04 Sep Back To School Sunday 2017
Take the first few minutes of your time together to listen to what God is doing in one another’s lives and pray for any specific needs people in your group may have.
This week we celebrated our annual Back to School Sunday where we take a look at God’s heart and call to reach and impact the leaders of tomorrow and what we, as Mosaic Church, are doing to make a difference.
What would you say is the difference between what we would call struggles in the U.S. and what much of the rest of the world struggles with?
Why do you think that is?
“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?”
What did Paul say he struggled with?
If the Apostle Paul struggled with this, what does that tell us about the human heart?
What does that tell us about what the human heart most needs?
Anne Frank, The Diary of Young Girl
“Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”
Have you ever gotten to a place where you felt like giving up?
What was it that kept you going?
How important is it to have other people in your life to help keep you going?
Why is that?
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
What does the Gospel tell us about our struggles?
How does that Truth help us to keep running our race?
How can we be that kind of representation of Christ to others in their struggles in life?
How can we be that for the next generation as they struggle through life?