Our prayer is that these notes help and encourage you in deeper reflection on the sermon topic each week. If you have not had a chance to listen to the sermon, or if you need help as you work through the study this week, you can listen to the sermon here: Community of Prayer & Truth
These are all the passages mentioned in the sermon. As you take time for personal study, be sure to explore each passage in it's context. Where just one verse was referenced, zoom out to read the full chapter or surrounding texts to give you a clearer view of the context and meaning of each passage.
"One of the most powerful ways we can speak the truth of God's word to the world is by being a community of believers who love God and love people well." In what ways do you personally and the community you are involved in declare and demonstrate the love of God to the world?
Read Ephesians 4:4-17 multiple time this week. In what ways are you fulfilling these verses in your role as a member of community? What parts of these verses highlight ways in which you need to grow as a member of your community.
Ephesians 4:15 talks about the importance of speaking the truth in love. Do you feel equipped with the Word of God to be able to do this task? How are you working to grow in this area in your daily life?
The truth of God's word calls you to both address and forgive offenses. Are there people in your life that you need to speak to with loving truth about an offense and forgive? Are you also prepared to hear the truth in love from people that you might have offended?
Of our Home Groups Pastor Joseph said: "God calls us to do far more than you could possibly do in 8 hours a month", how is your home group continuing the work that the people of God have been called to do, beyond the "official" home group times? If you are not currently participating in the work of the gospel outside of those designated times, how might you start to do this and encourage those around you to join you in it?
Is prayer a "spiritual reflex" for you? Take note this week of your actions when you hear of a brother or sister who is struggling. Is your first reaction to pray for them, or to attempt to find "practical" fixes on your own?
If you are not currently involved in a Home Group, we invite you to locate the one closest to your home, using the map here.
"Prayer is meant to reorient us to a place of dependence on God" - Joseph Turner
"In compartmentalizing what God has called us to do we miss out on the chance to grow in our dependence and reliance on Him." - Joseph Turner
Our prayer is that this sermon study guide will help you in your spiritual growth. As you read and pray through these passages, we encourage you to take your study into community as well. Talk to your friends and family about what you are learning and make sharing your faith by the power of the Holy Spirit a part of your growth in Him.
We have a playlist on Spotify, including some of the songs we will be singing together at gatherings this Summer. If you'd like to listen to these songs at home or on the go you can listen on Spotify here.