• Matt Beaney

#174 – SHINE BY GRASPING THE GOSPEL (20/8/20)

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‘Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. ’ (Philippians 2:15-16).

We ‘shine among them like stars as…’ ‘As you’ what?


Those who treasure the ‘word of life’ will shine in this world. If we are distracted, lazy, prioritising secondary things, making excuses… we will fail to treasure the word of life and become dark stars.


Every Christian must have a daily discipline of taking in God’s word.

‘Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’ (Matthew 4:4)

When I first read the bible I needed a dictionary to understand many of the words, if you are hungry you will eat! The church in our nation has never had more resources at the same time as starving and failing to shine because she is eating junk food rather than God’s word. If this is you, you need to repent for your sake and the sake of others.


RESPONSE

How are you going to ‘hold onto the word of life’? How are you going to take in God’s Word so as to pray it and live it?

There are many good reading/listening plans on YouVersion bible app. Go to,

https://my.bible.com/moments


COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY


Some groups are not meeting in August. However, if you do meet, please use one of the daily studies and the questions below as the basis of your study together.


Discussion questions:

1. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about (maybe from Sunday's message or your bible reading this week)?


2. What will you do in response?


3. How can we pray for you?



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