WordServe 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
– 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?
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!).
- Online Bible study with lots of verses on Mercy
- Blog on Justice, Mercy, and Grace from the “Speak Truth” Project
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 LifeChurch.tv.