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Message Discussion Questions

From November 20, 2022

Getting Started

• Have you ever felt taken for granted? Have you ever forgotten to thank someone for
a significant act of kindness?
• Why does being thanked feel awkward or sometimes embarrassing?

Quick Reactions From the Message

• Steve mentioned that it is important to preach to ourselves. What does this mean in
your own words?
• How does remembering what God has done in history–not just your own life, but in
the lives of those who have walked faithfully with Him—encourage you?
• As you think about the many benefits of God listen in Psalm 103, do one or more of
these benefits resonate with you more strongly?
• How easy is it for us (you) to forget God’s benefits? What helps you remember God’s benefits?

Explore the Passage (Psalm 103)

• Why do you think David might need to instruct his soul to praise God? (vs. 1-2)
• Why would God “satisfying our desires with good things” cause our “youth to be
renewed like the eagles?” What do you think is the connection between these two
things? (vs. 5)
• In vs. 8-10, David shifts his focus to who God is rather than what he does for us. Does
David’s description of God match your own concept of God? (vs. 8-10)
• How many benefits from God do you count in verses 1-12?
• What does the analogy in verse 12 really mean?
• Who does David call on to join his praise? Why does he do this? (vs. 20-22)

Application of the Text

• In what ways have you experienced the goodness of God this past year? Take time to
have everyone share specific examples.
• In what circumstance is it difficult for you to give thanks right now? What’s one thing
you can give thanks for in that circumstance?
• How will you express gratitude today for the people God has placed in your life?
• How can we pray for each other?

Message Discussion Questions

From November 13, 2022

Getting Started

What is one thing you are thankful for this week and what is one thing we can pray for you this week?

Remind each other of our simple expectations for meeting together.

When you are frustrated, disappointed, discouraged, what makes you feel better, or gives you a better perspective?

Quick Reactions From the Message

How would you summarize/paraphrase the message in your own words?

What point/idea resonated most with you? Why?

What idea, context, Scripture do you think could have been expanded on, or included in the message?

How do you define faith? How is it different from belief?

What specific thing has enlarged your faith and trust in God? Why?

In what area is God “enlarging your faith?

Explore the Passage (Exodus 33:7-23)

Where did Moses go to meet with the Lord? (33:7-8)
What would happen when Moses went into the tent? (33:9)
How would the people respond when Moses went into the tent? (33:10)
How would God speak to Moses? (33:11)
How did Moses express his frustration to the Lord? (33:12-13)
How did the Lord respond to Moses’ plea for guidance? (33:14)
In what way was the Lord’s presence critical to Moses? (33:15-16)
What did the Lord say to Moses concerning their relationship? (33:17)
What incredible request did Moses make of God? (33:18)
How did the Lord respond to Moses’ request? (33:19)
What did the Lord tell Moses he could not see? (33:20)
Where did God tell Moses to stand? (33:21)
How did the Lord cover Moses when He passed by? (33:22)
What did the Lord allow Moses to see? (33:23)

Questions to Help Us Understand the Significance of the Text

What would you describe as your “tent of meeting? What was the point of the “tent of meeting”?

How do you respond to the imagery that God can speak to us “face to face, as one speaks to a friend?
In your group, as best you can, name some of the obstacles that Moses has faced in helping God’s people enter the promised land?

How has disappointment and failure, as well as success been a hallmark of Moses’ life? In what way can you relate to Moses?

What drains you of enlarging your faith, hope and trust in God? Why?

Describe how cynicism, hard-heartedness, and disappointment threatens experiencing a growing
faith and trust in God?

Dave made the point that Moses models how to enlarge our faith even in the most difficult circumstances. That an enlarging faith prays ; 1. Teach me your ways (v.13), 2. Promise me your presence (v14-17), and 3. Show me Your glory (v17-23).

In what way would this change, or kickstart your prayer life?

What do you need to “learn about His ways”? What would it look like for you to learn his ways, as opposed to asking God to change your circumstances?

How can God’s presence give you perspective in your struggles?

Where have you settled for comfort, or safety with God, rather than for His presence?

What would it look like for you to ask God to show you His glory?

How does it make you feel to know that God knows you by name?

Application of the Text

What do we learn about God and about ourselves in this passage?

What may God be asking you to change, do differently, repent of, pray about as a result of engaging with this passage?

How can we pray for each other?

Message Discussion Questions

From November 6, 2022

Getting Started

What is one thing you are thankful for this week and what is one thing we can pray for you this week?

Remind each other of our simple expectations for meeting together.

In what way have you underestimated the power of the environment (whether it be a family, organization, work or church) to transform who you are?

How can you imagine that a church (or individuals) lose sight of helping form Christ-likeness in us that it can create a culture, or chance things, priorities that end up becoming toxic?

Quick Reactions From the Message

How would you summarize/paraphrase the message in your own words?

What point/idea resonated most with you?  Why?

What idea, context, Scripture do you think could have been expanded on, or included in the message?

What in your words is “Christ-likeness”?

How do you recognize Christ-likeness in others, in yourself?

In what ways can we get off track, “over-complicate” faith if we do not “walk in the same way which he walked”?

Explore the Passage (1 John 1:5-2:14)

What message did the writer hear and declare? (1:5)
What inconsistency did John address? (1:6)
What results from “walking in the light”? (1:7)
How were some believers apparently deceiving themselves? (1:8)
What is the result of confessing one’s sins? (1:9)
In what way can a person make God out to be a liar? (1:10)
Why did John write this letter? (2:1)
For whom is Jesus an atoning sacrifice? (2:2)
What test did John describe for knowing whether or not a person truly knows God? (2:3-6)
What did John say he was giving to his readers? (2:7-8)
How are claiming to be a Christian and loving one’s fellow Christians related? (2:9-11)
Why did John write to “the dear children”? (2:12-13)
Why did John write to “the fathers”? (2:13-14)
Why did John write to “the young men”? (2:13-14)

Questions to Help Us Understand the Significance of the Text

What do you think the terms “light” and “darkness” represent?

How can we “walk in the light”?

Why would someone claim that he or she was without sin?

What role does the confession of sins play in your daily life?

From this passage what are the opponents of the gospel doing that does not look like Jesus?

What does the way in which we treat other believers reveal about us?

What confidence does Jesus’ atoning death give to us?

What area do you need to surrender your life to Christ in order to walk, imitate Him?  Consider the areas we covered in this series which Jesus walked in…

(Empathy/compassion, grace, putting people first, telling the truth, promoting justice and serving others)

Application of the Text

What do we learn about God and about ourselves in this passage?

What may God be asking you to change, do differently, repent of, pray about as a result of engaging with this passage?

How can we pray for each other?

Message Discussion Questions

From October 30, 2022

Getting Started

Which is generally easier for you; to serve others or be served by others? Why?

Questions From the Message

• You look most like Jesus when you serve others. Do you agree with this statement?
How would you put this in your own words?
• How would you personally answer the question Jesus asked both James/John and
Bartimeaus “What do you want me to do for you?”
• How does servanthood go against human nature? How does it compare with what
advertisers compel us to think of ourselves?
• What do you find most difficult in serving others?

Explore the Passage (Mark 10:35-52)

• What is the “cup” and “baptism” Jesus is talking about? (vs. 38)
• Why did Jesus say that James and John didn’t really understand what they were
asking? What were they missing? (vs. 38-39)
• What is the relationship between our serving and Jesus’ serving? (vs. 43-45)
• How does Jesus’ understanding of greatness, power and authority differ from that of
the Gentile rulers? (vs. 42-45)
• What was Bartimeaus’ response after being healed by Jesus? (vs. 51-52)

Application

• In what ways do you follow Jesus through serving others?
• Steve mentioned the first step in serving others is noticing the need of others around
us. Is this something you’ve struggled with? How can you begin noticing those
around you?
• What are some ways you as a group can serve others this season?
• Take time to pray for one another.

Message Discussion Questions

From October 23, 2022

Getting Started

• What is one thing you are thankful for this week and what is one thing we can pray for
you this week?
• The Bible is clear that we can have control of our thoughts. How have your thoughts
controlled different areas of your life?
• Discuss a challenging time in your life where God graced you to see beyond what
you can see?

Questions From the Message

• How would you summarize/paraphrase the message in your own words?
• What challenged you most in hearing Jonathan’s story?
• What is an area or situation in your life right, now, where you find it hard to see
beyond what you can see?

Explore the Passage (Philippians 4:8-9)

• Which of these pursuits seem to come more natural for you?
• Which of these pursuits do you find more challenging?
• Which pursuit would you like to pray that God would grace you more of today?
• What does it look like for the God of peace to be with someone?

Application

• What do we learn about God and about ourselves in this passage?
• Discuss Paul’s encouragement for us to, “think about these things.” What does that
mean? How does it look in our everyday lives?
• How can we pray for each other?

Message Discussion Questions

From October 16, 2022

Getting Started

What is one thing you are thankful for this week and what is one thing we can pray for you this week?

Remind each other of our simple expectations for meeting together

How have you experienced something that has been “unjust”?  What did or didn’t you do in response?

Questions From the Message

How would you summarize/paraphrase the message in your own words?

What point/idea resonated most with you?  Why?

What idea, context, Scripture do you think could have been expanded on, or included in the message?

Based in the video, and Zephaniah 3, Dave highlighted three implications of Biblical Justice…

  1. It is defined by the nature and character of God
  2. It matters to God, so it matters to me
  3. Is ultimately resolved in His love. “His justice and mercy meet at the cross”

What “injustices” do you see and notice in the world around you?  As followers of Jesus who are recipients of His mercy, what ought we do…what can we do?  What ought a church do?

What are the limitations of both the “right” and “left” side of politics in defining justice?  How does this threaten biblical unity within a church?  How does God define and resolve injustice?

Explore the Passage (Zephaniah 3)

Who and what are the oppressors and what are they like and why? (3:1-4)

Who is God and what does He do in response? (3:5-6)

What does God “think” will happen in response to His retributive justice?  (3:7)

What does God ask in response to unresolved injustices in the world?  (3:8)

What happens when God restores and renews? (3:9-13)

What does God do when He redeems, restores and removes His hand of judgment? (3:14-20)

How will God remove sorrow from His people? (3:18-20)

Questions to help us explore the significance of the text

When have you experienced restoration and rejoicing after a period of rebellion, guilt and shame?

Who is on the short end of God’s judgment?

What people is God patient and merciful with?  In what ways does this resonate with what Jesus taught?

How does Christ ultimately resolve God’s Justice in the world and in the life to come (for individuals and the world?

From this passage (and the video played in church)…how would you define Biblical Justice?

How does both “left-wing” and “right-wing” politics or ideologies misunderstand Biblical Justice? (ie injustice is the result solely of individuals or soley on systems/societies?

In what areas of your life do you want to be more open to God’s desires for you and less resistant of what He wants?

How can both you as an individual, and as a church give voice to those who are most vulnerable?

Application

What do we learn about God and about ourselves in this passage?

What may God be asking you to change, do differently, repent of, pray about as a result of engaging with this passage?

How can we pray for each other?