October 4th, 2020

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FAITH that Works
Understanding Trials
10.4.20

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

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.                                                                                     James 1:1-12  ESV

Truth: Faith that is real works practically in one’s life.

What can we learn from trials that can help us consider it all joy?

Lesson #1: Testing brings spiritual _____________________. (vs. 2-3)




Lesson #2: ________________ brings about ________________. (v. 4)





BIG IDEA:
Trials and temptations will happen,
 and God intends for both to strengthen our faith.


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:


1st Down:
- Review the sermon
o What were the main points?
o What points were most meaningful to you?

2nd Down: 
- Study/discuss the text
o What qualifies as a trial (v.2)? What qualifies as a temptation (v. 13)?
Both “temp” and “temptation” are translated from the same Greek word.
o How do trials test the genuineness of our faith?
o Explain how believing in God’s sovereignty through our trials is crucial
to persevering faith.
o What is the truth that we are to walk in? How would you put into your
own words, the “true Gospel”?

3rd Down:
- Break into smaller groups and discuss these questions and pray for each
other:
o How do unbelievers you know attempt to make it through painful
circumstances? 
o How have you persevered through such times in your life?
- Share with your group how you would have them pray for you.
o Are you having to persevere in faith right now? 
o Share other needs in your life right now (employment, finances,
relationships, family, health, etc.)

4th Down:
- This week make a commitment to sit down often with God and discuss the
strength of your faith.
o Ask God to strengthen, embolden, heal, and refresh your soul.
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.

What’s Happening

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  

Elder Nomination Time:
The elders are requesting nominations from the congregation for new elders. Please read Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and pray over these passages. If there is a man at COG that the Lord lays on your heart to nominate as an elder at COG, please take the following steps:

  1. Contact that person and ask if they would be ok with you nominating them to be an elder.
  2. If agreed, then email their name to Steve Veteto. You can also put their information on the Elder Nomination Form located in the sanctuary.

Please have nomination turned in by October 11, 2020. If you have any questions, you can reach out to any of the elders at COG.

Helping the Homeless:
Carol Bryan has coordinated a couple of opportunities to help those less fortunate. These opportunities happen each year and it is a blessing to be able to help those around us who are in need. Thank you, Carol, for organizing!

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 "for" 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 24 from 9-10am 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.

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.
Giving 2020

Last Week: $6,125.14
Budget: $10,121.44
Year To Date Giving: $369,237.30
Year To Date Budget: $394,736.16

You can give securely online: Online Giving
Staff

Joel Bundick – Senior Pastor

Chris Hart – Associate Pastor

Nancy Carroll - Children’s Director nancy@communityofgrace.com

J Lloyd – Student Pastor

David Finton – Worship Pastor david@communityofgrace.com

Rhonda Mott – Finance Administrator office@communityofgrace.com

Ron Goshorn - Maintenance

John Carroll – Media Director john@communityofgrace.com

Anita Hammond – Admin Assistant anita@communityofgrace.com
Elders

Steve Veteto:        303-517-9833
Bob Cale:             303-378-1903
Kyle Kane:           719-338-3378
Andrew Reeves:   720-355-6385
Roger Chandler:   719-964-9088
Joel Bundick:       720-231-1838
Tom Wager:        605-769-0255
Tom King:            303-506-5551
Kevin Fisher:       316-218-2583
Jerry Glass:          720-490-5909
Bob Cale: Sunday, 1:00 pm
303-378-1904

William Fabrizio: Sunday, 5:00 pm
720-469-9927

Matt Comar: Monday, 6:30 pm
509-264-9947

Joel Bundick: Tuesday, 7 pm
720-231-1838

Steve Veteto: Tuesday, 6:30 pm
303-517-9833

Jim Bryan: Tuesday, 6:00 pm
303-356-8608

Tom King: Tuesday, 6:30 pm
303-506-5551

Roger Chandler: Wednesday, 6:00 pm
303-766-9058

Chris Hart: Thursday, 7:00 pm
720-271-1521

John Tejada: Friday, 7:00 pm
303-885-5394
4343 S. Flanders St.
Centennial, CO 80015
303-766-3410