  One of the key values that drive our Mission and Vision at Hopkins Community Church is that of Absolute Truth: We affirm the supremacy of Christ, the centrality of the Gospel, and the absolute truth of scripture.  Amidst the storm of relativism, Scripture is our anchor, our foundation, or shelter. Questions to take home:
    1. What are the ways that God’s Word is identified in Psalm 19?  Can you think of other ways that Scripture talks about itself in the Bible?  How do these Truths transform your view of Scripture and its place in your life?
    2. Pastor Jon talked about “Worldview” during the sermon.  How would you describe “worldview” to someone?  With that in mind, what is your worldview?  What is the source of your worldview?
    3. What is one of the most pressing problems in society today?  Take some time to search through Scripture (use the Bible, an index, google, etc.).  What does it say about this?  How can you apply these Truths to your life?
  • Sep 12, 20211 Peter 3:8-22 “Ready to Give an Answer?”
    Sep 12, 2021
    1 Peter 3:8-22 “Ready to Give an Answer?”
    Series: Apologetics
    Thoughts for Reflection: Today is the beginning of a new season of ministry and discipleship for Hopkins Community Church.  We are restarting our Discipleship Hour (Sunday School) after a year and a half hiatus.  Youth Groups, GEMS, Cadets, Rubies, and Small Groups will all begin in the next week as well.  Today also marks the beginning of a new focus specific to training, discipling, and equipping Hopkins Community Church to speak about, answer questions of, and defend their Faith in the world today. In a world that seems out of control, many people have questions and are searching for hope.  Scripture tells us to “always be ready to give and answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have.”  The Greek word used here is Apologia which means “to give a defense.”  Today begins a journey that will equip us and prepare us to give a defense for our faith and answer some of the most difficult and important questions the people have for the followers of Christ. Questions to take home:
    1. Read 1 Peter 3:8-9.  How does this passage speak into the current climate of interaction, arguing, and social media posting in our culture today?  In what ways have you participated in this?  Repent of those things and ask God to reveal new ways of interacting that are glorifying to Him.
    2. Has anyone ever asked you a question about your faith that you don’t have an answer to?  Do you have questions about your faith that you don’t have an answer to?  What are those questions?  Write them down and turn them into the collection box next week.
    3. Read 1 Peter 3:13-16.   These verses are crucial for understanding how apologetics should be carried out.  Can you find the 5 ways that Peter mentions here?  Which of these ways are you comfortable with?  Which ones are opportunities for growth?
  • Sep 5, 2021Matthew 7:13-29; 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “Two Ways”
    Sep 5, 2021
    Matthew 7:13-29; 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “Two Ways”
    Series: Apologetics
    Thoughts for Reflection: Matthew 5 through 7 is known as the “Sermon on the Mount.”  As Jesus begins His ministry, He is articulating His interpretation of Old Testament law and showing people the purpose for it in the lives of God’s people.  His teaching is set up over and against the teaching and rules of the day that the religious leaders had set up for the people to follow.  These human rules were about religious practice, about the activities of a person rather than the heart of the Law which was actually about people’s heart. The world around us offers a lot of pathways to “happiness and fulfillment.”  Whether they are a litany of religious practices or the “love is love is love” mentality, they are part of the broad road that is lined with signs suggesting that this is the way toward satisfaction and ultimate joy… even salvation.  Jesus, however, begins and ends His early ministry with one refrain: “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Questions to take home:
    1. The world is always offering us alternative “roads” to happiness, fulfillment, and ‘salvation’.  What are the things, activities, or elements of your life that the enemy is using to lure you away from following Christ first in your life?
    2. Jesus continues His teaching by contrasting two types of things: prophets, disciples, and foundations.  The ultimate question He is getting at is “which one are you”?  How do we ensure that we are not heading down the “broad road” of worldly teaching?
    3. How do we apply these same teachings to a church level?  A denominational level?  How do we apply Christ’s teachings in Matthew and other places to the organizations we find ourselves in?
  • Aug 29, 2021Psalm 11 “Rebuilding Foundations”
    Aug 29, 2021
    Psalm 11 “Rebuilding Foundations”
  • Aug 22, 2021John 3:16-21 “3-Rings Evangelism: The Gospel”
    Aug 22, 2021
    John 3:16-21 “3-Rings Evangelism: The Gospel”
    Thoughts for Reflection: We’re going through a conversational, relational way to carry out Jesus’ mission for us as we go about our daily lives. The first week we talked about God’s design for our lives, which is evident from the very beginning. We reviewed how God created everything and it was all good. Mankind is the pinnacle of His creation and we were made for relationship with God and each other. God’s design is for us to “walk and talk” with Him just like Adam and Eve once did. However, Adam and Eve departed from God’s design–they wanted to do it their way instead of God’s way. The Bible calls this sin and tells us that we have all sinned and fall short of God’s perfect design. Sin leads to brokenness.  We all know how brokenness feels. It feels like broken relationships, addiction, depression, discouragement, fear, guilt and shame. We all want out of brokenness, so we try to fix it. We medicate it with drugs or numb it with alcohol. We strive to be better people, hoping that somehow, someway, our good will outweigh our bad. We look for ways to alleviate our pain. When we do that, we just get more and more broken. This feels like a bad thing, but in many ways brokenness is a good thing because it’s the way God gets our attention. When we feel broken on the inside and everything’s all messed up, we know something needs to change. This is where we get some really good news. The good news is that God made a way out of our brokenness. Questions to take home:
    1. If someone were to stop you on the street and ask you, out of the blue, “What is the Gospel?”, what would you say?  How have you prepared yourself as a Christ-follower to tell others about Him?
    2. What is repentance?  What does repentance do?  What happens after we repent of our sins and who drives us toward new life in Christ?  Is there anything in your life that you need to repent of?
    3. Think of one or two people you know that do not follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Commit to praying for opportunities to turn everyday conversations into Gospel Conversations, that God would draw these people to His Son, Jesus.
  • Aug 15, 2021Genesis 3; Romans 3 “Brokenness”
    Aug 15, 2021
    Genesis 3; Romans 3 “Brokenness”
    Thoughts for Reflection: Last week we saw how God has left us with a mission to make disciples of all nations. We are to tell them the good news that God made a way for them to live the way they were designed to live. We are learning a relational, conversational way to bring them the help they need through the gospel of Jesus.  We began this conversation by acknowledging God’s supremacy as creator and designer of all things.  Yet, despite God’s perfect design, sin has led to a broken world. We’re a Humpty Dumpty nation. We’ve fallen, we’re broken and we can’t figure out how to put all the pieces back together again. And it’s not for a lack of trying. We all recognize what’s wrong in our world today. We all have a sense of brokenness, and we try our best to fix it. There are all kinds of people trying all kinds of things to put our nation back together again. Despite our best efforts, we have seen only more brokenness, division, and strife.  Fortunately for us, God has given us the solution. Questions to take home:
    1. What is the chief lie that Satan tells Eve in Genesis 3?  How do you see that lie being played out in our culture and in the greater world today?  How have you struggled with that lie in your own life?
    2. In what ways do we see people working/striving to fix their own brokenness?  How has society sought to fix the brokenness in the world?  How do these things differ from what the Bible lays out?  Where do you see these things in your own life and how can they be more Gospel-centered?
    3. Think of one or two people you know that do not follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Commit to praying for opportunities to turn everyday conversations into Gospel Conversations, that God would draw these people to His Son, Jesus.
  • Aug 8, 2021Genesis 1:24-2:3; Psalm 139:13-18 “3-Rings Evangelism: God’s Design”
    Aug 8, 2021
    Genesis 1:24-2:3; Psalm 139:13-18 “3-Rings Evangelism: God’s Design”
    Thoughts for Reflection: All believers are called to be faithful Gospel witnesses to the places we live, work, and play.  This isn’t just for the professionals.  We are Christ’s ambassadors; our homes are Kingdom outposts.  Our jobs, schools, neighborhoods, parks, and grocery stores are mission fields to which we are called.  Christ’s call to all believers as He returned to Heaven was to “Preach the Gospel” and “Make Disciples”.  The Good News (GOSPEL) of Jesus Christ, God making a way for people to be right with Him, is something we need to share. In our last message on “Effective Evangelism,” we talked about the ART of Sharing.  This involves sharing our story, our experience with Christ, and how we have been changed by the Gospel message.  It also involves us sharing the Gospel message with others.  Over the next three weeks, we are going to talk specifically and practically about sharing that very message in a conversational and relational way.  It all starts with God’s design. Questions to take home:
    1. How does the Genesis account of creation color your understanding of God?  Read Psalm 139.  How does this passage add to the creation narrative?  What does it mean to be “created in God’s image”?
    2. Today we celebrate the Lord’s supper, a picture of our restored relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  How does this sacrament remind you of God’s design for our relationship with Him?  How does it show us the pathway to that restored relationship?
    3. Think of one or two people you know that do not follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Commit to praying for opportunities to turn everyday conversations into Gospel Conversations, that God would draw these people to His Son, Jesus.
  • Aug 1, 2021Romans 6:3-11 “Baptism: Identifying with Jesus”
    Aug 1, 2021
    Romans 6:3-11 “Baptism: Identifying with Jesus”
  • Jul 25, 2021Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Radical Me’od Obedience”
    Jul 25, 2021
    Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Radical Me’od Obedience”
    Thoughts for Reflection: Today we close our long-standing series of sermons focusing on our Mission, Values, and Vision with a brief return to the topic of “Radical Obedience.”  We do so, today, using the familiar words of the Hebrew “Shema,” the first and greatest commandment that Jesus attested to in His ministry.  This passage, a combination of both Creed and Command, represents the fundamental identity and directive of God’s people, and it places God at the center of their faith and life. The core of the Shema is the way in which God’s people love God with all (every aspect) of their heart (mind & emotions), soul (personality, interactions, work, etc.), and “strength” (muchness).  The Hebrew word “me’od” which is translated as “strength” is actually an adjective and is translated as “very” or “greatly” in much of the Old Testament.  It is an emphasizing word, making whatever is applied to it substantially larger.  Today we look at what “me’od” obedience looks like as we apply it to our lives and the ministry of HCC. Questions to take home:
    1. Read Mark 12:41-44.  What does Jesus say about this woman’s gifts?  What contrast does Jesus draw here?  How does our understanding of “me’od” amplify the meaning of this narrative?
    2. Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-8.  We often talk about giving in terms of a “tithe” or 10%.  What does Paul say about that here?  How would the understanding of the word “me’od” be applied to this?
    3. Take some time to pray this week.  Intentionally set aside 15 minutes each day and ask God to show you where He is pushing you toward “me’od” obedience.  Spend most of that time listening.  What did you hear?  How will you respond?
  • Jul 18, 20211 John 1:1-4 “The ART of Sharing”
    Jul 18, 2021
    1 John 1:1-4 “The ART of Sharing”
    Thoughts for Reflection (A club for your “Evangelism Golf Bag”): “From now on, we no longer regard anyone from a worldly point of view.”  2 Corinthians 5:16 As we close out this sermon series on Effective Evangelism, we’ve talked about several “tools” that we have to effectively build relationships with other people that can lead to faith and/or spiritual conversations.  Ultimately, though, evangelism does boil down to actively sharing the Gospel Message.  Many Christ-followers fear this because of the discomfort it may bring or due to the perception that they would not “present it right.”   The Bible, though, is replete with examples of sharing the Gospel message and a choice few of them come in “presentation form.”  Even Jesus, after healing people, simply told them “go and tell others what the Lord has done for you.  The reality is that most people aren’t actually interested in a presentation.  We don’t need to try to “sell Jesus” to people, the invitation that we are given is to tell others what we have experienced in our own lives, what God means to us and has done for us. Something to take home (Practice using the club):
    1. Read 1 Peter 3:13-16.  What is your story?  Have you taken the time to write it down and/or share it with someone?  If someone asked you today why you are “different” or about your “hope” what would you say?
    2. Set aside some time (15-30 minutes) in the next two days to reflect on this question: “What has knowing God added to my life?”  Journal your thoughts or make a list of why God has been worth knowing and spend time praising Him for each reason.
    3. Pray and look for an opportunity to share one of the reasons on your list with an unbelieving friend this week.  Don’t force it; pray and watch for God to open up an opportunity.
  • Jul 11, 20211 Thessalonians 1:2-10 “The ART of Serving Together”
    Jul 11, 2021
    1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 “The ART of Serving Together”
    Scripture Passages: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 Message Title: The ART of Serving Together Thoughts for Reflection: Some of the most transformative experiences of my life have been while serving on mission trips.  There is something about the experience of solving problems and meeting needs in Jesus’ Name that brings you closer to both God and to those you are working with.  It doesn’t just have to be mission trips, though.  Helping a neighbor, serving in the community, or even assisting a random person while out running errands are all ways we can communicate the love of God through our actions. Serving together with others has an even greater impact.  It opens up opportunities to experience the love of God being shown to another.  This is a non-verbal and yet very tangible and practical way of communicating God’s love, mercy, and concern for others.  Engaging in service for someone with another person softens hearts and can open up opportunities for deeper spiritual conversations.  People rarely care how much you know until they know how much you care. Questions to take home:
    1. Think of a time when you worked together with friends on a service project.  What impact did it have on you personally?  What impact did it have on the relationships with your friends?
    2. What are some of the barriers in your life to serving others (time, knowledge, confidence, etc.)?  What are some of the barriers that keep you from asking others to serve with you?  How can you begin to address these barriers this week?
    3. Identify a need in your own community, neighborhood, or workplace and ask someone you know there if they would help you meet that need.
  • Jul 4, 20211 Peter 1:3-9 “Enduring Hope”
    Jul 4, 2021
    1 Peter 1:3-9 “Enduring Hope”