PREPARING FOR COMMUNITY GROUP

Week of Sunday, April 7

Due to weather and sickness, sometimes a group will get behind in the assigned study, memory passage, etc. If unsure what your group is studying this week, check with your group leader(s).

Sermon Discussion

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

Bible Study

During the winter/spring months, we are studying, discussing, and praying through RBC’s church covenant. This document summarizes many of Christ’s commands regarding the life we share together as a local church.

This week, we will focus on the portion of the covenant below, identifying the scriptural texts behind these lines and discussing their application.

We will train our children and all those under our care in the instruction of the Lord and, through our conduct and speech, seek the salvation of our family, friends, and neighbors.

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 gospel partners (Greg & Brittney), asking the Lord to help them as they give themselves to language study and to the building of Christ’s church. Pray for them as they strategize for long-term visa stability, including the possibility of purchasing a home there.
  • Pray for Chris & Kaci (Missionaries to South America), as they wait in Florida for the arrival of their little girl and prepare to leave for South America (i.e., language, visas, etc.). Pray for additional gospel partners for them in order to raise their support to the ideal level.
  • Pray for wisdom for RBC as the Lord continues to increase our number. We need His help to use our building most effectively and to determine whether structural changes are necessary to increase its functionality and/or capacity.
  • Pray for RBC and the family of Sheila Johnson, as we gather for her funeral, praising the Lord for her faith in Christ to the very end.

Scripture Memory: 1 John 1:5–2:2

  • At this meeting, we will recite verses 5–9.
  • (5) This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (6) If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (8) If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (10) If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1) My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (2) He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Kids Catechism & Scripture Memory

  • This is the passage many of our children are working on during Sunday’s RBC Kids’ Class. However, at Community Group, the children are welcome to say either this passage or the passage above (or both!).
  • Colossians 2:13–14, (13) And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, (14) by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.