Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by projection from the message, and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Gary Stergar opened our time together with a Call to Worship.
Chris shared an update about the four E-Teams who recently returned from mission trips in Bolivia. There will be a meeting within a few weeks to hear more testimonies from team participants. Date is currently TBA.
Chris invited all men to the quarterly Men’s Breakfast on August 27th at 8:00.
Bob Shanks read Ephesians 6:5-9 and Josh preached the next message in our current series United: The Letter to the Ephesians. The message was titled “Servants and Masters” and can be heard again on our Audio Resources page.
After the message, we sang How Great is Your Faithfulness and Josh closed our time together with a benediction.
Projection from the message:
“While we cannot defend the indolence or cowardice of two further Christians centuries which saw this social evil, but failed to eradicate it, we can at the same time rejoice that the gospel immediately began, even in the first century, to undermine the institution; it lit a fuse which at long last lead to the explosion which destroyed it.” – John Stott
I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. – Philemon 1:10-16
Were you a bondservant slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity. – 1 Corinthians 7:21
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. – 1 Peter 2:13-14
For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. – 1 Peter 2:19, 21-25
Being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. – Ephesians 2:4-6
Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. – Colossians 3:24
1. Why is this an important passage to study in our modern society? How do the principles taught here apply to us today in any environment that we are either in or under authority?
2. What are the specific characteristics that Paul encourages in this scripture? How do these tangibly play out in a modern work environment as an employee? What about as a leader with employees under them?
3. Why do we have to be obedient? What is the definition of this term? Who is the ultimate example of what it looks like to be obedient in the face of great injustice?