Sunday Review: July 16, 2017

Sunday Review: July 16, 2017

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

Josh opened our time together with announcements and a Call to Worship.

We sang Praise to the Lord the Almighty and Eliza Sturgeon prayed a Prayer of Confession.

We sang All the Way My Savior Leads Me and You Opened Up My Eyes.

Beth Webb read 1 John 5:13-21 - the text for Matthew's message in our current series Assured of SalvationTo listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.

After the message we had a time of personal prayer and sang Psalm 62.

Josh closed our time together with a benediction.

Projection from the message:

Knowing Jesus enables us to live with certainty in the midst of an uncertain world.

1) Confidence in our Salvation

The Doctrinal Test = Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God?
The Moral Test = Are you fighting to obey God’s commands in every area of life?
The Relational Test = Are you loving God’s people the way he has loved you?

“I can understand a man doubting whether he is truly converted or not, but I cannot countenance his apathy in resting quiet till he has solved the riddle…How can you give sleep to your eyelids till you have known it? Not know whether you are in Christ or not; perhaps unreconciled, perhaps condemned already; perhaps on the brink of hell, perhaps with nothing more to keep you out of [hell] than the breath that is in your nostrils, or the circulating drop of blood which any of ten thousands haps or mishaps may stop, and then your career is closed – your life-story ended…I entreat thee, I beseech thee, shake off this sluggishness. Ask the Lord to say unto thy soul tonight, ‘I am thy salvation.’ He is able, and He is willing;…He will do it for you when you eagerly seek it from Him.”- Charles Spurgeon

2) Confidence in our Prayers

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” - Hebrews 4:14-16

“For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose…’” - Isaiah 46:9-10

“Prayer is not a convenient device for imposing our will upon God, or for bending his will to ours, but the prescribed way of subordinating our will to his.” - John Stott

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” - 2 Timothy 3:16

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and you heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” - Matthew 6:31-33

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” - James 1:2

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” - Luke 22:42

“No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” - Romans 4:20-21

“Certainty and humility do not exclude one another. If God’s revealed purpose is not only that we should hear, believe and live, but also that we should know, presumptuousness lies in doubting his word, not trusting it.” - John Stott

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the three tests that Matthew referenced back to in order to determine if faith is real and genuine in our hearts?

2. Have you ever seen your "good works" become like a functional savior in your heart? What was the end result of that? What is a far better assurance of your salvation?

3. How does the certainty of salvation change how you live on a mundane, day-to-day basis?

4. Why is God kind to only answer prayers according to His purpose? What would happen if we could compel God to answer prayers outside of His will?

5. So then, how should we pray? Tangibly, what things in your prayer life need to change?

6. How does saturation in God's word change the way that we pray?