A Study on Habakkuk 1:1-4

Based on the passage and this sermon When we cry out, God where are you!

  1. Talk through what we know about Habakkuk and the time in which he lived.
  2. Why is Habakkuk is upset, is that what God wants?
  3. 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)
  4. What ‘big questions’ do group members have? As a group, have a try at answering those questions from a scriptural perspective.
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A study – Our verses for 2019

This study is based on 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 and the sermon: An Annual Check Up…

  1. What do we know about the Corinthian Church?
  2. [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?
  3. Spend some time praying for us as individuals and a church, that we will be obedient to these commands.
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Luke 1:5-25 – A Bible Study

This study is based on the above passage and the Sermon The Promise.

  1. 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.?
  2. What are angels? Should we expect angels to be about today? What is their role?
  3. What was wrong with Zachariah’s question in verse 18?
  4. The were 4 points of application we picked out in the sermon, what were why and why do they matter?

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A Study – Micah 5:1-5

Misha’s sermon can be found here: Fulfilled Prophecy?

  1. Discuss, as a group: What needs to happen for the prophecies in Micah and Isiah to be fulfilled.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

 

A Study – Mark 16:15-20

Reading – Mark 16:15-20

Based on the sermon: Able to flourish!?

  1. 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.
  2. Looking at verses 15 and 20; discuss what is meant by go, preaching, the good news, everywhere, everyone.
  3. Verse 19 is a short statement of fact – what does that fact mean for us?
  4. Discuss what it means for us to live in the power of The Holy Spirit.
  5. How are individuals going to apply this to their lives in the days ahead?

A Study on Mark 16:1-14

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?

  1. How do you feel about the seeming choice of endings shown in most English Bibles?
  2. What do you feel was the main thrust of theses verses (you can disagree with the preacher! – Just discuss why if you do)?
  3. 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.
  4. What questions do you have about what was going on? As a group try and answer those questions from the bible.
  5. Why was Jesus so concerned about the disciples’ lack of trust… How might we find ourselves lacking in trust, and what is the effect?

Bible Study Mark 15: 40-47

Reading: Mark 15: 40-47

Sermon: Christ was buried…

  1. Read through all the gospel accounts for Christ’s  burial; what do we learn about Joseph of Arimathea from these various accounts?
  2. What is important about Christ’s burial, the tomb, the aloes and Myrrh?
  3. Discuss which OT prophecies were fulfilled by Christ’s burial?
  4. What can we apply from this passage for our own lives (consider the two headings for service used in the sermon alongside any other areas which might come through).
  5. Pray for each other as a group especially that we will be challenged to respond more and more to Christ’s incredible love for us, that we may be  better at recognising the gifts we have and be willing to use those gifts for His service.

A study on Mark 15:22-39

If you missed the sermon on Mark 15:22-39, here it is:  A Gamers view of the crucifixion (or looking out with Jesus)

  1. Discuss the different people who were present at the crucifixion – what were they doing there, what motives might they have had, how did they respond on the day?
  2. Discuss your reaction to the crucifixion (look at all the gospel accounts and Psalm 22).
  3. In the sermon it was suggested that the crucifixion requires a response? Does it? If so, what is your response?
  4. We were challenged earlier in the service to encourage eachother with scriptures which have been helpful to us this year. Spend some time as a group doing this and consider learning a new scripture, together, each week.

 

A study – Mark 14:32-52

If you missed the sermon, you can pick it up here: It started with a kiss….

  1. Read the passage: Mark makes a point of translating the Hebrew word Abba, to ensure everyone knows what this word means – why is it a significant word and what does it tell us about the kind of relationship God wants to have with us?
  2. Discuss and work out what we can learn from:
    1. the words of Jesus prayer – what exactly did Jesus mean?
    2. why did the disciples keep sleeping?
    3. why did Jesus pray the same things more than once?
  3. What if anything surprises you about Jesus arrest?
  4. If Peter was willing to draw a sword and fight, what made all the disciples run away?
  5. What can we learn from this passage for our lives in the here and now in Ely?