Study at home - 23rd August
Below are some questions on what we’re looking at this week, for you to think about during the week. I encourage you to reflect on these questions this week as they will help you to consider when and how we should start gathering again in our church building to worship.
- How has Lockdown, and not being able to gather in your church building, changed your view of what church is?
- Jesus referred to the church as his church (Matthew 16:18), which means that the church should do what Jesus wants and not what we want. How, do you think we should be making sure that the church does what Jesus wants, especially at this time of change?
- Jesus told Peter that he would be the rock on which the church was built (Matthew 16:18) when Peter proclaimed the truth about Jesus (Matthew 16:16). In what ways do you think the church should be proclaiming the truth about Jesus at this time in our neighbourhoods?
- Jesus also told Peter “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19) As Richard explained, this speaks of the authority that God has given the church and the huge responsibility that comes with it. How well do you think that your church is coping with this responsibility?
- Paul wrote ‘offer your bodies as a living sacrifice’ and that ‘this is you true and proper worship’ (Romans 12:1). Paul then listed some gifts and abilities that we can offer to God, including serving, teaching, prophesying, encouraging and giving (Romans 12:6-8). What gifts and abilities do you have that you can offer to God to use?
- Paul wrote that ‘true and proper worship’ is our response to ‘God’s mercy’ (Romans 12:1). In what ways do you find it easiest to express your love for God and gratitude for His mercy?