Small Groups

If you would consider being a host for a small group, please call Sharissa at 359-0540.

 

June 26, 2022

 

This is a test. Give yourself a grade.
Grade using the A, B, C, D and F scale.

 

How well do you live the following? 

 

     Matthew 5:14-16

 

     Luke 21:36

 

     John 14:12-15

 

     1 Corinthians 15:58

 

     Philippians 2:12-13

 

     Philippians 4:4-9

 

     1 Thessalonians 5:15-21

 

     James 1:27-2:9

 

Share your grade with the group then brainstorm ideas to help improve your group’s grade. 

 

June 19, 2022

(Each group of verses is an attribute.)

Matthew 5:48; Revelation 4:8 

Genesis 1:2; John 1:18; John 4:24 

Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8 

Ephesians 2:4-5;1 John 4:8 

Colossians 1:17; Psalm 90:2 

Psalm 33:6; Jeremiah 32:17; Luke 1:37 

Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 46:9-10; 1 John 3:20 

Psalm 139:7-10; Jeremiah 23:23-24 

Psalm 104:24; Romans 11:33;   

Deuteronomy 7:9; 2 Timothy 2:13 

Psalm 34:8; Mark 10:18 

Deuteronomy 32:4; Romans 3:23

Psalm 145:9; Romans 9:15-16 

Exodus 33:19; Psalm 145:8; Matthew 5:45  

What attributes of God do these verses describe? 

 

June 5, 2022

 

There are 9 places in the book of John where Jesus makes “I am” statements. Find them.

 

What do these “I am” statements teach us about Jesus?

 

How are John 8:58 and John 18:4-5 different than the other 7 places?

 

How do these statements relate to Exodus 3:14?

 

How can these statements affect our everyday life?

 

May 29, 2022

 

Read Acts 1:8.

     Where in the Bible does Peter open up the door for each of these areas to hear the Gospel? 
     Many scholars call it Jewish Pentecost, Samarian Pentecost, and Gentile Pentecost.

     Why do you think, at least for the Jews and the Gentiles, salvation proceeded receiving the    
     Holy Spirit by a significant amount of time? 

     Why do you think it is immediate now?


Read Acts 8:9-25.

     Do you believe Simon the Magician was saved?

     Is this type of magic different than the magic of today?


Read Deuteronomy 18:10-12.

     What do we need to look out for today?

     How do we recognize when something is against God?


Read Acts 9:32-43.

     What similarities do you find between these two events?

     What are the purposes of these miracles?

     How can they apply to our lives today?

 

 

May 22, 2022

 

Read Acts 5:1-11.

    Do you struggle with this text and why?

    In what ways are you like Ananias and Sapphira?

    Does the way you responded to this question, answer this question?

    How is our church like this and how can we be more like Barnabas?

 

Read Mathew 25:14-30.

    Which talent were you given?

    What have you done with it?

    What talent is our Church?

    What have we done with it?

    Are we burying our talents?

 

Brainstorm some ways that you as an individual can invest in God’s Kingdom both monetarily and physically?

 

Brainstorm some ways that our church can invest in God’s Kingdom both monetarily and physically?

 

 

May 15, 2022

Read Acts 3:1-10.

   When, in your life, did you respond like Peter?

   When did you not?

   What did your salvation look like? What is your testimony?

   When was the last time you shared it?


Read Acts 3:11-26.

   What intrigued you while you read this text?

   Have you ever denied Christ?

   Have you seen God do healing?

   Why is the fulfillment of what the prophets said so important?


Read Acts 4:1-22.

   How would our church respond if we grew by 300 people in 6 months?

   Is this possible?

   Would you be willing to go to jail for Jesus?

   Would you die for Jesus?

   Would you speak out against a government who actually persecuted you?

   How do we live a life that is bold and passionate for Jesus?

 

 

May 8, 2022

 

Find a definition of expositional preaching.

 

Find a definition of verbal plenary inspiration.

 

Read 2 Timothy 3:16-4:4. (Remember the chapter breaks, because of the numbering system, are not in the originals. There should be no break between 3:17 and 4:1.)

 

How do scripture, expositional preaching and verbal plenary inspiration work together?

 

Read:
  Isaiah 55:11
  1 Corinthians 1:23
  Romans 10:14
  Hebrews 4:12
  2 Timothy 4:2
  Titus 1:1-4
  Ephesians 4:11-12
  1 Thessalonians 5:12-14

 

What conclusions can you make about the importance of preaching in the church?

 

In the context of preaching, why do some churches struggle, and some do not?


May 1, 2022


Read Luke 22:54-62.

    Try to put yourself into Peter’s place. Think about his denial.

Read John 21:15-17.

    Try to put yourself into Peter’s place. Think about this conversation with Jesus.  Peter’s life illustrates God’s power to transform us.

Read:
 Romans 12:1-2
 2 Corinthians 3:18
 Ephesians 2:1-10
 Galatians 2:20
 Colossians 3:5-13

       Discuss how these passages teach us about transformation.

       Does the transformation process ever end?

       How do transformation and maturity work together?

 

April 24, 2022

 

Read: Hebrews 5:13-14.


Talk about the meaning of unskilled in verse 13. (Some translations may say 'not accustomed' or 'inexperienced'.)

What is meaningful about Paul’s metaphor of milk and solid food?

 

Why is discernment so important?

 

What would you identify as subtle practices of false teachers today?

 

Go through Psalm 119 and find all the references to the benefits of filling your mind with Scripture.

 

April 17, 2022

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

PRAYER GUIDE

Please pray this week -

    to be thankful for what God has blessed us with  

    for the lost in our community to find Christ’s saving grace

    for protection of our Brothers and Sisters in the Ukraine

    for leadership and unity in the Church

    for our Pastors

    for safety for the Missionaries coming here for the Mission Conference

    for guidance for FBC and its ministries

    for more Sunday School Teachers

    to increase Youth Group Leaders

    to expand Children’s Ministry

    to find Service Projects to help our community

    for more Elder candidates

    for the Mops program to bless even more moms

    for more participants in Short-term Missions

    to find more Small Group Leaders

    for people to find work and housing in Douglas                                                                   

    for Government Leaders

    for men and women in the Military

    for First Responders 

    for School Teachers as the year wraps up        

 

     

April 10, 2022

Read:
   Matthew 21:11
   Luke 7:16
   John 4:19
   Mark 6:4

   What title do these verses give to Jesus?

Read:
   1 Timothy 2:5
   Hebrews 4:14-16
   10:19-23

   What title do these verses give to Jesus?

Read:
   Luke 1:32-33
   1 Corinthians 15:24-28
   Revelation 19:16

   What title do these verses give to Jesus?

 

How do these titles encourage believers?

 

How should believers relate to each of these titles?

 

April 3, 2022

Read:
 Mark 1:15
 Luke 17:20
 Romans 14:17
 Psalm 103:19
 Daniel 4:3

How would you define a kingdom?

Is the kingdom of God a reality right now?

Read:
 John 18:36
 Ephesians 2:19
 Philippians 3:20 

How do you acquire citizenship in the USA?

How do you acquire citizenship in the kingdom of God?

Discuss how believers should live as citizens of God’s kingdom.

 

March 27, 2022

Read 1 Peter 5:1-5.

   Make a list of attributes that only apply to elders and ones that apply to everyone in the church.

   What surprised you?

   What are some ways you have been living this way?

   What are some areas you can work on?

   What is the significance of the unfading ‘Crown of Glory’?


Read Revelation 4:10.

   Why is this important? 

   Do you live your life like you are wanting to give Jesus the crown He deserves?

 

Read 1 Peter 6-10.

   How is God going to exalt you?

   How do you cast your anxieties on Him?

   Beside drugs or alcohol, how do you remain sober-minded?

   What does it look like to watch out for the devil?

   How do you resist him and stay firm in your faith?

   How do we embrace suffering?

   Does Christ have dominion over your life?

 

March 20, 2022

Read:

Matthew 24:29-31

Acts 1:10-11

1Thessalonians 4:16-17

2 Peter 3:10

Revelation 1:7

 

Describe how Jesus will return.

 

Read:

Mark 13:24-37

James 5:8

Luke 12:35-40

 

Do you live expecting Jesus to return at any moment?

 

Why hasn’t Jesus come yet?

 

March 13, 2022

Read:
  Matthew 24:29-31
  Acts 1:10-11
  1Thessalonians 4:16-17
  2 Peter 3:10
  Revelation 1:7

Describe how Jesus will return.

 

Read:
  Mark 13:24-37
  James 5:8
  Luke 12:35-40

Do you live expecting Jesus to return at any moment?

 

Why hasn’t Jesus come yet?

 

 

March 13, 2022

Read Ephesians 3:9-11 and 1 Peter 1:19-2.

   When did God plan to send Jesus to the cross?

   Why is the crucifixion the greatest evil event in human history?

   Why is the crucifixion the greatest good event in human history?

Read Romans 1:16-17.

    Honestly evaluate whether your life-style reveals you are ashamed or not.

    How can you help each other grow in your passion for the gospel?

March 6, 2022

Read Mark 4:1-9.

   Do you have ears to hear?

   Who is this story about? 

   Which soil are you? 

   Talk about the last person your shared your faith with.


Read Mark 4:21-25.

   Are you a light?

   How do you display your faith? 

   Are you bold in your faith?

Read Mark 4:26-29.

    Why is important that God does the growing?

    When was the last time you planted seeds?

    Where is God calling you to plant sees now?


Read Mark 4:30-32.

   Who is the least likely person you have ever seen God use?

   Pray about somebody God wants you to approach and build a relationship with.

   Are you a small seed or are you a large tree? 

 

 

 

February 27, 2022

Read Romans 7:4-12.

 

  Is the Law good or bad?

 

  What is the purpose of the Law?

 

Read Galatians 3:19-29.

 

  Is salvation dependent upon the Law?

 

  Has it ever been possible to keep the Law?

 

  How should the Law impact believers?

 

 

February 20, 2022


Read Mark 6:14-16 and Mark 8:27-30.

 

  Compare the two stories.

 

  Contrast Herod and Peter. 

 

  Discuss why they answered differently.

 

Read Mark 6:17-20.

 

  Discuss Herod here. 

 

  Was he saved? 

 

  Why did he kill John?

 

Read Mark 6:21-29.

 

  Have you ever been like Herod and did not do what was right because of the influence of others in your life?

 

Read Matthew 11:1-6.

 

  Why do you think John was having doubts about who Jesus was?

 

  When are doubts bad?

 

  When are doubts good?

 

  Why is our faith not blind?

 

 

February 13, 2022

What do you think are the top 10 most popular sports in the World according to television viewers and attendance?

 

How many fans to one athlete at an NFL game? (using league averages)?

 

See how many sports metaphors your group can find in the Bible.

 

What does Paul teach using the sports metaphor?

 

Are Christians spectators or participants?

 

Are you a Christian spectator or a Christian participant?

 

What ways can you get in the game?

 

February 6, 2022

Read:
 Ephesians 1:7
 Colossians 1:14
 Galatians 2:20
 Titus 2:14
 Hebrews 9:12


 What do you think redemption means?


 Look up the word ‘redeem’ in a Bible dictionary and check your definitions.


 Another word related to redemption is ransom.


 Find verses that speak of ransom.


 Read Revelation 5:9-10.


 How do these passages impact your idea of the security of the believer?

 

January 30, 2022
 

Read:
   Ephesians 1:7
   Colossians 1:14
   Galatians 2:20
   Titus 2:14
   Hebrews 9:12

 

What do you think redemption means?

 

Look up the word ‘redeem’ in a Bible dictionary and check your definitions.

 

Another word related to redemption is ransom.

 

Find verses that speak of ransom.

 

Read Revelation 5:9-10.

 

How do these passages impact your idea of the security of the believer?

 

 

January 30, 2022

 

Read Isaiah 46:8-11.

 

What does this tell you about God’s sovereignty?

 

Recall and review the story of Joseph in Genesis.

 

How does Genesis 50:18-20 impact your understanding of God making all things work for good?

 

Read Hebrews 7:25 and 1 John 2:1.

 

How does God’s sovereignty work with these passages? 

 

In practical ways, how does God’s sovereignty influence your everyday life?

January 23,2022

Read: 2 Peter 3:14-18.

 

What does Peter think the beloved are waiting for?

 

How can you be diligent to be found without spot or blemish?

 

What do you think Peter means when he says ‘at peace’ in verse 14?

 

Make a biblical list of how to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

 

January 16,2022

Read Matthew 4:1-4.


What are some ‘it is written’ in your life that help you when you are encountered with sin in your life?


Why did Jesus need scripture?


Why would we need scripture?


Read Matthew 4:5-7.


Does Satan know the Bible?


Is it enough to just know the Bible?


What are some times in your life when you put the Lord your God to the test?

 

Read Matthew 4:8-11.


Why can Satan offer Christ the kingdoms of the world?


Have your ever said, “Be gone, Satan.”?


How do we worship the Lord your God only?


Discuss Ways that we:

1)      Love the Lord

2)      Confess sin

3)      Arm yourself with the word

4)      Pray 

5)      Accountability with a friend

 

January 9, 2022

 

What do these passages teach us about the Holy Spirit?

  Genesis 1:1-2

  John 14:26

  Ephesians 1:13; 4:30

  Jude 1:20

  Romans 8:26

  Titus 3:5

  Romans 6:3

  Galatians 5:16-18

  1 Corinthians 12:4

  John 15:26

  2 Thessalonians 2:6-10

  Galatians 5:18

 

January 2, 2022



Read:

 1 Peter 5:14
 Philippians 1:1
 Romans 8:1
 Colossians 3:3

• What common idea do these verses teach?


• What responsibilities come with being in Christ?


• In your small group, how does the Holy Spirit work through each individual?


• How can you improve your fruit bearing?

 

December 26, 2021

 

Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9.

   Pray and meditate on God being One and also being the One in your life. 

   Focus on loving Him with all your heart, soul and might.

   Pray about how you can teach the love of Christ to your children.

   Pray about how you can show the love of Christ to you children.

   Pray about how you can be an ambassador for Christ. 

   Pray about making your faith known.

 

Read Deuteronomy 11:12-21.

   Pray to God and reveal your needs to Him.

   Pray to God for the needs of others.

   Pray that you will not be deceived, that you will not turn aside.

   Pray that you can focus on God and not other gods in your life.

   Write down some gods in your life. Pray and ask God to direct you toward Him instead. 

 

Read Numbers 15:37-40.

   Pray that you will not follow after your own heart but the heart of God.

   Pray that you will focus on the Lord your God.

   Pray for our Church to understand God’s plan and to put in action.

   Pray that we can hear God’s word. Pray that we can be obedient. 

   Pray that God will show you somebody you are supposed to disciple.

 

 

December 19, 2021

 

Read Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-20.

 

How do these two passages complement each other?

 

What is your favorite part of the Christmas story?

 

Describe some of your favorite Christmas traditions.

 

How do your Christmas traditions keep Jesus in the celebration?

 

December 12, 2021

 

Read Philippians 2:1-4.

 

How can believers be of the same mind?

 

What do you think empty means in verse 7?

 

Does verse 7 change the deity of Christ in any way?

 

How does verse 7 impact our understanding of the human life of Christ?

 

What do you think Paul means by humility of mind in verse 3?

 

 

 

December 5, 2021

Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-5.

 

What does this passage describe?

 

What does Paul mean in verse 3 with the phrase, “as of first importance”?

 

Find passages that teach us what Christ accomplished on the cross.

 

Is the death of Christ or the resurrection more important?

 

How does the death, burial and resurrection illustrate God’s perfect nature?

 

Read 2 Corinthians 5:21.

 

How would you incorporate this verse to the Christmas story?

 

November 28, 2021

Read Genesis 22:1-19.

     Why did God repeat the promise to Abraham here?

     How did Joseph's life fulfill the promise? (Think of all the different ways.)

 

Read 2 Corinthians 1:15-24.

     Where are some places in your life where you did not fulfill a promise in your life?

 

     What were some of the reasons? Would you like to have that promise back?

 

     How is God’s promise always yes?

 

     How can no on a question you have for God be a yes to His promise?

 

     List ways the Holy Spirit worked in the life of Joseph? (You may need to skim through Chapters 37-50.) 

 

     How do we know the Holy Spirit is working in our life? 

 

November 21, 2021

Read 1 John 1:1-4.

            What does a life look like that has seen, touched and observed the life we have in Jesus?

            How do we get focused on the things of God rather than on the person of God?

            Do you find Christ to be the source of your joy?

            Does everything you do flow from your joy in the Lord?

            What other things in your life bring joy? 

            Are they giving glory to Jesus or glory to you?

            How can the things you love give glory to Christ?

 

Read 1 John 5-10.

     I described the 4 different types of people in the text this week below. In light of the scripture, how is Reuben walking in darkness even though he is trying to please the father?

   How do we practice the truth without being in bondage to it?

   How do we walk in the light like Joseph and Judah?

   Do we have to confess our sins to be saved?

   What happens if we die and we forgot to confess one?      


Read Genesis 37-50 this week and think about which person you are most like.

   1.  Joseph (Been saved your whole life and obedient to Christ throughout it.)

   2.  Judah (Prodigal that recognized your sin and sold out for Christ.  Willing to give your life to Christ now.)

   3.  Reuben (Work for everything trying to get to heaven but have not repented of your sin.)

   4.  Simeon and Levi (Oblivious to the way of God.)

 

November 14, 2021

Read these passages and discuss how they speak of God’s sovereignty:

1 Chronicles 29:11-12;
Psalm 115:3;
Psalm 103:19;
Jeremiah 32:27;
Daniel 4:35;
Romans 9:20-21;
Ephesians 1:11-12;
1 Timothy 6:13-16

Now spend some time finding passages that speak of human responsibility to respond to God with faith.

 

Discuss how God’s sovereignty and human faith must be kept together.

 

November 7, 2021

 

Carefully read the following passages:  
Romans 8:13-17;
2 Corinthians 6:15-18;
1 John 3:1-10  

Today’s sermon was about being children of promise. How do the verses you just read help your understanding of being a child of promise?  


How could your life demonstrate you are a child of promise?  


Look at Hebrews 10:23-24.


As children of promise, how do you live this passage?  


Make a plan to improve how you live this passage.   

 

October 31, 2021

What do these verses tell us about hell?
Daniel 12:2 
Matthew 3:12; 25:41
Mark 9:44-49
Luke 16:23-24
2 Thessalonians 1:9 
Revelation 14:10-11; 20:10 

 

According to Matthew 25:46, how long is the punishment in hell?

 

Is there any escape from hell?

 

Who will go to hell?

 

Who can be kept from going to hell?

 

According to Matthew 18:14 and 2 Peter 3:9, what is God’s wish or desire about people going to hell?

 

How does the truth about hell motivate your evangelism?

 

October 24, 2021

How does Hebrews 11:1-3 define faith?

 

Read and compare James 2:14-26 with Romans 3:27-4:5

 

Are both truth?

 

Do they contradict each other?

 

How does Galatians 5:6 help us bring Paul and James into harmony?

 

How is Abraham an example of faith for both Romans and James?

 

What should your faith produce?



October 17, 2021

How did God speak to people in the following passages:
Exodus 3:14
Joshua 1:1
Judges 6:18 
1 Samuel 3:11 
2 Samuel 2:1
Job 40:1
Isaiah 7:3 
Jeremiah 1:7 
Acts 8:26; 9:15

 

What does Hebrews 1:1-2 tell us about God speaking to His people?

 

What is the principle way God speaks to His people today? Find scriptures to support answer. 

 

What is the principle way we speak to God? Find scriptures to support answer.

 

What are some other ways God speaks to His people?

 

How should we respond when someone tells us they heard a direct message from God? 

 

October 10, 2021

Read 1 John 4:1-6 and 2 John 1:7.

 

What does antichrist mean?

 

Who is the man of lawlessness in 2 Thessalonians 2:7-9

 

Who is the one who restrains in 2 Thessalonians 2:7

 

What does 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 tell us the spirit of antichrist is doing?

 

According to 1 Corinthians 2:12-13. why can we know the things of God?

 

Why should we expect those without Christ to do really harmful, nonsensical, wicked things?

 

Why should Christians never fear the antichrist?

 

October 3, 2021

 

Read Genesis 2:18-19. Then read Genesis 9:1-3.

 

How has man's relationship with the animal world changed?

 

Read Genesis 9:4-17.

 

Why do you think God prohibited eating blood? 

 

What does the Bible teach about blood?

 

Why is the blood important for understanding salvation?

 

September 26, 2021

 

Read:
  Genesis 3:1-7,
  Deuteronomy 11:18-23,
  Joshua 1:8,
  Psalm 119:11, 105,
  Proverbs 3:1-2,
  2 Timothy 3:16-17,
  Hebrews 4:12.

 

How does Genesis 3:1-7 teach the same thing as the other scriptures?

 

How does Satan continue to deceive?

 

In what ways can you live Proverbs 2:1-22?

 

September 19, 2021

Read Colossians 1:15-23.

    Discuss what it means for our faith that Jesus in the womb still was able to hold all things together in this universe? 

    How should we relate this to Genesis 1 and 2?            

    What does this mean for your life?

Read Hebrews 1

    If Jesus is superior to the Angels and you are sons and daughters of Christ what does that make you?            

    Do you see yourself as superior to the Angels? 

    Why is yes a good answer? 

    Why is no a good answer?            

     Do look forward to the New Heavens and the New Earth more than you do seeing Jesus?