- When we think about ourselves or others what is the normal way we make judgements? How should we make a proper evaluation of ourselves?
- Does everyone have ‘gifts’? Why is it important that we use the gifts we have?
- Discuss the kinds of things we might think of as gifts within the church.
- If you don’t have a certain listed gift, does that mean you don’t have to do that thing? For example, giving or encouragement or kindness. Discuss this as a group and decide why.
- As well as using our gifts to build each other up, in the sermon we discussed the need to be there for one another; be accountable to one another; look out for one another. Talk each of these through and discuss where as church we might need to ‘up our game’…
Miss the sermon? Pick it up here:http://newconnexionschurch.org.uk/sermons/you-are-the-most-amazing-gift-to-us/
Amaziah – not exactly wholehearted….
- Read the passage through as a group.
- If you had to describe Amaziah’s character in a sentence, what would you say?
- How does Amaziah’s reign with it’s gradual drift away from God show of the danger of a halfhearted faith?
- Read Jeremiah 17:9 and discuss.
- Talk through the application we can take from this passage.
If you missed the sermon for this study please pick it up here
- Talk through those things you know the bible says about remembering (this could take you several weeks of study 🙂 );
- The sermon referred back to Hebrews 11. Spend some time checking out some of the people mentioned and discuss what was special about them;
- In the sermon we brought out a number of areas of application. Discuss those mentioned and others you have discovered as a group.
- Spend some time in prayer for each other and the work and mission of our church.
If you missed the sermon, you can always pick it up here
- Pray for the Lord’s leading and then read through the passage.
- compare the question Paul asks in verse 11 with that he had previously asked in verse 1. discuss the point he is making.
- Discuss as a group a) did Israel stumble b) did Israel fall? in both cases if so how?
- Talk through the illustration Paul gives of the olive tree (verses 17-24), what is Paul saying in this about both the Gentiles and the Jews?
- What does it mean in verse 26, that ‘all Israel will be saved’? Consider this especially in the light of Romans 10:13.
If you missed the sermon you can pick it up here.
- Read through the passage and discuss why Jesus starts off with the words He does. i.e. what is the background to this passage.
- What does the bible tell us about heaven?
- As a group, discuss what you feel about eternity.
- Jesus makes it clear to us here that there is no other way to be saved. How can we use this passage when speaking to people who are not Christians.
- As you have looked at the questions above you will have seen some areas of application for us. Which other ways should we be applying this passage?
If you missed the sermon on this Passage you can find it HERE
- Read from Romans 5:20 to 6:14
- Why does Paul ask the question he asks in verse 1?
- Spend some time discussing the different way Paul, in verses 1-11, contrasts Sin and death with freedom and life.
- Read verses 12-14 again (phrase by phrase) and discuss each instruction. Specifically discuss how these instruction ought to be applied to our lives.
If you missed the sermon, pick it up here: Outrageous Grace
- Recap on what we looked at last week in our study on propitiation, Justification and Redemption.
- What is the main conclusion Paul draws from the doctrine of Justification (verses 27 & 28).
- Given that this passage is very much dealing with a specific issue for Jewish believers, how can we and should we apply this passage to ourselves as a ‘Gentile’ congregation in the UK?
- Pastor entitled his message on this passage Outrageous Grace. What is so outrageous about God’s grace?
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.