“The Mercy Movement” – audio sermon and study guide

19 Sep

Wordserve Logo_COLORWordServe Church Study Guide for Sep 21, 2014

  • Sermon Title: “The Mercy Movement” (Rev. Bill Hogan)
  • Audio Link (check HERE on Sunday afternoon for the latest sermon)
  • Sermon Scripture: Matthew 5:7
  • Additional Study Texts:  Luke 10:30-37 and John 8:2-11

Getting Started

–  Was there any one thing that you most agreed with or disagreed with from Sunday’s message?  What was it and why?

– How do you define mercy?

Digging Deeper

Read Luke 10:30-37 and John 8:2-11

– Describe the ways you see mercy in these two situations.

– How is mercy different in these two situations?

– How is mercy similar in these two situations?

– Does this change the way you view mercy? If so, how?

– List other instances where Jesus shows or discusses mercy. Compare your list with others to get a more complete list!

– Pick one of these other instances and compare to the Good Samaritan and the woman at the well. Share the similarities and differences with others.

– How might these lessons learned apply to modern-day Fulshear/West Katy (or your neck of the woods)?

Taking It Home

– Where do you struggle with being merciful? Why do you think that is?

– Is there a “right way” and a “wrong way” to show mercy? Explain.

– Describe the best example of mercy you’ve seen. What made it the best?

– Describe the worst example of mercy you’ve seen. What made it the worst?

– Name one situation where you have an opportunity to show mercy right now. How could you do that in a way that honors God? (Name a next step and set a date to do that next step!).


Lately, I’ve been fascinated with approaching mercy and help as a stewardship that lifts up others (versus enabling), especially as it applies to poverty.  Here are a couple of challenging reads when it comes to helping others (they’re probably available at your library).

  • When Helping Hurts, How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself!
  • Toxic Charity, How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It

Want more?  Check out “Helping Without Hurting” from

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