WordServe Church Study Guide for Sep 28, 2014
- Sermon Title: “The Heart of Happiness” (Dr. Nolan Donald)
- Audio Link (check HERE on Sunday afternoon for the latest sermon)
- Sermon Scripture: Matthew 5:8
- Additional Study Texts: Matthew 15:15-20 and Psalm 73
– Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
– Think of someone you know who is “pure in heart.” Describe them (e.g., why do you consider them pure in heart?)
Read Matthew 15:15-20
– What context and situation is Jesus addressing in this verse?
– Why do you think Jesus picks this analogy (i.e., stomach and food versus heart)?
– What are the ramifications for the way we should live out our faith?
Read Psalm 73
– What is the Psalmist’s struggle here? Have you encountered similar struggles? Explain.
– Describe “the wicked” using modern words and illustrations:
– What conclusions does the Psalmist come to? Do you agree or disagree with his conclusions? Explain:
– How do these two Scriptures apply to your current world?
Taking It Home
– In your own words, summarize why a pure heart is important for a Jesus follower:
– Think back to the person you described in “Getting Started.” What do you think contributes to their purity of heart? Are there things you can adopt from them for your purity of heart?
– How might you counter the evil things that come from the heart?
– Write your own version of Psalm 73: with what do you struggle? What conclusions have you come to about remaining pure in heart?
– How will you seek and maintain a pure heart?
- Quotations regarding “pure in heart” from Christianity Today
- “The Pure in Heart Shall See God” by Eric Simpson (via Huffington Post)
- “Who Can Really Be Pure in Heart?” by Greg Laurie
Ever wondered what everyday people think about being pure in heart? Check out this video (and the cool Australian accents!)