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Five Practices of a Fruitful Congregation: Extravagent Generosity
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    Oct 25, 2015
    Five Practices of a Fruitful Congregation: Extravagent Generosity
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    Oct 18, 2015
    Five practices of a Fruitful Congregation: Risk-Taking Mission and Service
    FTwenty-First Sunday after Pentecost October 18, 2015
    Luke 10:25-37

    The Parable of the Good Samaritan

    25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
  • Oct 11, 2015Intentional Faith Development
    Oct 11, 2015
    Intentional Faith Development
    FMatthew 7:24-29 The Wise and Foolish Builders 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. New International Version (NIV)
    Intentional Faith Development What does it mean? How do we help each other grow to maturity in faith? How do we come to know God more deeply through Scripture, prayer and community? How can we do better? Pray with us and we work to intentionally provide settings to deepen our faith in Jesus Christ!
  • Oct 4, 2015Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations: Passionate Worship
    Oct 4, 2015
    Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations: Passionate Worship
    F Passionate Worship What does it mean? How does our worship really connect people to God? How does God shape our hearts and minds through worship? How can we do better? Help us glorify God and deepen our spiritual lives through renewing our worship!
  • Sep 27, 20155 Practices of a Fruitful Congregation: Radical Hospitality
    Sep 27, 2015
    5 Practices of a Fruitful Congregation: Radical Hospitality
    five practices book coverRadical Hospitality What does it mean? How do we do it? How do we do better? How are we doing at inviting and welcoming others and offering the gracious embrace of Christ to strangers and newcomers? Help us learn and explore together! This week, each household is encouraged to read seven devotions and prayers on Radical Hospitality in Cultivating Fruitfulness.