Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Attempt Great Things For God; Expect Great Things From God (Romans 8)

If you knew you couldn't fail, what would you attempt?

What have you avoided trying because you were afraid to fail?

Read Romans 8:31-39. Which verse is your favorite? Why?

What do you think it means that "God is for us?"

Make a list of everything God has done for us according to these verses.

Read verse 35. In your own words describe some of the life issues that might try to separate us from God's love.

Read verses 38-39. Which of these life issues are most frightening to you? Why?

What do you think it means to be "more than conquerors?"

What issue in your life do you need to conquer? Which truth from these verses can you claim to help you?

What lessons has God been teaching you lately from His Word?

In your life, which character trait would you like to change to make you more like Jesus?

Think about your answers to the previous two questions. What is something you believe God wants you to attempt this week?

What fears are threatening to keep you from attempting this?

Which verse from Romans 8 will you claim to empower you to do God's will this week?

Ask at least one other person to pray specifically for you this week as you seek to boldly follow God.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Life Full Of Love (1 Corinthians 13)

 What types of people are hard to love? Why?

What do you do when you know you should love someone, but really don't want to?

Read 1 Corinthians 13:5 and answer the following questions about this verse:

What does this verse teach about the character of God?

How did Jesus demonstrate (or not demonstrate) the kind of love discussed in this verse? Can you think of specific examples?

Which of these descriptions of love is your favorite? Why?

Which of these descriptions of love is easiest to live out? Why?

Which is most difficult? Why?

Has your selfishness ever caused harm in a relationship? What happened?

Has another person's selfishness ever caused you harm? What happened?

What do you think it means to not keep track of other people's wrongs? Is this a command to let yourself be abused? Why or why not?

Try to think of Bible passages which are helpful in discerning the line between being a forgiving person and allowing yourself to be consistently abused.

Choose one of the following phrases as your goal for the week:
  • More sacrificial
  • Less selfish
  • More forgiving

Pray that God will help you accomplish your goal. Pray for others to have success in accomplishing their goals.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Carry One Another's Burdens (Galatians 1)

What people have had the most positive influence in your life? What did they do that helped so much?

Read Galatians 6:1-6. Which of these verses is your favorite? Why?

This passage begins with the words, “brothers and sisters”. How do these terms describe how those in the church should treat one another? What are some lessons from family life that we can apply to our relationships with other Christians?

What do you think it means to be “caught in a sin?” What types of sins do you think are particularly easy to get caught in?

What do you think it means to restore someone gently? How specifically might a group of friends restore someone who has been caught in sin?

Describe a time when you had the opportunity to carry someone else’s burden for them? When has someone carried your burden?

When have you felt caught in a sin? How did you find your way out? How could other people have made it easier for you?

What keeps people from asking for help (whether they are caught in sin or need help carrying a burden)? How can people in the church make it easier or more natural to ask for help?

Who, in your life, do you depend on when you need help? How will you seek help from them this week? How will you offer help?

What is one thing you would like to do differently this week after spending time in this passage?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

You Have a Representative That Cares About You (Romans 5)

Have you ever had the opportunity to be a representative for a person or group? How did you do?

Have you ever been represented poorly by someone else? How did you feel?

Do you feel that Adam was a good or bad first representative of humanity? Why?

Read Romans 5:19. Use the previous verses for help answering the following questions.

Who is the first “one man” mentioned in this verse? How do you know?

Who is the second “one man” mentioned in this verse? How do you know?

How did the first man’s disobedience affect everyone who came after him? How did his disobedience impact you? Explain.

If you had been the first man, would you also have disobeyed? Why or why not?

Make a list of all the ways the second man was obedient to God. How did his obedience impact you?

Read 2 Corinthians 15:49. How is this verse connected to Romans 5:19?

What do you think it means that we will “bear the image of the heavenly man?”

When God looks at you, does He think you look more like the first man or the second man? Why?

If you do bear the image of the heavenly man, then God, the Father, must feel about you the same way He feels about Jesus. How would you describe the way God, the Father, feels about Jesus?

Knowing how God feels about you should inspire you to live a certain way. How do you want to live this week as a result of God’s love for you?

What are you going to change in your life to help you live this way?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What Do You Want Jesus To Do For You? (Mark 10)

If you could ask Jesus for one thing right now, what would it be?

How would your life change if He gave you what you wanted?

Why do you think He might not give you what you want?

Read Mark 10:35-52.

Which verse in these passages do you think is most powerful? Why?

In these verses, Jesus’ disciples ask Him for something and a blind man asks Him for something. How are the two requests similar and how are they different?

What was wrong with the request of James and John? Is it always wrong to ask God to give you good things? Why or why not?

How do you know when your prayers are too selfish?

Re-read Mark 10:41-45. Summarize these verses in one sentence.

What are the leadership lessons you can spot in these words of Jesus?

Do you think the blind man’s requests in verse 47 and 51 are better than the requests of James and John? Why or why not?

Do you ever simply ask God to have mercy on you? Why or why not? How do you need to experience God’s mercy in your life right now?

If Jesus has shown you mercy, you should show mercy to others. Who needs your mercy today?

After thinking about this passage, have you changed your one request for Jesus? If yes, What is the one thing you would ask Jesus for now?

How is your prayer life going to be different this week as a result of this study?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Which Lives Matter to God? (Mark 10)

Who is the most important person in your life (besides God)? How do you treat this person differently than everyone else?
Who is someone that treats you very well? How does their treatment of you make you feel special?
What people (or people groups) do you know that are not treated well by others? What do you think Jesus would say to those people?
Read Mark 10:13-16.
Why do you think the disciples were preventing the children from getting to Jesus? What does this reveal about their view of children?
How do you think the parents of these children felt about the disciples?
Have you ever felt like someone was hindering you from accomplishing something important? How did you feel about them?
What are some examples of how Christians might hinder other people from coming to Jesus?
Jesus demonstrated love for the least important group of people. He opened his arms to them and blessed them. How might people follow this example today?
How easy or difficult would it be to treat every person you encounter as if they were the most important person in your life?
Who are some people you encounter on a daily basis who need to know that Jesus values them? How can you show them the love of Jesus?
What words or actions can you change so that everyone around you will know how much they matter to God and to you?
Can you commit to having one gracious conversation or engaging in one act of kindness this week? Will you commit to praying for the people in your life who need know that Jesus loves them?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

2 Easy Steps To Become A Great Leader (Mark 9)

In your opinion, who is the greatest historical figure of the past 100 years? Why?
What do you think makes someone "great"? What makes someone a great leader?
What made Jesus great?
Read the following passages. After you read each passage, identify one or two principles about "greatness" or "leadership":
  • Read Mark 9:35
  • Matthew 20:25-28
  • Matthew 23:1-12
  • Luke 22:24-29
How would you describe Jesus' view on greatness and leadership?
What do you think Jesus meant when he said "the first shall be last"?
What do you think Jesus meant when he said leaders must first be "the servants of all"?
Who is someone you know that willingly puts them self last on a regular basis? Who is someone you know that is always serving other people? Do you consider those people to be great? Why or why not?
How did Jesus put Himself last? How did He serve others?
List three or four people that you can serve this week? What specifically can you do to help them?
What is one situation in your life where you can intentionally put other people ahead of you?
What are the challenges you think might keep you from placing yourself last or serving others? How can you overcome those challenges? How can others help you overcome those challenges?
If you spend a couple minutes in prayer every morning, how will you pray about these challenges? How will you pray for others? How would you like others to pray for you?
What is your goal for this week?