You can find the sermon on this passage here
- Read the passage and discuss how, if at all, what Paul says in these verses is different to the first 11 verses.
- look again at the passage as a whole and substitute the word Jew for Christian and the word law for Bible and discuss where we might be at risk of relying in things other than Jesus.
- Discuss circumcision, what is the purpose of circumcision? And how might we apply this to church life and Christianity today?
- As a group discuss the ways in which we can and should apply this passage to a) our individual lives and b) our life as a fellowship.
Here is a link to the sermon on this passage in case you missed it: A moral Superiority
- Who is Paul writing to here?
- Verses 1-3 ~ Why might condemning bad behaviour in others condemn me too?
- Verse 4 ~ Why doesn’t God punish unrepentant people immediately?
- Verse 5 ~ What happens, bit by bit, to the lives of those who are unrepentant?
- Verses 6-11 ~ What is the overall thrust of these verses?
If you missed the sermon you can pick it up here: Blighted or Blessed?
- Habakkuk was clearly good at listening to God. What are the kind of things which can stop us from listening to God, and what can we change to help us listen?
- Take a look through each of the 5 woes or sorrows and discuss, as a group, what each ‘woe’ might teach us today – particularly discuss the areas you can support each others in the group to consider and avoid modern idols?
- What does it mean to be righteous, and what does a life lived by faith in Christ look like?
A study on Mark 9:30-50. If you missed the sermon on Sunday you can find it here: Ready Salted Christians
- Why was Jesus going the quiet way back to Capernaum?
- Jesus had one topic in mind and the disciples another; discuss what’s going on here;
- Discuss verses 35 – 37 what are the key points Jesus is making here?
- In verse 38 John changes the subject, discuss Jesus answer and what we can learn from these verses;
- In verses 43-48 Jesus talks about radical surgery, what is the point that Jesus is making here? In what sense are we to ‘cut off a foot or a hand’ etc.
- What does verse 49 mean? Discuss.
A study based on Mark 3:1-15 and based on this sermon: Stretch Out In Faith
- What was it about Jesus that really annoyed the Pharisees? Who were the Herodians and why would they be an unlikely ally for the Pharisees?
- What did Jesus ask the man with the crippled hand to do? What must we learn from this?
- In the sermon we spoke a lot about how we might have surplus baggage. What was meant by surplus baggage and how might it drag us down? How can we help each other deal with it?
- Discuss whether we have the authority to drive out demons…
- Why is it important for disciples to be willing to leave everything and spend time with Jesus? How might this be a challenge for us?
This study is based on Mark 2:13-28. The sermon can be downloaded here: Sinners called to be Saints
- Why was Levi being called by Jesus such a big deal?
- What can we learn from all of the different characters (and their responses) mentioned in the account of Levi’s calling (verses 13 – 17).
- Should Christians fast? explain the various answers.
- What was wrong with the Pharisees approach to the Sabbath?
- What can we learn from this, with respect to the way we spend our Sundays?
- Spend some time in prayer for each other and the wider church, asking the Lord to have His way in our church life and our personal lives.