We are scheduling an online gathering for this Sunday, January 31st at 15:00. Here are the details on how to join:
Join ICM Zoom Meeting
Worship & Fellowship – Jan 31, 2021 at 03:00 PM Rome
Meeting ID: 841 5994 5792
We will share prayer requests, pray, worship in song, and have a short discussion on Hebrews 11:23-29. In addition to reading the text, please listen to the sermon posted on the podcast site entitled It’s Not Supposed to be Easy. It’s the first sermon listed. In addition, please consider the following questions:
- John MacArthur said, “The course and the quality of our lives are determined much more by our decisions than by our circumstances.” Do you agree or disagree? Why? Can you cite an example from your life where this is true? Can you cite a biblical example?
- (Challenge) It seems to be the universal past time of mankind…to complain about our circumstances and to blame God. What does the Bible say? Why does mankind find himself in the midst of a chaotic and dangerous world?
- Hebrews 11:23 is referring to the account recorded in Exodus 1:1 – 2:10. Please read the Exodus passage. What do you learn from the actions of the midwives? How does God respond to their “civil disobedience?”
- Verse 23 tells us that “by faith” Moses’ parents hid him. Try to think of all that God ultimately did through the faith of Moses’ parents. How far reaching was their faith in the universal purpose of God? What do you learn from this as a parent?
- In the providence of God, Moses becomes a prince of Egypt at the zenith of its wealth and power. What do we learn about Moses from Acts 7:22? Moses was an impressive man and as verse 24 indicates, he turned his back on wealth, power, prestige, comfort, and luxury to align himself with the people of God. What was he thinking? (Personal) Do you understand that kind of thinking? Do you think like that?
- What do you learn from Moses’ encounter with God in Exodus 3:1-4:17?
- Moses reveals one of the hallmarks of genuine, biblical, saving faith. It’s a willingness to make hard and costly decisions to follow God. What do you think was fueling Moses’ decision?
- Compare Moses’ sentiments expressed in verse 26 to those of Paul in Philippians 3:4-14. In Luke 5:1-11, how did Peter, Andrew, James, and John respond to their encounter with God? What do you learn from all these men?
Every blessing…Jim & Karen
PS - An update for those of you not joining the Zoom sessions. We moved my (Jim’s) mom into a nursing home and she immediately contracted COVID-19. This has delayed our ability to see her and thus our return to Italy. It is our hope that we will be able to see her in the next week or so and then return to Milan. Thank you for your prayers…It has been a challenging time.