The center column holds the main text for each day, while the right column includes secondary texts.
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Questions to Guide You:
Slight change of plans this week. We’re stepping away from Matthew for 6 weeks to remind ourselves of Oakland’s Vision and Values, which we abbreviate our P.S.A.L.M. because it is our worship of God in action. P. stands for “We Prize Presence.” We value the presence of God more than all. We are not a social club or country club, we are ravenous to know and experience God. But God promises to meet us “where two or three are gathered,” and so we’re committed to being present to one another and intentionally present to our community. S. stands for “We Serve Hard.” Saved people serve people, because we were served by Christ. We want to be a people with Soft Hearts and Calloused Hands.
- Hebrews 10, says because of Jesus, we can now enter into the very presence of God. Have you ever felt God’s presence intimately? Would you say you “know about God” or “know God”?
- What does it mean to you to experience the presence of God? When has God felt closest to you? Why do you think that was?
- Psalm 73 contrasts those who prize what the world values, and those who prize God’s presence, what is the difference? Is one hedonistic and one ascetic?
- John 14, promises that Jesus will not leave us as orphans but will be present to us by the Holy Spirit. What does that mean? How do we recognize the Holy Spirit?
- What two things does Paul share in 1 Thess 2:8? Why are both important? How can we love Cleveland and our literal neighbors with “not just the gospel of God, but our very lives as well”?
- How can you be more present to God and present to the people God has put around you for you to love?
- Our second principle is SERVE Hard. Why did Jesus come according to Mark 10, and how should that affect us? How does it motivate us?
- What was Jesus’ attitude according to Phil 2, and how should we have the same attitude? What does it mean to “look to the needs of others” and “consider others before yourself”? Why don’t people do these regularly?
- How does service result in “God being praised in all things through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:11)?
- Where are you serving? Where can you be serving?
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