COVENANT… OBEDIENCE AND SACRIFICIAL RESPONSES
(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 15- 21st January 2018)
ICE BREAKER: Reflecting on your life what are you most grateful for, and what do you desire most for 2018?
FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Acts 5:27-32; Matthew 7:21-23; Mark 1:14-20
- READ: ACTS 5:27-32. The gist of this passage is obedience to God’s word over world authorities. In what ways do you find it challenging to live this out in your daily walk?
- Share an experience where you have gone against what the worldly standards dictate and followed in faithful obedience what you believe to be the truth using God’s Word as a yardstick. What was the challenge in that and what good outcome came from your obedience?
- READ: Matt. 7:21-23. Again, Jesus is more concerned about our walk than our talk. He wants us to ‘do right’ not just ‘say right’ What you do cannot be separated from what you believe. Share your thoughts on these statements.
- READ: Mark 1:14-20. Interesting to note again that the disciples were not great men of faith – they had to grow in their faith just as we do. What do you believe it takes to grow in your faith?
- We will be sharing in our Covenant service in a few weeks. Some of the sacrificial responses like: ‘Put me to doing, put me to suffering,’ have raised difficulties for some people because these word don’t fit with a merciful and loving God. What if we looked at it like this: the emphasis is on God’s readiness to enfold us in generous love that is not dependant on us deserving it? And our response springs with repentant joy because we recognise God’s grace in all things?
- Are you able to see the Covenant as something that we desire, by God’s help, to actively do or patiently accept whatever is God’s will for us?
- This passage is also on call to follow Christ, and makes missionaries of all God’s people – where are you casting your net?
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.