The Lord’s Prayer
January – April 2016
January – April 2016
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?
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.
Download Evangelism questions here: Evangelism BS 2014 (pdf 929 kb)
Download Welcoming questions here: Welcoming bs (pdf 63 kb)
Download Welcoming leaders’ notes here: Welcoming bs – leaders (pdf 99 kb)
Download Discipleship questions here: Discipleship bs (pdf 52 kb)NB these studies were used by 6pm groups in March 2014
Sunday 16 February 2014
Download a printable version with space to write answers here Worship discussion questions (58 kb)
Sunday 23 February 2014
Read Psalm 96
1. Opening question (only if there is time): If you could see one musician live in concert, who would it be and why?
2. What are some of the experiences or opinions you or others you know have had about church music? In what way might some of them be misguided or sinful?
3. What do you think are the reasons why we sing in church? Read Col 3:16-17, Eph 5:19-21, Hebrews 10:24-25 and Psalm 92:1-4.
4. What do you think would be the consequences if we forgot either the ‘vertical’ or the ‘horizontal’ aspects of music at church?
5. In what ways can our church singing involve our a) ‘head’, b) ‘heart’ and c) ‘body’? How do you find it difficult responding in each of these ways? Share any things you find helpful in keeping your headand heart engaged while you sing.
6. Key Question: Why is love and humility so important when it comes to thinking about church music (and many other aspects of what goes on at church)? What are the consequences if we don’t have these attitudes? (Read Ephesians 4:1-3 if there is time)
7. ‘A mature Christian is easily edified’ (Harold Best). What do you think this means, and
what implications does it have for approaching church music (and other parts of the
service, e.g. preaching, praying).
8. Optional: Print out the lyrics of a song from church and sing it together as a group. e.g ‘In Christ Alone’, ‘Before the Throne of God Above’, ‘May the Mind of Christ My
‘Above all, sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this, attend strictly to the sense of what you are singing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually, so shall your singing be as the Lord will approve, and reward you when he comes in the clouds of heaven’- John Wesley.
Download a printable version here Music discussion questions (PDF 37 kb)
Download a printable version here Serving Week One-two 2014 (PDF 57 kb)
Read Ephesians 1:1-14
1. Discuss what it means to be called by God.
Read Ephesians 4:1-13
2. How does it make you feel to know God appoints some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers?
3. What impact does knowing that God appoints some people to prepare us for works of service have on our weekly gatherings? Does it change anything?
Read 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13
4. What characteristic of love (v4-8) do you find most encouraging? Explain.
5. What characteristic of love (v4-8) do you find most confronting? Explain.
6. What is one thing you would like prayer for as a result of reading through these passages?
Download a printable version here Serving part three 2014 (PDF 69 kb)