SERIES: Not So New. Not So Normal.
SERMON: The Secret Ingredient
PASSAGE: Acts 11:19-26
TEACHER: Ryan Paulson, Lead Pastor
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Welcome to Church With EFCC
Our latest series is about gaining vision for and an invitation to a life that is not so new and not so normal. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at some of the ways the early church lived – so it’s not new, it’s 2,000 years old. But as we’re also going to see, it’s not normal, it was very strange. Following Jesus is anything but normal. In one of his letters, Peter called Christians a “peculiar people.” That means we’re different; even strange. Be prepared because over the next few weeks, you will be challenged to jump off the “normal” path and onto something that’s weird. Strange. Abnormal. Join us for the Not So New, Not So Normal series.
Modern Worship Services
Let’s worship the Lord together! If you’re joining us on-campus, the worship lyrics will now be available on screen for our in-person services. Or follow along on-screen with us if you’re worshiping with us online. See online service links below to view a service.
Classic Service Option Online
CLICK HERE to watch the Classic service online this Sunday morning at 9am. All interactive online services have moved to our main EFCC Online Church platform. You will need to set up an account on the Online Church platform (with an email address and a password), if you do not already have one or have not used Online Church in the past.
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Keep Growing …
In light of this weekend’s sermon, following are some ways that we can continue to grow in our relationship with God, both personally and in connection with others.
Life/Family Group Questions
Engaging With Each Other
1. Would you rather have a pause, rewind or forward button on your life? Why?
Engaging With the Scriptures
2. Read James 3:3-5, Proverbs 18:21 and Matthew 12:33-37. Then also think about the video testimony and the teaching from the message about negative words and our brain. With all of this in mind, talk as a group about the power of words. To help your discussion along, consider some or all of these additional questions:
– What were you reminded of?
– Did you learn anything new?
– Did God convict you about anything?
– Do you find that you remember harsh words more than encouraging ones?
– How does “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) come into play when trying also to be an encourager?
3. Now we move onto encouragement and being an encourager.
– How do you think you do with giving encouragement? Why?
– In which of the four areas mentioned in the message would you like to see growth in your life? Why?
Engaging the Scriptures with Life
4. While we can’t do everything as we respond to the message, we can do one thing. As you think about your “one thing,” consider these additional questions:
– As you were listening to the message, did a person’s or people’s names or faces keep coming to mind? Would you be willing to share who he/she is, who they are, and why you kept thinking about them?
– How do you think you can take a step to grow in the area you mentioned above as it relates to the person/people you mentioned above? What is one thing you will do this week to encourage that person/those people?
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21
The Daily Fill Devotional
Access our daily devotional guide online, The Daily Fill. Or listen to our Daily Fill Devotional audio podcast! Each week, the devotional writers are recording an audio/spoken message of their devotional. Visit our podcasts page for more details to to link up now.