Below is a brief review of our meeting yesterday, followed by several questions to discuss at community group this week.
Matthew opened our time by reading Psalm 116 as a call to worship.
Kevin Khoffie read Philippians 1:6 and Matthew prayed.
Gene preached a message out of Mark 2:18-22 titled “Behold the Bridegroom!” The message was a continuation of our series, Jesus Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark. Below are the quotes that Gene highlighted during the message.
“I am convinced that if every man and woman…would carefully read the Gospels through for themselves, we would witness a spiritual harvest beyond what the world has ever seen. Christ, as portrayed in the Gospels, is radically winsome. If people see Him as He really was and is, they would by the millions find Him absolutely irresistible.” –Dr. Kent Hughes, Preaching the Word, Mark
“Cultivate the habit of fixing your eye more simply on Jesus Christ, not always pouring over the imperfections of your heart. Look up!” –JC Ryle
After the message, we sang The Solid Rock and worshiped God through giving our tithes and offerings.
Mathew prayed and invited visitors to stop by the Connect Desk. He also encouraged everyone to attend the Operation Christmas Child shoe box Packing Party immediately following the meeting.
1. Mark 2:18-22 says that Jesus and His disciples were at a feast when they were chastised by the Pharisees. What was Jesus’ response? From a historical perspective, contrast the vibe of a wedding feast with that of a day of fasting. With this in mind, what was the significance of Jesus comparing His time on earth with that of a wedding feast?
2. What is the difference between true joy and happiness?
3. Gene said that joy comes from an understanding that the basis of our forgiveness is not our own works but rather Jesus Christ. Would you say that your joy has continued to increased since your conversion?
4. Gene read 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 as an example of what true joy looks like in the Body of Christ. How can we as a church emulate the example of the Macedonians as described here?
5. When considering Jesus’ analogy of the shrunken cloth and the old wineskins, Gene taught that Jesus is not simply an attachment or addition to one’s life, Rather, He completely transforms and makes all things new. What does this look like in the life of a believer? Do you ever slip in the mindset of trying to “fit Jesus in” your daily life instead of allowing Him to underlie everything in you?