March 26, 2023

We’re excited to gather in worship with you tomorrow! This weekend, we’re looking at an interesting moment where Jesus defends himself against claims that he is casting out demons from the authority of hell itself. In his response, he demonstrates how he is really coming to establish a new kingdom and destroy the very darkness from which the demons hail. He also builds on the the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives as his kingdom takes root in our hearts.

We can’t wait to see you at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am!

This Week’s Set List

Worship is an outward expression coming from the overflow of the heart. At Providence, our services are times of intentional celebration and remembrance of what Jesus has done for us. Through the songs we sing, we express what we believe about God and confess our need for him. Here’s our set list for the weekend:

You’ve Already Won
Firm Foundation/Solid Rock
Holy Is Our God
Behold Him

The Family Devotional

Discipleship starts in the home. To help you continue the discussion at home, we’ve provided a weekly family devotional with suggested Bible passages, discussion questions for the kids, and even some worship music that fit the major themes. Check out this week’s devotional in the Providence Church Mobile App!

This Week’s Prayer Focus

As part of our worship and fellowship together, we pray over specific local churches, schools, missionary partners, and unreached people groups. This week, you can join us in praying for:

Local Church: Preston Trail Community Church
Please pray for the Spirit to call out people in our church to be more and more missional. Pray for upcoming events on 3/26 and 4/2, where those who think the Spirit is stirring or nudging them to do something new in the Kingdom will seek clarity as they listen for God’s voice. Pray for them to be obedient in how they respond.

Local School: Scott Elementary School
Pray for the leadership, students, and faculty as they continue in their spring semester classes.

Outreach Partner: The Timothy Initiative
Pray for their church-planting and multiplication efforts in unreached parts of the world.

Unreached People Group: The Ghosi People of India
Population: 4,786,000
Largest Religion: 99.98% Hinduism
Christian: 0.00%
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    Study Guide for Luke 11:14-28

    How to use this guide

    This guide is designed to take you deeper into the points of the Sunday morning message and the text we’re studying each week. The questions are divided into three parts.

    As You Read guides you through your own personal study of the message text, preferably before you arrive for the service on Sunday morning.

    Reflect & Respond is for personal reflection and application of the text. This is meant to help you determine how God is calling you to respond in light of what you’ve learned.

    Discuss With Others is designed to help you take the things you’ve learned and discuss them within the context of your small group.

    As you read

    In preparation for Sunday’s message, read the text on your own and take some time to answer the following questions.

    What theme(s) of the book do you see in this passage?
    How is this passage connected to what was written before and/or after it?
    What repeated words or ideas do you see throughout the text? Circle or draw a box around repeated words.
    What is the author trying to communicate in this passage? What’s the main point?

    Reflect & Respond

    After reading the text and hearing the message, reflect on the following questions.

    What do we learn about God and how we should relate to him?
    What do we learn about people and how we should relate to others?
    What does God want me to think or understand? …to remember or believe? desire? …to do?

    Discuss with Others

    Use your community group time to have some conversation around the message. Start your discussion by inviting someone to read the passage aloud in its entirety. 

    In the passage, there is a clear picture of two warring kingdoms. Which kingdom are you a part of? If you have the Holy Spirit within you, do you know the power of the One who is in you? How can this help you in your fight against sin? (See 1 Cor. 10:13).

    In Scripture, Jesus is often compared to a good shepherd and people as sheep (John 10:11-18, Matthew 26:31) . How does that imagery apply to what Jesus says in verse 23, “Whoever does not gather with me scatters?”

    Jesus gives us insight into the unseen spiritual forces of darkness that are not evident to our physical eyes. What does He say in verse 26 about a person that leaves his “house” empty? What do we try to fill the emptiness with? What are the results of that effort?

    In verse 28, what does Jesus say is the greater blessing? Do you receive and respond to the word of God as a blessing?

    In our study of Luke, we have seen the Kingdom of God as a regular theme and emphasis in Jesus’ ministry. How does remembering Jesus’ continual reminders of the Kingdom of God affect how we live our day to day lives?

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