- Was Paul’s message:
- of his own invention
- adapted from the Mystery Religions
- given to him by God
- Give reasons for your answer to Qu.1. (Consider also: Galatians 1:13-24: )
- Can you find four descriptions for the Judaizers from Phil.3?Give a reason why Paul uses each particular description of the Judaizers?
- Was Paul a fitting candidate to refute the Judaizers? Why?
- What was so different about the message that Jesus and Paul preached
- Jeremiah 31:31-34 gives an important prophecy of the New Covenant:“…they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” How does this prophecy relate to Christian water baptism?
- How does Colossians 2:11-12 relate to the Judaizers in Philippians 3:1-11?
- People do not add circumcision or other Old Testament ritual to the Gospel today in our churches. What are the modern counterparts to this in our lives today? That is to say, what do people, including Christians, trust in to give them meaning and purpose for living?
- In the following verses, what advice does Paul give Christians regarding our lives in this world?
- How have you let these exhortations of Paul guide your life so far? How could you follow this advice of Paul more closely in the future
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The Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life: Fasting (Matt. 4:4, Isaiah 58:1-9)
1. What did you learn from this message about fasting? What questions do you have?
The Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life: Meditation (Psalm 1, Mark 6:30-32)
Pastor Dan talked about his experience in learning the “rhythm of the woods.” He compared this to learning the “rhythm of life”. The rhythm of life that God calls us to is very different from that of the world. Discuss some of these differences. How can mediation help us to discover the rhythm of life from God’s perspective?
Based on the message, share some of the differnces between Eastern meditation and Christian meditation. Remember “detachment” versus “attachemnt” as well as “emptied” versus “filled”.
What are some obstacles to the practice of meditation in our lives?
Review Psalm 1. Discuss the following -1. What does it mean to meditate on God’s word “day and night”?2. The image of our lives like trees “planted by streams of water.”3. The importance and meaning of the phrase, “yields its fruit in its season.”4. The importance and meaning of the phrase, “its leaf does not wither.”
What is the difference between the Bible and the “living Word of God”?
How does meditation help us to hear the living word of God rather than simply understanding the truths and precepts found in the Bible?
The Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life: Prayer (Luke 11:1-4)
- Ask group members to share their experiences with prayer. What are some times God has answered your prayers? Do you have a regular prayer time? Why or why not? What are some of your questions about prayer in the life of a Christian?
- Pastor Dan noted that “to pray is to change.” Discuss the following passages and how they relate to this idea of change – James 4:3-6, John5:19-20, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Romans8:26-29.
- The second truth about prayer is that we learn to pray by praying. Pastor Dan was careful to point out that this involves a learning process. It takes time and we must allow ourselves to learn about prayer. What are some things you have learned about prayer?
- Luke 11:1-4 is a simple prayer that emphasizes the transformational nature of prayer in our lives. Review this prayer both noting and discussing the transformational phrases found in it.
- What does Exodus 32:14 tell us about the power of prayer to change things? How is our prayers and God’s will different from a fatalistic view of God and our world?
- What do you think it means to be co-laborers with God? (Cor. 3:9)
- Read Matthew 6:5-6. Discuss the fact that prayer is private and deeply personal in our lives. What does it mean that our Father who sees in secret will reward us?
- Pastor Dan talked about the importance of the imagination in prayer. What are your thoughts on using your imagination when praying?
- Share prayer requests and spend time praying for each member of the group and their practice of the spiritual discipline of prayer.
The Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life: Experiencing Christ (Psalm 42:1-2)
1. Read Psalm 42:1-2. What does this passage say about David? What are the implications of David’s realization?
2. This week Pastor Dan introduced the topic of his upcoming sermons on the Spiritual Disciplines. Would you say that spiritual disciplines have been an important part of your spiritual journey?
3. According to Colossians 2:20-23 the spiritual disciplines are not about will power. What does this truth free us from and what implications does it have?
5. Pastor Dan talked about the laws of the harvest. Discuss the spiritual implications of these laws.
a. We reap what we sow.
b. We reap after we sow.
c. We reap more than we sow.
6. Pastor Dan used the term “disciplined grace”. Discuss what this means. What are some Bible passages that explain the meaning of this term?