Sunday Morning MeetUp

by Tim Isbell

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This summer I'm leading a weekly MeetUp at New Life Nazarene Church, located at 20900 McClellan Rd, Cupertino, CA. We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am in the "living room" of Building D, which is directly behind the Worship Center. We're a small group, usually 6-10 people. Contact Tim for more information, or just drop in.

Here's the plan for a typical session:

Welcome & "Practicing God's Presence" exercise (9:30 - 9:45 AM)

Every week I provide a simple exercise for the week to enhance our connection with God. It takes virtually zero time, but it will change our lives. The following Sunday morning, we include some time for those who want to share their experience. (This element is based on Kenneth Boa’s and Jenny Abel’s The Guide to Practicing God’s Presence. I've shortened/revised one exercise for each week. These shortened versions are available here.)

Content of the day

We are using The Foundry’s “Adult Faith Connections” summer series on Jeremiah & Lamentations. No outside work needed. But if you want to dive deeper, here's a link to the Bible Study Guide (click the link and scroll down for a PDF sample). I don't use it exactly as it exists, so if you want to see how I do use it... click on any of the dated lesson notes link just below.

Wrap up with prayer (9:25 - 9:30)

You are welcome to stay for the Sunday morning worship service which starts in the Worship Center at 11 am - or not. Hope to see you some Sunday this summer.

Blessings, Tim

Jeremiah/Lamentations study - 2018 summer

(Click on any sermon title link for a copy of the notes from that session.)

5/27/2018 - God's Mouthpiece (Jeremiah 1.1-19)

6/10 - Return to Me (Jer 3.21-4.4)

6/17 - A Challenge to Church Goers (Jer 7.1-15)

6/24 - God's Answer to the Prophet's Laments (Jer 15.10-21)

7/1 - The Potter and the Clay (Jer 18.1-12)

7/8 - The Promise of a Savior (Jer 23.1-8, 30.18-22)

7/15 - God has a Plan (Jer 29.1-14)

7/22 - The Call to a New Covenant (Jer 31.23-34). There are four more lessons in this Jeremiah/Lamentations series. 

7/29 - Aron/Nicole return for the rest of 2018. Unless they choose to finish the Jeremiah/Lamentations series, I'll finish it up when I cover for them in the future. 

Helpful Resources

The Guide to Practicing God’s Presence. This is the resource from which I expect to get most (maybe all) of our weekly "Practicing God's Presence" exercises. No need to purchase it for the class, but if you want to just click the link.

The Foundry's Adult Faith Connections series: Jeremiah/Lamentations Bible Study Guide. Students do not need this book, but it's available.

Resources describing the context of Jeremiah and Lamentations:

  • The Times of Jeremiah, a short summary written by Owen Dickens, Asbury University.
  • Maps during Jeremiah's ministry. Especially see the two maps on page 3.
  • Timeline of the book of Jeremiah.
  • Baal & Asherah worship. Two common forms of pagan worship in Canaan.
  • Three Biblical Metaphors. Especially check out the Nuptial (Marriage) metaphor part of this link to understand more about the Bible's use of the marriage metaphor.
  • The split of Israel from Judah. Jeremiah sometimes seems to prophesy to Israel and other times to Judah. This link explains the history of how the descendants of the 12 sons of Jacob became the nation of Israel and eventually split into two nations: Israel (the Northern Kingdom with Samaria as its capital) and Judah (the Southern Kingdom with Jerusalem as its capital).
  • Jeremiah's Contemporaries - kings & prophets. There were several other prophets of the Lord who overlapped Jeremiah's time. And there were (probably more) who claimed to be prophets of the Lord but were not. And, of course, there were undoubtedly others who claimed to speak for some other lord than the one of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob... and, of course, Jesus.
  • Jeremiah's Relationships. This chart shows some interesting interconnections between Jeremiah and some of the other people who supported him, and whom he supported, near the end of his time in Jerusalem - before being sent to Egypt.
  • Babylonian Captivity Demographics. This document addresses the apparent discrepancy between the number of exiled people from Judah/Jerusalem to Babylon during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar as reported in the books of Jeremiah and 2 Kings.