Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, projection from the message and a few questions for Community Group discussion or personal study this week.
We sang Hear, O Israel, Come People of the Risen King, and Because He Lives (Amen).
Matthew read Hebrews 7:22-28, we sang Before the Throne of God Above, and Kevin Khoffie read Romans 8:18-25.
We sang O Wondrous Love and Karin Kruger shared about the Ladies Bible Study taking place this summer. Sign-ups will be in the foyer.
Josh preached a message from Mark 8:34-38 as part of our current series, Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark. The message, "Loss is Gain", can be found on our Audio Resources page.
Josh prayed specifically for the mothers and women in our church and we sang The Wonderful Cross.
We gave our offerings and sang Take My Life.
Chris closed our time together with a benediction.
Projection from the message:
"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
"Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ." - Philippians 3:8
"Peter, Andrew, James, and John believed following Jesus was worth the cost—even worth the loss of their freedom and their lives. Why? Because they received Jesus. They exchanged their lives for His life, and the results of that exchange were totally in their favor. In Jesus these men discovered a love that surpassed comprehension, a satisfaction that superseded circumstances, and a purpose that transcended every other possible pursuit in this world. They eagerly, willingly, and gladly lost their lives in order to know, follow, and proclaim Christ." - David Platt, Radical
"I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth." - Revelation 3:15-16
1. Is what ways throughout history has the church and culture stripped the depth of what it means to follow Christ?
2. What is the contrast between a desire to save our lives versus a lifestyle that actually leads to salvation?
3. What is the distinction between denying ourselves and opposing self-inflicted martyrdom? What do we gain when we deny ourselves for the sake of Christ?
4. Josh said that there is no such thing as a moderate Christian. Based on the passage he read from Revelation (see above), what does this mean?
5. How are you doing with this call to die? Are you living a life of denying yourself for the sake of Jesus and the gospel?
Posted on Mon, May 11, 2015
by Serena Walker