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- When you think of grey areas in church life, what do you think of?
- From a biblical point of view? What makes something a grey area rather than a clear black and white issue? Here are starters: tattoos, women in ministry, gambling, bible translations. Please add a good number of your own too.
- What is important about the day we set aside for worship? i.e. what must we do on that day and what should we not do?
- Discuss judgement.
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- What is your first reaction to being told what to do by someone else?
- What kind of attitudes do people have in our society when it comes to people in power over us?
- What are the reasons Paul gives as to why we should submit to governing authorities? What does it mean to submit?
- Loooking at verses 6-7. What does submission to authority look like in practice? Talk a bit too about tax…
- When is it OK to disobey those in authority over us?
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- Read the passage and discuss what your initial thoughts about it are;
- Who might be our enemies – try to be as broad as possible in thinking this through;
- How do we fail in this?
- Where can we help each other live obediently in this area?
- What might be some of the outcomes of obedience to these verses?
- 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’…
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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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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?
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- Read Romans 10:14-21.
- What is the point being made in verses 14-18?
- How does faith come?
- Why does Israel not obey the gospel?
- Does verse 18 suggest that the gospel had been preached unto all the world by the time Paul wrote this letter?
- How might we properly apply this passage to our lives today?