Keystone Nazarene Church
Keystone Sunday Worship
Making Christlike Disciples in Okinawa
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  • Keystone Nazarene Church
    1198-2 Yoshihara, Chatan-chō, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa-ken 904-0105, Japan
    Sunday 10:45 AM


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Today’s Message: Death Leads to Life
John 12:20-33 When we are willing to give up our lives to Jesus, to die, we really start living.
- 40 days of reflection, repentance and fasting leading to Easter
- to remember Jesus' death and resurrection
- and let God make us more like him
Really living
People want to know how to live and go to great lengths to avoid death
Really Living
Jesus says, that to cling to life is to lose it, but to lose life is to find it
Metaphor of Wheat
We associate 'live' with bigger, more, better, easier
Metaphor of Wheat
Kernel of wheat must die to multiply
Metaphor of Wheat
Abundance is because of sacrifice(death) to others
Hoarding Life
We have a tendency to cling to life
Hoarding Life
Hoarding things ironically leads tolosing, death
Losing Life
Like Jesus, giving up life frees us to love with abandon
Finding Life
Dying is never easy, not even for Jesus
Finding Life
This kind of trust makes God proud, and is the kind of life that makes a difference
Today's Message: Death Leads to Life
John 12:20-33
When we are willing to give up our lives to Jesus, to die, that we really start living

This Week's Memory Verse:
John 12:26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.


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Reflection: Day 1
Why do you think Jesus uses wheat as a metaphor for finding life in death?

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:4-11
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 119:9-16; Isaiah 43:8-13
Reflection: Day 2
In what ways does our culture clutch and claw at life? Do you see yourself as clinging to life no matter the cost?

Scripture Reading: Acts 2:14-24
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 119:9-16; Isaiah 44:1-8
Reflection: Day 3
How can you reorient your thinking toward servanthood, sacrifice, and love as opposed to self-preservation? What practices can you incorporate into your life that would help create this new way of thinking?

Scripture Reading: John 12:34-50
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 119:9-16; Haggai 2:1-9, 20-23
Reflection: Day 4
What can be gained by sacrificing one's life - in both a metaphorical way and in a literal way?

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-11
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Deuteronomy 16:1-8
Reflection: Day 5
The call to be a disciple of Jesus means walking the same path he walked, which can lead to immense heartache, suffering, and ultimately death. Why is this a path still worth walking? How does the hope of resurrection influence your discipleship journey?

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-18
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Jeremiah 33:1-9

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