Things You Need To Know
Family Meeting tonight at 5:30pm: This will take the place of our regular Family Hangout on Zoom and we are asking that all of the church plan to join the call. This conversation will not be repeated on Wednesday night during that Family Hangout.
Good Friday Service: We will meet together on the evening of Good Friday at 5:30pm via Zoom. We’ve decided to use Zoom so this can be a bit more of a personal event. However, you are free to pass the link to non-members and invite them to join. The call should last about 1 hour. We will have space for reflection, prayer, and hopefully some singing.
Easter Sunday: Begin thinking now about how you can invest and invite people to join us on Easter. There’s no denying that it will be a strange day, but the hope of the resurrection is true and good every day. Let’s all work hard to find ways to invite those who are far from God but close to us to join us that morning.
Looking Ahead: My plan is to continue some conversations with thought leaders around critical questions we are all facing during this time of isolation. We began this past Thursday with a conversation around Politics in Public Life. On Friday night, April 17th we are going to host our next conversation on “Depression, Anxiety, and Fear”. I’ll be joined by my friends Dr. Tate and Wendy Cockrell and we will attempt to provide help for believers in these areas as well as how to speak to those who are not Christians about how the Christian gospel provides an answer to these pervasive human emotions.
Music as Worship
All Things New
How Firm a Foundation
Here With Me
Even So Come
Build Your Kingdom Here
Prayer as Worship
Join with your family and friends to pray about the following areas of Christian hope and obedience that are unique and prominent today:
- Pray for trust in the faithfulness of God in the midst of adversity;
- Pray for humility to learn the lessons God has to teach you during this time;
- Pray for God to arrest the spread of this virus and for minimal lives to be lost around the world;
- Pray for God to glorify Jesus in the days ahead;
- Pray for the salvation of those who are close to you but far from God and for boldness to testify to the hope found solely in Christ;
- Pray that God would give you keen insight for how to love and serve the needs of your neighbors;
- Pray for God to protect His church from the enemy and bolster our love for one another;
- Pray for unity among all those made in the image of God and for help to do what is best to look out for the interests of others;
- Pray for governmental leaders and those in positions of authority who are making critical decisions about what is best for our country;
- Pray for the sick—that God would comfort them and heal their bodies;
- Pray for those in the medical field and ask that God would strengthen their resolve as they care for the ailing;
- Pray for those suffering under financial hardship or uncertainty and ask God to provide for their needs;
- Pray for business owners and employees who are making difficult decisions about how to endure the challenges that will come in the months ahead;
- Pray for those who will face loneliness and isolation in the days ahead, especially those who struggle with depression and anxiety. Ask God to give them hope;
- Pray for parents who are seeking to care for their children and raise them to know God and the world He has made. Ask God to strengthen them for the task as they give care in new ways;
- Pray for the elderly and ask God to protect them from sickness and encourage them with His love;
- Pray for medical solutions that will either curb the spread of the virus or aid in the treatment of the sick;
- Pray for Christian missionaries and ask that God would comfort them with His presence and give them unique ways to testify to Jesus;
- Pray for pastors and church leaders who are seeking to make wise decisions about how to protect the unity of the church, provide encouragement for the church, and motivate the mission of the church;
- Praise God for Jesus, who provides hope for those who know Him both in this life and the one to come.
Giving as Worship
A normal aspect of our gathered service would be giving. We ask that you spend time reflecting on God’s provision for you during this season and seek wisdom as to how best to give generously. If you haven’t already done so, you can set up regular giving here. Money given to TCC fosters ongoing mission and allows us to demonstrate extravagant generosity to our church’s members and others in our community who are enduring hardship and loss in the weeks and months ahead. Below is a video tutorial explaining how give online:
Community as Worship
Use your small group time to reflect on the truth that we have processed this week. Once you’ve spent time catching up and seeing how one another are doing, allow the following questions to guide your discussion.
- What is one take-away you have from this week’s sermon? What helped, encouraged, or challenged you the most?
- What aspect of brokenness weighs heavy on your heart these days
- What does it mean to have a troubled heart? How do you know when your heart is troubled?
- Look back to the opening scene of John 13. Coming on the heels of this episode, how might the disciples have received Jesus’ words in John 14? What do we learn about them from the way they responded there?
- On Sunday, Matt said “belief is not automatic for a Christian”. How do you see that truth played out in your own life. How do you train your heart toward belief?
- How can you discern the way someone else fills in the blank: The source of my hope is _____________________? How does the answer they provide give you opportunities for mission?
- Remind yourself of the promises found in John 14:
- The Father has plenty of room
- Jesus is going to prepare a place
- He will come again to get His people
- And take them to be with Him
What stands out to you about this list?
- We regularly sing “In Christ Alone” around The Church at Cherrydale. The song includes this lyric: “No guilt in life; No fear in death. This is the power of Christ in me.” Which of that couplet is easier for you to truly belief: no guilt in life or no fear in death? Why?
- What’s one question that is troubling your heart during this crisis? How is belief in God the great vaccination against a troubled heart in that area? How does belief speak to your fear?