Below is a brief review of our meeting July 24, followed by projection from the message and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Matthew opened our time together with a call to worship.
Kevin Khoffie led us in singing Come Praise and Glorify. He then read Titus 2:11-14 and we sang Jesus I My Cross Have Taken. Bob Shanks read the chapter of Proverbs 8. We responded by singing Lord I Need You.
Matthew prayed for our church from The Valley of Vision, a prayer entitled “The Spirit’s Work.” He then recapped of our sermon series called United from the book of Ephesians. September Robertson gave a testimony of how investing in meaningful relationships with friends in KingsWay has impacted her walk with the Lord.
Matthew continued our sermon series United: The Letter to the Ephesians. He preached from Ephesians 5:15-21 about living under the influence of the Holy Spirit. To listen again, visit our Audio Resources page or subscribe to our podcast.
Matthew dismissed us with the benediction.
Quotes projected during the message:
1.) Pursue the Wisdom of God
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.” (Ephesians 1:17-19 ESV)
“The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.” (Proverbs 8:22-23 ESV)
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5 ESV)
Understanding God’s Will for Visual Media
– What are the relevant, Biblical principles?
- Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8 ESV)
- Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. (Romans 12:9 ESV)
- “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin? What would be my portion from God above and my heritage from the Almighty on high?” (Job 31:1-2 ESV)
- I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. (Psalm 101:3 ESV)
- And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ (Mark 12:30 ESV)
– What unique temptations and weaknesses in my life should affect the way I apply these biblical principles?
– Do I genuinely want to know what wisdom looks like or am I trying to justify a decision I’ve already made?
– Among the mature Christians I know and trust, who can help me apply these principles? How are they already applying these principles?
– What are the consequences of making an unwise decision? What are the results of making a wise decision?
– Will watching this movie diminish my awareness of God, my love for his glory, or my desire for holiness?
– If the Lord was sitting on the couch next to me, would I still hit play?
2.) Be filled by the Holy Spirit
If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (John 14:14-17 ESV)
“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (John 14:25-26 ESV)
A Spirit-filled Christian is marked by:
a) Expressive worship
b) Consistent gratitude
c) Reverent submission
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:1-5 ESV)
Walking in wisdom means living under the influence of the Spirit of the Lord
Questions for personal reflection or group discussion:
1. Matthew said that wisdom is centered on the work of Christ (Ephesians 1:17). What is the relationship of wisdom and knowing Christ?
2. How are you pursuing understanding the will of the Lord in “big” decisions? In “little” daily decisions?
3. Do your choices of visual media align with the will of the Lord or are they foolish? See above questions and verses.
4. A man or woman who is wise understands the will of God because he or she lives under the influence of the Spirit of God. How aware are you, Christian, that you have been sent the Helper (John 14:26)? How can you more fully rely on Him?
5. What is one way to cultivate more consistent gratitude in your life?