A study on Isaiah 60:1-6 based on the sermon Rise and Shine
- When you think of Advent, what do you think…? Discuss this as a group.
- Compare Isaiah 5:20 with Isaiah 60:2. How does that help us understand what kind of darkness is meant here?
- [This is a question that will take some time] The New Testament is scattered with talk of light and dark, turn some up (Hint: Matthew, John, Ephesians, 1 John, Revelation) and see how they relate to our reading, and talk through how they should impact the Christian life.
- How can Christ’s light shine through us, to enable others to see the truth, and what, in our lives, might be a hindrance to that?
The main issue in Sierra Leone at the moment involves the contents of the 40 foot container which arrived at Bethesda two weeks ago.
- That God will stir the hearts of folk in the Connexion to help with the massive distribution of goods.
- That Magnus, Daniel and others involved in the organisation will be given wisdom in the distribution of the shoe bags and other items.
- That transport might be available to deliver the goods to outlying villages.
- That those involved in this work will be strengthened and stay healthy throughout. That God will keep them safe on the roads.
- That the children receiving the shoe bags will also receive the love of Jesus.
- That the street children will accept the sleeping bags knowing that God loves them.
- That Christmas will be a blessed time for all our friends in the Connexional Churches.
- That Christmas will be celebrated by the children at Bethesda as a time of happiness.
A study based on Acts 12:1-11
If you missed the sermon you can pick it up here: Powerful Prayers & Powerful Answers
- Read the passage and as you work your way through it, stop at after each new character is introduced and discuss what the group know about them;
- Peter slept, talk through how you might feel in a comparative situation and also why was Peter able to sleep? What can we learn form this and how can we apply it to our lives today?
- Discus verse 8 and consider how the miraculous is almost always missed with the practical when Go intervenes in our lives;
- Going back to verse 5, we read that the people prayed earnestly, what might that kind of prayer be like?
- Discuss as a group how you can practically help each other to be encouraged and helped to develop in your personal prayer lives and also be more engaged in the church’s collective prayer life.
A study based on the sermon Is There Grass On Your Path?
- In the sermon we looked briefly at the following scriptures: James 4:1-2, Isaiah 59:1-2, 2 Chronicles 16:9a. Which other verses on prayer come to mind, when thinking about our need and reluctance to pray.
- Take the 5 sermon headings and talk through practical applications which we could commit to taking on board (individually and as a church). The headings were:
- We crowd out prayer with other things
- Sin separates
- We don’t see prayer as a relationship thing
- We don’t appreciate the massive importance of the facts that prayer prepares us for spiritual warfare. And prayer is spiritual warfare.
- We think we can handle things ourselves
- Spend some time praying for each other.
This study is based on the sermon: Does Praying Achieve Anything?
- Read Revelation 8:1-5 – what do the group know of the book Revelation?
- Where else in the bible is incense and prayer spoken of?
- Take a look at each verse of the reading and talk it through as a group.
- Does Prayer achieve anything? If so, what?
This study is based on the sermon: God’s priority for praying together
- Read Act 6: 1-5
- What does the bible, generally have to say on corporate prayer (prayer meetings)?
- Why do church prayer meetings in the west lack attendance? Are prayer meetings important…? Discuss. If so who should get along to prayer meetings?
- What should prayer meetings be like, is there a general rule of what to do?
- Discuss the difference between prayer and church growth in Europe, North America, Australasia and Asia, The Middle East, and Africa.
- Do you feel challenged by this study?
A study on Nahum Chapter 1.
This study is based on the sermon: Is God Really Jealous?
- How familiar are the group with this book? Why do you think that is?
- What are the first thoughts you have on reading the first six verses?
- Describe what it means to be jealous?
- How is God jealous?
- Jonah had been used by God to convert the whole of Nineveh, a few hundred years later and there are few believer left. What can we learn from this as we look at our own society?
- In which ways is this chapter comforting to believers?
A study based on the Sermon : Top (Teamwork Obedience and Prayer) Christians
- Looking back at the whole book of Colossians, what are the key points?
- What can we learn about ministry from verses 7&8?
- What is Paul’s attitude to imprisonment? What might we learn from that?
- Mark’s clearly part of the team, but what can we learn about his ‘backstory’? [Acts 12.25; 13:13; 15:38-39]. How should we learn from what we see of Mark’s journey in faith and ministry?
- Verse 12 – prayer what does praying earnestly mean?
- Verse 14 – what do we know about both Demas and Luke [from further study in the NT]?
- Discuss how verse 17 might apply to us.
A study based on the sermon: Live Wisely & Speak to People About God
Reading Colossians 4:5-6
- What is wisdom?
- Where can we find wisdom?
- In the sermon we spent some time looking at what it means to fear God (Psalm 111:10); what does it mean and why is it important for us to have a proper understanding of that?
- What does it mean to make the most of every opportunity, and also what does it not mean?
- Discuss verse 6 as a group and talk through how we might practically apply to our lives here and now.