Community Group Questions - 2/9/14

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Weekly Training Tip

This week we're talking about how to handle prayer requests with your group.

Here's the video:

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Announcements:

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Mission Trips

  • We will be going to Guatemala to work with Compassion International on July 31st to August 6th to work with a project they have there, taking care of children and doing some light construction. The dates and prices are in your bulletin.

  • We will also be going to Burkina Faso, Africa to work with Sheltering Wings on November 7-16 to work with an orphanage and share the gospel with some surrounding villages. The dates for that trip and prices are in your bulletin.

  • If you are interested in either trip, we would love to have you join us this year as we travel to other countries to tell them and show them God’s love for them.

  • You can email MattMashburn@WestPines.org and he will get you more information about those trips.

Sermon Title: Pulling Weeds, Part 5:

Main Texts:

REMINDER: The following Topics are for your preparation purposes only and should not be shared with the group as a refresher.

Topics:

  • This is the last section of what is sometimes known as the “But I Say’s” in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

  • The Sermon on the Mount is ultimately asking the question, how good does one have to be to get to heaven?  What does “good enough” look like. Or in other words, what does “holy” look like.

  • Jesus essentially starts out saying, “most people think that it is fundamentally ok to love your friends and hate your enemies.” After all our enemies don’t deserve to be loved. Right?

  • Then Jesus digs in a little bit. Again, His point is to establish what is good enough? Is just loving friends enough? We don’t have to love enemies right?

  • This is where the famous, “but I say…” comes in. He says that we should love our enemies and pray for our persecutors!” This is unbelievable!

  • But then He reminds us: if we only love our friends and hate our enemies, what makes us any different than anyone else?  Most people love their friends and hate their enemies. If that’s all we do, we are not much different. In fact, even despicable people do that.

  • But if we consider ourselves children of God; if we think of ourselves as following the Son of God; if we have the audacity to call ourselves “Christian” or “Christ-follower,” then we should be actually following Christ’s example. And what did Christ do?

  • He suffered greatly for us, who were His enemies. He experienced inconceivable loss, for us who were in rebellion against Him. For us who rejected Him, Jesus said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

  • If we have been forgiven such an incredible debt, shouldn’t we be willing to forgive the small debts done against us? If we say we follow in the example of Christ, should we be willing to forgive at great personal cost to us?

  • In fact this is what Jesus says IS holiness. We are called to be Holy like God is Holy. God forgave us. If we are wanting to be Holy, we must forgive others. But this is impossible, outside of understanding what He has already done for us, through Christ.

  • God is calling us to forgive. Here are the steps to forgiveness:

    1. Admit that we have bitterness and unforgiveness

    2. Remember the Gospel, and how much we have been forgiven

    3. Chose to forgive, to issue a pardon to that person, that their crime will no longer be held against them

    4. Love proactively

    5. Reconcile if at all possible

    6. Restore the relationship if at all possible

Key Questions:

  1. HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?

  2. ICEBREAKER: What are some famous feuds, grudges, and rivalries?

  3. READ: Matthew 5:43-42

  4. Why do we feel like hating our enemy is our right?

  5. Why would hating our enemies not make sense for someone who is “following Christ”?

  6. How does remembering the Gospel, enable us to forgive?

  7. READ: Hebrews 12:14-15

  8. What are excuses we give for not forgiving someone?

  9. How does bitterness destroy a person?

  10. READ: Romans 12:16-18

  11. What are excuses we give for not attempting to reconcile with someone?

  12. What would be a situation where it would be unwise to restore the relationship to the way it was?

  13. What type of big and small wounds are hard to forgive?

  14. Is there an area of unforgiveness you know you have in your life, that it would be helpful for you to share with the group?

  15. What are ways we can effectively remember the Gospel in our personal lives?

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