Element Christian Church
NRABV* - Thirteen: I Can Do All Things
Locations & Times
  • Element Christian Church
    4890 Bethany Ln, Santa Maria, CA 93455, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
Welcome to Element
We strive to ensure the biggest thing people think when they hear about Element is Jesus! We are a Gospel centered community who finds our identity in Jesus.

All Church Trivia Night - THIS FRIDAY!

Join us 8/26 for a night of family fun! Get all the details and register below, especially if you plan to use our childcare

Labor Day Weekend Baptism Celebration
September 4th at 1p

Join us to celebrate those that are making the choice to be baptized. There will be food and swimming to follow.

Youth Pool Party

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to an end of summer pool party! See details and sign up here:

Casa of Hope Fundraiser BBQ - Last Chance!
Casa of Hope is a local, anti-human trafficking agency dedicated to providing safe housing to sexually exploited women, educating communities, outreach, and bringing awareness in an effort to combat modern-day slavery of men, women, youth, and children.

They are hosting a BBQ fundraiser with the help of Cool Hand Luke’s and have asked if we could help sell some of their tickets. The BBQ can be picked up at CHL’S drive-thru style on August 27th and are $15 a ticket.

Tickets are sold as cash or Venmo only and can be picked up at the Welcome Center.

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This week's song list
Interested in looking for some of the songs we sang this week? Here's the titles and original artists:

King of Glory - Kristian Stanfill/ Passion
Shake the Dust Off - Sean Curran
Come to the Altar - Elevation Worship
Hope of the World - Hillsong
Awake My Soul - Chris Tomlin
No Chains on Me - Chris Tomlin
Never Read A Bible Verse*
*without context

Week Thirteen: I Can Do All Things

This week, we continue to explore how reading Scripture out of context can lead us to wrong or dangerous conclusions. The verse Steve covered (Philippians 4:13) has often been used to boost morale or celebrate human accomplishments, centering the focus on us and what we can do (with God’s help, of course). Essentially, it has been interpreted as a “Christian” version of, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” This can be problematic when things don’t go the way we want them to—does that mean we are in sin, don’t have enough faith, or that God is not as powerful as we thought?
It is important to see that Paul included this verse in a letter written while he had suffered many trials and challenges. In proper context, this verse really points to the source of Paul’s contentment amidst horrible circumstances—Jesus’ constant presence and ability to sustain him. This same truth is available to us today. In whatever circumstance we face, we can know contentment because of who Jesus is, our Savior and Lord of all. Jesus alone is our strength and the source of joy, peace, and contentment.
Discussion Starters

• Where have you seen/heard this verse before? How was it interpreted to you, or how did you interpret it at the time?
• Why do you believe so many have distorted this verse’s meaning to be primarily about us and what we can do?
• What are some of the most difficult circumstances you’ve had to endure, or are currently enduring?
• How does Jesus provide us with hope, contentment, and peace?
• Where have you fallen into a victim mentality?
• How can your ultimate contentment reflect the Gospel to others?

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