Such Authority!

A Study on Mark 1:21-45 based on the sermon: Authority!

  1. Imagine the scene in the in the Synagogue as Jesus joins the regular crowd. What was different about the way He taught?
  2. Discuss Demons, being possessed and what that means. Are Christians possessed? Discuss your answers.
  3. Why don’t we hear of people being possessed today?
  4. We see Jesus healing many people. Does He still heal today? If so why isn’t everyone healed?
  5. Talk through the lepers request, Jesus response and the Lepers response to being healed.

A Study on Mark 1:1-20

If you missed the sermon, here’s the link: Don’t Mend Your Nets!

Reading Mark 1:1-20.

  1. What do we know about Mark, who was he, why was he writing and who to, when was he writing?
  2. What was John the Baptist doing and why? Discuss what it must have been like to have been around with him?
  3. Why was Jesus baptised? Discussed what happened when He was.
  4. Mark hardly mentions the temptations, but He mentions enough to tell us the important facts – what are they and what difference does it make to our understanding of Jesus?
  5. What does it mean to follow Jesus, and what might be stopping us from following Him more obediently (what kind of nets might we be mending?)

You were put in this Church for a purpose – are you fulfilling it?

A Study based on our verses for the year (Hebrews 10:23-25) and this Sermon: Your Church Needs You!

  1. Take the passage and use it as a ‘sounding board’ to answer the following:
    1. What is Christian hope and how does it differ from the way hope is often used?
    2. The passage doesn’t talk about us doing what we want or getting what we want but focuses on other brothers and sisters in our church, why is that and what difference should that make to the way we relate to each other as a church?
    3. Sometimes we get restless as individuals and decide that we want something else, maybe a different style or more going on, a bigger church or a smaller church. Why is acting on what we want almost certainly the wrong thing? (if there are any brave characters in the group they might share about past occasions when they have left churches for personal preference rather than because they were called for a purpose);
    4. How can we motivate, encourage, and provoke (in a positive way) one another? And how might we demotivate, discourage and provoke (in a negative way) one another?
    5. Should we expect Christ’s return soon?

Wise or Foolish? A Study

A study based on Proverbs 17:24

If you missed the sermon you cam pick it up here: Is that terribly wise?

  1. How would you describe wisdom? Can anyone have wisdom or is it a gift for some?
  2. What characterises a fool?
  3. Can the group recall any other times wisdom and foolishness are mentioned in the Bible? Discuss what God is saying through each example.
  4. How can we get wisdom?
  5. Discussion on things like this can be a bit disconnected from real life. in the sermon we looked at a number of ways that we could and should apply this passage to our lives. Discuss those further as a group, and consider how we might encourage and challenge each other in this.

Those Magi – A Study

A study based on Misha’s sermon: Which Star Are You Following?

  1. What lessons can we learn from the Magi and their persistence to find Jesus. (matt 2 v 9)
  2. How can Simeon and Anna be an example to us today. ( Luke 3 v 25-38)
  3. Why is important to be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit and to be in fellowship with God and each other. (matt 25 v 1 -12)
  4. How can we convey the true meaning of Nativity to our unsaved loved ones and friends .
  5. Discuss as a group how Jesus second coming will have much in common with His first, the state of the world, Godlessness and other situations we see in the world at this time.

Has the light dawned?

A study on Isaiah 60:1-6 based on the sermon Rise and Shine

  1. When you think of Advent, what do you think…? Discuss this as a group.
  2. Compare Isaiah 5:20 with Isaiah 60:2. How does that help us understand what kind of darkness is meant here?
  3.  [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.
  4. 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?

Why Might We Not Pray?

A study based on the sermon  Is There Grass On Your Path?

  1. 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.
  2. 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:
    1. We crowd out prayer with other things
    2. Sin separates
    3. We don’t see prayer as a relationship thing
    4. We don’t appreciate the massive importance of the facts that prayer prepares us for spiritual warfare. And prayer is spiritual warfare.
    5. We think we can handle things ourselves
  3. Spend some time praying for each other.

 

A Study On Revelation 8:1-5

This study is based on the sermon: Does Praying Achieve Anything?

  1. Read Revelation 8:1-5 – what do the group know of the book Revelation?
  2. Where else in the bible is incense and prayer spoken of?
  3. Take a look at each verse of the reading and talk it through as a group.
  4. Does Prayer achieve anything? If so, what?

A Study on Nahum 3

  1. In what ways can God’s pronouncement of certain and inescapable judgement on the ancient civilisation of Assyria be a source of comfort and encouragement to God’s church today?
  2. Assyria was condemned because of their failure to stay true to the God to whom they had repented in Jonah’s day and for their turning to idols and superstitions.
  3. Discuss how you consider our own nation is in danger of following the same pattern. Assyria was trusting in her military strength and the support of strong allies to give victory when judgement loomed. What things might people today be tempted to rely on when they stand before God?
  4. Read 2 Peter3 vs 3-9. God’s word is clear that judgement is certain and inescapable, but many today have the same attitude as the scoffers of Peter’s day.How can we be more effective in communicating the urgency of the need for repentance and acceptance of Jesus as the only way of escaping judgement?

 

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?