worship. // Part 2

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Tonight is going to be a very unique night at The Table, and we cannot wait. Final night of our Discussion Series, Worship! We’re going to take some time to apply what we talked about week 1, and we hope tonight will be enriching for you! 

*Parents - there will not be childcare tonight*

Next Week - Family Meal! Can’t wait! 👊🏻

Point State Park

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Just a reminder that we will be hanging together at Point State Park tonight (not at our normal Parkside location)! We will meet at the fountain at 7pm and hang until about 8:30pm. It'll be a relaxed night of just walking around and spending time together! 

 

Dress warm . . . it's more like a fall night than spring! 

 

Address: 601 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Hope to see you tonight!  

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worthy // Part 3

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We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lordand please him in every way.

Colossians 1:9-10a

In this season of your life, what is something you are really grateful for? 

What is a good motivator for you to patiently endure things that are difficult? 

Why are endurance and patience tied to living a life worthy of the Lord?

In what area(s) of life might it be difficult for people to endure and to be patient as God has called them?

Why is joyful thanks tied to living a life worthy of the Lord?

What is something you admire about God? Why?

worthy // Part 2

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We continually ask ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit give, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lordand please him in every way.

Colossians 1:9-10a

…bearing fruit in every good work… 

(Colossians 1:10)

What does it mean to “bear fruit” 

and why is that tied to living  a life worthy of the Lord? 

“Live well for the master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard.”

Colossians1:10,MSG 

What are some qualities of “working hard” ? 

…growing in knowledge of God…

(Colossians1:10)

Why is growing in knowledge of God associated with living a life worthy of him?

What has helped you know God better?

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lordand please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God . . .

Colossians 1:9-10

worthy // Part 1

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We continually ask ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit give, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lordand please him in every way.

Colossians 1:9-10a

What kind of value do your closest friends bring to your life?

What kind of value is God bringing to your life right now?

What comes to mind when you hear the word WORTHY? 

What do you think it means to “live a life worthy of the Lord?”

Why should apersoncareto/whatshouldbethemotivationbehind a person’s desire to “live a life worthy of the Lord?”

What often combats a person’s intentionality in living a life worthy of the Lord? 

Howdoyouthinkapersoncangrow in caring about living a life worthy of the Lord? 

The Broken Hallelujah - Part 3

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Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Hebrews 4:13

When was a time you were rewarded for being honest when it was difficult?

What has helped you or forced you to be honest about your mistakes? 

What good came from those experiences? 

I remember my affliction and my wandering,

the bitterness and the gall.

I well remember them,

and my soul is downcast within me.

Yet this I call to mind

and therefore I have hope:


Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,

for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;

therefore I will wait for him.”


The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,

to the one who seeks him;

it is good to wait quietly

for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:19-26

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” 

Matthew 5:3, NIV 

Why & How? 

Brighter - Part 3

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The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,

shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 

Proverbs 4:18

What is the best way for the Christian life to point to the brighter reality in Jesus?

”A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13:34-35

How do you think the majority of our culture defines love?

What does it look like?  

What are some of the challenges associated with loving people like Jesus loves us?

How can this love be shown in your specific circle(s)?

Brighter - Part 2

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The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,

shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 

Proverbs 4:18

What is something you are currently looking forward to on the calendar?

When was a time you had trouble seeing clearly and a friend really helped you move in the right direction?

“I know one thing for sure: I was blind . . . I now see.”

John 9:25, MSG

What hope can be found in Christ?

What riches can be found in Christ?

What power can be found in Christ?

What’s the response to a person who cannot see clearly? Who still feels overcome and trapped in darkness?

Brighter - Part 1

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When was a time when you found yourself in literal darkness? Where were you? 

What are some effects of living in darkness? 

The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,

shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 

Proverbs 4:18

In what ways has your life become BRIGHTER as a result of following Jesus? 

How is a person “righteous”? 

OPEN THE DOOR

DIRECT MY FOOTSTEPS ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD; LET NO SIN RULE OVER ME.

Psalm 119:133

Can you share a time you saw a disagreement turn ugly?

Who is someone in your life who by nature tends to be a peace-maker?

How would you describe the life of Jesus?

-What did he stand for?

-What did he value?

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”

Matthew 5:43-48, MSG 

What way(s) can interactions with our “enemies” “bring out the best” in us?  

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Revelation 3:20, NIV 

COURAGE

COURAGE. The Heb. word ḥāzaq means literally ‘to show oneself strong’.

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.

Psalm 119:133

 Have you ever had to move from a location to a new location? From where to where? How did you feel during that process? (good experience or rough?)

When was a time you switched jobs or started a new endeavor? What were some of the internal and external challenges of starting the new adventure?

Are you naturally geared toward stability or change?

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.”

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him.

Genesis 12:1; 4

“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 

Ruth 1:15-16

With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”

But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

Genesis 19:15; 26

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

But Jonah ran away from the Lord . . .

Jonah 1:1-3a

How would you define courage?

What has helped you to go the direction God wants you to go when you are tempted to stay, look back, resist?

First Table of 2019!!

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We are looking forward to a great new year with you at The Table!! 

 

Tonight (1/8), we are going to have a night of just being together. There will be no real agenda other than meeting new people, catching up with old friends, and spending some good time together to start this year strong. More than ever, it's important to build good friendships, and The Table is a place where that happens. We want to make sure we continue to build this family so you can live to your full God-potential! 

 

On a practical level . . . 

 

We usually have childcare on our normal discussion nights, however, tonight we will not have our normal childcare. Your children are more than welcome to come, though, if you want to bring them! 

Also, you should eat dinner before coming . . . but maybe come a little hungry because we have a random surprise planned that will hopefully be awesome! 

Start 2019 off right by coming to The Table tonight! And if you can't come tonight, we hope to see you next week as we discuss something that will help change your life this new year!! 

We love ya and hope to see you tonight!