Take 5: Examples from Jonah, Part 23

The abrupt ending to the book of Jonah forces us to consider God’s great concern for the lost.

Take 5 is a series of videos for pastors & teachers of God’s Word. Mike Minter, teaching pastor and founder of Reston Bible Church, shares practical wisdom from over 40 years of ministry experience.

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To suggest a topic for Pastor Mike to cover, send an email to questions@restonbible.org.

Sunday Rewind | 4.19.2015

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

Open Up The Heavens (Psalm 108:4-5) – Worth It All by Meredith Andrews

Alive In Us (Ephesians 2:4-5) – God Is Able by Hillsong

My Deliverer (Psalm 18:1-2) – Hello Love by Chris Tomlin

I Stand Amazed (2 Corinthians 8:9) – North Point Live by Candi Shelton (North Point)

Glorious (Psalm 111:2-3) – Glorious by Paul Baloche

 

TEACHING: Missions Sunday – From the Field

All followers of Jesus are significant in the work of missions. We must move from information and inspiration to personal involvement in Christ’s great work in missions.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS

  1. How would you describe “missions” to someone who doesn’t know? What comes to mind when you think of “missions” and “missionaries”?
  2. Do you have any experience with missions?
  3. Read and discuss Luke 10:1-24. What does this tell us about the topic of missions? What other scriptures can you think of that inform and inspire us to personal involvement in missions?
  4. Why is every single believer in Jesus significant in the work of missions?
  5. What are the dangers of missions? What hinders missions?
  6. Would you say that you have a “burden for the lost”? Why or why not? How can we develop this?
  7. How can we as the church discern between significant and insignificant issues as we consider the topic of missions?
  8. “God does not want to use all of us in the same way, but He does want to use all of us in some way.” How do you respond to this statement? What role do you think God is giving you in the important work of missions?
  9. Are you willing to make yourself available to the Lord for the work of missions? Why or why not? What are you willing to risk? Spend some time praying about this.

 

TRAIL GUIDE: The Extra Mile

QUEST Trail Guide DevoThe “Trail Guide” devotional is used by our adult leaders of grade school groups in Quest as a way to prepare their hearts and minds for the topics we will be covering with the children on the weekend.  We have made them available here to help our parents of grade-schoolers engage with their children around the topics we are discussing and also for anyone else that might be blessed by following along.

EXTREME MAKEOVER, Unit 2, Section 3, Lesson 3: Love Your Enemies by Going the Extra Mile

Several years ago I ran in the annual Army 10-Miler in DC.  I signed up for 10 miles and I trained for 10 miles. What happened instead was a race diversion. Because of a bomb scare, I (along with 20,000 other runners) ended up going 11.5 miles. When asked to run 10 miles, we ran 11.5 instead. Okay, but that’s not exactly what Jesus was talking about in His most famous sermon (Matthew 5). So what was He getting at? Love your enemies, do good to those who persecute you, if someone forces you to go a mile, go with him two miles. Say what? This is crazy talk, Jesus. That’s just not feasible. He clearly hasn’t kept up with the latest personal assertiveness seminars. Get ahead by standing up for yourself. That’s the American way.

We started out this section looking at how we can love our neighbors in the family, and in the church. Most recently, as we discussed our neighbor in the world, we first looked at the sinner and then the defenseless. So far, so good. All these folks we could look upon with either affection or at least compassion. But God couldn’t leave things that simple. Jesus, as He repeatedly does throughout His ministry, has to push the idea to its divine extreme. Not only does He say it – “love your enemies and do good to those who persecute you…” – but He lives it out. Or maybe “dies it out” is more appropriate (Romans 5:7-10). Jesus, in taking love to its divine extreme, makes it all the more clear that, in our unregenerate, fallen state, we simply cannot love like God loves. Only through the empowering of the Holy Spirit can we truly embrace this brand of extreme love. Read the following definition of love, and meditate on it in light of the cross.

“Agape, or divine love, is eternal and totally independent of the object of its favor. Agape is an affection which stands in spite of any element of attractiveness, desirability, or even value. It also can be hated by the object of its affection, without damaging its intensity or character.”

“So we are not quick to demand justice unmingled with mercy… When we live this way, we magnify the glory of God’s mercy and the all-satisfying Treasure that He is to our souls. We show that because of His supreme value to us, we do not need the feeling of personal vengeance in order to be content.” – John Piper

 

BE EXTREME – LOVE YOUR ENEMIES. JESUS DID! “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

 

MEDITATING ON THE WORD:

Matt 5:38-48 | Rom 5:7-10
Rom 12:20 | Col 3:13

 

Sunday Rewind | 4.12.2015

Sunday Rewind

MUSIC & SCRIPTURE

God Is Able (Ephesians 3:20-21) – God Is Able by Hillsong

Closer (Psalm 89:14-15) – Glorious Ruins by Hillsong

The Wonderful Cross (Galatians 6:14) – The Worship Initiative, Vol. 5 by Shane & Shane

In Christ Alone (Galatians 2:20) – Let The Future Begin by Kristian Stanfill (Passion)

 

TEACHING: The Conscience

We tend to think of our conscience as a thermometer that registers the moral temperature around us. In reality, the conscience is more like a thermostat, which can be “reprogrammed” by the influences around us.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS

  1. What was one thing you found particularly interesting, insightful, helpful or difficult to understand from this sermon?
  2. How would you describe the moral/religious environment in which you grew up?
  3. Read and discuss Acts 24:14-16. What do you observe about the conscience? Why would the author of Acts “take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man” (v. 16)?
  4. Have you ever felt the weight of trying to maintain something that is not found in Scripture? What was the source of that pressure?
  5. What is the distinction between viewing the conscience as a thermometer as opposed to seeing it as a thermostat? Why is this distinction important?
  6. Are we born with a built-in moral code? What initially forms and shapes our conscience? What examples come to mind?
  7. What influences/environments have shaped and reshaped your conscience over the years? Can you think of good and bad examples from your own life?
  8. Read and discuss Titus 1:15-16, Ephesians 4:17-20, Romans 1:18 and 1 Timothy 4:1-3. What warnings are here regarding the defilement of the conscience?
  9. How does the gospel redeem, inform, enable and shape our own conscience? What does the gospel require of us in regards to others’ consciences?
  10. What areas of your life need to be readjusted to “true North”? Spend some time together in prayer for this.

 

 

Take 5: Examples from Jonah, Part 22

There will be times in life and ministry where it seems that God has “removed” His grace. Do you have the right to be angry if He does?

Take 5 is a series of videos for pastors & teachers of God’s Word. Mike Minter, teaching pastor and founder of Reston Bible Church, shares practical wisdom from over 40 years of ministry experience.
For more Take 5 videos, visit vimeo.com/channels/minter or subscribe via RSS here: blog.restonbible.org/category/resources/take-5/feed/
To suggest a topic for Pastor Mike to cover, send an email to questions@restonbible.org.