Deep Six Study and Daily Devotional
Every preacher's dream is to see the truth he preaches lived out in the lives of those he preaches to and certainly this is as it should be. This dream is rooted in our Heavenly Father's desire that there would never be unlived truth in the lives of His people. Our church is dedicated to the purpose of helping people Live Fully, and one way we do that is to encourage a deeper study of the truth they hear on Sundays throughout the other six days of the week. Accordingly, each week we provide (1) the Deep Six Study and (2) the Daily Devotional.
(1) Deep Six Study - accessed via "Discussion Notes" button located under the video message on the "Watch" page of the website. Printed copies also available at the Connect Desk in the church lobby. Note: the Deep Six Study is being done by Tom Main and will be posted below.
(2) Daily Devotional - The Devotionals are done by Ken Hart and are available online Monday through Saturday on a daily basis at www.capecodchurch.com/daily or the "Daily Devotional" button at the bottom of the "Home" page. The devotions build on and expand from the Sunday message. It is our desire, our hope, and our prayer for this devotional section to be a useful Spiritual Life tool that our church family can benefit from throughout the year. Each day's devotional will typically consist of Scripture connected with the message, a commentary, and a prayer response. We trust the Daily Devotional will assist you as you seek to live out the truth of God's word on a daily basis.
DEEP SIX STUDY
November 8th, 2015
Missions: “The World…Our Neighbor”
We all have dreams we pursue – dreams for ourselves, dreams for our kids. Eventually, we all come to a place where we desire to have a purpose – a mission – and to make a difference in the world.
This month we will seek to step outside ourselves to look at the work of the broader church around the world and then commit to making a difference in that work through prayer and giving.
1. Compassion Can’t Stay (Luke 10:27-37)
The “lawyer” in the passage is looking for a religious answer (“who don’t I have to love?”). Religion is about taking care of ourselves; Christianity – the message of Jesus – is about taking care of (loving) others.
Like it did for the Samaritan, compassion (love) should move us out of our comfort zones to care for others. That compassionate movement always costs us something.
There should be no place in the world where we think it’s too messy, dirty, dangerous, corrupt, or lost to “leave our mark” (i.e., share the message of Jesus’ love).
2. The Heart of Missions is the Message of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8; Romans 10:4)
Our missions emphasis is about the church saying “we can’t stay here, because we believe that every place should be filled with the Good News of Jesus.”
As a church, we intentionally partner with missionaries who are caring for (feeding, clothing, etc.) those they serve in order to bring them the Gospel message more effectively.
Missions without the Message is not missions at all – it’s merely good works. While laudable, it’s not what Jesus commissioned us (as His disciples) to do.
“It’s not about spreading our culture – it’s about spreading the Gospel!”
Opening – Luke 10:1-2
Point #1 – Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 5:43-48; Matthew 22:34-40; James 1:27
Point #2 – Isaiah 52:7; Romans 10:12-15; Matthew 25:35-40
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION
1. In what ways does our church’s Missions Emphasis this month support our church’s mission (“To Inspire People to Live Fully for God”)?
2. The “expert in religious law” who questioned Jesus “wanted to justify his actions” (v. 29). In what ways do people use (Christian) religion to justify actions/beliefs that might be contrary to Jesus’ teaching?
3. Jesus used the Parable of the Good Samaritan to illustrate that even a “hated” Samaritan could demonstrate true love/caring by serving someone who was different from him. Flipping the story around, who are the “Samaritans” of today that Jesus is calling us to love/serve? What prevents us from doing so?
4. If you could decide where/how our church’s Missions budget was spent each year, what types of missionaries and mission projects would you choose to spend it on? Explain your answer.
5. What is your reaction to the statement from the sermon that “Missions without the Message (the Gospel) is not missions at all – it’s just good works?” Is there a reason/place for the church to just do good works (without sharing the Gospel)? Why or why not?
6. What is one thing you (individually or as a small group) you would like to commit to doing in the coming year to “be my witnesses…telling people about me…to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8)?
Posted on Sun, November 8, 2015
by Alan Porter