PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD : 12 FEBRUARY 2018 – 18 FEBRUARY 2018

Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2 (NIV)

This is quite a fitting Psalm to reflect on at the beginning of Lent, as we come to pray for community and nation.

Pray especially this week for the ongoing political struggles within our Parliament and Government, especially

  • Pray for a peaceful resolution in the Presidential scenario
  • Pray for a smooth transition of leadership for the benefit of all who call South Africa home
  • Pray for the Godly values and moral to be the cornerstone of our nation.

Pray for the Rain for the Western Cape and regions in the Eastern Cape

  • For people to take the drought seriously and be discerning in how they respond to the situation and call to prayer.
  • For communities to work together to find solutions both long and short term.

“I will praise your Lord, with all my heart;

I will tell of all the marvellous things you have done.

I will be filled with joy because of you.

I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.”

Psalm 9:1-2 (NLT)

SEVEN QUESTIONS HMC STUDY FOR THE WEEK OF 12TH– 18TH FEBRUARY 2018

Lent #1

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 (Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 12th – 18th February 2018)

ICE BREAKER: What was the most life-changing event in your life? What impact did it make on you? Share with your group.

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Genesis 9:8-17; Ps 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15

  1. READ: Genesis 9:8-17. Noah stepped off the boat onto an earth devoid of human life, and God gives his promise to reassure that life would be restored, seasons would continue and no flood would ever cover the entire earth again. Share your own stories of God’s faithfulness.
  1. READ: Ps 25:1-10. David asks for God’s guidance. How do we/you receive God’s guidance and how do you put it into practice.
  1. READ: 1 Peter 3:18-22. In what ways/manner do you share your faith with others.
  1. What emphasis do you think Peter is making in terms of our Christian witness and God’s desire for salvation of all people?
  1. Read verse 21 again. The original audience of this letter is Christians facing hardship and persecution. How does the reference to baptism encourage this audience and us today?
  1. READ: Mark 1:9-15. Why do you think Jesus was baptised? How would it or does it make Jesus real to us?
  1. What visible signs do you think there are today that affirm and/or convince us of the presence of God in our world and in our lives? At the beginning of the Lent season – what within you needs to be cleansed to bring renewal and restoration?

NOTE: Prayers for SA & the World are posted on the website. Please encourage your group to pray together about these issues and during their personal devotional time in the week.

PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD : 5 FEBRUARY 2018 – 11 FEBRUARY 2018

Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.       

Lord, I have heard of your fame;

I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord.

Renew them in our day.

In our time make them known……. Habakkuk 3 vrs 2

Pray especially this week for the ongoing political struggles with regard to President Zuma.

  • Pray for a peaceful resolution.
  • Pray for a smooth transition.
  • Pray for sanity to prevail on all sides.
  • Pray for God’s Will to be done in our Land.
  • Pray for the return of Morals, Integrity and God’s Values in our nation.

Pray for the Rain for the Western Cape.

  • For people to take the drought seriously.
  • For communities to work together.

‘Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need”.

Hebrews 4 verse 16.

SEVEN QUESTIONS HMC STUDY FOR THE WEEK OF 5TH– 11TH FEBRUARY 2018

REVELATION…

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 (Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 5th – 11th February 2018)

 

ICE BREAKER: Share an experience of an “Ah Hah” moment. What did that means to you and how did it change you or your understanding of something?

 

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Cor. 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

  1. READ: 2 Kings 2:1-12. This is the story of Elijah being taken into heaven and the passing of baton onto Elisha. What do you think could have been the motivation for Elisha’s requests?
  1. READ: Ps 50:1-6. An interesting passage. What are your immediate thoughts when you read this passage? Share with your group.
  1. READ: 2 Cor. 4:3-6. Paul writes that the Good News is revealed to all people, except those who refuse to believe. He goes on to say that Satan’s mission is to deceive and blind the minds of those who don’t believe. What kinds of things do you think Satan uses to blind people to the light of the Good News of Christ?
  1. The focus of Paul’s preaching (witness) was Christ and not himself. In what ways are you introducing others to Christ?
  1. If you read verse 7 Paul says that our power comes from God not from ourselves. Christ’s light shines in our hearts and we experience the glory of God that is seen in the face of Christ. How have you experienced the power of Christ to help you glorify to God’s goodness and faithfulness towards you?

 

  1. READ: Mark 9:2-9. The Transfiguration of Jesus is a revelation of Christ’s glory and purity. God’s voice affirms that Jesus is exulted above Elijah and Moses as the long awaited Messiah, and his authority and power. What do you think of this explanation?
  1. Scripture is our voice of authority – it tells the love story of God’s redemption towards all of creation. In what ways do your evaluate various forms of authority especially in light of God’s revelation of Christ to us?

NOTE: Prayers for SA & the World are posted on the website. Please encourage your group to pray together about these issues and during their personal devotional time in the week.