Below is a brief review of our meeting yesterday, followed by projection from the message, as well as discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Kevin Khoffie opened our time together with a call to worship from Jeremiah 10:10-13.
Matthew prayed for churches in the surrounding area as they held their Sunday meetings alongside KingsWay before preaching the next message in our current series, United: The Letter to the Ephesians. The message was from Ephesians 6:13-16 and was titled “Spiritual Warfare Part II.” To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.
After the message, we sang O Church Arise and spoke together the words of the 127th question in the Heidelberg Catechism. We prayed the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13together as a closing benediction.
Projection from the message:
“I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I the Lord speak the truth; I declare what is right.” – Isaiah 45:19
“The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” – Psalm 119:160
“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” – John 8:44
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” – Psalm 1:1-2
“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out…” – Acts 3:19
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:27
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the Lord to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” – Isaiah 52:7-10
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1
““You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” – Matthew 5:43-45
“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” – Malachi 3:10
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.” -Psalm 46:1-5
1. What is the root of every sin or temptation to sin? How do we beat this? Practically speaking, how can we keep our minds fixed on the truth?
2. Matthew defined righteousness as attitudes or actions that are in line with the moral character of God. With this in mind, what does it mean to “put on the breastplate of righteousness”? Is it a right that we earn?
3. There is a confidence and surety that comes only from the true and enduring peace that comes from a relationship with the Lord. Have you experienced such peace? If so, how does it shape your life?