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"Going deeper in our relationship with God"
"Going deeper in our relationship with God"
Sunday, November 28, 2021
- Read Philippians Chapter 1.
- How have you experienced the joy of the Lord throughout your week thus far?
- Our theme on Sunday was, “Finding joy in the trenches of life.” Do you feel as if you’re in the trench of life this season? Share with the Lord or your small group about it.
- Are you actively serving God and his local church at any capacity in this season? If so, how has that service blessed you? If not, what has been holding you back?
- Paul shared this deep tension about being torn between living in Christ or dying in Christ. When you consider both – does it bring you comfort knowing there’s really not a bad option when you’re secure in Christ?
- Spend time thanking God for the joy of being able to live in Christ, as well as the security to know that whenever that time may be, you will die in Christ and be with him for all eternity.
Sunday, November 21, 2021
- Read 1 John 5:11-13. Why do you think it is important to have assurance of your salvation in Christ (if you don’t think it’s important, why is that)?
- How could you see knowing that you have eternal life helping you when you are struggling with a certain sin(s)?
- Pastor John mentioned the assurance of eternal life produces a “joyful freedom” within us to live for God in submission to his reign. Do you feel life in God is ‘joyful freedom’? Expound on that.
1. Has a lifestyle of sin become something you continue to enjoy? (1:6; 3:6; 5:18)
2. Do you follow God’s commands? (2:3-4)
3. Do you love other believers? (2:9-11; 4:8, 4:20)
4. Do you love the world? (2:15-17)
5. Does God’s commands constantly seem burdensome? (5:3)
6. Do you experience answered prayer? (5:14-15)Spend time answering these questions honestly, and asking God for a peace to continue to grow in your relationship with him, his church, and the lost world.
Sunday, November 14, 2021
- Read 1 John 5:1-5 and pray that God would reveal his heart to you.
- Do you struggle to see God as a father? Take a moment and talk to God like you would talk to a loving father.
- Do you see God’s commands as burdensome? Why or why not? (Matthew 11:30)
- How are we able to overcome sin patterns and temptations in our life? (1 John 5:4-5)
- Spend a few moments crying out to God and thanking him for being a father who loves to spend time with his children.
Sunday, October 31, 2021
- What are some things that we can learn from Cain’s example about how not to treat one another? What might it have looked like for Cain to love Abel instead or hating him (Gen 4:6-7, Heb 11:4)?
- Why may John tell us to not be surprised when the world hates us? How might this change the way we interact with nonbelievers, the political realm, etc?
- How might following Jesus’ example of ‘laying down our life’ look practically today (1 John 3:16)?
- What are some things that you could do this week to love others in actions and in truth (1 John 3:18)?
Sunday, October 24, 2021
- What was your initial reaction to John’s statement: “Do not love the world or the things in the world?”
- John breaks the love of the world down into three categories: The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Which specific temptation is most severe for you in this season of life?
- According to John, what does having a love for the world indicate regarding your relationship with God?
- What are some practical things you could put in place to help fight against worldly temptations (think vertical and horizontal relationship[s])?
- The sermon series has been entitled “Uncommon Love.” Thus far (John 1-John 2:17), what makes a follower of Jesus’ love seem “uncommon” compared to the love of the world?
Sunday, October 17, 2021
- Does Christ being our advocate encourage you to pursue him when you sin? Why or why not?
- Why is it not possible for Christians to live a lifestyle of sin and disobey God?
- How has walking with God changed your heart and life? How have you noticed the difference in your life (or maybe others have noticed)?
- Why do you think John goes out of his way to emphasize our love for other Christians so much? (Read John 17:20–23.)
- How has your love for other Believers changed since you first gave your life to Jesus?
- How does being a part of a body of Believers impact your life?
Sunday, October 10, 2021
- Take some time and read 1 John 1:1-10.
- John emphasizes in 1 John 1:1-4 that he and others heard, saw, and even had physical contact with Jesus, the “word of life” (1 John 1:1). Why might it be important that John and others heard, saw, and touched Jesus, and didn’t just communicate a story someone else told?
- Is it possible to have faith in God, yet continue living in sin? Why or why not?
- How does “walking in the light” inspire you to live your life before God and others? (See John 3:19–21.)
- Why is repentance such a critical part of the Christian life? What is the result of a life that is unwilling to repent? (See 1 John 1:6–10.)
- Pray and get real with God. Pray these words from Psalm 139:23-24. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Sunday, October 3, 2021
- Spend some time (at least 2 minutes) reading and meditating on Romans 12:1-2.
- Do you feel like you have offered all of yourself to God or have you just given him “contributions” in your relationship with him? Are you more like the pig or the chicken (as it relates to a bacon and egg breakfast) in your sacrifice to God? If you feel like you are simply making contributions here and there, take time and confess that to God and someone close to you in the faith (1 John 1:9).
- Pastor John mentioned that “Surrendering (to God) is a War.” In what ways has surrendering to God seemed like a war to you in this season of life? In what ways do you discern that the enemy (or your flesh) is attacking you in your efforts to surrender to God?
- On a scale from 1-10, what would you rate the measure of your surrender to God in this season? Spend some time crying out to God in full surrender. Thank him for bringing you to this moment with him. Remember that you are eternally loved and cared for.