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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?

Small Group Questions (02/15/2015)

Feb 19, 2015   //   by Timothy Stephen   //   Small Group Questions  //  No Comments
1.  Discuss how the discipline of submission sets us free from the need to always get our own way.  How important is this in our individual lives?  How important is this in the church?
2.  Submission should never be practiced when it becomes desturctive.  Sometimes this is easy to determine and sometimes it is not.  What are some of the more difficult cirucmstances we may face regarding whether submission is destructive or not?  Example – A wife who feels trapped and unfulfilled due to an overbearing and domineering husband.
3.  How does the practice of submission bring true spiritual authority in our lives?  What is the price that we must pay to experience this kind of spritual authority?
4.  What are some ways we can encourage and help those who in positions of leadership in the church, but do not understand or practice submission – that is, those who no not understand spiritual authority.
5.  Share some issues or testimonies regarding submission issues in your life, past or present.

Small Group Questions (02/08/2015)

Feb 13, 2015   //   by Timothy Stephen   //   Small Group Questions  //  No Comments

1.  What are some things that discourage us from the practice of solitude?
2.  What are some ways you can relate to the story of Elijah at Mount Horeb as described in I Kings 19?
3.  Do you agree that many of our words/conversations are aimed at justifying our actions or inactions?  How does the practice of solitude help us to overcome this need to justify ourselves in the eyes of others?
4.  Discuss the needed balance between solitude and community.  Why are both important?  What are some pitfall associated with a lack of balance between community and solitude?
5. Review the Scriptures in the message detailing the practice of solitude by Jesus.  Take time to discuss and reflect on these passages.
6.  Review the practical advice on practicing solitude.  What are some things we can do to carry out this advice in our lives?
7.  Review the fruits of practicing solitude.  Which ones do you personally connect with?
Take time to pray and ask God to help with the discipline of solitude.

Small Group Questions (02/01/2015)

Feb 4, 2015   //   by Timothy Stephen   //   Small Group Questions  //  No Comments
  1. What does the phrase, “Simplicity is freedom” mean to you?
  2. Why is it important to understand that simplicity is an inward reality that results in an outward lifestyle?
  3. What are some pitfalls in our lives if we fail to understand this truth?  How do we cultivate this inward reality?
  4. What are some ways we can see ourselves set free from the desire for things?
  5. What does it mean to seek God’s kingdom first?  What does the promise of Matt. 6:33, “and all these things shall be added to you.” mean to you personally?
  6. Comment on the following statement – We buy things we don’t want to impress people we don’t like.
  7. How does a life of simplicity help us to recognize both the greed and lust of the world as well as the promise of God for his peace and provision in our lives?

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