Sunday Review - December 7

Sunday Review - December 7

Below is a review of our Sunday Meeting yesterday followed by quotes highlighted during the sermon and a few questions for community group discussion or personal study this week.

We began the service by singing 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord).

Matthew read Exodus 33:12-16 as a call to worship. We sang Hope Has Come, Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground), and Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me).

Gail Emerson gave a testimony about her family's time at KingsWay and the pastors prayed for her and her family and they prepare to move to Northern Virginia. 

After the testimony, Gene preached the next sermon in our series, Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark. The message was entitled "Lord of the Sabbath" and was from Mark 2:23-3:6.

Following the message, we sang Not In Me and gave our tithes and offerings. 

Matthew invited Jorge Martinez up to pray for his home country of Guatemala and for God's kingdom around the world. Jorge prayed in Spanish and Silvia Ledon translated his prayer into English. 

Josh encouraged visitors to stop by the Connect Desk on their way out and reminded us of the Christmas Eve Service on December 24th at 6:30 pm.

Josh prayed Psalm 139:1-12, 18 as a benediction to conclude our meeting.

Quotes highlighted during the message:

"The rabbis endeavored to offer a rule, or at least a precedent, for every conceivable Sabbath question.  The comprehensiveness of the tradition is revealed in the following ruling: if a building fell down on the Sabbath, enough rubble could be removed to discover if any victims were dead or alive. If alive, they could be rescued, but if dead, the corpses must be left until sunset." --James Edwards, Gospel According to Mark

Discussion Questions:

1. Why did God ordain the Sabbath as an essential part of our lives? How is it a gift over a duty? How can you better utilize this gift in your life?

2. How did the Pharisees distort this command? 

3. Gene taught that the hearts of the watching Pharisees in Mark 3:1-6 were as shriveled as the man's hand. Has your heart ever become shriveled because you’re more concerned about your tradition or comfort over those who are tragically in need of the love and touch of Jesus?

4. Gene taught that Jesus came to completely change the way in which we rest. Instead of a weekly "day off", we can know the One who gives rest that satisfies on our deepest level. How did Jesus' death on the cross forge this gift? Do you feel like you personally know the Lord of the Sabbath and this rest that He provides?


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