Friday, December 19, 2014

3 Ways to Live a Blessed Life (Matthew 5)

Who do you know that lives a “blessed” life? What makes their life blessed?

How has God blessed you? Are you pleased with the life God has given you? Why or why not?

Is it more important to be pleased by God or to please Him with your life? Why? Which option is the true “blessed” life?

Read Matthew 5:3-5.

Create a short definition for the following three types of people:
- the poor in spirit
- those who mourn
- the meek

Which of these three are you most like? Which are you most unlike?

In your past, when have you been most like these types of people? What was happening in your life at that time?
 
What current obstacles in your life keep you from being poor in spirit? from spiritual mourning? from being meek?

How long have these obstacles been a part of your life? What do you think you need to do in order to remove them?

Who can help you work towards removing these obstacles? How can they help?

What next steps will you take to become more blessed in the eyes of God?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Are You Looking For A Sign? (Matthew 2:1-6)

The star is the most widely recognized Christmas "sign" that Jesus had been born. Does God often give signs? Do you wish he would more often? This discussion is about whether or not we need a "sign" in order to live as God desires.



When have you asked God to give you a sign? Did he?

Why is it okay to ask God for a sign? Why is it not okay?

Read Matthew 2:1-6. Which part of this passage is most meaningful to you? Why?

Why do you think the wise men in Jerusalem missed the sign?

Do you think the wise men in Jerusalem were even looking for the Messiah? Why or why not?

When the wise men from the East saw the star they decided to embark on a long journey. What do you think motivated them to make this unexpected trip?

In your past, What things have caused you to radically change your plans? How did things work out?

Have you ever radically changed your plans because of something you read in the Bible? What was the result?

If God asked you to make one major change in your life, what do you think it would be?

Is there anything in the Bible that talks about this kind of change?

What sign do you need in order to be convinced to make the change?

How will you act this week in response to this study?

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Need another Christmas-based small group study? Try this one:
Learning From Jesus' Geneology (Matthew 1)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SUBMISSION: The Secret to Stress-Relief (Matthew 11)

What activities give you energy? What activities drain you of energy?

Think about a time when you felt extremely weary. What caused your weariness?

How can life's busyness cause us to be weary? What things in your life keep you overly busy?

Read Matthew 11:28-30. Write these verses in your own words.

Which phrase in this passage is most meaningful to you? Why?

The yoke is a symbol representing submission to God. Read the following verses and identify what they teach about submitting to God.
Proverbs 3:6
Job 22:21
Romans 8:7
James 4:7

Apart from God, to what are people sometimes tempted to submit themselves? Why do you think people fall for these temptations?

How do the wrong priorities cause stress?

Why would life be more simple if a person was fully submitted to God?

What is one area of your life which needs to be submitted to God?

What one step can you take this week to be more submitted to God?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Is Your Body the Temple of Doom? (1 Corinthians 6)

How have you used your body to bring glory to God this week?

How do you decide which physical activities are "right" and which physical activities are "wrong?"

Read 1 Corinthians 6:12. Make a list of behaviors which might be okay to do, but are not necessarily beneficial.

What do you think it means to "not be mastered by anything?"

What types of activities have you observed which can become addictive? What activities in your own life can become addictive?

How do you avoid being mastered by things? What areas of your life require more self-control?

List 3-5 physical activities you can do this week which will bring glory to God.

List 2-3 physical activities you will avoid this week so that you don't dishonor God.

Re-write 1 Corinthians 6:19 in your own words.

If your body is God's temple, do you think He is happy with how you are caring for it? Why or why not?

If God were to ask you to change one thing about how you care for His temple, what would he ask? Would you change it?

How can this group assist you or pray for you as you consider these changes?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Being a New Creation Means Exchanging Our Old Life for a New One (Colossians 3)

When was the last time you "turned over a new leaf" in life? Were you successful? Why or why not?

The Bible often says that we who belong to Jesus are "new people." The following questions will help you think about what it means to be a new person.

Read Colossians 3:1-4. This verse instructs us to think about heavenly things instead of earthly things. What "earthly things" are you most likely to think about during the day?

What are "heavenly things" that you don't often think about? How would it improve your life if you spent more time thinking about these things?

Read Colossians 3:5-11. Why do you think Paul used such strong language ("put to death")?

Look at the following list of actions which Paul demanded be killed. When have you seen these types of actions glorified or justified in movies, tv or music?
  • Sexual Immorality
  • Impurity
  • Lust
  • Evil Desires
  • Greed
In verse 8, Paul encouraged new Christians to get rid of certain behavior. What are some real life examples of the following harmful behaviors?
  • Anger
  • Rage
  • Malice
  • Slander
  • Filthy Language
How would someone go about killing off or getting rid of these types of behaviors? Which items on these lists do you need to deal with in your life?

Read Colossians 3:12-15. Consider the following list and decide what specific actions you can take to add these positive traits to your life.
  • Compassion
  • Kindness
  • Humility
  • Gentleness
  • Patience
We embrace our new life by exchanging the old for the new. What old stuff are you going to get rid of this week? What new stuff are you going to put on?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Small Group Questions for Easter

Have several people ask the question, “What’s the most important thing you’ve ever done?”

Ask other people, “What do you hope to accomplish in the next several years of your life?”

Tell your class that today you’ll be talking about “life mission” or the one most important thing you do that drives everything else. Tell them that Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the defining moment in history, so it should be the defining moment in our lives.

Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-19. How does the resurrection impact some of the crucial beliefs of Christianity? 

How would Christianity be different if there was no resurrection? How would you be different without the resurrection?

Read 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. What are some specific ways that the resurrection gives us hope?

If you had been a friend of Jesus when he was on earth, how would the resurrection have impacted your life? 

How do you think his followers then were effected by the resurrection?

Read 1 Corinthians 15:58. What do you think Paul expected of people as a result of the resurrection?

What do you think it means to “give yourself fully to the work of the Lord?”

How can you give yourself fully to the work of the Lord?

What would a life look like that was completely sold out to doing the same things Jesus did? What would it take for you to look like that?

    Closing Challenge:

    Jesus’ resurrection from the dead makes him superior to all other’s who have lived

    Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for the future and motivation for the present

    The resurrection should motivate us to seek to relive suffering and redeem sin just like Jesus did

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    You Never Walk Alone (Matthew 28)


    Is being alone stressful for you or is it refreshing? Why?
    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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