Proverbs 29:18 - Mission and Vision - Sept 23, 2018

Have you ever prayed and asked God why he created you and for what purpose?

What kind of input are you willing to let God have over the direction and future of your life?

What are you passionate about doing every day when you get up?

What’s the preferred future you see for your life?

What are all the activities you are involved in week to week?

Which of these will help you build toward that preferred future?

Are there any of these activities you are involved in which are taking a lot of time and energy away from you, but which aren’t in line with your primary mission and are in fact taking away from building toward your preferred future? Pray and ask God if you should let those things go.

1 Corinthians 13 - Love is Forever, So Get Good at It - July 8, 2018

Do you only think of love as being romantic?  What or who else do you love besides a mate?

How do you express love in other than romantic ways?

Would you rather marry a person who is very talented and charming, but whose love you doubted or a person who may be very simple yet you know he or she loves you?

What spiritual gift or talent do you have that can be used to strengthen the church? Can you imagine using that gift in a way that actually hurts the church?  How could that happen?

What aspect of heaven do you look forward to the most?  how do you expect to be different there and then than you are here and now?

1 Corinthians 12:12 - I'm Happy to be Stuck with You - July 1, 2018

Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong in church?   Why did you feel that way?

Have you ever felt inferior to other people in church?  What did they have that you feel like you lacked?

What do you think are the talents that it takes to start a church and keep it running?  Do you have any gifting to contribute to that?

Have you ever looked around at church and wished somebody wasn’t there?  Why did you feel that way? Do you think you were justified in feeling that way?

What’s more important than talent in a church?  What was the great commandment that Jesus gave? What kind of gifting did he want us to seek?

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 - Meant to Edify - June 24, 2018

Do you feel like your faith is a very mystical thing or a very practical thing?  Do the more ‘mystical’ aspects of Christianity make you uncomfortable?

The Holy Spirit is in the heart of every believer.  Do you perceive the Holy Spirit of God is in your heart?  What evidence for his presence have you ever detected?

Do you think you have a spiritual gift?  Is there something that you can do that not all can do in the church?  Do you seek chances to use that gift?

What are some ways, regardless of whatever spiritual gift you feel like you may or may not have, that you can bless the people of this church?

1 Corinthians 11:17-34 - The Issue that Caused The Issue - May 27, 2018

Which term have you used for this sacrament or ritual in your church heritage?  The Lord’s Supper? Mass?  Communion?  The Eucharist? 

 

We eat the Lord’s Supper once a month at this church.  In your heritage, how often did you take it?  How special is it to you?

 

What goes through your mind while preparing to eat the Lord’s Supper?

 

Does eating the Lord’s Supper make you feel more united with your church family?

 

Is there a group of people in our church that you are suspicious of?  Why are you suspicious of them?

 

Is there a group that you’d rather not be there?  Why?

 

What can you do to get close to them?

1 Corinthians 11:1-16 - Unique, but Equal and Priceless - May 20, 2018

In what ways do you think society pits people against the opposite sex? 

Do you feel like you’ve been treated badly by the opposite sex?  In what ways?  Do you think you’ve ever treated the opposite sex badly yourself?  Have you confessed that to the Lord?

Do you think this battle of the sexes exists in churches?  In what ways?

Have you ever thought too much of yourself?

For women:  What feminine qualities do you often feel you lack? Are those qualities which the world pressures you to have or are they truly biblical qualities?  Have you prayed about these?

For men:  What masculine qualities do you often feel you lack?  Are those qualities which the world pressures you to have or are they truly biblical qualities?  Have you prayed about these?

In what way can you help the opposite sex flourish in our church?