StoneBridge Community Church
Becoming Who We Are Destined to Be: Love
Interim Pastor Neal Nybo
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • StoneBridge Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 11:59 PM

Online Connection Card

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What is the clear meaning of the cross?

Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church

Research by the Barna Group on why young people leave the church.
Spiritual fruit is what grows out of us because the Spirit of God grows in us.
Personal Reflection / Growth Groups Questions
1. What do people think of when they hear the name "Jesus"?
2. If you were to make a list of what the Church/Christians are to be, where would 'love' fall on the list? What else would be on the list?
3. What does it mean to restrain our orangutan?
4. Is there a strength or habit you have that might be an orangutan?
2. Not everything is a Rottweiler
Personal Reflection / Growth Groups Questions
1. What are some of the things Christians get defensive about or feel they need to defend?
2. Of the things Christians get defensive about, are any of these possibly not as dangerous or worth attacking as they seem?
3. Nothing is more important than loving this person.
Three stories referenced in the message.
The woman caught in adultery: John 8: 1-11
The leper wanting to be healed: Matthew 8: 1-4
The centurion who wanted Jesus to heal his servant: Luke 7:1-10
Personal Reflection / Growth Groups Questions
1. Do you agree or disagree with point #3? Why or why not?
2. What does it look like to love someone you disagree with?
4. Love by offering a fruit of the Spirit.
Personal Reflection / Growth Group Question
What do people want from a fruit tree? They want the fruit. They want the fruit not the branches, leaves, trunk or roots. Yet sometimes we show our love by defending our roots (the traditions of the church), protecting our trunk (core values), and maintaining the branches (favorite ministries or traditions).
1. Can you think of examples you have seen in church in general or at our church specifically that show us defending our roots, protecting our trunk, and maintaining our branches?
2. Do you agree that this is how Jesus would want us to show love?
3. Why does it seem so much easier to protect ourselves than offer fruit?
Jesus said,
Love God: Matthew 22:37
Love one another: John 13:34-35
Love your neighbor: Mark 12:33
Love your enemy: Matthew 5:43

Summary of the fruit of the Spirit

Here is an article with a good description of each of the nine fruit of the Spirit.
Next steps
1. Decide on one fruit of the Spirit you are going to practice using to demonstrate love.
2. When you find yourself in a conversation or situation, ask yourself, “What does love require of me?”
3. Think about a strong characteristic or habit you have that may be an orangutan that needs to be restrained.

What's Next Registration

During this season of pastoral transition, clearly determining the path forward is an essential step for StoneBridge Community Church. What’s Next? will be the primary way that church members, regular attenders, and our broader worshipping community contribute to the discernment process. What’s Next? is a corporate discovery process uniquely developed by Pastor Neal that will help formulate our church’s vision and the next steps towards successfully accomplishing it.Pastor Neal encourages everyone to register and participate. The more who participate, the clearer the road forward will be. For your convenience, there will be two sessions of What’s Next?Saturday, April 27, 8:30am – noon OR Saturday, May 4, 8:30am – noon. You’re invited to sign up and register for one.Sign up on the patio during after worship or click below to register online. A $10 registration pays for materials. What’s Next? will be held at The United Methodist Church in Simi(2394 Erringer Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93065).

Encounter Registration

If you're seeking spiritual truths, wondering about the Christian faith, and willing to come with an open mind and a humble heart, The Encounter Weekend has the potential to change the course of your life.It’s two days of testimonies, teaching, reflection, and friendship. Encounter is designed to help you strengthen or enhance your relationship with God and experience the FREEDOM that only comes with the acceptance of God’s unceasing grace. Visit the ministry table after service to register for the Men's or Women's weekend or click below to register online.

Weekend Worship Playlist

Enjoy this Spotify playlist with the songs played in worship this weekend!

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