Small Group Studies

Study Questions for 07/18/2017

Please be prepared to discuss the following topics.

Ruth 4 was focused on the topic of redemption--who would redeem Naomi and Ruth?

  • Which Old Testament book most focuses on God as the Redeemer of His people?
  • We studied Titus 2:11-14 Sunday. Draw parallels between OT passages of God as the Redeemer and what we see about Jesus as a Redeemer in this passage.

Published on July 17, 2017 at 2:16 pm |

Study Questions for 06/27/2017

  1. We discussed Naomi's reaction to the famine, and the deaths of her husband and 2 sons.  In no uncertain terms, Naomi accused God of dealing with her in an unkind way.  Find another Bible character that came to the same point of spiritual crisis that Naomi did.  Describe their situation and how they dealt with it.
  2. We briefly examined the lyrics of William Cowper's hymn God Moves In A Mysterious Way.  Find another hymn or poem that deals with the idea of God's sovereign control over the course of our lives.
  3. We discussed Boaz as both a type of Christ and the Kinsman Redeemer.  We looked at 1 Peter 1:18-20 and how Jesus is described as redeeming us with his blood.  The concept of redeeming (buying back) something for money makes sense.  But how is it possible that Jesus could buy us with his blood?

Published on June 26, 2017 at 2:57 am |

Study Questions for 6/13/2017

  1. The Israelites created memorials for themselves to remind themselves of the work that God had done on their behalf (altars, stones, etc.).  What are some ways that we can make memorials for ourselves?
  2. The most difficult issue in the book of Joshua is God's command to destroy the inhabitants of Canaan.  How can we justify God's actions in destroying Israel's enemies?

Published on June 13, 2017 at 9:53 am |

Topics for 06/06/17

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss the topics.

Philippians 4:14-23

 

-The word "yet" comes between verses 13 and 14. Based on the message Sunday and your personal understanding of these verses, write 2-3 sentences about the importance of relying on your own God-given abilities and also accepting the help of others.

-v.17 mentions that the generosity of the Philipian church will be credited to their account. Where else in Scripture do we see the concept of reward for kindness/good works?

Published on June 4, 2017 at 4:02 pm |

Topics for 05/23

1. Think of a Bible story where a character could have avoided calamity if he/she had utilized the flowchart below.

2. (WARNING! You may be required to live out James 5:16) What is an area where you do not consistently live out the chart? How do you struggle? How can we pray for you? 

 

 

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Published on May 21, 2017 at 3:03 pm |

Study Topics for 5/16

Please read the passage, do the project, and be prepared to discuss your answers.

Philippians 4:3-7

Your Joy Is Rooted in Your Knowledge of God

  • Choose 2-3 facts about God (stories, characteristics, truths) and demonstrate them from Scripture.  Then briefly sketch out how this knowledge of God allows you to trust Him more and bring you greater joy.

Don't Be Anxious

  • Give a biblical example of someone who chose prayer over worry.

Published on May 16, 2017 at 12:43 am |

Topics for 5/2

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Philippians 3:17-21

Follow the Right Example

  • Choose one biblical and one living individual who is a right example for you in your walk with Jesus.  Briefly explain why they are a positive example.

Heavenly Citizens

  • Choose one passage that demonstrates what kingdom citizens look like.  Explain how living that passage will show that you are "made for another world."
  • Write a brief paragraph about what you think heaven will be like.  Try to stick to the biblical data as much as possible, but feel free to take some freedom to imagine.

Published on April 30, 2017 at 8:28 pm |

Topic for 04/25/17

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Philippians 3:12-16     Hebrews 12:1-2

Think of a Biblical character with a fatal flaw in his/her character. Think about what would have had to happen for them to set it aside and strain towards the goal of Godliness.

1. What was the flaw?

2. How could they have set it aside?

3. Briefly explain how their life/history may have been different if they had overcome it.

Published on April 23, 2017 at 5:54 pm |

topics for 04/11

Philippians 3:8-9

 

  1. Paul's life was radically altered when Jesus confronted him, and thereafter he considered his former life and accomplishments to be rubbish. What other Bible characters (Old or New Testaments) had "Come to Jesus" moments?
  2. Our relationship with God is based on the work of Jesus. We have been given His righteousness. How would we react if our salvation were based on our own works? (2 examples from Scripture and 2 from your imagination).
  3. We talked about the fact that our relationship with God is accomplished through faith, and that even our faith is a gift from God. Is this concept expressed anywhere else than Ephesians 2?  

Published on April 9, 2017 at 3:45 pm |

Topics for 4/4

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Philippians 3:1-7

  • Paul warned the Philippians about those who would add to the gospel additional requirements for salvation.  Can you think of some modern parallels?  Both within evangelical christianity and without.

  • Why do you think this warning was so important to Paul?

  • Why is it so difficult for us to stop putting confidence in the value of our personal righteousness?

  • What are the benefits of a life that counts all personal righteousness as loss compared to what we have in Christ?

Published on April 4, 2017 at 11:57 am |

Filed under Philippians, Small Group

Topics for 3/21

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Philippians 2:19-24

  • Paul wrote this passage as a summation of Timothy's commitment to the gospel and value to Paul’s ministry.  Chose another Bible character and write a similar summary.

  • Paul describes his relationship with TImothy as a Father-Son bond in the gospel.  Find another such relationship in the Bible and write how their relationship served to further their ministry.

  • Paul writes how Timothy was genuinely concerned for the well being of other believers.  Find another passage in Scripture that talks about this kind of selfless attitude.

Published on March 20, 2017 at 1:32 am |

Topics for 03/14

Please read "Can Christianity Be Saved" by Ted Dekker. (It is a promotion for a new book--about a 4 minute read)

 

Now, read our passage from Sunday--Philippians 2:14-18.

 

-Be prepared to discuss this first in light of the second. 

-Philosophically, how do the two differ, and how are they similar?

-Do you think Dekker is on to something good?

Published on March 11, 2017 at 8:01 pm |

Topics for 02/28

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Philippians 2:5-11

  • Find a hymn or poem that speaks to the mystery and glory of the incarnation.  Prepare to share that with the group.
  • Why was it important for Jesus to be fully God and fully man?
  • Find a passage that speaks to our surrendering our own rights for the needs of others.

Published on February 26, 2017 at 10:34 am |

Topics for 02/21

Please read the passages and be prepared to discuss the topics.

 

Philippians 2:3-4

  • Paul assumes that we will look out for ourselves--where else in Scripture do we see this teaching? (OT stories, parables, other epistles, etc.)

 

Colossians 2:16-18

 

  • How can others "disqualify"us?
  • What is the substance in Christ of which ritual is a shadow?

Published on February 21, 2017 at 1:58 am |

Philippians 1:27-30

Please meditate on the passage and be ready to discuss one or more of the topics.

Philippians 1:27-30

 

  • Verse 27 talks about "with one mind striving side by side" in relation to our Gospel opportunities. 
  1. What sort of modern situations require "Christian teamwork?"
  2. Why is it important that we not be a "lone wolf" believer? {Scriptural support encouraged}
  3. What other passages come to mind concerning teamwork in the Christian realm?

Published on February 6, 2017 at 8:54 pm |

Christ Is Everything - Philippians 1:18-26

 

Questions for discussion:
  1. Paul says that he does not want to be "at all ashamed" at his efforts to magnify Christ.  He wants to finish well.  Find another passage where Paul (or another author) expresses these same sentiments.
  2. We spoke at length on Sunday about the Christian worldview on death and how our perspective on death should differ greatly from an unbelieving perspective.  Find a passage that forms part of our worldview of death and find a secular source (song, movie, article, etc.) that demonstrates an alternative perspective.
  3. We discussed on Sunday that the way in which we magnify Christ will change through different seasons of our lives.  List a few concrete examples of how you have sought to glorify Christ differently as your phase of life has changed.
  4. Share any other ways the Holy Spirit has used our passage on Sunday to instruct you.

 

Published on January 30, 2017 at 2:02 pm |

Paul's Prayer for the Philippians

Questions for discussion:
  1. Restate Paul's prayer for the Philippian church in your own words as if you were framing the prayer for a member of your church.
  2. Find another example in the Bible of one believer praying for another and briefly summarize the prayer.
  3. We talked about making choices that direct us towards what is "excellent" instead of just what is "good" or "acceptable."  Provide a few examples of how this works.
  4. We also talked about the pivotal truth that our spiritual progress is the result of God's gracious working in us ("the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ").  Find another passage of Scripture that speaks to our reliance on God for spiritual growth.

Published on January 16, 2017 at 9:11 pm |

Filed under Philippians, Small Group, Prayer

The Gospel is at Work in Us

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss the topics.

Philippians 1:3-7

  1. We concluded that "partnership in the gospel" refers to the ongoing work God is doing in all our lives. Where else in Scripture is the gospel presented in this way?
  2. During his time on earth as a man, whom did Jesus "hold in His heart?"
  3. What is the defense and confirmation of the gospel? Where do we see concrete examples of this in Scripture? 

Published on January 9, 2017 at 1:18 am |

Implications of the Incarnation

Please be prepared to discuss atleast one of these topics.

  1. The Book of Matthew (ch.1)  has the genealogy of Jesus through Joseph. If Jesus was born of a virgin (so Joseph wasn't technically his father) why does this matter? When else in Scripture does an "adopted" child receive rights?
  2. Does Jesus have normal responsibilities in Heaven (if so, what?)? Who was taking care of these things while Jesus was on earth as a man?
  3. Philippians 2:7 says that Jesus emptied Himself to become a man. Of what did He empty Himself? How was Jesus limited as a man?

Published on December 26, 2016 at 11:31 am |

Christmas Fellowship

We're going to have an informal Christmas party this Tuesday in place of our normal small group meeting. This time of year, it seems like we all have too many treats laying around. Whether it's the triflavor popcorn tin, the Swiss Colony or Hickory Hams mail order gift, the cookies your neighbor sent over, or even a fruit cake, bring them to the church, and we'll enjoy a Christmas Smorgasbord together.


We'll be at the church and will start at 6:30 pm. That's a little earlier than we normally start since we realize kids need to get to bed for school. We'll plan to have some tables setup to play games, and we'll throw a movie on the screens for the kids or kids at heart. Come! Enjoy some treats and some time together.

Published on December 19, 2016 at 7:14 pm |

Topics for 12/6

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2 Peter 3:14-18

  • While we wait for Jesus to return like a thief in the night, we are to lead spotless lives. Which songs remind us of this concept?
  • What important theological truth can we deduce from verse 16?
  • What connection is there between grace and knowledge
  • [Bonus Question] Besides v.17 where else do we see the phrase "carried away"?

Published on December 5, 2016 at 10:37 pm |

Topics for 11/29

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2 Peter 3:9-13

  • If God is perfectly powerful, and He wants all men to reach repentance, why don't they?
  • "Thief in the night"--What other metaphors and illustrations has God given for His sudden coming?
  • Why is righteousness the defining characteristic of God's new Creation? 

Published on November 28, 2016 at 6:52 pm |

Topics for 11/15

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2 Peter 3:4-8

  1. Verse 4 describes a negative attitude based on "nothing ever changes." How does this manifest in modern teaching?
  2. Write a paragraph between 80 and 100 words to describe how the truth  of verse 8 sheds light on verses 5-7.
  3.  The first phrase of verse 5 is reminiscent of what other Scriptures?

Published on November 14, 2016 at 5:29 pm |

Topics for 11/08

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2 Peter 3:1-4

 

1. Name one or more specific predictions from prophets in the Old Testament concerning "end times."

2. What is the connection between scoffing and following one's own desires (support Biblically)?

3. Rewrite verse 4 to reflect modern thinking and attitudes.

 

 


Published on November 8, 2016 at 12:40 am |

Topics for 10/25

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2 Peter 2:20-22

1. What did Jesus say that would make you think your life might be changed by His power, but you would not be eternally saved?

2. Peter says it is better never to have known the way of righteousness than to have known it and turn back.

        a. Where else do we see this concept taught?

        b. What else are we taught in Scripture that "It would have been better if they..." 

Published on October 25, 2016 at 3:39 am |

Topics for 10/18

Please read the passage and be prepared to participate in a group project.

2 Peter2:4-19

Published on October 17, 2016 at 11:21 pm |

Topics for 10/4

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2 Peter 2:1-3

  1. Church History Homework--Peter (correctly) predicted that false teachers would rise up and teach destructive heresies. Find a false teacher/ heresy in church history. Be prepared to explain to the group what was taught, and why it was dangerous.
  2. Peter says that false teachers may even "deny the Master who bought them." Are false teachers possibly actually true believers?
  3. What is the motivation of false teachers?
  4. "Their condemnation from long ago is not idle." Give corroborating Scriptures for this truth.

Published on October 2, 2016 at 12:16 am |

Topics for 9/27

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2 Peter 1:20-21

  • Last week we discussed ways in which God has communicated directly--How is Scripture different? How reliable is Scripture (form this passage or others).
  • What does the passage mean when it says writers were "carried along."
  • The Holy Spirit is reponsible for Biblical Inspiration. What else has he been responsible directly?

Published on September 27, 2016 at 3:09 am |

Topics for 9/13

Please read the passage and be ready for a night of lists.

2 Peter 1:13-19 

 

[General Bible Knowledge Question] Peter is (spiritually speaking) putting his affairs in order. How many other "heroes of the faith" have similar moments?

[Beware Sneaky Lies Question] Peter says that he and his associates did not follow cleverly devised myths--what are some cleverly devised myths in Scripture?

[God Communicates Directly] Peter recalls hearing God directly on the Mount of Transfiguration. How many instances can you recall of God communicating directly (not through a human or animal intermediary?

Bring a list of your answers to the three catergories. We will scratch off duplicate answers Scattergories style and see how many unique answers you have.

Published on September 13, 2016 at 12:54 am |

Topics for 09/06

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  1. Verse 9 says that those who do not build Christian characteristics are blind--they have forgotten they were  previously forgiven from sins. What does this look like? What are the consequences of having a short spiritual  memory?
  2. Explain the phrase "confirm your calling and election."
  3. Is there a difference in the greeting certain believers get in heaven? Are some people more celebrated upon their arrival?

Published on September 5, 2016 at 10:17 pm |

Topics for 8/23

Please read the passage and complete the project.

 

2 Peter 1:5-8

 

Write a paragraph which explains how the different traits fit together--why are they in the order they are? Also, how do these traits protect you from being unfruitful and ineffective as a Christian?

Published on August 23, 2016 at 1:21 am |

Topics for 08/16

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2 Peter 1:3-4 

  1. Verse 4 starts with "by which"--does this refer to the divine power or the knowledge of God? What does God use to grant promises?
  2. How do we partake of the divine nature? What does this look like?
  3. Corruption through sinful desire began in Eden. Where else in Scripture do we see this pattern clearly laid out?

Published on August 15, 2016 at 12:30 am |

Topics for 08-02-16

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2 Peter 1:1-3

 

  • Why would Peter say (v.1) "those who have obtained faith of equal standing"?
  • Provide Scriptural corroboration to explain the phrase (v.2) "may grace and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God."
  • "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness."
    • This does mean...
    •  This does not mean...

Published on August 1, 2016 at 5:10 pm |

Topics for 07/26


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1 Peter 5:10-13

 

  1. Verse 10 says that after a time of suffering, God will restore us. In describing God it says He "who has called us to His eternal glory." In the spiritual space-time continuum, what does this phrase imply?
  2. Why does Peter refer to Silvanus as faithful "as I regard him."
  3. Who is "she who at Babylon," and why doesn't Peter name her?


Published on July 26, 2016 at 1:37 pm |

Topics for 07/12/2016

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1 Peter 5:8-9

  1. Read Genesis 4:3-7.  What light does this passage shed on our reading for the evening.
  2. In the Screwtape Letters (by C.S. Lewis) a veteran demon gives advice to a young demon about how to thwart Christians. At one point the veteran demon says, "Be not deceived, Wormwood, our cause is never more in jeopardy than when a human, no longer desiring but still intending to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe in which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys."
    • Give a Biblical example of obedience like this.
    • Why is the phrase "firm in your faith" (v.9) so crucial to this truth?
  3. Why does Paul explain that believers world-wide are suffering?

Published on July 12, 2016 at 12:31 am |

Topics for 07/05

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1 Peter 5:5-7

 

  1. "Elders"--is this older people in the church or leaders of the church?
  2. Why is the "clothing" metaphor used?
  3. Of which of Jesus' teachings does verse 6 remind you?
  4. Verse 7 is connected to verse 6. Logically, how does it fit into this discussion of humility?
  5. How do we "cast all our anxieties" on God while still maintaining responsibility for them? 

Published on July 5, 2016 at 2:46 pm |

Topics for 6/21

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss the topics.

 

1 Peter 5:1-4

 

This passage is written primarily to leaders of the church...

  1. Write a list of reasonable expectations for leaders of the church.
  2. What type of behavior(s) would be red flags from leaders of the church?

 

Though these verses are directed to church leaders...

  1. What other applications could be made?
  2. List other verses which directly support your application.

Published on June 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm |

Topics for 06/14

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1 Peter 4:15-19

 

  1. What is a "meddler," and why does it make this list? (v.15)
  2. List examples of those who glorified God by suffering as believers.
  3. What does it mean/what are the implications of judgment starting at the house of God? (v.17)
  4. How does v.19 guide our day-to-day decision-making?

 


Published on June 13, 2016 at 6:48 pm |

Topics for 05/31

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1 Peter 4:12-14

 1. There is a dependent clause in verse 13--[so] "that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed."
a. What is this rejoicing and being glad dependent upon?
b. Why did you answer that way (pro tip--support your answer with other Scripture)?
2. Why does the Spirit of God's glory rest upon us when we are insulted for His sake?


Published on May 31, 2016 at 1:38 am |

Small group cancelled 05/24

Small group tonight (05/24/2016) cancelled due to illness. Please pray for each other, and we’ll look forward to seeing you on Sunday. 

Published on May 24, 2016 at 7:40 pm |

topics for 05/10/2016

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 1 Peter 4:8-11

 

  1. What is taken for granted in verse 8.
  2. Based on other Scriptures, is there any reward for hospitality with a bad attitude? (v.9)
  3. Complete this sentence: If I use my gifts for myself, I _________. (v.10-11)

Published on May 9, 2016 at 11:34 pm |

Topics for 05-03

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1 Peter 4:3-7

  1. Why are unbelievers surprised when we do not join in debauchery?
  2. Why was the gospel preached to those who are dead? Was this before they were dead, or now even though they are dead?
  3. How does being self-controlled and serious minded benefit your prayer life?

Published on May 2, 2016 at 12:31 am |

Topics for 4-19

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1 Peter 4:1-2

 

  1. "Since Christ...arm yourselves with the same way of thinking" reminds you of what passage? 
  2. Why does suffering lead to the cessation of sin?
  3. What link is there between arming your mind and living for the will of God? 


Published on April 19, 2016 at 3:04 am |

Topics for 04/12

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1 Peter 3:18-22

 

  1. What did Jesus declare (v.19) and to whom? 
  2. How does baptism relate to Noah's family and resurrection (v.20-21)?
  3. Does v.21 make a compelling case for baptismal regeneration/can a believer be confident in his/her salvation having never been baptized? 

Published on April 12, 2016 at 9:16 am |

Small Group Cancelled 03/29

 

Published on March 29, 2016 at 8:32 am |

Topics for 3/22

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1 Peter 3:13-17

  1. If there were a 3 point outline of this passage, what would be the three main points?
  2. Name one concrete thing you have done in the past month to help you be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you for a reason for your faith?
  3. Is there a place for arguing for truth on the internet? Can that be done with gentleness and respect?

Published on March 22, 2016 at 2:24 am |

Topics for 3/8

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1 Peter 3:10-12

  1. Is this quote from Psalm 34 stating that our good actions in this life have a sort of "Christian Karma" effect?
  2. What is the difference beetween between the two verbal offenses listed in verse 10?
  3. Name a verse which gives us a working strategy for "pursuing peace."
  4. Name a Bible story which exemplifies God activiely being "against those who do evil?" 

Published on March 7, 2016 at 5:34 pm |

Topics for 03/01

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1 Peter 3:8-9

 

  1.  What do the 5 character traits in v.8 have in common?
  2. What Biblical examples are there of repaying evil for evil...what was the fallout?
  3. We are supposed to bless others, so that we will receive a blessing. How does this look practically?

 

Published on March 1, 2016 at 10:18 am |

Topics for 02/16

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1 Peter 3:7

 

  1. Explain what it is that husbands are supposed to understand (v.7).
  2. What does Peter mean by "weaker vessel?"
  3. How/why might a believing man's prayers be hindered based on his relationship with his wife.

Published on February 16, 2016 at 3:35 am |

Topics for 02/09

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1 Peter 3:1-4

  1. Through how much of a modern contextual filter should we view this passage?
  2. What inferences can we draw from this passage about the relationship between words and actions?
  3. Is it wrong to invest in personal attractiveness?

Published on January 25, 2016 at 5:20 am |

Topics for 01/19

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1 Peter 2:21-25

  1. What psychological value does this passage have for a suffering believer?
  2. Why is the phrase "him who judges justly" so important?
  3. How are we healed by Jesus' wounds?

Published on January 19, 2016 at 4:17 am |

Topics for 01/05

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1 Peter 2:18-20

 

  • Name a Bible story which demonstrates this passage.
  • What practical benefits are there to being respectful to a difficult boss?
  • Summarize this passage with a haiku.

Published on January 3, 2016 at 6:18 pm |

Topics for 12/22

Please consider these topics and be prepared to share with the group.

1) What is your favorite "Christmas passage" (we are prepared to be pretty generous) and why in 45 seconds.

2) The popular song "Mary Did You Know?" asks several questions. How much do you think Mary knew about Jesus (Biblical proof preferred)?

3) Write a six line poem about one of the following.

a. The sovereingty of God in arranging the events of Jesus' birth.

b. The humor of the strange cast of characters who visited baby Jesus.

c. The spiritual impact of Jesus' birth. 

Published on December 22, 2015 at 4:56 am |

Topics for 12/08

1 Peter 2:13-17

 

  • Are the various government institutions in 13-14 analogous to federal, state, and local government? Why, or why not?
  • What is the ignorance of foolish men?
  • Discuss our status as "free bondservants of God." 

 

Published on December 8, 2015 at 8:55 am |

Topics for 12-01

1 Peter 2:11-12

  1. How can your flesh wage war against your soul?

            a. Of which other passage does this remind you?

            b. How does the fact that we dont belong here (sojourners, aliens, exiles) play into this struggle?

       2. [Research project] What is the "day of visitation"?

 

Published on November 29, 2015 at 6:55 pm |

Topics for 11-17

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1 Peter 2:7-10

  1. Of what does the "honor" in v.7 consist?
  2. Draw a connection between v.8 and Isaiah 55.
  3. Take one of the things Peter calls believers (phraes from v.9) and find that concept in another Scripture passage.

Published on November 17, 2015 at 11:38 am |

Topics for 11/03

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss the topics.

 

1 Peter 2:4-6

 

  • What is meant by "a living stone?"
  • Why is Jesus called a living stone but believers are described as LIKE living stones?
  • How are modern believers a royal priesthood?
  • If we do not believe in the precious, chosen cornestone, we will be put to shame--discuss.

 

 


Published on November 2, 2015 at 9:04 pm |

Topics for 10/27

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1 Peter 2:1-3

 

1) What do the 5 sins in v.1 have in common?

2) Why is the analogy of a newborn so poignant/important?

3) Write a sentence using the phrase "grow up into salvation" with the same meaning or context which Peter does.

4) Draw a conclusion about the relationship of verse 3 to verses 1-2.

Published on October 26, 2015 at 12:02 pm |

Topics for 10/06

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss at least one of the topics.

1 Peter 1:22-25

 

  1. [Scenario] An acquaintance has a religious background in a works-based system. She says to you, "The Bible says that our souls have been purified through our obedience to the truth." You, of course, respond...
  2. How does this passage address "church family" interactions?
  3. Why is our own mortality encouraging?

 


Published on October 6, 2015 at 6:19 am |

Topics for 9/22

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss at least one of the topics.

1 Peter 1:20-21

  1. Why does Peter specifically make the point that Jesus was foreknown before the world was made? [research project--find another reference to Jesus' miniustry being planned before Creation]
  2. How did God give glory to Jesus?
  3. Why did God's raising of Jesus from the dead and giving Him glory place believers' faith and hope in God?

Published on September 22, 2015 at 5:54 am |

topics for 09/15

Please read the the passage and be prepared to discuss at least one topic.

1 Peter 1:17-19

 

  1. Why does Peter use the Father/children metaphor in in verses 14 and 17?
  2. What are the futile ways Peter's readers inherited from their ancestors?
  3.  What futile ways have we inherited from our ancestors?      
  4.  If we were ransomed {1. redeem, set free, deliver (LU 24.21); 2. passive be redeemed, be set free 1P 1.18)}, who owned/possessed/controlled us before? 

Published on September 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm |

topics for 09/01

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss at least one topic.

1 Peter 1:13-16

 

  • Discuss the relationship between preparing your mind for action and being sober-minded.
  • Name another passage that touches on the concept of being conformed to the passions of your former ignorance.
  • Share with the group a practical way in which you are trying to set yourself apart--how are you being holy?

Published on September 1, 2015 at 5:22 am |

Topics for 08/25

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss at east one of the topics.

1 Peter 1:8-12

 

1. How can joy be filled with glory?

2. What examples are there of prophets seeking an answer as opposed to just receiving a message?

a. Was seeking an answer normally blessed by God with an answer?

3. Can you name an example where a prophet seemed to know that he was part of something bigger--that his essage was for future believers?

4. What can we extrapolate from the fact that angels are curious about our salvation?

Published on August 25, 2015 at 11:34 am |

Topics for 08/11

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss at least one topic.

1 Peter 1:5-7

 

  • Discuss the relationship between the fact that we are "saved" now, but that our salvation is "ready to be revealed in the last time."
  • We rejoice despite present trials. Verse 6 says "In this you rejoice..." Are we rejoicing because of our salvation, because our salvation will be revealed at a later time, or for some other reason? What is the "this."
  • Why is it that our tested (and proven to be genuine) faith will bring praise. glory, and honor specifically at the revelation of Jesus Christ?

Published on August 11, 2015 at 5:31 am |

topics for 08/04

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss at least one of the topics.

1 Peter 1:3-4

 

  • Discuss "living hope" both as a concept (what does that mean?) and a purpose.
  • How is Jesus' resurrection the agency of our regeneration (being born again)?
  • Explain one or more of the characteristics of our spiritual inheritance.  

Published on August 3, 2015 at 9:58 pm |

Topics for 07/14

Please read through the passage and be prepared to discuss at least one of the topics.

Passage 1 Peter 1:1-2

1) What other Scripture passage comes to mind when you think of the term "elect exiles?" 

2) What inferences can we safely make from the fact that this letter was written to the churches of several regions?

3)  Based on the purpose chain "according to the foreknowledge...with his blood" write a one sentence personal mission statement which could be used as a decision making rubric for your spiritual life. (i.e. "Because I believe in the sovereingty of God I will attempt to..."  or "Making obedience to Jesus the primary focus of my life I will seek to be sanctified...")

 

 

 

Published on July 14, 2015 at 4:36 am |

06/30: 1 Peter Study Intro

This week we will begin our study of the book of 1 Peter with a look at Peter, the man, the audience to whom he wrote this letter, and the overarching theme of the book.

Please read at least the first chapter of the book, and be prepared to ask any questions you may have about the man or the book.

Published on June 30, 2015 at 6:55 pm |

Topics for 06/23

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss at least one topic.

2 Samuel 24

  • Discuss the relationship between David's actions and God's punishment of Israel.
  • Why did Joab (and later David) think the census was evil?
  • For modern believers what are the implications of David's interaction with Araunah? 

Published on June 23, 2015 at 11:17 am |

Topics for 06/09

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss at least one topic.

2 Samuel 23

 

  •  What are the implications of David's statement about the value of godly leadership?
  • Evaluate David's response to the water retrieved from the well of Bethlehem.
  • Are there any implications for the church from David having companies of "mighty men?"

Published on June 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm |

Topics for 05/19

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss at least one of the topics.

 

2 Samuel 21

 

  • Did the Gibeonites have any right to claim grievance?
  • What can be learned from what happened to Saul's descendants?
  • Is there a matter of righteousness at stake in this chapter?
  • What lesson can be learned about peer confrontation from this chapter?

Published on May 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm |

Topics for 5/5

Please read the passage and be ready to address one or more of these topics.

  • Is David attempting to retain plausible deniability in v.6?
  • Why might Amasa have delayed beyond the set time David had given him?
  • How might Joab's previous relationship with Amasa have affected this story?
  • Is Joab being sarcastic in 20-21?

Published on May 5, 2015 at 3:11 pm |

Topics for 04/28

Carefully read the passage and be prepared to discuss at least one of the topics.


2 Samuel 19:9-43

  • Discuss David's possible motivations for forgiving those who had turned on him.
  • Following Barzillai's lead, what leeway do Christians have to request special treatment for others? Are there cautions to be taken?
  • Did David contribute to the ongoing rivalry between Judah and Israel? Should he have tried to heal that-if so, how?

Published on April 27, 2015 at 12:45 pm |

Topics for 04/14

Carefully read the passage and be prepared to discuss at least one of the topics.

 

2 Samuel 18-19:8

 

  • What lessons for ministry can be learned from David's example in the first four verses?
  • Was Joab right to kill Absalom?
  • Why did Joab try to prevent Ahimaaz from taking news to David?
  • What analog might there be in our world for David's mourning after victory?

Published on April 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm |

Topics for 04/07/15

Read through the passage and be prepared to discuss one or more of the following topics.

2 Samuel 17

  • Was Ahithophel supernaturally wise?
  • - Is wisdom more of a gift or a skill?
  • Why was Ahithophel so devastated? What can we learn from that?

Published on April 7, 2015 at 12:29 pm |

Topics for 03/24

Read through the passage and be prepared to discuss one or more of the topics.

2 Samuel 16

 

  • Evaluate David's Mephibosheth/Ziba decision.
  • What can be learned from the various reactions to Shimei?
  • With Hushai as the case study, discuss the parameters of truth in conflict. 
  • Was Ahithophel supernaturally wise?

Published on March 19, 2015 at 8:17 pm |

Topics for 3/17

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.


2 Samuel 15

  • What are several characteristics that describe Absalom's time spent "at the gate?"
  • Psalm 3 was written during David's flight from Absalom. What does it tell us about David's state of mind during the rebellion?
  • What significance is there in David's decision to send the ark back to Jerusalem?
  • There are many reasons for David's mourning. Name a few.

Published on March 17, 2015 at 12:11 pm |

Topics for 3/3

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.


2 Samuel 14

  • What is the theme of chapter 14?
  • Is it possible to be righteously manipulative (in this case Joab)?
  • Which character trait best describes David in this chapter--wise, humble, weak, childish, ____?
  • What is "true but not the point"in this chapter?

Published on March 3, 2015 at 12:46 pm |

topics for 2/24

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.

2 Samuel 13

  • What, if any, blame goes to David for what happened to Tamar?
  • What, if any, blame goes to David for what happened to Amnon?
  • Discuss generational sins/consequences. (How are David's children affected by his sins?)
  • Does Absalom remind you of Joab? If so, what lesson is there to be learned from that?

Published on February 24, 2015 at 10:17 am |

Topics for 2/17

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.


2 Samuel 12

  • Why did God have Nathan tell a story?
  • What lesson can be learned from David's response to the news about his baby?
  • Discuss unforseen consequences.

Published on February 17, 2015 at 9:25 am |

topics for 2/3

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.

2 Samuel 11

  • What is the main point of chapter 11?
  • Describe at least one thing which is “true, but not the point."
  • David is clearly guilty of murder and adultery--is he also guilty of rape?
  • What can we glean about consequences from this chapter?

Published on February 3, 2015 at 11:07 am |

topics for 1/20

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.

2 Samuel 10

What is the main point of chapter 10?

Describe at least one thing which is “true, but not the point."

What lessons about trust can be learned from chapter 10?

What admirable traits do we see in Joab in chapter 10?

Published on January 20, 2015 at 6:11 pm |

Topics for 1/13

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.

2 Samuel 9

What is the main point of chapter 9?

Describe at least one thing which is “true, but not the point."

What can we infer about Jonathan's parenting?

What lessons can be learned about generational gratefulness from chapter 9?

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.
2 Samuel 7
What is the main point of chapter 7?
Describe at least one thing which is “true, but not the point."
What can we learn from Nathan's initial blessing on David's plan followed by a reversal?
What lessons can be learned about God's sovereignty from chapter 7?Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.
2 Samuel 7
What is the main point of chapter 7?
Describe at least one thing which is “true, but not the point."
What can we learn from Nathan's initial blessing on David's plan followed by a reversal?
What lessons can be learned about God's sovereignty from chapter 7?

Published on January 12, 2015 at 9:26 pm |

topic for 12/30

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.

 2 Samuel 8

  • Why were David's sons allowed to be priests?
  • Explain the situation with the Moabites being measured with lines.
  • In all these military victories was David doing what God wanted, or was God blessing what David wanted?

 

Why were David's sons allowed to be priests?
Explain the situation with the Moabites being measured with lines.
In all these military victories was David doing what God wanted, or was God blessing what David wanted?
 

Published on December 29, 2014 at 6:14 pm |

topics for 12/9

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.

2 Samuel 7

  • What is the main point of chapter 7?
  • Describe at least one thing which is “true, but not the point."
  • What can we learn from Nathan's initial blessing on David's plan followed by a reversal?
  • What lessons can be learned about God's sovereignty from chapter 7?

Published on December 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm |

Topics for 12/2

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.

2 Samuel 6

-What is the main point of chapter 6?

-Describe at least one thing which is “true, but not the point."

-If God sees on the heart (not as man sees), didn't He know Uzzah's motive? Why kill him?

-Michal remained childless because...?

Published on November 18, 2014 at 11:06 am |

Topics for 11/11

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.
-What is the main point of chapter 5?
-Describe at least one thing which is “true, but not the point."
-Name a timeless truth from Scripture which we see demonstrated in these passages.
-Why is David's loyalty to the house of Saul in chapter 4 still justified?
-How is God's hand seen specifically in chapter 5?

Published on November 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm |

Topics for 10/28/14

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.

2 Samuel 3

 

  • What is the main point of the chapter?
  • Describe at least one thing which is “true, but not the point."
  • Name a timeless truth from Scripture which we see demonstrated in this passage.
  • Were Joab and Abishai justified in their killing of Abner based on Numbers 35:16-19?

Published on October 28, 2014 at 10:44 am |

Topics for 10/21/14

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.

2 Samuel 2

 

  • What is the main point of the chapter?
  • Describe at least one thing which is “true, but not the point."
  • Name a timeless truth from Scripture which we see demonstrated in this passage.
  • Who was "right," Joab or Abner?
  • Is "living to fight another day" a Biblical concept? 

 

Published on October 19, 2014 at 2:10 am |

Topics for 10/07/14

 

Please read through the passage once per day. Choose one of these topics and be prepared to discuss.
  • What is the main point of the chapter?
  • Describe at least one thing which is “true, but not the point.”
  • Name a timeless truth from Scripture which we see demonstrated in this passage.
  • What specific lesson can be learned from David’s loyalty?

Published on September 23, 2014 at 7:12 pm |

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