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)

 

 

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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!

TD Fri. – “The Sub-Conscious and the Way God Made Us”

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Hey TD!

There’s so much to say about the picture above, isn’t there?  Sandra really hit it out of the park in opening the door for us to begin walking through as we begin to observe, discover, and consider the unique ways God has wired and designed each of us, the people and culture He has placed us in, as well as the experiences He has ordained for us that has shaped us thus far.

Click on the link to listen (sorry, you won’t get to hear the movie clips!):

“The Power of Sub-Conscious Liturgies” mp3 (Sandra)

This Friday, we will take another step or two towards walking through the doorway by engaging in activities designed to help us discover more about ourselves, the way God made us, and what to do with that.

Jonathan Edwards stated that the two most important forms of knowledge are knowledge of God and knowledge of ourselves.

Jonathan Edwards stated that the two most important forms of knowledge are knowledge of God and knowledge of ourselves.  We often spend so much time on the former and so little time on the latter.  This is an area of my life that I’ve been personally working on in recent years and have found humbling, fascinating, and powerful.  It’s something we must all be working on.

Come join us for TD this Friday as Katherine and I facilitate some exercises and discussion that will hopefully open doors of discovery and transformation in your life.  Katherine is a psychology major at UCLA and has been experiencing the transforming power of Christ in her own life the last few years.  I look forward to our time together. See you Friday! – Arthur

TD SGOD on Friday – 6:30 p.m.!

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Hey TD!

This Friday is our first SGOD (small group outing and discussion) of the year!  We’ll be meeting from 6:30 – 10 p.m. Your small group leaders will be contacting you via email with details of where to meet, what to bring, etc., so CHECK YOUR EMAIL!

FAQ

Q: How do I prepare for this Friday’s discussion?

A: Glad you asked! Here we go:

  1. Listen to last week’s opening message of our year’s theme, “Rebuild: Re-Habituating Our Life in Christ.”  Unfortunately, the sound quality isn’t great (sorry!), and you can hear the mic rubbing against Arthur’s pants sometimes (more in the beginning), but it is listen-able (though slightly annoying) and the content of the message is very important to consider as we embark on our new theme together.  The sound will be fixed next time.
  2. Here’s the link to the message: “Self Assessment in Light of Our First Love” (Rev. 2:4-5) (message) – Arthur
  3. Review and answer the small group discussion questions before SGOD and bring your answers with you on Friday.  Just do as much as you can!
  4. Here’s the link to the discussion questions: “Self Assessment in Light of Our First Love” (Rev:2:4-5) (small group questions)

Q: How do I prepare for the outing?

A: Check with your small group leader for specific details … but come as you are, but come ready to have a good time, to appreciate and support others in your small group, and to receive support.

Q: What if I haven’t been contacted or don’t know which small group I’m in?

A: Contact one of the TD leaders via email, text, fb, etc. -> or leave a comment below -> or go to the TD web site and send us a message.

 

The Smile of One Thinking About Jesus

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Hey TD!

Some of you have met and know our dear friend, Celestine.  We’ve known her for nearly 20 years.  When you see these pics, you are saying, “Yep, that’s how I remember her,” for that’s how she’s been all these years whenever we fellowshipped together with her, rejoicing together in the goodness of our God.  She was as steady and as faithful in the Lord as could be, always in His Word, listening to sermons, reading devotionals, and asking lots of questions wrought out of her study of Scripture; she brought inspiration and conviction, not with her mouth, but with her life and focus.

So, you can imagine our concern a couple of months ago when we discovered she was no longer reading the Word, was down in spirits, not as sharp or vibrant, and watching lots of TV (something she rarely did before).  It was due to the enormous changes that were taking place in her care facility, leaving her with hardly any social interaction or with much to do.  I told the nurse that she wasn’t as sharp mentally as she used to be.  She agreed and said all this change was having its effects on her.

Well, that shook us. We knew that more regular engagement with God’s Word was going to be necessary for her to begin really living again.  We would need to help dust off  the cob webs and retrain her to feed off of and drink once again from the Living Water.  So, during TD, I presented the need and opportunity to give Celestine a visit a few times a week, do Bible study, sing hymns, pray, and enjoy her company.  A few of you responded to take the baton and visit her during my family’s visit to China.  And those who went were very blessed and charged up.

Well, the pictures above were taken yesterday, during our Bible study in John.  These smiles came spontaneously when we were discussing what heaven was going to be like and what we’d be doing there.  As you can see, her face lit up with the thought of it.  I was only able to catch the end of her lighting up with my camera.  You should have seen her just before I took these pics!  She was smiling so big, it looked like her face was going to break!  That’s the power of God’s Word under the Spirit’s unction and lead.

May I ask you a question that I asked you last Friday?  When was the last time your heart burned within you (or your face lit up so much that it almost broke) when you read the Word of God?  How long has it been?  When was it?  Where was it?  Why isn’t that happening more often in your life?

Friends, hear these indicting words of our Lord,

But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the [d]deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lamp stand out of its place—unless you repent.” – Revelations 2

To repent means to turn around, change direction, and walk in that new direction, leaving the old behind.  Are you in need of that in your life today?  As you start the new school year, this would be a really great time to make that move of repentance, to turn away from your manufactured life, to turn towards the Lord through His Word, and to truly follow Him.  It’s not even really a choice He gives, as much as it is a command He demands.  Follow Him.

We counselors would love to be of help to you, if you are ready to make your move.  Just reach out to us and we will aim to help you! – Arthur

TD Fri. – Marriage & Divorce LG Study

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Hey TD!

This week, we will explore “Marriage and Divorce” – both very common (too common) amongst Christians, our church included.  We will need to come open-handed and open-hearted, truthful yet sensitive, desiring to really see what the Lord’s intentions and directives are, willing to call a spade a spade, and resolving to live His way.  Once again, we will study in an open architecture, group study format.

See you Friday! – Arthur

TD Fri. – LG Study & Orphans Update

Hey TD,

Continuing our “Are You Serious?” Summer studies, we will continue to dialogically explore passages of Scripture that give us serious truth that we often don’t take too seriously; truth that we acknowledge with our heads, but when push comes to shove, we don’t stand by with our lives.  Either Scripture doesn’t really mean it or we don’t; but someone isn’t really serious.

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This week, we will explore “Marriage and Divorce” – both very common (too common) amongst Christians, our church included.  We will need to come open-handed and open-hearted, truthful yet sensitive, desiring to really see what the Lord’s intentions and directives are, willing to call a spade a spade, and resolving to live His way.  Once again, we will study in an open architecture, group study format.

Prior to our study, we will also hear and see the latest from all the orphaned children we are sponsoring in Africa and China.  We will also show some video footage taken last week of the girls with special needs we are sponsoring in China!  It’ll be a great time to get to know them better and pray for them!

See you Friday! – Arthur