Monday, February 11, 2019

Timothy - Paul, Timothy and the Gospel

Letters of leadership and legacy.

Icebreakers:
Who is someone that has been influential in your life? What made them so influential?
What is one of the greatest challenges you’ve faced in life?

Read 1st Timothy Chapter 1.

Where is It Written?
How does Paul describe his situation before encountering Jesus?
What changed in Paul’s life as a result of God’s mercy?
How does the law contrast with a healthy teaching of the gospel?
In what ways does God’s plan of salvation demonstrate his grace?
Why do people often think that God could never love them or accept them?
How would you respond to the perspective that Paul is calling both men and women to live in contrast to the standard images of male and female in the Roman world?
What are some ways that Christians today are called to live differently than the world around us?

How Goes Your Walk?
What challenges are you facing this week? How can we pray for each other as we face them?

Monday, January 21, 2019

Meet Chris Garrow

Getting to Know Chris Garrow, our candidate for Pastor of Worship and Connection Groups.

“My name is Chris Garrow, I am a husband to the beautiful Jessica and I'm a father of six amazing children, AnnaMarie (5 months), AnnaBelle (1), Jude (6), Joshua (12), Gabriel (13) and Angel (14). We currently live in Clarksville, TN just outside of Fort Campbell, KY. I was saved from a life of drugs, alcohol and sex addiction while serving as a Soldier in Nuremberg, Germany. After a deployment to Iraq, I felt God calling me into ministry and began pursuing ministry academically and through serving the Church. Before vocational ministry I spent 10 years in the military and owned a thriving landscape business, but God has put a fire in me that only ministry satisfies. I’ve served on various church staffs across different denominations and church styles in many capacities: as a volunteer, part-time and then as a vocational pastor. I have a Bachelor of Religion in Biblical Studies and a Master of Arts in Theology both from Liberty Seminary. As a Shepherd of the Bride of Christ, my vision is to see Jesus alive in the hearts, minds, and lives of believers; I believe this is revival. Revival starts in the hearts of individual Christians and pours over into the life of the church and then into the unsaved community surrounding the church. My wife and I have followed God’s call which has led us to candidate at Columbia Grove Covenant Church. Our hobbies include: watching movies, playing golf, playing music, playing Xbox 360 with the boys and bee keeping.”

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Defending Your Faith Without Becoming a Jerk - Pull, Don't Push

Practical help for talking about your faith without it becoming an argument.

Good Reasons to Believe in God: (From reasonablefaith.org)

1. God is the best explanation of the beginning of the universe.
2. God is the best explanation of the fine-tuning of the universe for intelligent life
3. God is the best explanation of objective moral values and duties in the world.
4. God is the best explanation of the historical facts concerning Jesus of Nazareth.
5. God can be personally known and experienced.

Partial List Of Recommended Book Resources:
Mere Christianity - C. S. Lewis
The Case For A Creator - Lee Strobel
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism – Tim Keller
The Allure of Gentleness - Dallas Willard

Recommended Online Resources:
www.reasonablefaith.org/
Ravi Zacharias Ministries - www.rzim.org/

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Defending Your Faith Without Becoming a Jerk - Reasons to Believe

Practical help for talking about your faith without it becoming an argument.

Good Reasons to Believe in God: (From reasonablefaith.org)

1. God is the best explanation of the beginning of the universe.
2. God is the best explanation of the fine-tuning of the universe for intelligent life
3. God is the best explanation of objective moral values and duties in the world.
4. God is the best explanation of the historical facts concerning Jesus of Nazareth.
5. God can be personally known and experienced.

Partial List Of Recommended Book Resources:
Mere Christianity - C. S. Lewis
The Case For A Creator - Lee Strobel
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism – Tim Keller
The Allure of Gentleness - Dallas Willard

Recommended Online Resources:
www.reasonablefaith.org/
Ravi Zacharias Ministries - www.rzim.org/

Monday, December 31, 2018

Waiting on God - What Are You Waiting For?

The Israelites waited centuries for the promised Messiah. We have been waiting centuries for His promised return. Much of life is spent waiting on God. Still, through the promises of Scripture and the presence of the Spirit we can find peace and hope even in the absence of immediate answers.

Where Is It Written?
Read Luke 2:21-40. What do you notice as you read it?
What does this passage tell us about Mary and Joseph?
What does this passage tell us about Simeon?
What does this passage tell us about Anna?
How do you think these prophecies spoken over the infant Jesus would have impacted Mary and Joseph?

How Goes Your Walk?
Simeon and Anna have waited a lifetime for this moment. When have you waited a long time for God's work in your life?
When has God used someone who was a stranger to you to influence or "speak into" your life?
What does it mean to you to wait on God - and to seek Him, rather than to seek the things you hope He does for you?