Dear Church: Part 8
By Robert Gelinas
Oct 5-6 , 2019
Discussion Questions: October 5-6
Introduction: Describe a time in your life when someone spoke truth (rebuke) to you that you were able to receive and make a necessary change.
Read: Revelation 3:14-22 and Hebrews 12:7-11
Watch: Dear Church – Laodicea
Discuss: The times below are based upon this link:
- What do you recall about the 7 different letters to the churches in Revelation? Which letter in revelation has spoken to you the most and why?
- What would it look like to truly “take church seriously”? Do you have any examples or counter-examples of this?
- What do you recall about the time when you first heard about “lukewarm” passage in Revelation 3:15?
- What does it look like to be “cold” or “hot” but not “lukewarm” in our faith?
- Have you ever felt rebuked or disciplined through love in a way you could hear it?
- Have you ever felt like God put you in timeout? What did that look like?
- Have you ever thought about verse 20 as Jesus knocking at the door of the church? How does that look in our lives right now?
- How can we spur one another toward being hot or cold instead of lukewarm?
Prayer in Groups of 2-3
Given today’s discussion, what’s one thing you would like prayer for? What is a personal need you have that you would like to share/be prayed for?
Based on Question 1 above, take a few minutes reviewing each of the churches. Reflect each one briefly. Which church would you say God is speaking about in your life? Spend 5 minutes in silence and solitude listening for the Lord to speak to your heart regarding specifically what he is saying to you…not your idea of what you should do or change, but listening for Jesus to speak to your heart.
Dear Church: Part 7
By Robert Gelinas
September 28-29 , 2019
Discussion Questions: Sept. 28-29, 2019
INTRODUCE: Think back to time when you were in a natural disaster or bad storm. Tell about the
situation, how you felt and how it resolved for you. What did you learn do to survive it?
READ: Revelation 3:7-13, Isaiah 22:20-22, Revelation 1:18, Revelation 4:1
PRAYER: Begin the time by praying together
WATCH & DISCUSS: Dear Church in Philidelphia
- Share a time in your Christian walk when you felt like all you could do was hold on…just keep
- Onto what did you cling during that time?
- We are to be holy like He is holy. (I Peter 1:16, Leviticus 11:44-45)Share ways in which you see
Jesus as having been holy and true when He walked on this earth. Think of a person who comes
to mind that you consider to be holy and true. Without mentioning any names, what does that
person do or say that causes them to come to your mind in this regard?
- What are some of the doors that Jesus, the “janitor,” has opened or closed? In retrospect, how
has the opening and closing of those doors effected your life?
- Open doors are usually viewed as positive opportunities. How do you view closed doors initially
as opposed to retrospectively?
- Discuss the three different ways that the reference to doors being opened and closed has been
- What does “everyday faithfulness” look like in your life? What makes you think that Jesus really
does notice normal, everyday faithfulness?
- In our humanness, it can be easy to feel like “just (your name)”. When have you experienced
those feelings? What have you done to combat that view of yourself? Brainstorm other ideas for
seeing yourself as Jesus does….a pillar in the making.
- Discuss a time when you KNEW that Jesus had kept you from a storm. How have you KNOWN
that He was with you as you went through a storm?
- Little Mary said, “My daddy always does what he says.” when she was rescued. In what
situations could you have said that about your Heavenly Father?
- After today’s discussion, what insights have you gotten? How can you apply even one insight
FOR FURTHER STUDY: Do Biblical study of someone God brought through a “storm” and one He saved from a “storm.”
- Look at how God acted and what He said. Take note of what the individual or group said and
did. What do you notice that will help you face a trial and “hold on?” Possible study material:
Passover in Egypt, the escape of Israel from Egypt, the story of Jonah and Nineveh, Job, Joseph
and Mary response to Herod’s command for the killing of baby boys, Jesus in the Garden of
Gethsemane, an imprisonment of Paul.
- In Revelation 3:7 Jesus describes Himself as “He who is holy, who is true…” I Peter 1:16 tell us
that He is holy so we should be holy. How do we practically move toward being holy? In the
book, The Pursuit of Holiness (Nav Press 1978), Jerry Bridges describes the five most essential
elements of pursuing holiness. They are conviction of the knowledge of truth, commitment to
obedience, discipline of choices, dependence on the Spirit, and God-centered desire. Jerry
Bridges book is still available today as is a study guide on the pursuit of holiness. Consider
studying his thoughts on the topic.