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
October 18th, 2015
Elements – “Patience & Kindness”
Gal. 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no
law against these things!
The elements of Galatians 5 are not some airbrushed, unattainable model of perfection we
can easily dismiss. They are a calling, a point on the horizon we travel to, and they are also
the natural outgrowth of being loved unconditionally by God himself. They produce the
remarkable and noticeable fruit of patience and kindness (this week’s focus). We are
stronger, more durable, and generous because of what God has begun in us.
1. Patience is not resentment-fueled persistence
* Patience is not putting up with people, simple waiting while we restrain our frustrations.
A lot of our “patience” is actually impatience “lying to itself”.
2. Patience is the wait without the hate.
* By contrast the servant would not wait, his anger takes hold of his debtor.
* Patience struggles without blowing up or bowing out. It is waiting without hating.
* Patience begins with struggles but ends with perspective. When we see once again
the grace God has given us, it reminds us to give grace to others. Patience is not just
waiting, it actually leads to the next element…kindness.
Mt 18:31-33 “Shouldn’t you” - we give kindness to others because it has already been given
to us by Christ himself.
1. Kindness is not reward Mt 5:46-47
* Much of what passes for kindness in our world is actually strategic altruism, kindness
with a motive where we wonder “what can they do for me?” or “How will this make me
feel?” Christ calls us to a higher form of kindness, not one that strategically looks for
benefit, but acts out of love.
2. Kindness is what love looks like, it is the cost of love. (2 Cor 8:9)
* Kindness is what love looks like, not because we are or will be loved by others, but
because we are loved by Christ.
* Kindness is rarely grand, it does not need to be noticed or appreciated. We begin with
small acts not because small acts grow into big acts, but because small acts grow into
a life of kindness. We are perhaps more able to manage small acts without becoming
“strategic” in our kindness instead offering the genuine kindness of people who are
loved by Christ and live to show this to others.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION
1. When you read the high standard of Galatians 5:22-23 does it encourage you or
2. Have you ever waited in frustration? What was the difference between this
waiting and real patience?
3. What is your reaction to the story of Matthew 18? Can you see any of yourself in
4. Mt 5:46-47 describes a different kind of kindness. Discuss some instances you
have seen or read about in history, the news, or your own life of real kindness.
Was this kindness motivated by Christ?
5. Since our ability to be patient or kind depends on God’s love being experienced
in our lives, how do you experience God’s love?
6. 2 Corinthians 8:9 says that Christ became poor so we could be rich. How has
God made your life richer?
Posted on Sun, October 18, 2015
by Alan Porter