Grace of Gathering Together – Study Guide

PROVERBS

*LEADERS STUDY GUIDE 10.18.2020

WISE LIVING FROM PROVERBS:

Framing—Gathering together/Sunday Worship

OPENING QUESTION:  Why do you go to Church? Why River? How important is corporate worship to you? Do you’re actions (the things you do) align with what you say? Don’t just stop at the surface… drill down.

OBJECTIVE: TODAY MY PRAYER IS THAT WE WOULD REMEMBER TO TREASURE THE CHURCH GATHERED IN VISIBLE WORSHIP…WHATEVER LOCAL BODY OF BELIEVERS GOD HAS BLESSED US TO BE PLANTED IN. THAT WE WOULD LEARN TO BLOOM WHERE WE ARE PLANTED. TO REMEMBER OR LEARN FOR THE FIRST TIME, WHY WE GATHER, AND THAT GATHERING IS ALL PRIVILEGE, ALL GIFT…SOMETHING TO BE TREASURED.

LESSON DISCUSSION 1: Why Gather?

Q1: Gathering together on Sunday, The Lord’s Day, to commemorate the resurrection of Christ from the dead is a powerful tradition we get to participate in. Do you see it as a wonderful privilege, or has it become mundane, ordinary? Has attending Church become Something to be easily and readily discarded when it is convenient for you to do so? Explain your answer.

(Note: This is not intended to be a beat-down question; it’s intended to help us honestly evaluate our motives… to allow us to reflect on what we’re doing.)

Q2: How has life together in worship of God lead to your own personal thriving, and why?

Q3: Terry said, “To thrive in visible fellowship, we must set aside our false idealism…and embrace the reality of the beauty of the church as it is.” How would you describe “The beauty of the Church?”

LESSON DISCUSSION 2: Hebrews 10

Read Hebrews: 10:19-25, “19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Q1: What does it mean to “Consider how we may spur one another on?”
What are hindrances to this spurring on?

Q2:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

  • How do we accomplish this stirring up if we are not regularly meeting together?
  • How do we keep our hope “sextants,” set on the constant of God’s faithfulness, if we are not meeting together?
  • How do we stay encouraged—full of courage—If we are not meeting together?

Application:

Let this discussion challenge and inspire you to see the value of cooperate worship—of gathering together—let it spur you on to love and good deeds. Rejoice that God has in his grace given you a love for his Church…and a desire to show up with his people. Rejoice, be glad…you are blessed of God.

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