TD Fri. – “A Biblical Look at Race, Pt. 2”

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Hey TD!

Last week, we tried to take an objective and biblical look at race – the way God ordained and looks at it.  Then we explored its deviance – in the forms of personal and interpersonal racism – and were challenged with taking a deep look inside to uncover the stereotypes and prejudices we personally have and actually carry out on a daily basis.

This Friday, we will explore institutional and cultural racism, as God cares also about the systems and communities that are the infrastructure of society, particularly at the levels we live at.  It will be a valuable, albeit potentially uncomfortable discussion.

See you Friday!

 

TD Fri. – “A Biblical Look at Race”

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Hey TD,

Building upon the discussion started last week during “God, Racism, and Us: A Look Inside” (please read if you haven’t done so), we will continue to work towards getting a better handle on this issue by grounding ourselves with a biblical understanding of what the Bible says about race.  From there, we can begin launching into discussions of sustainable long-term response and action.

Please feel free to use this as an opportunity to reach out and invite your friends to our discussion!

TD Fri. – Mini-groups Study on Jn. 14:15-31

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Hey TD,

We’re going to be continuing our journey in 1st century Palestine, where Jesus just told His disciples that He would be shortly leaving them during their final meal together.  Judas had just left to betray Jesus and now the disciples were in disbelief at what Jesus was telling them.

In our study “Because I Live …” we’ll continue our study of John 14:15-31; but this time we’re going to be doing it in mini-groups, where there will only be 2 – 3 TD’ers per group, each led by a TD intern or counselor.

In preparation for our time of study together, please read, re-read, and prayerfully work through the passage, jotting down notes, questions, thoughts, etc. as you do.  Read it as if your life, your future, your calling, your purpose, your impact depend on it.  Then, bring those thoughts to your mini-group, put them into the “pot,” and let’s see what the Holy Spirit cooks up for us!

Your mini-group leader will reach out to you and give you the Zoom or Google Meet link that you’ll be meeting at.  This should be a fun, meaningful, and insightful time.

We’ll meet as usual at 8 p.m.  Please be on time!  See you soon!

Have a great time!

TD Fri. – ” Because I Live …” Jn 14:15-31

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Hey TD!

This Friday, we’re going to be taking a trip to 1st century Palestine, where we will drop in on Jesus and His disciples as they share their last supper together in what’s now referred to as the Upper Room.  After Judas leaves the meal at Jesus’ behest to “do quickly” what he was going to do, Jesus informs His remaining disciples that He will soon leave them.  They left their lives and livelihoods for Him and now He was going to leave them???

That’s where we’ll pick it up from as we listen to some of Jesus’ final words and promises to His beloved disciples.  We’ll consider their implications for them and transport their import to His beloved disciples today.

In preparation for our time of study together, please read, re-read, and prayerfully work through John 14:15-31, jotting down notes, questions, thoughts, etc. as you do.  Read it as if your life, your future, your calling, your purpose, your impact depend on it.  Then, bring those thoughts to our TD meeting, put them into the “pot,” along with the other “ingredients” that will be contributed, and let’s see what God cooks up for us!

We’ll meet as usual at 8 p.m.  Please be on time!  See you soon!

TD Fri. – Engaging With a “Scary” God – Bible Study on 1 Chronicles 13

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***Note that TD has moved to the church library across the hall during construction***

Hey TD!

In the final Bible study of the 2018 – 2019 year, Daniel will once again lead us in an interactive, open-ended large group study, similar to last month’s study in Luke 14.  This time, we will work through 1 Chronicles 13 together.

Some say that we shouldn’t fear God, that it’s not healthy nor right.  Others say we should absolutely fear God, and quote the verse, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Should we be more afraid of God than we are today? Or should we be less afraid than we are?  The answer is probably most rightly answered, it depends …

This month, we will discuss the character and nature of God that prompted the Bible to record, “David was afraid of God that day …” Is there actually a right and wrong way to engage with God? Is He to be more feared or loved? Is there an Old-Testament God and a New Testament God? Has His nature changed over the ages?

We encourage you to read through 1 Chronicles 13 (and even the chapters surrounding it), make notes, and prepare to engage with God, alongside your fellow TD’ers.  I’m sure God has something special in store for us.

See you at TD! – Arthur

TD Fri. – Total Devote-ion SG Study

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Hey TD!

This Friday, we’ll be meeting together in the TD room at 7:30 p.m. before we split up and head into our small group time. Below you’ll find the links to the great teaching Sandra shared with us, as well as the small group study.

Please listen to the message and do the study this week before our small group discussion. You should also have memorized Romans 12:1-13 by the end of the month.

“Total Devote-ion” Rom. 12:10-13 (mp3) – Sandra

Total Devote-ion” Rom. 12:10-13 (sg study)

“Total Devote-ion” Rom. 12:10-13 (mp3) – Sandra – Table of Contents

Arthur introduces Sandra – 0:00

Introduction – 4:15

Judy’s guess of “philostorgo” – 8:14

(Technical difficulties) – 9:30 – 11:10

Philostorgo – 11:11 – 12:00

(Technical difficulties) 12:00 – 13:00

Interview with Kathy & Robert about philostorgo & parenthood – 13:05

Sandra’s struggles with being a new mom – 17:30

Devoted to the love God wants us to have – 19:05

Sandra’s old tennis racket and philostorgo – 20:20

Interview with Rebecca regarding Jacob’s family issues –  23:25

We all have family issues 33:40

Sandra “bad habits” and her family background – 40:30

THE argument b/w Sandra and Arthur – 43:35

J-O-Y – 50:30

A closer look at our hearts – 56:30

TD Fri – Friday’s Small Group Study Kit!

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Hey TD!

This Friday, we will be in our small groups discussing God’s design for our spiritual gifts.  As usual, each small group will be planning their own evening, so make sure you’re in contact with your small group leader for time and location.

Please prepare for this Friday’s discussion by working through the small group study below.  You’ll also find the Table of Contents for each of the messages that you’ll need to bolster your understanding of the study.

“Using Our Christ-mas Gifts,” Rom. 12:6-8 (sg study)

“Using Our Christ-mas Gifts,” Pt. 1 Rom. 12:6-8 (mp3) – Arthur

“Using Our Christ-mas Gifts,” Pt. 2 Rom. 12:6-8 (mp3) – Arthur

“Using Our Christ-mas Gifts,” Pt. 1 Rom. 12:6-8 (mp3) Table of Contents

Why pray on our knees – 0:00

1st part of Francis Chan’s CMC ’17 message – being in “the cage”  – 7:15

Arthur’s history at MBCLA, TD, and “the cage” – 19:15

Arthur’s vision for TD’ers, Chinese Christians, and having a “seat at the table” – 27:25

A history of Harvard and the university – 36:00

What “keeping His Word” really means – 38:25

Our personal Christ-mas and our different gifts – physical and spiritual – 47:30

How God made us & the part we play in His story – 58:00

Many gifts, one core – what is our core understanding of life? 3 core convictions – 1:02:25

The amazing gospel that can bring you salvation – 1:13:15

Pt. 2 (mp3) Table of Contents

Why pray with open hands – 0:00

Our being comes before our doing – 5:10

Understanding how we got spiritually born again – 5:55

Who gets spiritual gifts? – Rom. 12:6-8 – 10:10

Why grace is necessary to use gifts – 12:10

Differing gifts, God’s leading – 19:10

TD SG – “Self-Perception & Communal Flourishing” SG Study/mp3

To be memorized by end of December – Rom. 12:1-5

 1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

      3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Hey TD,

We’ll be in our small groups this Friday to discuss Romans 12:3-5. Daniel’s teaching on that passage – “Self-Perception and Communal Flourishing” – was quite enlightening and useful in its approach.  Please download the small group study below and listen to the parts of the lecture that need refreshing before our small group time on Friday:

“Self-Perception and Communal Flourishing” (mp3) – Daniel

“Self-Perception and Communal Flourishing” (sg study)

“Self-Perception and Communal Flourishing” (mp3) Table of Contents

Intro (cherishing what you have) – 0:00
There is a difference between studying Scripture and obeying Scripture – 7:30
3 Hermeneutics of our day – 14:30
The place of the book of Romans in the meta-narrative – 24:45
The genre of the book of Romans – 27:20
The Roman church’s situation – 33:00
Paul’s laying out of the Gospel to the church in Rome – 35:50
Verse by verse explication of Romans 12:3-5 – 37:50
Diversity of function, unity of intention and attitude 54:00

TD SG – “Metamorphosis” Videos, SG Study, and Instructions

 

(Nabeel Qureshi’s powerful testimony at RZIM Founders ’13 – go from 34:30 – 1:05:20. Just click on “Watch on Vimeo”.  We were there at that meeting!)

Hey TD!

As promised, Friday night’s meeting on Romans 12:2, “Metamorphosis,” was a powerful one, with some TD’ers surrendering their lives to Christ; while others who had already committed their lives to the Lord earlier in life, prayed to repair and make right their lives in Christ.  Others were just left on their knees convicted to honor Him better with their lives.  Praise the Lord for all of that.  Let us be praying for them all and for God to keep working in our midst, bringing restoration and life to those in TD.

This coming Friday’s TD meeting will be exclusively in our small groups.  Please review the videos above as needed to keep cementing the Lord’s word and His desires into your soul while you prepare your small group studies.

Please prepare your studies well! The better the preparation, the better the discussion!

Here’s the study:

“Metamorphosis” Rom. 12:2 (sg study)

 

 

TD Fri. – “Dying to Live” SG Study/mp3

“Therefore, I urge you brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

– Romans 12:1

Hey TD,

Here’s your toolkit for this Friday’s small group study together! Download the study, listen to the message (or re-listen to specific parts of it) and spend time in prayer and prep during the week, so you can have a great small group discussion.  Use the Table of Contents to locate a certain section of the message.  Click below.

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. – Coach John Wooden

“Dying to Live” (sg study)

“Dying to Live” (mp3) – Arthur

“Dying to Live” (mp3) Table of Contents 

“Renew” Theme Intro – 0:05

Intro to Romans – 10:30

“I urge you therefore brethren to present your bodies” – 20:45

What is a “living sacrifice”? – 30:40

**”Acceptable to God” – how we are all Stephen Paddocks** – 41:50 – 1:10:30

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The $20 Challenge – 1:12:20

Check with your small group leader as to where and when you’ll be meeting!