Yesterday, November 5, 2017, KingsWay families gathered for a time of worship, teaching, and fellowship. Below are a few discussion questions about Matthew’s message, followed by projection from the message, and a brief review of the meeting as a whole.
Discussion Questions for Community Group or Personal Study:
1. What is your present experience with “combat”? How are all Christians engaged in spiritual combat against temptation?
2. Why does following Jesus make our lives harder, not easier. Is this something that you expected when you were first saved?
3. A temptation to sin is an invitation to pray. What does a prayer when we are tempted look like?
4. How does our company influence us and our fight against temptation? What circumstances do you find yourself in with those who do not fear the Lord? Would you say that you actively ask God to guard your company?
5. Why can correction, even when uncomfortable, be called a gift? How does God use this gift of correction to protect us? When we see a brother or sister sinning but say nothing, what does our silence ultimately indicate?
6. What is our role in correcting church elders specifically? Is it appropriate to bring correction to our pastors? Why or why not?
7. What are you tempted to find joy in outside of the Lord? Do you find that you make faulty attempts to take the edge off of temptation by “lightly sinning”, compensate for sin, or self-discipline in a way that is ineffective?
Projection from the message:
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” – 1 Timothy 6:12
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12
“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” – Romans 8:13
The Way of Lament:
1) Come before God
2) Pour out your complaint
3) Declare your trust in the Lord
4) Ask him to intervene for your good and his glory
A temptation to sin is an invitation to pray
1) Draw near to me
2) Protect me
A) Guard my words
“For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.” – James 3:2
B) Guard my desires
“What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?  You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.” – James 4:1-2
C) Guard my actions
D) Guard my company
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” – Proverbs 13:20
“There is a subtle play of looks and tones and laughs by which a mortal can imply that he is of the same party as those to whom he is speaking…He will assume, at first only by his manner, but presently by his words, all sorts of cynical and skeptical attitudes which are not really his. But…they may become his. All mortals tend to turn into the things they are pretending to be.” – C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters #10
3) Correct me
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.” – Proverbs 27:6
4) Vindicate me
“As when one plows and breaks open the earth, our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol.” – Psalm 141:7
5) Preserve me
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Review of the meeting:
Matthew welcomed all with announcements and Kevin Khoffie led a Call to Worship.
Victor Zayas shared a testimony about how God has changed his life and was baptized.
We sang My Redeemers Love and Kevin led a Prayer of Thanksgiving.
Mike Whitener read Psalm 141 – the text for the morning’s message, “The Hour of Temptation”. The message was preached by Matthew as part of our current Songs of Lament series. To listen to the message again, subscribe to our podcast or visit our Audio Resources page.
After the message, Matthew led us in a time of prayers of intercession and we sang Lord I Need You.
Josh led us in communion and closed our time together with a benediction.