Guest Speaker: Patrick Quinn

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September 06, 2015

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John the Baptist was a wilderness kind of guy... a little rough around the edges, maybe, but someone who was absolutely sure of his significant role in the gospel story.  "I am the VOICE of one calling in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.'" JTB knew he wasn't the messiah, but that he was the VOICE to announce Jesus to the world. And, he lived into that role with everything he had.
This week we welcome guest Pastor Patrick Quinn from Montgomery, Alabama -  who'll challenge each of us to discover, develop and dare to live into our God-given roles in unique and important ways. Join us for a strong Labor Day weekend of worship and communion at all worship celebrations!
Patrick Quinn: Find Your Voice

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Today's Focus

John 1:6-9, 19-23


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Find Your Voice

Despite the like-minded belief about God, not all the prophets or disciples spoke or ministered publicly with the same voice. Each human is uniquely created by God and therefore must publicly express belief with a distinct voice.  Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
Day 1: Read John 1:6-9, 19-23
Recall John’s story by reviewing Luke 1. Note the different voices of Elizabeth, Zechariah and Mary. Recall the different conversations shared today/this week. How is your voice different or similar to their voice? Describe the importance of John’s voice and message to the world.
Day 2: Read Nehemiah 1:1-2:10; 4; 5
How did Nehemiah’s voice change from chapter 2, to chapter 4 and then in 5? How is his voice the same through his message but different in circumstances? Are his responses appropriate? How does he publicly affect the community by speaking out? How do you?
Day 3: Review Luke 1:26-38; 46-55; Read John 2:1-12; Luke 23:44-24:10
Compare Mary’s voice through these scriptures. How does she use her voice when not speaking? How does she voice her role as both a mother and believer? Are certain roles in your life held separate from the demonstration of your beliefs?
Day 4: Read Genesis 18:1-15; 20
Describe Abraham’s and Sarah’s voices. Who sinned? In what ways? Who dared to use their voice in chapter 20? How did God exhibit grace to all parties despite their mistakes? Have you mocked God’s voice or split hairs with the truth? How did you receive grace?
Day 5: Read Exodus 3:1-4:14; Deuteronomy 33
Why did Moses reject his voice? What were God’s responses? What was Aaron’s role as Moses’ voice? Despite Aaron’s death, Moses leads up until his death; so how did Aaron and God shape Moses’ voice? Who has shaped your voice? Good or bad?
Day 6: Read Jonah 1-4
Why did Jonah reject his voice? God’s response? Why did Jonah submit? How did he use his voice for God and against God? How did Jonah receive grace? Describe running from a call to use your voice? Did you escape or submit? What did you learn from that experience?
Day 7: Review Colossians 3:5-17; 4:2-6
How will you engage in discovering your voice? How can you develop your voice? How can you dare to use your voice? Rewrite Paul’s prayer in asking for God’s guidance in your voice as a representative of the faith.

Sermon Transcript

John 1:6-9, 19-23 / Patrick Quinn / September 5 & 6, 2015     

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