Below is a brief review of our meeting June 26, 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 a Call to Worship.
Quin shared how he appreciated the depth of teaching about justification at the Men’s Ministry Kick-Off event on Friday and Saturday. He read Romans 5:12-18, which defines what that justification means for believers.
We sang O Great God, followed by giving our tithes and offerings.
John Robertson brought an update from the team of ladies who are serving at the orphanage in Bolivia, Casa de Esperanaza. The team has been in Bolivia for a week thus far.
Chris continued our series United: The Letter to the Ephesians. He preached from Ephesians 5:1-6 about how we should walk in love as Christ loved us, as imitators of Christ. To listen again, visit our Audio Resources page or subscribe to our podcast.
Josh spoke the Benediction from Psalm 37:23-24
Quotes projected during the message:
“If people believe in God at all today, the overwhelming majority hold that this God-however he, she, or it may be understood- is a loving being. But that is what makes the task of the Christian witness so daunting. For this widely disseminated belief in the love of God is set with increasing frequency in some matrix other than biblical theology. The result is that when informed Christians talk about the love of God, they mean something very different from what is meant in the surrounding culture,” moreover, “that the love of God in our culture has been purged of anything the culture finds uncomfortable” – D.A. Carson, The difficult Doctrine of the Love of God.
The Love of Christ that we are called to imitate is a:
- Sacrificial love
- Focused Love
- Unifying Love
Questions for personal reflection or group discussion:
1. Read Ephesians 5:1-6 and think/talk about how Jesus’ love frees us from the bondage to sin so we can live for the glory of God.
2. Christ’s love is sacrificial, focused and unifying. How does this contrast this with the love described in our culture?
3. Chris laid out a battle plan acronym for battling sexual sin: ATTACK. Pick a letter of the battle plan ATTACK and describe how it has or would help you in resisting sexual sin.
- A. Admit our sin
- T. Trust that Christ has delivered believers from the bondage of sin
- T. Thank God for what He has provided you
- A. Accountability – Ask for prayer and get a “Nathan” to be with you in the battle.
- C. Confess (& repent) from sin
- K. Kill or put to death the evil thoughts and actions and flee from the temptations, recall the gospel and turn and run to God.
4. If you were to record your words and meditations for a day, would they be marked by thanksgiving?
5. Why does putting on an attitude and practice of thanksgiving bring glory to God? Take time to thank God for what He has already provided!