Train – Part 4 – Bless
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, June 7, 2020
While the world seems bleak, we can do something to make it a little brighter. We can bless others.
Life Group Study Guide – From June 7, 2020
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What makes you mad? What makes you sad? What fires you up?… Has it changed over the years? How?
1.What practical things do you do personally to be a blessing to others? Who are you typically a blessing to?
2. Read John 2:13-17. In Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth (p.135), Hugh Halter writes, “The easiest way to tell if your religious experience would make Jesus mad is if you carry on your own private faith between you and God (vertical) without the same focus on the practical, day-to-day love of others around you (horizontal).” How does this quote strike you? Why?
3. Read Amos 5:21-24. Put it into your own words… what’s the problem? What’s the solution?
4. Read John 4:35-36 & Matthew 9:36-38. In Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth (p.139), Hugh Halter writes, “We must be willing to fight the natural consumerism of our culture both inside and outside the church that asks us to [simply] provide a safe place for spiritual encouragement while millions face daily trauma, sex trafficking, bloated hunger, and treatable diseases.” What do you believe Jesus wants you/us to ‘wake up and see’?
5. Bringing Jesus to people means:
- Stand up – for justice and compassion (see Isaiah 1:12-17 and James 1:27)
- Stand against – corruption, racism, discrimination, and exploitation (see John 2:13-16)
- Stand with – your church family’s support (see Acts 2:42-47)
Which of these do you find the most challenging? Why?
Talk about Hugh’s comment, “God created us to come alive and truly grow deep when we are waist deep in the things he cares about. If you want a safe faith, you will never really know God because He doesn’t hang around out in the shallow end much. He’s a deep God, and deep calls out to the deep”.
6. Bringing people to Jesus means:
- Represent the real Jesus (by the way you become like, serve like, and give like Jesus)
- Reveal the real Jesus (see John 7:37-38; Matthew 16:24-25) – bringing people to Jesus requires that at some point we share the truth about who He is and what following Him demands.
How clear are you on what to share, and how comfortable are you with sharing it?
7. How can you/we train ourselves to be better prepared to both represent and reveal Jesus?
What is God saying to you from His Word right now? What are you going to do about it?