- When we think about ourselves or others what is the normal way we make judgements? How should we make a proper evaluation of ourselves?
- Does everyone have ‘gifts’? Why is it important that we use the gifts we have?
- Discuss the kinds of things we might think of as gifts within the church.
- If you don’t have a certain listed gift, does that mean you don’t have to do that thing? For example, giving or encouragement or kindness. Discuss this as a group and decide why.
- As well as using our gifts to build each other up, in the sermon we discussed the need to be there for one another; be accountable to one another; look out for one another. Talk each of these through and discuss where as church we might need to ‘up our game’…
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- Before reading through the passage discuss what you know about Gideon.
- Read the passage.
- Who were the Midianites and the Amalekites, and why did they come to the valley of Jezreel?
- What is surprising about Gideon’s decision to ‘put out the fleece’?
- What is surprising about God’s response?
Amaziah – not exactly wholehearted….
- Read the passage through as a group.
- If you had to describe Amaziah’s character in a sentence, what would you say?
- How does Amaziah’s reign with it’s gradual drift away from God show of the danger of a halfhearted faith?
- Read Jeremiah 17:9 and discuss.
- Talk through the application we can take from this passage.
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- Talk through those things you know the bible says about remembering (this could take you several weeks of study 🙂 );
- The sermon referred back to Hebrews 11. Spend some time checking out some of the people mentioned and discuss what was special about them;
- In the sermon we brought out a number of areas of application. Discuss those mentioned and others you have discovered as a group.
- Spend some time in prayer for each other and the work and mission of our church.
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Readings (Acts 4:32-37; 9:26-31; 11:19-30; 13:1-3; 14:8-20; 15:36-41)
- From these passages, discuss the type of person Barnabas must have been. What things stand out about Barnabas?
- What are the ways Barnabas lived up to his nickname, “son of encouragement,” and in what ways did this affect the other people in his life?
- Why is Barnabas significant in the life of Paul and subsequently in the Gentile mission?
- Although the text doesn’t go into detail, what do you think the source of disagreement was over John who was also called Mark? What does this say about Barnabas?
- List some specific ways you/we could incorporate some of the lessons we learn from Barnabas.
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- What are your first thoughts on reading this account?
- Does your family background have a lasting effect on your approach to life?
- As a group: list all the positive reasons why you think God chose Jephthah and then all of the negative reasons that might have put you off from choosing him to lead?
- Talk through Jephthah’s vow. From the point of him making it, was that good or bad? Also what was the outcome?
- Where are the main areas of application for us in this passage?
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- As a group try and describe God as completely as you can.
- Read through the text from each translation that is represented in your group.
- What caused Paul to write these verses?
- When you read and hear about God’s incredible attributes and His salvation plan, what is your reaction?
- In the sermon we picked up on at least five areas of application. As a group consider the key areas of application and discuss how you will help each other in applying this passage in your daily lives.
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- Pray for the Lord’s leading and then read through the passage.
- compare the question Paul asks in verse 11 with that he had previously asked in verse 1. discuss the point he is making.
- Discuss as a group a) did Israel stumble b) did Israel fall? in both cases if so how?
- Talk through the illustration Paul gives of the olive tree (verses 17-24), what is Paul saying in this about both the Gentiles and the Jews?
- What does it mean in verse 26, that ‘all Israel will be saved’? Consider this especially in the light of Romans 10:13.
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- Read through the passage and discuss why Jesus starts off with the words He does. i.e. what is the background to this passage.
- What does the bible tell us about heaven?
- As a group, discuss what you feel about eternity.
- Jesus makes it clear to us here that there is no other way to be saved. How can we use this passage when speaking to people who are not Christians.
- As you have looked at the questions above you will have seen some areas of application for us. Which other ways should we be applying this passage?