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Christ our Hope

Sermon: “Christ our Hope”Scripture: John 1: 1-5, 9-14Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerThis morning we begin our advent sermon series based on the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Over the next 4 weeks we’ll observe together how hope, peace, joy, and love truly are a “wonderful” way to live our lives... especially when we allow Jesus Christ to be the source of each of these in our lives.1. This week we begin the Advent season thinking about “Hope.” What does the word “Hope” mean to you? Where will you find hope this Christmas season?2. John describes Jesus as “light,” saying, “the true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” Why do you think he describes Jesus as “true light”? How does this description bring forth hope?3. John tells us that the world did not recognize him (Jesus) when he came into the world. Is this still true today? How might the world be more hope-filled if everyone would recognize Jesus?4. Read Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6. In light of these passages, why do you think so many people failed to recognize Jesus when he came into the world? How do these passages help you to better recognize Jesus and give you hope today?5. John tells us that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Does this verse give you hope for our world today? Why/why not?6. What does it mean that Jesus “gave us the right to become children of God”?7. John tells us that “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Why is this such Good News? Why is this a reason for hope?8. What are some ways you can help others “see the Light,” or recognize Jesus and be filled with hope this Advent season?Prayer of the Week:God of all Hope, we come to you today confessing that sometimes our world and our lives seem hopeless. So today we return to you, asking you to help us see the Light and reclaim our hope as children of God. Fill us with your Holy Spirit so we will be inspired and empowered to walk in the Light, offering your hope to the world, so that you will be glorified and your kingdom advanced. Amen.

31 MIN1 w ago
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Christ our Hope

Christ the King

Sermon: “Christ the King”Scripture: Colossians 1: 15-20Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerRead Colossians 1:15-20.1. What does it mean when we describe Jesus as the One who was and is and is to come?2. How is Jesus “the image of the invisible God” as described in verse 15.3. As “the firstborn over all creation,” Jesus is both the means and the goal of creation. What does that mean to you?4. Pastor Mick used the example of a tapestry to describe God’s plan for creation. What did he mean by that?5. How do you understand the phrase, “in him all things hold together” in verse 17?6. What does it mean for Jesus to be “head of the body, the church”? What does/should it mean for us and the way we live our lives every day?7. Pastor Mick described humanity as a mosaic. What do you think he meant by that?8. What does it mean for Jesus to be “the firstborn from among the dead”? What does that mean for us?9. How has God, through Jesus, “reconciled to himself all things”?10. What does al...

35 MIN2 w ago
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Christ the King

Cheerful Givers

Sermon: “Cheerful Givers”Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerRead 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15.1. Pastor Mick told us that this passage is about Paul taking up a special offering, “The Collection,” for the Jerusalem church. Why was Paul taking up this offering?2. Why did Pastor Mick say this offering was very Wesleyan? (Hint: connectionalism)3. What is the difference between the “tithe” and “offerings”?4. Pastor Mick said in the UMC, we often refer to special offerings as “2nd Mile Giving.” What are some examples of such offerings here at GLUMC? Are there other “2nd Mile Givings” that you participate in above and beyond your tithe? How do you feel when you give to these offerings?5. What is the difference between having a scarcity mentality and an abundance mentality? Is God a God of scarcity or abundance? How should this affect our desire to give?6. How do you understand the verse about sowing and reaping and how does (should) that affect your desire t...

31 MIN3 w ago
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Cheerful Givers

Open the Floodgates of Blessing

Sermon: “Open the Floodgates of Blessing” Scripture: Malachi 3: 6-10 Speaker: Pastor Mick Whistler

37 MINNOV 11
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Open the Floodgates of Blessing

The Son and the Cloud

Sermon: “The Son and the Cloud”Scripture: Hebrews 12: 1-3Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerScripture and questions for study and reflection:Read Hebrews 12: 1-3.1. Who are the “great cloud of witnesses” the author refers to and why are they important?2. What are the things that hinder and entangle you in your faith journey? How can you break free from these things?3. Why is it important to “fix your eyes on Jesus” and how can that help you in everyday life?4. The writer of Hebrews describes Jesus as the author and perfector of our faith. How might this support the Wesleyan understanding of grace (prevenient, justifying and sanctifying)?5. Why do you think the writer encourages us to “consider him who endured such opposition from sinners”? Who might we expect opposition from in our lives as we commit to follow Jesus?6. How does what the writer is speaking of in this passage help us to “not grow weary and lose heart”?Prayer for the Week:Almighty God, thank you for the great cloud...

43 MINNOV 4
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The Son and the Cloud

Prepare for a Crown

Sermon: “Prepare for a Crown”Scripture: 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18Speaker: Pastor Diane MendelsonScripture and questions for study and reflection:1. Read 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18. How would you summarize this text?2. Imagine yourself as a shy or timid believer. What part of this passage might be most convicting to you? Imagine yourself as a bold and confident believer. What part of this passage might be most convicting to you?3. Paul compares his Christian life to a fight and a race. What similarities do you find in that comparison through this text and Paul’s life?4. Paul served as the apostle to the Gentiles...sharing the Gospel of the Lord...How can you serve? What is your service? What roles has the Lord placed in your life? How can you carry out those responsibilities in Christian love?5. What difference does this passage make in your life? How does it make you think or act? Does this text give you peace or anxiety?6. From your perspective, what do people want to hear? What do t...

29 MINOCT 28
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Prepare for a Crown

Keep on Keepin’ On

Sermon: “Keep on Keepin’ On”Scripture: 2 Timothy 3: 14 - 4: 5Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerScripture and questions for study and reflection:1. Read 2 Timothy 3: 14-4: 5. What do you think are the main points in this text? Discuss.2. Pastor Mick shared about a former boss who encouraged his staff to “Keep on keepin’ on.” What do you think he meant by that? In what way is Paul encouraging Timothy to do the same?3. What do you think Paul means by “All Scripture is God-breathed”?4. Paul says the Scriptures “are able to make you wise for salvation” and they help us to be “thoroughly equipped for every good work.” What do you think he means? Do you agree? Have you experienced this for yourself?5. Paul lists four things in verse 16 for which Scripture is useful. What are those things? Do you allow Scripture to be used in those ways in your own life? Why or why not?6. What do you think Paul means when he tells Timothy to “be prepared in season and out of season”? How prepared a...

40 MINOCT 21
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Keep on Keepin’ On

Attitude of Gratitude

Sermon: “Attitude of Gratitude”Scripture: Luke 17: 11-19Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerScripture and questions for study and reflection:1. Read Luke 17:11-19. What are your initial thoughts about this text?2. Think about the day when these ten men realized they had been afflicted with leprosy. What kind of thoughts do you think they had? What do you think crossed their minds regarding their future for themselves and their family?3. The border between Samaria and Galilee is about 35-40 miles from the cities where Jewish priests used to dwell. What are some reasons why Jesus didn’t heal these men right away, but sent them far away instead?4. What is our modern day leprosy? Is there a group of people that may not be easily received by the church? What specific actions could you take to make those people feel welcomed?5. Why do you think only one returned to thank Jesus? What’s up with the other nine? Do you think Jesus was disappointed about the nine not returning to him? Why or Why ...

34 MINOCT 14
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Attitude of Gratitude

True Wealth

Sermon: “True Wealth”Scripture: 1 Timothy 6: 6-10, 17-19Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerScripture and questions for study and reflection:1. Read 1 Timothy 6: 6-10, 17-19. What do you think are the main points in this text? Discuss.2. What does it mean to be content? How do you define contentment in your life?3. Read 1 Timothy 6: 6-10. What did Paul identify as being the path to great gain? How is this different than how the world sees great gain?4. What are some changes you would like to make to achieve the great gain of godliness and contentment in your life?5. Has a love of money ever “pierced you with many griefs,” as Paul describes? If so, how?6. What do you think it means to be “rich in good deeds”?7. Do you consider yourself to be rich in good deeds? Based on your answer, what does that say about your faith life? Are any changes needed?8. What do you think Paul means when he talks about “taking hold of the life that is truly life”? What do you need to do to more fully tak...

41 MINSEP 30
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True Wealth

It Works

Sermon: “It Works!”Scripture: 1 Timothy 2: 1-7Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerScripture and questions for study and reflection:Read 1 Timothy 2:1-7.1. According to Paul in this passage, when should we pray? Why is that?2. Pastor Mick shared a line from an Anne of Green Gables book indicating that prayer / relying on God is often our last resort. Has this ever been your approach to prayer?3. Drawing from Paul’s comments in verse 1, Pastor Mick discussed four types of prayers (petitions, relational/worship, intercession, thanksgiving). How do you practice these kinds of prayers on a regular basis? What other types of prayers do you offer?4. Paul says we should pray for all people. How is that congruent with Jesus’ teaching on prayer?5. Why do you think Paul is so emphatic that we pray for government leaders (“kings and all those in authority”)? Do you practice this type of prayer on a regular basis? How might our country / the world be different if more people embraced this concept...

35 MINSEP 23
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It Works

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Christ our Hope

Sermon: “Christ our Hope”Scripture: John 1: 1-5, 9-14Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerThis morning we begin our advent sermon series based on the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Over the next 4 weeks we’ll observe together how hope, peace, joy, and love truly are a “wonderful” way to live our lives... especially when we allow Jesus Christ to be the source of each of these in our lives.1. This week we begin the Advent season thinking about “Hope.” What does the word “Hope” mean to you? Where will you find hope this Christmas season?2. John describes Jesus as “light,” saying, “the true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” Why do you think he describes Jesus as “true light”? How does this description bring forth hope?3. John tells us that the world did not recognize him (Jesus) when he came into the world. Is this still true today? How might the world be more hope-filled if everyone would recognize Jesus?4. Read Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6. In light of these passages, why do you think so many people failed to recognize Jesus when he came into the world? How do these passages help you to better recognize Jesus and give you hope today?5. John tells us that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Does this verse give you hope for our world today? Why/why not?6. What does it mean that Jesus “gave us the right to become children of God”?7. John tells us that “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Why is this such Good News? Why is this a reason for hope?8. What are some ways you can help others “see the Light,” or recognize Jesus and be filled with hope this Advent season?Prayer of the Week:God of all Hope, we come to you today confessing that sometimes our world and our lives seem hopeless. So today we return to you, asking you to help us see the Light and reclaim our hope as children of God. Fill us with your Holy Spirit so we will be inspired and empowered to walk in the Light, offering your hope to the world, so that you will be glorified and your kingdom advanced. Amen.

31 MIN1 w ago
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Christ our Hope

Christ the King

Sermon: “Christ the King”Scripture: Colossians 1: 15-20Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerRead Colossians 1:15-20.1. What does it mean when we describe Jesus as the One who was and is and is to come?2. How is Jesus “the image of the invisible God” as described in verse 15.3. As “the firstborn over all creation,” Jesus is both the means and the goal of creation. What does that mean to you?4. Pastor Mick used the example of a tapestry to describe God’s plan for creation. What did he mean by that?5. How do you understand the phrase, “in him all things hold together” in verse 17?6. What does it mean for Jesus to be “head of the body, the church”? What does/should it mean for us and the way we live our lives every day?7. Pastor Mick described humanity as a mosaic. What do you think he meant by that?8. What does it mean for Jesus to be “the firstborn from among the dead”? What does that mean for us?9. How has God, through Jesus, “reconciled to himself all things”?10. What does al...

35 MIN2 w ago
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Christ the King

Cheerful Givers

Sermon: “Cheerful Givers”Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerRead 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15.1. Pastor Mick told us that this passage is about Paul taking up a special offering, “The Collection,” for the Jerusalem church. Why was Paul taking up this offering?2. Why did Pastor Mick say this offering was very Wesleyan? (Hint: connectionalism)3. What is the difference between the “tithe” and “offerings”?4. Pastor Mick said in the UMC, we often refer to special offerings as “2nd Mile Giving.” What are some examples of such offerings here at GLUMC? Are there other “2nd Mile Givings” that you participate in above and beyond your tithe? How do you feel when you give to these offerings?5. What is the difference between having a scarcity mentality and an abundance mentality? Is God a God of scarcity or abundance? How should this affect our desire to give?6. How do you understand the verse about sowing and reaping and how does (should) that affect your desire t...

31 MIN3 w ago
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Cheerful Givers

Open the Floodgates of Blessing

Sermon: “Open the Floodgates of Blessing” Scripture: Malachi 3: 6-10 Speaker: Pastor Mick Whistler

37 MINNOV 11
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Open the Floodgates of Blessing

The Son and the Cloud

Sermon: “The Son and the Cloud”Scripture: Hebrews 12: 1-3Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerScripture and questions for study and reflection:Read Hebrews 12: 1-3.1. Who are the “great cloud of witnesses” the author refers to and why are they important?2. What are the things that hinder and entangle you in your faith journey? How can you break free from these things?3. Why is it important to “fix your eyes on Jesus” and how can that help you in everyday life?4. The writer of Hebrews describes Jesus as the author and perfector of our faith. How might this support the Wesleyan understanding of grace (prevenient, justifying and sanctifying)?5. Why do you think the writer encourages us to “consider him who endured such opposition from sinners”? Who might we expect opposition from in our lives as we commit to follow Jesus?6. How does what the writer is speaking of in this passage help us to “not grow weary and lose heart”?Prayer for the Week:Almighty God, thank you for the great cloud...

43 MINNOV 4
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The Son and the Cloud

Prepare for a Crown

Sermon: “Prepare for a Crown”Scripture: 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18Speaker: Pastor Diane MendelsonScripture and questions for study and reflection:1. Read 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18. How would you summarize this text?2. Imagine yourself as a shy or timid believer. What part of this passage might be most convicting to you? Imagine yourself as a bold and confident believer. What part of this passage might be most convicting to you?3. Paul compares his Christian life to a fight and a race. What similarities do you find in that comparison through this text and Paul’s life?4. Paul served as the apostle to the Gentiles...sharing the Gospel of the Lord...How can you serve? What is your service? What roles has the Lord placed in your life? How can you carry out those responsibilities in Christian love?5. What difference does this passage make in your life? How does it make you think or act? Does this text give you peace or anxiety?6. From your perspective, what do people want to hear? What do t...

29 MINOCT 28
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Prepare for a Crown

Keep on Keepin’ On

Sermon: “Keep on Keepin’ On”Scripture: 2 Timothy 3: 14 - 4: 5Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerScripture and questions for study and reflection:1. Read 2 Timothy 3: 14-4: 5. What do you think are the main points in this text? Discuss.2. Pastor Mick shared about a former boss who encouraged his staff to “Keep on keepin’ on.” What do you think he meant by that? In what way is Paul encouraging Timothy to do the same?3. What do you think Paul means by “All Scripture is God-breathed”?4. Paul says the Scriptures “are able to make you wise for salvation” and they help us to be “thoroughly equipped for every good work.” What do you think he means? Do you agree? Have you experienced this for yourself?5. Paul lists four things in verse 16 for which Scripture is useful. What are those things? Do you allow Scripture to be used in those ways in your own life? Why or why not?6. What do you think Paul means when he tells Timothy to “be prepared in season and out of season”? How prepared a...

40 MINOCT 21
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Keep on Keepin’ On

Attitude of Gratitude

Sermon: “Attitude of Gratitude”Scripture: Luke 17: 11-19Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerScripture and questions for study and reflection:1. Read Luke 17:11-19. What are your initial thoughts about this text?2. Think about the day when these ten men realized they had been afflicted with leprosy. What kind of thoughts do you think they had? What do you think crossed their minds regarding their future for themselves and their family?3. The border between Samaria and Galilee is about 35-40 miles from the cities where Jewish priests used to dwell. What are some reasons why Jesus didn’t heal these men right away, but sent them far away instead?4. What is our modern day leprosy? Is there a group of people that may not be easily received by the church? What specific actions could you take to make those people feel welcomed?5. Why do you think only one returned to thank Jesus? What’s up with the other nine? Do you think Jesus was disappointed about the nine not returning to him? Why or Why ...

34 MINOCT 14
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Attitude of Gratitude

True Wealth

Sermon: “True Wealth”Scripture: 1 Timothy 6: 6-10, 17-19Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerScripture and questions for study and reflection:1. Read 1 Timothy 6: 6-10, 17-19. What do you think are the main points in this text? Discuss.2. What does it mean to be content? How do you define contentment in your life?3. Read 1 Timothy 6: 6-10. What did Paul identify as being the path to great gain? How is this different than how the world sees great gain?4. What are some changes you would like to make to achieve the great gain of godliness and contentment in your life?5. Has a love of money ever “pierced you with many griefs,” as Paul describes? If so, how?6. What do you think it means to be “rich in good deeds”?7. Do you consider yourself to be rich in good deeds? Based on your answer, what does that say about your faith life? Are any changes needed?8. What do you think Paul means when he talks about “taking hold of the life that is truly life”? What do you need to do to more fully tak...

41 MINSEP 30
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True Wealth

It Works

Sermon: “It Works!”Scripture: 1 Timothy 2: 1-7Speaker: Pastor Mick WhistlerScripture and questions for study and reflection:Read 1 Timothy 2:1-7.1. According to Paul in this passage, when should we pray? Why is that?2. Pastor Mick shared a line from an Anne of Green Gables book indicating that prayer / relying on God is often our last resort. Has this ever been your approach to prayer?3. Drawing from Paul’s comments in verse 1, Pastor Mick discussed four types of prayers (petitions, relational/worship, intercession, thanksgiving). How do you practice these kinds of prayers on a regular basis? What other types of prayers do you offer?4. Paul says we should pray for all people. How is that congruent with Jesus’ teaching on prayer?5. Why do you think Paul is so emphatic that we pray for government leaders (“kings and all those in authority”)? Do you practice this type of prayer on a regular basis? How might our country / the world be different if more people embraced this concept...

35 MINSEP 23
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It Works
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