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December 8, 2019 – Pastor Ryan Emmons
“The Shepherd Boy Who Would Be King”

2 Samuel 7:11-17 ; Matthew 1:1-17

撒 母 耳 記 下 7:11-17 ; 馬 太 福 音 1:1-17

The Covenant Promise
David the Shepherd (1,2,3)

This is the record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham.                                                                                                  ~ Matthew 1:1 (NLT)
亚 伯 拉 罕 的 後 裔 , 大 卫 的 子 孙 ( 後 裔 子 孙 原 文 都 作 儿 子 下 同 ) , 耶 稣 基 督 的 家 谱    ~ 馬 太 福 音 1:1 (CUVS)

 

 

 

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December 1, 2019 – Pastor Ryan Emmons
“From the Mouths of Angels”

Luke 1:5-18 ; Luke 2:8-14

路 加 福 音 1:5-18路 加 福 音 2:8-14

At Worship
At Home
At Work

Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God.
It was he who sent me to bring you this good news!       ~ Luke 1:19 (NLT)
 天 使 回 答 说 : 我 是 站 在 神 面 前 的 加 百 列 , 奉 差 而 来 对 你 说 话 ,
将 这 好 信 息 报 给 你 。                                            ~ 路 加 福 音 1:19 (CUVS)

Painting by Dame Werburg Welch (1894-1990)

 

 

Contrarians Guide to Knowing God

November 17, 2019 – Pastor Ryan Emmons
A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God
#5: Is it a Sin to be Average?

Philippians 3:12-16  ; John 21:15-22

腓 立 比 書 3:12-16約 翰 福 音 21:15-22

For further thought and reflection:

  1. What does being an obedient Disciple of Jesus mean or look like to you?
  2. What Scripture passage(s) help you to understand this and give you guidance?

“And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments.”                                                                                                            ~ 1 John 2:3 (NLT)
我 们 若 遵 守 他 的 诫 命 , 就 晓 得 是 认 识 他 。     ~ 約 翰 一 書2:3 (CUVS))

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Contrarians Guide to Knowing God

November 3, 2019 – Pastor Ryan Emmons
A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God
#4: Don’t Let Tools Become Rules

Acts 4:32-37 ; Acts 5:1-11

使 徒 行 傳 4:32-37 ; 使 徒 行 傳 5:1-11

For further thought and reflection:

On your own, explore God’s rules for following Him and the tools that are suggested as helps. Share your thoughts with your GLC group and discuss any differences.

“If you love me, obey my commandments.” – Jesus
~ John 14:15 (NLT)

“你 们 若 爱 我 , 就 必 遵 守 我 的 命 令 .”  ~ 約 翰 福 音 14:15 (CUVS)

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Contrarians Guide to Knowing God

October 27, 2019 – Pastor Ryan Emmons
A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God
#3: You Don’t Need Someone Else’s Habits or Gifts

Proverbs 6:16-19 ; 1 Corinthians 12:12-20

箴 言 6:16-19 ; 歌 林 多 前 書 12:12-20

For further thought and reflection:

Spend some time this week thinking about and identifying your gifts. Don’t limit yourself to the “traditional” spiritual gifts, but think also about things that you are good at or enjoy doing. Celebrate the unique way God has built you and ask Him to show you the opportunities He’s made available for you to use those gifts.

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”            ~ Philippians 2:13 (NLT)
因 为 你 们 立 志 行 事 都 是 神 在 你 们 心 里 运 行 , 为 要 成 就 他 的 美 意 。                                           ~ 腓 立 比 書2:13 (CUVS)

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Contrarians Guide to Knowing God

October 20, 2019 – Pastor Ryan Emmons
A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God #2: You Don’t Need More Faith or Passion

Daniel 3:1-30 ; Revelation 2:1-7

但 以 理 書 3 ; 啟 示 錄 2:1-7

For further thought and reflection:

1. Faith is about obedience. What was a time when God used an act of obedience to grow your faith?

2. Is God stirring a passion in you that would require a step of obedience in faith? If yes, what is it? If not, why do you think that is?

“But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear…we will never serve your gods
or worship the gold statue you have set up.”                           ~ Daniel 3:18 (NLT)
 “即 或 不 然 , 王 啊 , 你 当 知 道 我 们 决 不 事 奉 你 的 神 , 也 不 敬 拜 你 所 立 的 金 像 。”                                  ~ 但 以 理 書 3:18 (CUVS)

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Contrarians Guide to Knowing God

October 13, 2019 – Pastor Ryan Emmons
A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God #1: Leave the Rules Behind

Genesis 1:26-31 ; Romans 14:1-13

創 世 記 1:26-31 ; 羅 馬 書 14:1-13

For further thought and reflection:

1. Where do you draw the line for tolerance when it comes to the differences in other believers?  Where is the line that you feel others have drawn against you?

2. Genesis 1 tells us that we all bear the image of God. How does that inform your experience of giving and receiving grace?

“Therefore, accept each other just as Christ as accepted you so that God will be given glory.”                                                                        ~ Romans 15:7 (NLT)
所 以 , 你 们 要 彼 此 接 纳 , 如 同 基 督 接 纳 你 们 一 样 , 使 荣 耀 归 与 神                                                                                                                  ~ 羅 馬 書 15:7 (CUVS)

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Journey in the Book of Acts

June 30, 2019 – Pastor Ryan Emmons
Called – A Journey in the Book of Acts
Part 7: Called to a Mission

Joshua 1:7-9 ; Acts 1:6-11 (NLT)

约书亚记 1:7-9 ; 使徒行传 1:6-11 (CCB)

“And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ~ Acts 1:8b

但圣灵降临在你们身上后,你们必得到能力,在耶路撒冷、犹太全境和撒玛利亚,直到地极,做我的见证人。”                                                       ~  使徒行传 1:8b (CCB)

 

 

 

 

Journey in the Book of Acts

June 16, 2019 – Pastor Ryan Emmons
Called – A Journey in the Book of Acts
Part 6: Called – No Degree Required

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 ; Acts 4:8-13

哥林多前书 1:26-29 ; 使徒行传 4:8-13

The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.                  ~ Acts 4:13 (NLT)

在场的人看到彼得和约翰的胆量,又知道他们原是没有学问的平民百姓,都很惊奇。他们认出这些人跟随过耶稣 .                                                                                             ~  使徒行传 4:13 (CCB)

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