April 28, 2024

將惡人趕出去 Drive Out the Wicked

教會是一個機構, 又是一個有機體, 因為教會裡的信徒能影響或感染彼此的生活. 本週, 張國強牧師提醒我們要怎樣才能成為一間健康的教會照主耶穌的教導來進行紀律.

The church is a living organism and we who are in the church can either strengthen or infect one another. This week, Rev. Jeremiah Cheung urges us to keep the church healthy by constantly edifying one another and purging the evil from within.

Read Today’s Scripture Passage

林前 1 Corinthians 5:1-13

Life Group Discussion Guide

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1. Start with a prayer

2. Engage one another (15-30 mins)
• Share a time you may have witnessed or been involved in addressing sin within your church community. How was it handled, and what was the outcome? What did you learn from this experience?

3. Engage the mind (15-20 mins)
• Read the passage. What can be learned about the purpose of church discipline? (vv.5-8) Why is it necessary?
• How should the balance between “going out of the world” and building many close relationships with people in the world look like as a Christian? (vv.9-13)

4. Engage the heart (15-20 mins)
• How does the concept of church discipline challenge your understanding of love and accountability within a Christian community?
• As a believer living in an immoral world, what is God asking you to remove and/or pursue in order to protect yourself from immorality? What can encourage and hinder you from following through?

5. Engage the hands (15-20 mins)
• Reflect on your relationships within and outside of the church community. Are there individuals who may be struggling with sin that you can offer support and guidance to?
• How can you personally contribute to fostering a culture of accountability and restoration within your church community? (You can start small and go deep through your Life Group or family members in the church)

6. Engage with God in prayer (20-30 mins)
• Praise the Lord for the wisdom and guidance found in His Word. Thank Him for revealing truths that challenge and inspire us to grow in our faith. Express your gratitude for His unwavering love and for the grace that covers us despite our shortcomings. Pray that your heart overflows with thanksgiving for His faithfulness and goodness in all circumstances.
• Humbly approach God, acknowledging your sins and shortcomings. As you reflect on the message today, recognize the areas in your life where you have fallen short. Ask for forgiveness for the times you have allowed sin to take root in your heart and communities. Pray that God will grant you the strength and courage to repent wholeheartedly, turning away from your sinful ways and seeking His forgiveness as you walk in the light of His truth and strive for holiness in all that you do.

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