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860 Keller Smithfield Rd
Keller, TX, 76248

817-431-1410

CG Leader Guides

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 4/9/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS
4/14 Good Friday Service - 6:30 pm; childcare for Birth - 3rd grade available
4/16 Easter Services - 9:00 am and 10:30 am; 
     - NO Sunday AM adult Community Groups on Easter; NO student ministry
     - Children’s ministry is available for Birth - 6th grade
4/23 Baptism Sunday
     - Meet The Mount
(themount.church/path)
     - “Philippians” - new summer sermon series starts!
4/30 Membership Matters - 10:30am in Student Center; Week 1 of 3; the mount.church/path
5/7 Family Meeting - 4:00 pm; New Deacon Installation & Celebration; Fall/Summer updates!

ICE BREAKER
“Share the name of someone you know whose life has been visibly changed by the gospel.” 

INTRODUCTION
“This Changes Everything”.  The Gospel Changes our entire living.  Being changed and bringing change. The gospel impacts all areas of our lives.  Following Jesus “changes everything”… or at least it does if you are truly following Him.  A ‘changed’ life is the life that Jesus has saved us to.  
Key Passages:  Colossians 3:1-17, Romans 13:14, Romans 8:12-14
Other: _______________________________________________________________

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
  2. What does Paul mean by “set your minds on things that are above?” What “things” are above?
  3. What in your life needs to be “put to death”? (sins?) How can we “put to death” what is earthly in us?
  4. What do you need to be putting on? (righteousness)
  5. How is your life pouring out praise? What does Paul mean by writing, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly?”
  6. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray that the gospel would fresh and new “change everything” in the lives of believers at The Mount; that the world around us would see something truly different in us.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY

Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise) 
Colossians 3

The Colossians exhorted to be heavenly-minded; (1-4) to mortify all corrupt affections; (5-11) to live in mutual love, forbearance, and forgiveness; (12-17) and to practice the duties of wives and husbands, children, parents, and servants. (18-25)

Verses 1-4 As Christians are freed from the ceremonial law, they must walk the more closely with God in gospel obedience. As heaven and earth are contrary one to the other, both cannot be followed together; and affection to the one will weaken and abate affection to the other. Those that are born again are dead to sin, because its dominion is broken, its power gradually subdued by the operation of grace, and it shall at length be extinguished by the perfection of glory. To be dead, then, means this, that those who have the Holy Spirit, mortifying within them the lusts of the flesh, are able to despise earthly things, and to desire those that are heavenly. Christ is, at present, one whom we have not seen; but our comfort is, that our life is safe with him. The streams of this living water flow into the soul by the influences of the Holy Spirit, through faith. Christ lives in the believer by his Spirit, and the believer lives to him in all he does. At the second coming of Christ, there will be a general assembling of all the redeemed; and those whose life is now hid with Christ, shall then appear with him in his glory. Do we look for such happiness, and should we not set our affections upon that world, and live above this?

Verses 5-11 It is our duty to mortify our members which incline to the things of the world. Mortify them, kill them, suppress them, as weeds or vermin which spread and destroy all about them. Continual opposition must be made to all corrupt workings, and no provision made for carnal indulgences. Occasions of sin must be avoided: the lusts of the flesh, and the love of the world; and covetousness, which is idolatry; love of present good, and of outward enjoyments. It is necessary to mortify sins, because if we do not kill them, they will kill us. The gospel changes the higher as well as the lower powers of the soul, and supports the rule of right reason and conscience, over appetite and passion. There is now no difference from country, or conditions and circumstances of life. It is the duty of every one to be holy, because Christ is a Christian's All, his only Lord and Saviour, and all his hope and happiness.

Verses 12-17 We must not only do no hurt to any, but do what good we can to all. Those who are the elect of God, holy and beloved, ought to be lowly and compassionate towards all. While in this world, where there is so much corruption in our hearts, quarrels will sometimes arise. But it is our duty to forgive one another, imitating the forgiveness through which we are saved. Let the peace of God rule in your hearts; it is of his working in all who are his. Thanksgiving to God, helps to make us agreeable to all men. The gospel is the word of Christ. Many have the word, but it dwells in them poorly; it has no power over them. The soul prospers, when we are full of the Scriptures and of the grace of Christ. But when we sing psalms, we must be affected with what we sing. Whatever we are employed about, let us do every thing in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in believing dependence on him. Those who do all in Christ's name, will never want matter of thanksgiving to God, even the Father.