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A Return to the Study Guide – “Never Stops”

29 Mar

I’m excited to announce a return to a study guide format that will accompany WordServe Church‘s Sunday sermons (at least for the next 8 weeks)! Here’s what you can expect to be published on Thursdays:

  • Sermon Scripture
  • Link to audio sermon (actual sermon posted on Sundays)
  • Questions that will reflect both the sermon and related Scripture
  • Questions that will give you application… so you can connect your faith to daily life!

So let’s get started!

March 30 Sermon: “Never Stops” (Dr. Nolan Donald)

  • Scripture: John 19:25-30
  • Audio Link (check HERE Sunday afternoon for “Never Stops”)

Getting Started

As you reflect on Sunday’s message, what one principle or insight stands out as being particularly helpful, insightful, or difficult to grasp?

How do Jesus’ actions on the cross and his refusal to waiver from his mission impact your view/understanding of Jesus?  Your understanding of God?

Digging Deeper

Read Romans 8:35-39.

Summarize these verses in one sentence.

Do you agree or disagree that nothing can separate us from Christ’s love?  Explain your answer.

How does Jesus on the cross reinforce or challenge the claims of Romans 8?

In Romans 8:37, Paul says we have “victory through Christ.”  What do you think that means?  How do you think that works?

Read Galatians 6:14-16

Paul says he doesn’t want to boast in anything except the cross of Christ.  Why do you think he views the cross as so important?

What do you think it might look like to “boast” in the cross of Christ today?  List three things that you could do in your daily life that would be “boasting” in the cross of Christ:

Paul says the world has been “crucified” to him and he has been “crucified” to the world.  What do you think that means?  Should this be a goal in our lives today?  Why or why not?

Make a specific list of things that are “of the world” that need to be crucified to you (i.e., things of the world that grab your attention and focus).

Living the Story

Reflect with God on the “width and length, height and depth” of Jesus’ love for you.  Ask God to help you see a glimpse of the magnitude of his love.  Ask God what holds you back from knowing this love more fully in your life.

Prayerfully ask God to show to you places/times where you have “pressed pause” on God’s never-ending love and his desire to fulfill his plans and will.  Ask the Spirit to show you places where you can join this “Love So Amazing” and participate with the work he longs to do.

God’s love for you isn’t based on your circumstances or your actions.  It is base on his character.  Nothing in your life – what you’ve done or thought – can stop the love of God as seen in Jesus on the cross.  Ask God to search your heart and remove any obstacles or lies you have believed that make you estimate your worth by anything other than God’s character.

 

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