Posted by David Rudd on Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Talk about a time when you've been alone against your will? or Talk about a time when being alone frightened you?
Why do some people feel lonely even though they are surrounded by people?
Who are the people in your life that you can cout on to be with you when you most need them?
Read Matthew 28:18–20. Why do you think Jesus ended by promising to always be with his followers?
Since Jesus made this promise as He was leaving, what do you think he actually meant?
What are other Bible verses you know that are similar to this one? (particularly, verses that speak about God's presence with us)
Does Jesus' promise in Matthew 28 also apply to us? Why or why not?
How should Jesus' promise to be with us provide motivation for fulfilling the Great Comission?
How can Jesus' presence change the way you live this week? What is one specific impact this truth will have on your life?
How can this group pray for and support you?
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What lessons has life taught you this week? Do you feel like you've learned them well?
What are some lessons you've had to learn more than once?
What lessons would you like to teach to other people in your life? How do you think you could go about teaching that lesson?
Read Matthew 28:18-20 as a group.
Which part of these verses has been most meaningful to you over the past few weeks? Why?
Jesus said to teach new disciples everything He had commanded. As a group, list as many commands of Jesus as you can?
Which commands of Jesus are most important? (Hint: Mark 12:30-31; John 13:34-35)
Who is your neighbor?
Whom do you think Jesus had in mind when He said, "Love one another"? Why?
Give specific examples of how you can obey each of these particular commands.
When is it difficult to obey these commands of Jesus? How can difficult times teach us to more effectively obey these commands?
What situation in your life most needs to have these commands applied? How can you do that? How can this group help you?
Posted by David Rudd on Thursday, August 16, 2012
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
What is the single most important place you need to go tomorrow?
How many different places did you go today?
We live in an "on the go" culture. Is this is a good thing or a bad thing? Why?
Read Matthew 28:18–20. Where do you think Jesus wanted his disciples to go?
What did He want them to do while they were going?
Where do you need to go in order to come into contact with people who need to become followers of Jesus?
What do you think it means to "make disciples"?
How would you explain your own discipleship journey? What makes you a disciple?
How can you pass your own identity as a disciple to others? Who are the pele you know who need to become disciples? How can you create an opportunity to go to them?
Where will you intentionally go this week in order to obey this command? How can the group help you in this journey?
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Posted by David Rudd in matthew on Friday, August 10, 2012
Who was the worst boss you ever had? Why?
Would you rather have a boss who micro-managed you or who gave you authority to make your own decisions? Why?
Read Matthew 28:18–20.
List some examples of Jesus' authority. Where can you see His power demonstrated?
How had the disciples been witnesses of Jesus' authority? How would your faith have been impacted if you had witnessed many of Jesus' miracles?
Why do you think Jesus' prefaced his command to the disciples with a reminder of His authority?
In our efforts to make disciples, how can the reminder that Jesus is in control bring us comfort?
How can the reminder that Jesus is in control bring us confidence?
In what way has Jesus given His authority to us?
As you think about "making disciples", what is your greatest fear?
How can a reminder of Jesus' authority help alleviate that fear?
In what part of your life do you need to be reminded of God's control?
How can the group pray for and encourage you this week?
What is the worst illness you have ever endured? What treatment did you receive? How relieved were you when you got better?
Read Matthew 9:9-13. Do you think following Jesus was a difficult decision for Matthew to make? Why or why not?
What do you think it means to "follow Jesus?"
If this story were to happen in West Michigan in 2012, where do you think it might take place? Who do you think would be the tax collectors and sinners? Who do you think would be the Pharisees?
In verse 12 Jesus suggests that some are "healthy" and don't need a doctor. In verse 13 he seems to say that some are "righteous." If everyone is a sinner (Romans 3:23), than why is Jesus saying that some don't need to be saved?
Who are these "healthy" and "righteous" people?
Why did Jesus eat with tax collectors and sinners?
What do you think Jesus meant when he said, "I desire mercy, and not sacrifice."?
Sometimes its easy as Christians to find ourselves looking down on (or judging) the "tax collectors and sinners" of our society. How can we avoid this?
What does "mercy" look like in West Michigan in 2012? What do you think the "sacrifice" Jesus is talking about looks like in West Michigan in 2012?
What do we need to do to be like Jesus in this story?
Posted by David Rudd in John on Wednesday, June 27, 2012
How do you know when someone really loves you?
How do you most often show your love to others?
Read John 13:34-35.
What do you think it means to love others as Jesus loved you?
How is Jesus' love for you different than someone else's love for you? How is it different than your own love for yourself?
Before giving this command, Jesus had already demonstrated his love for his disciples by washing their feet. What do you think Jesus was thinking about as He washed Judas' feet? What would you have been thinking about as you washed Judas' feet?
What kind of attitude is required for someone to serve other people?
Since we wear shoes and socks, we don't really wash each other's feet anymore. What are some other simple ways you could serve other people?
Is there something you could do to serve someone else in this group?
In John 15:13, Jesus says the greatest love is laying down your life for your friends. Less than a day after speaking these words, He demonstrated that kind of love by giving up His life for us. If we are to love others as He loved us, how can we give up our life for other people?
As you consider Jesus' HUGE sacrifice for you, what things in your life would you be willing to sacrifice for someone else?
Is there something you could sacrifice to help someone in this group?
Loving as Jesus loved means (among other things) being willing to serve others and sacrifice for others. How can you serve or sacrifice this week to demonstrate love to someone else?
Posted by David Rudd in Titus on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
What is your best memory of your grandfather (or grandmother)?
What is something you learned from your grandfather?
What is one thing you want to pass on to your grandchildren?
Read Titus 2:1-2 and 6-8.
Which words in these verses are most meaningful to you? Why?
When Paul writes about "older men", who do you think he is talking about? What makes someone an older man?
Why do you think Paul emphasized how older men should live, rather than what they should teach?
How might an older man set a poor example with the way he lives?
Using the list in verse two, have each person in the group talk about one change they would like to make in their life to be a better example.
Define in your own words each item in verse two's list and give specific examples of how someone would live these virtues out:
worthy of respect -
sound in faith -
sound in love -
sound in endurance -
How can someone improve themselves in each of these areas? What are you doing in your own life to improve in these areas?
How can a small group be a tool for improvement in these areas?
What can this group do this week to help everyone present improve their example?