Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Community Group Discussion Questions

These are the questions that we'll be discussing together in Community Group tomorrow night, Wednesday the 28th. We'll be meeting at the Caylor’s house--(Info/RSVP here). Community Group begins at 6:25, and ends at 8:00. Childcare is provided--we'll see you there!




This Week's Passage:  Hebrews 10:1-18

Explore (Digging in to understand the passage)
  • Why can't the law make worshippers perfect, according to verses 1 & 2?
  • What sets Jesus' sacrifice apart, according to verses 5-9?
  • How does Jesus' sacrifice relate to our holiness?
  • What does verse 14 mean? If we are made perfect forever, how can we be made holy? What does holiness mean?
  • How does the new promise (or covenant) described in verses 16 and 17 lead to the conclusion that ongoing sacrifice is no longer necessary?
Connect (Applying the passage to our lives)
  • How often do you experience a sense of guilt? Why might that be good? Why might it be unhealthy?
  • Do you live your life as if you were being made holy?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

See You At Community Group!

These are the questions that we'll be discussing together in this week's Community Group. We'll be meeting at the Caylor’s house in St. Peters tomorrow night--(more info here). Community Group begins at 6:25, and ends at 8:00. Childcare is provided--we'll see you there!

This week's passage:  Hebrews 9:23-28

Explore (Digging in to understand the passage)
  • What are the copies of the heavenly things that the writer speaks about in verse 23?
  • Is verse 23 saying that the heavenly things needed to be purified by a better sacrifice? If so, why? If not, what is the writer saying?
  • What is the central point of verses 25 & 26?
  • Why is it significant that Christ's sacrifice was done once, and not repeated? How does this do away with sin?
  • How does the last analogy in verses 27 and 28 bring home the point that we need a once for all sacrifice?
  • Does the end of verse 28 mean that we have to wait for salvation? In what sense does the writer use the term "salvation?"
Connect (Applying the passage to our lives)
  • What response do you have to the words, "Christ died to take away your sin?" What response do others have?
  • What do you look forward to the most about your (ultimate) salvation?

Monday, August 19, 2013

This Week at Mercy Road

  • MRF Daily Bible Reading & Prayer available at mercyroadprayers.blogspot.com
  • Share your MRF photos! Calling all photographer! Please share your photos taken at Mercy Road events.  You can upload them to the Meetup pages for specific events or e-mail them to Renae at the address below.  Thank you!

  • Sunday Worship: 8/25, 10 a.m., Living Word Christian School, 310 Cardinal Place 63376 (map), Sermon text:Hebrews 9:23-28
    • Worship & Set-Up Team, setup at 8:30 a.m., practice at 9 a.m., Darden, Belinda, Reagan & Aaron
    • Children’s Worship: Renae (pre-school)

This Week:
  • Community Group: Wed., 8/21, 6:30 p.m. at the Caylors; childcare provided.  RSVP/Info here
  • Softball:   Last game of the season!! Thurs., 8/22, 6:30 & 7:30 games on diamond #20 -- Info/RSVP here.
  • 4th & Dine: Fri., 8/23, 6:30 p.m., at Kitaro Bistro of Japan, 4551 Highway K, O’Fallon, MO (map) RSVP/Info here.
  • Morning Men’s Group: Sat., 8/24, 7 a.m. at the Deans, for encouragement, prayer, and study; feel free to bring you favorite light breakfast food. More info/RSVP here.
  • Books That Make You Think Book Club: meets Sundays at 7 a.m. at St. Louis Bread Company, 290 Mid Rivers Mall Circle Drive 63376 (map).  We are reading The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning. Come join us!
  • Potluck BBQ: Sun, 8/25, after worship (11:30 or so), Spencer Creek Park, our last potluck of the summer!  Please join us for food and fun... a sprinkler will be provided, so bring a towel and suit/change of clothes for the kiddos. RSVP/Info here with what food--your BBQ speciality and/or sides--you can bring to share.



MRF-related Links & Information:
New MRF website -- check it out!

Questions? Corrections? Omissions? Contact Renae Johnson, renae@mercy-road.net, MRF’s church administrator.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Community Group This Week

These are the questions that we'll be discussing together in this week's Community Group. We'll be meeting at the Caylor’s house--(more info here). Community Group begins at 6:25, and ends at 8:00. Childcare is provided--we'll see you there!

This week's passage: Hebrews 9:11-22

Explore (Digging in to understand the passage)
  • What is the writer comparing and contrasting in verses 11-14?
  • What makes Jesus' priestly service better than that of earthly priests?
  • How is Jesus' death like a will, according to verses 16-18?
  • How did blood cleanse the tabernacle? How does Jesus' blood cleanse us?

Connect (Applying the passage to our lives)
  • How would you describe the difference between outward cleansing and internal cleansing?
  • What is the price of forgiveness of sin?