- 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?
The sermon this week can be found here: Watch out…. FOR HIM!
- The ‘Olivet Discourse’ has been a challenging passage for the preachers – how has it been for you; i.e. have you learnt anything new, disagreed with anything you have heard? been confused or surprised by anything? Talk these things through as a group.
- Read Mark 13:21-37.
- Watching out for deception has been mentioned a lot, in which ways might we or others be deceived.
- The sermon ended with three points of application. Discuss what they were and how as a group and as a church we might help each other with these?
- In which other ways should we apply this passage?
A study based on the sermon: Go!
- Read Mark 6:1-6 Discuss the reaction of the local people to Jesus what was their first reaction and then what was their response? What can we learn from this?
- How do you think Jesus might have felt about being rejected? How did He respond?
- Read 6:7-13 Discuss the way Jesus sent the disciples out, what they had authority to do and what they were instructed to do.
- What was the result?
- Spend a good amount of time discussing what we can learn from this passage and apply to our own lives and walk with The Lord.
Study based on Gordon’s sermon: Jewish Feasts Part 4 – Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)
Reading: Leviticus 23:26-32
- Leviticus 16 contains instructions for the priest on the Day of Atonement. Why do you think Aaron needed to make atonement for himself before making atonement for the people? (see vv 11–14). How is this step different from when Christ performed His Atonement? (Hebrews 9: 6-15)
- Why did Aaron need two goats? (see vv. 6–10). How do both goats (the one used for the offering and the one used as the scapegoat) represent Christ and His Atonement? (see vv. 20–22).
- Using Hebrews 10 vv1-18 compare the work of the High Priest with that of Christ in achieving atonement.
- Discuss the effects of Christ’s finished work of Atonement, past (sins forgiven), present (no condemnation) and future (We shall be like Him).
This term’s prayer pointers:
- Give regular thanks for answered prayer;
- Pray that The Lord will build His Church at New Connexions: spiritually, physically and numerically;
- Seek the Lord for direction as to outreach in the year ahead.
Missed the sermon? Never mind, you can pick it up here: GO!
Read Matthew 28: 11-20
- In the first 5 verses discuss how each of the characters mentioned responded to the resurrection, i.e., what did they do, what did they say and why?
- In the sermon those first 5 verses were described as what (in comparison with the last 5). Discuss as a group why it is important:
- to be aware of what the enemy wants;
- understand the enemies tactics;
- to fully understand the enemy is defeated?
- Some doubted… discuss.
- Jesus delivers his “commission” sandwiched between a statement (verse 18) and another encouraging instruction (verse 20b). discuss what difference that should make to us.
- Talk through the instruction to Go and… (verses 19 and 20a), considering as you go: what is a disciple, how do you make disciples, what is baptism and why is it important? Why in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
If you missed the sermon you can pick it up here: Believing AND Following
Read Luke 23: 26-43
- As you read through the passage, consider the various characters we meet along the way and for each of the characters discuss:
- What do we know about them (maybe from other passages)?
- Did Jesus talk to them?
- Do we know how they responded to Jesus?
- What do the various things that happen and are said in this passage teach us about:
- Our own faith;
- Christs love;
- Sharing the gospel?
- What is the difference between intellectual belief and following Jesus?
Read Luke 24:13-33
Catch up on the sermon if you missed it – here it is: A walk with Jesus (message)
- Put yourself in the place of the people in verses 13-24. What are they doing, thinking and feeling? Why does Jesus ask the two what they are discussing (verse 17) and “what things” had been going on lately (verse 19)?
- Sum up Cleopas and the other disciple’s answers? What do you make of their understanding of who Jesus is?
- Look at verses 25-27. Is Jesus being hard on the disciples? Why or why not? What is he particularly concerned about? Why do you think it was “necessary”for the Messiah to “suffer these things and then enter into his glory”?
- Jesus showed them the passages all through the Bible that were about Him. What are some of these passages that he might have mentioned? Here are some to get you started(Genesis 3:15; Numbers 21:6-9 [cf. John 3:14-15]; Deuteronomy 18:15; Psalms 22; 16:8-11; 118:22-23; Isaiah 11:1-7; 53:1-6; 61:1 [with Luke 4:18-22]; Daniel 7:13-14 [cf. Matthew 26:64].), but there are many more, try and find as many as you can.
- What do you think it means that their hearts “burned within them” when Jesus explained the Scriptures to them (verse 32)? Have you ever experienced this as you’ve read your bible?
- What has changed about the disciples understanding about Jesus, and what is the effect?
For this weeks sermon click here: Does Jesus Know You?
Readings: Luke 19:28-19:44 Matthew 7:21-7:23
- Read Luke 19:28-19:44; discuss what you know about what was going on in this account from Luke (much of the usual focus on this was missed from the sermon, but if you need more background refer to older sermons on Palm Sunday online, check out other accounts and cross references to other scripture).
- Talk through the implications of how the tail end of this reading fits in with Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:21-7:23.
- Consider how we ought to be applying this and why so often people coast along in church without making that commitment to Christ?
- There is a prophecy here: EU Brexit? please read it and discuss it as a group.
Here’s the link to the Sermon: Bovvered?!
Reading: Amos 6
In the sermon we looked at this passage under 4 different headings. As a group take a look at these headings afresh – try not just to regurgitate the sermon 🙂 but go deeper and broader and look at how these thing apply to us today.
- Verses 1-3 Never be Content in the wrong thing
- Verses 4-6 I’m all Right, Jack is not all right!
- Verses 7-10 God Dictates; Not You
- Verses 11-14 Morality Is Important to God