Below is a brief review of our meeting June 12, followed by projection from the message, and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Chris opened our time together with a Call to Worship from John 20:26-29.
We sang His Name is Jesus (All Hail the Power), Shine Into Our Night, One Thing Remains, and Our Song from Age to Age.
Chris invited members of the upcoming Care Serve and Invest E-Team to come to the front. Chris and the Seasoned Saints prayed for the team members as they prepare to leave for Bolivia for 40 days.
We gave of our tithes and offerings and Bob Shanks read the scripture for the message, Ephesians 4:17-24. Josh prayed and preached the message “The New Life” as the next in our current series, United: The Letter to the Ephesians. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.
After the message, we sang Shine Into Our Night and Josh closed our time together with a benediction.
Projection from the message:
I. A call away from futile living
II. Putting off & Putting on
III. Renewal of your mind
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. – Ephesians 1:16
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices. – Colossians 3:5-9
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. – Colossians 3:12-14
…seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. – Colossians 3:1-3
Strive … for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. – Hebrews 12:14
But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. – Matthew 22:11-13
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 36:26
1. What is the greatest problem that any human has ever had? How did God take care of this problem?
2. If you are a Christian, what is your new greatest need since it is no longer separation from God?
3. What is “the futility of our minds”?
4. What sort of hearts need regeneration? What things become licentious in our hearts? Be it sensuality, drugs, food, etc., what things do you identify as a particular struggle in your life? What things have a tendency to make your heart hard, dark, and ignorant?
5. What does it mean to “put off” your old self in exchange for the new? How do you pursue the likeness of God? What part does the Holy Spirit play in this pursuit?
6. How are you individually being called to more exult Christ in your daily life?