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Created For Community

Community2The message this week was on Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) with a focus on building community through: love, spaces, relationships, and service.

Monday: Read Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV). When you think of community, what images come to mind? How do they line up with the images painted in these verses?

Tuesday: Read Acts 2:42 (NIV). Where have you seen love build community? How is God calling you to bring His love to our church, to your family, to our community, and to our world? (Make sure to join us in July for our look at the 5 Love Languages. If you have an iPhone, get the 5 Love Language app and take the profile or go online at

Wednesday: Read Acts 2:46-47 (NIV). Where are the places you meet with God on your own, with your family, and with others? Where do you need to create space in your life to spend time with God and be aware of His presence?

Thursday: Read Acts 2:42 (NIV). Where is God leading you to develop deep faith relationships? If you are part of a LIFE GROUP, how have you seen your faith grow deeper? If you are not in a LIFE GROUP, why? Are you ready to “get in” a LIFE GROUP this fall?

Friday: Read Acts 2:44-45 (NIV). These verses from Acts 2 often bring the fear of communism in how they are perceived. Yet their focus is on meeting the needs of others with the resources God provides. When we build out community, we serve with Christ’s love in our works and our words. How have others served you with Christ’s love? How are you serving others with Christ’s love?

Saturday: Read Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV). As you reflect on the GPS for this week, what lessons have you discovered about God’s desire to build community in your life? What next steps can you identify to which you will commit in the months ahead to build community not only for yourself, but also for others?

You can go deeper this week by:

  • Build Up Community: Start with Love – Read the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Download the app at iTunes or go to
  • Build For Community: Create Space – Look at your schedule, block out time for one- on-one time with God and time for being with others (like worship each weekend).
  • Build In Community: Develop Deep Faith Relationships – Give thanks for your LIFE GROUP. If not in a LIFE GROUP, use the connection card for information to “get in”.
  • Build Out Community: Serve with Christ’s Love – Pray for those going to Paraguay and be a part of the School Supply Packing Event.

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.

Sacrificial Living And Leading


Pastor John's G.P.S for this week includes ...

Monday: Read Galatians 2:20 (NIV). This is one of the hallmark verses in the Bible calling us to sacrificial living. The foundation of sacrificial living is that all of my sins were placed on the cross with Jesus and He died for them. In that way, we have been crucified with Christ. In what ways does this verse challenge you to live sacrificially?

Tuesday: Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-4 (NIV). This is one of the most popular wedding messages. It does a great job describing love. From this passage, what do you see as the relationship between love and using your skills and talents? How does Christian love lead to sacrifice? Name some examples of love that led to sacrifice.

Wednesday: Read Acts 9:7-16 (NIV). This reading has two examples of sacrificial living. First, Ananias was called to a sacrificial action. In what sense was his calling sacrificial? Secondly, Saul was more obviously called to sacrificial living. Name some ways that Paul’s work caused suffering. Name some ways that your faith calls you to sacrificial living.

Thursday: Read Acts 8:1-4 (NIV). Immediately following the stoning of the church’s first martyr, Stephan, a great persecution against the church broke out. How did that persecution turn itself into a “growing” experience? Can you think of a time in your life when something hard turned out to be a blessing to you or others?

Friday: Read Hebrews 9:14-15 (NIV). This passage describes the greatest and most important sacrifice ever offered, Jesus’ sacrifice. How does this passage characterize Jesus’ sacrifice? How does v. 14 describe effect of Jesus’ sacrifice on us? What does v. 14 say is the consequence of us being cleansed?

Saturday: Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 (NIV). How does v. 2 describe the Macedonian church’s situation and the character of the Macedonians? How does the passage describe their sacrificial giving? Referring to v. 5, what was the secret of their selfless and sacrificial giving? According to v. 1 what is the foundation of Christians’ generosity? Does selfless generosity come easily to you or is it a challenge?

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.


Be: What Does It Mean To Value Others Before Myself?


Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message on being a humble servant from God’s Life-building Word based on Philippians 2:3-4 (NIVBELIEVE p. 481).

Monday: Read Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 481). Who or what is at center stage in your life? How do you move (or keep) Jesus in the center? What gets Jesus off center stage in your life?

Tuesday: Read Daniel 4:27 (NIV) and Daniel 4:34 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 489-490). A wise proverb says that pride goes before the fall. Nebuchadnezzar filled with empty conceit goes crazy, then is humbled, then lifts up the true God. Where might God be sounding a warning alarm concerning pride in your life? Like Daniel, where might God be leading you into a tough conversation and wanting you to lead with a humble heart? Pray (and continue to pray) for that person and your conversation together.

Wednesday: Read John 13:3-5 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 483). Jesus knew who He was, where He was from, where He was going, and what power and authority He had. How do you know this fully about yourself? Why does knowing these things about yourself make it possible for you to serve others without pride or resentment?

Thursday: Read Philippians 2:5-6 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 485). The phrase "did not consider equality with God something to be used for his own advantage" teaches that, although Jesus possessed the "very nature" of God, he did not demand his rights as God. Jesus could have appeared as the ruler of the universe. Instead, Jesus gave up all rights and came as a servant. Where is God calling you to add value to others by sacrificing an advantage you have to serve them with the love of Christ?

Friday: Read John 13:14-15 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 484). Who is someone you can serve today? How?

Saturday: Read Philippians 2:7-8 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 485). Why was Jesus willing to be crucified? In what specific ways is his example one you can apply?

 You can GO DEEPER this week by:

  • Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: Philippians 2:2-3 (NIVBELIEVE, p. 481) "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
  • Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: I choose to esteem others above myself.
  • Book Recommendation: Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love and Leadership by John Dickson

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.


Be: How Do I Demonstrate Thoughtfulness And Consideration?


Pastor Burkey delivered this week’s message on gentleness from God’s Life-building Word based on Philippians 4:5 (NIVBELIEVE p. 466).

Monday: Read Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) and Proverbs 25:15 (NIV). What do these wise words of Solomon teach you about the power of gentleness? Where do you find “gentleness power” the most difficult place to live? The easiest place to live?

Tuesday: Read Matthew 11:28-29 (NIVBELIEVE p. 471). Why do you think our country is filled with anger? How might Jesus’ invitation offer a better way for our world? For you personally? Where do you need rest for your soul?

Wednesday: Read Philippians 4:2 (NIVBELIEVE p. 474). When are you most challenged with your words and your tone to be thoughtful of others? How might the four words: “Help me to understand”, help you in being gentle? Is there a place where you need to seek such understanding?

Thursday: Read Matthew 11:29-30 (NIVBELIEVE p. 471). What burden do you carry that Jesus can lighten for you? How might gentleness be the way Jesus lightens that burden in your life?

Friday: Read Philippians 4:3-4 (NIVBELIEVE p. 474). Why is rejoicing (returning to Jesus as the source of our joy) vital to resolving conflict and living with the power of gentleness? Where do you need to apply such rejoicing power in your life today?

Saturday: Read Philippians 4:5 (NIVBELIEVE p. 474). Instead of firing words in anger to someone else, where can you fire up words in prayer to God? 

You can GO DEEPER this week by:

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.