5/21/2017 Small Group Questions

  • Read 1 Peter 4: 7-9 slowly. Does anything stick out to you?
  • Peter’s words are meant for the church, but apply to any relationship between Christians including marriage and family. Why is it important that our families be marked by forgiveness? What difference would that mean in your life?

 



5/14/2017 Small Group Questions

  • Read Ephesians chapter 5:21-33 slowly. Does anything stick out to you?
  • Passages like Ephesians 5:21-33 are called by scholars “household codes” and they are found in various places in the New Testament and in ancient literature from the time. For some they represent an “old way” and for others they represent the “right way.” Have a discussion in your group. What do you take from this passage? Is God speaking to you today?

 



Small Groups: March 19th

1. Read John 14:25–31 slowly do any words or phrases stand out to you?

2. The Holy Spirit is God felt in our lives. Have there been times in the past week that you have felt close to God? Times when you felt far?

3. Jesus tells his disciples not to “let their hearts be troubled” and to “not be afraid” (v 27), a difficult task considering what will soon happen to after this story (this is final speech to the disciples before he is taken to be crucified).  He clearly believes that God can sustain us even in difficult times. Has that happened in your life?


Small Groups: March 6th, 2017

Small Group Questions

1. Read Exodus 3:13-15 slowly do any words or phrases stand out to you?
2. This passage describes one of the great moments in the history of God’s people—the revelation of God’s name.  Does God’s words to Moses surprise you? What point is God trying to make about who He is?
3. As Christians we are adopted by God and have become heirs to his promise in Christ. God has been working for his people for many centuries.  Is there something in your life in which you need to be reminded of God’s loving care?

4. If we were to reveal your “Name,” who you are at the deepest level, what would it be? Finish this statement “I am ….. “


Ever wondered what Christians believe and why?

Starting on March 5th, we will begin a church-wide study on what Christians believe and why using the book Creed
by Adam Hamilton as our foundation.  Each week we will explore key beliefs for Christians. Aside from coming to worship you can participate in two other ways:
 

Confirmation (6 grade and up)

If you youth has not been confirmed we will be holding a confirmation class in parallel with youth Sunday School during the six weeks of Lent examining the basic beliefs of Christians. We will confirm our youth on Easter Sunday.

 

Adult class

If you do not have a small group or Sunday school class or want to meet people at Lakeside, come to a special adult class based on Creed. Pastor Andrew will teach it in the sanctuary.   Sunday school classes and small groups that want to meet weekly and use Creed are very much welcome to do so. Talk to  Andrew to get the material.

Signup below

 


11/14/2016 Bible Study/Small Group Material

This week’s agenda dives a little more deeply into the passage in Ephesians that we will use for the weekly message. 
 
Small Group Weekly check in

Going around the room ask the following questions:

  • Where have you seen God’s grace in your week?
  • Where have you fallen short? What temptations have you faced?
  • How has God seen you through?
  • Is there something with which you are struggling to hear God’s voice?

Scripture

Ephesians 4

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

Paul is pretty harsh on “Gentiles” saying that they are “darkened” and “separated from the life of God.” He also references the “hardening of their hearts.” You may remember this phrase in the story of Moses and the Pharaoh (eg Exodus 9:14). This is not an easy theological passage to understand. Like with Pharaoh, the real point is to contrast the way of God with the way of the world. Being a disciple means a change in your life.
 
Have you experienced a change in your life where you moved from “futility” to grace?

 

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Now we see that the “way of life” will be a true life, based not in deceit, but righteousness and holiness. This is an invitation to authentic life. Is this Paul’s message a struggle for you? If so why?

 

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”d]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands,that they may have something to share with those in need.

The new way of life we learn through Jesus Christ means we have to treat each other differently. The goal of this new life is righteousness and holiness, and so we must discard the things that lead us to sin. Paul is realistic, however, that we will still get angry – but that we can stop ourselves from sinning because of it. 
 
Is this realistic? What does it say about Paul that he seems to believe that it is? 

 

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
 
In the end Paul is calling us to be better people and not to “grieve the Holy Spirit of God.” We have that power and capacity because of Christ. Christians are set apart (sealed) by the call that God has made on us. We are not set apart because we are better people or more worthy. We are set apart only because we believe in God’s forgiveness.
 
Where do you need to believe in God’s forgiveness this week?


New Women’s Small Group Starting in October

Starting Oct. 4th, I will lead a women’s small group at the church. Every other week from 1-2:15 pm we will take a moment out of our busy lives to quiet our minds and really listen to where God is leading us. Grab your lunch and join us.
 


Primetimers Sunday School Starting

Primetimers new Sunday School Bible Study will begin on October 2nd! There will be a Sunday School class on the first and third Sunday each month, and a lunch event on the second Sunday each month. Contact Cheryl Harrison for more details.


9/18/2016 Small Group Agenda

Small Group Agenda
Weekly check in

Going around the room ask the following questions:

  • Where have you seen God’s grace in your week?
  • Where have you fallen short? What temptations have you faced?
  • How has God seen you through?
  • Is there something with which you are struggling to hear God’s voice?

Scripture

Matthew 6:9-15

1. Jesus begins the prayer with praising God. Do you find it difficult or easy to praise God? Why do we praise God?

2. Jesus asks to not be led into temptation. Does it surprise you that he felt the need to pray for this?  



9/11/2016 Small Group Agenda

Weekly check in

Going around the room ask the following questions:

  • Where have you seen God’s grace in your week?
  • Where have you fallen short? What temptations have you faced?
  • How has God seen you through?
  • Is there something with which you are struggling to hear God’s voice?

Scripture

Romans 12:3-5

1. Why does Paul talk about feeling like we are better than others? Why would that be something that people would think in relation to spiritual gifts?

2. Faith is expressed differently by different people, how do you express your faith?