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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fusion: week of 8/13

FAMILY THEME: HONORING GOD WITH OUR TREASURE

Colossians 3:5 ; 1 John 2:15 ; 1 Timothy 6:10 ;                                     Matthew 6:24-33 ; Deuteronomy 5:7-9


Money and possessions call to us and offer to make us
feel good and take pride in them. Money and possessions
can quickly become idols.

1.  Worshiping the Good Things of Life is Idolatry

     (Colossians 3:5 ; 1 John 2:15-16)

     God blesses us with good things, but we must guard
     against worshiping the gifts rather than the Giver.
 
2.  Love of Money is the First Step Toward All Kinds of Sin

     (1 Timothy 6:10)

     Honestly evaluating our use of money in light of the
     demands of Christ is an important step toward
     living a Christ-centered life. 
 
3.  Seek God's Kingdom and His Righteousness First for
     Yourself and Others

     (Matthew 6:24-33)

     God knows what we need and promises to provide it.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fusion: week of 8/6

FAMILY THEME: THE PROBLEM WITH IDOLATRY

Deuteronomy 5:7-9;  1 John 5:21;  1 Corinthians 10:14


Humans are wired to worship. However, not all objects of 
worship are equally valid.

1.  Worship God, and God Alone

     (Deuteronomy 5:7-9)

     To worship is to demonstrate worthiness. Only God is
     worthy of the devotion that is shown though worship.
 
2.  The True and Living God is the Only One Worthy of Worship

     (1 John 5:21)

     Idolatry isn't merely bowing down before a carved image.
     Idolatry can also be taking a good thing and making it a
     god thing.
 
3.  Do Whatever is Necessary to Avoid Idolatry

     (1 Corinthians 10:14)

     Rather than seeing how close we can get to idolatry
     without crossing the line, we are instructed to see how
     far away from it we can get.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Fusion: week of 7/30

FAMILY THEME: LIVING WITH INTEGRITY

2 Thessalonians 3:1-18


Paul encouraged faithfulness to the things he had taught
in regard to spiritual life, work ethic, and ongoing ministry.

1.  Pray

     (2 Thessalonians 3:1-5)

     Paul's request for prayer from the Thessalonians
     reflects his prayers for them.
 
2.  Don't Just Be a Consumer

     (2 Thessalonians 3:6-12)

     Paul reiterated his teachings and example about
     work ethic to those who were idle and causing
     problems in the church.
 
3.  Persist

     (2 Thessalonians 3:13-18)

     We should seek to lovingly correct and restore
     those who are not faithful.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fusion: week of 7/23

FAMILY THEME: ENDURING IN TRUTH

2 Thessalonians 2:1-17


Paul addressed concerns regarding the Second Coming
that apparently were the result of false teachers.

1.  The Future Can Be Unsettling

     (2 Thessalonians 2:1-5)

     Some at Thessalonica had the mistaken belief that
     they had somehow missed Christ's return.
 
2.  The Deception of Wickedness is at Work

     (2 Thessalonians 2:6-12)

     Paul indicated that when the "lawless one" appeared,
     many would believe his deception.
 
3.  The Path of Endurance

     (2 Thessalonians 2:13-17)

     Believers need to stand firm in the truth knowing that
     God will establish them and their good works.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fusion: week of 7/16

FAMILY THEME: PRACTICAL CHRISTIAN LIVING

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28


Paul concluded 1 Thessalonians with simple, down-to-earth
instructions for Christian living.

1.  Keep Your Church Relationships on Track

     (1 Thessalonians 5:12-15)

     Respect and love for church leaders continues down
     the line with loving care for all members.
 
2.  Keep Your Heart on Track

     (1 Thessalonians 5:16-22)

     Paul spoke to individual believers regarding actions
     and attitudes that keep us in the center of God's will.
 
3.  Keeping on Track is a God Thing

     (1 Thessalonians 5:23-28)

     Paul indicated that sanctification is a work of God
     that cannot be accomplished in our own strength.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fusion: week of 7/9

FAMILY THEME: WAITING IN FAITHFULNESS

1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 5:11


No one knows when Christ will return, but no one can deny His 
coming is closer now than it has ever been.

1.  Anticipate a Reunion

     (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

     We look forward to a day when both living and deceased
     believers will be reunited with Christ.
 
2.  Mark Your Calendar

     (1 Thessalonians 5:1-5)

     Christ's second coming will catch many off guard, but
     not those who walk in the light of the truth.
 
3.  Prepare For The Big Day

     (1 Thessalonians 5:6-11)

     We can be prepared for Christ's coming because of
     salvation and the life we live by faith.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Fusion: week of 7/2

FAMILY THEME: WALKING IN GODLINESS

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12


The way we handle ourselves in relationships with others shows
the world where we stand in our relationship with God.

1.  Delight God With Your Body

     (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8)

     Paul urged the Thessalonians to follow God's will in how
     they used their bodies so they could live up to the holy
     calling of God.
 
2.  Delight God With Your Relationships

     (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10)

     The Thessalonians were doing a good job loving each other,
     but Paul encouraged them to continue and increase their 
     love for all Christian brothers and sisters.
 
3.  Delight God With Your Productivity

     (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)

     A life that is pleasing to God is also a productive and 
     independent life.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fusion: week of 6/25

FAMILY THEME: GOD CAN USE FLAWED PEOPLE

Judges 16:1-31


Sin can devestate our lives, but God can forgive and restore our
relationship with Him.

1.  Sinful Patterns Lead Us Down Paths of Bondage

     (Judges 16:1-5)

     Samson's lustful passion grew into a sinful pattern
     of behavior in his life.
 
2.  Sin Distracts Our Judgment

     (Judges 16:6-20)

     Samson was blinded or willfully ignorant to the
     dangers his sin placed him in both physically
     and spiritually.
 
3.  God Provides Grace and Forgiveness for Our Sin

     (Judges 16:21-23)

     God graciously granted Samson forgiveness and
     the power to fulfill his original calling, destroying
     3,000 Philistines with his final act.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fusion: week of 6/18

FAMILY THEME: TRUSTING GOD'S POWER

Judges 7:1-23


God prepares us to be victorious through His power and provides 
exactly what we need.

1.  God's Perspective of Our Battles is Different From Our Perspective

     (Judges 7:1-2)

     Against conventional earthly wisdom, God told Gideon the
     Israelite army included too many soldiers.
 
2.  God Takes Us Through Refining Process in Preparing Us for Battle

     (Judges 7:3-8)

     God used a series of tests to reduce the number of Israel's
     army, preparing them for a victory only He could provide.
 
3.  God is Patient With Us in Our Struggles of Faith

     (Judges 7:9-15)

     God encouraged and strengthened Gideon's faith for the
     coming battle.

4.  Our Objective in Life is the Glory of God

     (Judges 7:2 ; 16-23)

     God granted the victory in such a way that no one could have
     denied that He alone was the victor.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fusion: week of 6/10

FAMILY THEME: TRUSTING GOD'S PLAN

Joshua 6:1-27


God uses His servants to accomplish His will through His power.

1.  There Are Inherent Dangers in Times of Peace and Prosperity

     (Judges 4:1-2)

     God's people allowed themselves to become complacent
     during the peace He had provided them.
 
2.  Repentance and Dependence Open the Door for Spiritual Change

     (Judges 4:3-7)

     The Israelites cried out to God, and He heard them and
     prepared to free them.
 
3.  God's Plan for Victory May Not Always Seem Orthodox

     (Judges 4:6-10)

     God's plan of deliverance involved people and strategies
     that may have seemed counter-intuitive to the military
     strategies of the day.

4.  Trust and Obey to Experience the Lord's Work in Your Life

     (Judges 4:11-16)

     As Deborah and Barak obeyed God and trusted His power,
     they experienced an amazing victory.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fusion: week of 6/4

FAMILY THEME: THE COST OF DISOBEDIENCE

Judges 2:1-23


The Israelites failed to fully obey God's commands, leading to a 
downward cycle of idolatry and disobedience.

1.  We Are Prone to Disobedience

     (Judges 2:1-2 , 11-12 , 17 , 19)

     Despite the covenant relationship with God, the people
     chose to worship idols.
 
2.  Disobedience Leads to Defeat and Discouragement in
     Our Lives

     (Judges 2:3-5 , 13-15 , 20-23)

     The Israelites' disobedience had dire costs and
     consequences.
 
3.  Obedience Can Influence an Entire Generation

     (Judges 2:6-10)

     Joshua led the people in committing to and obeying God.

4.  God Equips Us for Obedience

     (Judges 2:16-18)

     God provided leaders and deliverers for the people
     to look to and follow in obedience.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Fusion: week of 5/29

FAMILY THEME: MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD

Genesis 1:27 ; Romans 5:12-21


We were created in the image of God, but sin mars that image.
Christ redeems us, helping restore that image.

1.  We Were Created in God's Image as Male or Female

     (Genesis 1:27)

     We were created in God's image to be in relationship
     with Him and each other according to His design.
 
2.  Sin Changed Everything

     (Romans 5:12 ; Romans 1:18-32)

     Sin entered the world and changed our genes, brains,
     and relationships, but we are still called to resist temp-
     tation and pursue godliness.
 
3.  Christ Redeems Us, Helping Us Reflect God's Design
     in Gender and Sexuality

     (Romans 5:14-21)

     God provided a solution, sending His Son to die and
     restore man's relationship with God.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fusion: week of 5/21

FAMILY THEME: GOD'S DESIGN

Matthew 19:4-6 ; Genesis 2:18


The Father intentionally crafted us as His image-bearers to function
in certain ways. Those ways are right and good for us.

1.  Jesus Confirmed God's Design for Gender and Marriage

     (Matthew 19:4-6)

     We must submit to the reality that God's design for
     gender and marriage is consistent and clear in Scripture.
 
2.  God's Design is Always Best

     (Genesis 2:18 ; 1 Corinthians 7:1-6)

     When it comes to the way we live, we should trust the
     One Who designed us.
 
3.  Rejecting God's Design Leads to Detrimental Consequences

     (Matthew 19:6)

     The Father's wisdom is the only truth. We must seek
     it in every way.