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?
This study is based on the above passage and this Sermon
- Do you ever consider the things God wants to do in your life and the power He has to do those things? Why may we not allow God to do those things?
- For what reasons might we be ashamed of the Gospel?
- What does a life obediently lived for the sake of the Gospel look like?
- A number of awkward questions were asked in the sermon, as a group try to recall them and discuss them.
- Pray for your group and the wider church, that we will live our lives true to our calling.
Here’s the sermon if you missed it: Have you heard from God? Are You Filled by God?
- Read verses 1&2. What does Habakkuk say about God, and what effect does it have on him? What is the application here for us?
- Read verses 3 to 15 and trace back the various bible references Habakkuk picks up on.
- Why is it important to look at what God has done in the past?
- Read verses 16-19. How does Habakkuk’s attitude shift from chapters 1&2 to here? What has caused the change.
- Discuss as a group how the study on this book has challenged, encouraged and helped, and also consider any areas where you may have struggled.
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?
To engage well with this study you will find it easier if you have first read Mark 16:1-14, listened to: Do You Believe In The Resurrection? and read So what about the ending of Mark’s Gospel?
- 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?
Do you have questions about the veracity of the last verses in Mark’s Gospel?
The article below, by the Trinitarian Bible Society is a good place to go.
Reading: Mark 15: 40-47
Sermon: Christ was buried…
- Read through all the gospel accounts for Christ’s burial; what do we learn about Joseph of Arimathea from these various accounts?
- What is important about Christ’s burial, the tomb, the aloes and Myrrh?
- Discuss which OT prophecies were fulfilled by Christ’s burial?
- What can we apply from this passage for our own lives (consider the two headings for service used in the sermon alongside any other areas which might come through).
- Pray for each other as a group especially that we will be challenged to respond more and more to Christ’s incredible love for us, that we may be better at recognising the gifts we have and be willing to use those gifts for His service.
If you missed the sermon on Mark 15:22-39, here it is: A Gamers view of the crucifixion (or looking out with Jesus)
- Discuss the different people who were present at the crucifixion – what were they doing there, what motives might they have had, how did they respond on the day?
- Discuss your reaction to the crucifixion (look at all the gospel accounts and Psalm 22).
- In the sermon it was suggested that the crucifixion requires a response? Does it? If so, what is your response?
- We were challenged earlier in the service to encourage eachother with scriptures which have been helpful to us this year. Spend some time as a group doing this and consider learning a new scripture, together, each week.
If you missed the sermon, you can pick it up here: It started with a kiss….
- Read the passage: Mark makes a point of translating the Hebrew word Abba, to ensure everyone knows what this word means – why is it a significant word and what does it tell us about the kind of relationship God wants to have with us?
- Discuss and work out what we can learn from:
- the words of Jesus prayer – what exactly did Jesus mean?
- why did the disciples keep sleeping?
- why did Jesus pray the same things more than once?
- What if anything surprises you about Jesus arrest?
- If Peter was willing to draw a sword and fight, what made all the disciples run away?
- What can we learn from this passage for our lives in the here and now in Ely?