Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by projection from the message, as well as a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Bob Shanks began our time together by reading Revelation 5 and we sang When the Stars Burn Down, One Thing Remains, and Great Are You Lord. During this time of worship, Robin Siefring, Shane Fernandez, and Chris Haggard all received words from the Lord that they shared at the prophecy mic.
Matthew prayed and introduced Fabian Wisner who shared a testimony about how God is meeting him through a battle with chronic pain.
After the testimony, Josh preached a message from Mark 12:13-17 as part of our current series, Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark.
After the message, we sang Behold the Lamb and Chris led us in communion.
Josh closed our time with a benediction and invited visitors to stop by the Connect Desk before leaving.
Projection from the message:
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Submission TO God paves the way for relationship WITH God. It’s worked that way from the very beginning. Adam, Noah, Abraham, David, Peter, Paul – every one of the saints was forced to decide whether or not they would trust that God’s way is best or not. Ultimately, that’s what submitting to God’s authority is all about – choosing to walk by faith. Faith sees the allure of this world, faith feels the pull of our flesh, faith hears the whisper of the Devil, and keeps choosing to say, “Jesus is better.”
Matthew Williams, Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark Series
1. How were the Pharisees exposed as hypocrites to Jesus by addressing Him as “teacher”? In what ways have you seen the flattery and cunning of modern day leaders in society lead to great deceit?
2. Despite our sin, Jesus’ character remains unchanged. When has been a time in your life in which Jesus proved Himself faithful despite your hypocrisy?
3. What was the significance of Jesus making His point with a denarius coin? How does God reflect His likeness onto us?
4. Since we belong to God, how do we render our life back to Him? (Josh quoted Romans 10:9-11.) What is the result of such rendering?