The Lord’s Prayer BS

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The Lord’s Prayer

January – April 2016

Discussion Questions

Lords Prayer Bible Studies 2017 A5 booklet (218 kb)

Loving your Church (bs)

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Loving your Church 2016

Discussion Questions

Before Church

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

  • How do we gain access to God, according to this passage?
  • Why then, do we gather together?
  • Do you think in the past, you have had more of a consumer attitude or servant attitude to church? What might be the fruits of a servant attitude to church?
  • What does this passage tell us about church?

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.

During Church

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?

Preaching

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?

Singing

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)?

“After the main gathering”

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…

  • evangelism?
  • pastoral care?

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?

Action Point…

  • Identify one thing you will do as a result of studying God’s word today.

Suggestions for prayer…

  • give thanks to God for his love to us and the confidence it gives to us.
  • ask God to help you love your brothers and sisters – especially those who you find difficult to love.
  • pray that the love of your church will make the gospel attractive to unbelievers.

Guests @ Church

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?

Small group discipleship (bs)

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Discussion Questions

  1. What are the goals of your small group? (there may be several, perhaps list in order of priority.)
  2. What can you do in a small group that might not be as achievable at our Sunday services?
  3. What are some of the pitfalls of a small group and how do you avoid them?

  4. Have there been persons who have been significant spiritual influences in your life?
  5. What did you learn?
  6. How might you be a discipler to another? What’s the next step?

We Believe In… (bs)

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Discussion Questions

  1. What are some of the prevailing views in our society about the existence of God, or what God is like?
  2. If you had the opportunity to tell someone what you believed, what would be the key things you would want to say?
  3. Summarize the main points that Paul makes when he speaks to the Athenians in Acts 17.
  4. Compare Paul’s speech in Acts 17 to Peter’s in Acts 2. Similarities and differences?

Pray for one friend you have, that you might speak the good news of God to them soon.

 

Relationships 2014 (bs)

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Discussion Questions

Week 1: A Marriage of Confession and Forgiveness

  1. What is the cause of conflict, according to James 4, and what is the solution?
  2. For those married, what issues cause conflict in your marriage?
  3. How do you typically respond when you are wronged by your spouse?
  4. How do you as a couple handle conflict? What would you change to improve this?
  5. Read Matt 18:21-22. What principles for forgiveness in marriage can we find here?
  6. What are some daily habits of a confessional and forgiving culture in a marriage?

Bible

 

Download printable PDF with space for writing.

Week 2: Marriage and a Culture of Growth

  1. Describe the changes in yourself from when you were first married until now (or from what you were some years ago if you are single.)
  2. Read Galatians 5:13-25.  What ought to be the result of Christian freedom?  What does this mean in a marriage context?
  3. What are the weeds in your life/marriage, the sinful desires of the flesh, that you need to address? How can you begin to do this as a married couple?
  4. Consider the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. What practical ways could you incorporate and practice the fruit in your life/marriage? 

Bible

 

Download printable PDF with space for writing.

Week 3:

  1. Think about your spouse’s strengths and abilities as a person. How might you learn from them?
  2. Think about some of the typical frustrations or ordinary moments of your marriage. How might God be asking you to learn and grow from them as well?
  3. God loves in surprising ways. From the Bible, think how he has acted in surprising ways. Since God is love, can you see how his actions can be understood as loving?
  4. What are some ways you find it easy to love, and difficult to love?
  5. The problem in our marriages is not first that we don’t love one another enough: no, the problem is that we don’t love God enough, and because we don’t love God enough, we don’t love one another as we should.” (Paul Tripp). Discuss.
  6. Discuss the fruit of the Spirit, and practical ways to daily plant these seeds.

Bible

 

Download printable PDF with space for writing.

Week 4: Singleness

  1. What things did you find challenging from the interview on Sunday?
    What did you have questions about?
    Read 1 Corinthians 7: 17-38.
  2. What does it tell us about being single?
  3. What does it tell us about being married?
  4. Do you agree with Paul that being single is a better option? (vs 38)
    What makes this hard to accept?
  5. How does our church community go at being single friendly? What could we do to make our church a place where single people feel welcomed and loved?
  6. How can we all be better at being content and joyful (Phil 4:4-13)?

Bible

 Download printable PDF with space for writing.

Week 5: Marriage – Leadership what it looks like

  1. What attitudes to the roles of husband and wife do you see among your friends, or in the wider culture of TV, films and magazines?  How have these attitudes influenced you, both positively and negatively?
  2. What is it in other people’s marriages you would like to copy?
  3. How is authority and submission exercised in the marriages you would like to emulate? How about in marriages you would like to avoid?
  4. Read Phil 2:1-11.  Discuss how having the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus would have a positive impact on the relationships that you are part of (not just marriage relationships).
  5. How do you typically respond when you’re wronged by someone you know well?  How does your attitude to that person compare with God’s attitude to you?
  6. What are your hopes for marriage?  Are there things that you should be looking for from God rather than marriage?

Bible

 

 Download printable PDF with space for writing.

 

Evangelism (bs)

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Evangelism Discussion Questions 2014

Download Evangelism questions here: Evangelism BS 2014 (pdf 929 kb)

Welcoming & Discipleship (bs)

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Welcoming Discussion Questions

Download Welcoming questions here: Welcoming bs (pdf 63 kb)

Download Welcoming leaders’ notes here: Welcoming bs – leaders (pdf 99 kb)

Discipleship Discussion Questions

Download Discipleship questions here: Discipleship bs (pdf 52 kb)

 
NB these studies were used by 6pm groups in March 2014

 

Worship – Music (bs)

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Worship Discussion Questions

Sunday 16 February 2014

  1. What are some of the misconceptions people might have about worship today? How would you define worship?
  2. What people/things might you be tempted to worship, adore and make sacrifices for instead of God? Spend some time in personal reflection and write them down.
  3. What difference has Jesus made to the way we worship, in comparison to what it was like under the old covenant? Read Hebrews 10:19-22, Hebrews 8:1-2.
  4. Read Romans 12:1.  Do you find it easy to remember that we are to worship God with our whole lives? What would this look like in practice?
  5. Should we call our church singing (or any other part of the church service), ‘worship’? Why/why not?
  6. What attitudes and opinions have you had about singing at church in the past, and how does this biblical picture of worship change your perspective?
  7. As a group, or separately, read through the following passages.    Spend some time worshipping together as a group.  You could turn these passages into prayers together, or write your own psalm of worship yourself (you don’t have to share it with the group): Psalm 95:1-7, Psalm 47, Psalm 96, Psalm 150.

Download a printable version with space to write answers here Worship discussion questions (58 kb)

 

Music Discussion Questions

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
Saviour’.

‘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)

Serving (bs)

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Serving  discussion questions

week one & two 2 & 9 February 2014

  1. What is serving and why is it a means of growth?
  2. Discuss some of the wrong motives for serving.
  3. Read Ephesians 4:11-16. Discuss how you become equipped to serve; and the goal of that serving.
  4. Take 10 mins to list your strengths and passions.
    Ask someone else to list your strengths and compare the lists together.
    a) Are you currently serving, and what could you potentially do?
    b) Are there new initiatives that your small group could begin?
    c) What might be the next step for you?
  5. For your interest, you could also read 1 Cor 12:12-26, 1 Pet 4:7-11, Rom 12:1-8, 1 Cor 12:1-11.

Download a printable version here Serving Week One-two 2014 (PDF 57 kb)

week three 2 March 2014

“Getting down to business “

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)

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