The sermon for this passage can be found Here
- Take time to recap on the first 2 chapters. What have been the key points thus far?
- In the sermon we picked up on three possible objections Paul raised and discussed. What were they? How did Paul answer those objections?
- Where is the application for us in this passage and what should be our response?
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.
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, 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?
If you missed the sermon, you can pick it up here: Don’t Argue With God!
- What was different about the Passover meal at the ‘last supper’?
- As they finished the meal they sang from Psalms 115-118. Take a look at those psalms and pick out anything particularly that might have been poignant for Jesus (knowing He was going to the cross within hours)
- We spent a good amount of time looking at Peter’s argument with Jesus about the fact he would deny Jesus. discuss why Peter became so forceful in his argument.
- How might we argue with God, bargain with Him, or claim to know better than Him.
- Why, when and how might we ever refuse to accept what the Lord is teaching us?
This study is based on the sermon: Two Ordinary People
- Passover is an important part of the Jewish year – in which ways is it a reminder of history and how is it also prophetic;
- In the sermon we looked at Mary’s ‘act of worship’ we had three headings to consider, what were they? Talk them through as a group. In which ways do these challenge you?
- In the sermon we also looked at Judas’s ‘act of betrayal’. How could the other disciples not have known?
- Judas could have repented even after the accusation in verse 18. Discuss…
- Judas’ act was foreknown and even foreordained (cf. Psalm 41:9). Nevertheless, Judas was responsible for his decisions. Discuss.
The sermon this week can be found here: Watch out…. FOR HIM!
- The ‘Olivet Discourse’ has been a challenging passage for the preachers – how has it been for you; i.e. have you learnt anything new, disagreed with anything you have heard? been confused or surprised by anything? Talk these things through as a group.
- Read Mark 13:21-37.
- Watching out for deception has been mentioned a lot, in which ways might we or others be deceived.
- The sermon ended with three points of application. Discuss what they were and how as a group and as a church we might help each other with these?
- In which other ways should we apply this passage?
Here is the sermon in case you missed it: God’s Plan For Marriage and Family
- Read the passage then think of other places in the Old and New Testament where relationships play a central role.(Examples you might use in addition to those mentioned in the sermon: 1 Corinthians 7, Matthew 19, Song of Solomon, Colossians 3 etc.).
- In the light of those passages you’ve discussed, how would you answer the 2 questions posed by a) the Pharisees (v2) and b) Jesus (v3)?
- Turn to Genesis 1 v 27 (a).What was God’s plan for men and women? Is it any different today? Discuss the complexities that the world brings to this discussion.
- What is the point of marriage? Why are some of us called to be single ?(Paul offers plenty on this).What are the main challenges for Christian single people and married couples in 2018?
- The disciples had lots more questions for Jesus (v 10). We will also be faced with questions from believers/non-believers. What advice should we be giving to : a)those about to marry; b)those divorcing/divorced; c)those attracted to people of the same sex?
- Pray together using Colossians 3 v 12-18 about the body of Christ as a lead in.
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?