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’…
The way that traditional values have been slowly eroded over past decades and are now increasingly and aggressively derided and forced out of our society cannot have escaped any Christian, and so it is more and more important that in following Christ’s reminder in Matthew 5:13-16 to be ‘Salt & Light’, that we ensure we’re equipped.
As a Church New Connexions does everything we can to help you with that equipping: in our preaching, teaching, studying together, prayer, fellowship and care for one another we seek The Lord’s leading and to be obedient to Him. We also ensure that current issues which require our attention are posted on our Twitter Page, but we are also thankful to the Lord for the many people and organisations who are involved in ministries sharing and caring for Christians in this land. In particular this post is indebted to Roger Kiska and the team at Christian Concern for providing the short video below. Please do watch it and also share it as widely as you possibly can.
This is one of many, many areas where our society is under attack (for others see our Twitter Page), please keep informed, keep lobbying and keep sharing. Also please keep praying, stay strong in the battle, and praise God for His goodness!
Read through all the gospel accounts for Christ’s burial; what do we learn about Joseph of Arimathea from these various accounts?
What is important about Christ’s burial, the tomb, the aloes and Myrrh?
Discuss which OT prophecies were fulfilled by Christ’s burial?
What can we apply from this passage for our own lives (consider the two headings for service used in the sermon alongside any other areas which might come through).
Pray for each other as a group especially that we will be challenged to respond more and more to Christ’s incredible love for us, that we may be better at recognising the gifts we have and be willing to use those gifts for His service.
Read the passage: Mark makes a point of translating the Hebrew word Abba, to ensure everyone knows what this word means – why is it a significant word and what does it tell us about the kind of relationship God wants to have with us?
Discuss and work out what we can learn from:
the words of Jesus prayer – what exactly did Jesus mean?
why did the disciples keep sleeping?
why did Jesus pray the same things more than once?
What if anything surprises you about Jesus arrest?
If Peter was willing to draw a sword and fight, what made all the disciples run away?
What can we learn from this passage for our lives in the here and now in Ely?