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Good Shepherd // Sunday Service Guide
March 29, 2020

From Pastor Tom –
Hi Good Shepherd, we love you and we miss you.

One of the greatest hindrances to imagining possibilities is perceptual distortion. Obstacles appear larger and more ominous than they are, keeping us preoccupied with trying to avoid danger rather than discerning alternatives. This is evident in today’s lesson. The disciples have been Jesus’ constant companions throughout his ministry, traveling with him from one village, town, and mountainous region to the next, yet they often appear more concerned with situational limitation than with the restorative possibility of resurrection and life. Their interests are often at cross-purposes with Jesus’ ministerial focus, as in their concern in last week’s gospel text for the origin of the blind man’s condition rather than in the curative potential of Jesus’ encounter.

For however many weeks that we are scattered around Orange County, our prayer is that God would unite us all in a powerful and unique way as we see Him move in real ways. Following Jesus involves moving into the light. Let’s remember the gift of church. Pray for our people.

I’m encouraging you to worship at 10:00 am on Sunday in your home (or virtually) with your family or your LifeGroup.

PRAY
Take some time to pray to yourself or with the people you have gathered with. Ask God to teach you this morning through His Word, to convict your heart of ways you can trust Him more deeply and unite our church in this season.

  • In desperation we cry to you, O Lord. We know you hear. We know you care.
    Ezekiel 37:11-12

  • We pray for those whose hope is lost, who feel dried up and cut off from you. By your grace, open their graves; bring them back to the land of the living.
    John 11:44

  • We pray for those who are oppressed, held captive by the power of death. Release them from their chains; unbind them and let them go!
    John 11:32-33

  • We pray for those who weep, lost and lifeless in fear and regret. Grant them the peace of your presence; show them what your love can do.
    John 11:25-26

  • We pray for those who are dying, the light of life fading in their eyes. Help them to believe in you so that they may live and never die.
    John 11:40-41

  • We thank you, O Lord, for having heard our prayers. Enable us to trust in you and thus to see your glory; through Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life. Amen.

SING
Click on the below music playlists for the week and follow along with the hymnal link or lyric video, and spend some time singing praises to God. You can choose two songs for now and save the others for after the message.

Traditional Hymns Playlist – follow along in the hymnal here
Contemporary Music Playlist – follow along with a lyric sing along video here

READ
Open your Bible and read John 11:1-45.
Read it over one time at a normal tempo.
Read it a second time at a slower tempo.
Read it one last time at a normal tempo again.

HEAR

Click the play button above to watch this week’s sermon.

SING
Use this time to sing a few more songs from the below playlists, or look up any of your other favorites, as we normally would as we gather as a church.

Traditional Hymns Playlist – follow along in the hymnal here
Contemporary Music Playlist – follow along with a lyric sing along video here

DISCUSS
If you are gathered with others, take some time to discuss these questions. If you are not, reflect on these questions and consider journaling your thoughts. If you are meeting with your LifeGroup online, discuss these questions with them.

  • Answer this question: “If Jesus loves us, why doesn’t he help by doing more, being quicker, or giving me what I think I need?” Discuss how we can resolve the conflict between Jesus’ love for Lazarus and his deliberate delay in helping him (John 11:4-5). How might this truth be helpful for us in our waiting?

  • How can those verses help us when we feel abandoned by God in a time of great need? How can they give hope to someone you know? What do you want to do in order to be a “hope dealer” in their lives?

  • What additional insight into God’s purposes can we gain from Jesus’ statement in John 11:15?

  • When have you thought you had a better plan for your life than the one God was working out?

  • In what way has God used sickness, problems in school, or issues with family in your life, or the lift of another, to bring someone to Him?

  • What unfulfilled task has God given you that you will recommit yourself to today?

  • What shortcomings or weaknesses in your life will you give to God to prayer, that He may use them to bring glory to Himself?

If you have kids in your household, follow along with these weekly lessons –
Children’s Lesson
Junior High Lesson
High School Lesson

PRAY
Pray for those who are blind to Christ and unable to see how He is working in their lives, even in the midst of a pandemic. Pray for our nation. Pray for the Church. Pray for our church. Pray about ways Jesus could be leading you to engage others in this time of separation. Pray for whatever you sense the Spirit of God is leading you in.
Continue praying for our church and community by viewing the Prayers of the People.

GIVE
A life of generosity, for all who know Christ, means the opportunity to draw closer to God, now and in eternity. It means joy, a fulfilled heart, and the potential to store up treasures in heaven. Once you take hold of it, once you begin to feel the change generosity brings into your life, you will feel a strong calling to share the message with others. Please consider continuing to give or setting up giving by clicking HERE.

In Christ,
Thomas Brashears

Good Shepherd // Sunday Service Guide
March 22, 2020

From Pastor Tom –
Hi Good Shepherd, we love you and we miss you.

It’s hard to believe what is happening in our world. In it all we continue our belief that God is at work and active. This God who seems absent is actually working to protect and preserve His story. You shouldn’t conclude because you can’t see the hand of God that God isn’t at work anymore. If so, then you should conclude that the sun isn’t shining because you’re in your basement and you can’t see it. These are the moments where you have to do what Hebrews 11 says, “You must believe that God exists and He rewards those who seek Him.”  I’m not going to give way to belief that God’s gone even in moments where I do not see His hand. Join me!

For however many weeks that we are scattered around Orange County, our prayer is that God would unite us all in a powerful and unique way as we see Him move in real ways. Following Jesus involves moving into the light. Let’s remember the gift of church. Pray for our people.

I’m encouraging you to worship at 10:00 am on Sunday in your home with your family or LifeGroup using the guide below.

PRAY
Take some time to pray to yourself or with the people you have gathered with. Ask God to teach you this morning through His Word, to convict your heart of ways you can trust Him more deeply and unite our church in this season.

SING
Click HERE to listen to our music playlist for this week, or pick a few of your favorite hymns or songs, and spend time singing praises to God. Choose two songs for now and save the other songs for after the message.

READ
Open your Bible and read John 9:1-41. Read it over one time at a normal tempo. Read it a second time at a slower tempo. Read it one last time at a normal tempo again.

HEAR

Click the play button above to watch this week’s sermon. Follow along with the LifeNotes by clicking HERE.

SING
Use this time to sing a few more responsive songs from this playlist, or any of your other favorites, as we normally would when we gather as a church.

DISCUSS
If you are gathered with others, take some time to discuss these three questions. If you are not gathered with others, consider taking some time to reflect on these questions and maybe do some journaling, if that is helpful to you.

  • How has God been working in your life? How has He provided, comforted, answered, reconciled or guided you?

  • Spiritual Blindness could be defined as not being able to see who Jesus is, and not seeing how God is at work in your life and the world. Place each of the characters (disciples, Jesus, the blind man, neighbors, Pharisees, parents) on a scale from spiritual blindness to spiritual sight. Where do you place them and why? Where do you place yourself and why? Do you think you are harder on yourself than you need to be? Why or why not? (Remember spiritual sight has nothing to do with what you DO for God, or about works – it is about seeing, recognizing and being thankful for what God has done for you).

  • Spiritual Blindness is not just a condition we suffer from before we are Christians. 2 Peter 1:3-9 points to the potential return to Spiritual Blindness as a result of stagnation (v. 8) in the Christian life. Discuss ways to maintain your “sight” for seeing God at work in your life and the world.

If you have kids in your household, follow along with these weekly lessons –
Children’s Lesson
Junior High Lesson
High School Lesson

PRAY
Pray for those who are blind to Christ and unable to see how He is working in their lives, even in the midst of a pandemic. Pray for our nation. Pray for the Church. Pray for our church. Pray about ways Jesus could be leading you to engage others in this time of separation. Pray for whatever you sense the Spirit of God is leading you in.
Continue praying for our church and community by viewing the Prayers of the People.

GIVE
A life of generosity, for all who know Christ, means the opportunity to draw closer to God, now and in eternity. It means joy, a fulfilled heart, and the potential to store up treasures in heaven. Once you take hold of it, once you begin to feel the change generosity brings into your life, you will feel a strong calling to share the message with others. Please consider continuing to give or setting up giving by clicking HERE.

In Christ,
Thomas Brashears

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