Sunday Review: August 20, 2017

Sunday Review: August 20, 2017

Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.

Matthew opened our time together with announcements and read Job 26:7-14.

We sang How Great Thou Art, Wonderful Maker, and His Mercy is More

Chris read Isaiah 61 and led us in a Prayer of Intercession.

Stephanie Shanks shared a testimony about her time on the short term missions trip to Bolivia this month.

After the testimony, Chris introduced Mickey Connolly who preached the message "The Power and Purpose of Gospel Ministry" from Luke 4:14-21. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.

After the message we sang The Lord is My Salvation, quoted questions 60 & 61 from the Heidelburg Catechism, and Matthew closed our time together with a benediction.

Discussion Questions:

Special thanks to Doug Roberts for the following.

Mickey Connelly spoke from the passage Luke 4:14-21 when Jesus got up in his hometown's synagogue and read from the passage in Isaiah 61 and then sat down saying, today this this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.

  1. Mickey spoke how Jesus' example is a pattern for us to be empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Read in Acts 1:6-11 where Jesus charged the apostles and discuss how do you or should you rely on God's power and how are you or should you be witnesses to the end of the earth.  
  2. One of Jesus' purposes was to proclaim good news to the poor.  Talk about who is "poor" and in what ways the poor shall inherit the kingdom of God.  What are practical ways to acknowledge our spiritual poverty and to remain humble and grateful for Jesus' saving work? How can we marvel at the grace of God regularly?
  3. Discuss what Jesus meant "recovery of sight to the blind".  Tell a short story how you were blind and how God opened your eyes to the gospel.
  4. Mickey asked "Who is it that is far from the gospel but near to you?"  Who is it and how do you know them and when is the most likely time you might get a chance to have a meaningful conversation with them?  Take a few minutes to pray for openness to the gospel for that person and boldness to show loving care for them. May God prepare our hearts for those times! 

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