Sermon Study Notes: God is for the Nations

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: God is for the Nations

Sermon Text: 

Psalm 96

Additional Readings: 

  • Matthew 24:14

  • Matthew 28:18

  • Romans 1:5

  • Revelation 5:9

  • John 3:16, 17

  • Romans 10:14, 15

Application Questions: 

  • In what ways do you express the love God has for other people in your daily life?

  • How does the reality that God's love is not just for you, but for people drastically different than you (and people who make you feel nervous/uncomfortable) impact the way that you see and interact with the world?

  • We are called to the great commission collectively, in what ways are you supporting or joining the efforts of your brothers and sisters in Christ?

  • Pastor Joseph highlighted three of the ways that we can be involved in the mission of God; through local engagement and inviting people in, through local missions partnerships (opportunities with Higher Expectations Church and the Orphan Care ministry) and through International partnerships. Spend some time in prayer this week about how you could be engaging in or supporting each of these areas given your personal limitations.

  • When we live missional lives, we are not doing it alone but instead following the Savior there. How does remembering this change how you think about and engage in mission?


“We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.” - John Stott
Millions have never heard of Jesus. We ought not to ask, "Can I prove that I ought to go?' but, "Can I prove that I ought not to go?" - Charles Spurgeon

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.