SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2024

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER (3 THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT GOD FROM MY DOG): PART OF THE FAMILY

~ SERVICE ORDER ~


ISLAND IN THE SUN

SUMMER OF '69

MESSAGE

CHILDREN OF GOD

NO LONGER SLAVES

YOU ARE GOOD

YOUR LOVE NEVER FAILS

~ QUICK UPDATES ~

ROUTE 55 DINNER @ DINGHY DOCK
We're getting together for dinner on Wednesday, July 24th at the Dinghy Dock Floating Pub! We'll take the 5pm foot-passenger ferry from downtown Nanaimo over to Protection Island for good food, great conversations, and terrific views. Click HERE for lots more info. The ferry runs once per hour and is $7 cash only per person each way. You can let us know you're coming by registering HERE or by signing up at the info table on Sunday. (We'd love to know who to watch for.) Looking forward to it!

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TUESDAY MEN'S GROUP
Come hang out with us for an hour every Tuesday morning from 7-8am. Right now we're meeting on Zoom. Email men@themeetingplace.org to get the link. Can’t make it every week? That’s ok, join us when you can.

TMP CARE TEAM
When you, or someone you know are in need of practical, spiritual, or emotional help, please reach out to the TMP Care Team by emailing support@themeetingplace.org or by filling out the form online.

HELP WANTED
If you're not scared off by early Sunday mornings, and you'd like to get your steps in for the day, our Setup Team can use your help as we turn the theatre into a church. This behind-the-scenes team is a critically important one. If you'd like more details, check at the info table or email us at admin@themeetingplace.org. It's summertime, and Kidz Place could use your help! Hang out with kids (play games, do crafts, listen to stories and share snacks) a couple Sundays this summer. Email sylvia@themeetingplace.org.  If you've been around TMP for a while, you know we love a reason to party! Whether it's a BBQ, a Valentine's dessert & games afternoon or a chili contest, bringing people together to connect, laugh, and eat together is something we really enjoy. We're looking for more people to join our Events Team. If you're someone who enjoys planning parties and organizing events, stop by the info table in the lobby or email admin@themeetingplace.org

DONATIONS RECEIVED
* The week of June 30, 2024 - $6,719.57
* The week of July 7, 2024 - $9,293.30
* Required weekly giving to meet budget - $6,903

Our Vision: to be people who are all about unleashing God's extravagant love on this city and around the world.
Our Mission is simple: to equip people to love God and love others - everyday, everywhere.

~ FROM THE MESSAGE ~

Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. - Ephesians 2:12 (NIV)

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:6-8 (NIV)

The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. - Romans 7:14-19 (NLT)

Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. - Romans 7:24-25 (NLT)

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. - Galatians 4:4-5 (NIV)

Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance. - Galatians 4:4-7 (The Message)

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. - Ephesians 1:3-5 (NLT)

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! - 1 John 3:1 (NIV)

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. - Romans 8:14-17 (NLT)

~ COFFEE QUESTIONS ~

1. Dogs or cats - are you more of a dog person or a cat person? Tell us why! (and it’s ok if you like dogs AND cats)

2. Did you have a pet when you were growing up? What was its name, and what kind of animal was it? 

3. What’s a fun memory you have about a pet you have (or once had)?

4. These days, do you feel far away from God, or close to God, or somewhere in the middle?

5. What do you think about the idea that we were once excluded from being in God’s family?

6. Russ mentioned Bible verses from Galatians 4:4-5 that talked about “sonship”. What do you think about the idea that we can be fully adopted into God’s family with all the rights and privileges that come with it?

7. For Russ and his family, it was their pleasure to adopt Bella. What do you think about the idea that it was God’s pleasure to adopt you?

8. If you’re a Jesus-follower, the challenge for this week is to enjoy being in God’s family - celebrate it! How will you do that this week?

9. If you’re not a Jesus-follower, then what’s your next move with God?