Today's Agenda

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OUT (WITH NEIGHBORS)

Welcome

Coming Next:

  • Check out http://createchurch.org/read for info on the book study we start today. While purchasing the book is not required, you will get the most out of the series if you are reading along with us 1 chapter a day.
  • Online service testing in Jan-Feb  (1 of 6 needed team members)
  • Cause brainstorm
  • Starting January 20: Women's Huddles (every 2 weeks), Men's Huddles (every 4 weeks), Adult's Night Out (every 8 weeks)
  • March: Forge training including exclusive May retreat.
  • Review calendar items below

UP (with God) 

Music

Topic intro and split into groups of 3-5 people to keep discussion moving.

 

 

 

IN (WITH EACH OTHER)

Dinner and Dessert


Coming next

Create Church as a startup:

  • Startup's definition: an organization designed to create new products and services under conditions of extreme uncertainty.
  • Startup's most vital function: learning. Which elements of our strategy are working to realize our vision and which are just crazy. 
  • Startup's job: (1) rigorously measure where it is right now, confronting the hard truths that assessment reveals, and then (2) devise experiments to learn how to move the real numbers closer to the ideal reflected in the vision. 
  • Validated learning (scientific testing and measuring of what is valuable)
  • Assumption testing. Waste elimination.
  • 2015 tactics: Smoke testing, AB testing, new minimum viable products (MVP)
  • Many experiments coming in 2015.
  • Genchi genbutsu: go and see

Current Series

Starting January 4 we are going through the book "The End of Religion." Purchase a book to get the most from this study. Bring a friend who has serious questions about God or who you think would enjoy this study. 


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Giving

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  1. Ask Jesus about your relationship with money. Which master has your heart?
    Matthew 6:21-24

  2. Be generous according to your ability. Calculate according to your income. Give an amount that demonstrates your trust in God. 
    Deut 16:10-17 | 1 Cor 16:2

  3. Give a gift that moves your heart and feel God’s delight in you!
    2 Cor 8-9

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Today's Notes

INTRO

  1. Lets play a word-association game. I say "Jesus," you say ... Why do these particular words come to mind?

In this book we are going to take a look at some of the subservice,  groundbreaking, rule breaking, things that Jesus did that led him to not only being killed, but changing the world in the process. At the end of this series, we will do the same word association game and see if we have any different responses.

Read the introduction from the book, "The End of Religion" by Bruxy Cavey.

SPLIT UP INTO GROUPS OF 3-5 PEOPLE

BREAK THE ICE INTO A DELICIOUS BLENDED DRINK

  1. Say your names and in 1 minute or less, share your favorite board game and why.
  2. Pick a Discussion Mover (DM) for today. This person's job is to (1) be vulnerable (2) keep discussion moving (3) make the "do it" section as impactful as possible. You can nominate a DM, spin something to choose someone at random, or ask the group if you can volunteer. 
  3. DM: Ask: what the group's expectations for this discussion? Is this a place where we can be honest with each other? Do we want Jesus to speak to us? Are we willing to follow Him? Pray for God to speak with you and guide you.

 

Read and discuss

In the introduction, Bruxy says,

"Religion uses rules to force our steps, guilt to keep us in line, and rituals to remind us of our failure to live up to those rules. In doing this, religion adds more weight to those who are already burdened with life's hardships. But Jesus offers us the rest we're searching for."
  1. What extra-biblical religious rules have you seen become a burden for people?
  2. What do you think Bruxy means by "religion?" What does this not included?

 

READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE FROM OUR DAILY BIBLE READINGS 

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." (Matthew 11:28-30, MSG)
  1. Which part of the above verse stands out to you? Why?

 

Read the following passage

  1. Do you know people who see belief in Jesus as a "couch underneath" them? Is this restful? Why or why not?  
  2. What do you think it would mean to be sharing the yoke side by side with Jesus?
  3. What do you think it means to share a yoke side by side with other followers of Jesus? How can this kind of work be restful?

Read the following passage from the book and the commentary below

The primary mission of Jesus was to tear down religion as the foundation for people’s connection with God and to replace it with himself-the Divine coming to us in our own context and our own form. This is what Jesus called “the kingdom of God. “ It is God and his people, living together the way he originally intended.
  1. Someone different read the passage again. Take a moment to reflect and then share any insights you have.

DO It

DM: Finding rest in the yoke of Jesus takes intention. Let's pray together through Matthew passage, and then we will discuss this week's challenge.

Let's pray:

"Jesus, we are you tired. We are worn out? We are burned out on religion? Come to us. Help us this week to get away with you so we'll recover our lives. Show us how to take a real rest. We will walk with you and work with you – watch how you do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. Thank you that you won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on us. Thank you that you simply invite us to keep company with you and we'll learn to live freely and lightly."

Amen.

 

Will you take time this week to simply keep company with Jesus? Read the following challenge and discuss as a group what you think about it.

CARVE OUT TIME TO HEAR THE HOLY SPIRIT

Introducing JAN 2015

Commit to at least one hour per week of listening to the Holy Spirit. Some may choose to take a prayer walk or a once-per-week time of solitude and listening to God. Others may segment their hour into daily increments of ten minutes per day for six days of the week. The point is to have a specific time of just listening in silence, not speaking or asking for anything, just letting the Lord speak to you. What is He asking you to do? Who is He putting on your heart? Take note or journal to write down distracting thoughts and capture what you hear. Verify with scripture, the character of Jesus, and those in church community with you, and immediately put His words into practice. 

#GARDEN #UP




Feel alive, joyful, healthy and whole this new year

by adopting these simple, freeing, empowering practices: 

CARVE OUT TIME TO HEAR THE HOLY SPIRIT

INTRODUCING Jan 2015

Commit to at least one hour per week of listening to the Holy Spirit. Some may choose to take a prayer walk or a once-per-week time of solitude and listening to God. Others may segment their hour into daily increments of ten minutes per day for six days of the week. The point is to have a specific time of just listening in silence, not speaking or asking for anything, just letting the Lord speak to you. What is He asking you to do? Who is He putting on your heart? Take note or journal to write down distracting thoughts and capture what you hear. Verify with scripture, the character of Jesus, and those in church community with you, and immediately put His words into practice. 

#GARDEN #UP

READ A CHAPTER A DAY FROM THE BIBLE

introduced Fall 2013

Pay special attention to learn more about Jesus, his ways and means. Ask God to speak to you as you read, and do what He says. Discuss what you read with others. Write what you are doing and learning in a journal. Sometime we read sections of a book together. Invest in your personal and family growth by reading and attending things will help you grow into who God created you to be. Sign up for the daily reading at http://mydailymuse.org.

#GARDEN #LAB #UP

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EAT TOGETHER

introduced Summer 2014 

Eat 2 meals each week with others. 1 with someone IN your faith community, 1 with somone OUT who, as far as you know, is not a Christ-follower from the places you live, work, or play. Practice generous hospitality and invite people into your life. Around the table, gospel things happen. Your IN meal is a great place for a Huddle conversation, where you share about your life, what God has been saying to you, and what you've been doing about it.

#GARDEN #LAB #IN #OUT

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ACT AS A MISSIONARY

coming Feb 2015

Act as a missionary every day. God has sent you. As a faith community, we are a collective of missionaries. We want to stay mindful of opportunities to engage in mission on our day-to-day journey. To do this keep a daily journal of how you have worked with Jesus during the day. Ask yourself how you responded to his promptings and if there were any instances or opportunities where you resisted Jesus during the day.

#LAUNCHPAD #LAB #OUT

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TELL YOUR STORY

March 2015

Tell your story to someone this week. Listen to others' stories. Be humble and vulnerable. Telling your story doesn't mean to tell your whole life story, rather it means to tell the truth about who you are, and use words to share things about your life that will help people see the work of Jesus in your life. The listening side of this is the drawing out of other people's stories. Ask great questions. Listen intently. Don't "one up." Pray for others, and tell them you are praying for them Be present in your relationships and conversations, and be aware that God is already at work in your lives and desires to help you go one step forward into the story He created you to live.

#LAUNCHPAD #LAB #OUT

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EXTEND A BLESSING

Fall 2014

You are blessed to be a blessing, so give something that would be received as good news to 2 people each week – for 1 person in your Christian community and to someone who is not following Jesus from where your live, work, or play. Blessings can range from a simple encouragement to a small gift or gesture. Recommended is finding a something to do with someone that would be a blessing. Use great discernment and transparency with your loved ones when extending blessings to someone of the opposite sex.

#LAUNCHPAD #LAB #IN #OUT


Coming March 2015: Forge Minneapolis 

Discover what you are made to do.

Believe that you are a minister, and that God has already sent you on a mission to represent Jesus with the people where you live, work, and play.

Step into the adventure of asking Jesus to give you His heart for the people in your neighborhood you already live in or group that you already identify with.

Are you equipped to make a Jesus-like impact in your world? Go on a 3-month mission trip without quitting your job, leaving your neighborhood, or hanging up your hobbies. This is a chance to invest time in the lab of learning and start to launch out in love with the community He puts on your heart.

A full 9-month mission trip starts September 2015.

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