Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on November 15, 2015:
- SUNDAY: Philippians 1,
- MONDAY: Colossians 1-2,
- TUESDAY: Romans 3,
- WEDNESDAY: Romans 6,
- THURSDAY: 2 Corinthians 5,
- FRIDAY: John 19-20,
- SATURDAY: John 21,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: The Outer Limits Sermon Title: Beyond Our Comfort Zone...Sharing the Message of Jesus
Delivered On: November 8, 2015
“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile...” (Romans 3:22)
Thank the Lord for your salvation and for those that shared the gospel with you. Pray that you won’t calculate the potential of someone’s openness to the gospel by their external appearance or behavior. 1. Pray that you will be a generous sower of the good news. (Ecc 11:4) 2. Ask God to give you courage, strength and love to share the gospel with those who are different to you. 3. Pray that you will be attentive and responsive to the Holy Sprit’s promptings in your life. 4. Ask God to give you courage, strength and love to share the gospel with those who are different to you. 5. Pray that you will be attentive and responsive to the Holy Sprit’s promptings in your life.
1-1-1: Commit to praying for one person for one minute at one o’clock each day for the next 7 days and then invite that person to church.
Growth Group Discussion
Read: Matthew 9:9-34
Observe: What does Jesus do or say to each person in this passage? How do they respond?
Interpret: How are Jesus' interactions like new wine and new cloth?
Apply: How has Jesus surprised or challenged your prior expectations of him?
Read: Matthew 9:35-38 & Matthew 10:1-23
Observe: What exhortations, promises, and warnings does Jesus give to his disciples?
Interpret: How does Jesus prepare the disciples to handle opposition?
Apply: Ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out workers into the harvest (realizing that you may become the answer to your own prayer, as the disciples were in 10:1).
Read: Matthew 10:24-42
Observe: What situations that cause fear are addressed here?
Interpret: What is Jesus' perspective about those situations?
Apply: Meditate on verses 29-31, thanking God for his care for you.
Read: Matthew 11:1-24
Observe: How does Jesus describe his ministry?
Interpret: What about Jesus' ministry causes offense?
Apply: What have you seen of Jesus recently, and how are you responding to him?
Read: Matthew 11:25-30 & Matthew 12:1-21
Observe: What does Jesus say and show about himself?
Interpret: How does Jesus embody the quote from Isaiah (v.18-21)?
Apply: How would you like Jesus to give you rest for your weary soul today? Ask him for it.
Read: Matthew 12:22-50
Observe: How do the different groups react to Jesus' miracle and teaching?
Interpret: How does Jesus challenge each group's assumptions?
Apply: What does it mean for you today to do the will of Jesus' Father in heaven (v.50)?
Read: Matthew 13:1-23
Observe: Compare and contrast the four soils using the parable and Jesus' explanation.
Interpret: How does the parable of the soils relate to Jesus' comments about the purpose of parables (v. 10-17)?
Apply: Which soil describes you? Which do you want to be? What changes must you make to become that soil