CrossTalk The Heights Adult 2 Connection Group September 01, 2012
T h e H ei gh t s A du l t 2
Volume 1, Issue 8
Inside this issue: Fall Study
What does it mean to REALLY follow Jesus?
Following Jesus cont.
Natl. Back to Church
Tabernacle Experience 2 Summer Connection Group Fun Pics
Summer Connection Group Fun Pics
Adult 2 Connection Team:
Kathy Kellar, Director and Prayer Coordinator, 944-9178
Brenda Morris, Care Group and Mission Project Leader, 949-6962
Bob Kellar, Outreach Leader, 944-9178
Cynthia Hickey, Teacher, 374-7990 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult 2 Email: email@example.com
Church Contacts: Office: 325-224-8222 Website: www.theheightsonline.org
We all had a great time!
September What it means to follow Jesus: 2nd Back to Basics Matthew 5:1-16 9th High Expectations Matthew 5:15-48 16th Right Motives Matthew 6:1-18 23rd Right Relationships Matthew 7:1-12 30th Your Decision Matthew 7:13-29
What Does It mean to REALLY Follow Jesus? Author and pastor David Platt Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of the eager followers of Jesus in the first century. This is where we come face to face with a dangerous reality. We do have to give up everything we have to follow Jesus. We do have to love him in a way that makes our closest relationships in this world look like hate. And it is entirely possible that he will tell us to sell everything we have and give it to the poor. But we don’t want to believe it. We are afraid of what it might mean for our lives. And this is where we need to pause. Because we are starting to redefine Christianity. We are giving in to the dangerous temptation to take the Jesus of the Bible and twist him into a version of Jesus we are more comfortable with. A nice, middle-class, American Jesus. A Jesus who doesn't mind materialism and who would never call us to give away everything we have. Continued on page 2
Sunday Evening Study: Sunday Evening Study by Beth Moore, “Living Beyond Yourself”, Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit. The study is open to the community and is for both men and women.
Workbooks are available for purchase but are not required. Come and bring a friend.
What Does It Mean to REALLY Follow Jesus? (cont.) A Jesus who is fine with nominal devotion that does not infringe on our comforts, because, after all, He loves us just the way we are. A Jesus who wants us to be balanced, and who, for that matter, wants us to avoid danger altogether. A Jesus who brings us comfort and prosperity as we live out our Christian spin on the American dream. But do you and I realize what we are doing? We are molding Jesus into our image. He is beginning to look a lot like us because, that is whom we are most comfortable with. And the danger now is that when we gather in our church buildings to sing and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshiping the Jesus of the Bible. Instead we may be worshiping ourselves. What do we really believe? This brings us to the crucial question for every professing or potential follower of Jesus: Do we really believe He is worth abandoning everything for? Do you and I really believe that Jesus is so good, so satisfying and so rewarding that we will leave all we have and all we own and all we are in order to find our fullness in Him? Do you and I believe Him
enough to obey Him and to follow Him wherever He leads? With the best of intentions, we have turned away from Jesus. We have blindly and unknowingly embraced values and ideas that are common in our culture but are antithetical to the gospel He taught. We need to revisit the words of Jesus, to listen to them, to believe them, and to obey them. We need to return with urgency to a biblical gospel, because the cost of not doing so is great for our lives, our families, our churches, and the world around us. You and I can choose to continue with business as usual in the Christian life and in the church as a whole, enjoying success based on the standards defined by the culture around us. Or we can take an honest look at the Jesus of the Bible and dare to ask what the consequences might be if we really believed Him, really obeyed Him, really followed Him. Excerpted from Radical by David Platt Copyright ÂŠ 2010 by David Platt.
Our Adult 2 Connection Group will have our monthly breakfast on Sept. 16th also! A great opportunity to invite someone to Connection Group and bring breakfast for them!
Volume 1, Issue 8
Summer Fun Fellowshipsâ€Ś. We so appreciate the wonderful hospitality given us by Bob and Kathy Kellar in June They opened their home for our Monthly Connection Group Fellowship. We relaxed in the shaded backyard around the inviting swimming pool. Roger and David were actually brave enough to dive in! We had great food and great conversation!
Photos by Cynthia H
Volume 1, Issue 8
Summer Fun Fellowships continuedâ€Ś. In August, Mike and Brenda Morris opened up their lovely home for our fellowship. Due to the extreme heat, we enjoyed a cool time inside. We again had some great food (thanks to all who brought such delicious dishes!). The ladies eventually congregated in the living room and there was lots of talk and laughter. Somehow we ended up telling our most embarrassing momentsâ€”things like toilet tissue, belts, shoes, and food in teeth! The men relaxed in the comfortable enclosed patio/sunroom and lots of laughter drifted toward the living room as they swapped stories about cars, sports, hunting, and such.