GOD SEEKS US OUT…
(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 20-25th November 2017)
ICE BREAKER: How do you respond to someone pursuing you… hopeful, intrigued or irritated?
FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Ezekiel 34:11-16 20-24; Matthew 25:31-46
- READ: Ezekiel 34:11-16. Most of the time we hear messages that point us to be seeking God; Ezekiel points us to another perspective… look at verse 14 again. In what ways have you experienced God searching for you? What comfort can you draw from this passage?
- READ: Ezekiel 34:20-24. Perhaps we feel the need for a shepherd who can bring hope and stability. Thank fully we find that in Jesus our Saviour, and Good Shepherd. How can we, as believers in Christ, take up the call to be shepherds to all who may be in need?
- READ: Matt. 25:31-44. Think about the people Matthew describes in this passage. We meet Christ when we gather for worship, take a walk along a nature trail, sit beside a dam or the sea, fellowshipping with other Christians or in our own quiet way. How about the people Matthew describes, do you meet Christ in/through them?
- We believe that the living Christ is present in all places and situations. How do we bear witness to Christ who is already present when we find ourselves outside of our comfortable places?
- When you find yourself caught up in your own interests and concerns that often has no room for others, what helps you to refocus and reground yourself?
- READ: Ephesians 1:15-23. Paul has not met the church in Ephesus, yet he’s “heard of” them and their faithful witness and service, and he prays for them. How aware are we about the work that is being done in our church or in different organisations in our local community that brings hope and love to others? How can we become aware of their work and needs?
- God gives us a spirit of wisdom and revelation, and this passage is clearly a call to pray for the wider church. What is your response to this call?
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.