Monday, September 17, 2018

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Most gifts end up disappointing. God's gift of the Holy Spirit keeps on giving.

Outreach and Family Ministries Director Mary Gandee preaching.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Hope Sunday


An unprecedented need. An unprecedented partnership. Special Guest Speaker Mark Severson. Mark is the director of missional congregations for the Evangelical Covenant Church and has been Pastor Andrew's ministry coach for the past 5 years.

For more information on Covenant Kids Congo visit:
https://covchurch.org/covenantkidscongo/

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Why Can't We All Just Vote for Jesus?

A biblical introduction to a touchy subject.

Where is it Written?
Read Romans 13:1-7, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Matthew 22:17-21, 1 Peter 2:11-17, Titus 3:1, and Jeremiah 29:7. What do these passages teach us about the role of human governments and Christians’ responsibilities to them?

Read Acts 5:29, Philippians 3:20, Hebrews 11:13-16 and Matthew 28:18. What do these passages teach us about Christians’ allegiance in relation to human governments?

Read Revelation 21:1-4, 22:1-5. What do these passages tell us about how God will govern the new heaven and the new earth? List the ways this is different from today’s human governments.

How Goes Your Walk?
What were some of the political values you grew up with?
How have your political values changed over the years?
How have you experienced the effects of political division in your life?

One of the significant differences between Republicans and Democrats is the emphasis each places on the role of the private sector (individual freedom) vs. the role of the public sector (corporate responsibility) in addressing various issues. For the following Biblical issues, discuss the roles that either the private or public sectors (or both) may play in addressing the issue.


  • Care for the Environment - (Genesis 1:28, 2:15)
  • Sanctity of Life - (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:7, Psalm 139:13-16, Jeremiah 1:5)
  • Care of Immigrants and Refugees - (Leviticus 19:33-34, Deuteronomy 10:18-19, Malachi 3:5)
  • National Security- (Jeremiah 33:6)


Add other Biblical issues to the list if desired.

How does your relationship with Jesus change how you engage in political discourse or debate?
How do you hope to improve the tone of political discourse or debate?

Resources for Further Study:
Politics: According to the Bible by Wayne Grudem
A Christian Manifesto by Francis A. Schaeffer

Help, I'm A Porn Addict

A biblical introduction to a touchy subject.

Where is it Written?
Read Mark 10:6-9 - What does this passage teach us about God’s purposes for marital sex?
Read 1 Corinthians 6:12-13 - How can sexual immorality take control over our lives?
Read 1 Corinthian 6:14-18
What power from (verse 14) is present in the lives of believers?
How do we benefit from that power?
How does a life submitted to God change our sexual choices?
What do you think of the challenge to surrender your sexuality to God?

Read Matthew 5:27-28
What is the difference between a passing temptation and a lustful gaze?
How can we train our minds to keep the temptation from turning into lust?

Read James 5:16 - How can telling someone else about your struggles lessen their power over you?

Read Romans 6:13 - How might this verse relate to sexual wholeness?
Read Romans 6:14 - How does knowing God’s unconditional love for you (grace) break the power of sin?

How Goes Your Walk?
• What attitudes about sex were you raised with?
◦ How did those attitudes and teachings affect you?
• What advice or teaching about sex do you wish you had heard earlier than you did?
• What challenges might someone face if they try to honor God sexually?
• What advice would you give someone who was struggling with pornography or other forms of sexual immorality?
• How has God’s grace changed your sexual attitudes and behaviors?

Recommended Resources for Care:
• Local Sexaholics Anonymous - sawenatchee@gmail.com/ 541-903-5398 Message
• xxxchurch.com
• x3workshops.com
• enough.org
• covenanteyes.com

My Son is Gay, Now What?

A biblical introduction to a touchy subject.

Group Discussion Questions:
What have your experiences been with friends or family members who are LGBT?
What positive experiences have you had with people who are LGBT?
What negative experiences have you had with people who are LGBT?
How have your beliefs and actions towards people who are LGBT been challenged or changed over time?
What next step is God calling you to take?

Recommended Resources for Care and Deeper Study:
People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue by Preston Sprinkle
Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved One by Bill Henson
LeadThemHome.org
covchurch.org/embrace/

Key Biblical Passages:
Definition of Marriage:
Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5-6, Mark 10:6-9.

Prohibitions on Same-Sex Intercourse:
Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:24-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, 1 Timothy 1:10

7 Critical Elements of Biblical Truth:
(From Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones)
1. Beliefs that honor God
2. Behaviors in obedience to God’s Word
3. Christlike treatment of others (whether they are Christian or not)
4. Compassionate concern for hurting, vulnerable and marginalized people
5. A joyful, willing and committed heart to lay down my life for others
6. Holistic use of Scripture to plant God’s Word in human hearts
7. An active prayer life, expressed in faith, believing God's promises for my family

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Why We're Shutting Down the Podcast for Three Weeks

Some topics are harder than others. 
They are raw, personal, fragile, difficult.

We live in a Social Media world. But too often social media gives us "drive-by opinions" more than a real conversation. There has to be a way to talk about hard things without our relationships blowing up. There is.

For the next three weeks, we will be taking an honest, biblical look at three especially difficult subjects:

August 19 - "My Son is Gay. What Now?"
How to love LGBT friends and family without biblical compromise.

August 26 - "Help, I'm a Porn Addict!"
Finding help, hope, and healing with our private sins.

September 2 - "Can't We All Just Vote For Jesus?"
How to have political conversations without division.

The morning message will introduce the topic as well as some resources for deeper conversation and biblical study. Then Sunday night, we will offer a Q&A and discussion forum where we can have honest conversations.

To help that happen, we're shutting down our Podcast and YouTube Videocast for three weeks. The recordings and resources will be available upon request if you would like them for your own discussion groups, but here's the thing - we want you to actually talk with someone else about them.

Send an email to office@columbiagrove.org and we will look forward to sending you the discussion resources.