Below is a brief review of our meeting yesterday, projection from the message, plus a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Matthew prayed and we gave of our tithes and offerings.
Mike Hickman read Mark 7:1-23, the text for Gene’s sermon, “The Stain.” The message was the next in our current series, Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark. To listen again, visit our Audio Resources page.
Matthew spoke about the Sovereign Grace Mission Fund and then closed our time together with a benediction.
Projection from the message:
“The Scribes and the Pharisees…do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. Everything they do is done for men to see…” –Matthew 23:2-5, NIV
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”–Jeremiah 17:9
“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” –Romans 3:10-12, 23
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws.” –Ezekiel 36:26-27
1. Gene quoted RC Sproul who said that there are two approaches to sum up religion: “Do” or “Done”. What is the difference between these two approaches? Which one is accurate? Which approach do you tend to lean toward?
2. Gene also said that when we identify everything that makes us unclean as external (as opposed to within the heart), we quickly become Pharisaical. What does this mean? What is the outcome of such a mindset?
3. What are some common definitions of “religion”? How does a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ differ from these definitions?
4. Where is the line drawn between beneficial ceremonial traditions that help to remind us of our uncleanliness before God and practices that end up taking the place of the grace that we can freely receive through Christ? What are some ways that churches, community groups, and families can avoid crossing such a line?