Here is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday followed by a few questions for Community Group discussion or personal study this week.
Josh began the meeting with a call to worship.
We sang Behold Our God, Holy is the Lord, and Shine Into Our Night.
Gene commemorated Sanctity of Human Life Sunday and Matthew preached from Mark 4:21-34. The message was titled "Life in the Kingdom" and was a continuation of our current series, Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark.
After the message, we worshiped God through our offerings and sang He is Jesus and Let Your Kingdom Come.
Gene invited all ladies to attend the Ladies Sleepover this coming weekend, January 23-24. He also encouraged visitors to stop by the Connect Desk on their way out.
Gene closed the meeting with a benediction.
1. What is the one thing that life in the Kingdom of God requires above all else? Define faith in this context and consider what this currently looks like in your life.
2. Christianity is about entering into the redemptive reign of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, what sorts of things is Christianity NOT about? (Matthew gave the examples of "stopping cussing", "going to church", "reading your Bible" and "voting republican".) How can you avoid making these things more necessary than simple faith?
3. Matthew read Hebrews 10:12. Why is it so significant to us that Christ "sat down at the right hand of God"?
4. The good things that you think you have (pleasures, possessions, good works) will all go away--it isn't going to last in light of God's eternal Kingdom. Do you hold on to earthly things more than you should? What is the most difficult thing in your life to surrender?
5. Matthew taught that we should focus on three primary things:
--Believe that Jesus is who He says He is
--Trust the power at work in the Kingdom of God through the gospel
--Not expect our best life now
Consider each of these three facets separately. How can you as an individual, family, or Community Group implement each in a greater way?
6. What does it mean to declare the Kingdom? What does this role look like? How can you tangibly fulfill this calling based upon what you have learned about the Kingdom of God?
Posted on Tue, January 20, 2015
by Serena Walker