Read Romans 12:9-21.
How can love be genuine?
Why is hypocrisy incompatible with agape love?
How do you personally hold fast to what is good?
How would church life be different if verse 10 were actually followed?
Go through the list Paul gives in this passage.
How apparent are these in your life?
How can you improve the practices in this list?
TOGETHER AS A GROUP PRAY SPECIFICALLY FOR:
• Our Country
• One Another
• Those struggling to leave their home because of covid.
• Willard and Carol Menter
• Sherry Kelley
• Judy Kershner
• If: Gathering event
• Youth Ministry — We had 8 kids accept Jesus last week!
Read Acts 2:42.
What are 4 purposes of the church in this verse
Read Ephesians 4:14.
What does this verse teach about doctrine?
Give some personal examples of being tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching
What is your role in teaching doctrine?
Read Romans 12:10 and Ephesians 4:32.
What are practical ways to daily live these two passages?
How does this church purpose alter church conflict?
Read 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
How would you teach a new believer of the importance of communion?
In what other way can believers "break bread"?
Read Philippians 4:6-7
Is prayer your first response to any situation in your life? Why or Why not?
What are some practical ways to improve the quantity and quality of your prayer life?
There is another purpose for the church. Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8
How do these 5 purposes work together?
Make a plan for living out these purposes in the coming weeks.
Read Matthew 6:24-34.
In what ways do the things of the world interfere with the Lordship of Jesus in your life?
What causes you the most anxiety?
Why is it so difficult for us to live this passage?
How does this passage help us understand good stewardship?
How does Deuteronomy 6:5 fit with Matthew 6:24-34?
Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 and Romans 12:3-8.
If you think you know a gift God has given you, have you ever used it?
If you don't know of a gift God has given you, which gift from these lists interests you?
Read Matthew 14:22-33
What do you think Peter learned from this experience?
What would it take to get you to step out of the boat?
What service to the church would be like stepping out of the boat for you?
How do Matthew 25:31-46, Revelation 2:1-5 and Revelation 20:11-15 motivate you to share the gospel?
See how many "one another" passages you can find in Scripture. (There are over 50.)A few examples to get you started are:
Here is a list of verses that also use a common phrase. What is the phrase?
1 Corinthians 1:4
2 Corinthians 5:17
How do these passages encourage fellowship?
Read Deuteronomy 6:1-9
List characteristics of the right worship of God from the text and how they applied to the 9 ways we worship God.
Peter preaches at Pentecost and lays out who Jesus is.
Read Acts 2:37-47
In verse 37, what does it mean to be cut to the heart?
What should be your response when you are cut to the heart?
Verse 45 talks about selling everything they have and giving to all as needed. Discuss this verse, be open minded and try hard to not let your politics sway your opinion.
Why could this be a good idea for the church?
Is God talking about socialism right now? Why or Why not?
Read 2 Timothy 4:1- 22, Read 4:1-8 again.
Find Comparison and Contrast in the text.
Make a list of good traits and bad traits of a Christian.
What is the effect of each of these lists?
Look for conjunction and underline them. Why and where are they important?
Do the words ‘I charge you’ connect back to the end of 2 Timothy 3?
How far back to you think you need to read to understand 2 Timothy 4:1-8?
Look for all the verbs – Action (doing the action), Passive (receiving the action), Imperative Verb
(what is the word telling us to do).
Label all of the pronouns with names or people groups.
Challenge one person in the group to come up with a 10-minute sermon to preach to the small
group in two weeks?
Read 2 Chronicles 6:1 – 7:22.
List 10 things to learn and pray.
Did God keep His promises in Chapter 7?
What do you think a healthy land looks like?
How do we look at it bigger than just this land?
List ways that our church can be a praying church and make a difference in this community.
What can you do in your life to align it more to be worship to God?
Have the married couples share about how they first saw their spouse.
What do the married couples love about their spouses?
2 Corinthians 11:2
Ephesians 1:3-14; 5:25-33
Revelation 19:7-9; 21:1-2
What do you think Jesus sees when He looks at His bride?
How should the Church be preparing for the bridegroom?
What is your responsibility to the bridegroom as the Church?
Share some definitions of idolatry.
Read Romans 1:20-32.
How does Paul define idolatry?
Read 1 Samuel 5:1-5.
What does this story illustrate about idolatry?
Read Exodus 20:4-5.
Why is God jealous?
What are some modern forms of idolatry?
Read Colossians 3:5-6.
How do you oppose personal forms of idolatry?
Go around the group and find passages about the nature of the incarnate Christ.
Read Colossians 1:15-17 and John 1:1-14.
Was there ever a time when Jesus did not exist?
Was Jesus fully God at the moment of conception?
Is Jesus fully man today?
Read Philippians 2:5-11.
Collaborate on how to use this passage as a Christmas passage.
Pray specifically for those who suffer from depression during the Christmas holiday.
Read Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-11 and 1 Peter 5:1-5.
What characteristics of an Elder seem impossible in Timothy and Titus?
Which ones are you doing well?
Which ones are you struggling with?
What are the most important traits of an elder/leader?
Why do you think somebody could be an elder and not live up to each of these standards perfectly?
Discuss ways that make 1 Peter 5:1-5 easier to live up to the standards sets for an Elder.
Discuss ways that make Peter’s harder than Paul’s text in Timothy and Titus.
What are some areas in the church that God may be calling you to be a Leader/or maybe start training to be a leader?
Read 1 Corinthians 3:11-15.
How is Christ the foundation?
In verse 12, what are the two categories of building materials?
What do these building materials represent?
Is every believer a builder?
How does Scripture often use the symbol of fire? See James 1:2-4
In James 1:2, what does testing mean?
How would you rate your skill as a spiritual builder?
How "fire proof" are the things you have built upon the foundation of Christ?
In what ways is God purifying you through testing?
Share with one another what you are most thankful for and why.
Share an event that you looked forward to with great expectation.
Revelation 21; 22:1-5
How do these passages describe heaven?
How does the expectation of heaven affect your daily life?
How does the expectation of heaven influence your evangelism?
Read John 15:1-16:4 and Read 1 Peter 4:1-6.
How does John 15 relate to 1 Peter 4:1-2?
How does John 15 relate to the word suffices in 1 Peter 4:3?
Why is John 15:18-16:4 comforting?
Why is it just as important that God is perfectly just, as He is perfectly loving?
How do we bear witness to people we once hung out with before we knew Christ?
Why should we not expect the world to act any different according to John 15:21-25?
Read today's bulletin verse, Colossians 2:13-15.
What are some realities of physical death?
How are unbelievers spiritually dead?
What do you think Paul means by "the certificate of debt"?
To what extent is the believer's debt canceled? (A study of the word canceled would be good.) Find some scriptures to support your answer.
Who are the rulers and authorities in verse 15? (compare with Ephesians 6:12)
How does this passage work together with Romans 8:37-39?
Read Galatians 6:9-10 and Hebrews 12:1-3.
Give examples of times when you felt spiritually weary.
Could our spiritual weariness actually be spiritual laziness?
Give a personal example of being persistent spiritually.
Search scriptures and find ways Paul dealt with the possibility of being spiritual weary.
What are some practical ways you can hold each other accountable to press on spiritually?
Read Luke 6:27-38.
The bible speaks of 4 kinds of love which one is used in verse 35.
How is God kind to ungrateful and evil men? (use scripture)
How are both Matthew 7:1 and Luke 6:37 used as a kind of all purpose get out of jail free card?
Are believers to ever evaluate or criticize anyone for anything?
What is the context of Matthew 7 (Luke 6:37 may have been the same context)?
In that context, what is the Jesus promoting in Matthew 7?
Read Luke 18:9-14.
What does this passage teach about judging?
1 Corinthians 2:14
1 Thessalonians 5:21
1 John 4:1
Read 1 Peter 1:3.
Answer these questions as a couple. If you are not married, think of a close friend.
Scale: 1 is the lowest and 5 is the highest.
Tally up your answers and see how you scored and then discuss your answers and how you can be better using the attributes in 1 Peter 3.
5-10 you probably need to come and talk to one of the pastors
10-20 you have some work to do, but think about counseling if it does not get better
20-33 you are honest and probably doing a good job. Keep improving
34-35 you are probably liars and need to be more honest with yourself
1) Are we partners or competitors?
1 3 3 4 5
2) Are we helping each other become more spiritual?
1 3 3 4 5
3) Are we depending on the externals or the eternals? Artificial or real?
1 3 3 4 5
4) Do we understand each other?
1 3 3 4 5
5) Are we sensitive to each other's feelings and ideas or do we take each other for granted?
1 3 3 4 5
6) Are we seeing God answer our prayers?
1 3 3 4 5
7) Are we enriched because of our marriage (friendship), or are we robbing each other of God’s blessing?
1 3 3 4 5
October 18, 2020
Share some things that cause you to rejoice.
Which influences your choices in life most?
Avoiding conflict and suffering?
Finding opportunities to tell others about the death burial and resurrection of Jesus?
How do these passages impact your ability to deal with difficulties in life?
Honestly evaluate the priorities that order your daily life.
How do your priorities support the truth of these two passages?
What real changes are you willing to make in your priorities?
Read Romans 13:1-7.
How does verse 2-4 relate to what is going on with the riots in this world?
Are we ever able to not pay taxes? I think it is a very clear no!
Have you ever filled up a gas tank of a car that was not used for your business or did something grey when it comes to your taxes?
I have, but I want us to think about how we are above reproach in everything.
What is the hardest type of people for you to honor?
Do you ever think about Jesus being there when you pay your taxes, or even when you talk to your wife?
Read Acts 5:17-42
In what circumstances are we not to obey the government?
Have you ever heard of Gamaliel before?
Who is trained by him?
What is so wise about his advice and how can we relate his advice to the obedience to the government debate?
Read Colossians 3:3-4.
What does it mean that you have died?
In what way are believers hidden with Christ?
Read: 2 Corinthians 5:17-20.
What does "new" mean?
What is the ministry given to new creations in Christ?
Read 2 Corinthians 5:21 very carefully.
What do believers become?
Define the righteousness of believers. Discuss how amazing the last phrase of verse 21 is.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Psalm 1:2; 19:7-11; 119:105, 130
Isaiah 40:8; 55:10-11
What are some additional verses that could be added to this list?
What do these verses all have in common?
How has the Bible affected your life?
What hindrances do you have to reading the bible? How can you overcome them?
How does scripture affect your prayer life?
What role does scripture have with the war against sin?
Romans 3:24; 6:23; 8:1, 32
1 Corinthians 1:4
Ephesians 1:3; 4:32
What does 'in Christ' mean?
2 Timothy 4:5
1 Corinthians 12:7.12-13
1 Thessalonians 5:11
What is the role of pastors in the church?
What is the role of each believer in the church?
Read and reflect on Hebrews 10:24-25.
What do the following passages teach us about the human condition?
2 Corinthians 4:4-6
What do the following passages teach about the cost of redemption?
1 Peter 1:18,19
How should we respond?
Read Titus 2:11-14.
Who and what are the teachers who instruct us in verse 12?
There is a negative and positive side to our ongoing sanctification. What are these? (Colossians 3:9-10, Romans 6:19)
What do you think Paul means by 'worldly desires'?
What do you think Paul means by 'to live sensibly, righteously and godly'?
What do you look forward to?
Make a list of ways your group can help each other to live sensibly, righteously and godly.
Using scripture, answer these questions:
What are believers saved from?
Who does the saving?
What are the three elements of the gospel?
Is there any sin God will not forgive?
Read the story of Zacchaeus. (Luke 19:1-10).
What does repentance mean?
Read Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20 .
How does repentance relate to salvation?
Read Hebrews 12:1-2.
What do you think the joy was that Jesus set before Him?
Find other passages that use the metaphor of running a race.
What other metaphors and similes are used in scripture to teach endurance?
How do the following verses help our endurance?
Romans 8:14-18, 28
2 Corinthians 12:9
1 Peter 2:9
1 John 4:4
Revelation 3:5, 21:4
Talk about your experience with spiritual endurance.
Read Acts 4.
Why were the Sadducees greatly annoyed?
What is the difference in Peter from John 18 to Acts 4?
What are your views on the Holy Spirit?
What do you think is more important in a church-the Power of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God or fellowship?
How do we as a church get better at all three?
What should we pray for if we are basing it on Acts 4:
When is the last time you prayed for boldness?
When are we allowed to disobey the authorities?
How do we as a church be of one heart and one soul?
Does the end of chapter 4 condone socialism?
Have you ever sold something and used it for ministry?
What moments in your life were necessary to become who you are today?
I believe one of the biggest problems in the church is greed. Not just money. I believe we are greedy with our faith and with our resources. I believe many of us understand how awesome it is to have faith and yet we are too nervous to share our faith with others. It is important for us to understand that God does not need us but He wants us. He wants us to share our faith because it demonstrates His love for us and for others because of the blessing it provides in this world.
Read 1 Timothy 6.
Are you more like the person in verse 5 or are you more like the person in verse 11-12?
How do you deal with your richness? Both in faith and in money?
Rate yourself on a score of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest) on how greedy you are.
How do we get the treasures that Paul is talking about in verse 19?
Read 1 Corinthians 4:1-13.
How do you keep from being puffed up in verse 6?
Do you think of yourself as last?
In verse 10-13, it talks about how others should be greater than ourselves.
What are some practical ways to demonstrate this in Douglas?
What are believers created for?
What does God expect of branches?
What gives proof a person is a disciple of Christ?
Is your faith active or inactive?
What would you be willing to sacrifice for Jesus?
What can you imagine doing for the Body of Christ?
Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
What is the theme of the passage?
Why is this an encouragement? (look at 2 Thessalonians 1:10)
Find other passages teaching about the rapture.
What are the three principal views of the rapture?
What is what is the essential of eschatology?
What are non-essentials of eschatology?
How should believers prepare for Christ's return?
Read Luke 11:1-13
What does it mean to you?
Hallowed by your name?
Give us each day our daily bread?
Forgive us our sins and we forgive others?
Lead us not into temptation?
Does God tempt us?
What type of father did you have?
Do you have trouble seeing God as father because of it?
Does it help you thinking of God as the perfect father and the foundation and our secondary father come next?
Should we compare God the father to the man who gives the bread in this story or the judge in the Chapter 18:1-8?
Read Luke 16.
How do they relate together?
Why do you think verse 18 is in there and does it relate to the other verse?
List what we know about Hell from the Luke 16:19-31. Where else can we describe what hell is like?
Most of you are considered in the top 1 percent of the world in wealth. What responsibility comes with that.
List ways to display your heart in this community.
Have you ever treated someone like the Rich Man did Lazarus?
How would you contrast Joseph and Judah?
Why was it important for Abraham's descendants to not marry Canaanite women.
What are two reason the law was given? (Romans 5:20, Gal. 3:24)
Read Galatians 3:28-29
What does it mean to you that you are an heir according to promise?
Read Deuteronomy 30:19-20.
How are these three passages related?
Can the narrow gate open both ways or is it a one-way gate?
Why didn't God make it really easy to come into His kingdom?
What do you naturally rely on when life is hard?
As a group, see how many specifics from scripture you can find that define a salty Christian life.