Order of Worship for Sunday, 6/25

Please use this outline to prepare your heart and mind for our worship gathering on Sunday. Please use this outline to prepare your children’s hearts and minds. One of the best things you can do is read the lyrics. Ask yourself what the song is trying to accomplish and make that your prayer for the church. As we are singing together, continue to pray for those things.

Welcome & Psalm 139:1-6

Great Is the Lord, 12

John 14:15-18

Pentecost Hymn (This one will take some thought though the tune is familiar). Read this one multiple times before you listen)

Ephesians 4:17-24

Give Us Clean Hands

Galatians 2:20, 21

Beneath the Cross

Offering

Sermon, Romans 8:12-14, Spirit Born Killers

Invitation- Spirit of the Living God, 244

Spoken Benediction, Romans 15:13

6/18 Discussion Questions

  1. How did God encourage, comfort, or convict you today?
  2. What did you hear today that challenges your thinking or living?
  3. Is the directing power of the Spirit available only to Christians (8:9)? Why or why not? (Romans, LifeChange, NavPress, 116)
  4. Since it is the Holy Spirit who gives power for service, how should we pray? How should our weakness and His strength shape our praying?
  5. Forgiveness by Christ and union with Christ can never be separated from the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit (see Romans 8:9b). What are some potential dangers of requiring a simple confession of Jesus as Lord for baptism and church membership without requiring evidence of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence?
  6. Where do you see the Holy Spirit leading and sanctifying you?
  7. If you are a parent, what does it mean to be grieved by one of your children? If a fire is burning brightly but is quenched, what happens? Are there any ways that you are grieving or quenching the Holy Spirit?
  8. Look back over the last few years of your life. Can you see a pattern of gradual growth in godliness? Explain where you see the Spirit of Christ working in you.

6/11 Application Questions

  1. How did God speak to you through His Word today?
  2. In what way are you encouraged to take one step toward Jesus? How should your life change because of what you heard, sang, or prayed?
  3. Thank God for killing sin by sacrificing His Son (8:3). Thank Him for giving His Spirit to make you holy. Ask Him to make you increasingly aware this week of the Spirit’s availability to help you resist sin (Romans, LifeChange, NavPress, 116).
  4. Use Romans 8:5-8 to explain this statement: What you are determines what you think, and what you think determines what you do.
  5. As we seek the conversion of our friends, coworkers, and family, what should we be praying for? What is the role of the Holy Spirit in conversion?
  6. Galatians 3:10-14 explains the gospel. What is God’s intended result of faith (see verse 14)? In light of this verse, what should we be asking God for?
  7. When it comes to sin, you need to understand why you did what you did. Either you sin because you aren’t a Christian, or you sin because you aren’t walking by the Spirit. With a Christian friend or your spouse, make a list of the struggles with sin that you are currently facing. Toward what is the flesh pulling you? Toward what is the Spirit guiding you? Ask God to help you focus your mind on the desires of the Spirit. Thank Him that He will help you, and act in faith (Romans, LifeChange, NavPress, 116).
  8. In what ways is God calling you to love Him with your mind? How can you use your thinking to stir up your affections for God?

Take Your Child to Funerals

child and funeral

Take your child to funerals is not a biblical command but an encouragement based on wisdom. Here are three reasons to take your child to funerals.

We should take our children to funerals because funerals are more fruitful than birthday parties. Ecclesiastes 7:2 states plainly, ” It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart.” It is natural and understandable to want to protect your child from the pain of death. It is wicked to rub their noses in the death of a grandparent, parent, or even their own death. Instead, what we want to do is help our children think about death. In the house of mourning, at a funeral, we gain a perspective on life that pin the tail on the donkey can never give. Grandparents, parents, friends, and siblings will die. Your child will die. Help your child be prepared for it by going to funerals and talking about death and resurrection.

We should take our children to Christian funerals because at these funerals there will be a great deal said about the gospel and the resurrection of the dead. We do not want our children to experience death and then grieve as those who have no hope. It is our calling to inform, teach, and talk to our children about death and resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). There is nothing better than the funeral of a believer to help us think and talk about hope, while grieving. Additionally, the funeral of a known church member is a safe place to process death. Your child will see grief and have a sense of loss but not with the force of the death of a beloved grandparent or parent. Prepare your child to walk with the Good Shepherd through the valley of the shadow of death by walking there when the shadow is small. The day is coming when the shadow of death will feel like a thick darkness. Prepare them for that day. Go to funerals and talk.

Lastly, we should take our children to funerals because genuine love for our brothers and sisters causes us to rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15). It is good for our children to see us celebrate other’s wins. Go to that party and pin the tail on the donkey! But it is also good for our children to see us grieve other’s loses.  Do not grieve as those who have no hope. Do not bring attention to your tears. Love your brothers and sisters. Share their grief. Hug their necks. Show your child that part of what it means to be the church is you are never alone.

Take your children to funerals.

Mindfully Loving God

The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Matthew 22:36-39).

What does it mean to love God with all your mind?

“I take it to mean that we direct our thinking in a certain way; namely, our thinking should be wholly engaged to do all it can to awaken and express the heartfelt fullness of treasuring God above all things” (John Piper, Think, 83).

6/4 Sermon Discussion Questions

  1. How did God speak to you through His Word today?
  2. In what way are you encouraged to take one step toward Jesus? How should your life change because of what you heard, sang, or prayed?
  3. Why is there no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus?
  4. What does it mean to be “in Christ Jesus” (8:1, 2)? How does a person become “in Christ Jesus”? Are you “in Christ Jesus”?
  5. The written Law of the Old Testament is powerless to enable us to obey God or attain life (7:10; 15-18)–it cannot free us from sin and death. However, how has God done what the Law is powerless to do (8:2-3)? (Romans, LifeChange, NAVPress, 114)
  6. Paul is careful to describe the incarnation of Jesus as, “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (8:3). Why is this distinction important?
  7. What is God’s goal in releasing us from the law of sin and death (8:4; compare 7:4)? (LifeChange, 115)
  8. Do Christians walk according to the Spirit in order to fulfill the righteous requirement? Or, do Christians walk according to the Spirit because the righteous requirement has been fulfilled in Christ? Why does this matter?
  9. When you think about your past, do you feel like there is condemnation or no condemnation? In what ways should your thinking change about your past?

5/21 Sermon Discussion Questions

  1. How did God speak to you through His Word today?
  2. In what way are you encouraged to take one step toward Jesus? How should your life change because of what you heard, sang, or prayed?
  3. Thinking of your past, in what ways have you taken God’s good things and used them for evil (think about your good God-given roles and responsibilities like friend, church member, worker, spouse, child, etc)? How have you misused those good things and God’s good commands? How do you feel knowing these times demonstrate a sinfulness beyond measure in you?
  4. Use verse 25 to explain why Jesus is absolutely necessary for every day living.
  5. What does the Apostle Paul say about himself, apart from the Spirit, in verse 18. How would seeing yourself this way effect the way you pray and read the Bible?
  6. When was the last time you knew the right thing to do but it felt like everything inside of you was fighting against it? What did you do?
  7. Explain the tension between the ages; the already but not yet dynamic of the Christian life.
  8. Why is it impossible for the law to justify any one?
  9. What is it impossible for the law to sanctify any one?
  10. How is the law helpful when it comes to justification and sanctification?
  11. How does Jesus deliver us from our bodies of death?