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?
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  • 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?
  • Apr 18, 2021Romans 12:1-8 “Playing to Your Strengths”
    Apr 18, 2021
    Romans 12:1-8 “Playing to Your Strengths”
    Thoughts for Reflection:
    Over the last few decades, there has been a measurable increase in the use of personality profiles and “strengths” evaluations. Educators, counselors, and employers have all identified the need and advantage to knowing and encouraging their students, clients, and employees to use and leverage their strengths for their own advantage and that of the institution they are a part of. None of this, however, is new. Humans have been doing this for thousands of years.
     
    Whether it is positions assigned on sports teams or careers chosen by young people, we all tend to gravitate toward what we are both passionate about and good at. Christ-followers have an added layer to this in the form of Spiritual Gifting. We, who are in Christ, are given gifts by God through the Holy Spirit which, in some cases, offer us additional super-natural giftings, and in others further leverage our natural passions and talents but do so for Church growing, Body-building, KINGDOM purposes to the glory of God.
     
    Questions to take home:
    Read Ephesians 4:1-16. What do you read here about unity? What do you see here about Spiritual Gifts? How are they related?
    Read 1 Corinthians 12. What do you see here about Spiritual Gifts? What does Paul say about their appropriate use within the Body of Christ (Church)?
    Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-8. How does this passage on giving relate to the other passages on Spiritual Gifts and their use within the Body of Christ and for the Kingdom of God?
    Go to “www.giftstest.com” and take the Spiritual Gifts assessment. What is confirmed from this? What is surprising to you? Write down or bring the results with you next week to church!
  • 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?