Here are some questions from Gordon on the passage he preached on on Sunday:
- Take time to read to opening remarks of Paul in some other of his other letters and comment on the way he addresses the churches. What can we learn about the need to encourage one another?
- For what does Paul thank God (v8)? Is their success due to their eloquent words, their deeds and lifestyle, or a combination of all these? What should this be saying to God’s church today?
- Paul prays for the church in Rome, although he has never visited them. How effective can our prayers be in interceding for those we have never met?
- Read verses 11-13. Why was Paul so keen to visit the church in Rome? Discuss what you believe he hoped to achieve by his visit.
- Paul speaks of being a debtor to various groups of people (vs. 14-15). What do you understand by this expression? To whom are we spiritually indebted, and what obligation does that debt impose on us?
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?