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Sermon Study Guides

KiNDRED | The Work of Reform | George Hinman

This week's sermon study guide is pulled from the UPC 2017 Lent Study: "KiNDRED - The Multi-ethnic Family of God" View Full Study Here WEEK FIVE: THE WORK OF REFORM | TURN “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 “What should the church’s response be to a world being torn apart by prejudice, hatred and fear? We believe it is imperative that the Christian church regain its integrity to address injustice.” Brenda Salter McNeil and Rick Richardson, The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change, page 22 OPENING PRAYER Oh Lord, we approach You with humble hearts. We are a part of a culture, and our culture needs Your healing hand. Please help us to turn toward You, toward Your purposes, and become one with Your compassion. Amen. REFLECT: Discuss last week’s personal challenge.  WATCH: Kindred Video - https://vimeo.com/204617587 READ: Jonah 3:1-10 Last week we learned that Jonah—cast helplessly into the depths of the sea—cried out to the very God he had endeavored to ignore. God heard Jonah and saved him, causing Jonah to promise to fulfill his vow to the Lord. Now open to the Lord’s leading, Jonah receives a second word to go to Nineveh and proclaim God’s message. more...

KiNDRED | The Risk of Reconciliation | George Hinman

This week's sermon study guide is pulled from the UPC 2017 Lent Study: "KiNDRED - The Multi-ethnic Family of God"more...

KiNDRED | Back to the Heart of God | Solomon Liu

This week's sermon study guide is pulled from the UPC 2017 Lent Study: "KiNDRED - The Multi-ethnic Family of God"more...

KiNDRED | Dealing with Jericho Roads | Aaron Williams

This week's sermon study guide is pulled from the UPC 2017 Lent Study: "KiNDRED - The Multi-ethnic Family of God" View Full Study Here WEEK TWO: THE JOY OF DIFFERENCE | NOTICE “(Having) the eyes of your hearts enlightened, (I pray) that you may know what is the hope to which God has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.” Ephesians 1:18 b “As representatives of the kingdom of God made up of people from every tribe, ethnic group and nationality, we are called to demonstrate the power of the gospel to reconcile diverse people into one new humanity.” Brenda Salter McNeil & Rick Richardson, The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change, page 39 OPENING PRAYER God, in Your wisdom and creativity, You created us, Your daughters and sons, to be a beautifully diverse, multi-ethnic family which bears Your image throughout all creation. Help us gain a clearer vision of You, Lord, through that diversity. Open our eyes to Your deep love for all peoples, and open our hearts to Your mission of reconciling the entire world to You and each other. Amen. REFLECT: Discuss last week’s Personal Challenge. WATCH: Kindred Video - https://vimeo.com/204609978  READ: Revelation 5:9-10 more...

KiNDRED | The Call to Family | George Hinman

This week's sermon study guide is pulled from the UPC 2017 Lent Study: "KiNDRED - The Multi-ethnic Family of God" View Full Study Here WEEK ONE: THE CALL TO FAMILY | GO  “You have heard it said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be {children} of your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:43-45a “God has always had a great purpose for cultures, nations, and peoples. We are called to fill the earth and bring it under the reign of God. This will require that humanity in all its diversity reflect the image of God. We are called to pursue the kingdom as our highest priority ... this does not wipe out our ethnic identity, but it changes the structuring of our priorities and the way we relate to people...Our identity is rooted in our connection to Christ as His people. They become our new extended family.” Brenda Salter McNeil and Rick Richardson, The Heart of Racial Justice, How Soul Change Leads to Social Change, page 41 OPENING PRAYER: God, We gather together today as your children, desiring to learn what it means to be a part of your family. Give us hearts and minds open to Your Spirit, and to Your vision for us and our world. Amen. REFLECT: Share with your group: Who do you consider to be your “family?”   WATCH: Kindred Video: https://vimeo.com/204604827 READ: Jonah 1:1-3 Isn’t it profound how much story can be crammed into just a few sentences? At the beginning of Jonah, readers are treated to a mini “short story” of sorts. In three verses, we learn about the main characters (God, Jonah, and Nineveh), the plot (God wants to use his prophet, Jonah, to redeem Nineveh), and the tension (Jonah’s disobedience). more...