Archive for June 2018

Study Questions for 6/26/2018

Our passage from Sunday encourages us not to think higher of ourselves than we should but to think with "sober judgement" and evaluate ourselves based on the gifting that God has given us. 

  1. From one of the passages on spiritual gifts (Romans 12:6-7, 1 Corinthians 12:7-10, 1 Corinthians 12:27-31, Ephesians 4:11-13) chose one gift or area of gifting that you believe applies to you, provide a brief explanation/definition, and give an example of how you are or can use that gift to benefit the body.
  2. Is our spiritual gifting permanent?  In other words, do we receive a specific gifting and it remains throughout our lives or is our gifting situational?
  3. How does the teaching about spiritual gifts from Romans 12 change how we view fellowship with the body of Christ?

Published on June 25, 2018 at 1:27 pm |

Topics for 06/19/2018

Romans 12:1-2

Probably every believer at one time or the other has asked the question "What does God want from me? What is God's will for my life?"

  • Romans 12:2 says that when our minds are renewed, we can discern God's will for our lives. What other insights about God's will can we gain from passages in Scripture. (Here are a few examples--feel free to use others.)

Matthew 7:21, Luke 22:42, John 4:34, Colossians 1:9-10, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Hebrews 13:20-21, 1 Peter 2:15

  • Can you give a current issue in our culture where you may be inclined to think/act in a given way which would be "conforming" to our culture, but where the truth of Scripture might transform your mind and cause you to think/act differently?  [please attempt to be apolitical]

Published on June 18, 2018 at 3:11 am |

Topics for 06/05/2018

In Romans 11:16-24 we saw lessons which were true for the believers in the early church and for believers today.

The lessons we learned from the olive tree metaphor are:

  1. God is always up to stuff. 
  2. What He is doing now is built on what He did before.
  3. Sometimes you are the focus.
  4. Only God is forever. 

Now, you take a Scriptural metaphor (bonus points if it is about trees) and see if you can extract the timeless truths with these caveats:

  1. Don't get lost in the story/illustration.
  2. Try to avoid seeing "every bush as a burning bush."

[Pro tip: The easiest ones are when Jesus gives a parable and then says "this is what I meant." If you are not sure what to do, that is a great place to start.]

Published on June 4, 2018 at 2:32 pm |