God is Jealous – how does that work?

A study on Nahum Chapter 1.

This study is based on the sermon: Is God Really Jealous?

  1. How familiar are the group with this book? Why do you think that is?
  2. What are the first thoughts you have on reading the first six verses?
  3. Describe what it means to be jealous?
  4. How is God jealous?
  5. 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?
  6. In which ways is this chapter comforting to believers?

Final greetings, anything to learn?

A study based on the Sermon : Top (Teamwork Obedience and Prayer) Christians 

  1. Looking back at the whole book of Colossians, what are the key points?
  2. What can we learn about ministry from verses 7&8?
  3. What is Paul’s attitude to imprisonment? What might we learn from that?
  4. 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?
  5. Verse 12 – prayer what does praying earnestly mean?
  6. Verse 14 – what do we know about both Demas and Luke [from further study in the NT]?
  7. Discuss how verse 17 might apply to us.

Bible Study: Colossians 4:5&6

A study based on the sermon: Live Wisely & Speak to People About God

Reading Colossians 4:5-6

  1. What is wisdom?
  2. Where can we find wisdom?
  3. 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?
  4. What does it mean to make the most of every opportunity, and also what does it not mean?
  5. Discuss verse 6 as a group and talk through how we might practically apply to our lives here and now.

Sierra Leone Mission Prayer Letter October/ November 2017

Sunday: This prayer letter concentrates on the aftermath of the terrible mudslide. S.L.M. and F.S.L. sent money to Sierra Leone where Magnus and Daniel have distributed the funds. Please pray for discrimination and wisdom for the leaders in S.L. as they carry out this ministry. The prayer points have been copied from emails from S.L.

Monday:  Fina Koroma: Fina is around 26 years who survived the mudslide because her 5year old child was admitted to the hospital the day before the slide. Her husband, 3 other children and 3 other relatives all were covered by the landslide. One of the people that died was her younger brother who was due to travel that very afternoon before the disaster after a two weeks holiday from the interior. Fina is currently very depressed and confused. I prayed for her and encouraged her to trust in Jesus. She is a Christian and she is currently living in an unfinished Church building.

Tuesday: Paul S Turay; He is 22 years and lived with his sister. They were 9 in the small Aluminium Sheet built hut. All but Paul were buried under the mud. He is now staying on the veranda of a community member. He says he will continue to attend school in the next week. He looks strong but has a lot of sadness in his eyes and is likely in shock for now.

Wednesday: Mamy Sama Conteh is a mother of 11 children. She had lost 8 in the course of time, and the one who was the breadwinner called Neneh, whom she was staying with, died in the mudslide. They were ‘stone miners’ and the old woman was saved because she left home very early in the morning under heavy rainfall to visit her friend. As soon as she left, the mud buried her entire household. What pain for this 65-70 year old Mamy.

Thursday: Daniel Kamara is the young boy (10yrs) whom the flash flood dashed through stones and trees into a banana tree, which was uprooted by the wild waters, and left him with a broken leg and arm. He was rescued and taken to hospital. His left foot was amputated and his right arm is being treated. His situation is serious. He was crying when I visited – He is suffering pain – This poor little boy. He managed to say thank you for the package of monies. We should continue to pray for him -poor Daniel. Lest I forget his father, who is a taxi driver, survived because he had left for his taxi driving and did not know that Daniel was alive until after 20 days. He was shocked to hear that. This donation will help a lot to pay for the hospital treatment.

Friday: Fina Koroma is a trader who had a little shop. The mudslide covered her shop and three other people. She thinks all is lost. She burst into tears when I considered her situation and decided to extend this blessing to her. Le 500,000 is very crucial for her to continue her business.

Saturday: I am sending a testimony of a pregnant woman a survivor, whose husband died in the morning of the landslide. As they were escaping from the disaster the woman and the child were in the front followed by the father. As they ran a huge stone knocked the man from the back. He was rushed to the hospital where he later died. Only the two of them survived plus the baby to be born without a father.

HG Questions on Colossians 4:2-4

1. Paul’s epistles follow the pattern of laying down doctrine and reminding the readers of who they are in Christ before stressing the importance of those facts making a difference to their lives.Why is that so important? Discuss the benefits of living our lives in a way that reflects our faith and the damage that can result when our words or actions fail to match what we say we believe?

2. Paul asks for prayer so that a door would be opened for the message. What doors should we be asking to be opened in our lives and the life of the church?

3. The church in Colosse was facing opposition and false teaching from both outside and inside the church. The need for clear Bible based teaching was vital. The church today faces similar threats. How can we best pray for those with the responsibility of preaching today?

4. Discuss the elements of being on God’s SWAT team in prayer.

What does it mean to be steadfast, watchful and to pray with thanksgiving?

 

Why Should We Slave For Christ?

A Study On Colossians 3:22-4:1

If you missed the sermon, please do pick it up here: Slaving Away For Christ!

  1. What do we know about slavery now and back in the time Paul was writing, and why didn’t the early church protest and try to change laws to stop slavery?
  2. What is the context of this passage? [ cf.There is a verse chapter 3 that Paul is ‘unpacking’].
  3. As a group, spend some time thinking through and discussing how we should apply this passage to our lives:
    1. at work;
    2. within church life;
    3. at home.
  4. Which groups of people might verse 4:1 apply to in our society today, and how might we spot the difference between a believer and an unbeliever in each case.
  5. Turn back to verse 3:25 In the sermon we didn’t have time to ‘unpack’ this – as a group discuss who Paul was addressing in this statement and what exactly was meant.

Sierra Leone Mission Prayer Letter August/September 2017

Sunday: Pray for the leadership and pastors of the Countess Churches in Sierra Leone. Pray for wisdom and guidance as they carry out their responsibilities. Pray for the pastors to have a caring, servant heart for their congregations and that their ministry might produce fruit for the Kingdom. Pray for Kelvin and Ransford- pastors on sick leave.

Monday: Pray for the many teachers in our Connexional schools. Pray that during the summer break they will feel refreshed and invigorated for the new term in September. Pray that they will value each child in their care and realise their potential.

Tuesday: Pray for the children who attend our schools and churches. Pray that they might know the love of Jesus in their young lives and grow up to be mighty witnesses to the gospel.

Wednesday: Pray for the children and adults living at Bethesda. Two new children will soon join them from the streets; pray that they will settle quickly and experience the unique blessing of living in Bethesda.

Thursday: Pray for the work with the street children. Pray that they might see the love of Jesus in Magnus and Albert as they seek to help these vulnerable children.

Friday: Pray that many people will be moved in the U.K. to make up shoe bags for the children in Sierra Leone. Pray that the salvage from Glastonbury and Reading will reach the neediest of people. Pray for the safe and complete shipping of supplies from the U.K.

Saturday: Pray for the S.L.M. committee; after several changes pray that they might be of one mind. Pray that monies entrusted to S.L.M. might be wisely distributed. Pray that the love of our brothers and sisters in S.L. might increase and be infectious to everyone in the U.K. Connexional churches.

A Study on Colossians 2:9-14

Some study questions based on the sermon Do You Have Real Peace?

  1. Read Colossians 2:8-14
  2. Verse 8 – How might we be captured, and by what kinds of empty philosophies and high sounding nonsense?
  3. Verses 9 & 10 – Why is it crucial that we see and believe the truth that Christ is both completely man and completely God? Also what does it mean, “that you are complete by your union with God“?
  4. Verses 11 & 12 – Discuss what we heard in the sermon about these verses on circumcision and baptism. How might we overstate or understate the importance of a public declaration of faith in baptism?
  5. Verses 13 & 14 – Pastor says, “These are powerful statements and if taken to heart will have a profound affect on the believer” Do you agree, if so (or not) why, and what difference is it going to have on your life with Christ?

A study on Colossians 1:24-29

This study is based on the sermon Nothing New Here!

  1. Read Colossians 1:24-29; what are your first thoughts?
  2. Paul says he is glad to suffer and that he is participating in the sufferings of Christ [cf. 2 Corinthians 11:23-27]. Talk through what he means and how we should apply this in our lives.
  3. Paul is at pains to make clear that he is a servant for God. Discuss why it is important that we understand this and live it out.
  4. What does it mean to preach the whole gospel and how do we do it?
  5. God’s wisdom and strength are the key to Paul’s service – are we working, serving and living in His strength, power and wisdom? what difference does it make?

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