(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.
PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD: 8 – 14 JANUARY 2018
Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.
We have as a church alongside other churches collectively prayed with ONE voice for issues of concern in our country – congregation members have faithfully prayed each week for justice and righteousness to prevail and this has paid off. The turn of events in our country seem to be moving towards a better future; less ridden with crime and corruption. Well done everyone – prayer does pay dividends. Galatians 6:9: ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we DO NOT GIVE UP.” Please do continue to pray for a better future for our country.
Let us continue to put our hope in the Lord: Psalm 42:5 ff: “Why are you downcast, oh my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my saviour and my God.”
Please pray for:
Effective education. The news abounds with great stories at the moment of excellent matric results and accolades of those with distinction, may we give thanks for this. Let us however also pray for the bottom of the spectrum where some ineffectual teachers and leaders have neglected their duties, resulting in weak results. Please also pray for anyone who might be tempted to commit suicide as a result of failure. As Andrew preached last Sunday – may everyone make wise and thoughtful, insightful decisions for their own lives. May the ruling party make wise decisions for our country?
Pray for those who carry out hate crimes. Pray for those who feel the need to throw rocks off bridges to harm the innocent. May we all show ‘balance” when circumstances throw us off course. Pray for wisdom for those in authority who are looking into solving this issue.
Please pray for all those who have been bereaved. The families whose loved ones have tragically died in accidents. Those who have passed on from old age or ill health.
Please pray for gender parity.
Pray for fire-fighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, municipal workers, dustbin collectors, and ministers, ANYONE involved in public service who has given up family time for the greater good.
There has been a request for unity in prayer for the ongoing drought in the Western Cape. Deuteronomy 11:13-16. 2 Chronicles 7:14. There is a prediction of possible rain today – let’s pray it in!!!
1 Peter 1:3: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy he has given us NEW BIRTH into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Thank you Lord that you have been with us through all the changes and different transitions. You are our perfect protector. Help us to keep our bearings when the going gets tough. Give thanks for precious down time, much needed rest/leave time – some of it spent with our wider families. Pray for all those who “face” work today, may their year be blessed.
PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD: 11 – 17 DECEMBER 2017
Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.
Are you perhaps filled with doubt at the moment or does it seem that your problems are insurmountable – wondering whether God has forsaken our country – there are times it would seem that darkness has the upper hand! Not so – the more faith we have the better results we will see; in our lives and in our country.
Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.
The above verse reminds us that God will never forsake our country or us. This poignant picture of a mother loving her new-born is exactly how much God cares for His own. He has even inscribed us on the palms of His hand. This fills me with great confidence and I hope it bolsters your faith to the utmost.
That the cost of petrol will not continue to rise.
For the success of all clean- up operations in cities and especially on the beaches.
That the choices made by the ANC for their preferred candidate to succeed President Zuma will be made for the good of the country and not for the good of the individuals defending their power.
That municipalities will be efficiently run and that individuals with the correct skills will be employed to ensure good governance.
For more rain so that the dam levels increase.
For a non-violent society.
For the protection of women, children and the aged.
Luke 12:6-7 (NIV)
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.