Every now and then, in this crazy society we live, I think we need reminding of this:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
A Study based on our verses for the year (Hebrews 10:23-25) and this Sermon: Your Church Needs You!
- Take the passage and use it as a ‘sounding board’ to answer the following:
- What is Christian hope and how does it differ from the way hope is often used?
- 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?
- 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);
- 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?
- Should we expect Christ’s return soon?
A study based on Misha’s sermon: Which Star Are You Following?
- What lessons can we learn from the Magi and their persistence to find Jesus. (matt 2 v 9)
- How can Simeon and Anna be an example to us today. ( Luke 3 v 25-38)
- 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)
- How can we convey the true meaning of Nativity to our unsaved loved ones and friends .
- 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.
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?