PREPARING FOR COMMUNITY GROUP

Week of Sunday, December 5

Sermon Discussion

  • Each week, we share how the Lord used His Word from Sunday’s sermon in our lives.

Book Study

We are reading a book together: Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund. If you don’t have a book yet, the leader of your group can get one for you.

For this meeting, we encourage everyone to read chapters 6 & 7 (pgs 59–75), so we can talk about this portion. If you were unable to complete the reading, please come anyway.

Time in Prayer

At each meeting, we want to share updates about the circumstances through which the Lord is growing our faith. Together, we want to pray for enduring faith and for joy through Christ in all things. This week, in particular, we also want to be praying for the following items.

  • Pray for our missionaries, as continue their language studies, anticipate the birth of their first child in March 2022, and plan for the purchase of a vehicle.
  • Pray for the church planters and pastors college in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where our mission team recently visited and where Bryan taught a course on Romans. The political situation in Ethiopia has very recently deteriorated to such an extent that the family we worked with there has evacuated the country. Only the husband plans to return again soon, if conditions will allow it.

Scripture Memory: Romans 12:1–8

  • At this meeting, we will recite verses 1–6; alternatively, you could recite just the new verse (verse 6).
  • (1) I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (2) Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (3) For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. (4) For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, (5) so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (6) Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; (7) if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; (8) the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Kids Catechism & Scripture Memory

  • Romans 3:23–24, (23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (24) and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
  • Mark 10:45, For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.