How God Saves Us

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Scripture Passages: Mark 5:21-42.

The purpose of today’s message was to help answer the question,  “how can we know we are saved?”

Read the passage again.

  1. The grace of salvation.

The woman who approached Jesus hadn’t been able to worship at the temple for 12 years because she was unclean, had spent all of her money trying to get better, and Jesus was now her only option. We as people are desperate for the grace of God.

  1. The faith of salvation.

We have to believe that God is who he says he is and will do what he says he will do.  We can look to Scripture to see that belief and faith in Jesus is key. Scripture to look at: John 14:6, Hebrews 11:6, Romans 10:9-10

  1. The life of salvation.

We are saved FOR something. The power of Jesus is that he makes unclean things clean. He is the only one who has the power to do that. Jesus looks at us liked he looked at the little girl and said, “arise.”

Personal Application:

  • Do you know the saving love and grace of Jesus? What does salvation mean to you?
  • What are you hoping that Jesus will do for you this weekend?
  • Is there someone in your life you who you are burdened for that doesn’t know Jesus? How can you love them in the Gospel? Pray for them.

Gospel Prayer - Gospel Impact

Scripture Passage: Acts 4: 23-31

What is the spiritual disciple that is most practiced when we have “defining moments” in our lives?

Prayer is an intimacy with God that leads to the fulfillment of His purposes.

Jesus provides the pattern for our prayers in Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4:
• Reverence (Upward)
• Response (Downward)
• Request (Inward)
• Readiness (Outward)

What happened in Acts 4:13-22?

How did the disciples respond? Acts 4:23-31

Scripture-fed, Spirit-led, Worship-based Prayer
• Verse 24 – began to worship in prayer

• Verses 25-27 – Prayed out of Scripture
How does this relate to Jesus’ pattern of prayer?

• Verse 28 – surrendered to His Word and His will
How does this relate to Jesus’ pattern of prayer?

• Verses 29-30 – trusted Him for their immediate need
How does this relate to Jesus’ pattern of prayer?

• Verse 31 – went out in the power of the Spirit to share the Gospel
How does this relate to Jesus’ pattern of prayer?

PERSONAL APPLICATION:
• How should we pray as a couple?
• How would this kind of prayer empower my prayer life?
• How could this make our family prayer time more effective?

When You Are Mad At God

Scripture Passage: Mark 4:35-41

When caught in a storm, the disciples turned to Jesus and asked two questions. They asked “Lord, don’t you care?” After Jesus had calmed the storm the asked, “Who is this?” The questions we ask in the midst of a storm are important.

When we’re mad at God, we need to understand what Jesus revealed about God in the storm. Jesus revealed that:

1. Our God is a Powerful God

We must always keep in mind that our God is a powerful God — more powerful than any storm. The fact that He is powerful not only means that He is able to meet your need, but that He has the right to meet your need as He chooses.

Discuss: In what storms have you seen God’s power on display?



2. Our God is a Faithful God
If we lose sight of God’s power then we are also in danger of losing sight of His faithfulness. Before the disciples ever stepped into the boat, Jesus had said, “Let’s cross over to the other side.” That should have been enough. If Jesus said it, they should have believed it.

Discuss: When have you struggled to believe that God is faithful?

3. Our God is a Saving God

Remember that while God may not always choose to calm the storm He is more than capable of calming your heart in the midst of the storm. He knows that there are lessons we can only learn in the storm. God shapes us through storms.

Discuss: How has God used a storm to shape you?

Living Beyond the Law

Scripture Passage: Mark 2:23-28

The trap of legalism is a trap of worshiping the law as well as worshiping ourselves and how well we adhere to the law rather than worshiping the One who gave us the law because He loves us.

There are three lessons from this Scripture passage regarding the codes we live by that help us embrace freedom and forsake the bondage of legalism.

1. The Freedom of Boundaries (v. 27)
Boundaries are a blessing, and the lack of boundaries does not lead to freedom but to bondage.

2. The Futility of Legalism (v. 24)
People have turned helpful tools into rigid religious rules. These helpful tools might be perfect for you, but beware of turning them into rules for everyone.

3. The Finality of Jesus (v. 28)
God is calling us to a life of abiding in the Lord, not a life of abiding by the law.
When you recognize how far you have to go, you will be more gracious about the brokenness of others.

Discussion Questions
• Are you living a life of guilt and judgement because of self-imposed rules? How?
• What healthy boundaries give you more freedom?
• What boundaries have you put on yourself that hinder your relationship with God?
• Are you focusing on your own boundaries and ignoring God’s?

Friends Who Care

Scripture Passage: Mark 2:1-12

This is the story of four friends who did whatever it takes to get their hurting friend to the feet of Jesus.

Remember the Need
The man in the story needed to be healed physically and spiritually. The mission of Jesus is to meet the true need in our lives — forgiveness. To find true fulfillment, we must realizes that Jesus came to heal us spiritually.
Luke 19:10 “For the son of man has come to seek and to save the lost”

Remember the Team
Four men carried their friend. Doing things alone is hard. Doing things with others is easier. We have a team at church and home — fellow believers walking together and building each other up.

Remember the Options
These men could have easily seen the full room and turned around. Instead, they assessed the situation and found an option. When it comes to bringing people to Jesus, remember the options. Never give up on those you love to be healed.

Remember the Savior
These men could not save their friend, they could only bring them to Jesus. Our job is to faithfully share Jesus, God will do the rest. Our job is to share, Jesus saves.

Strategic Conversations: 

• What is forgiveness? Can you give an example of someone forgiving someone else? • • What does Jesus forgive us from?
• As a family, in what ways do you act like a team?
• What are some characteristics of a team? How would you describe a team to someone who have never heard of a team before?
• What are some things you need to work on as a family team? 
• How far would you go to share Jesus with someone? 
• What are some fears you may have with sharing Jesus and being the Light in the Darkness? 
• Who will you invite? Who will you bring to the feet of Jesus? Name one person and pray for them!

Radical Obedience

Scripture Passage: Mark 1:16-20

Mark 1:16-20 tells the story of the calling of four of the disciples. This story can help us understand what radical obedience really is.

Confident Obedience
According to John 1:35-42, Andrew and Peter spent time with Jesus before the day He called them to be fishers of men. Luke 4:38 tells us that Jesus stayed in their home. We don’t follow Jesus blindly; we know Him first.

Progressive Obedience
Peter obeyed Jesus by leaving his nets behind to follow Jesus. If we follow Jesus in the small things, the larger things come more naturally.

Costly Obedience
Mark 1:18 tells us they these disciples their nets and their families to follow Jesus. Real obedience has a cost.

Devoted Obedience
God doesn’t call us to a new set of rules and regulations. He calls us to Him; to be in a relationship with Him. When that relationship changes our hearts, we naturally make changes in our behavior. The love relationship must come before lasting change.

God doesn’t leave us on our own. He is our guide and will stay with us no matter what or where He calls us. At Kingsland, we’ve been challenged to invite others to a relationship with Jesus. Who are you inviting this month?

Discussion Points:

• What area of your life is the most difficult to be obedient in? Why?

• What are some small things you can be obedient in right now?

• What is the hardest thing you ever felt God ask you to do?

Kingdom Living

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Scripture: After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near.  Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:14-15).

  1. The Reality of the Kingdom.

The word kingdom means the domain in which one rules and reigns.  The Gospels teach us that God’s Kingdom is coming and that God’s Kingdom is already here.

  1. The Location of the Kingdom.

The Kingdom of God is everywhere God rules and reigns. As King, God allows us to choose if we are going to seek Him and His Kingdom in our lives.

  1. The invitation of the Kingdom.

We are invited to “repent and believe the good news” of God’s Kingdom (vs. 15) for our salvation and invite others into God’s Kingdom by sharing the good news with others (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:18-20).

Questions to pray about and talk about as a family:

  1. Consider your own life.What do you need to release to God so that more of His Kingdom rules and reigns in your life? (examples: things from your past, fears, struggles, pride, lies from the enemy, sins). Take time to pray and ask for God’s Kingdom come into those areas of your life.
  2. Ask God to put one person on your heart each month to invite into His Kingdom.  This may involve one or more of the following areas of your life.

Heart– ask someone about their story or share your story

Home – invite someone into your home for coffee or a meal

Gather– invite someone to worship with you or to your Community   Group

Beyond– go beyond your comfort zone by reaching out to  someone outside your personal comfort zone to share the Gospel.

Reset Your Regret

Scripture Passage: Philippians 3:13-14

Each of us have regrets. According to Forbes magazine, the top three regrets of 2018 are…
• Working too much at the expense of family and friendships
• Spending too much time on my phone or computer
• Taking life too seriously

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians teaches us how to address our regrets.

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”

1. Silence the Accuser
Satan, our accuser, can be overcome “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony (Revelation 12:11).”

Through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross we now have power over sin. As believers in Jesus Christ, God’s grace is sufficient for us in all matters.

We also silence Satan by the sharing of our testimony. There is power in telling our story. Turn your regret over to Christ, and share your story.

2. Reconcile and Repent
If it within our power then God expects us to resolve the regret we have — for example, apologizing to someone we’ve hurt or wronged, or restoring a relationship, or other ways that the Holy Spirit prompts us. Then, we must repent; ask God’s forgiveness.

3. Move Forward
To move forward requires that we turn loose of past regrets and then move toward Jesus, allowing Him to do His work through us.

• Discuss and think about these things:
Share a regret. Talk about how you might implement God’s plan for you to reset that regret. Encourage others in your family to share, too.

Singing His Glory

Scripture Passage: Luke 1:46-53

The Magnificat or “Mary’s Song” is one of the most beautiful poetic passages in all of Scripture. After the angel Gabriel informed Mary that God had chosen her to give birth to Jesus, Mary expressed her praise in song.

Mary’s song reveals three elements of praise that remind us of reasons to praise this time of year. No matter what you’re going through, these are reasons to praise and bring glory to God!

1. Mary Sang of God’s Salvation



Mary willingly submitted to God’s plan for her life. She identified herself as a servant. Mary also knew she needed a savior and therefore rejoiced in God her Savior and passionately worshiped Him.

2. Mary Sang of God’s Nature

Mary referred to God as the Mighty One. She acknowledged that His name is holy. She sang of His mercy. Like Mary, we should acknowledge God’s great attributes when we praise Him. We too should sing of His holiness and His might.



3. Mary Sang of God’s Faithfulness

Nothing that Mary sang about was dependent on her personal circumstances. She was actually a poor young girl who faced the challenge of explaining to others why she was pregnant. And yet, she sang of God’s faithfulness throughout history and to her personally.

Sing Your Own Song


We learn from The Magnificat that you can put almost any worship song into three categories:


• Gratitude for salvation

• Acknowledging God’s nature
• 
Trusting in His faithfulness



What song(s) will you sing to God today?

The Surrender of Glory

Scripture Passage: Philippians 2:1-11

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians about the incarnation of Jesus. The word incarnation literally means “in flesh.” It means that God came to us in flesh. Paul said that God became flesh. Understanding the incarnation gives us a model for our lives. The doctrine of incarnation is a call to imitation.

Three Ways to Imitate Christ Through His Incarnation:

1. Imitating the incarnation means I move toward needs.
The Gospel teaches us that Jesus consistently moved in the direction of the need.
Jesus was willing to lay aside glory, and move to the direction of us who are in need.

2. Imitating the incarnation means sacrifice.
If we are going to imitate the incarnation there will be a price to pay. We have the opportunity to surrender and honor and follow the Lord.

3. Imitating the incarnation means looking toward long-term rewards.
Jesus was willing to sacrifice because he was looked toward eternal rewards. We are called to do the same.

Discussion Questions:

• How does it make you feel that Jesus came down to the world in flesh to meet our need?

• How can you move in the direction of those who need the Gospel?

• What does imitating Christ through sacrifice look like for you?

• How can you look toward the long-term rewards in your life?

Spend some time praying as a family that you would imitate Christ with your life through His example in Philippians 2.