These study notes can help you take what we learned about together on Sunday into your own personal study. Read through the passages this week, spend time in prayer about the topic and work through these application questions.
If you have not yet heard this week's sermon, or you want to revisit it, you can listen in here: What Are We Doing Here
Colossians 3:16, 17
Before you heard the sermon on Sunday, what was your reason for gathering with believers each week? How has your view of the Sunday gathering changed in light of this week’s sermon and the sermon text?
According to Colossians 3, we should be “teaching and admonishing each other with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in [our] hearts”. When has your own faith been bolstered and inspired by another person's singing or praying in faith?
How are you tempted to view the Sunday gatherings as something to spectate and not something to participate in? How is the text in Colossians 3 shaping the way that you will view your own role in the gathering, even on weeks you are not scheduled to serve on a team?
"When you meet together on Sunday you aren't just showing up for you, you are showing up for your neighbor too.” How will this encourage you to change your perspective on weeks when you really don't want to go to the gathering?
Sunday gatherings were given to help shape our hearts, not to give us an emotional pick-me-up. In other words, participation in the gathering is one way that we should train our hearts in godliness, as we discussed last week. How has your day-to-day life recently been reshaped by gathering with the saints on Sunday and thinking about what we discussed together? What steps can you take so that the gathering has a greater impact on your heart?
On Sunday we talked about how singing is a way to direct our hearts toward God. We also talked about the importance of repetition in singing: by meaningful repetition our hearts are tuned into and shaped by things that are true about God and about our life in him. As you go about your life this week, remember to take advantage of the Providence playlist that has been put together for this summer. Since these are songs that we will sing together at our gatherings, listening to them at home and letting them really sink into your heart will be of great benefit to you and to others who gather with us. Listen on Spotify here.
All humans are completely self absorbed and that's our problem - Kenneth Gergen from The Saturated Self
The church is meant to help nourish your relationship with Jesus but it should not be the totality of your relationship with Jesus. - 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.