Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
5 But then some of the believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and insisted, “The Gentile converts must be circumcised and required to follow the law of Moses.”
6 So the apostles and elders met together to resolve this issue. 7 At the meeting, after a long discussion, Peter stood and addressed them as follows: “Brothers, you all know that God chose me from among you some time ago to preach to the Gentiles so that they could hear the Good News and believe. 8 God knows people’s hearts, and he confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he cleansed their hearts through faith. 10 So why are you now challenging God by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear? 11 We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.”
Reflect on the Verses
Take a moment to read through the passage slowly. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through it.
Is there a word or phrase that God is drawing to your attention? What is He saying to you through these texts?
Engage with the Message
- What stood out to you from the Scripture passage and/or this week's message?
- In what ways is God challenging you and/or encouraging you through the message?
- What does it mean to be pure in heart? In what ways does purity of heart enable us to see God?
- Pastor Jeff taught that our "heart" represents our entire identity. It represents who we are and what drives us as we respond to the situations we face. When you think about how you make your decisions on a day-to-day basis, what is it that drives you?
- In what ways do we focus more on how things appear on the outside than how they truly are on the inside? What is the impact of this on our discipleship and in our relationships?
- How do you think social media impacts the way we present ourselves to others? How does it impact the way we engage with others? What are the benefits and what are the downfalls of social media? What would it look like to use social media "the Jesus way"?
- The New Testament teaches us that the heart is purified by faith in God, not by following the law or managing our behaviour. How does this impact the way we cultivate purity of heart in our lives? How does this impact how we think and the way we live?
- Purity of heart comes from authentically seeking God above everything else. How have you been drawing closer to God recently? How is God inviting you to draw closer to him this week? How has your relationship with God brought transformation in your life?
Simcoe Fair Trade Sale Online
In this morning's service, Gord shared about the Simcoe Fair Trade Sale. To get involved in this opportunity to support artisans from across the world, click below: