MSCC Feb 04, 2018
Vision Sunday: On the Road to Glory
Mark 1 & Romans 8
Small Group Lesson for this Sermon:
ROMANS 8 and MARK 1
ROMANS 8 and MARK 1
And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
This invitation from Jesus to his first disciples is also what Jesus has called us to and serves as a simple outline of what it means to be Jesus’ disciple: follow Jesus and fish for men. Small Groups are designed to help us grow as disciples, in the context of Christian community, by focusing on two categories: God's Word and God's Mission. In each lesson the “God’s Word” section emphasizes our discipleship and seeks to help us grow with other Christians as followers of Jesus. The “God’s Mission” sections emphasize our discipling and seeks to help us grow as fishers of men.
As believers in Christ, all of life is a road to glory. Read Romans 8:18–30 and make note of every time it says “glory” or “hope.”
 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope  that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.  Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.  And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Q: How often do you think about our eternity in the new heavens and new earth?
1. Every day
2. Once a week
3. About once a month
4. Hardly ever
Q: How would your life change if you thought about our glorious home of heaven more often than you do now? (Sermon on the New Heavens and New Earth. Sermon on Revelation 21 and 22.)
Q: Look at the checkpoints on the map. Are all of these aspects of the Christian life active in your life? In what areas listed on the map could you improve? What action steps can you take in those areas to live the fullness of the Christian life?
Q: Are there any other areas in which you’d like to improve in 2018?
Q: Have you gone through all 12 lessons of the Next Steps course? If not, make a plan to go through the course or take a new Christian through the course. Is there a new Christian with whom you could study Next Steps to help them in their Christian walk?
 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
2 Timothy 2:2
What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
We make disciples by sharing the gospel. Someone also grows as a disciple through living on mission and sharing the gospel with others. Another part of our mission is to train others to make disciples by sharing the gospel.
Q: Look at the diagram above.
1. Who is a non-Christian whom you can make into a disciple by sharing the gospel with them?
2. Who is a Christian whom you can coach or encourage to share the gospel and make disciples?