When Grace is in Place (Part 3)

Verses:

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why are escape stories so powerful, entertaining, compelling & evening inspiring?

  2. What sorts of things do you look to for escapes?

  3. What do you think about the statement that "God grieves over divorce, but He also grieves over loveless, empty marriages"?

  4. What insights/thoughts do you have as you review the 2 "escape" diagrams?

  5. What are some socially & even religiously "acceptable" forms of "adultery" that are still destructive & even devastating?

  6. How do these same concepts apply to other relational settings? (i.e. parent-child, friends or co-workers)

  7. Slowly read Jeremiah 17:7-8 a few times. Let it sink in. Interact with what God is trying to say. How does this truth connect with, challenge, disrupt &/or encourage you & your relationships?

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

When Grace is in Place (Part 2)

Verses:

Matthew 23:25-26, Ephesians 4:31-32, 4:14-15

 

Chapters from "Grace" Book:

Chapters 2-4 (pages 26-62)

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. How does Jesus' example of the cups (1 clean outside/dirty inside & 1 dirty inside/clean outside) speak to you?

  2. How do you see evidence of the C.U.R.S.E. in your relationships? (family, friends, work, community, church, etc.)

  3. Do you ever feel like people have expectations of you or are you trying to control you? Why & how? Does it work? What are the effects?

  4. Do you ever see how you have expectations for people or try to control them? Why & how? Does it work? What are the consequences? 

  5. When you see problems in relationships, how do you normally handle it?

  6. Is it ever OK to "fix" someone else? Why or why not?

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

When Grace is in Place (Part 1)

Verses:

Genesis 2-3

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some things in your life that you'd like to change?

  2. More specifically, what relationships or things about certain relationships would you like to change?

  3. Even more specifically, what are some things about people around you (spouse, parent, children, friends, co-worker, etc.) that you'd like to change or control?

  4. How would you make all of these changes? How has this worked so far? What have the effects been? 

  5. Does your happiness, joy, peace, contentment, meaning & fulfillment rely on the people around you? Why/how or why/how not?

  6. Look at the diagrams of our relationships with God & each other. How do these help us understand our brokenness & our need for something different? 

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

The Cost of the Gospel (Part 2)

Video played in the middle of the sermon.

Verses:

Matthew 27:15-26  /  Mark 15:6-15  / John 18:38-40  /  Romans 6:23

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. When has stubbornness gotten you into trouble? Why & how?

  2. Is it easy or hard for you to receive a gift? Why?

  3. We don't really know how Barabbas handled being released in Jesus' place, but how would it have been tempting for him to think it was because of how he was a revolutionary or popular with the crowds, and missing the significance of how this was a foretaste of the "grace that was about to be unleashed" on the cross?

  4. How do you feel about the phrase, "I AM BARABBAS?"

  5. What do you think about the quote from the video about how our greatest challenge is believing the Gospel?" Do you trust God?

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

The Cost of the Gospel (Part 1)

Verses:

Hosea 1-3    /    Matthew 22:37-38

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. How does being in a marriage relationship symbolize our relationship with God?

  2. What does the story of Hosea and Gomer teach us about God's love for us?

  3. While the gospel is free for us, how much did it cost God to give it to us?

  4. How would you feel if you were Hosea in this story? (AKA: how does God feel when we "cheat" on him?)

  5. What are some areas of idolatry that you have or currently struggle with?

  6. Do you agree that lack of gratitude for God can lead to idolatry?

  7. Personally, what does it mean to be completely satisfied in God's love? Are you there yet?

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Verses:

Romans 16

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. How important is finishing well? When have you started something, but didn't finish well?

  2. Re-read Romans 16:1-16, 21-23. What sticks out to you? Why is this section so important to understanding the Gospel that Paul is talking about?

  3. What gets in the way of having a church family/community that accurately reflects the Gospel?

  4. Re-read Romans 16:17-19. How does Paul's warning apply today? How do you see people in the Christian faith & in churches living out Paul's warning? How can Christians & churches handle these?

  5. Re-read Romans 16:20, 25-27. What difference do these promises make? Why are they so important?

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

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Verses:

Romans 15: 14-33

 

Questions:

1. Imagine you’re in the Special Forces: You
    get handed a bunch of gear & dropped out of
    a helicopter. How important would it be to
    know what your mission was? 
2. What would the consequences be of not
    having a mission or knowing about it?
3. Would you say you have a life “mission”? 
    Why/why not? What would you say it is?
4. What could be or have been consequences
    of not know about or living by a mission?
5. Re-read Romans 15:14-33. How do you see
    Paul’s mission, motivation, means & method?
6. How does Paul’s life & teaching inform & 
    affect your life & understanding/developing/ 
    living by your mission?
7. How does your mission define how you
    see/use your finances, skills, leadership, 
    relationships, home, conflict, other?
8. How do these concepts help you grow as a
    disciple who loves God, loves people & serves
    the world?
 

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Verses:

Romans 14-15:13, Mark 8:18-19, 1 Corinthians 8:9-11

 

Discussion Questions:

1. What are some major preferences in your life that are affected by baggage? Would you like to change any of these preferences? How would you go about altering your view?

2. Do you agree that it’s not the action, but the mindset behind your action that determines whether your faith is “weak” or “strong”? Why or why not?

3. What are some daily actions that hinder my relationships with others? How could I go about changing those decisions? What about some daily actions I do that help relationships? How different is my mindset between decisions that hinder and those that help relationships is there?

4. How does understanding peace with others and in Christ help me grow as a disciple who loves God, love people and serves the world?

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Verses:

Romans 11

 

Questions:

  1. Are there people you think are beyond God’s reach – that he has given up on or that his Good News is not for? If so, how have you come to this conclusion? What does the Scripture say about this? How can you surrender this?

  2. Have you met people who have such a high view of God’s holiness that they cannot accept his grace?

  3. Could someone looking at your life clearly see, and be strongly compelled by, the power of the Gospel?

  4. What are some tangible ways you can “connect to the Source” this week?

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

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Verses:

Romans 9:30 - 10:21

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you have any cool experiences of receiving a free gift from someone?

  2. Why does Israel continually struggle with the concept of Jesus being their Savior?

  3. How does legalism empty the grace from the Gospel?

  4. Have you seen people who God brought to faith even when they weren't seeking God?

  5. Are you naturally someone who needs to add zeal to your knowledge; or knowledge to you zeal?

  6. What are the two items of faith that Paul says we must confess and believe?

  7. How does confessing "Jesus as Lord" change your life when you become a Christian?

  8. Do you count it a privilege to be part of the way that God saves people? How does this motivate you to be a "herald" of the good news?

  9. How could you have "beautiful feet," sharing the good news this week?

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

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Verses:


Romans 6:1-7:6   /   Deut. 15: 12-15   /   Jeremiah 34

 

Discussion Questions:


Q: Take a hard look and say, “Am I living a life where I’ve given my whole self to God?” If I’m, what is hindering that and what present sins or things from my past are hindering me from doing so? 

Q: Do you feel like you’ve been able to fully understand or experience God’s grace? What do you even think that means/look like?

Q: Is it weird to think of yourself as a slave to God? How does this example differ from your typical understanding of slavery? How does slavery to God compare to slavery to sin?

Q: How does understanding the cost difference between sin (death) and grace (free) help me grasp just how gracious God is to us?

Q: How does understanding slavery & freedom with and in Christ help me grow as a disciple who loves God, love people and serves the world?
 

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Verses:


Romans 5  /  Romans 4:13-14  /  Galatians 2:21  /  1 John 4:9-11

 


Discussion Questions:


Q: What struggles have you had in life? Did you
    view them as punishment from God, or as
    something that could bring you closer to God? 
    How did they affect your relationship with and
    view of God? What did it reveal about what
    you really put your faith in?
Q: Does the thought of experiencing God’s glory
    for eternity excite you, scare you, make you
    jealous, or something else? Why?
Q: What do you think about the idea of “federal
    (covenant) headship”? How does this make
    sense? Why is it difficult?
Q: How does the idea of Adam #1 & Adam #2
    (Jesus) help to understand the human
    condition & the opportunity God gives us?
Q: Reflect on the central idea: Jesus won us our
    LIFE by giving HIS – His death for our life. 
    Does this make sense in your life? Why?
Q: How does this concept help you grow as a
    disciple who loves God, loves people & serves
    the world?
 

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Romans: Power of the Gospel

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Verses:

Romans 4  /  Psalm 32  /  Isaiah 53:12  /  Philippians 1:6

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you ever had any bad experiences with a guarantee? Explain.

  2. How would you define "faith"? How has this changed through studying Romans 4?

  3. Why is the difference between "believing in" & "believing" so critical? What are the potential consequences of both?

  4. Why can becoming a Christian be described as undergoing a "trust transfer"?

  5. Why are Abraham & David perfect examples for Paul's controversial point in Romans 4? How is this both encouraging AND challenging to you?

  6. How is God calling you to believe Him right now? How can you take action on that call?

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Romans: Power of the Gospel

Verses:

Romans 3, Psalm 130:3-4, Philippians 3:8

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why do rebellious "bad" people need the Good News of Jesus?

  2. Why do moral "good" people need the Good News of Jesus?

  3. How does Paul address the "I'm going to heaven because I'm a good person" way of thinking?

  4. Who is the actual, functional "savior" in that belief system?

  5. What does that mean for Jesus?

  6. How good is good enough?

  7. How does understanding that we are saved (made "right") by grace (Jesus' work on the cross) through faith (received with open hands) help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world?