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SEVEN QUESTIONS HMC STUDY FOR THE WEEK OF 22ND – 28TH JANUARY 2018

COVENANT… 

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(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 29 January to 4th February 2018)

ICE BREAKER: Share your favourite bible verse or inspirational quote with the group and why it holds such significance for you.

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Psalm 147:1-11; Isaiah 40:21-31; 1 Cor. 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

  1. READ: Psalm 147:1-11 together – it’s a beautiful ‘song’ of praise. What phrase or verse captures your attention? Share with your group.
  2. READ: Isaiah 40:21-31 slowly. Again what phrase or verse captures your attention? Are you finding a common theme? Share with your group.
  3. In reference to verse 31, my NLT commentary reads: “Trusting in the Lord is the patient expectation that God will fulfil his promises in his Word and strengthen us to rise above life’s difficulties.” I believe this calls us to believe that we can relax, confident that God’s purposes for us are right. Would you agree or disagree with this statement and why?
  4. READ: Mark 1:29-34. In Mark’s Gospel Jesus helps the women up, in Matthew he takes her hand and in Luke Jesus spoke to the fever. So often we all witness the same event/experience but each recall different details of the story. How can we help each other when we share different perspectives? How can it strengthen our faith and relationship with our Lord?
  5. Look at verse 34 again. What considering Jesus Messiahship and power, why do you think Jesus didn’t want the demons to reveal who he was?
  6. READ: Mark 1:35-39. With so much ministry and healing to be done how would you have responded if you’d found Jesus praying?
  7. How does drawing aside in solitude and prayer prepare you for living out each day and for specific ministry tasks as you fulfil God’s call to that task/ministry?


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 : 29 JANUARY 2018 – 01 FEBRUARY 2018

Prayer for our country and the world

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

Lord in Your mercy – we pray for SANITY for everyone in this country and in the world. 

May we be a reflection of Your light before we run around expecting everyone else to be.

Deuteronomy 33:37: ‘The God of old is still your refuge. This God has everlasting arms that can drive out the enemy before you”. What is our enemy? :  Perhaps it is rivalry, personal bondages, pettiness, greed, apathy, laziness, judgement, sin, lack of faith, ignorance, egotism, arrogance, chauvinism, hate. Restore in us the ability to be truly transformed and healed from these traits.

 

Please pray for:

  • Genuine change from President Zuma. Pray for righteousness to replace brokenness.
  • Text books to be available to all students as quickly as possible.
  • The water crisis in the country – especially in the Cape.
  • Pray that the investigation into the state capture scenario results in justice being served.
  • Pray that all drug busts will result in fewer drugs being available on the street.
  • Pray that the funeral parlour crisis will be averted.
  • Pray for a speedy end to the Syrian war.
  • Continued and successful reform in Zimbabwe
  • That equatorial Guinea will ensure that human rights will never be violated – that human rights and especially the rights of women and children everywhere will never be violated. 

1 Thessalonians 5:23:  “May the God of peace make you ( and our country )whole and holy, may you (and our country) be kept safe in body, heart, and mind, and thus ready for the presence. God has called you and will not fail you.”

 

SEVEN QUESTIONS HMC STUDY FOR THE WEEK OF 22ND – 28TH JANUARY 2018

 

COVENANT… Called to Truthful Love

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 (Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 22nd – 28th January 2018)

ICE BREAKER:  Think about this – do miracles still happen today? Share your thoughts/experience with the group.

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Mark 1:21-18; Psalm 111, 1 Corinthians 9:16-23

  1. READ: Psalm 111. The Psalmist implores us to delight in God and to ponder upon the deeds of God. Look at these deeds and the promises. Is this our experience and do we praise God for his deeds and promises?
  1. The Psalmist refers twice to God’s Covenant with Israel (see v5 and v9). What does this say to us today about our relationship with God and the call to be people of love, truth and wisdom?
  1. READ: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23. Paul affirms that God has given him sacred trust, and he feels compelled by God to preach the Good News. There’s a strong evangelism emphasis to this passage. In what ways can you be/do you feel called to spread the Good News of Christ?
  1. Paul inculcates (finds common ground) himself into a community in order to bring them to Christ. How have you experienced something similar in your life? If not, in what ways could you do this without losing sight of your faith and obedience to the truth of God?
  1. READ: Mark 1:21-28. Jesus teaches with authority in this passage. Authority can be the demeanour of all people, from the highest ranking officer of the law to the lowliest and simplest person for they too can speak with authority if they embody wisdom, integrity and are compelling. What is your experience of authority and how do you exercise authority, especially in light of your faith?
  1. The unclean spirit knew who Jesus is and the authority that he exuded – immediately discerning the presence of good. Have you had an experience of discernment and how did that play out?
  1. Conflict between Jesus and the religious leaders is recorded quite a lot in Mark’s Gospel. Mis-understandings are a part of life, so how do we overcome these and walk in truth that expresses love and grace towards others in these kinds of situations?

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: 22 – 28 JANUARY 2018

 

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

 

The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life,

The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,

Both now and forever. (Ps. 121:7-8 NLT)

Give thanks for all positive developments in South Africa and for answered prayer.

 

Please Pray for:

  • Cyril Ramaphosa – For Godly wisdom in decision making
  • Those involved in state capture to be held accountable and stolen funds recovered
  • Our education system from ECD to Tertiary – that creative solutions and support can be found for all learners and educators.
  • Drought relief in the Western Cape.
  • Wise decisions to be made in government to address the lack of infrastructure in water, sanitation, electricity, roads, schools, hospitals, etc.
  • The many missing children – that they may be found.
  • A spirit of unity amongst all people.

“But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, ‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

Amen.

PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD: 15-21 JANUARY 2018

 

“It shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear”

Isaiah 62 verse 24

Give thanks for all positive developments in South Africa at the moment and for answered prayer.

Please Pray for:

Cyril Ramaphosa – For Godly wisdom in decision making

For our law enforcement agencies to be efficient and do their jobs well

That those involved in state capture will be held accountable and stolen funds recovered

For Wisdom and integrity in our courts

For new hope and growth in our economy and job creation

For our education system from 0 – tertiary, for creative solutions

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. “

Jeremiah 20 Verse 11

Amen