The Artisan Soul | Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
The Beauty of the Church
October 5, 2014
The church is a collective of creators and co-creators working together to paint a picture of God’s kingdom. God uses each of our gifts and talents to create a work infinitely greater than the sum of its parts.
- Have the group pick out images from a stack of magazines (or their smartphones) that represents success to each person. Have each explain their representations of success. Then change the question and ask if their image would be different if the question had been: How would your life look like as a masterpiece?
- “Great art not only tells the truth but elevates the human spirit by pointing to beauty and hope.” - Erwin McManus. Great art points to hope. Use play-dough, crayons, or markers to create a visual representation of what hope looks like.
Read John 17v20-26 - The church is a portrait of the love between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- Describe Jesus’ dream for humanity.
- What would God’s masterpiece look like?
Read Philippians 3v10 —Our very lives can bear witness to the resurrection power of God.
- Have any parts of your life “been raised from the dead?”
- How has God brought new life into some darker areas of your past?
- Has anyone ever been curious about you because of the way you live your life?
- How do you see God preparing your character for a masterpiece- defining moment?
John 2v1-11 God transforms us from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
- What does it say about Jesus that his first miracle was turning water into wine?
- What is one skill that you have honed that brings enjoyment into the lives of others?
“A community is not simply a group of people who live together and love each other. It is a place of resurrection.” - Jean Venier
- “God has special expertise in using common materials.” What are the “common materials” of your personality, gifts, and passions that God is using to make his masterpiece?
- “Every child is born an artist.The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” Do you feel this has been true of you? What practices could you add into your weekly schedule to feed your creativity, strengths and passions?
- “Masterpieces” can’t be compared because they are masterpieces in their own right. Are there ways that you are comparing yourself to others that break down the masterwork that is unique to you and your abilities? How does comparing yourself to others invalidate the things that make you who you are?
- Have you ever wanted to give God a gift? What would it look like to give your absolute best to honor God in something right now?
- Who has inspired you to live a life of courage and sacrifice? Let that person know that their artisan life has impacted yours. Send them a beautiful note, poem or letter letting them know.
“To a skeptical world we are generally more accustomed to defend Christianity in terms of its truth and goodness. But beauty also belongs to the Christian faith. And beauty has a way of sneaking past defenses and speaking in unique ways. To a generation suspicious of truth claims and unconvinced by moral assertions, beauty has a surprising allure. Often where truth cannot convince, beauty can entice.” - Brian Zahnd, Beauty Will Save the World
Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of your creation - for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.
We thank you for the blessing of family and friends… We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts… and we thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.
Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.
Grant us the gift of your Holy Spirit, that we may know Christ and make Him known; and through Him, at all times and in all places may we give thanks in all things. Amen.
All small groups are a part of a larger geographic Missional Community. There are usually three to four small groups per Missional Community. The Missional Communities are designed to help bring together different small groups for serving opportunities a few times each semester and to maintain relationships with the entities we are serving.
Currently, we have three missional communities at The Gateway Church; North, West and Downtown. Each Missional Community (MC) has a leader and is excited to connect with you and discover ways to work and serve your local communities together. If you haven’t had a chance to connect with your Missional Community Leader, please do so soon. They are working hard to develop relationships and opportunities for our small groups to actively show the love of Christ to people in our communities.
The plan is for each small group member to get involved in one of the following areas, as they are able. If you are not able to attend your Missional Community Outreach for one reason or another, please feel free to serve at another location.
North Missional Community
Missional Community Leaders:
Jessica Nelson #(515) 249-2134 or Nate Evans #(620) 583-2096
mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org> or <email@example.com>
Who: We are all on board! Nate and I figured this would be a great way for all of us to have fellowship together as well. Whether we have time to make/ prep the meals beforehand. We can hang out and get to know one another’s small groups.
What: Serving free meals to the kids of the community at the Freedom for Youth center in Des Moines. Depending on the month will be a different age (elementary, middle school, high school). Each time the youth come to the programs at Freedom they are served a free meal. Each program consists of free time, a meal, Bible lesson, and tutoring time. Every program implements Faith, Education, Employment and Leadership.
When: 1x a month. We can do this. It’s only once a month! Mark your calendars:
10/30---middle school 5pm / 50 students
11/13—middle school 5pm/ 50 students
1/28—elementary 6pm/ 65 students
2/23—elementary 6pm/ 65 students
3/23—high school 5pm/ 50 students
4/27—elementary 6pm/65 students
5/12—middle school 5pm/50 students
Where: 2301 Hickman Road, Des Moines. There is a full kitchen to cook/prep meal there or we can go to someone’s home and prep hang out there before hand as well. The meals last thirty minutes but with prep time we usually have groups there for about an hour. So the times listed on the schedule is when the kids actually eat so if we could arrive at least 30 min before that time, that would make things run more smoothly.
West Missional Community
Missional Community Leader:
Cindy Pierce #(515) 975-2103
Who: We usually need about 16 but can always use more if someone is interested in Joppa
What: Joppa builds relationships, provides survival supplies and helps with specific needs in the homeless community (people under bridges, in camps and vehicles). Their mission is to create a community of unconditional love, support and hope for the homeless, and to help get people off the streets in Polk County.
When: The 3rd Sunday of EVERY month
Where: Joppa Outreach
118 SE 4th Street, Suite #120
Des Moines, Iowa
Downtown Missional Community
Missional Community Leaders:
Erika Wheeler #(515) 577-9563 or Caleb Wheeler #(515) 681-1906
Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org> or <email@example.com>
*The Wheelers share Downtown Missional Community Event times, locations, and other details through Facebook Events, so each small group member should be receiving Event Invites from their group leaders. If you are not getting these Invites, or if you do not use Facebook, please talk to your group leaders to get these details for our monthly events.
Who: Downtown small group members or anybody else who would like to be involved
What: Edmunds Conference Dinners & Activity Nights
When: Cooking Soup - October 7th, 2014 @ 5:00 PM
Serving Soup – October 8th-9th, 2014 TBD
Activity Night (K-1) – October 28th, 2014 from 5:00-6:30 PM
Activity Night (4-5) – November 13th, 2014 from 5:00-6:30 PM
February Conferences - TBD
Activity Night – May 7th, 2014 from 5:00-6:30 PM
Where: Erika and Caleb’s House
1811 Pleasant Street
es Moines, IA 50314
All Church Outreach Events
Contact: Jessica Stewart #(515) 770-2814
Who: Central Campus Conference Dinner
What: Help cook or serve chili for the teacher’s at Central Campus. We will provide the recipes, just need a few people willing to cook!
When: October 16th and 21st, 2014 @ 2:30 PM
Where: Central Campus
Who: All Willing & Able Church Volunteers
What: Serve Day, part of Be The Change sermon series
When: October 18th, 2014 from 9-12 PM, lunch provided
Where: Freedom for Youth
2301 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA
We will meet at Freedom for Youth at 9:00 AM. Around 9:15 AM we will head to our different work sites for about 90x minutes. We will finish together and have lunch around 11:00 AM at Freedom for Youth before going home.
Dates to Remember:
October 16th and 21st, 2014 – Central Campus conferences
October 18th, 2014 – Serve Day, All Church
November 15th, 2014 - All Church Fast/Prayer Day
November 16th, 2014 – Advent Shop
November 30th, 2014 – Advent Season begins
*Please be in touch with Missional Community leaders or contact persons in regards to event changes and updates.