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September 29- Dynamics of a Healthy Church (Romans 15:1-7)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below

Adult Education

This Sunday we will continue teaching Singing Together. This class will be held at 10:00 in the Youth Room. 

Worship Songs

Jesus Son of God
Oh How Good It Is
Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor
O My Soul Arise

Unreached People Group

In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Uyghur people in China.

Romans 15:1-7

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Summary

God has designed his church to be a place that reflects his glory to the nations in the midst of diversity. This is one of the goals of the church. While the world separates or attempts to even eliminate differences, the church embraces differences in such a way that does not preclude fellowship but results in a unity that honors God and declares the power of the gospel. In chapter 15, Paul gives instruction on loving God’s people in spite of the differences. This week, we will see how we can we live together with differences for his glory.

Review and Apply

Explain the difference between the strong and the weak.  

How ought the strong to behave?  Do you consider yourself strong or weak?

How does the gospel lead us to live with others different than ourselves?  

Can you give an example in your life when put the interests of others (pleased your brother or sister) instead of pleasing yourself in order to imitate Jesus?  

How does selfishness and pride ruin the unity of a church?

How do the scriptures encourage us and help us endure?  How has this happened in your life in the past month?

How does following Jesus produce unity in the church?  Give an example from your life.

How do you pray for the church?  What changes are needed in your prayer life in regards to CCC?