Quarter’s Theme: Discovering Spiritual Maturity
Unit 2 Theme: Practicing Spiritual Maturity Essentials (Lessons 4-9)
Sunday 28/12/ 2014
THE HABIT OF ATTENTIVENESS
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 186
Devotional Reading: JAMES 1:19-25
Topic For Adults
BE SWIFT TO HEAR
Topic For Youths
BE A GOOD LISTENER
Topic For Intermediates
LK. 6:46-49; 7:28-35; 10:38-42; 19:47-48; ACTS 17:11; 8:29-39
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (Jam. 1:19).
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Being Attentive As A Judge Or A Mocker
The Sadducees came to Jesus with closed mind. They were fixed in their belief that there was no resurrection of the dead, yet they came to Jesus with their question about resurrection. Their goal was not to learn new spiritual truth but to trap Jesus in His teaching. In the same vein some come to Church with their critical minds. While the sermon goes on they are busy analysing the message and the preacher. They are only concerned about the grammatical mistakes of the preacher and not the truth he is trying to pass across. Others within the congregation mock what the preacher has to say. They have made up their minds that Biblical principles were only practicable thousands of years ago, and that all who follow the principles are outdated. Others find faults in the life of the preacher and use that as an excuse for their discarding whatever he says.
Point of Emphasis: Those who set themselves as judge over the word of God completely miss out in God’s programme.
Prayer Point: God, give me a sensitive heart that is ready to hear and heed Your word.