We invite you to go deeper in the sermon text through personal study. If you have not yet been able to hear this week's sermon titled The Spirit of Unity, you can listen to it here.
What is your gut reaction to all of the division currently being exposed in our country?
What concrete steps can you take to live out the reconciliation that Christ accomplished on the cross in light of the divisions that you see around you?
What specific gifts from God have you elevated to such importance in your life that you look down on people who do not have them? How does Ephesians 2 help you to reframe how you view the differing gifts of the people around you.
If we are Christians, we need to identify with our new identity in Christ more than anything else. What aspects of your identity have you been tempted to elevate above who you are in Christ? You may find it a helpful to list off a few words about how you identify; simple things such as your gender, your job, relationship to family and friends etc. Then spend some time prayerfully going through the list to see where you might be valuing something more than you should.
Pastor Joseph reminded us that "you can't repent of a sin that you don't acknowledge". Spend some time in prayer this week asking God to reveal to you any sins or sinful attitudes that you have not yet realized about yourself so that you may continue growing in grace into the person God wants you to be.
We are called to be a people that manifests the presence of God in the world. What cultural divides do you need to cross to share His love with those around you?
“Lamenting at a meta and structural level about everything, without embodying the solution at a loving local level, can tend towards the kind of hypocrisy you abhor in others” - Jon Tyson
"The church should be an extrovert" - Michael Horton
"Your past doesn't disqualify you. Your past doesn't prequalify you. " - Joseph Turner
"The church should be a place where people can be fully known and fully accepted". - 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.
These songs are fitting to help you pray and sing through what we are learning about the Holy Spirit and to accompany your reading and personal reflection. Click here to access the playlist on Spotify. Click here to access the playlist on iTunes.