Renegade Judgement, Part 1 22 Sep

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(Message 8/Watch Party #1) Join us for this ONLINE ONLY music and message presentation! We’ll ask the question, why do bad things happen to us? Is it punishment? Join us online as we hear Jesus’ answer on renegade judgment! #GCRenegade

What Jesus is NOT saying:

  1. Evil gets a free pass.
  2. We can never question God.

 

With knowledge comes accountability.

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Ephesians 2:1-9

” . .  . For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. . . .”

Psalm 46

” . . . Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth. . . .”

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • Share some of the “why” or “how come” questions you or others have asked of God.

Start thinking and sharing.  Ask a question to get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Read Luke 13:1-5. To what events is Jesus referring in these verses?
  • From Jesus’ comments, how are the Jews regarding the deaths of those involved?  How about people in this day and age?
  • What was Jesus’ admonition for both tragedies?
  • Discuss the two things that Troy said are not being said.  Why is it important to know what God is not saying?
  • Troy mentioned that the proof of Christianity is in the people whose lives have been radically changed by a living Savior. If you have a testimony to share, let your group know how God has changed your life since you’ve begun your relationship with Him.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • If you have questions about beginning a relationship with Jesus, please take the time to ask your leader today.
  • Last Sunday Troy shared his ACTS Prayer Plan. Share with those in your group how you did with writing at least one thing in each box daily.  Set as a priority to continue pursuing a quiet time that includes some type of plan.

Start praying.  Be bold and pray with power.

  • Troy shares that with knowledge comes accountability.  Pray, as Troy did, asking God to help us to be obedient to the knowledge that HE has given us, bringing us back to the last thing HE told us that we said no to, giving us the strength to be obedient to say yes.
  • Pray through the requests in your small group prayer journal.

Start digging. For further study.

“Many understand the term repentance to mean “a turning from sin.” Regretting sin and turning from it is related to repentance, but it is not the precise meaning of the word. In the Bible, the word repent means “to change one’s mind.” The Bible also tells us that true repentance will result in a change of actions (Luke 3:8–14Acts 3:19). In summarizing his ministry, Paul declares, “I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds” (Acts 26:20). The full biblical definition of repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of action. . . . . . Repentance, properly defined, is necessary for salvation. Biblical repentance is changing your mind about your sin—no longer is sin something to toy with; it is something to be forsaken as we “flee from the coming wrath” (Matthew 3:7). It is also changing your mind about Jesus Christ—no longer is He to be mocked, discounted, or ignored; He is the Savior to be clung to; He is the Lord to be worshiped and adored.”

Speaker

Troy Knight

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