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: The Gospel Invitation
2 Corinthians 5:20,21
The gospel is an invitation that doesn’t only come to you but is also meant to come through you. How has experiencing the delight of the gospel yourself motivated you to share the love of Christ with the world around you lately?
As humans we are constantly leveraging our resources towards what we think will fulfill us as we search for purposeful relationships, meaningful work etc. Pastor Kort pointed out that all of our longings represent a longing for home and demonstrate how we know on a deep heart level that the world is broken. How will you take your longing for “more” this week and look to Christ and the gospel to receive hope in the midst of a broken world?
Does your life reflect the joy of living under the gospel? How would your life change if you focused on this reality more throughout the day?
Do you delight daily in the truth of the gospel? If this is something you realize you need to work on, you can pull some ideas from the disciplines of formation. This could be done in Bible reading, prayer, singing, and even through sharing the gospel with others. See a more complete list of the disciplines of formation we discussed a few weeks ago here.
"Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee." - Augustine
"The invitation to the gospel is an invitation to happiness. In delivering God's message we do not ask men to come to a funeral, but a wedding feast... It is not likely that the God who made a happy would would send a miserable salvation." C. H. Spurgeon
“Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.” - Corrie Ten Boom
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.