Study at home - 30th August
Read the passages from the Bible that we used on Sunday:
- Matthew 16: 21 – 28
- Romans 12: 9 – 21
Then consider these questions:
- In the reading from Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.’
Have there been times when, perhaps with the best of intentions, you have been stumbling block to others? If so, how can you avoid this happening again?
- Jesus says to the disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’
We cannot take up our cross if our hands are already full. Is there stuff cluttering up your life, or weighing you down, that you need to get rid of so that you can take up your cross? Talk to God about this and ask for his help to follow Jesus wholeheartedly and to offer your whole life in service to him.
- God promises his own Holy Spirit to all followers of Jesus to guide us and to change us to be more and more like Jesus. We can ask for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit at any time. If you are struggling to ‘deny yourself and take up your cross’ or if you are facing some other challenge in your life, ask God to pour his Holy Spirit into your heart now to help you.
- Work through the passage from Romans and apply it to your life. For example, is my love for God and others genuine? Does that love show in how I’m living my life? Am I persistent in prayer? How can I offer hospitality to strangers, even while distancing? You may want to work on one thing at a time.
- What signs can you see of the growth of God’s kingdom in your neighbourhood?
- What is God guiding you to do to help that growth?