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.

We began our time together by singing How Great is Your Faithfulness and Matthew read 1 John 1:5-10.

We sang The Power of the Cross and Wonderful Merciful Savior.

Matthew led us in a time of group prayer for our country. He encouraged us to specifically pray for the following points:

• Praise the Sovereign One who rules over all nations
• Give thanks for the blessings God has historically granted us, particularly the gift of religious freedom
• Pray for governing officials who will uphold righteousness and oppose injustice
• Pray for deliverance from enemies who are are plotting acts of terrorism and violence
• Pray that our hope in the power of the gospel would be greater than our hope in the political process
• Pray that KW members in the public sector would proclaim God’s Word with humility and courage

After the time of prayer, Matthew preached the message, “The Cry God Hears” from Mark 10:46-52 as the next sermon in our current series, Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark. To listen again, visit our Audio Resources page.

After the message we sang Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) and Firm Foundation while giving our offerings.

Matthew closed our time together by reminding youth to sign up for the 2015 Youth Camp and with a benediction.

Following is projection from the message.

1. Our need is desperate

2. Our Savior is listening

3. His mercy will prevail

Following Jesus begins with a faith-filled cry for mercy.

What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that youcare for him?  – Psalm 8:4 (ESV)

Because, 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.”  – Romans 10:9-13 (ESV)

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are,yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:15-16 (ESV)

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. – 1 John 5:14-15 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

1. What is the significance of Mark specifically naming Bartimaeus in this passage?

2. Matthew taught that Jesus does not put us into generic categories. Rather, He knows us individually. How does this truth differ from all other religious beliefs or views of God that the secular world has to offer?

3. When Jesus approached Bartimaeus, the first thing He said was, “What do you want me do for you?” Why did He ask this?

4. Matthew said that following Jesus begins with a faith-filled cry for mercy–this is the starting point of sanity. Does such a cry for mercy typically fit anywhere in your response to trouble?

Serena joined the office staff team in December of 2015. Originally from Aurora, Colorado, Serena began attending KingsWay when she moved to Midlothian in 2012 - immediately becoming drawn in to the vibrant and diverse community. She received her undergrad degree in Communications and Journalism and is pursuing graduate work in Counseling and Discipleship. Serena works full-time in the non-profit sector and serves on the board of the Bolivia Missions Foundation.


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