The Lord’s Prayer
January – April 2016
January – April 2016
October – November 2016
For further thought…
What rights do you struggle to be willing to give up for the sake of others?
Verse of the week
‘Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.’ 1 Cor 9:19
Why do you think Paul introduces the image of an athlete, at this point in his letter? (re-read vv. 19-23)
What would it look like to “run aimlessly” or “fight like a man beating the air” in the Christian life? What would the opposite look like?
Verse of the week
‘Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training… to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.’ 1 Cor 9:25
1. What sort of things do you normally think about when you walk into church?
2. What do you really love about church at the moment?
3. What do you find hard (if anything) about church at the moment?
4. What do you think God is thinking about as you walk into church?
5. Read Heb 10:19-25
6. If your goal is to build and encourage people at church, what could you do beforehand to prepare? See how many ideas you can come up with.
1. What is the most important part of church?
2. If you had to pick one, is church more like a rock concert / seeing a movie with friends / a working bee?
3. Read Col 3:16-17. What does church look like when together?
4. How do we treat those who teach the word of Christ? Does our attitude reflect Col 3:12-15?
5. Our involvement in sermons can impact both the preacher and those around us, how do we listen during the sermon in church?
6. What are you doing with your face and hands during the sermon? Would you concentrate more with a notepad?
7. Do you sing with thankfulness to God in your heart (3:16)? Or can you get distracted by being critical of song choice, an instrument, or a musician?
8. Does your practice encourage those around you to sing?
9. Next time you’re in church, how can you stir up one another to love and good deeds (Heb 10:24)?
1. Read 1 John 4:7-12. What is John’s definition of love?
2. Why should we love one another? What reasons does John give for loving one another?
3. Discuss what loving one another might look like in practice.
4. After the formal part of church is over, who do you normally talk to and what do you talk about?
5. Do you find it difficult to talk about spiritual matters? How might we help each other in this struggle?
6. i) In v12 & v17 John talks about God’s love being ‘made complete in/among us’. What do you think John means by this?
ii) What are the implications of God’s love being ‘made complete in/among us’ for…
7. Discuss how we are like God (v17). See also 3:1-2, 6, 9-10, 14, 16-20, 24.
8. How do you reconcile v18 where John talks about ‘no fear in love’ with other parts of the Bible such as Proverbs 9:10 and Philippians 2:12?
Suggestions for prayer…
1. Is church for Christians or non-Christians?
2. Why do you think people are sometimes reluctant to bring friends or family with them to church?
3. Who in your group or in your church was converted through an invitation to church?
4. What stops you from inviting unbelievers to church?
5. Read 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2. How is Paul’s description of his role also a description of our role?
6. What would you change about your church meeting and environment to make it more accessible and friendly for outsiders?
7. Read Colossians 4:3-6. What are some wise ways of inviting people to church?
Have you ever waited with anticipation for something only to find that when it came it was not what you wanted at all? When you got it, did it fulfil your expectations? Why/why not?
Mark 14 takes us into valley of the shadow of the cross, where everyone’s motives are exposed. Though Mark is the shortest of the 4 gospels, its author frequently sets up two seemingly isolated scenes to compare and contrast. In vv1-26 there are two dinner scenes. One dinner exposes a worshipper, the other exposes a betrayer, and through both God will reveal his covenant (commitment) to his people. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. Death on a cross is under God’s sovereign “agenda”.
The remaining verses of Mark 14 are as rich as they are familiar. While we can justifiably be distracted by all the other characters, their actions and failures, we will keep our eyes on Jesus and follow the thread of the Christ’s triumphant submission.
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Think and discuss
What are some of the pitfalls of a small group and how do you avoid them?
Pray for one friend you have, that you might speak the good news of God to them soon.