September 18 – 24

Weekly Reading for September 18 – 24

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Teaching By Pastor Kevin,Pastor Roy, Pastor Keith and Pastor Brandon
Sermon Title: Celebrating God’s Goodness

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on September 25, 2022:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Guest Pastor Gary Thomas
Sermon Title: Wise Discernment vs Toxic Judgement
Delivered On: September 18, 2022


Memorize and Reflect

Matthew 7:1-2 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Prayer Direction

Thank God for saving you by grace. Thank God for his mercy and his kindness, which we don’t deserve. Ask God to help you treat others the way He treats you—with unmerited kindness and grace.

“Live It!” Challenge

Resetting Our Default Attitude - Look at what Paul says to put “on” in Colossians 3:11-12, and to take “off” in Colossians 3:8. Which one of the major slip-ups are you most prone to? (anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language)
Which one of the positive virtues are most difficult for you to exhibit: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience? Look for a situation where you can replace something in the first list with something in the second.

Small Group Discussion

  1. Why do you think Christians are so inclined to judge? What’s a charitable explanation? What’s an uncharitable one?

  2. Since its Jesus’ job (exclusively) to judge in John 5:22, what does it say when we start to judge?

  3. How does Matthew 6:6, where Jesus tells us to distinguish from giving “pure bread” to dogs or pigs; Matthew 6:15, where Jesus warns us about false prophets (which requires judging); and John 7:24, where Jesus specifically said, “Stop judging by mere appearances and make a right judgment” help us understand his words about not judging in Matthew 7:1-5?

  4. What’s the difference between recognizing good fruit and bad fruit, discriminating between good and evil, and judging our neighbor?

  5. Compare Galatians 6:1 with Matthew 7:1-5. How can leaders do the former without breaking the latter?

  6. When meeting Jesus on judgment day, would you be willing to say, “Hey, Jesus, please treat my sins the same way I treated the sins of others?” If not, what do you need to change?

  7. Discuss how we can compare ourselves to our neighbors, or compare ourselves to Jesus, and why one leads to ruin and the other leads to growth and grace.

  8. What is the most effective attitude toward the sin of others that will lead them to receive the grace and forgiveness of God and ultimately even repent of their sins?