- Does accepting “the weak” mean accepting everyone without question? If no, then why not?
- Whose example are we to follow in bearing the weakness of others (Romans 15:1-3)?
- What two things are mentioned that can help give us guidance as to how please and build up our neighbour (Romans 15:3-4)?
- What value has the Old Testament for Christians (Romans 15:4)?
- Why is it important that we be of one mind – what is the purpose of being unified – What does it mean to be of ‘one mind,’ how do we glorify God (Romans 15:5-6)?
- In what way are we to receive one another (Romans 15:7)?
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- Verse 13: What does Paul mean by hindrance and stumbling block and how do they differ?
- What do verses 14-16 mean and how should we apply them?
- According to Paul what is the Kingdom of God?
- How do the things Paul is warning about in this passage contrast with the Kingdom of God?
- Discuss the various ways this passage might be applied to our lives here and now.
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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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- 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;
- What does it mean to honour someone? What does it look like in practice?
- How does not being lazy fit in with loving one another?
- 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’?
- 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?
- 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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- Read From Romans 11:33 to 12:2 from as many different translations as you have in the group;
- What is causing Paul to urge/beg his hearers in verse one? What should our reaction be?
- What does it mean to be a living sacrifice, and what is it that we are to offer?
- How might we be conformed to the world, and what is the effect?
- How can we be transformed, and what is the benefit?
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- Before reading through the passage discuss what you know about Gideon.
- Read the passage.
- Who were the Midianites and the Amalekites, and why did they come to the valley of Jezreel?
- What is surprising about Gideon’s decision to ‘put out the fleece’?
- What is surprising about God’s response?
- 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.