Here’s the sermon if you missed it:
Have you heard from God? Are You Filled by God?
Read verses 1&2. What does Habakkuk say about God, and what effect does it have on him? What is the application here for us? Read verses 3 to 15 and trace back the various bible references Habakkuk picks up on. Why is it important to look at what God has done in the past? Read verses 16-19. How does Habakkuk’s attitude shift from chapters 1&2 to here? What has caused the change. Discuss as a group how the study on this book has challenged, encouraged and helped, and also consider any areas where you may have struggled.
If you missed the sermon you can pick it up here:
Blighted or Blessed?
Habakkuk was clearly good at listening to God. What are the kind of things which can stop us from listening to God, and what can we change to help us listen? Take a look through each of the 5 woes or sorrows and discuss, as a group, what each ‘woe’ might teach us today – particularly discuss the areas you can support each others in the group to consider and avoid modern idols? What does it mean to be righteous, and what does a life lived by faith in Christ look like?
This study is based on the passage above and this sermon:
I trust you Lord, but…
In which ways does Habakkuk describe God? What do Habakkuk’s descriptions of God tell us about Habakkuk’s theology? Look at the questions Habakkuk asks and as a group try to answer them. Discuss verse 2:1 what is Habakkuk saying here? Talk through the application of this passage for us here today in 21st century England.
This study is based on the passage above and the sermon:
Wow That Was Unexpected!
Is it a regular or rare thing for God to answer prayer in the way that Habakkuk received his answer? In the sermon we discussed the fact that God’s ways are very different to ours, as a group find as many scripture passages as you can which highlight this and discuss them as you go. What are we to do when it seems that God is distant or disinterested? And what might be the reasons for that? As a group discuss the various applications this passage has to our lives?
Based on the passage and this sermon
When we cry out, God where are you!
Talk through what we know about Habakkuk and the time in which he lived. Why is Habakkuk is upset, is that what God wants? How do you feel about our own society? What are you doing about it? and what should we be doing? (both in respect of God and the people in our society) What ‘big questions’ do group members have? As a group, have a try at answering those questions from a scriptural perspective.
This study is based on 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 and the sermon:
An Annual Check Up…
What do we know about the Corinthian Church? [This question should take the majority of the discussion time, go as deep and as wide as you can] Taking time to really consider each of the ‘commands’ we are given, then discuss them as a group and talk through what effect, taking each of them seriously would have on us as individuals and as a church? Spend some time praying for us as individuals and a church, that we will be obedient to these commands.
This study is based on the above passage and the Sermon
What do we know about the background to this account? For example: when was the last prophecy; what was so special about Zachariah’s service at the temple etc.? What are angels? Should we expect angels to be about today? What is their role? What was wrong with Zachariah’s question in verse 18? The were 4 points of application we picked out in the sermon, what were why and why do they matter?
Misha’s sermon can be found here:
Discuss, as a group: What needs to happen for the prophecies in Micah and Isiah to be fulfilled.
How will the world be vastly different when Jesus returns and using your imagination try to picture what the reign of Messiah will be like.
What other Old Testament prophecies can you think of that also speak of the return and setting up of the Lord’s kingdom on earth.
Jesus is the light of the world remembering the menorah we saw up on the screen what was the important ingredients needed to keep us burning and why do we keep needing to be refilled.
Reading – Mark 16:15-20
Based on the sermon:
Able to flourish!?
In the sermon we looked at three points in this passage which, over the years, have been taken out of context and so become controversial. Discuss what they were and what Mark’s point was.
Looking at verses 15 and 20; discuss what is meant by go, preaching, the good news, everywhere, everyone.
Verse 19 is a short statement of fact – what does that fact mean for us?
Discuss what it means for us to live in the power of The Holy Spirit.
How are individuals going to apply this to their lives in the days ahead?
To engage well with this study you will find it easier if you have first read
Mark 16:1-14, listened to: Do You Believe In The Resurrection? and read So what about the ending of Mark’s Gospel?
How do you feel about the seeming choice of endings shown in most English Bibles?
What do you feel was the main thrust of theses verses (you can disagree with the preacher! – Just discuss why if you do)?
As a group, as you move through this passage, try and explain to each other what each of the scenes looks like, how individuals might feel etc.
What questions do you have about what was going on? As a group try and answer those questions from the bible.
Why was Jesus so concerned about the disciples’ lack of trust… How might we find ourselves lacking in trust, and what is the effect?