Sunday, 22 November 2009

Men's Bible study 2 - 'Men of sacrifice'

Big Idea: Because Jesus died for us, we are radically freed to live sacrificial lives in marriage and in the Church for the city

Sum from Genesis…
Made by God, in his image, to reflect his glory. Different from females, given responsibility to work and to protect moral climate. Made to rule the earth, man to lead, be responsible. God says this is good.

We have failed… To be a real man we need Jesus!
Jesus didn’t.
He imputes righteousness
He transforms us by his grace.

Kick off questions…

What is the biggest sacrifice you have made and what was it for?
Are you married? Would you like to be one day?

Pray & Read Ephesians 5v25-26

Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
Eph 5:26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, Eph 5:27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

What does it mean for you to make a sacrifice?
For you?
For others?

From the text, and the following questions how are husbands to love their wives? How are you to love your (future) wife? (Verse 25)
What did Jesus do?
How does that motivate you?

What is the purpose/goal our sacrificial lifestyle for our (future) wives? Verse 26 & 27

What are you preparing her for?

If you want to be a good husband how are you to view the following…
Word of God
Your own preferences
The point of your marriage

How does that challenge you today?

Regardless of whether you will marry…
What is Jesus’ heart for the Church?
What is the final destination of the Church?

What is your part to play?
Look up the following: 1Cor14v26 1peter2v9 Gal6v2 Gal 5v13 Eph4v32 James5v16 Hebrews 13v16

What sacrifices are you going to have to make to build church as Jesus wants you to?

What should our attitude be towards…
Church meetings
Your brothers and sisters
Homegroup/I.D. etc

How can you balance commitments to the Church family, work, mission and hobbies? Is there enough time for it all?

Pray for each other…

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