Small Group Notes

Small Group Notes for 25th February 2024

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Renewal and Joy

N.B. The sermon can be heard via our website and YouTube channel or read in the paper service, also on our website.

Read and Reflect: Nehemiah 8:1-12,     Matthew 5:1-20


Consider a modern, evangelical basis of faith :-    Is it what you’d expect?   What parts attract your attention and why?  Does anything surprise you?  Is anything missing?

Consider Matth 5:17-20.  How does Jesus ‘fulfil’ the law that Ezra had read to the people 500 years earlier ?    Read also, a)  Romans 8:1-4,  b)  Galatians 3:10-14 and 24-25,   c) Hebrews 10:1-4 and 11-14.  What do they add to what Jesus said In Matt 5?   What relevance has all this to us this week?

“The joy of the Lord is your strength”  Neh 8:10b.     Is it?    If so, how can we demonstrate it in an increasingly depressed, anxious, tired society?    ……. Particularly if and when we ourselves are having a tough time?     Consider Psalm 19:7-14.    Perhaps encourage the group with examples of the joy of the Lord in action.

The people were convicted and joyful by re-discovering God’s law.   Often we are too: “How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed”.    But not always.   Pray for those we know understand “the law” – who know everything necessary about the “why “ and “so what” of Jesus,  but have as yet made no personal commitment to him.  And for those whose love has “grown cold”.

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