“I want to remind us that being messengers of God’s mercy isn’t just something that we’ve been given to do as Christians or just a task we’ve been assigned to complete. Sharing about God’s mercy with others is a natural overflow for those who are recipients of God’s mercy for themselves.”
Suggested Worship Songs:
• His Mercy is More
• Jesus, Thank You
• How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
Icebreaker: Share about a time that someone showed you mercy and didn’t give you what you deserved.
• Key Passages:
o Luke 13:1-5, Romans 2:4
o 1 Timothy 1:15-16
• Key Ideas:
o God’s mercy means that because of the gospel, we don’t get what we deserve.
o God’s mercy should make us people who care intensely and whose hearts break over people’s suffering—not just earthly suffering, but also eternal suffering.
o Grow in being messengers of God’s mercy (evangelism) during this season
o Rehearse how God has been merciful to you in your own life (1 Timothy 1:15-16)
• What are some ways that you have experienced God’s mercy in your life? During this season?
• What are some practical things you can do to remind yourself of greater spiritual realities and matters of eternity in the midst of the reality of coronavirus?
• Who are some specific non-Christians in your life who you can be actively thinking about, praying for, and looking for opportunities to minister to?
• What are some creative ways that you can be trying to reach people with the gospel of God’s mercy?
Time of Prayer
• In the midst of lots of urgent needs pressing on our minds, take time to thank God that He has met your greatest spiritual need (forgiveness and reconciliation) in Christ.
• Pray that God would give you opportunities to share the gospel with unsaved friends and family during this season. Pray that He would soften hearts and bring people to saving faith.