Below is a brief review of our meeting yesterday, followed by quotes highlighted during the sermon and a few study questions for Community Group discussion or personal devotion this week.
Kevin Khoffie led us into a time of worship by reading Isaiah 40:9-18.
Chris Deloglos and Gene prayed for Brad and Tammy Bishop as they prepare to head to Bolivia on Wednesday, March 11. Brad will be in Bolivia for the first two weeks and Tammy will stay for a total of five weeks.
David Rojas gave a testimony about the key role that membership at KingsWay has played in his life as a believer. A new Starting Point session will be on April 24-25 for any who are interested in learning more about becoming a member.
After the testimony, Gene preached the next sermon in our current series, Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark titled “Seeing God”. The message was from Mark 6:45-56 and can be found on our Audio Resources page.
After the message we had a few moments of personal prayer and meditation.
We sang By Faith and gave our offerings.
Josh invited the women to sign up online for the Ladies Night Out on March 21st and closed our time together with a benediction.
Quotes highlighted during the message:
“There are thoughts of comfort here for all true believers. Wherever they may be, or whatever their circumstances, the Lord Jesus sees them….The same eye which saw the disciples tossed on the lake, is ever looking at us.We are never beyond the reach of His care. Our way is never hidden from Him. He knows the path that we take, and is still able to help. He may not come to our aid at the time we like best, but He will never allow us utterly to fail. He who walked upon the water never changes. He will always come at the right time to uphold His people. Though He tarry, let us wait patiently. Jesus sees us, and will not forsake us.” –JC Ryle
“Oh for the grace to feel that if we do not know when God will deliver us, then it is none of our business. If God knows, that is enough. We are to follow Him, not lead. We are to obey Him, not prescribe. Your deliverance is near. But if it tarried it will be a richer blessing.” –Charles Spurgeon
“Do we learn much in sunny weather? Do we not profit most in stormy times? Have you not found it so—that your sick-bed—your bereavement—your depression of spirit, has instructed you in many matters which tranquility and delight have never whispered to you?I suppose we ought to learn as much by joy as by sorrow, and I hope that many of my Lord’s better servants do so; but, alas! others of us do not; affliction has to be called in to whip the lesson into us.” –Charles Spurgeon
“I cannot tell you how happy this service in which I am engaged makes me. Instead of my being the anxious, careworn man so many persons think me to be, I have no anxieties and no cares at all. Faith in God leads me to roll my burdens, all my burdens, upon God. Not only burdens concerning money, but burdens concerning everything, for hundreds are my necessities besides those connected with money.In every way I find God to be my helper, even as I trust in Him for everything, and pray to Him in child-like simplicity about everything….I have found invariably, during my long life as a believer, that if I only believed, I was sure to get in God’s time the thing I asked for.” –George Muller
1. While Jesus was praying on the mountain, the disciples were in their boat, in a storm. The fact that Jesus was not in the boat didn’t mean that the disciples were out of His sight. Still, the disciples felt alone. What “storms” or circumstances in your life have caused you to feel alone?
2. Why does God allow His children to experience suffering? What are some examples from scripture or your own experience in which the Lord used a great hardship to bring about benefit?
3. Do we always get to see the fruit of our suffering in this life? How should we respond when there is no foreseeable end to a storm? What happens when we have expectations about exactly how and when we would like God to to help us?
4. Gene said that God’s compassion caused Him to care for us preeminently on the cross. What does this mean? How was this gift the ultimate provision?
5. Read the above quote by George Muller again. Do you feel like you are truly growing toward that sort of faith?