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860 Keller Smithfield Rd
Keller, TX, 76248

817-431-1410

CG Leader Guides

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 11/6/2016

Kai Pinkerton

ICE BREAKER
“What motivates you?” 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
11/11-12 Men’s Retreat - $45; register & pay at themount.church/men; Deadline Mon night 11/7
11/11 Veteran’s Day - reminder to honor the veterans you know or see
11/13 Operation Christmas Child - boxes due back to church on Sunday 11/13
11/20 Orphan Care Fellowship - 4:30-6pm Student Center
11/23-24 Thanksgiving - No Wed night CG’s, Students or Kids ministries on 11/23

INTRODUCTION
“Orphan Care Sunday” - a day set aside to focus on the weak and vulnerable. Scripture is clear that God has a heart & passion about helping the down-trodden, the hurting, the helpless…do we have the same heart?  Or are we too busy? The question is not whether or not we are to care for the orphan.  The question is what WE the church and YOU the believer… will do to help care for the orphan.
Key Passages: James 1:26-27; Matt 18:21-35; Ephesians 1:5; Matt 9:36
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QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
  2. Read James 1:26-27. James could have used many examples but what examples did he choose to use in these passages to give us the best perspective of “pure religion”?
  3. Read the parable of the unforgiving servant in Matt 18:21-35. (Jesus is explaining the ethic or way of the kingdom of God)
    1. How does the King in this parable reflect God? (just, merciful, forgiving, takes on debt, etc)
    2. How does the king’s servant represent us? (debtor, in need of mercy, forgetful, selfish, wants justice on others but not on ourselves, etc)
    3. Read v33 again. How can we apply this to our own lives?
  4. What are some ways we can help care for the orphan? (adopt, foster, support adoptive families, support parents in community who have lost their kids, parties for new adoptions, ongoing care,… )
  5. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Praise God for adopting us as sons and daughters, with full rights as co-heirs with Christ! Pray that our hearts will continue to be shaped and molded into that of Jesus’… giving us a heart for the weak and vulnerable, for the oppressed. May God be glorified as we look and act more like Him.

OTHER RESOURCES
http://www.challies.com/resources/the-essential-adoption
http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/adoption-the-heart-of-the-gospel
http://www.jdgreear.com/my_weblog/2016/01/surrender-is-different-than-sacrifice.html