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: True Salvation = True Worship
Is your life filled with a longing for Christ and an awareness of the true beauty of the cross? Scott pointed out that if not, this is usually because you are not seeing your own sin rightly. Spend time in prayer this week that God would reveal the condition of your own heart to you, and enable you to see the beauty of the grace of God towards you, once again.
On Sunday, Scott pointed out that throughout Jesus' earthly ministry he often too different approaches with different types of people. To some he gave a general appeal to believe, others came to Him hurting and He helped them, others he told to sell everything and still others He gave an immediate message of repentance. While the gospel is the same for everyone, the way that we share it can take many forms. Think through conversations with various non believing friends in your life, how might you effectively communicate the gospel to them, given their particular situation?
To that end, people need to understand who Christ is and why He came. Is this the heartbeat of your evangelistic strategy?
Remembering who Jesus is and what He has done is essential both in our evangelistic efforts and in our own worship of God. When you have gone through hard stages of life, or found it difficult to worship, what other things have you turned to instead of Jesus and remembering the beauty of the gospel? How will repenting of these things and looking only to Jesus change the way you move forward in life, in worship, in prayer and even in evangelism?
Just understanding facts about Jesus isn't enough, we must truly treasure Him above all else. we must know things in order to treasure them, but it is also essential that our Christian life doesn't stop with knowledge but continues on to true worship. How have you found this balance in your own life?
Quotes: Until you can see your own sin, you will never see the beauty of the cross. - Scott Tidwell
Too many think lightly of sin, and therefore think lightly of the Savior. He who has stood before his God, convicted and condemned, with the rope around his neck, is the man to weep for joy when he is pardoned, to hate the evil which has been forgiven him and to live to the honor of the Redeemer by whose blood he has cleansed. - 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.