This study is based on the sermon: Does Praying Achieve Anything?
- Read Revelation 8:1-5 – what do the group know of the book Revelation?
- Where else in the bible is incense and prayer spoken of?
- Take a look at each verse of the reading and talk it through as a group.
- Does Prayer achieve anything? If so, what?
Some study questions based on the sermon Do You Have Real Peace?
- Read Colossians 2:8-14
- Verse 8 – How might we be captured, and by what kinds of empty philosophies and high sounding nonsense?
- Verses 9 & 10 – Why is it crucial that we see and believe the truth that Christ is both completely man and completely God? Also what does it mean, “that you are complete by your union with God“?
- Verses 11 & 12 – Discuss what we heard in the sermon about these verses on circumcision and baptism. How might we overstate or understate the importance of a public declaration of faith in baptism?
- Verses 13 & 14 – Pastor says, “These are powerful statements and if taken to heart will have a profound affect on the believer” Do you agree, if so (or not) why, and what difference is it going to have on your life with Christ?
Study based on sermon: Jewish Feasts Part 5 – Tabernacles (Sukkot)
Reading: Leviticus 23:33-44
- Take a quick tour through the first 6 feasts and relate what they looked back to and also what their prophetic fulfilment is or was.
- This feast is known as The Feast or The Great Feast – why do you think that is?
- In the Sermon we looked at again at the number seven in relation to this feast, the feasts in general and God’s plan. Discuss as a group how much of this you can remember and how it all fits together.
- Jesus (John 7 specifically v.37-39) taught at this feast. How do Jesus words look to the fulfilment of the feast of tabernacles and how does it fit with Zechariah 14:4-9.
- What should we, as a church today, take and apply to our lives from our study on the feasts.
- If as a group you have unresolved questions on this study please don’t be afraid to ask Pastor.
The sermon this study is based on can be found at: Are you looking forward?
- Read through the passage as a whole and as a group make a note of:
- all the things that relate back to the Old Testament [OT] (hint – such things as why were Mary and Joseph there; what were Simeon and Anna expecting etc. etc. ) check out OT passages to give background;
- what is there by way of praise;
- what are the prophecies and have they been fulfilled;
- what similarities are there between Simeon and Anna?
- What can we learn from the key players in this passage in respect of our lives today?
A short study on Isaiah 9:1-7
If you missed the sermon you can pick it up at: It is written it will happen!
- Where are verses 1 and 2 quoted in the New Testament? What does this teach us about the meaning of the passage?
- What blessing is promised in verses 3-5? (Discuss the reference to Midian. cf. Judges 7)
- Who is predicted in verses 6 and 7? Explain what these verses teach about His role.
- Talk about the significance of each name used for Him [* Wonderful Counsellor –* Mighty God –* Everlasting Father –* Prince of Peace], what do they mean for Israel, for us today and in their future fulfilment?
- If you haven’t covered it in your discussions, pick up on the application for us today, this advent.
Note to leaders: As with all studies, please don’t feel you must cover all questions, fine if you can, but rather take a few of the questions and do them justice that rush through 🙂
If you missed the sermon, you can pick it up here: The King from eternity
- Verse 1 seems at complete odds with the rest of the chapter, what is Micah pointing to (cf. 2 Kings 25?);
- Bethlehem was a tiny hamlet, what else do we know about Bethlehem from the bible? Also, why would God chose Bethlehem and not Jerusalem?
- At the end of verse 2, consider what it means: ‘whose origins are in the distant past’. How should this impact a) our understanding of who Jesus is, b) our view of creation, c) our reading of the Old Testament?
- Discuss verses 3-9, what are these verses pointing to?
- Verses 10 to 14 at first glance look like more judgement, but are they? – if not what are they about – if so how does it fit with the rest of the passage?
- Who is the last verse addressing and at which time?