02 May 2010

Preparation for Week 6 of "Kill or Be Killed"

Our battle against sin is lifelong, relentless and essential. Sin renders us ineffective, cold and disconnected from God and it mars the reputation of the Gospel. If God has given us new life in his Holy Spirit, through the death of His Son, our hearts should be set to no longer be slaves to that which crucified our King. This week, let's seek a tender conscience and the humility that comes from our knowledge that God is far more powerful, holy, tender and just than we could ever understand.
"What shall I say to the Lord? His love, mercy, grace, goodness, peace, joy, consolation - I have despised all of them! I have considered them as nothing, that I might harbour lust in my heart. Have I seen God as my Father, that I might provoke Him to His face? Was my soul washed that there might be room for new defilements? Shall I seek to disappoint the purpose of the death of Christ? Shall I grieve the Holy Spirit, Who has sealed me unto the day of redemption? Allow your conscience to consider these things every day. See if your conscience can resist the way in which these considerations aggravate guilt. If this does not cause your conscience to sink and melt, I fear that your case is very dangerous
Have you not often felt that it seemed impossible that He could bear much longer with you? That He might cast you off, and be gracious no more? That all His forbearance was exhausted, and that hell and wrath were now prepared for you? Yet, despite this expectation, He has returned with visitations of love. Will you yet abide in that which provokes the eyes of His glory?"  Owen, The Mortification of Sin (Chapter 11)
Discussion questions

Additional Resources
An Audio Introduction to "Kill or Be Killed"
The Lord Looks at the Heart (And the Battle Within) - message from week 1
The Fight for the High Ground of Affection - message from week 2
Fight the Right Battle ... And To Win - message from week 3
Worship: The Ends and Means of Mortification - message from week 4 (notes for your review)
The Gospel is the Missile for the Warhead of Worship - message from week 5

"Kill or Be Killed" summary page at summitview.com (Including messages, blog posts and a twitter feed with hastag #killorbekilledFC or #kobkfc)
A Summary of Mortification of Sin from theResurgence
The Explusive Power of a New Affection - A very important sermon by Thomas Chalmers
A list of books available at the book table on May 12th

Reading Schedule*
March 31st - Chapters 1 and 2 (Discussion Questions)
April 7th - Chapters 3 and 4 (Discussion Questions)
April 14th - Chapters 5 and 6 (Discussion Questions)
April 21st - Chapters 7 and 8 (Discussion Questions)
April 28th - Chapters 9 and 10 (Discussion Questions)
May 5th - Chapters 11 and 12 (Discussion Questions)
May 12th - Chapters 13 and 14
*please read the listed chapters prior to each meeting.


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