September 13th, 2020

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Soul Care
Approval of People -vs- Faithfulness to God
9.13.20

Text: Mark 8:31-38
   31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
  34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
                                                                               Mark 8:31-38  ESV
 

1.     When approval of people is the focus…
-         It messes with your __________________
-         It hijacks your _______________
-         It zaps your ________________________


2.     When approval of people is your focus…
-         _____________ is sticky
-         _____________ slides right off



3.     God is not impressed by me finding people’s approval; He’s impressed by ___________________________________.


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  Mark 8:31-38
o  1 Thessalonians 2:1-5
§ What lessons can we take from Paul and his team? (for example, the privilege of evangelism) 
o  Colossians 3:23-24
§ What should be our attitude while serving the Lord?
§ “Whatever you do” includes …? What makes these verses challenging? Our attitude or everything that “whatever” includes?

3rd Down:
-         Break into smaller groups and discuss these questions and pray for each other:
o  Being bold for Christ is easy at church. In what settings is being bold most challenging? Why?
o  What can we do to overcome these challenges?
o  How can we use social media to be bold?
o  How can social media be harmful to our witness?
-         Pray for each other:
o  Share with your group how you would have them pray for your soul? (For assurance of identity, boldness, etc)
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 health of your soul.
o  Ask God to strengthen, embolden, heal, and refresh your soul.
o  Ask God to point out when and where you’re focus is in the wrong place.

What’s Happening

Communion: We will observe the Lord's supper on Sept 20th.

SOGCOG: Students of Grace has started a new teaching series called "Just Asking for a Friend". Pastor J will be leading our youth through some of the difficult questions you or a friend might be asking in the back of your mind. This will be a great opportunity to strengthen your faith and even open the door to invite your friends as we discuss what the Bible says about these challenging topics. Topics will include:
9/9 - How can a loving God send people to hell?
9/16 - Why did God make me like this?
9/23 - Why doesn't God answer my prayers?
If you would like more information, contact Pastor J.

Fit To Serve: Hiking at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, September 12, 8-10 am. We'll be walking the Lake Ladora and Lake Mary Loop Trails (2.4 miles). The visitor center is closed. Masks are optional, but 6 ft distancing between family groups will be observed. We will meet in the parking lot next to Lake Ladora off of Havana Street. Contact Carol Bryan at 303-522-2293 for further details.

Women's Bible Study: We will meet via Zoom from 7-8:15 pm, beginning Thur, Sep 17th. "Learning to be Jesus' Disciple" is the new study. For all women age 16 and up. For more information please contact Carol Bryan at 303-522-2293.

Sunday Prayer Time: The COG prayer team is gathering outside, weather permitting, at COG each Sunday at 9:15 am - 9:45 am to pray before worship service. You can email Kathleen Chandler if you have any questions.
Giving 2020

Last Week: $11,408.00
Budget: $10,121.44
Year To Date Giving: $347,483.17
Year To Date Budget: $364,371.84

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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

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, 7:00 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, 6:30 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