Below is a brief review of our meeting yesterday, projection from the message, and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Josh began our time together with an invocation.
We sang The Saving One and Elise Ledon read Psalm 121.
We sang Psalm 62 and Because He lives.
Jeremy Howard read our text for the message, Mark 8:1-26. Matthew prayed for the message and for Gene as he serves at Grace Church in Orlando, Florida over the weekend.
Matthew preached the next message in our current series, Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark. The message was titled "Will What You Command" and can be found on our Audio Resources page.
After the message, we sang You Opened Up My Eyes.
Josh led us in Communion and we gave our offerings while singing Come Thou Fount.
Matthew invited all newcomers to attend our membership class, Starting Point. The class will be held this upcoming Friday night and Saturday morning in the Seminar Room.
Matthew also encouraged support of the Pregnancy Resource Center of Richmond Walk for Life. For more information, visit their website or contact Robin Siefring.
Matthew closed our time together with a benediction.
Projection during the message:
Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him,“Sir, give us this bread always." Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. - John 6:31-35
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but bin these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. - Hebrews 1:1-2
"All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of hall that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” - John 6:37-40
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. - Ephesians 2:8-9
1. Why does Jesus deserve our faith? How does he respond to our physical and spiritual needs? Why is He worthy of our trust?
2. What is the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod in this passage? What effect does such "leaven" have in our lives?
3. Matthew taught that every one of us can be tempted to reduce our faith to a list of social markers. What can this look like in our own lives or in the life of the Church? Why is such a list so destructive in our walks with Christ? As a body, how can we actively fight this temptation together?
4. You don't have to actively decide to not believe in Jesus to sabotage your faith. All you have to do is become so preoccupied with the physical world that your faith slowly shrivels up. Are there any areas of disobedience in your life that corrupt your faith?
5. Jesus gives us the faith that He requires from us. What does this mean and what hope does it bring for those who have been saved by grace?
Posted on Sun, April 19, 2015
by Serena Walker