Buzzwords: Part 6 - Amen

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August 13, 2023
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Micro Church Launch, August 20
On Sunday night, August 20 at 6pm at our North & East campuses, all of our existing Micro Churches as well as several new ones will be kicking off the new semester together! If you’re not a part of a Micro Church, this is the perfect opportunity for you to join one. Everyone will meet, have a potluck dinner together, and experience what a typical Micro Church gathering will look & feel like. Childcare will be provided. Mark the “Micro Church” box on your Connection Card and we’ll follow up with more info!

MyOneLife - A 4-Week Sunday Morning Small Group Experience
The first step for every OneLifer to get involved and get to know our church culture and mission is a 4-week small group experience called MyOneLife. It takes place on Sunday mornings during the 10:45am service in the Meeting Room at each of our campuses. You’ll learn about the vision & values of our church, discover your personal mission & spiritual gifts, and find out tons of ways to get involved. The next MyOneLife experience will be starting in September, so for more information or to sign up, check the “MyOneLife” box on your Connection Card.

OneLife Students - A New Semester At Our Campuses
OneLife Students has kicked off the fall semester at our campuses! We meet Wednesday nights from 7pm to 8:15pm at our North and East Campuses. If you are in middle or high school and you haven’t gotten connected there is no better time than now! For more information about OneLife Students, mark the students box on your Connection Card or stop by Next Steps.

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Deuteronomy 7:9 NLT
Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.

Amen:

Valid, certain, and binding because of God's truth.

2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT
20 For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.
 
John 14:6 NLT
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Amen points to and seals what is...

Binding because of Jesus' authority.
Certain for me.
For God's glory.

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Start Talking
When have you said something that you didn't realize was thought of as binding or certain to another person but they took it that way because of who you are to them?

On the flip side of that, when have you thought that something was binding or certain - or maybe you trusted the truth of someone more than you would have someone else - because of who they were?

Start Thinking
When people say "Amen" in our culture, even outside of the religious context, we get half of the definition correct when we say it because what do most people simply mean when they say "Amen"?

Read Deuteronomy 7:9. Replace the word "faithful" with "Amen". Now, think about each word of this verse. How does God being the "Amen God" in the full context of this verse help explain what "Amen" really means?

Start Sharing
Read 1 Corinthians 1:20. When have you had the full confidence that a promise of God was certain and binding? In other words, how have you experienced the "yes and amen" of the promises of God's Word? Each person share a specific example. Maybe it was even after the fact that you realized after doubting that all along you had nothing to fear or worry about because it was sealed and settled all along.

Why do you think people that you know have a hard time accepting Jesus as THE truth, or accepting anything as THE truth for that matter? How does that then lead to them to having a hard time accepting anything as certain or binding, especially promises that God offers?

What promises from God's Word come to mind that you say "yes and amen" to and can - or need to - accept as binding? Share those and the verses that may come to mind to support them and share how they have impacted you (or can impact you!) in your every day life.

Start Doing
What do you sense the Spirit of God telling you to do differently this week because He and his promises are...

Binding because of Jesus' authority.

Certain for you.

For God's glory.

What will look different about the way you pray and the way you look for opportunities to share you story if you see it all as an opportunity for you and your life to give glory to God?

Start Praying
Take a moment to pray for each person in the micro church to obey and take steps to do something about what you sensed the Spirit leading you to do. Pray that we will help each other take these steps, encourage each other to do what God is leading us to do, and to hold each other accountable. Pray that people in our lives where we live, work, and play would see our faith in action and be open to spiritual conversations.
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CONNECTION CARDS
Be sure to fill out the online Connection Card to let us know next steps, prayer requests, or other information you'd like to share, click here.
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MULTIPLICATION
Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:
  - Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
  - What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
  - How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
  - How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
  - Who in your life do you think could be disciple-able or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
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WHAT'S NEXT?
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?/giveback/giveback
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?

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