Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by projection from the message, and discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Chris opened our time together with announcements and a Call to Worship.
We sang See the Destined Day Arise and Matthew honored all of the moms present for mother’s day.
Brian McPeters prayed a Prayer of Intercession and Allison Sturgeon gave an evangelism testimony.
Peter Burdette read 1 John 3:4-10 and Matthew preached the message “Practice Righteousness” as the next in our current series, Assured of Salvation. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.
After the message, we sang Lord I Need You and shared communion, led by Josh.
Josh closed our time together with a benediction.
“It is therefore faith alone which justifies, and yet the faith which justifies is not alone: just as it is the heat alone of the sun which warms the earth, and yet in the sun it is not alone, because it is constantly conjoined with light.” – John Calvin
Why is practicing righteousness a necessary part of our salvation?
- The sanctifying goal of the gospel
- The sinless perfection of our Savior
- The visible nature of righteousness
- The diabolical origin of sin
- The emancipating power of the gospel
- The purifying principle of the new birth
- The unmistakable evidence of adoption
“A Christian…may sin sometimes, even with the consent of the mind and the will, but he is overwhelmed by grief and repentance afterwards (Ps. 51). For the whole direction of his life is towards God and holiness. His mind is set on the Spirit (Rom. 8:6) and on the things above (Col. 3:2), not on earthly things (Phil. 3:19). His eyes are ever focused on the Lord (Ps. 25:15), whom he sets always before him (Ps. 16:8). His eyes are fixed upon all God’s commands (Ps. 119:6)…” – John Stott
“Although the believer sometimes sin, yet not sin, but opposition to sin, is the ruling principle of his life.” – Alfred Plummer
“Sin is not a matter of isolated peccadillos; it is an expression of siding with God’s ultimate enemy.” – I. Howard Marshall
1. Matthew taught that there are voices around and inside of us that fight to convince us that obeying God is less than necessary. Is this something that you have experienced? If so, in what ways?
2. What would you say is currently more so a ruling principle of your life: sin or opposition to sin?
3. Do you feel like your life shows fruit and growth in righteousness? What evidence can you point to of this?
4. Why should your salvation be noticeable on the outside as opposed to hidden internally? What does this look like practically?