Advance By Showing Mercy

November 13, 2016

 

THE SERMON

Dr. Mark Scott, Teaching Minister, reminds us that in order to advance we have to show mercy.

THE SCRIPTURE

Joshua 20: 1-6  

Then the Lord said to Joshua: “Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses, so that anyone who kills a person accidentally and unintentionally may flee there and find protection from the avenger of blood. When they flee to one of these cities, they are to stand in the entrance of the city gate and state their case before the elders of that city. Then the elders are to admit the fugitive into their city and provide a place to live among them. If the avenger of blood comes in pursuit, the elders must not surrender the fugitive, because the fugitive killed their neighbor unintentionally and without malice aforethought. They are to stay in that city until they have stood trial before the assembly and until the death of the high priest who is serving at that time. Then they may go back to their own home in the town from which they fled.”

 

THE QUESTIONS

QUESTION 1: PRAY

The refugee issue and the immigration issue are ginormous issues to solve. One purpose of the cities of refuge was to give someone a place to go that had no where else to go. Ask God to give us wisdom about how best to address this international issue.

QUESTION 2: SPEAK

God cares for the oppressed and hurting. One thing that Christians can do is speak for those who have no voice. What would that look like for you today? Encourage a prisoner? Intervene on someone’s behalf when you know they are being oppressed? Speak to a landlord? Write a letter? Be an advocate.

QUESTION 3: GROW

What would spreading mercy look like in your ministry or service to God at work? Treating other co-workers with more grace? Giving accused people the benefit of the doubt before condemning them? Forgiving someone with whom you have held a grudge?

QUESTION 4: LOVE

Our mercy for others is not to be mushy. Love still has discernment in it (Philippians 1:9). When helping hurting people how do we move them from our relief efforts to their development?

 

THE EVENTS

WOMEN'S ENCOUNTER

February 17-19 at the Sky Ranch Quapaw OK.

A weekend full of connecting, encouragement, worship, and prayer for women of all ages and all seasons of life. A life changing event you won’t want to miss. Register at chjoplin.org/encounter. For those who register early the cost is $100 per person, and then after December 15 the cost increases to $120.

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CAR CARE

Saturday, November 19

The Car Care ministry will be servicing vehicles on November 19th. This is a benevolence ministry dedicated to helping single mothers and the elderly with any car problems they may have. If you are interested, and in need of assistance call Chris at 417-659-9915.

 

SERVE TOURS

Are you interested in serving at College Heights but don't know where to begin? We have just the thing for you! Join us as we take a tour of College Heights to introduce you to several areas that are ready for volunteers! Meet at the Prayer Room off of the Atrium near the Worship Center THIS SUNDAY at either 10:00 or 11:00 AM.

 

 

 
Posted on November 16, 2016 .