Finding The Way: Part 8

January 17th, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS
Discussion Questions

Finding The Way: Part 8

January 10th, 2021

The Way of Unity

Sermon Discussion Questions: January 16 & 17

READ: John 17.20-23 and Psalm 133

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  1. In your own words, what is the difference between “uniformity” and “unity”? (35.58-36.36)

  2. Are we unified as believers right now in our…church? …city? …nation? …world? (36.37-37.37)

  3. If Christians were truly unified in the way Jesus prays for us in John 17.20-23, what would be different from how things are now? What would be the same as the way things are now?

  4. What are other ways you prefer to “prove” Jesus rather than by living in unity with other believers? (43.53-44.44)

  5. Is it easier to follow an earthly leader instead of the King of Kings? Why might this be so? (51.15-52.43)

  6. What is one thing you could do to live in closer unity with other believers? (57.28-58.22)

  7. What are you willing to sacrifice to proactively seek unity with other believers? (58.30-61.00)

PRAY:

Lord, help your prayer in John 17.20-23 be demonstrated in my life and relationships. May I pursue unity with other believers as I pursue you, and may our lives be a life-giving aroma that points to you.

SHARE & PRAY:

Share one thing you need prayer for today…

  • Take time to pray for one person at a time

  • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time 

  • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….

Finding The Way: Part 7

January 10th, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS
Discussion Questions
Finding The Way: Part 7

January 10th, 2021

Sermon Discussion Questions: 

Introduction: What are some ways you stayed connected to our church during this last year and what is your hope for the coming year?

Read: 2 Samuel 12:1-7A

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  1. Can you share an epiphany that you experienced similar to David where you realized something about yourself you needed to fully recognize that you may have been ignoring or covering up?
  2. What reflections have you seen or had in your life during 2020?
  3. Which one of these do you tend toward: denying, blaming, or defensiveness? How do you work to avoid these in your life?4
  4. What has helped you to face the true reflection that brings you to your knees? 5
  5. How have you experienced lamentations recently? What has helped you to embrace this moment? 

PRAYER:

What is your prayer of hope for this year? Pray for one another to experience and live in the hope that Christ gives.

In groups of 2 or 3, share one other need that you would like prayer for today…

  • Take time to pray for one person at a time
  • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time
  • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….

Finding The Way: Part 6

January 3rd, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS
Discussion Questions
Finding The Way: Part 5

January 3rd, 2021

INTRODUCE: Where are you or what are you doing when you feel the least encumbered, the most free?

READ: John 14:6, Luke 4:14-21, 28-30, Isaiah 61:1-4

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DISCUSS: Jesus began His ministry by introducing it through reading Isaiah 61:1-4 in the synagogue in Nazareth. He claimed to be anointed by the Spirit of the LORD for a specific work with humanity. Each of the four groups of people about whom He spoke could be considered from both a spiritual and a physical perspective. Christ’s followers are to continue on with His ministry even though they also are in need of being touched by His ministry.

  1. Read Matthew 25:35,36, and 40 and James 2:5. Discuss what it means to be poor in both the physical and spiritual realms. What was Jesus saying He was called to do for such people? In your sphere of influence, how are you carrying on Jesus’ ministry in both the spiritual and physical realms?
  2. Discuss what it means to be imprisoned in both the physical and spiritual realms. What was Jesus saying He was called to do for such people? What ways have you found to carry on Jesus’ ministry in both the spiritual and physical realms for people who are imprisoned? Brainstorm new ways to carry on Christ’s ministry.
  3. Discuss what it means to be blind (disabled) in both physical and spiritual ways. What was Jesus saying He was called to do for such people? How are you carrying on Jesus’ ministry for those who are disabled? (Consider how people who have been hurt badly by someone claiming to be a Christ follower could be spiritually disabled.)
  4. Discuss what it means to be oppressed in both the physical and spiritual realms. How did Jesus minister to such people? What Biblical examples can you give? What ways have you found to carry on Jesus’ ministry in both the spiritual and physical realms of oppression? What obstacles have you come up against and how have you pushed back against them?
  5. Even as Christians carry on Christ’s ministry in the world, personal struggles with poverty, imprisonment, disability, or oppression in either a physical or spiritual realm can affect our daily lives. In which of these areas are you feeling led to walk into a year of Jubilee…freedom from it?
  6. Using the analogy of the Goldfish Prison, why do we still swim in circles even when Christ has set us free and came to give us abundant life? (John 10:10) What would it look like if you walked in that freedom…that when the prison door was opened you completely walked out of the cell and never returned to it again?

PRAYER:

Spend time asking God to show you any areas in which need to walk into Jubilee. Pray for one another  to experience and live in that freedom that Christ gives.

In groups of 2 or 3, share one thing you need prayer for today…

  • Take time to pray for one person at a time
  • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time 
  • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….