StoneBridge Community Church
"I Am the Resurrection and the Life"
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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James Tissot. The Resurrection of Lazarus (detail), 1886-1894. The Brooklyn Museum, NY

The Text in Context

Bob Deffinbaugh, "The Resurrection and the Life (John 11:1-53)" From the series Highlights in the Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ.

Disappointment with God

Disappointment with God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud is a book written by Philip Yancey and published by Zondervan in 1988. It is one of Yancey's early bestsellers. Library Journal reviewer Elise Chase called the book "extraordinarily empathetic and persuasive; highly recommended". Mark DeVries of The Christian Century reviewed the book and wrote that, through the book, Yancey "cuts through the pollyannaish denials that so often characterize evangelical treatment of unbelief, disappointment and unanswered prayer". —Wikipedia article.
1. We find hope in…
1. We find hope in the unsurpassable person of Jesus.

Connecting With the Divine

Marilyn Adamson, "Connecting With the Divine" An article on the major world religions and their beliefs about God: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and New Age Spirituality... EveryStudent website
Christ Himself is Christianity.
For Reflection/Discussion: Have you or someone you know ever had a hard time trusting God? Why? How do you understand Jesus' decision to wait two days before traveling to see Lazarus? What connection, if any, do you see between Jesus' decision and his love for Mary, Martha, and Lazarus? What do you make of Martha and Mary both telling Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died"? Are they conveying disappointment? Faith? Both? Neither? Have you ever felt disappointment with God? If so, what were the circumstances? How did you work through it? In what way is John 21-27 the theological heart of chapter 11?
2. We find hope in…
2. We find hope in the unsurpassable promise of Jesus.

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

"Moralistic therapeutic deism (MTD) is a term that was first introduced in the book Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (2005) by sociologists Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton. The term is used to describe what they consider to be the common beliefs among American youth. Read what those beliefs are in this Wikipedia article.
Dead people are incapable of self-improvement.
For Reflection/Discussion: Have you ever found yourself in a situation that seemed completely hopeless to you? In what way, if any, was God present? What is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism? In what ways does it differ from biblical Christianity? Why are so many people interested in self-improvement books and seminars? What are the chief limitations of self-improvement? Is Christianity primarily about self-improvement? Why is it important to acknowledge that we are "dead in our trespasses" (Ephesians 2.4-5)? What are your thoughts on Pastor Jeff's observation that "dead people are incapable of self-improvement"? What are the implications of that statement?
3. We find hope in…
3. We find hope in the unsurpassable power of Jesus.
For Reflection/Discussion: What are your thoughts and feelings as you read the words "Jesus wept"? Why did Jesus weep? Theologian Karl Barth wrote a book called The Humanity of God. What do Jesus' tears have to teach us about God's "humanity"? What special comfort does John 11 have to offer us when we find ourselves in the midst of sorrow, suffering, or grief?

For the purpose of acting on Pastor Jeff’s retirement and recommendations from the Nominating Committee.

For The Troops is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing members of the American military with Care packages containing basic necessities, goodies, and games. For these care packages they need: granola/power bars, small cans of tuna or chicken, gum, candy, individual size Crystal Light type drink additives, new or used DVD's, CD's, magazines, books or newspaper comics, travel size games, batteries (AA, AAA), beef jerky (no pork), trail mix, pop tarts, small jars of peanut butter and jelly, potato chips in a can (like Pringles), word puzzle books, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks, dried fruit or nuts, and letters of appreciation. There will be a bin on the patio on November 10th and 11th before and after services to collect your donations. Your generosity is appreciated.

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