The Height of Faith – How’s Your Heart?
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: The Israelites hardened their hearts against God, despite his many miracles.
Question: In light of the danger of having hard hearts, what should we do?
- Take care for our own hearts, v. 12.
- Exhort one another every day, v. 13.
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: The title of this message (“How’s Your Heart?”) builds on the idea that the heart represents the center of person’s life. When it comes to the center of your life do you have a trusted person(s) with whom you can talk? What are some things you might say?
1) Take a few moments to review the rebellion and testing accounts in the OT (Exodus 17:1-7; Numbers 20:2-13). These appear to be two distinct events, one near the beginning of wilderness wanderings, and one near the end. What do you note in each?
2) Hardness of heart originates in unbelief, which produces contempt for God, which in turns shows itself in distinct behavioral patterns – negativism, grumbling, quarreling and disobedience. When or where do you see this going on in your life?
3) Personal assessment may lead someone to ask, “to what degree may I have a hardened heart?” You may be helped by answering the following questions:
*Do I have a deeper concern for the counsel of others than for the
counsel of God?
*Do “giants in the land” cause me to disbelieve in the promises of
*Does my disposition reveal a quickness to grumble and complain
*Do I tend to have a calloused and unappreciative attitude toward
Taking it Home: In a personal and prayerful moment this week, ask yourself the questions listed above, asking God to let you hear the truth in your answers. Alongside of this, write a personal note to a fellow-believer in your small group for encouragement.
If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he will meet you at the Welcome Center.
CONVERGE ANNUAL MEETING – 2017
Together to Transform: 2017 will be held on March 10/11 at Cheyenne Hills Church in Cheyenne, WY. Online registration is available at TogetherToTransform.org. The Conference focus will be “redemptively reaching the people we often avoid.” Please check our media stands for a brochure listing more details, a conference schedule and a listing of breakout leaders/sessions.
SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITIES
We believe that small groups are an important way for our church family to connect, learn and serve. We offer small groups that discuss our Sunday sermon series and groups that meet to discuss a variety of other topics. You will find a listing of our small groups in the media stands and on our website. We would love to have you join us! One of the small groups meets on Wednesday evenings in the library, following the Wednesday night dinner. The Alpha Course, led by Pastor Jeff, is a great way to get to know more about the mysteries of the Christian faith. Feel free to stop in and check it out this week.
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STUDENT MISSION TRIP FORMS
Information and forms have been handed out to students regarding the missions trip to Cabo, Mexico, from June 25 - July 3. Parents, please look these over with your students. A deposit of $250 is due on March 5.
DARE 2 SHARE CONFERENCE: DV8 STUDENTS
This conference will enable teens to find an unshakeable faith and will equip them to answer Christ’s call to make disciples who make disciples. The event is at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, March 24-25. Those interested should contact Kreg Kastelz. The cost is $75 and registration must be completed by March 12.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Dinner is at 5:30 PM each Wednesday night during the school year, and it is open to all. This week we are serving chili, salad and dessert for only $2.50 per person or a maximum of $10 per family. Bring a friend!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT ECHO RESALE
The EChO (Evergreen Christian Outreach) Resale Shop is in dire need of volunteer staffing. Volunteer options include cashiering; backroom processing; floor merchandising and shopper assistance. Please contact EChO’s Volunteer Coordinator at 303.670.1796 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. EChO is one of our local ministry partners!