Indoor Service Plan

City Church Family,

Come celebrate with us this Sunday at one of our three service types: indoors, outdoors, or online! We’re taking every precaution to ensure your safety, including requiring masks, distanced seating, and a place to safely gather outside. 9:30am & 11am at the Tulsa Ballet, or you can livestream. Find all the details and more here: citychurchtulsa.com/indoor

If you plan to watch the service from home, you can livestream here: citychurchtulsa.com/watch

If you plan to watch the sermon “on the lot,” we will have a TV setup under a tent in front of the Tulsa Ballet building.

Talk Notes

August 16, 2020

Pastor Matt Nelson – Walking Away: Hypocrisy

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  • What if we learned to STRUGGLE WELL, as followers of Jesus, instead of STRUGGLING ALONE?
  • What if we developed such a foundation in our relationship with Christ that the things that cause many to walk away actually serve to deepen our faith?

From the Religion, Brain, & Behavioral Journal

An abnormally large number of young adults who turned to atheism were raised in homes where the parent/guardian was insincere or unfaithful to their professed faith (i.e. hypocritical) 

We must start by admitting that we’re all recovering hypocrites at some level.

Luke 7:1-15

The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed.(The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.) So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”  He (Jesus) replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ 11 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)— 12 then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. 13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.” 14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”

Signs you are in the hypocrisy danger zone:

  1. You are more concerned with perception than reality. 
  1. You have built your spiritual foundation on another person.
  1. You have a tendency to confuse God with his followers, his church, or his leaders.
  1. You minimize or ignore your own struggle but are quick to see and call out the faults in others.
  1. You are quick to accuse or join the mob when someone’s sin or struggle is exposed.
  1. You have such a cheap view of grace that you persist in sin because God’s forgiveness is available.
  1. You have successfully compartmentalized certain parts of your life and faith.
  1. You highlight the rules, holiness, and changing your behavior but diminish the role of the gospel in our hearts.

A Prayer for Recovering Hypocrites:

Father, I’m sorry for all the times I claimed to be a follower of Jesus and yet my life failed to reflect your heart. I’m sorry for being quick to judge others and slow to see my own sin. I’m sorry for picking the speck out of my neighbor’s eye, while being oblivious to the log in my own.

 I ask you to give me the humility to see – to own – to be aware of every place in me that is not fully surrendered to you.

By your Spirit, help me to fully align my faith and my life. Help me to overcome the pain and wounds that have been inflicted on me by others. Today, I put my hope, my faith, and my life in YOU; not another person, leader, or church.

Father, help me to struggle well in this life and to find a deeper place in YOU in the midst of this messy journey.

 

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Gospel-center gatherings of two or more people committed to obedience and missional living.

  1. Find someone who can partner with you.
  2. Watch the sermon video.
  3. Walk through the 6 discovery questions together.

For more information or help getting connected with a micro-church contact justin@citychurchtulsa.com

First Time Guests

Thanks for joining us today! Please fill out the form below and visit us in the Welcome Room located in the lobby after service for a free “I Heart My City” t-shirt.

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ON SUNDAY

We have giving envelopes, located with the giving boxes at each exit, available for you every Sunday morning to give by cash, check, or credit card.

RESOURCES

Generosity Pathway

• Financial Peace University – Next class begins March 6th – register here!

• Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn – Pick up a copy at Connection Corner

• Contact us for financial consulting and we can recommend a financial advisor – justin@citychurchtulsa.com

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Growth Track

CONNECT | DINNER WITH THE STAFF

If you’re interested in learning more about City Church and partnering with us as we reach people for Jesus, we would like to personally invite you to join us for Dinner with the Staff. It’s a time to connect with our staff and hear the vision and heart behind our church. It’s only one hour long, it’s completely free, and we even provide childcare!

To RSVP for our next Dinner with the Staff event, visit our website.

DISCOVER | PATHWAY CLASS

Live out the gospel in community with others as we commit ourselves to becoming disciples and making disciples. Pathway is a 4-week class designed to help you discover and live out God’s unique mission for your life.

Our next class will begin Sunday, September 8th at 10am. The class is free, however there is a suggested donation of $25, which covers all your materials and helps provide grants to our Love Tulsa partners. Register here.

GROW | CITY GROUPS

Live out the gospel in community with others as we commit ourselves to becoming disciples and making disciples.

For more information on City Groups and a list of groups currently meeting, visit our website.

MULTIPLY | CITY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

CLA is a 5-month journey learning how to lead yourself and others to fulfill the Great Commission. CLA is offered twice per year for those who have already committed to serving, giving, & leading at City Church.

For inquiries on CLA, contact Pastor Jim Moss jim@citychurchtulsa.com

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Lyrics

God I look to You

God, I look to You, I won’t be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like You do
God, I look to You, You’re where my help comes from
Give me wisdom, You know just what to do

God, I look to You, and I won’t be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like You do
God, I look to You, and You’re where my help comes from
Give me wisdom, You know just what to do

And I will love You, Lord my strength
And I will love You, Lord my shield
And I will love You, Lord, my rock
Forever all my days, I will love You, God

Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
Oh, Hallelujah our God (You) (reign)s
Forever all my days, Hallelujah
Hallelujah our God reigns
And Hallelujah our God reigns
Oh, Hallelujah our God reigns
Forever all my days, Hallelujah

Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
Forever all my days, Hallelujah

Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
Forever all my days, Hallelujah
And Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
And Hallelujah our God reigns
Forever all my days, Hallelujah
And Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
And Hallelujah our God reigns
Forever all my days, Hallelujah

And Hallelujah our God reigns
And Hallelujah our God reigns
And Hallelujah our God reigns
Forever all my days, Hallelujah

Great Are You Lord

You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken

Great are You, Lord

It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
To You only

You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken

Great are You, Lord

It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
To You only

All the earth will shout
Your praise
Our hearts will cry
These bones will sing
Great are You, Lord

It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
To You only

Love Tulsa Sunday

Love Tulsa Weekend August 8-9, 2020

This year City Church Tulsa is partnering with Unite My City to strategically BE THE GOSPEL all over our city. In the midst of uncertain times, this will be a an amazing weekend to serve our neighbors and show them the hope and love of Jesus Christ. The Unite My City Project is on Aug 8th, all projects listed below are on Sunday, Aug 9th.

**We are no longer taking sign-ups, however you can still serve! At this project; South Tulsa Community House
5780 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74105 – 10am**

SATURDAY PROJECT – AUG 8TH – Unite My City Drive Thru Grocery and School Supply Event – We are partnering with 5 other local churches to host a drive thru event where we will distribute over 1,200 bags of groceries and 750 backpacks full of school supplies to the Hope Valley neighborhood.

Adopt-A-Block – Hope Valley & Black Wall Street – We’re going to love on specific areas of Tulsa with prayer walks, one-on-one conversations, picking up trash, and looking for ways to serve on the spot.

Church of Eternal Love Fence Building (needs skilled leaders 18+) – If you’re looking to get your hands dirty, this is the project for you. We will be installing fencing around our sister church, Church of Eternal Love, in North Tulsa.

PROJECT FULL! Classroom Care Packages for Teachers at Eliot and Sequoyah – We can all agree that the last thing teachers should be worried about is having COVID supplies as schools re-open. We’ll be assembling care packages for their classrooms to help ease the burden.

PROJECT FULL! City Officials – Letters of Encouragement – Political views aside, this might be the most difficult time in recent history to be a decision maker. We want to send notes of encouragement and gift cards to members of our local government.

Free Sno Cone Drive Through – Who doesn’t love a free sno cone?! This project will be handing them out, drive-thru style, in the Hope Valley area of Tulsa.

PROJECT FULL! Local Pastors – Letters of Encouragement – We know how important the local church is during a crisis and we want our local pastors of all denominations to know we love and appreciate their dedication and leadership during these trying times. We’ll be writing thank you letters with encouraging verses and gifts cards to keep them going.

Nursing Home Pen Pals – Nursing homes have proven to be extra lonely during quarantine. We’ll be visiting some of Tulsa’s elderly population, learning about their interests, and creating social media posts to help them find pen pals and keep company.

Positive Sidewalk Chalk – Everyone likes a colorful pick-me-up! We’ll be going to schools, hospitals, and stores around town and creating positive messages with sidewalk chalk.

Random Acts of Kindness – This project is for those who love to put a smile on someone else’s face! From paying for people’s gas, to delivering surprise flowers, to leaving notes of encouragement on people’s windshields, there will be tons of opportunities to spread kindness!

PROJECT FULL! Thank You Baskets for Sequoyah Cafeteria Workers – The cafeteria workers at Sequoyah have worked throughout the summer with no break, feeding kiddos and keeping spirits high during the pandemic. We’ll be putting together thank you baskets and gifts for the 7 ladies who make it all happen.

PROJECT FULL! Tulsa Hills Youth Ranch Tidy Up – We love this long standing partnership with THYR! We’ll be providing all kinds of lawn care and clean up at their ranch, there’s always plenty to do!

TU Chi-Alpha House Flip – The University of Tulsa Chapter of Chi-Alpha provides students resources and a place to grow closer to God. We want to help them with carpentry, painting, moving furniture, and other efforts as they renovate their facility.