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Message Notes “Spending Yourself” 11/11/18

National Orphan Sunday

Hope for Orphans (James 1:27) – Rick Warren

1. The two marks of true religion are:

Private Purity and Public Charity

The difference between:

a) Sympathy…

b) Empathy…

c) Compassion…

2. The model of orphan ministry is the model of God to his children:

What God does for us spiritually, we are to do for

orphans physically.

3. Stages that lead you to ‘spending yourself ’ correctly Isa.58:10-11

1. ______________________ Isaiah 58:10-12a

2. ______________________ Matthew 10:41-42 (Message Bible)

3. ______________________ 1 John 3:16-18

Life Grp Q’s “Spending Yourself” 11/11/18

National Orphan Sunday


•Have you ever had a “Ah ha” moment when you realized that God felt one way, and you felt another? Were you able to adjust? How did that go?


•In the message this week, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

Going Deeper

•Read James 1:19-27. Of the three qualities mentioned in verse 19, which would you say you are best at? Worst at? Why?

•Practically speaking, what does it mean to “humbly receive the implanted word?”

•Explain the analogies in v22-25:

-How is a hearer of the word like one who “looks at himself in a mirror, goes away and immediately forgets what kind of person he was.”?

-How is a hearer and doer of the word like one who “looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it?”

-What are some of the blessings you’ve seen solid Christians enjoy (v. 25b), because they “walk the talk?”

-In Jms.1:27, how would caring for widows and orphans in their times of distress, keep someone from being ‘unstained’ by the world?


•In your life, where is God exposing hypocrisy between your words and actions? What changes do you need to make?

•Practically speaking, what can we do as a Life Group to care for widows, single parents, orphans, or others who are “in distress?”