Easter Sunday | April 4th, 2021

We invite you to join us in worshiping our risen Savior this Easter Sunday! This service will be a celebration where we gather together to sing songs, witness testimonies and baptisms, and enjoy the fellowship we have with God and one another through the finished work of Jesus on the cross. We hope that you and your family or friends will join us on this joyous occasion!

10:00am – Outdoor Worship Gathering
Woodmen Hills Elementary School – 8308 Del Rio Rd., Falcon, CO 80831.

We will have drinks and sweets treats for the whole family, as well as a photo booth! The gathering will take place behind the elementary school in the back parking lot, so make sure to bring a lawn chair. Parking is available in the back or front of the school.

Worship Guide | March 14th, 2021

This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll learn about why speaking in tongues and prophesying matter. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 14:1-25

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.

Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air. There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.

Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. In the Law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.” Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers. If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds? But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into His presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, He is God!
It is He who made us, and we are His;
we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
and His courts with praise!
Give thanks to Him; bless His name!

For the Lord is good;
His steadfast love endures forever,
and His faithfulness to all generations.

Christ is All

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:27-30

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?

Sermon: Why Tongues And Prophecy Matter

Outline

1: The goal of gifts: Building up the church (1 Cor. 14:1-5).
2: Defining tongues and prophecy correctly.
3: Edification comes through understanding (1 Cor. 14:6-12).
4: Full-bodied worship (1 Cor. 14:13-19).
5: Tongues, prophecy, and the presence of guests (1 Cor. 14:20-25).

Discussion Questions

Instead of discussion this week, spend time in prayer, journaling, and asking a trusted friend for feedback on…

  • How has God gifted you? Are you using those gifts to build others up? How could you grow in this?
  • Ask God to cultivate a deeper desire for more spiritual gifts, especially prophecy, so that you can build up, encourage, and console the church.

Communion: John 20:19-22

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Great is Thy Faithfulness & The Lord Our God

Benediction: Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Worship Guide | February 28th, 2021

This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll focus on the transformative love depicted in chapter 13. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Based on Psalm 118

This is the day the Lord has made.

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place.

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His love endures forever.

Christ is All

Song of Adoration: All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

Scripture Reading: John 13:34-35

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Sermon: The Centrality of Love

Outline

  • 1: The necessity of love (1 Cor. 13:1-3).
  • 2: The definition of love (1 Cor. 13:4-7).
  • 3: The endurance of love (1 Cor. 13:8-13).

Discussion Questions

  • How is our culture’s understanding of love different from what 1 Corinthians 13 shows us? 
  • Which attribute of what love is/isn’t do you most desire to grow in? What would that produce in your relationships? How does Jesus demonstrate that attribute already?
  • Family Question: What does it mean for Jesus to love you? Do you believe Him?

Communion:

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Song of ConfessionCome Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Song of AssuranceGod is For Us

Benediction: 2 Corinthians 13:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Worship Guide | February 21st, 2021

This week we have a guest preacher, Steve Stanton, taking us through 1 Corinthians 12:12-26. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
On the third day He rose again
from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand
of God the Father Almighty.
From there He will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy, Christian church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Amen.

Because He Lives (Amen)

Song of Adoration: Christ Be Magnified

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

Sermon: Missing Out on Opportunities for Health

Outline

  • 1. Missing out when we function as individual parts independent from others
  • 2: Missing out when we aren’t serving in the role God called us to
  • 3: Missing out when we’re missing whole parts of the body

Discussion Questions

  • What are some of your passions? What are some of your skills?
  • What are some of the needs that need to be filled at Missio Dei?
  • What unique giftings might Missio Dei possess that contributes to the health of the broader, global, body of Christ?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Song of ConfessionLord I Need You

Song of AssuranceHis Mercy is More

Benediction

Worship Guide | February 7th, 2021

This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll learn about the significance of communion in our weekly gatherings. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another— if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:23-27

Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. 

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!

For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.

Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.

Song of Adoration: Crown Him

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:14-17

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

Sermon: When Going To Church Is Bad For You

Outline

  • 1: Paul’s rebuke for the Corinthians’ communion practices (1 Cor. 11:17-22).
  • 2: Paul’s warning for why they should reform their approach (1 Cor. 11:27-34).
  • 3: Paul’s explanation of what communion is really about (1 Cor. 11:23-26).

Discussion Questions

  • Have you (or someone you know) ever left church in a worse spot than when you came? What happened to produce that result? What was going on in your heart?
  • If someone were to leave our church in a worse spot than when they came, what might be the cause? How has Jesus equipped you to help make sure that doesn’t happen? 
  • Finish the statement: A church that helps people grow in their love for Jesus and others will _____.
  • Family Question: In your own words, why is going to church important?

Communion: Come to the Feast

Song of ConfessionAll I Have is Christ

Song of AssuranceOnce And For All

Benediction: Jude 24-25

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Worship Guide | January 31st, 2021

This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll discuss how to glorify God as men and women despite differing gender traditions. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.

Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 63:1-7

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. 

So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.  My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,  when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; 

for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.

Yes I Will

Song of Adoration: Christ Be Magnified

Scripture Reading: Gen. 1:26-27 and Gen. 2:18-25

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Sermon: Glorifying God As Men And Women

Outline

  • 1: The Apostolic Tradition and gender in marriage (1 Cor. 11:2-3).
  • 2: Head coverings and honoring God in worship (1 Cor. 11:4-6).
  • 3: The story of creation and gender in church (1 Cor. 11:7-10).
  • 4: The interdependence of men and women (1 Cor. 11:11-12).
  • 5: The distinction between men and women (1 Cor. 11:13-16).

Discussion Questions

  • What traditions have you inherited regarding gender? Are they different from what Scripture actually teaches? 
  • Women: What do you want the men at your table to know about why this topic can be difficult?
  • Family Question: What does it mean to honor or shame someone? How can we show honor to men and women distinctly?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-36

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Song of ConfessionMan of Sorrows

Song of AssuranceJesus Is Better

Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you;  the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

New Testament Reading Plan | 2021

This year missio Dei will embark on a New Testament reading plan as a church. This 365 day plan of the New Testament will encourage us to be in God’s word daily. This plan provided by The Bible Project, can be used with the Bible App on your phone. To look over the reading plan and watch some of the videos associated with the plan click here. For a free printable PDF version of the plan click here.

Worship Guide | January 24th, 2021

This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll discuss how to live the Christian life. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship:

Our Father in heaven

Hallowed be your name

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For yours is the kingdom and

The power and the glory forever.

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord Our God

Song of Adoration: Christ Be Magnified

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:19-22

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.

Sermon: How To Live The Christian Life

Outline

  • 1: The principle for Christian living (1 Cor. 10:23-24).
  • 2The principle in action (1 Cor. 10:25-30).
  • 3The end goal of the principle in action (1 Cor. 10:31-11:1).

Discussion Questions

  • Do you struggle more to live in the freedom of Christ or to use that freedom to love others? 
  • In light of 1 Cor. 11:1, ask yourself, if someone imitated you what would they look like? Where is this encouraging? Where is this convicting? 

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-36

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Song of ConfessionKing of Kings

Song of AssuranceChrist Be Magnified

Benediction1 Corinthians 10:31-33

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to [the religious] or to [the irreligious] or to the church of God, just as [we] try to please everyone in everything [we] do, not seeking [our] own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

Worship Guide | January 17th, 2021

This week we will continue our series in 1st Corinthians where Paul implores believers to put off idolatry and worship God alone. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:15-22

I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship:

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

-Psalm 100

Rejoice

Song of Adoration: O Praise the Name

Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:2-6

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

Sermon: What Happens When We Worship

Outline

  • 1: At a soul level, there’s always something deeper going on (1 Cor. 10:15-18).
  • 2: What our souls participate in is of utmost importance (1 Cor. 10:19-22).

Discussion Questions

  • When do you most struggle to remember that there are deeper spiritual realities behind our physical actions? What practices have you found helpful to be more aware of what happens at a soul level?
  • If unity is so important for Believers (1 Cor. 10:17), what are some things you can personally do to guard that unity in our church? 
  • Family Question: If we can only worship one thing at a time in our hearts, what are you most often tempted to worship instead of (or in addition to) Jesus? How can your family help you?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17

The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

Song of Confession: Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me

Song of Assurance: Look and See

Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Worship Guide | January 10th, 2021

This week we will pick up where we left off in 1st Corinthians. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:1-14

For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship:

Welcome to all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
To all who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
And to whoever will come,
This church opens wide its doors, its homes, its lives, and its hearts
And offers its welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

from The Worship Sourcebook

This I Believe (The Creed)

Song of Adoration: Goodness of God

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Sermon: Keeping A Strong Grip On The Gospel

Outline

  • 1: The warning (1 Cor. 10:1-5).
  • 2: The consequences (1 Cor. 10:6-11).
  • 3: The alternative (1 Cor. 10:12-14).

Discussion Questions

  • What is the “meat offered to idols” in your life? The ever-present reality that tempts you to align with the world instead of Jesus? Do you more naturally struggle with comfort, approval, control, power, something else? 
  • How does verse 13 change the way you view that temptation? 
  • What tools/disciplines have you found helpful in fleeing idolatry? How can we help each other?

Communion: Lamentations 3:33

for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.

“Here in Lamentations, the Bible is taking us deep into God himself. The one who rules and ordains all things brings affliction into our lives with a certain divine reluctance. He is not reluctant about the ultimate good that is going to be brought about through that pain; that indeed is why he is doing it. But something recoils within him in sending that affliction. The pain itself does not reflect his heart…If we are to follow closely and yield fully to Scripture’s testimony, we are walked into the breathtaking claim that there are some things that pour out of God more naturally than others. God is unswervingly just. But what is his disposition? What is he on the edge of his seat eager to do? If you catch me off guard, what will leap out of me before I have time to regain composure will likely be grouchiness. If you catch God off guard, what leaps out most freely is blessing. The impulse to do good. The desire to swallow us up in joy.” —Dane Ortlund, Gentle And Lowly

Song of Confession: Rock of Ages

Song of Assurance: Joyful (The One Who Saves)

Benediction: Jude 24-25

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Worship Guide | December 20th, 2020

This week we will pause our 1st Corinthians series to spend time in Luke 2, preparing room in our hearts for the King of kings. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: Luke 2:8-20

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Sing We The Song of Emmanuel

Advent Reading & Love Candle Lighting

Leader:  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in the darkness but have the light of life.”

Congregation: We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ. 

Leader:  “Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and our healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.” -Isaiah 58:8 (ESV)

Leader:  Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our salvation. 

Congregation:  Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Song of Adoration: Come Thou Fount

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-7

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Sermon: Prepare Him Room

Outline

  • 1: What we’re fighting against.
  • 2: Where we often find ourselves (Luke 2:8-9).
  • 3: How Christmas changes everything (Luke 2:10-14).
  • 4: How we can remember that everything has changed.
  • 5: What we should do with this message (Luke 2:15-20).

Discussion Questions

  • Which aspects of this familiar passage stand out to you in a fresh way today?
  • Over the past four weeks, what have you learned about yourself? Your struggles/anxieties? How can the formative practices (means of grace) we have discussed help?
  • Family Question: What could our family change about our habits in 2021 to be more aware of God’s presence and love?

Communion: An Advent Prayer of Confession

Lord Christ,
we confess our willingness to be loved
but also our reluctance to love.
We confess our readiness to accept your forgiving love
but also our refusal to forgive.
We confess our eagerness to grasp your offer of redeeming love
but also our resistance to follow you without question.
In this Advent time, forgive us our failure
to respond as we should.
Come to us anew, and by your grace, assist us to receive you
with joy, as the shepherds;
with gratitude, as Simeon;
with obedience, as Mary;
with love, as you have loved us.
Even so: come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

The Worship Sourcebook

Song of Confession: O Come O Come Emmanuel

Song of Assurance: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Benediction: Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Worship Guide | December 13th, 2020

This week we are blessed to have a previous partner and elder, Perry Marshall, guest preach through Psalm 77. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: Psalm 77

I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me.  In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted. When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah 

You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.  I consider the days of old, the years long ago.  I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Then my spirit made a diligent search:  “Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable?  Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time?  Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah 

Then I said, “I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”  I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.  I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.  Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?  You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.  You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah 

When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you, they were afraid; indeed, the deep trembled.  The clouds poured out water; the skies gave forth thunder; your arrows flashed on every side.  The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook.  Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen.  You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Sing We the Song of Emmanuel

Song of Adoration: O Come All Ye Faithful

Advent Reading & Peace Candle Lighting

Leader:  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in the darkness but have the light of life.”

Congregation: We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ. 

Leader:  The LORD says to his servant, “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” -From Isaiah 49:6 (ESV)

Leader:  Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our salvation. 

Congregation:  Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Sermon: Remembering to Have Hope

Discussion Questions

  • On a scale of 1 to 5, how hopeful is your outlook on life this Advent season? Why?
  • What helps you (or could help you) remember God’s mighty ways when you face discouragement?
  • How is Jesus’ arrival–past and future–a light of hope even in this day of trouble or darkness?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Song of Confession: All I Have Is Christ

Song of Assurance: Joy to the World

Benediction

Worship Guide | December 6th, 2020

This week we will continue our series in 1st Corinthians where Paul edifies believers in how to have a fruitful ministry. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 9:19-27

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Grace Alone

Advent Reading & Peace Candle Lighting

Leader:  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in the darkness but have the light of life.”

Congregation: We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ. 

Leader:  “And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in the paths that they have not known I will guide them.  I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground.  These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them. “ -Isaiah 42:16 (ESV)

Leader:  Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our salvation. 

Congregation:  Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Song of Adoration: O Holy Night

Scripture Reading: Luke 13:6-9

And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

Sermon: Are We Fruitful?

Outline

  • 1: Are we willing to serve? (1 Cor. 9:19)
  • 2: Are we able to contextualize? (1 Cor. 9:20-23)
  • 3: Are we running to win? (1 Cor. 9:24-27)

Discussion Questions

  • When was the last time you shared your faith? How did you feel? What did you learn?
  • What obstacles do we have in our church that we are unaware of? How have we failed to contextualize the Gospel? How could we be better missionaries? 
  • Family Question: Who is the Spirit leading you to share Jesus with?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Song of Confession: Come Ye Sinners

Song of Assurance: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Benediction: Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Worship Guide | November 29th, 2020

This week we will begin chapter 9 of 1st Corinthians where we remember that we are not entitled to anything, but compelled to love because of the transforming work of the gospel. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 9:1-18

Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who would examine me. Do we not have the right to eat and drink? Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same? For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not certainly speak for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop. If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more?

Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ. Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting. For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: O Come O Come Emmanuel

Advent Reading & Hope Candle Lighting

Leader:  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in the darkness but have the light of life.”

Congregation: We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ. 

Leader:  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.”  -Isaiah 9:2 (ESV)

Leader:  Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our salvation. 

Congregation:  Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Song of Adoration: King of Kings

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:8-13

Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

Sermon: Entitled or Compelled?

Outline

  • 1: Who does Paul think he is? (1 Cor. 9:1-3)
  • 2: What does Paul think he deserves? (1 Cor. 9:4-12a, 13-14)
  • 3: Why does Paul not take advantage of his rights? (1 Cor. 9:12b, 15-18)

Discussion Questions

  • How can you tell if you are feeling entitled? How might those entitlements hinder your desire to share the Gospel? 
  • When have you felt most compelled to share the Gospel? What was driving that compulsion? How did you feel?
  • Family Question: What can our family give up this Christmas so others can hear about Jesus’ love?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Songs of Assurance and Celebration: Man of Sorrows & He Has Come For Us (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)

Benediction: Romans 8:38-39

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Advent 2020 | Weekly Practices to Prepare Him Room

Each year Advent seems to sneak up on us as Thanksgiving comes to a close; and this year is no different. 2020 has been a hard year for many of us and yet in God’s grace He has allowed us to finish it out in the season of Advent: a season of hope, love, joy, and peace.

Advent is a season set aside for waiting and watching, longing and looking for the Messiah. Through liturgies, calendars, wreaths, and more, we lean into the tension of anticipation, counting down the days until Christ’s arrival with expectancy and hope. Even as we celebrate Christ’s first arrival, we watch and ache for his promised second coming, when God will dwell with us forever and everything fractured will be made new (Rev. 21:3–5).

The Gospel Coalition | 2020 Has Felt Like Advent All Year

If we’re not careful, we can fall into familiarity and miss the beauty of this season. We can surround ourselves with busyness and distractions and at the end of the month realize that we got sucked into consumerism once again. Perhaps you know that feeling all too well. This is why, as a church, we have decided to be intentional about setting aside weekly practices to prepare Him room in our hearts. These disciplines are from the book The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction, by Justin Whitmel Earley. They are designed to intentionally resist what the world tells us is important and embrace the good that God has created for us to partake in. Earley explains that he put them into practice “to get my body to believe the peace that my head professed but my heart refused.” This is the hope for our church this Advent.

Each Sunday we will pair an Advent candle with a practice that we can all do together throughout the week. You can learn more about each discipline below.

Week One: The Hope Candle | Fasting

As we light the Hope candle on the first Sunday of Advent we will commit to fasting in some way throughout our week. There is something uniquely biblical about fasting from food for a set of time, but you can also choose to be intentional about fasting from social media, shopping, or television. The goal here is to remove a distraction for a set period of time and commit to prayer. It is in fasting and prayer that we are reminded on our total dependency on God and find our true hope in the coming of Jesus.

Week Two: The Peace Candle | Scripture Before Phone

As embarrassing as it is to admit, most of us find ourselves looking at our phones first thing in the morning. Perhaps it is your alarm clock and you’ve justified having it close to your bed. Unfortunately, once that glowing light is in our faces, it is so easy to find this urgency to reply to texts, emails, or scroll through social media. This habit is subconsciously forming us to find our identities in what our phones yell at us versus what God says matters in His Word. In the second week of Advent we will light the Peace candle and commit to reading scripture before getting on our phones each day. Our devices promote hurry and anxiety, but steeping our souls in the Word first each morning will bring us back to the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring.

Week Three: The Joy Candle | Sabbath

Sabbath is a spiritual discipline that we can all benefit from but perhaps you’ve had a difficult time figuring out what that looks like for you and/or your family. When we remember the Sabbath we set aside time to enjoy God by ceasing from work to appreciate the good gifts He has put in our lives. As we follow the gifts upward to the Giver, we find ourselves in a place of worship where we are brought back to the truth that joy is found in Christ alone. As we light the Joy candle on the third week of Advent, we will commit to observing the Sabbath together as a church. For more encouragement on what this day of rest could look like, check out this sermon from Kolburt, but it needn’t be any more complicated than setting aside 24 hours to worship and rest.

Week Four: The Love Candle | Kneeling Prayer 3x A Day

In our final week celebrating Advent we will encourage kneeling for prayer three times a day. In setting aside this time throughout our days we reorient our hearts to our dependency on the Lord and His Spirit within us. While it may feel awkward or uncomfortable to kneel in prayer, we have to remember that this physical act is doing something to our hearts. In his book on Prayer, Tim Keller says,

Prayer is the only entryway into genuine self-knowledge. It is also the main way we experience deep change—the reordering of our loves. Prayer is how God gives us so many of the unimaginable things he has for us. Indeed, prayer makes it safe for God to give us many of the things we most desire. It is the way we know God, the way we finally treat God as God. Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life.

Prayer by Tim Keller

It is in this frequent and intimate conversation with God that we can most experience His love and cultivate our relationship with Him. In His mercy and justice He sent His Son to live the life we couldn’t live and pay the penalty we deserved for our sin — all to restore this right relationship with Him. During Advent we celebrate this nearness of God as we reflect on the radical love shown in Christ’s coming. So as we commit to this life-giving habit of kneeling prayer three times a day, let us treasure in our hearts the love we have received from Emmanuel: God with us.

Worship Guide | November 22nd, 2020

This week we will be back at WHES continuing our series in 1st Corinthians where Paul addresses the cost of loving one another in Christ. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.

Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: The Lord’s Prayer. Please read along in the underline portion.

Our Father in heaven

Hallowed be Your name

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For Yours is the kingdom and

The power and the glory forever.

Amen.

Song of Invitation: God Is For Us

Song of Adoration: Only A Holy God

Scripture Reading: James 4:13-17

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Sermon: Love Always Costs You Something

Outline

  • 1: Who you love is more important than what you know (1 Cor. 8:1-3).
  • 2: But, there is one thing that you need to know (1 Cor. 8:4-6).
  • 3: How you love should flow from Who you know (1 Cor. 8:7-13).

Discussion Questions

  • Do you most need to grow in orthodoxy (knowing the right things about God) or orthopraxy (loving people because of what you know about God)? What steps can you take this week? 
  • Answering honestly, what are you unwilling to give up in order to love your brother/sister? How does this passage challenge you? How does this passage comfort you? 
  • Family Question: When is it hard for you to put others first? How does Jesus show you a better way?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Songs of Response & Sending: Build My Life & Christ Our Hope in Life and Death

Benediction: Romans 11:36

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Worship Guide | November 15th, 2020

It was a joy to see everyone who was able to join our Zoom Prayer Service this past week. Praise God for technology in this odd season we find ourselves in. Let’s continue to pray for our church and those affected by the Coronavirus as we prepare to gather virtually this Sunday. This week we will be continuing our series in 1st Corinthians where we’ll learn how to make life decisions with wisdom and a proper perspective. Be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry—it is no sin. But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well. So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.

A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: The Apostle’s Creed. Please read along in the underline portion.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried.

On the third day He rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven

and sits at the right hand

of God the Father Almighty.

From there He will come to judge

the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy, Christian church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen

-The Apostle’s Creed

Song of Adoration: His Mercy is More

Song of Confession: Lord I Need You

Sermon: How To Make A Decision

Outline

  • Step 1: In the absence of a direct command, use biblical wisdom (1 Cor. 7:25).
  • Step 2: Choose anything that isn’t sin, but be aware of the risks (1 Cor. 7:26-28).
  • Step 3: Keep the weightiness of eternity in view (1 Cor. 7:29-31).
  • Step 4: Pursue the benefit of undivided affections (1 Cor. 7:32-35).
  • Step 5: Choose the better option (1 Cor. 7:36-40).

Discussion Questions

  • If you are single, how have you experienced freedom to be fully devoted to Jesus? What difficulties do singles experience that our church can love you through?
  • If you are married, how have you experienced divided devotions? What difficulties do marriages experience that our church can love them through?
  • What in your life might be dividing your devotion from Jesus? How is the Holy Spirit convicting you to respond? 
  • What practices have you found most helpful for focusing your devotion on Jesus?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Song of Assurance & Celebration: Jesus is Better

Benediction: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Worship Guide | November 8th, 2020

This week we will be continuing our series in 1st Corinthians where we’ll learn how to make life decisions with wisdom and a proper perspective. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry—it is no sin. But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well. So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.

A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: The Lord’s Prayer. Please read along in the underline portion.

Our Father in heaven

Hallowed be Your name

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For Yours is the kingdom and

The power and the glory forever.

Amen.

Songs of Adoration: This is Amazing Grace & Ancient of Days

Scripture Reading: 1 John 2:15-17

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Sermon: Making The Big Decisions With Wisdom

Outline

  • 1: Not every decision that can be made should be made (1 Cor. 7:25-28).
  • 2: Keeping the end in view brings clarity to the present (1 Cor. 7:29-31).
  • 3: Keep the main thing the main thing (1 Cor. 7:32-35).
  • 4: An unentangled heart is free to choose (1 Cor. 7:36-40).

Discussion Questions

  • If you are single, how have you experienced freedom to be fully devoted to Jesus? What difficulties do singles experience that our church can love you through?
  • If you are married, how have you experienced divided devotions? What difficulties do marriages experience that our church can love them through?
  • What in your life might be dividing your devotion from Jesus? How is the Holy Spirit convicting you to respond? 
  • What practices have you found most helpful for focusing your devotion on Jesus?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Songs of Assurance & Celebration: His Mercy is More & Jesus is Better

Benediction: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Worship Guide | November 1st, 2020

This week we will be continuing our series in 1st Corinthians where Paul addresses the true calling of a follower of Christ. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 7:17-24

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: From Revelation 4:8-11. Please read along in the underline portion.

And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,  “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

Songs of Adoration: Crown Him & King of Kings

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:11-13

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Sermon: Finding Your Calling in Life

Outline

  • 1: Every Christian has a calling from God (1 Cor. 7:17).
  • 2: Our calling is not the result of our religious works (1 Cor. 7:18-20).
  • 3: Our calling has resulted in a change of status (1 Cor. 7:21-23).
  • 4: Our calling is to abide with God (1 Cor. 7:24).

Discussion Questions

  • Where do you struggle with discontentment? How does this passage speak to that? 
  • Answering personally, how does discontentment hinder your ability to serve others? How does contentment fuel your love and service of others? 
  • What tools have you found most helpful for abiding/remaining with God?
  • Family Question: What do you want to be when you grow up? How can you use that calling to love people and serve Jesus?

Communion

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Songs of Assurance & Celebration: Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) & Goodness of God

Benediction

Update on mD:F

Below is a short video describing what the next few weeks will look like for us as a church during the coronavirus outbreak.

missio Dei: Falcon Update – COVID-19 Policy and Plan

Dear missio Dei: Falcon

As we are all aware, the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) dominates every news outlet.  This is affecting almost every country in the world, and with over 33 cases in Colorado, is also an issue with local importance.  With that in mind, the church would like to offer a couple of points to our body, for clarification and encouragement. 

The news regarding the coronavirus is almost without exception in its negativity and can cause many people a great deal of stress and fear.  The Scripture is clear that in moments of panic the answer is not to turn to social media, stockpiled groceries, or government briefings. Our hope is that this season would be characterized by us turning to the Lord in powerful, dependent, and regular prayer and worship. As we read in 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.”

And yet as a body that gathers together regularly to stir one another up to good works (Heb. 10:24-25), there is a responsibility for prudence and wisdom to guide us during a season where an increased risk of sickness is a real possibility.

Our leaders and staff are taking the additional steps to do our best to provide a healthy and safe environment for our church:

  • We have increased our regular cleaning and sanitizing of commonly touched and used surfaces (bathroom fixtures, door knobs, children’s ministry areas, tablecloths, etc.) with disinfectants.
  • As we look to continue to worship and celebrate communion as a family, we will be altering our method to ensure a safe and clean environment.
  • It is not a bad idea to limit the amount of physical contact with other members of the church. Jesus’ grace will cover a temporary suspension of Paul’s admonition to “greet one another with a holy kiss” (2 Cor. 13:12)!

School District 49 has put together a webpage laying out their approach to mitigating the COVID-19 virus. Some of the pertinent points for us include:

  • We will continue to disinfect our schools during and beyond our upcoming two-week spring break to ensure thorough cleaning of surfaces and equipment throughout the district.
  • Our operational support teams are updating their plans for preventing exposure and for continuity of operations if the district experiences partial or full closure.
  • We are not currently planning to close schools, convert to e-learning, or cancel school events. If circumstances warrant, or a credible, medical authority directs us to modify those plans, we will communicate that direction immediately and decisively.

Our elders have been in discussion regarding contingencies and plans moving forward, and want the following to be clear:

  • If someone does not feel comfortable attending church due to the virus’ spread they should feel no pressure to come on a Sunday morning. Sermons will be posted online following the service, and for those who are vulnerable or at a high risk of infection the last thing we want is for you to feel uncared for.
  • We have no current plans to suspend our gatherings and are proceeding under the presumption that we will gather this Sunday and the following Sundays. But the following scenarios would lead to us having to move to a streamed online service: 
    • D-49 closes the school.
    • A government agency with jurisdiction recommends curtailing or bans gatherings of a size that includes our church.
    • Evidence of community spread in Colorado Springs suggests it would be prudent for us to suspend our gatherings.
    • Acts 29 recommends suspending worship gatherings.
  • Should our gatherings be suspended we will inform the church of the decision via all our normal modes of communication (email, website, social media, text). 

Finally, a couple of general points of information that apply not only to us as a church body, but are good to remember for work, school, or other activities:

  • If you feel sick, or know that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, it’s important that you stay home.  If you develop symptoms unique to the virus, seek medical attention quickly. 
  • The CDC has a good amount of information, but this page on basic mitigation measures is a good reminder of what you’ve heard often – wash your hands regularly, avoid contact with those who might be sick, and clean surfaces daily.

Again, the presence of a global virus means that we as a church must take all necessary precautions and guidance seriously when it comes to gathering as a people.  But a moment like this, when fear and anxiety are the norm for most, is an opportunity for us as believers in Christ to show what is unique about our hope and joy. We acknowledge the weakness of our bodies and our susceptibility to disease, but the gospel reminds us that in our weakness, God’s power is made perfect (2 Cor. 12:9-10).  It is God’s grace we need today, just as we needed it yesterday and just as we will need it tomorrow.

In Christ’s love,

missio Dei: Falcon

Helpful Articles:

https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/how-do-we-make-sense-of-the-coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment.html

https://www.d49.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=8441

Lent 2020 – Kneeling in Prayerful Dependence on God

At the start of the year our vision sermon laid out four habits that we desire to grow in for our church body to be healthy.  We would like to become a church that 1) Worships authentically, 2) Prays dependently, 3) Serves powerfully and 4) Dies to ourselves daily.

To help us make progress in those habits, some of the methods in Justin Earley’s book, The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction have been greatly helpful for some in our church body.  During Advent season, a purposeful goal of reading Scripture before looking at our phone screens helped many begin the day with a new focus. 

Now, during the upcoming Lent season, we as a church would like to turn to another daily habit found in The Common Rule.  During the forty days of Lent from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, we are going to commit to kneeling in prayer three times a day, in the morning, afternoon, and night.  This is a part of what Earley calls “building the trellis of habit,” which allows our growth as Christians to be fruitful and productive, not misguided and disoriented.

We do two things when we kneel in prayer three times per day.  The first is that we bookend our day in the company of God, and when we frame our time by being in conversation with the Lord, we are focusing our hearts and minds on the most important thing possible. The second is in the physical act itself.  When we kneel in prayer, we are making a conscious decision to stop whatever it is we are doing (reading, watching TV, corralling children) and stating that the most important thing for us is to be still and know that God is God (Isa. 46:10).

There are three easy ways to start this habit:

  1. Use written prayers – reading what someone else has already written can help the words start to flow.  Reading a Psalm or something from the Book of Common Prayer.
  2. Alarms and reminders – if you find focus and remembering to pray difficult, use your phone as a tool, not a distraction!
  3. Praying with the body – when we kneel to pray, we are marking the moment with physicality and humility.  If kneeling is physically challenging or you are in public, try gently turning up your palms, setting your hands on your knees, or walking to a window.

During this season on the church calendar that prepares us for Easter, our prayer is that we become ever more dependent upon God to sustain and deepen our relationship with him.  

Below is a video from Justin Earley explaining the daily habit of kneeling prayer.

How to Pray a Prayer of Lament

This Sunday we started at 6-week series on the book of Lamentations. Although every Christian goes through periods of grief or profound sadness, we are pretty unpracticed with the biblical concept of lament. In this series we’re going to see how a four-step process frames the idea of faithful lament. Each of these are necessary to turn raw and powerful emotion into worship of a wonderful God.

TURN to God in prayer. Just by going to God with our grief, we are doing something distinctly Christian. It says that, no matter the sheer weight of emotion we feel, we are going to approach God with our fear or anxiety, not run to something else. When looking at Psalms of lament or Lamentations itself, it might be easy to miss this first step. But typically, just the very act of writing a prayer illustrates the turn to God the author took in the first place. When we turn to God, we are rehearsing an ancient biblical practice of faithfulness even in trials.

COMPLAIN to God about the effects of sin and brokenness. Complaining to God sounds a bit contradictory to what we’re taught about him. Who are we to complain to our sovereign God, the one who sent his Son to die for us? But a complaint is not simply whining about our situation. It is bringing to our Lord and Father something which is causing great distress in our lives. It is to say that we are feeling the effects of sin and our fallen world in a very specific way. Our complaint might be the loss of a job, or a recent medical diagnosis. It could be a family member’s death, or the rejection of Jesus by someone we love. But the common thread of lament is the proclamation to God that something is wrong and broken in our lives, and we need him desperately.

ASK for God to bring healing and wholeness. If God desires children who are bold enough to bring complaints, he surely expects them to ask for him to help them as well. By requesting to God that he heal our pain or cure our sickness, we lay bare the fact that we cannot fix our situation on our own. By asking for God’s help, we are confessing our own weakness. It is a realization that, in our human brokenness, we are utterly dependent upon a God who is capable where we are not.

TRUST that God will fulfill his promise and stay true to his character. As Mark Vroegrop says (and more on him below), if you never get to the trust part, you’ve only been really sad for a certain time. Trust in God means that we believe what God says about himself and what he will do. This is where we as readers in 2020 have a huge advantage, even over the authors of the OT books. When David or Solomon wrote their prayers of lament, they trusted that God would deliver them in some form, a Messiah who would redeem Israel. But over 2,000 years later, we as Christians know exactly how God’s promise was fulfilled. It was in the person of Jesus Christ, sent by God to live and die and rise again. He was (and still is!) the great hope for all of God’s people, and we can say today that we trust in God’s promises and his character because we have already seen it come through in the biggest way- through the Messiah himself.

We wrapped up this week’s sermon with a lament prayer of our own. In it we turned to God because we have nowhere else to God, complained to God about the brokenness felt in our world and in our own lives, asked God to be near from us in our pain, and trusted in the grace we have already experienced through Jesus.

A Prayer of Lament

Oh Lord our God,
To you we cry out,
To you we run,
For where else would we go?

We feel the weight of our broken world,
Through wars, famines, and disasters,
In injustice, hatred, and oppression.
The nations desperately need your deliverance.

We weep at our own brokenness
For the guilt, shame, and pain we feel
Weighed down by sin, held back by fear
We mourn our distance from you.

Be near to us, Oh God
Remember not our sin or failures
Reveal your Kingdom to our hearts and our community
Restore us to an awareness of your presence.

But, we have experienced your grace
And we will experience your restoration
Through your atoning death our sins are forgiven
And in your return we will be made whole.


Finally, a very helpful resource used in preparation for this series was Mark Vroegop’s Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy, published earlier this year. Mark is a pastor in Indianapolis, and he wrote the book after preaching through Lamentations and the lament prayers from Job and Psalms. He also gave a talk at the 2019 TGC National Conference, which is a great audio resource on the topic of lament. In both the book and the podcast, he walks through the concept of Turn, Complain, Ask & Trust, so that we can become more proficient at this ancient and faithful Christian practice.

The Common Rule

Last Sunday we preached our vision sermon for 2020 focusing on how being a healthy church will naturally flow out of it having healthy members.  That sermon is linked here. One of the things we discussed was the daily and weekly habits proposed by Justin Earley in his book, The Common Rule.  In it he offers eight habits, either daily or weekly, that would help us to find clarity and purpose when things like distraction and “busy-ness” feel so overwhelming.  

The Habits of  The Common Rule  (IVP)

We don’t necessarily recommend tackling all eight of these habits at once, but just adding one to your rhythm and seeing how God uses it to speak to you in a new, powerful way.  At his website, Justin offers a short video explanation on each of the eight habits he wrote about, if you would like to know more. We pray that we become a people driven by gospel intentionality and purpose, and that our church grows out of the health of its people in the 2020 and the years beyond it.

Resources for Advent, 2019

December 1st marks the beginning of Advent. Advent (taken from the Latin for “arrival,” or “coming”) is the annual time in the church calendar where we look back to the first coming of Christ on Christmas and forward to the second coming of Christ when He fully consummates His Kingdom.

As a church we are prayerfully asking the Holy Spirit to orient our hearts away from religious activities that only create the appearance of godliness (2 Timothy 3:5), and towards an authentic and life-transforming worship of Jesus as the King of Kings. Our hope is that over the course of the twenty-five days of Advent we can collectively participate in two formative practices that will serve to orient our affections towards Jesus. The practices are:

Scripture Before Phone
For most of us, our day begins by reaching for our phone first thing, checking texts, email, news, and social media. This habit has a formative practice of its own, training us to find worth/value/significance in the messages that our phone sends us. But our souls have a far greater need to hear from Jesus. So, as a church family we are going to commit to reach for our Bibles every morning before we touch our phone. This discipline will remind us that what God says about Himself (and about us) is far more important as we begin our day.

An excellent resource on this practice is Justin Earley’s book, The Common Rule. He has put together many helpful resources on “Scripture Before Phone” that can be accessed on his website, including a short summary of the practice, and a video explaining why the discipline is important.

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy, by John Piper
We have purchased a copy of John Piper’s book, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy for each household in our church (so make sure to grab one Sunday!). This short devotional has a reading for each day of Advent and only takes a few minutes to read aloud. Our hope is that we would read these devotionals over a meal (with your children, roommates, or coworkers) as a daily reminder of why Christmas is so significant. If you would prefer an electronic copy one can be dowloaded for free here.

As I mentioned above, our hope is that every person in our church family would participate in these two practices this Advent season, so that we can collectively experience the joy of Christmas in a fresh way. Let us all be praying that our church would not be a place with the mere “appearance of godliness,” or a place where we only “play church,” but rather that we would be a people transformed and strengthened by the authentic grace of Jesus.

October 2019 Baptism

On October 13th we celebrated God’s work through a baptism! The sacrament of baptism is a powerful testimony to God’s work in our hearts, whereby we make an external proclamation of an internal transformation. You can watch the service here.

Halloween Cotton Candy Outreach 2019

It’s almost time for our annual Halloween cotton candy outreach! This event has become a staple for our church that we have been doing for 6 years now. If God can speak through Balaam’s donkey in the Old Testament, He can speak through cotton candy in our neighborhoods!

This year we will have 5 host houses, in and around Falcon and Colorado Springs. This outreach works best with volunteers who will commit to a few hours of their Halloween night making cotton candy, handing out warm drinks, and connecting with the families that come by.

Halloween Cotton Candy Houses

12671 Longview Park Lane

9641 Beryl Drive

14248 Woodrock Path

7587 Forest Valley Loop

3929 Topsail Drive

If you would like to volunteer please click the house link above and sign up for a time or let us know by emailing info@missiodeifalcon.org.

If you would like more information on why missio Dei chooses to engage Halloween please read our blog post from a few years ago.

Fourth of July Celebrations

On July 4th, missio Dei: Falcon will be celebrating the holiday with a softball game and picnic. Everyone is welcome to play softball from 9:00a-11:00a at Falcon Regional Park (located right past Falcon High School on Eastonville Road). After softball, we will have a picnic at 12:00p at Longview Park (located in North Meridian Ranch). Bring a side dish to share. Above all, this is a great opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors to who might not know Jesus. Please RSVP at one of these links for Softball and Picnic.

The community of Falcon is having its 14th annual Falcon Freedom Days on Saturday, June 29th. This festival is filled with music, food, family fun activities, and a firework show at the end of the evening. Therefore, this is a great way for our church to love our community by handing out free cotton candy, water, and invite cards. If you would like to help serve in our booth, let us know at info@missiodeifalcon.org.

Check out our Calendar for other events this summer!

Summer Discipleship Series

This summer we are taking a break from our regular Discipleship Collectives, but we still want to engage those who have been aching to dive into more topical studies. Our church is blessed with many in the body who have gifts of teaching and we are turning a few of them loose this summer to help better equip us. The Summer Discipleship Series is also a great way for individuals in our DCs to meet and study with other people from different DCs. Below you will find a line up of four classes. Take some time to read through them and then sign up quickly because classes begin in June.

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”

Charles Spurgeon

Grace Marriage (COUPLES ONLY)

Grace Marriage aims to simplify your life by making space to be intentional and strategic in your marriage. This class will help you connect with each other, withdraw from outside stress to find peace and clarity, and be encouraged in grace. It will give you the time to think and plan which brings hope and change. Enjoying your marriage is such a gift to yourselves and others and bringing the Lord glory through that relationship is our goal! This course will focus heavily on the conversations between spouses.

  • Led by Tim and Louise Bettelli – Tim works for Focus on the Family and Louise writes for Grace Marriage. They both feel passionate about marriage and want to see healthy marriages thrive to bring glory to God. They have been married for 13 years and have 4 children.
  • 6 Weeks
  • Wednesdays @ 6-8pm (minus July 4th) – Starting June 5th

Adorned: Living out the Beauty of the Gospel Together (WOMEN ONLY)

Have you longed for growth, community, and influence God designed us to have in the church and the world? Let’s come together to understand the vital model found in Titus 2 of older women living out the gospel and training younger women to do the same. In company with other women is how we learn to thrive, how we are Adorned with the beauty of Christ, and how we live out the gospel together.

  • Led by Marleen Bensburg – I have known the pleasure of having older women who influenced my life and greatly encouraged me along the way. Cass and I have been married for going on 43 years and together we have raised two sons who now are both married. While being a mother and homemaker, I went to school part-time and became an elementary school teacher for 20 years. Throughout the years I have been graced by the company of many women who I have been within Bible study and fellowship. My chief joy has come from working with younger women. After retirement, I was able to care for my aging mother for the last 5 years in our home and see her off to her eternal home. Once again, as the Lord gives opportunity, I want to continue in the charge that has been given me as an older woman to be in a nurturing community with women.
  • 6 Weeks
  • Tuesdays @ 7pm – Starting June 4th

Conquer Series: The Battle Plan for Purity (MEN ONLY)

The Conquer Series is a powerful cinematic study containing biblical teaching and proven principles to help men conquer their struggles with sexual sin and begin to walk in freedom. Dr. Roberts—along with other experts featured in this study—takes men through a journey of discovery, laying out spiritual strategies, presenting scientific facts, and teaching practical steps that every man can take to enjoy a life free from the bondage of sexual sin. Whether you are struggling now, have struggled before, or are seeking to be equipped to help other men who are struggling, join us for a worthwhile study!

  • Led by Josh Katib – Josh is a Registered Psychotherapist in the state of Colorado and soon-to-be graduate of the Master of Arts Counseling program from Colorado Christian University. He has completed training through the American Association for Sex Addiction Therapy (AASAT) for Sex Addiction and Intimacy Anorexia, and holds a certificate in Motivational Interviewing—a modality of addiction counseling. Having walked through his own process of recovery, Josh is passionate about empowering other men undertaking their own journey by teaching biblical and clinical truths which will arm them to stay the course.
  • 6 Weeks
  • Mondays @ 6-8pm – Starting June 10th

More Than Conquerors: Being a Spiritual Overcomer

This is a class on practical spiritual warfare, aimed at helping the serious Christian know how to recognize, address and defeat Satan’s schemes in their lives. We will aim at solid, practical, real-life application of scriptural truth, rather than just traditional theories, pat generalities, or “nice” phrases often heard in conventional Christian circles. Most Christians who hunger for a deeper experience of the miraculous power that Jesus promises us in John 14:12-14 don’t yet realize our full identity as His empowered saints, or who we really are in Him.  We will deal with how to function in our real Spiritual IDENTITY, how to understand and use our God-given AUTHORITY, how to recognize, confront, and deal with the ploys of our ENEMY, (SATAN). We will touch on questions of demonic forces and how to overcome them (and how to minister demonic deliverance when needed), and how to walk in spiritual victory in our own lives. Bring your Bible and expect to use it. Some homework and Biblical preparation expected throughout the week.

  • Led by Dr. Bruce and Judy Fowler – Bruce and Judy have ministered together as missionaries (Puerto Rico, South America, Africa) as well as having been professional counselors and seminary teachers in many Asian and Latin American countries and contexts.  They have dealt with severe abuse situations, major psychotic dysfunctions, marriage and family issues, addictive and compulsive behaviors, and many other psychological, and spiritual problems. Bruce, an ordained minister since 1966, and psychologist for the State of Oregon for seven years has attended mission Dei with his wife Judy for about a year and a half.  “Our passion is Scripture, our priority is people, and our basic credential is Jesus’ Holy Spirit.”
  • 6 Weeks
  • Mondays @ 7pm – Starting June 3rd

Signup here today!

Ladies Forum

Hello! We are so excited to personally invite you to the upcoming missio Dei Ladies’ Forum. We have been praying for you individually, by name, as we prepare and count down the days to this event. I know women’s ministry gatherings like these can stir up the full range of emotions. I certainly want to acknowledge those feelings, but I also want to cast our vision and our prayer for this night.

Our single aim is the exultation of Christ and His magnificent Gospel proclaimed in Scripture; a gospel that transforms hard hearts and renews minds, brings weary, worn out women rest, speaks adoption as daughters, and unites us with Christ because of the glorious cross. This is an evening where we will gather and be reminded of the great and glorious hope to which we have been called. We have been saved out of the domain of darkness and sent out to proclaim his marvelous light!

I can’t wait to dive into our church and Discipleship Collectives’ vision statement together. As disciples of Christ we encounter Jesus in his Word and we are transformed. As disciples of Christ we experience Jesus’ love for us through his body, the church. As disciples of Christ we engage the work of Jesus through relational mission and discipleship. This Ladies’ Forum is not about me or you or making a name for our church. This Ladies’ Forum is all about Jesus!!

Come be a part of this special evening on Saturday, June 1st; an evening that is centered on and grounded in the person and work of Jesus! So…I am inviting YOU! Will you join us? You are not alone, you are valued, and you are so loved because Jesus loves you and desires a relationship with you. There is a place for you and your friends at the table. Please join us! We can’t wait!

Love you ladies!
Kellie Schultz (with Melody Mondragon and Jess Renaud)

Click here to sign up.

Please RSVP by May 18th
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm open house dessert, event 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Woodmen Hills Elementary
*There will be no formal childcare provided for this event. Nursing babies are always welcome!

Resources for Studying Malachi

We desire to be a place where we can gather to encounter the person of Jesus through the transforming study of His Word, and to that end the vast majority of our sermons are verse-by-verse studies through whole books of the Bible. On May 19th we will begin a seven week study of the book of Malachi, and in order to glean as much from this amazing book as possible we want to share some additional resources. Our ultimate authority should always be the written Word of God, the Bible, but secondary literature can help to expand our knowledge and understanding of what was written. This will fuel our love of the Bible when we devote time to comprehend it better. Below is a compiled list of secondary literature about the book of Malachi that speaks to this fascinating prophetic book.

  • As an overview of the book of Malachi, The Bible Project has a great video, you can watch here.
  • Additionally, Nancy Guthrie talks with Lee Gatiss about how to teach the book of Malachi in a podcast interview. She also provides additional audio and written resources on Malachi.
  • Peter Adam wrote an amazing commentary on Malachi and I would highly encourage you to spend some time reading it! You can purchase it here.

Let’s all be in prayer for our church that this study would be used by the Holy Spirit to grow our affection for God and His Word, and enable us to better proclaim His truth to our neighbors!

October 2018 Baptisms

Partnership

Partnership is a way for people who consider missio Dei to be their home church to assume greater ownership of the vision and mission. Our next partnership classes will be September 16th and 23rd from 1-3p.

If you have questions about what partnership is please feel free to email us at info@www.missiodeifalcon.org, or if you would like to sign up for the class, please RSVP here.

Elder Leadership Team

One of our theological distinctives as a church is that we are elder-led. This means that our understanding of Scripture is that the church is to be led by a group of men who are called to serve the church by modeling servant leadership after the example of Jesus.

In May we introduced three new elder candidates to the church, and we are now excited to say that each of these men is now fully functioning as an elder in our church. Please continue to pray for our elders and their wives as they shepherd and lead us in faithfulness to the Gospel-call Jesus has placed on our church. The elders (and their wives) are:

  • Chad Mondragon (Melody)
  • Jeff Otero (Jill)
  • Mark Schultz (Desiree)
  • Kolburt Schultz (Kellie)
  • Don Ziel (Cathy)

 

You can find the recording of the announcement of their candidacy period below.

Volunteering at missio Dei: Falcon

In order to have our weekly gatherings in an elementary school we need of volunteers for coffee, worship, missio: Kids, tech, set up, and tear down.  If you aren’t currently serving it’s a great way to use your gifts and get connected to other volunteers!  You can sign up by clicking here.

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Baptism Service: Updated

The following is some important information regarding next Saturday, May 9th.  We will be having our Church’s first baptism service and will be meeting at a different time and location.  So, please help spread the word to anyone you know who might be coming to church next week regarding the following:
1. We will meet an hour earlier: 5:00.
2. Due to weather concerns we have moved the location and will now be gathering at Grace Community Church.
3. The address is 9475 Grace Church Vw., Falcon, CO 80831.
4. We will not be meeting at Woodmen Hills Elementary.  This is the important part to spread the word on, we don’t want any of our friends showing up at the wrong location!
5. We will celebrate the baptisms by sharing a meal as a church after the service!  The church will provide pizza and salad for everyone (including a few gluten free pizzas), but if you have any more specific dietary needs feel free to bring your own dish.
Finally, and most importantly, if you would like to be baptized please contact Kolburt.  As we’ve mentioned, there is no such thing as an unbaptized Christian in the Bible, so if you love Jesus and have not been baptized this is an important demonstration of your faith.  We are told in Matthew 28 to go make disciples (followers) of Jesus, and how do we know who is a disciple? It is someone who has been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  This is a wonderful, joyous, sacrament that the Church has celebrated for thousands of years, and we’re so excited for our community to participate in this act!