Below is a brief review of our meeting July 3, followed by projection from the message and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Josh opened our time together with reading Psalm 145.
Gary Stergar led worship and we sang Come Praise and Glorify, Let Your Kingdom Come, All The Way My Savior Leads Me and Take My Life. During worship two members shared words of encouragement with the congregation. One read from Isaiah 46:3-6, challenging us to keep God’s glory at the center of our purposes. Another word reminded us that God would say, “I am enough for you.” Chris Deloglos prayed on behalf of our church that we would consecrate ourselves to the Lord.
Fabian Wisner gave testimony of how God provided a new projector at a third of the expected cost for our church. He described upgrades to the audio and video that will be coming.
Chris brought the pastoral prayer, including praying for friends of Alicia and Ruth in Venezuela.
Our guest speaker and long-time friend of KingsWay, Adam Campbell, preached from Luke 5:27-32 describing the Savior’s purpose in saving and transforming sinners. To listen again, visit our Audio Resources page or subscribe to our podcast.
Josh led us in taking communion. We responded in worship by singing Christ is Risen.
Parting announcements include: The Young Adults will be going to the Flying Squirrel’s Baseball game on Thursday, July 7. Email Josh for tickets using this link and meet at the Diamond! Volunteers are needed to serve in the Book Shoppe once per month. Contact Shawnee Rozier using this link for more information.
Josh dismissed us with the benediction from Psalm 145.
Quotes projected during the message:
Main point: The Savior’s Purpose is Saving and Transforming Sinners
Pt 1: The call of the Savior
Pt 2: The response of sinners.
Pt 3:The mission of the Savior
Pt 4:The mission of the saved.
John MacArthur—“Why did Jesus come into the world? To call sinners—those who knew they have a terminal disease, those who are hopeless and desperate, those who are hurting, those who are hungry and thirsty, those who are weak and weary, those who are broken, those whose lives are shattered, those who are desperate—sinners who know they are unworthy—yet long to be forgiven. People do not come for healing unless they know they have a disease, they do not come for life unless they are conscious they are under the penalty of death; they do not come for salvation unless they are weary of the bondage of sin.”
Questions for personal reflection or group discussion:
1. Read Luke 5:27-32. Levi was a tax collector and Jesus called him to “Follow me.” Luke records about Levi, “And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.” How would you respond, if Jesus called you to follow Him? How are you following Jesus now?
2. Describe Levi’s response to make him a great feast in his house. What do you think it was like there and how would you imagine Jesus interacted with the tax collectors?
3. The Pharisees grumbled at his disciples “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Why did he? Do you eat and drink with sinners? Should you? How should you do it and what thoughts and intentions should motivate you as you do?
4. Jesus came to call “sinners to repentance.” Adam described repentance as “turn from sin and turn to God.” Adam described that following Jesus will cost you your life. He also said that living for yourself will cost you your life, but without hope of everlasting life. How would you describe repentance to an unbelieving friend?
5. The Pharisees didn’t think of themselves as sinners. Talk about how they could be deceived. What mindset should the Pharisees have? What mindset should you have?