Weekly Training Tip
This week we're talking about planning your next group party.
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Women’s Ministry Study: Unglued
- We’re really excited to announce that we’re starting our next Women’s Ministry Study next week, on Wednesday, October 16th.
- We will be studying Unglued: Making Wise Choices In The Midst Of Raw Emotions" by Lysa TerKeurst.
- It’s a 6-week study that will be held on Wednesdays from 10-11:30AM in the Multipurpose Room.
- Study guides will be available for $10 each.
- Childcare for the study will be available for a fee. Contact Melissa Mashburn if you are interested.
Women’s Ministry Girls Night/Day Out
- Before we kick off the new women’s study, I want to invite all of you women to join us at the movies to see an awesome new movie that just came out titled “Grace Unplugged.”
- So mark your calendars and make plans to join us on Wednesday, October 9. at 10:25AM or 7:10PM.
- More details to come, but make sure you set aside that date and plan on joining us.
Sermon Title: Invincible, Part 4: Hunger
Main Texts: Matthew 5:3-5, 6, Psalm 112:1, 119:47-48, 119:97, 119:127
REMINDER: The following Topics are for your preparation purposes only and should not be shared with the group as a refresher.
The second beatitude teaches us that our sin is mourn-worthy. Our culture associates sin with partying, fun and living it up. But the creator of humanity teaches us that sin is destructive, breaking down the things we love the most.
The fourth beatitude is the other side of the coin. Jesus says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” Oddly our culture associates the concept of righteousness as stuffy, restrained and restricted. In fact, in response to someone’s attempt to live a disciplined life, someone may say, “C'mon, live a little.”
God is the source of all pleasure, happiness and joy. He tells us that sin destroys and enslaves. He also tells us that righteousness leads to life and happiness. Humanity has been duped. But Jesus says, we will thrive if we so believe that God’s ways are optimum, that we hunger and thirst for them!
Sometimes we operate as if living righteously is our cross to bear. If that is how we think then we still don’t get it! As our faith grows, we learn to crave for God’s ways. We hunger and thirst for righteousness because we know it will satisfy.
But that requires faith. Because often our impulses tell us different. And certainly the world has its own way of finding satisfaction. We have to have faith that our Creator knows what will satisfy us.
This is why the order of the Beatitudes is interesting
The second beatitude tells us that sin is worth mourning for.
The fourth beatitude tells us that righteousness is worth hungering for
But notice that there is something in between those… The third beatitude tells us to be meek and surrender the control of our lives to God. To submit to Him.
- The fact that meek comes before hunger is significant. Because often we obey before we know what the benefit is for us.
- What was the high of your week? What was the low of your week?
- Ice breaker: What was the hungriest you’ve ever been? What did that feel like?
- What are you still thinking about from Sunday?
- What sin would you want to make "legal?"
- Read Matthew 5:6
- What negative emotions does the word “righteousness” sometimes conjure up for you?
- Read Psalm 119:47-48, 97, 127
- What underlying belief leads us to actually desire righteousness?
- What are some things that the world thinks is satisfying but when you think about it, it really isn’t?
- When have you found doing something God’s way to be surprisingly satisfying?
- What are some forms of righteousness that are hard to hunger for?
- How would our relationships go differently if we actually hungered for righteousness?
- What are ways we can stir up a hunger for righteousness?
- What is one area of righteousness you want to hunger more for?
- What are the next steps for you to stir up hunger for that?
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