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June 17, 2018, 4:22 PM

Questions - Prayer Discipline

These questions are meant to relate to the sermon on 17 June 2018, Prayer Discipline.  The primary scripture is Matthew 6:5-15.  This is the beginning of a series of messages on spiritual disciplines, the disciplines that help us build the right kind of disciple character.

1.  Have you noticed the etymological connection between discipline and disciple?  Is a disciple one who is learning disciplines?

2.  Describe people, events, or tools that have helped you learn to pray.

3.  Do not pray like hypocrites or noisy pagans.  How do these instructions relate to contemporary life?

4.  If Jesus said "go to your closet to pray," is it good for us to pray in meetings?  Why or why not?  Can you think of any scripture to help with this question?

5.  If you were helping a new believer, how would you teach them to pray?

6.  How do you keep your prayer time fresh?

7.  How do you use scripture in your praying?

8.  Compare Matthew's version of the model prayer to Luke 11:1-4.

9.  Also read Luke 11:5-13.   According to this passage how would you describe God's attitude toward our prayer.

10.  What do we at LBC need to do in regard to praying, and how will we accomplish it?  (You are welcome to communicate ideas to the pastor.) 

June 10, 2018, 3:22 PM

Questions - Fruity Praying

These questions are meant to relate to the sermon presented on 10 June 2018, Fruity Praying.  The primary scripture is John 15:7.  This topic is in a series, and to some degree it relies on the previous lessons; however, the questions are hopefully useful for personal reflection and group discussion.

1.  What new ideas do you have in regard to producing spiritual fruit?  Maybe it would help to define "spiritual fruit" for yourself or as a group.

2.  If you have not read John 15 recently, please do so.

3.  Verse 7 is a conditional statement.  What are the conditions, and what is the promise?

4.  Read these related verses about praying:  John 14:13-14; John 15:16-17; John 16:23-24.  What does it mean to ask in Jesus' name?

5.  What elements of these sayings should affect how we pray?  What changes does your praying need?

6.  Did these promises mean something different to the apostles than they mean for Christians today?

7.  What is the primary purpose of prayer?

8.  Read 1 John 3:21-24; 1 John 5:14; James 4:1-3?  Do these writings change your understanding?  If so, how?

9.  Consider also: Psalm 37:3-6; Psalm 119:9-11.

10.  Share with the group any other scripture you enjoy related to bearing fruit and praying.

11.  Practice!

June 3, 2018, 4:28 PM

Questions - More Fruit Bearing

These questions are meant to relate to the sermon on 3 June 2018, More Fruit Bearing.  It is a continuation of the series on Disciple Character.  These questions may be used for personal reflection and group discussion.

1.  Have you experienced any pattern of personal challenges during this series of teaching of Disciple Character?  Are you willing to discuss it?

2.  As a review, discuss what "bearing fruit" means?  What kind of spiritual fruit have we been discussing?

3.  How is this fruit produced?

4.  If you have not recently, re-read John 15:1-8.  By what other means might you teach the same truth?  

5.  Practically speaking, how do you stay connected to the vine?  

6.  What is the certain result of staying connected to Jesus?

7.  What is the certain result of not being connected to Jesus?

8.  The question has surfaced from this passage, have I lost my salvation if I am not currently bearing the fruit of a believer? If this question is a concern, read Matthew 7 and Matthew 25.  What evidence does God notice?  

9.  Who is the judge or our fruit?

10.  Is there anything you need to do to strengthen your connection to Jesus?  If so, what is the first step, and what is the subsequent plan?  Do you need help with it?

June 1, 2018, 7:12 PM

Questions - The Blind Will See

Group questions: "The Blind Will See" - John 9:1-11


  1. Have you ever known or been around a blind person before? Discuss some observations you’ve made.
  2. In what ways does the Bible talk about blindness?
  3. Read John 9:1-11. What was off about the disciples’ question?
  4. Did the disciples or other people appear to care about the blind beggar?
  5. Who are the hopeless and lost around us? How do you care for them?
  6. Imagine what it would be like to see for the first time. Discuss your thoughts.
  7. Jesus refers to himself as the “light of the world” in verse five. How has Jesus helped you see the world and people differently?
  8. What significance does the mud that Jesus put on the beggar’s eyes have? (Genesis 2:7)
  9. Do you believe Jesus has given you, or can give you, new life? Do you believe He can give new life to lost people all over the world? Why or why not?

May 13, 2018, 2:49 PM

Questions - Disciples Bear Much Fruit

Group Questions: Disciples Bear Much Fruit, John 15:1-8


  1. Which scriptures come to mind when you hear something about spiritual fruit?
  2. Discuss the kinds of actions and supplies needed to grow fruit or vegetables or grain?
  3. If anyone in the group has tended a vineyard, ask them to explain the work.
  4. How does developing the right character in ourselves and others compare to the organic process of producing fruit?
  5. Read through John 15:1-8 again. What kinds of pruning are described?
  6. How does the pruning represent people in God’s kingdom?
  7. How many times in this part of the conversation did Jesus mention staying connected or remaining (abiding)?
  8. For the artistic ones……draw a representation using a vine or otherwise depicting the source of life being drawn through a branch to new fruit. Share it with the group.
  9. Sometime during the week (maybe daily) meditate on this process and imagine yourself connected to and receiving fruit making life from our Lord.
  10. How can we contribute to the making of new disciples?

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