- 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?
This week’s study is based on the sermon Might you be suffering from IF…itis? and Mark 9:1-29.
- What was going on before the “Jesus went on to say” in verse1?
- What did it mean Jesus was transformed? What was the point of it?
- Moses and Elijah turn up… Why?
- What’s with the talking cloud?
- What was the problem with the boy in verse 17?
- Would the boy have been free of the demon if these disciples had prayed about it?
- What’s the only way to never be disappointed in yourself?
A study on Nahum Chapter 1.
This study is based on the sermon: Is God Really Jealous?
- How familiar are the group with this book? Why do you think that is?
- What are the first thoughts you have on reading the first six verses?
- Describe what it means to be jealous?
- How is God jealous?
- 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?
- In which ways is this chapter comforting to believers?
This study is based on the sermon What you see is what you get!
- Before reading the passage share with each other how you would answer someone who asks ‘who is Jesus Christ, and why should I be bothered?’
- Reading: Colossians 1:15-20
This passage is full of incredible and sometimes complex statements which we unpacked in the sermon.
- As a group take each phrase and carefully discuss what it says about the person and work of Christ
- What difference does having a right understanding of who He is make to us as individuals today.
Here are Russell’s questions on Colossians 3:1-17. based on his sermon The Good Life
- What does Paul mean by “set your sights on the realities of heaven?”
- What misconceptions does the world have about heaven, including us?
- Explain what is meant by ‘hidden in Christ’? V3
- Why is it important to get rid of our old nature ? Give an example, if you can, the types of things that you once loved.
- Where do you find your identity? And how does knowing Christ change that?
- What does it mean to live the good life in Christ Jesus? Healthy eating, being self-sufficient or something entirely different?
The sermon for Zephaniah 3 can be found here: What a way to end!
- Looking at verses 1-7 look at and list all the sins and consider how they were sins against God.
- Consider what relevance these verses have for us: a) as a church and b) as individuals.
- Verses 8-20 – looking at these verses, discuss which of these prophecies has been fulfilled by Christ and which are still to come.
- Verses 8-20 – how many times does God say ‘I will?’ talk through each of these and consider the relevance for us today.
- Please take some time to pray for us as a fellowship using Psalm 127 1 as a lead in to prayer.
You may not know me…
But I know everything about you. I know when you sit down and when you get up. I’m familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139: 1-3
Even the hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31
You see, you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27
And in me you live and move and have life. Acts 17:28
For you’re my child. Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5
And I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12
You were no mistake, because all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16
I decided the exact time of your birth and where you’d live. Acts 17:26
You’re wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13
And was at your side from the day you were born. Psalm 71:6
I’ve been lied about by those who don’t know me. John 8:41-44
But I am the cause and supply of all love. 1 John 4:16
And I love you so much! I want to share that love with you. 1 John 3:1
Because you’re my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1
I give you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11
You see I’m the perfect Father. Matthew 5:48
Every good thing you’ve ever had, or will ever have, comes from me. James 1:17
I’ve met all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future is filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11
You see I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3
And I never stop thinking of you. Psalms 139:17-18
And I love to calm you with my singing. Zephaniah 3:17
I won’t leave you. Jeremiah 32:40
You’re treasured by me. Exodus 19:5
I want to show wonderful things. Jeremiah 33:3
So remember if you seek me with your whole heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29
Love me, and then I will give you your heart’s desire. Psalm 37:4
Remember it’s me who gives you right desires. Philippians 2:13
And I’m able to do more for you than you could ever imagine. Ephesians 3:20
I’m your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I’m your loving Father comforting you in difficult times. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When your heart’s breaking, I’m with you. Psalm 34:18
I’ve carried you close to my heart, like a shepherd would. Isaiah 40:11
One day I’ll wipe away all your tears. Revelation 21:3-4
And take away all the pain you’ve suffered. Revelation 21:3-4
I’m your Father, and I love you just as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23
You see it’s in Jesus, I showed my love for you. John 17:26
He’s the exact image of who I AM. Hebrews 1:3
He came to show that I am on your side. Romans 8:31
And to tell you that because of Jesus, I can wipe out your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Because of Jesus you can know me as your perfect Father. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate demonstration of love for you. 1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32
And if you accept the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7
I’ve always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15
But here’s the important question…Will you be my child? John 1:12-13
I’m waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32
Your loving Dad
A study on Micah Chapter 2
Here is the sermon if you missed it: God wouldn’t do that… Would He?
- To gather a bit of context, before taking a look through Micah 2, read through Leviticus 25: 8-34 and Exodus 20:1-17. As a group chat through those passages and clear up any queries group members might have;
- Read the first 11 verses if Micah and in the light of the Leviticus and Exodus passages, discuss:
- verses 1-2 who was Micah addressing – how could it apply to Ely in 2016?
- verses 3-5 God lays out what will happen, how come all the people are affected, even the few who have been faithful? What do group members feel about God’s response?
- verses 6-11 What was going on here? Why were the people responding that way? (cf. 2 Timothy 4:3);
- Read the last verses (12 – 13) These verses seem to be at odds with the other verses, but the do fit in both technically and theologically, can the group work out how? (don’t give too much time on this :)). Read through John chapter 10and consider what this prophecy is pointing to, both in the near future (to Micah’s time), and further on.
So often in our Christian lives we spend inordinate amounts of time talking about prayer, wanting to seek the Lord and do His will; which I believe are great sentiments, but as we approach the end of the year I’m drawn back to some words we used at the start of our year in our covenant service, words which were borrowed from a great puritan called Richard Alleine:
I am no longer my own but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you; let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and wholeheartedly give all things to you. Glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. So be it. This my covenant with you my God, made here on earth, let it be confirmed in heaven. Amen
Why not take that prayer again, study it, meditate on it, discuss it and consider: as individuals, and as Christ’s Church, have we yet made this prayer our own? How can we encourage one another, and what is the Lord asking of us as individuals walking in covenant with Him? If studying in a group: spend a good time in prayer seeking the Lord for each other and the wider Church. When studying alone: also, of course, pray through the issues that arise in your heart.
A study on Hosea 11 and 12, based on the sermon: Come Back!
- How much can you see of future fulfilled and yet to be fulfilled prophecy? why is it important for the modern church to have a right understanding of prophecy?
- Talk through chapter 11 verse 2; how could that happen? does it happen today?
- Discus how God’s relationship with His people is similar and dissimilar to a human parent-child relationship;
- How does God’s anger differ from human anger? Is human anger ever right? discuss;
- Discus chapter 12 verse 4; how had Bethel changed from Jacob’s time to Hosea’s