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Small Group Questions (5/17/2015)

May 23, 2015   //   by Admin   //   All Posts  //  No Comments
1.  What are some ways that you have observed the truth that “we were made to worship?”.
2.  How is the story of Adam and Eve an illustration of God’s seeking us, his creation, and our “desire” to be reunited with our creator?
3.  Read Jeremiah 2:5.  Discuss the truth that we become like that which we worship.
4. Discuss – In what ways is service apart from worship idolatry?  What are some “good church” ministries of service that can become idols in our lives?
5.  Why do you believe I John ends with a warning to “keep yourselves from idols”?
6.  What are some ways we can encourage one another as we practice the presence of God in our lives?
7.  What are some ways we can cultivate “holy expectancy” in our churches to enhance worship?

Small Group Questions (05/03/2015)

May 7, 2015   //   by Admin   //   Small Group Questions  //  No Comments
1.  Why is it so important that we learn to say from our hearts, “Lord, where else can I go, you alone have the words of eternal life?”?
2.  Proverbs 24:16 describes righteousness as getting up over and over again when we fail?  How can this help us in our discipleship journey?  What are some other good descriptions of what it means to be righteous?
3.  Confession and repentance are meant to be life long practices of disciples.  In light of their literal meanings (confession – same word (agreeing with God about who we are.  repentance-changing our way of thinking to God’s way) how do these practices aid us in spiritual growth?
4. What are some ways God has used failure in your life to grow you spiritually?
5. What are some ways we can encourage each other in times of trials, temptations, and failures?

Small Group Questions (04/19/2015)

Apr 24, 2015   //   by Timothy Stephen   //   Small Group Questions  //  No Comments
  1. Based on the message, and the words of I John 1:5-10, why does confession need to be both private and corporate?
  1. What are some dangers and abuses that might come with corporate confession?
  1. What role can public testimonies play in public confession, and building transparency in the church?
  1. What does John 20:23 mean to you as a follower of Christ?  What are some ways you can practice this Christ given authority?
  1.  2 Corinthians 7:10 describes Godly sorrow and worldly sorrow.  Discuss this passage with group members.  How important is  it to distinguish between these two sorrows?

Small Group Questions (04/12/2015)

Apr 16, 2015   //   by Timothy Stephen   //   Small Group Questions  //  No Comments
  1. Discuss the 11 post resurrection appearances of Christ.  Which ones speak most powerfully to your heart?  Why?
  2. Seven of the former fishermen decided to follow Peter back to their old careers.  Why do you believe they did this?  How important was it for Jesus to recommission Peter before the others?
  3. How significant is it that Jesus first appeared to women (considered to be unreliable witnesses in a court of law)?  What do you believe are some of the messages of God’s view of women as seen in these resurrection appearances?  How can we as the church affirm women in cultures that continue to treat them as second class citizens?  How can we relate to women who feel that the Bible places them in a lesser role than men in the church?
  4. Discuss the promise of the Holy Spirit in relation to the questions of the disciples in Acts 1:1-8.  What do you believe is the reason this discussion between Jesus and the disciples takes places immediately before the ascension of Christ?
  5. Discuss the words of Jesus to Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (Jn. 20:29)

Small Group Questions (04/05/2015)

Apr 9, 2015   //   by Timothy Stephen   //   Small Group Questions  //  No Comments
  1. In what ways was/is Jesus an unlikely savior?  To answer this question think about how our world depicts savior figures.  How does Jesus contradict these worldly images?
  2. In Revelation 5, the Lion is portrayed as a “lamb standingas if it had been slain.  What is the significance of this description, especially the use of the word “standing”.
  3. Read 2 Cor. 12:9-10.  How does this relate to Revelation 5?  What is the message for us as disciples of Jesus?
  4. What does it mean to be a “kingdom and priests to our God and they shall reign upon the earth”? (Rev. 5:10)
  5. Read on in Revelation to discover what happens when the Lamb break the seals and opens the scroll.  In light of our message on “An Uncomfortable Truth: Judgment” what does this teach us about God’s holiness and mercy?

Small Group Questions (03/29/2015)

Apr 2, 2015   //   by Timothy Stephen   //   Small Group Questions  //  No Comments

1. Read the words of Romans 8:31-32.  Think about the story of Abraham on Mount Moriah.  Discuss the following:

–What do the words, ” . . .  how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” mean to you?  How do these words encourage you in our daily walk?  How do they encourage you during difficulties and trials?

–For those who are parents, share what this means to you.

 

2. Read I Peter 1:18-19 and Acts 20:28.  Discuss the phrase “unblemished and spotless” in the Peter passage.  Think about all we have learned regarding the blood of Christ.   Discuss the phrase, “. . . He purchased with His own blood.”  Remember the slave girl illustration in the message?  Unlike the man in the market, God did not pay silver or gold to purchase us, instead he gave his own blood.

Ephesians 1:13-14 describes the seal and the down payment or earnest.  What do these images tell us about the security we have as believers in Christ?  How should this encourage us in times of sin, or temptation and trails?  Discuss what the words of Philip. 1:6 mean to you.

Review Ezekiel 16:1-14 and Ephesians 5:25-30.  What are some ways things we learn from these images about the power of God’s love and grace?  What do they teach us about the transforming power of God’s love in our lives and the church?  How do these images encourage you in your commitment to Christ?

Small Group Questions (03/22/2015)

Mar 25, 2015   //   by Timothy Stephen   //   Small Group Questions  //  No Comments
  1. Read the words of Romans 8:31-32.  Think about the story of Abraham on Mount Moriah.  Discuss the following —

–What do the words, ” . . .  how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” mean to you?  How do these words encourage you in our daily walk?  How do they encourage you during difficulties and trials?

–For those who are parents, share what this means to you.

 

  1. Read I Peter 1:18-19 and Acts 20:28.  Discuss the phrase “unblemished and spotless” in the Peter passage.  Think about all we have learned regarding the blood of Christ.   Discuss the phrase, “. . . He purchased with His own blood.”  Remember the slave girl illustration in the message?  Unlike the man in the market, God did not pay silver or gold to purchase us, instead he gave his own blood.

Ephesians 1:13-14 describes the seal and the down payment or earnest.  What do these images tell us about the security we have as believers in Christ?  How should this encourage us in times of sin, or temptation and trails?  Discuss what the words of Philip. 1:6 mean to you.

Review Ezekiel 16:1-14 and Ephesians 5:25-30.  What are some ways things we learn from these images about the power of God’s love and grace?  What do they teach us about the transforming power of God’s love in our lives and the church?  How do these images encourage you in your commitment to Christ?

Small Group Questions (03/08/2015)

Mar 11, 2015   //   by Timothy Stephen   //   Small Group Questions  //  No Comments
1.  Read the words of Psalm 2:1-3.  Discuss how this Psalm describes the nature of sin in our world today?
2.  Another word for sin (not described in the message) describes it as “missing the mark”.  An example would be an archer missing the target.  How does this describe win and its impact on our lives individually?
3.  How important was it for Jesus, our sacrifice for sin, to be sinless himself?
4.  What would be the effect of the cross if Jesus had not been without sin?
5.  Read I Corinthians 15:12-19.  How important is it that we understand the cross and the resurrection as the foundation of our faith?
6.  Were all those who followed God prior to the cross saved by the blood of Christ, or some other means?  Explain.
7.  Discuss the various symbols found in the Tabernacle of Israel and how they foreshadow the New Testament and the work of Jesus Christ.

Small Group Questions (03/01/2015)

Mar 5, 2015   //   by Timothy Stephen   //   Small Group Questions  //  No Comments
1.  Take time to discuss the story of Adam and Eve’s sin in Genesis 3.  Be sure and focus on the three traits of fallen humanity – blame shifting, blaming God, and the self fix.  (See i Jn. 1:8, Rom. 9:20, Gen. 3:7, Heb. 9:14, Gen. 3:21)
2.  Reread our primary text for this series of messages on the blood of Christ – Hebrews 9:11-14, 22).  What are some things this passage teaches us about the cross of Christ?  As you consider the Scarlet Thread found throughout the  Bible, what passages stand out most in your heart and mind?
3.  Read Zechariah 3:1-5  Discuss this Biblical picture in light of what Christ and his blood means to us.
4.  Read Revelation 3:14 – Discuss the phrase “washed their robes in the blood of the lamb”.  This is a graphic picture.  What does it say/mean to you?

Small Group Questions (02/22/2015)

Feb 24, 2015   //   by Timothy Stephen   //   Small Group Questions  //  No Comments
Discuss the following statements made in Sunday’s message –
1.  Most of know that we are not the greatest, we just don’t want to be the least (last).
2.  Jesus taught that true authority (spiritual authrority) is a matter of function, not status.
3.  The discipline of service sets us free from the need to compare ourselves with others. (Comment on 2 Corinthians 10:12)
4.  One of the greatest dangers of religion is that it often leads to pride.
In the message, Pastor Dan listed six differences between self-righteous service and true service.  Take time to review and discuss these differences.
In the message, Pastor Dan iisted eight different kinds of service.  Review and discuss these.  Can you think of others?
True service teaches us humility.  Why is humility so important for those of us who follow Jesus Christ?

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