Romans 12:9-13 ~ A Study

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  1. Discuss each of the four sentences in verse 9; get under the surface of them and talk through what it means to put each into practice;
  2. What does it mean to honour someone? What does it look like in practice?
  3. How does not being lazy fit in with loving one another?
  4. Look at each element in verse 12 and talk about what happens if we fail in them? How can we help each other in ‘failing to fail’?
  5. Hospitality is often seen as something we can opt in and out of; Paul makes it clear that that’s not the case. Why is practicing hospitality important and how can we encourage one another in it?

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Romans 12:3-8 ~ A Study

  1. When we think about ourselves or others what is the normal way we make judgements? How should we make a proper evaluation of ourselves?
  2. Does everyone have ‘gifts’? Why is it important that we use the gifts we have?
  3. Discuss the kinds of things we might think of as gifts within the church.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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Romans 12:1-2 ~ A Study

  1. Read From Romans 11:33 to 12:2 from as many different translations as you have in the group;
  2. What is causing Paul to urge/beg his hearers in verse one? What should our reaction be?
  3. What does it mean to be a living sacrifice, and what is it that we are to offer?
  4. How might we be conformed to the world, and what is the effect?
  5. How can we be transformed, and what is the benefit?
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The new blasphemy

@TDieppe Head of Policy at Christian Concern comments on what he calls “The New Blasphemy”…

…Bullies should be stood up to. It is high time these bullies started to realise that bullying doesn’t pay.

Harassed for caring for children
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