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February 2020

Awakening To See God

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Day 1: Read Matthew 17:1-3. Where is God calling you to spend more time with Him? What holds you back from awakening to God’s presence at work in and through your life?

Day 2: Read Matthew 5:16 -- “Let your light shine.” Jesus doesn’t say: “Try harder to make your light shine.” Lamps don’t have to try hard. They just glow based on what’s going on inside them. That’s why awakening is a work only God can do. How have you seen the light of Jesus at work shine through others? Shine through you?

Day 3: Read Matthew 17:4. Peter wants to remain in this mountain moment. Where have you been tempted to stay in one area of life, when you knew God wanted you to move forward? What held you back? What finally moved you forward? Where do you need to move forward in your relationship with God today?

Day 4: Read Mark 9:6. Peter’s blunders reveal an important truth: awakening does not mean we understand, and think, and say, and do the right things. Actually, it’s very much the contrary. Awakening usually starts with getting things wrong. That’s why awakening is a work only God can do in your life. Where have you seen God take something wrong in your life and make it right? Where do you need to pray for His hand at work in your life today?

Day 5: Read Matthew 17:5. God the Father says similar words at Jesus’ baptism. God the Father adds one phrase here that wasn’t at Jesus’ baptism: “Listen to Him!” When? Every moment. Where? Every place. Why? He speaks truth with love. How? With a surrendered spirit. Do what he says. As you have been listening to God recently, what is He speaking into your life through His Word? Through your circumstances? Through the G.P.S. this week?

Day 6: Read Matthew 17:6-8. God the Father said they were to listen to Jesus. And the first thing Jesus says is not to condemn them. Rather, “Don’t be afraid. It’s me.” Jesus is with them. Jesus is with us on the mountain tops and in the valleys of life. Where do you need to pray to become aware of Jesus presence in your life today?

You can “GO DEEPER” by reading the book Eternity is Now in Session: A Radical Rediscovery of What Jesus Really Taught about Salvation, Eternity and Getting to the Good Place by John Ortberg.  This week’s message is heavily indebted to Chapter 4 from Eternity is Now in Session.


You can watch this week's sermon message or read the full PDF of the sermon message & GPS.



Going! (Week 6 of the Red Letter Challenge)

RLC-Week6SUNDAY (Day 34): At some point today, gather your family or roommates or friends and share what God has done for you. This might be over dinner. Pray with your family and have everyone in the family pray at least one sentence. Try doing this as a family for a week. If you don’t know what to pray, start by thanking God for all He has done. 

MONDAY (Day 35): Read Matthew 25:35 - “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Say hello to some neighbors you haven’t met yet. Get in a new social circle and meet new people. Try talking to someone you’ve seen before, but haven’t taken the time to really get to know yet. 

TUESDAY (Day 36): Read Acts 1:8 - “You will be my witnesses.” Write down your testimony. Think of this as your “elevator pitch”. You have a limited amount of time to tell a story – make that time count! Here’s an example of what you can focus on (you can use this as a template):

  • What your life was like before Christ (or what it would have been like).
  • How you came to know Christ.
  • Point to the Gospel. Share that Christ alone, not works, has saved you.
  • How your life is different today because of Christ.
  • Share a passage of Scripture which means a great deal to you.

WEDNESDAY (Day 37): Read Luke 9:60 - “Go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” This is a hard one. We want you to record a video of the testimony you wrote yesterday. That takes guts – because you’re putting yourself out there. Remember, Jesus goes with you in all things. Don’t underestimate what God can do through you and your story. 

THURSDAY (Day 38): Read Mark 16:15 - “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Write down five people in your life who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Talk to one of those five today about your testimony. Make a plan over the next month to speak with the other four. This should go without saying, but make sure when you talk with them that you are also there to listen to them about anything they may be going through.  

FRIDAY (Day 39): Read John 15:16 - “You did not choose Me, but I chose and appointed you.” Just as God chose you before you ever did anything to please Him, choose someone today who hasn’t done anything to earn your favor and find a way to bless that person. 

SATURDAY (Day 40): Read Matthew 28:19 - “Go therefore and make disciples.”  Identify one to two people who are mature disciples of Jesus and ask them to mentor you. If you are already a mature follower of Jesus Christ, seek out one or two people to whom you could be a mentor. 

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You can watch this week's sermon message or read the full PDF of the sermon message & GPS.


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Red Letter Challenge: Giving (Week 5)

Red Letter Challenge - Giving
Monday (
Day 28): Read Mark 6:37 - "You give them something to eat."

Tuesday (Day 29): Read Matthew 25:35 - "For I was hungry and you gave me food."

Wednesday (Day 30): Read Matthew 25:36 - "I was naked and you gave me clothing."

Thursday (Day 31): Read Matthew 23:23 - "Do not neglect the tithe."

Friday (Day 32): Read Mark 10:21 - "Sell all that you possess and give to that poor."

Saturday (Day 33): Read Acts 20:35 - "It is better to give than receive."

Sunday (Day 34 - Begin week of Going): Read Luke 8:39 - "Return to your home and declare how much God has done for you."

More information about the Red Letter Challenge (RLC)!

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You can watch this week's sermon message or read the full PDF of the sermon message & GPS.


CREATE FOR COMMUNITY: Construction is almost done! The grand opening celebration is planned for Sunday, February 9, 2019.

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RED LETTER CHALLENGE - WEEK 4 - SERVING

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SUNDAY (DAY 20) CHALLENGE PREP:

Pray for a “Because you say so, I will” (BYSSIW) attitude. Leave sticky notes around your house, on the bathroom mirror, in your car, and at your workplace to remind you that all you do gives glory to God, your Father.

MONDAY READING (DAY 21) & SERVICE CHALLENGE:

Read Mark 9:35 - “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant to all.”

Find a way to put someone else’s needs before yours today. Here are some examples of how this might look:

  • Be compassionate, even when you don’t want to be.
  • Give your snack, that you eat on your drive, to the homeless person on the corner. 
  • Ask someone “How can I make your day better?”, and then do it.
  • Instead of deciding on what restaurant YOU want to go to, ask a friend if you can take them to dinner somewhere – THEIR CHOICE. 

TUESDAY READING (DAY 22) & SERVICE CHALLENGE:

Read Luke 14:13 - “When you give a dinner, invite the poor, crippled, lame, etc.”

Serve someone who will not be able to give you anything in return. Here are some examples:

  • Host a dinner party for some people you know who could use a break. 
  • Offer to watch someone’s children while they have a date-night or just a nap.
  • Team up with some people to feed the homeless.

WEDNESDAY READING (DAY 23) & SERVICE CHALLENGE:

Read Matthew 22:39 - “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Do something for a neighbor. Show them you care, no strings attached. Here are some examples:

  • Cut their lawn (not if it’s artificial grass).
  • Take them Starbucks.
  • Bake them cookies.
  • Take their garbage bins back from the street for them. 

THURSDAY READING (DAY 24) & SERVICE CHALLENGE:

Read Matthew 19:14 - “Let the little children come to me.”

Serve a child who is in your life today, and let this child know how important he or she is to you. Here are some examples:

  • Take a kid out to eat (after asking the parent’s permission first!).
  • Give a special gift.
  • Listen to their stories and engage in conversation.
  • Welcome them as Jesus welcomed the little children, letting them know they are not a bother. 

FRIDAY READING (DAY 25) & SERVICE CHALLENGE:

Read Matthew 25:35-36 - “I was sick and you took care of me.”

If you know someone sick, visit that person. Here are some examples of how to do that:

  • Encourage, support, or call him/her.
  • If you can’t do that, then send a gift or message to someone who is sick or recovering. 
  • If you don’t know anyone personally who is sick, look at the page in the bulletin of who we are praying for, and write out a card and prayer for them. 

SATURDAY READING (DAY 26) & SERVICE CHALLENGE:

Read Matthew 5:16 - “Let your light shine before others.”

  • Serve God today in one of the following ways:
  • Sign-up for the First Impressions Team on Sunday at christlamesa.org/firstimpressions.
  • Sign-up to join a Sunday Volunteer Team at christlamesa.org/volunteer.
  • Volunteer at a food pantry or soup kitchen
  • Volunteer with your local Habitat for Humanity.

SUNDAY READING (DAY 27 - 1ST DAY OF GIVING):

Read Luke 6:35 - “Lend, expecting nothing in return.”

More information about the Red Letter Challenge (RLC)!

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You can watch this week's sermon message or read the full PDF of the sermon message & GPS.


CREATE FOR COMMUNITY: Construction is almost done! The grand opening celebration is planned for Sunday, February 9, 2019.

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