The Importance of Mercy Ministry – Part 1

Romans, Sermon Preparation

March 2, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayIsaiah 58; 61:1–2; Luke 4:16–21

In Isaiah 58 the people of God were fasting, but it was not acceptable to God. Why not? What was missing?

TuesdayIsaiah 58:6–10; James 2:14–26

In Isaiah 58:6–10 the prophet describes “true acceptable fasting.” Why is mercy ministry (i.e. care for the needy) the observable proof of proper fasting?

WednesdayLuke 4:14–44; Isaiah 61:1–2

Read these passages carefully and answer the question: why did Jesus come to earth?

ThursdayLuke 7:18–23; Isaiah 29:17–19; 35:5–6; Matthew 15:29–39

John the Baptist sent his disciples to Jesus with the question: “are you the one to come or should we look for another?” How does His answer help us to think about mercy ministry?

FridayExodus 23:10; Leviticus 19:9–10; 25:35–43; Deuteronomy 14:28–29; 15:4; Proverbs 14:31; 17:5; 19:17; 22:9; 28:27

What does the Old Testament teach us about caring for the poor and needy?

SaturdayMatthew 25:31–46; Luke 9:1–6; 10:9; Acts 4:34–35; 6:1–7; Galatians 2:10; James 1:27; I John 3:16–18

What does the New Testament teach us about caring for the poor and needy? How can we apply these lessons in our lives, family and church?

Crushing Satan

Romans, Sermon Preparation

February 16, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayRomans 16:20; I Samuel 17

“God will crush Satan under your feet.” What do you think that means?

TuesdayEphesians 6:10–20; Joshua 6

Spiritual warfare is part of the Christian’s life. Why? How does it apply to you?

WednesdayGenesis 3; Romans 16:20

The commentators tell us that Romans 16:20 is connected to Genesis 3:15. What do you think?

ThursdayRomans 16:20; Deuteronomy 2:26–3:6; Jeremiah 15:1–9; Luke 13:1–5

Many Christians struggle with the phrase “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” How about you? Do you have a problem with that phrase? Why or why not?

FridayRomans 16:20; Joshua 10:16–43; Judges 1:27–36; Matthew 14–16,27–30; Romans 10:1–17

“…the God of peace will soon crush Satan under ‘your’ feet.” How does God do this under “our” feet? What do we have to do with it?

SaturdayRomans 16:20; Genesis 39; Daniel 3:17; Acts 4:19; 5:17–32

“…the God of peace will ‘soon’ crush Satan…” What do you think the word “soon” means in Romans 16:20? How does it apply to us now?

The Fullness of the Blessing of Christ

Romans, Sermon Preparation

November 24, 2013 – Morning Worship

MondayRomans 15:29; John 15:1–17; Psalm 16

What is the “fullness of the blessing of Christ? Do you have it?

TuesdayRomans 12:14–21; I Peter 2:18–23; 3:8–9; Numbers 6:22–27; Psalm 134

What does the word “blessed” mean in these passages? How can we “bless” in the same way?

WednesdayMatthew 5:1–12; 11:6; Psalm 1:1–3; John 20:29

What does the word “blessed” mean in these verses? Are you blessed? How?

ThursdayEphesians 1:3–14; Romans 8:17; II Corinthians 1:3–7; I Timothy 6:17; I Peter 1:3–9

What does “who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing” mean? How should that affect us?

FridayPsalm 90:17; 128:1–6; Isaiah 26:12; Romans 1:11–12

What kind of blessing is talked about in these verses? How should it affect our prayer lives?

SaturdayJohn 15:1–17; Romans 15:9

Re-read John 15:1–17. How might that passage help us in our desire to have the “fullness of the blessing of Christ”?