Feed the Dog - Part 4

Verses:

Matthew 6:5-13  /  Luke 18:10-14  /  Jeremiah 29:12  /  James 5:13  /  Psalm 141:2  /  Philippians 4:6  /  1 Thessalonians 5:17  /  1 Timothy 2:1

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you describe prayer? Is it simply talking with God, or is it something more complex?

  2. How comfortable are you with prayer?

  3. This might sound odd, but what does the regularity of your conversations with God reveal about your relationship with Him? (Example: If you only talk with your spouse or best friend once a month or once a year, what does that reveal about your relationship?)

  4. What are the biggest barriers in your prayer life with God? What can you do about them?

  5. How is prayer more than simply submitting your “wish/to-do list for God?

  6. How important is the “listening/receiving” aspect of prayer?

  7. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world (live on mission) in everyday life?

 

Tools for this week:

ACTS:

Adoration- Praises God for who He IS

Confession- Confess & deal with sin/brokenness in your life

Thankfulness- Thank God for all that He’s DONE

Supplication- Pray for the needs of others & yourself

Feed the Dog - Part 3

Verses:

John 1:1-5, 14, 18 / Psalm 119:9-11, 105 / 2 Timothy 3:15-17 / Hebrews 4:12-13 / John 17:17-18

Discussion Questions

  1. What have you been taught about the Bible? What role has it played in your life at a functional level?

  2. How can you see the Bible being “God-breathed, living & active”? Examples?

  3. How does the Bible help us know God, ourselves, each other, and live a life that is bigger than ourselves?

  4. What is a reasonable, yet challenging goal to set for yourself this week in regards to reading the Bible?

  5. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world (lives on mission) in everyday life?

Feed the Dog - Part 2

Verses:

Isaiah 55:8-9, 29:13 / 1 Chronicles 16:23-36 / Romans 12:1 / Hebrews 12:28-29

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is worship? Has your understanding of worship changed over the years?

  2. When it comes to worship in the form of singing, what has been your experience? Do you connect with it? Why/why not?

  3. What are some ways that you can worship other than by music/singing?

  4. Read Romans 12:1. What does it mean to offer your body as an act of worship?

  5. Read 1 Chronicles 16:23-31. What other ways to worship do you see in this passage?

  6. If worship doesn’t come naturally for you or if you’ve struggled with it, how can you search your heart for the answer of why?

  7. Dig even deeper - do you have a heart-changing, life-transforming relationship with God? If not, simply talk with God about this.

  8. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world (lives on mission) in everyday life?

Feed the Dog - Part 1

Verses:

Galatians 5:16:25 / Romans 7:15, 18-19

Discussion Questions:

  1. What comes to mind when you hear the word “discipline”? Why?

  2. Do you tend to see “spiritual disciplines” as duty or delight?

  3. How satisfied are you with your faith right now?

  4. Read Galatians 5:16-25. How would you compare the two lists of “fruit”? Which is more desirable? Which reflects your life more?

  5. How much more do you think about the “2 natures” that battle within you every second of every day? Which one is winning right now?

  6. How can you start to feed the right “dog” this week?

  7. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world?

Gather & Scatter - Part 14

Verses:
Acts 27-28

Discussion Questions:

  1. What comes to your mind when you hear the word “sovereign”?

  2. How important/central is the complete sovereignty of God to your theology & how does this impact your daily life?

  3. How would you define leadership? Do you feel like you are/could be a leader? Why/why not?

  4. How does Paul’s example of leadership help you to grow as a leader? (agent of hope, apply wisdom, practice integrity, servant’s heart, point people towards God)

  5. How “all-in” are you to a Christian community? What is holding you back? What can help you grow in this?

  6. If you are a follower of Jesus, do you view yourself as a legitimate “missionary”? Why/why not?

  7. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world (lives on mission) in everyday life?

Gather & Scatter - Part 13

Verses:

Acts 24-26 / Matthew 16:24-26 / Romans 5:3-5 / James 1:2-4 / Philippians 1:27-30, 12-14

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you handle it when things go wrong in your life?

  2. Have you ever thought about a “theology of suffering”? If so, what would it be? If not, why not?

  3. How have you been taught to view and handle suffering? Has this been helpful or damaging in your life?

  4. What can both God’s incarnation & the cross of Jesus teach us about how God uses suffering?

  5. How would downplaying the role of suffering in discipleship be a short-term enticement, but ultimately lead to disillusionment?

  6. How can suffering help us know God & ourselves better, help us grow closer together in community and help spread the word about God’s love?

  7. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world?

Gather & Scatter - Part 9

Verses:

Acts 15:1-35 / Galatians 2:11-14 / Genesis 17:14 / Deuteronomy 30:6 / Jeremiah 9:25-26 / Matthew 5:17-18

Discussion Questions

Q: What religious traditions are important in my life? What makes them so important to me? Are they necessary?

Q: What have people tried to add on to my relationship with God that wasn’t necessary? How did that affect my relationship with God?

Q: How have I added on unnecessary requirements to mine or others’ relationships with God? What were the effects?

Q: When I think of someone becoming a Christian, what’s my first reaction & response? How does this passage influence my future reactions?

Q Do I find the Gospel as a burden or freeing? Why or why not?

Q: How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world (lives on mission) in everyday life?

Gather & Scatter- Part 6

Verses:

Acts 8-9 / Hebrews 12:1-2 / Matthew 16:24-25 / 2 Corinthians 12:9

Discussion Questions:

  1. When you really think about how the largest trees in the world grow from something the size of a paper hole-punch cutout- what can we learn about how God designed us & His Good News?

  2. “Saul wasn’t trying to be a BAD guy by persecuting followers of Jesus- he was trying to be a really GOOD guy!” How is this thought both encouraging & terrifying?

  3. In what ways can you identify with Simon the Sorcerer’s actions in Acts 8:18-23?

  4. When you think about the logic behind marketing strategy & techniques, how is Jesus’ call for His disciples to pick up a cross in Matthew 16:24-25 both genius & insane? What can we learn from it for ourselves & as a church family?

  5. Process together how suffering becomes seeds for freedom, focus, fullness & favorable opportunities. How have or do you want to see this?

  6. What kind of “seeds” in your life right now have the potential to become “sequoias”?

  7. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves, loves people & serves the world (lives on mission) in everyday life?

Gather & Scatter - Part 5

Verses:

Acts 6-7 / Luke 23:34, 46 / Galatians 3:19-26

Discussion Questions:

  1. What have been some “defining moments & departures” in your life? What caused them & what changed?

  2. What kind of “temples” have you limited God to in your life?

  3. Have you ever tried so hard to live up to a “law”, code or ideal that you missed the heart of it?

  4. What role/place does Jesus have in your faith?

  5. Read Acts 7:47-59. What do you think motivated/empowered Stephen to respond the way he did?

  6. Who is someone that has or is hurting you? Can you pray the same prayer as Stephen did for this person? Why/why not?

  7. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world?

Gather & Scatter - Part 3

Verses:

Acts 3:1-4:31 / Matthew 6:1-2

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever experienced a miracle in your life or in the life of someone close to you? How do you & others respond?

  2. What needs or areas of brokenness do you have in your life that Jesus could bring healing & wholeness to? Are you willing to let Him bring healing & wholeness, even if it means that things will change?

  3. What areas of need or brokenness do you see around you? How could God use you to “work miracles”?

  4. How can those “miracles” become opportunities to point people to Jesus?

  5. How does Jesus’ offer of healing & wholeness disrupt a lot of our current habits, patterns & systems?

  6. Which statement resonates most with you: “The church exists to make me happy, so the church should meet my needs.” OR “An outward focus is non-negotiable for the church, so sacrifice for the sake of others is a pathway to joy.” Why?

  7. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world (lives on mission) in everyday life?

Gather & Scatter - Part 2

Verses:

Acts 2

Discussion Questions

  1. What has been your understanding of & experience with the Holy Spirit?

  2. How do we get beyond the controversial & divisive history around the Spirit & experience what God intended?

  3. Have you ever been “cut to the heart” by the Gospel? Why or why not? If so, what result did it produce?

  4. What does “repentance” mean to you & what does it look like?

  5. Have you been baptized? Why or why not?

  6. How can Peter’s evangelistic structure (historic perspective, theological implications, call to respond) help us know how to share about Jesus? How important is it to know our context & the people we’re sharing it with?

  7. How does the Greenhouse live out the 4 aspects of Acts 2:42 (teaching, fellowship, worship, prayer)? Where are we strong & where are we weak?

  8. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world?

Gather & Scatter - Part 1

Verses:

Acts 1

Discussion Questions

  1. Does your faith/Christian life feel more like a boring road trip or an amazing adventure? Explain.

  2. What types of things do you rely on as a “compass” for your life? How do they steer you?

  3. How have/do you run ahead of God based on your own ideas & desires instead of waiting on God?

  4. Be honest- how do you feel about being a witness about God everywhere you go?

  5. What does it mean for you to “receive the power of the Spirit”?

  6. Where is your prayer life? How much do you pray in a united way with your church family?

  7. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world (live on mission) in everyday life?