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.
Craig Smith introduced Carolyn Troiano who shared a testimony about how the Christmas Box Outreach had impacted her family in the past. Craig gave details about this year’s outreach. For more information, read Monday’s blog post here.
Mark Donahue read Psalm 45 and Matthew preached the next sermon in our miniseries, Songs of the Savior. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.
After the message we sang Come Thou Fount and Chris led us in Communion.
We sang All I Have is Christ and Matthew closed with a benediction and an invitation for all to join us at the Christmas Eve Service on December 24th at 6:00 pm.
Projection from the Message:
“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs…Of the angels he says, ‘He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.’ But of the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.'” – Hebrews 1:3-4, 7-9
“’Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” – Ephesians 5:31-32
“For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.” – Isaiah 54:5
“Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, ‘Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure’—for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.” – Revelation 19:6-8
1. Psalm 45 describes a King’s wedding to his bride. While this was a real event, Matthew taught that it also symbolizes something larger for the Body of Christ. What are some of the ways that this passage points to the relationship between Christ and His Church?
2. When considering the glorious groom in this passage, we learn that joy does not come from following our heart. Rather, joy comes to those who embrace God’s heart. What does this look like? In what ways has the world’s cry to “follow your heart” fallen short in your life? What have you experienced when you embrace God’s heart?
3. Matthew read from Ephesians 5 (see above), how does this description of a human husband reflect what Christ has done for His church?
4. We are obligated to submit to Jesus as our Lord, but we get to submit to Him as our husband. So, where do you need to repent? Where do you need to submit to King Jesus?