StoneBridge Community Church
Back on Track #1: Getting My Faith Back on Track
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
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  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    sábado 5:30 PM, domingo 9:00 AM, domingo 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    domingo 12:00 PM

The Text In Context

Tom Hawkins, "Introduction to Proverbs"

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Holiday Debt

Nick Clements, "Americans with Holiday Debt Added $986 on Average" Magnify Money article

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Holiday Weight Gain

Tara Parker-Pope, "The Skinny on Holiday Weight Gain" New York Times Website 11/22/2007

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Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

A summary of brothers Chip Heath and Dan Heath's Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

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According to the Heath brothers, our rational and emotional sides need to be on the same page or we won't experience the lasting change we want.

The Secret to Lasting Spiritual Health
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The secret to lasting spiritual health isn’t trying harder, but learning to rest in and live out of God’s grace.
1. My spiritual health depends on…
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1. My spiritual health depends on my trusting God.

Seven Subtle Symptoms

In his essay on undetected pride, Jonathan Edwards points out seven sneaky symptoms of the infection of pride. They include (1) Fault-finding, (2) A harsh spirit, (3) Superficiality, (4) Defensiveness, (5) Presumption before God, (6) Desperation for attention, and (7) Neglecting others. —Fabienne Harford, "Seven Subtle Symptoms of Pride" Desiring God website.

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For reflection/discussion
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For reflection/discussion: How does our not trusting God lead to problems in our lives? In what areas of your life are you not trusting God? How is that working for you? What is keeping you from trusting God?
2. My spiritual health depends on…
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2. My spiritual health depends on my enjoying God.

Are You Loving God Out of Obligation?

"Maybe you already know the Lord, but the way you know Him isn’t working for you. You’re not enjoying the relationship. Here’s the real secret: You can fulfill the commands of the Bible better by falling in love with God than by trying to obey everything." —Chris Hodges, "Are You Loving God Out of Obligation?" Relevant. Read more…

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Westminster Shorter Catechism

The purpose of the Shorter Catechism was to educate children in the Reformed faith. The Catechism is in a question and answer format, which had been popularized by Martin Luther as a way to help children learn the meaning of the material. The catechism is composed of 107 questions and answers, the best known being the first. Wikipedia article

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Question 1: What is the chief end of Man?
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Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.

Christian Hedonism

"If you must, forgive me for the label. But don’t miss the truth because you don’t like my tag. My shortest summary of it is: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. Or: The chief end of man is to glorify God byenjoying him forever." John Piper, "Christian Hedonism: Forgive the Label, But Don’t Miss the Truth" Desiring God

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Enjoying God

"Once I realized that I could glorify God by enjoying him, I started really, really working on enjoying him, expecting that, in the enjoyment, I would glorify him. It didn’t work. The more I worked at it, the less I enjoyed God. In fact…" —Steve Brown, "Enjoying God" KeyLife Read more…

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“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed. It is frustrating to have discovered a new author and not to be able to tell anyone how good he is; to come suddenly, at the turn of the road, upon some mountain valley of unexpected grandeur and then to have to keep silent because the people with you care for it no more than for a tin can in the ditch; to hear a good joke and find no one to share it with. . . . The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is ‘to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’ But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” —C. S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms
For reflection/discussion
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For reflection/discussion: Do you experience worship, Bible reading, Bible study, prayer, and serving God and others as a duty or source of joy? How would your faith be different if you authentically enjoyed God and the things of God? How can we help one another enjoy God more? How does having a faith based on God's grace rather than on our performance affect our enjoyment of God, life, and others?
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3. My spiritual health depends on my honoring God.
Go out into the world in peace. Have courage. Hold onto what is good. Return no one evil for evil. Strengthen the faint-hearted. Support the weak. Help the suffering. Honor everyone you meet. Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Charge to the Congregation with which Pastor Jeff closes worship each week is a collation of several New Testament texts: 1 Corinthians 16:13; 2 Timothy 2:1; Ephesians 6:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:13-22; and 1 Peter 2:17).
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For reflection/discussion: How does our trusting and enjoying God honor God? Conversely, how does our not trusting God or viewing worship as a duty rather than a privilege dishonor God? Which do you find most challenging: trusting God, enjoying God, or honoring God?

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