Tune into the message prepared for us for this morning by watching the video below.
Study Guide & Followup Questions
1. Look up the following passages of scripture, and as you read them aloud, replace the word HOPE with confidence. How does the passage meaning change or reveal a different perspective? Discuss your thoughts. I Peter 1:21 Ephesians 1:18 Colossians 1:23 I Timothy 4:10 Titus 3:7 Romans 15:4 2. Read the entire chapter of Psalm 39. James Montgomery Boice’s commentary on the Psalms reveals and interesting shift in verse 7 of this Psalm. David’s perspective shifts. What is that shift, and how can we apply it today? 3. Do you find your hope in God today as a passive, distant foundational truth, or do you eagerly and actively anticipate the hope for the Grace of God to be revealed daily?
2)SONGS OF RESPONSE
Spend some time in song and worship, responding to the teaching Lyrics will be on all the YouTube videos below. Watch inline below, or click the playlist to open in another window.
Sing We the Song of Emmanuel (Gloria)
Joy to the World
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
Christ Our Hope in Life and Death
My Hope is Build
prepared by Greg McKinley
The advent week of hope is a wonderful opportunity to reflect anew on where a Christian’s hope is found. This hope in Christ has been a bastion for believers in some of the darkest times in human history. One hymn writer has captured it so well by writing, “This is all my hope and peace, nothing but the blood of Jesus. This is all my righteousness, nothing but the blood of Jesus.” How beautiful is the sure promise of God that what He has begun in the first coming of Christ He will complete in the second coming of Christ when we will be with Him forevermore. As we turn to prayer for one another, consider first thanking the Lord for the hope that is in Christ. It is so encouraging as we look on the waves of our present circumstances to be able to say, “it is well with my soul.” Pray for those in our body whose jobs and businesses have been impacted by Covid. Pray for those who have it that they may be healed. Pray for those in our congregation that are at higher risk that they might be protected. Pray for all of us that we might be warriors for the cause of the gospel and not worriers in the face of the world’s ills. Pray always for the boldness to proclaim the good news to a world that is dwelling in darkness.
Oak Grove Family!,
This week we will be at home praising our Lord with song and the study of His word. Patrick Bloom will be bringing us a message from God's word. This is our second Sunday of our Advent series focusing on Hope. Our plan was to meet in person, with an online counterpart, but all of our music teams are either sick or quarantining. We will continue to evaluate each week as to where or how we will meet the following Sunday. We ask for your continued prayers for God's wisdom and guidance.
Upcoming Speaking Schedule: (we will decide each week as to where or how we will have our service) Advent Series: December 13th - Joy - Aaron Lincoln December 20th - Peace - Steve Kerns, Children's Christmas Pageant December 24th - Christmas Eve Service December 27th - Felipe Gonzalez
Building Update: We are still waiting to hear back from the Seller. We agreed with and accepted their counter offer to fix an issue with the title. The item that they are agreeing to correct is the legal description of the property. This will require a new survey of the property and some county documents to be submitted. The physical dimension and position of the property is correct, but the legal description is not. Your prayers continue to be a vital part of this purchase process. Continue to pray for quick execution of this title fix and that the Seller will agree to this final step. Ephesians 3:20-21" Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen"
Good News Rescue Mission ( cookies) Please contact Molly Gonzalez if you would like to help with making cookies for the Good News Rescue Mission this year. We are looking for people who could make a dozen or two cookies and then bag them up in pairs to be handed out at the GNRM Christmas party. We would love to be able to partner with them as they continue to serve our community in these times. You can call Molly at (530) 515- 7302. (They will need to be ready for hand off the 14th or 15th so that Molly can deliver them the 16th of December)
Message from Churchill: Dear Family, Our brothers and sisters in Nigeria are facing unprecedented food shortage, food crisis and hardship since this year. Coronavirus global pandemic has escalated the problems. Thank you family for supporting us early this year to provide medicines and free medical treatment to these poor families in Nigeria. We’ll still show the video when things normalize again.
Goal: Our goal now is to raise money and take to Nigeria to purchase raw bulk foods for these families.
Need: Plane ticket for Churchill and money to buy the food there in Nigeria. Travel date-Last week in Jan.2021
Your part: Please pray, if God touches your heart, make a check to New Life Missions, memo “Food Drive.” P.O.Box 493433, Redding, CA 96049. 100% of your gift is tax deductible. Or you can call Churchill at 530-410-5398