“Name a ‘powerful force’ you have witnessed.” [after icebreaker, link to discussion: power of sin]
8/28 Special ‘business meeting’ & celebration - elder affirmation 4:00pm
8/31 Students’ ‘The Color Storm’ - 6:30pm, a large outreach event for students on campus
9/4 Meet The Mount - for guests to learn about The Mount (lunch & childcare provided)
9/8 STEPS study begins! - see FAQ and register at www.themount.church/steps
9/18 “All In” Sunday & Church-wide Picnic - Save The Date - more info to come
“Broken” sermon series - Wk2. The hope of Week 1 was to see that the whole world is broken since the fall and to understand the root of brokenness. But “YOU and I” are also broken since the fall. Sin not only has affected the entire world, it has affected you and me. We need to understand the power of sin. Sin has power in our life as it is kept in the dark. When we drag our sin into the light, it begins to lose its grip.
Key Passages: Gen 3:1-13; Luke 12:2; Psalm 34:18; Luke 12:2; 1 Cor 4:5; Jeremiah 16:17
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- How effective are you at hiding your sins and struggles from God? (HINT: Not at all...yes, that was a trick question!)
- Why are you (are we) hesitant to confess our sins and struggles to others?
- Are you a better law-keeper than grace-giver… in other words, are you living in an anti-biblical way that discourages people from sharing their brokenness with you?
<consider breaking up into male and female “smaller” groups to go deeper with remaining questions>
- What is your default with sin in your life: cover-up, hide-from, blame-others?? What other ways have you wrongly dealt with sin in your life?
- What secret sins or struggles are you currently hiding? Who can you go to with your sins and struggles? (HINT: The body of Christ is designed for this; find a brother or sister for help.)
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Prayer focus is again out of Psalm 51, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” (v1-2)