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August 9, 2018, 1:37 PM

The Temple of the Holy Spirit


These questions relate to the sermon from 5 August 2018, "The Temple of the Holy Spirit."  The primary text was Acts 2:1-4. Other texts mentioned that may be spur further discussion are: 2 Chronicles 7:1-3Exodus 40:34-38Deuteronomy 15:7-11, and  Acts 4:32-37.

  1. Why is the Holy Spirit important for Christians?
  2. What was the significance of Pentecost? (Re-read Acts 2:1-4)
  3. What are the differences between God’s presence in the Old Testament (Temple/ Tabernacle references in 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 and Exodus 40:34-38) and New Testament (Pentecost)?
  4. Have you ever considered yourself to be the temple of the Holy Spirit? (Read 1 Corinthians 6:19).
  5. How does the concept of you being God’s mobile temple connect with the Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20?
  6. Is it hard for you to let go of control and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Explain
  7. Do you desire to be God’s Mobile temple to the spiritually rebellious and lost? Why or why not?
  8. Is there something stopping you from being God’s mobile temple?



July 29, 2018, 4:25 PM

Questions - Holy Who?


 These questions relate to the sermon on 29 July 2018, Holy Who?  The beginning passage is Matthew 3:13-17, but there are many references mentioned in the sermon.  This sermon is also posted on the website under the sermons tab.

Note to group leaders:  You will have to choose carefully for your group.  These questions when fully discussed might take several hours.  Encourage your group to do some of the work before group meeting.  Also, Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem provides good teaching on these topics in the chapters on the Trinity and The Work of The Holy Spirit.  The sermon leans on this source.  A copy is available in the pastor's office and in the library.  In addition sermons or articles by John Piper and Alistair Begg might be helpful.

1.  Discuss how you describe or have described the Holy Spirit.

2. How do you explain the Trinity?

3.  Identify how the three persons of the Trinity were visibly and audibly present at Jesus' baptism; Matthew 3:13-17.

4.  Does the Holy Spirit still become visibly and audibly manifest today?  In what kind of circumstances?

5.  The work of the Holy Spirit was presented in four parts:  empowering, purifying, revealing, and unifying.  One category at a time, discuss your experience.  (This might take a while.)

6.  Discuss biblical references to the different kinds of work of the Spirit.  These were mentioned in the sermon:  Genesis 1; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:10; John 16:8-11; Acts 7:5; Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 8:16; Acts 15:28.  There are many more.  We hardly scratched the surface of the Old Testament.

7.  What keeps us from experiencing the work of the Holy Spirit?

8.  How much of the Holy Spirit do you want?




July 22, 2018, 5:16 PM

Questions - Discipline of Learning Scripture


These questions relate to the sermon on 22 July 2018, Discipline of Learning Scripture.  

1.  Just for discussion - What have been the most significant experiences of this summer so far and why?

2.  What are your early recollections of learning to learn scripture?  Describe the context and how it affected you.

3.  Have you had to unlearn bad interpretations or bad habits in regard to learning scripture?

4.  Discuss methods and tools that are helpful to your Bible learning in the following categories:

  • reading
  • meditating
  • memorizing
  • learning about the Bible (education)

5.  If you have experience with scripture memory, how does the Word surface at useful times?

6.  The sermon was based from Psalm 119:9-16.  Also read Psalm 1:1-3; Joshua 1:8; and 2 Timothy 3:16.  What other scriptures about learning scripture are helpful to you?

7.  How would you help your children or a new believer develop a discipline of learning scripture?

8.  Keep in mind that we are presenting spiritual disciplines, the practices and habits that help us form disciple character: walking in faith, abiding in Christ, loving one another, and bearing much fruit.

 




July 8, 2018, 11:00 AM

Questions - Asking


These questions relate to the sermon on 8 July 2018, Asking.  The primary scripture is Matthew 6:11-13.  This is the final in a series of sermons on prayer discipline based on the model prayer.  After praising and seeking God we are prepared to ask in his name.

1.  In the asking part of the model prayer what kinds of requests are made?

2.  How do these requests relate to contemporary needs?

3.  Which request has a condition?  Is this condition still valid?

4.  Should we always pray in the same order as the model prayer?

5.  Why is the asking part of the prayer the final part?

6.  What should we do if we pray out of order?  (It is a trick question....keep on praying.)

7.  Read Nehemiah's prayer in Nehemiah 1.  What components are similar to the model prayer?

8.  Read James 5:13-18.  Does our praying resemble James' instruction?

 




July 1, 2018, 4:34 PM

Questions - Seeking Prayer


These questions are meant to relate to the sermon from 1 July 2018, Seeking Prayer.  The primary scripture is Matthew 6:10.  The questions are designed for group discussion but may be helpful for personal reflection as well.  Those who are using these questions in a group are encouraged to review the questions prior to meeting.

1.  Review the setting of the model prayer; namely the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7.  What was Jesus teaching his early followers?

2.  What is the three-point outline presented in the sermons for the model prayer?

3.  What do these phrases mean, "your kingdom come, your will be done?"  Is this a proleptic prayer (anticipation of the future) or about today?  Both?

4.  Where is God's kingdom?

5.  How much of God's kingdom and do we want if we prayer this prayer?

6.  To seek God sincerely we have to get beyond our own will and desires and listen to him.  How do you do this?  Practically, what steps do you take?  There were four steps suggested in the sermon.  Be...

7.  Share scriptures with each other that help you get into the space where you are listening to God.

8.  What is meditating on God's word or character, and how do you do it?

9.  Have you had experience with the Holy Spirit guiding you how to pray?  Can you describe it?

10.  How might God shape us through seeking prayer?


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