October 18th, 2020
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FAITH that Works
God is Good All the Time
12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. James 1:12-18 ESV
Consider the anatomy of Sin: (vs. 14-15)
Consider God’s goodness: (vs. 16-18)
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Through the blood of Jesus, God has saved us from our sin, and He will see us through our
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Use the following game plan with your family, LifeGroup, or personal study this week. Allow this game plan to stimulate conversations with each other and with God.
Game Plan This Week:
- Review the sermon
o What were the main points?
o What points were most meaningful to you?
- Study/discuss the text
o Since God is sovereign, does this mean we are not at fault when we give in to sin? Explain your answer.
o Look up passages of Scripture that counsel us in how to overcome sin’s attraction.
o What role does knowing our final reward mentioned in verse 12 play in enduring trials?
- Break into smaller groups and discuss these questions and pray for each other:
o How does the description of God in verses 17-18 motivate you to resist temptations?
o How does it reassure you when you fail?
o Consider1 Corinthians 10:13. What can we learn?
- Share with your group how you would have them pray for you.
o Is there a temptation you are facing that you would like to have the group pray for strength, focus, and faith?
o Share other needs in your life right now (employment, finances, relationships, family, health, etc.)
- This week make a commitment to sit down often with God and discuss the strength of your faith.
o Ask God to help you through your trials and temptations.
o Talk to God about 3 people in your network of relationships that are far from God. Pray for their salvation and how God might use you to introduce them to God.
Communion: We will observe the Lord's supper on Oct 18th.
Friday Morning Women's Bible Study:
- Fridays beginning Oct 2nd until Dec 18th, 2020 (11-week study)
- Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM via Zoom online
Title: A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23
- Author: Phillip Keller
- Description: Experience Psalm 23 in a new way. As a shepherd, Phillip Keller knew what it was to protect a vulnerable flock on a daily basis. He leads the reader to remarkable places: to the greenest pastures of discovery and the coolest waters of fulfillment hidden in Psalm 23, the "Shepherd Psalm."
- Cost of Book: $5.00. You can make payment to COG with a note for the Women's Ministry Bible Study
- Led by Carol Olsen
Contact Judy Cale for more information
Blankets for the Homeless: We are collecting donations to pay for new blankets to give to the homeless in Aurora and Denver. One blanket is $6 and we have ordered 72 blankets this year. Please give your donations directly to Carol Bryan or make a check to Community of Grace and put "blankets" on the "memo" line. Donations will be accepted through October 18. If you would like to help hand out blankets please contact Carol Bryan in person or at 303-522-2293 for date and time.
Titus 2 Ministry: Scarves for the Homeless. We will be meeting in the North Building foyer on Saturday, October 24th, 2020 from 9:00am-10:00am to make scarves for the homeless. Please wear a mask for this activity. We will have tables spread out through the room for social distancing. Families are welcome to join in the fun.
New Members Class: October 25th, 2020, 1:00pm in North Building. If you have been with us for a while and would like to become a member of our church, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to R.S.V.P.
Trunk or Treat: October 31st, 2020, 5:00pm-6:00pm.
Here some guidelines for us to follow to help make sure the event is enjoyable for everyone:
- If you are decorating a vehicle, be on site by 4:45 pm on Oct 31. You can come as early as you need to decorate and setup your vehicle. If you want to hand out treats without decorating a vehicle, we welcome the extra treats for the kids and ask you to also be on site by 4:45 pm.
- We are recommending face masks be worn by everyone attending.
- We are asking you to keep decorations and costumes in good taste and kid friendly.
- Treats must be store purchased/sealed. No homemade treats.
- Those who are handing out treats and cannot maintain 6' social distancing are required to wear a face mask and gloves to help protect themselves and our guests. COG has face masks and gloves if needed.
If you would like to be creative with handing out candy to maintain social distancing, use something like this "candy chute".
- If you are not decorating a vehicle and are coming for the event, please park on Flanders Street. The parking lot will be closed off to traffic at 4:45 pm for the safety of everyone.
- We will have prizes for the best decorated vehicles as well as the best carved pumpkins. Bring your pumpkins already carved and displayed for our judges.
- Have fun! Be welcoming and inviting to those we interact with during the event.
Let's make this a great opportunity to get to know our community. If you have any questions, email Pastor Chris.
Operation Christmas Child: It is time to start building boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We have 250 boxes to fill with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, etc. to help out kids around the globe. COG is also going to help at the distribution center on Dec 4th from 6-10pm. There are spots for 40 people and Covid-19 rules will be followed. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old. You can pick up boxes in the foyer starting October 18th and boxes must be back by Nov 22nd. If you have questions or want to sign up for a volunteer spot, email Mitty Spidell. You can also learn more about Operation Christmas Child by going to their website.
Sunday Prayer Time: The COG prayer team is gathering outside, in the parking lot, weather permitting, at COG each Sunday at 9:15 am - 9:45 am to pray before worship service. Please bring your own chair. You can email Kathleen Chandler if you have any questions.
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