We invite you to go deeper in your personal reflection and response to this week's sermon through these study notes and application questions. Take some time this week to read the sermon texts in their full context and study out on your own what we have been learning together at gathering.
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:
2 Corinthians 5:20
2 Timothy 2: 3-7
1 Peter 5:1-4
1 Peter 4:10-11
The church exists to join God on his mission to spread His glory through the earth. We do this both by worshipping Christ and maturing in our faith and by calling others to do the same. Consider how you view participating/attending Providence. Are these things the main goal of the way that you engage in the life of our local church?
What do you think of when you hear the phrase "the work of ministry"? How has your view of "ministry" changed after reading Ephesians 4 and seeing that it is something all saints (all believers) are called to do?
Do you feel that you are currently being equipped for ministry and growing in your faith and love of God? If the answer is no, or not as much as you feel you should, what specific things do you need to be doing in order to mature in your own faith? (Some ideas if you get stuck)
One way that we are equipped for ministry is through the leaders of the church. Spend some extra time in prayer for the leaders of our church this week, specifically each of our pastors, go team coordinators, staff members and the spouses of the people in each of these roles.
What specific gifts has God given you to help build up the body? Pray that God would show you what these are and open a way for you to use them to engage in and build up His church. If you are currently actively using your giftings in this way, spend some time in prayer this week thanking God for the ability to do this and ask for the grace to continue.
“The church acts as a sort of embassy for the government of the King. It is an outpost of the kingdom of God surrounded by the kingdom of darkness. And just as the embassy of a nation is meant, at least in part, to showcase the life of that nation to the surrounding people, so the church is meant to manifest the life of the kingdom of God to the world around it.” -Greg Gilbert and Kevin De Young
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.