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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?



May 6, 2018, 12:00 AM

Questions - Love One Another - 1 John


1.  Would you like to share any God (kairos) moments from the last couple of weeks; at STC or otherwise?

2.  Would you like to tell a story about how God's people loving each other has changed your life or someone else?

3.  Read John 13:34-35 again.  This is a command.

4.  1 John 2 says that if we know God we obey his commands?  Are you following?

5.  How can we believe our own salvation if we still sin?

6.  Love for other disciples is a result of living the way Jesus lived.  What does this kind of love look like?

7.  How can we develop brotherly love?

8.  Read 1 Peter 3:8.  Discuss how to apply this verse to different relationships; i.e. marriage, church goers, co-workers.




April 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

Disciples Love One Another - Questions


These questions are meant for personal reflection and group discussion related to the sermon on 22 April 2018, "Disciples Love One Another."  The primary scripture is John 13:34-35.

What is your favorite love song?  “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”?

  1. Read John 13 before the group meeting.  Notice verse 1, “…he loved them to the end.”
  2. Did Jesus wash Judas’ feet knowing the betrayal was about to happen?
  3. John 13:17 says, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”  What things?  How will you be blessed?
  4. Jesus told the disciples they could not go where he was going.  Later he said they would follow, but later.  To what or where was he referring?
  5. Read Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 22:34-40, and 1 John 2:7-11.  What was new about the command to love one another?
  6. How do you love someone whose ways or habits you do not like?  Keep in mind that this kind of love is not a warm, fuzzy feeling.
  7. Are there any broken relationships in your family or church that you need to mend?  How will you do it?



April 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

Questions - Faith and Love


The following questions relate to the sermon on 15 April presented by Clinton Salmon.  The primary passage is Luke 7:1-10.

1.  What do you know about the region or town of Capernaum?

2.  What would be the normal relationship between Jews and a Roman Centurion there?

3.  What do you learn about the Centurion from verses 2-4?

4.  What motivated the Centurion to ask for help?

5.  Jesus commended the Centurion's faith.  What is the evidence of his faith?

6.  Matthew's version or similar story in Matthew 8 adds a statement about people coming from the east and the west to take their place at the feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Who is Jesus describing?

7.  From Matthew's version, who are the subjects of the kingdom who will be thrown outside?

8.  From what source should we seek the ability to love people and trust God?

 

 




April 1, 2018, 2:06 PM

Easter Celebration - Questions


The following questions relate to our Easter Celebration service on 1 April 2018.  The primary scripture was John 20.  These questions are designed to facilitate group discussion but may also be useful for personal reflection.  Those in groups who use the questions will want to consider them prior to the group meeting.

1.  Who was the faster runner, John or Peter?

2.  John tells first of Mary Magdalene going to the tomb on Sunday morning.  For what is Mary known?  (Luke 7:36-50)

3.  What kind of body did Jesus have after resurrection?  See John 20:14-17, 19-20, 26-27; 21:1-14.

4.  Read Jesus' conversation with Peter in John 21:15-23.

5.  What themes do you find in the conversations noted  in all of the previous questions?

6.  How should we in the church today help people like Mary (previously a prostitute)?  Would Mary be welcome with us?

7.  How should the church help a fallen Christian leader such as Peter?

8.  What are your favorite Easter traditions?  Any new ones?

 


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