Life Group Questions for May 28, 2017

Genesis 12

What does it mean?

1. What was the big idea from Genesis chapters 6 to 9: the story of Noah and the flood?

2. Now in chapter 12:1-3, what was the essence of God’s call to Abram?

3. Describe the agreement that God is making with Abram - Who is included in it? Who is not included?  What are the terms of the agreement? What are the promises?

4. Why was Abram an unlikely candidate to be the father of a nation? What is the payoff for God in choosing such a seemingly ill-equipped patriarch?     

5. How would you summarize Abram’s response in vs. 4-9?

6. How did God test Abram? Beginning in v.10? Did he pass?

7. Describe Abram’s failure?  What was its core?

8. Give your own summary heading to each section – vs.1-9, and vs.10-20

How does it apply?

1. Have you ever felt like an unlikely candidate to be used by God?  Explain.  

2. Which part of Abram’s story is most encouraging to you? 

3. If we see this pattern of God’s choosing unlikely ambassadors as culminating in the Church – does it change the way we see the Church?  Or the way we see holiness?  Or the way you see God?

4. Abram went.  His faith was proven by his going.  What is God asking of us?  To whom is He calling us to go?  Are we going? 

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Life Group Questions for May 21, 2017

Read Genesis chapters 6-9

What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize Genesis 1?  Genesis 2? Genesis 3?

2. Does 6:1-7 seem to be wrapping up previous chapters or introducing what’s to follow?  Explain.

3. How would you describe Moses summary of the culture that exists in Genesis 6? Explain the problem and the consequences.

4. Who are “the sons of God” and “the daughters of man” and why is their behavior characterized as sinful?

5. What does Moses share with his readers about God’s view of sin?  What does the text mean when it says God’s heart was grieved? 

6. How does the description of Noah and his sons differ from the descriptions of those around them and why is it important?

7. How does Noah demonstrate his walking with God? What is Moses communicating through the depth of specific instructions God gave to Noah?

8. Why is Moses so specific concerning the length of time for each event in the flood?

9. Do you think that the fact that God shut the door has any importance?  And opened it? Explain. Why did God promise never again to cut off all flesh or destroy the earth by flood?

10. How do you articulate the big idea God was illustrating to Noah?

How does it apply?

1. As you reflect on the culture around us, do you have a growing discontent for the sin that exists in our personal lives?  Around us?  How do we echo God’s stance without executing judgment? 

2. How do you practice a life that seeks to trust God in the small stuff?  If we trust God for eternity, is there disconnect between the way we trust Him in our relationships, marriage, in our kids, in our career moves?  Explain.

3. What is that area of anxiety that keeps you up at night?  What does it look like to reflect patience in His timing that differs from simple passivity?  How can you trust and obey like Noah in the midst of that issue?  How can we more readily reflect joy in His plan?

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Life Group Questions for May 14, 2017

Genesis 3:14-15

What does it mean?

1. What is the big idea of Genesis 1? Genesis 2? Genesis 3?

2. Who has Moses indicated the serpent to be? Explain 

3. Who is God cursing in v14 and how should we understand its implications?

4. What does the term “enmity” mean?

5. Between what parties is there enmity, as suggested in this text?

6. Who is ultimately responsible for the hostility between the offspring of the Serpent and the offspring of Eve?

7. Who is the woman’s seed? Is this physical or spiritual descendants or both?

8. What does Moses indicate in this passage about Eve’s seed?  What impact would he had hoped this would have on his readers?

9. How would you paraphrase Genesis 3:14-15?

How does it apply?

1. If we read Genesis 3:15 as a preview of the Jesus coming into the world as one of us, planned even before the foundation of the world, what confidence and trust can we have in the sovereign plan of God in our everyday circumstances?

2. Do you see Satan as a real enemy? In what way can we see the resemblance in the lie told to Eve, and his ever-tempting adversary, continuously tempting us to not trust God?

3. How do we react given the conflict between the serpent’s seed and the women’s seed?  How do we respond to the brokenness around us?

 

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Life Group Questions for May 7, 2017

Genesis 3:1-24

What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize Genesis 1? How would you summarize Genesis 2?

2. Why do you think Moses starts Chapter 3 so abruptly?

3. How would you summarize Genesis 3:1-5? 

4. Describe the process of Eve’s temptation.  What are the key factors according to Moses? 

5. When exactly does Eve sin?  How does she sin? 

6. What did Adam and Eve become aware of immediately when their eyes were opened?

7. How would you summarize the next section—Genesis 3:7-13?

8. Does God know what had happened?  If so, what is the purpose of His questions?

9. What was Adam and Eve’s response to God’s question as to why they ate?  Anything you see that’s missing?

10. How would you summarize Genesis 3:14-24?

11. What was the result of sin? For the serpent? For Eve? For Adam?

12. Why did God make Adam and Eve leave the garden?

13. How would you describe the big idea of Genesis 3?

How does it apply?

1. Where do you most clearly see the brokenness of the fall?  On the news, in yourself, in your family, in other relationships, at work…?

2. The serpent uses half-truths to tempt Eve.  How does Satan use half-truths today to tempt us away from trusting God?  What are some examples?

3. Pick some overt sins and trace them back to how they begin as a lack of trust in God’s provision. (stealing, lying, adultery, murder, gossip…)

4. Where are you tempted to believe that God’s provision for you is not best?

5. Finish this sentence: The more clearly I see the brokenness (in me and around me), the more I will...

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Life Group Questions for April 30, 2017

Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 2

What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize Genesis 1?

2. Read chapter 2.  What are the big Ideas of chapter 2?

3. What is the connection between Genesis 1 and 2?

4. What does it mean to be created in the “image of God”?

5. What are some of the unique privileges and responsibilities entrusted to God’s image bearers?

6. Why are we called to “be fruitful and multiply”?

7. How do we exercise “dominion” over the earth?

8. How does the author intend us to view the account of the 7th day in light of the image of God?

9. Compare the description of the land in 2:4-6 with what we read in chapter 1.

10. In v.7, what seems to be Moses’ point in telling us that Adam is made from dust?

11. What details does Moses include in telling us about the Garden and what is he hoping the reader hears?

12. When Moses quotes God and says, “it is not good for man to be alone” are we to understand that God had a sudden epiphany?  What is Moses trying to show us here?  About ourselves and about God?

13. How would you summarize Genesis 2?

How does it apply?

1. Why does God’s intimate involvement in creating all humans in His image matter? What difference should it make as we interact with those around us?

2. What does it look like to believe that God modeled rest for us and that we can rest in Him?

3. How do other voices in our culture potentially lead us away from seeing each other as made in the image of God?  How does our culture delineate value and worth?

4. In what ways do we dishonor the image of God in ourselves and others? What kinds of thoughts, behaviors or attitudes devalue or belittle God’s design for the way he intended it?

5. Who are those that are hardest for you to treat as valuable?  Have you ever been uncomfortable or felt devalued or devalued others? Explain.

6. How can we increasingly demonstrate that we reflect God to the world around us and view others as made in his image?  What words or phrases do you use?  How can we celebrate the truth that men and women share a common identity and purpose and value before God?

7. What would a greater appreciation for being made in His image do to increase our experience of God and relational intimacy with Him?

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Life Group Questions for April 23, 2017

Genesis 1:1-31

What does it mean?

1. How would you paraphrase 1:1?

2. What does Moses intend to communicate through the language “heavens and earth”?

3. How would you paraphrase 1:2?

4. Where did the waters Moses describe come from? Hint: what does Moses tell us in v 1?

5. What big themes do you think Moses is trying to convey in his description of what God does in the 6 days?

6. When God declares things “good”, in what sense does Moses want us to understand that they are “good”?

7. How is the description of human beings different from the other creation and creatures?

How does it apply?

1. How do you “feel” about Genesis 1?  Be candid.

2. How did you arrive at your understanding of Genesis 1?  Personal reading?  Explanation of others?

3. What questions do you have about Genesis 1?

4. If we get the big idea(s) of Genesis 1, how do you think the author hoped it would impact our faith?

5. How does your understanding of Genesis 1 impact your day to day walk with Jesus?

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Life Group Questions for April 9, 2017

2 Peter 3:14-18
What does it mean?

1. Reviewing 2 Peter 1:1-7, Peter writes that because of Gods’ promises, Christians “may become partakers of the divine nature,” and escape from “the corruption of the world.”  What does he then encourage believers to do to nurture their own holy living?

2. Reviewing 2 Peter 1:16-21, what does Peter mean when he writes “we made known to you the power and coming” and did not “follow cleverly devised myths”? 

3. Reviewing 2 Peter 2:1-16, how will false teachers bring in “destructive heresies”?  To whom are they secretive?  What do the phrases ‘hearts trained in greed’ and ‘eyes…insatiable for sin’ communicate about these false teachers? 

4. Reviewing 2 Peter 3:1-7, what was the argument against the return of Christ that the scoffers/false teachers were using?  What historical events did Peter use to refute the idea that all things continue as they were from the beginning?

5. Reviewing 2 Peter 3:8-13, what reasons does Peter offer for a delay in Christ's return? Why is God delaying judgment?

6. In 2 Peter 3:14, what does Peter urge his readers to make every effort to do? Explain.

7. In v. 15, what does Peter hope his readers consider regarding Jesus’ delay in returning?

8. What does Peter want his readers to understand about Paul and his letters? What does Peter mean by saying some“twist the Scriptures to their own destruction”?

9. In closing, how did Peter instruct his readers to be on guard? What were his final instructions? How did he intend his readers to grow in the “grace and knowledge of Christ?”

How does it apply?

1. Peter has emphasized a relationship between knowledge and godliness. What role does knowledge play in our ongoing spiritual transformation?

2. How has your knowledge of Jesus grown lately?  What helped you grow in your knowledge of God?

3. After exploring 2 Peter and the truth of the 2nd coming of Jesus, what behaviors would be appropriate to accompany that truth?   How do you live differently because Jesus is coming back?  How might it change life today, tomorrow, next week…?

4. If you knew you were going to die soon, what facts would you want to relay to others?  To whom?  Why?  What connection do those facts have to your heart?  Now, take a minute to write out your own last words.

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Life Group Questions for April 2, 2017

2 Peter 3:11-13
What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize 2 Peter 3:8-10?

2. What are “these things… to be dissolved” referring to? 

3. According to the text, what characteristics does Peter have in mind when he says “what sort of people ought you to be”? 

4. In what way are Peters readers “waiting for” the day of God? In what way are the “hastening” it?

5. In what way is Peter using the language of “set on fire” and “melt as they burn” in this passage? What significance is Peter communicating?

6. What are the “heavenly bodies”?

7. What is “His promise” that we are waiting for?

8. What characteristic does Peter use to describe the “new heavens and new earth” and what is its significance to Peter? Explain.

9. How would you put 2 Peter 3:11-13 in your own words?

How does it apply?

1. What are the different ways we motivate people in our sphere of influence? Do you tend to motivate through positive or negative means? How has Peter been motivating us to live our lives differently? Explain.

2. How should our understanding of this judgment (“seeing then”) motivate us? 

3. How have you been contemplating Jesus’ 2nd coming more? 

4. Describe the ways Jesus’ 2nd coming influences your view of life. How does it affect your feelings, your actions and your interactions with others?

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Life Group Questions for March 26, 2017

2 Peter 3:8-10
What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize 2 Peter 3:1-7?

2. What does Peter seem to believe his audience is forgetting or overlooking? Is this a new idea?

3. How is /would you say “one day with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”?

4. What reasons does Peter offer for a delay in Christ's return? Why is God delaying judgment?

5. Who is Peter making reference to when he says “Lord”?

6. Who is the “you” when Peter says God “is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish”?

7. What does Peter mean when he uses the word “perish” and “repentance”?

8. What will happen when the Lord decides it is time for judgment?

9. What is Peter intending to communicate when he says Jesus will be “coming like a thief”?

10. What are the heavenly bodies?

11. What does Peter mean when he says that “the works done on it will be exposed”?

12. How would you put 2 Peter 3:8-10 in your own words?

How does it apply?

1. Have you ever had to wait for something to be delivered or anticipate a holiday that caused you to wonder if that day would ever actually arrive? OR gone on vacation and by the end of the trip you wondered where the time had gone?

2. How can I confirm that I am not overlooking the gracious patience of God?

3. How can I assess the truth of that reality in my life?  How can I assess that for others?

4. What steps can I take to move others within our faith community who are not benefiting from God’s patience to move in that direction?

5. What steps can I take to move people in my sphere of influence who are not benefiting from God’s patience to move in that direction?

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Life Group Questions for March 19, 2017

2 Peter 3:1-7
What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize 2 Peter 2:10-22?

2. Why does Peter emphasize that this is his 2nd letter?

3. What reasons did Peter give his readers to pay attention to this writing?

4. What is the ‘sincere mind’ to which Peter wants to stir us up?  

5. What is a scoffer?  What are the scoffers following and, by implication, forgetting?

6. What was the argument against the return of Christ that the scoffers/false teachers were using?

7. What historical events did Peter use to refute the idea that all things continue as they were from the beginning?

8. What two ideas does Peter point to (in vs. 5-6) to show that the false teachers claim has no substance?  Explain.

9. What is now keeping and preserving the world?  What is being “stored up”? How will God judge them?

10.  How would you put 2 Peter 3:1-7 in your own words?

How does it apply?

1. Have you ever had someone promise you something important and then fail to deliver?  How did you feel? (Disappointed, angry, resigned, expected it, something else…)  Have you been tempted to believe God has failed you?

2. How does the biblical truth of God’s personal involvement in creation give you hope in His continued involvement in the world today? Or does it not?

3. When you think of the return of Christ, what thoughts, images, and emotions come to mind? 

4. How does Peter’s confidence in the return of Christ encourage us?

5. How would a confidence like Peter’s, help us to live more fully the life he describes in 2 Peter 1:5-8?  How might those things protect us from those who tempt us to believe God has failed us?

6. How might a greater confidence in Christ’s return change your perspective on God’s final judgment?  How might it change life today, tomorrow, next week…?

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Life Group Questions for March 12, 2017

2 Peter 2:17-22
What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize 2 Peter 2:10-16b?

2. What does Peter mean when he writes “waterless springs” and “mists driven by a storm”?

3. Peter uses the phrase, ‘barely escaping’.  Who are barely escaping? Who is Peter saying are the most susceptible to the words of false teachers?

4. How is Peter linking the ideas of the promise of freedom and slavery?

5. What is Peter communicating in v. 20 by the phrase, “they are again entangled in them and overcome”?

6. What does Peter mean “it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness”? What judgment is prophesied for these false teachers?

7. How would you interpret the proverb Peter uses in v22 when comparing those who have turned their backs to Christ? Do the false teachers believe this proverb to be true for them?  Explain.

8. How would you put 2 Peter 2:17-22 in your own words?

How does it apply?

1. Revisit the idea of what the ‘false teachers’ of today are teaching?  On what basis do they move away from the Scriptures? 

2. How can you protect yourself from the influence of false teachers?

3. What cautions can you put in your life to keep from becoming a false teacher yourself?

4. How do you define freedom vs slavery?

5. Can you remember a time when you became unknowingly enslaved to something? A time when you were promised freedom but found yourself enslaved? Explain.

6. What sorts of desires can we become enslaved to in our culture?

7. What would true freedom look like if we entered into it as an individual?  As a community?  How can we more fully step into that picture of freedom?

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Life Group Questions for March 5, 2017

2 Peter 2:10b-16
What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize 2 Peter 2:1-10?

2. In v. 10b, who are the ‘glorious ones’ that the false teachers are blaspheming? 

3. What does Peter mean when he writes ‘they do not tremble’ as they dishonor these ‘glorious ones?’  Compare this to the treatment of angels in Sodom (Genesis 19:5).

4. In what ways, according to Peter in vs.11-12, are the false teachers unlike the angels, and like irrational animals?

5. From vs.12-13, what will result from their blasphemous, destructive behavior?

6. What is Peter communicating in v. 13 by the phrase, ‘while they feast with you’?

7. Peter uses the phrase, ‘reveling in their deceptions.’  Who is being deceived?

8. Using Peter’s exhortation from chapter 1:5-10, who are the unsteady souls that these false teachers are enticing?

9. What do the phrases ‘hearts trained in greed’ and ‘eyes…insatiable for sin’ communicate about these people? 

10. Who was Balaam?  (Numbers 22-24,31:8,16)  How does Peter summarize Balaam’s error?  How have these false teachers ‘gone the way of Balaam’?

11. How would you put 2 Peter 2:10b-16 in your own words?

How does it apply?

1. What are today’s ‘false teachers’ teaching?  On what basis do they move away from the Scriptures? 

2. Peter warns his readers because he is afraid they are being deceived by these false teachers. How might we be deceived by false teachers?

3. How do we assess false teaching and the resulting behavior without judging?  What is our role, and what is God’s role?

4. How can you prepare yourself for the ‘false teachers’ who will come along next in your life?

5. How do we help one another, and protect one another, from ever going the way of Balaam, the way of the false teachers?

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Life Group Questions for Feb. 26, 2017

2 Peter 2;1-10
What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize 2 Peter 2:1-10?

2. How does the idea of false prophets correlate to 2 Peter 2:1-10?

3. How will false teachers bring in “destructive heresies”?  To whom are they secretive?

4. Why does Peter switch his language from prophet to teacher?

5. Who is the Master and in what way is the Master being denied? Does this mean that the false teachers are inside or outside the church?

6. How will the truth be “blasphemed”?  How will some be “exploited”?

7. What seems to be the motivation of false teachers in the church?

8. Will people follow these sensual teachings? What will happen as a result?

9. What did Peter want his readers to learn from these Old Testament events?

10. How did God deal with the ancient world and their lifestyle?  What are the examples given?

11. How does the Lord deliver the godly out of temptation?

12. Besides rescuing the righteous, what else does the Lord know how to do?

13. How would you paraphrase 2 Peter 2:1-10?

How does it apply?

1. How would you define a heresy?

2. What are the contemporary false teachings? Have you ever encountered a false teacher?  Explain.

3. How do you understand the stories of God’s deliverance? Do you question whether He will deliver (save) those who are faithful?  Explain.

4. How seriously do you take the swift destruction of false teachers explained in 2 Peter 2:1-10?  What do you understand that to look like?

5. How do you appropriately engage with understanding and rooting out false teaching?  Is it by focusing on attempting to find false teaching or by thinking more deeply about the authenticity of the person and work of Christ? Explain.   

 

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Life Group Questions for Feb. 19, 2017

2 Peter 1:16-21
What does it mean?

1. Summarize 2 Peter 1:12-15?

2. What is Peter trying to communicate by referencing ‘cleverly devised myths’?

3. To what was Peter an eyewitness?  What difference would it make to those reading Peter that his teachings come from being an eyewitness?

4. What does Peter mean when he writes “we made known to you the power and coming” of Jesus? 

5. What event is being referred to in 2 Peter 1:17-18? How does this story support that he is not following cleverly devised myths regarding Jesus?

6. What is the ‘Majestic Glory’?  What did the voice say?  What else is communicated by a voice from heaven?

7. How is the prophetic word “more fully confirmed”?

8. How are the words of the prophets like a “lamp shining in the dark places”?

9. What is the “morning star”?  And what does it mean that it ‘rises in our hearts’?

10. How is Peter using prophesy to validate his point? Why does he say the scriptures reliable?

11. In 1:19, what did Peter tell his readers that they should do?  How would they do that?

12. How would you paraphrase 1:16-21?

How does it apply?

1. Is it important to you that your faith is grounded in objective, historical truth?  What is the relationship, then, of objective truth and faith?

2. Why is it vital that we believe, and look forward to, the second coming of Christ? What would be the implications if He were not coming again?

3. How have you grown in your understanding of scripture?  How can you continue to grow?

4. Have you ever had to defend your view of scripture to a critic?  What did you say?  If not, what might you say? What might be your response to someone who says the 2nd coming isn’t true?

5. If the 2nd coming is true, what feelings would be appropriate to accompany that truth?  What feelings do you experience when you think about the reality of Christ’s return?

6. If the 2nd coming of Jesus is true, what behaviors would be appropriate to accompany that truth?   How do you live differently because Jesus is coming back?

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Life Group Questions for Feb. 12, 2017

2 Peter 1:12-15
What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize 2 Peter 1:1-11?

2. In verse 12, how does Peter “intend always to remind” his readers?

3. When does Peter want his readers to remember these things? What are the qualities that Peter is so ready to remind his readers of even though they have heard it before?

4. In verse 12, what does Peter mean by the phrase “that you already have”?  Do they have it? If so, why remind them?  If not, explain.

5. What did Peter know would happen to him soon, and what did he want his readers to do then? What does Peter hope gets accomplished by reminding us?

6. What else does he want to do by reminding us? Why is this necessary?

7. How does Peter view his own death? How does he describe his attitude about death?

8. How would you paraphrase 2 Peter 1:12-15?

9. Reflecting on 2 Peter 1:1-15, knowing these are some of Peter’s final words, what does that tell us about how the knowledge of God has touched Peter’s heart?

How does it apply?

1. When you hear “knowledge” – is that word limited to understanding facts? What is the relationship between the facts in our head and the emotions of our hearts?

2. Did you take any steps last week to gather information, reflect, and plan to move in the direction of growing in the qualities Peter listed?  What steps can you take this week?

3. Who in your life helps refresh your memory about the knowledge of God and the connection to these qualities?  Why do we forget this connection? Are these new ideas?

4. Who are we reminding of this knowledge of God, and the growing expressions that flow from it?  How are we reminding them?  How is the message being received?

5. If you knew you were going to die soon, what facts would you want to relay to others?  To whom?  Why?  What connection do those facts have to your heart?

6. The knowledge of God, and how it is sustained and grows, is obviously important to Peter.  How does its importance get expressed in our lives?

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Life Group Questions for Feb. 5, 2017

2 Peter 1:10-11
What does it mean?

1. How would you paraphrase 2 Peter 1:3-4? And, then, 2 Peter 1:5-9?

2. Now, in v. 10, what are the readers to be “all the more diligent” to do?

3. Why does the author choose to say “calling and election” instead of other language like genuine faith?

4. What “qualities” does the author have in mind? 

5. What would the readers be in danger to “fall” from?

6. When Peter writes in v. 11, “For in this way…”, what are other ways we could say that?

7. What is being “richly provided” and for whom is it being provided?

8. What is the “eternal kingdom of our Lord”?

9. Why does Peter state the entrance in the positive terms (what you will get) rather than in negative terms to warn against missing the eternal kingdom?

10. How would you summarize 2 Peter 1:1-11 in your own words?

How does it apply?

1. What motivates you to “make every effort” or to be “all the more diligent”?

2. How do you ensure these virtues are expressions of your genuine faith?

3. How would you engage someone who believes that if we’re elect we have no need to live this out?

4. How does this passage stretch your understanding of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility grow?

5. On the narrow road, are you more tempted to fall on the easy-believism side or the legalistic side?  How have you, or how can you, move toward the middle?

6. How do we keep from seeing these virtues as earning an entrance into the eternal kingdom, and increasingly see them as the inevitable evidence of trusting God’s promises?

7. How does the hope of a rich entrance into the eternal kingdom inspire you, and motivate you to continue pursuing God?

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Life Group Questions for Jan. 29, 2017

2 Peter 1:5-9
What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize 2 Peter 2:1-4?

2. What “reason” is the author referring to in v. 5?

3. Peter writes in v.4 that because of Gods’ promises, Christians “may become partakers of the divine nature,” and escape from “the corruption of the world.”  What does he then encourage believers to do to nurture their own holy living (in vs. 5-7)?

4. How does Peter intend the readers to understand “make every effort”? Is he trying too get us to focus on behavior or knowledge?  Explain.

5. Describe the flow of Peter’s thought from vs. 3-4 to 5-7.

6. What are the rewards promised for the one who diligently adds the listed qualities to his/her life?

7. How does Peter see the knowledge of Jesus relating to godly living?

8. How would you summarize 2 Peter 1:5-9?

How does it apply?

1. What is the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors?

2. How does our growing understanding of what God has given us influence our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors?

3. When you see a list of godly behaviors, what do you feel? (Challenged, depressed, excited, frustrated, ashamed…)

4. In Peter’s list of godly behaviors, which stands out as most challenging for you? Explain.

5. In light of this list, what are the efforts we can be making together to add these things to our faith?  

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Life Group Questions for 1-22-17

 

2 Peter 1:3-4
What does it mean?

1. How would you describe the connection between 1 Peter and 2 Peter?

2. Who is the “His” in 2 Peter 1:3?

3. What does Peter mean when he refers to God’s divine power?

4. What are the “things that pertain to life and godliness”?  What does “knowledge” have to do with this promise?

5. What does Peter mean by “his own glory and excellence”?  Is the text emphasizing our being called to that glory and excellence now or in eternity?

6. What are the precious and great promises referred to in v4?

7. What does it mean to “become partakers of the divine nature”?  And how does the author say this happens?

8. How is the author using the idea of escaping “the corruption that is in the world”? When does this take place in the life of the readers?

9. How would you paraphrase 2 Peter1:3-4?

How does it apply?

1. Would you say that you have everything you need to live a godly life? Explain. What are those things?

2. Peter seems to emphasize a relationship between knowledge and godliness. What role does knowledge play in our ongoing spiritual transformation?

3. What is the connection between God’s promises and their work in producing more spiritual transformation in our lives?

4. How would you explain the reasons behind God choosing to give us these precious promises?

5. Reflect on those precious promises of God.  What do you think and feel when you hear that you are: Chosen by God, Brought to faith by God, Forgiven by God, Sustained by God, Protected by God, and Glorified by God?

6. How do those promises battle the sinful desires that still exist in us?

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Life Group Questions for 1-15-17

1 Peter 1:1-9 and 2 Peter 1:1-2
What does it mean?

1. Who wrote these epistles, and to whom were they written?

2. In 1 Peter 1:1-5 what has God done? What does “caused us to be born again” mean?  What is living hope? Peter describes our inheritance as, “imperishable, undefiled and unfading”.  What is our inheritance?  Why do you think he goes to such lengths to describe it?

3. What is “kept in heaven for you” and what does “guarded through faith” mean?

4. What does “a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” mean?

5. In Peter 1:6-9, Peter says, “if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials…” What are the criteria for determining if our grieving is necessary?

6. According to the text, how is our faith proven genuine?  What are the evidences we ought to expect?

7. What is the relevance of Peter telling us that we haven’t and don’t see Jesus?

8. How is grief related to rejoicing with “joy inexpressible” according to the text?

9. In connection with 1 Peter 1:1-9 and as used in 2 Peter 1:1-2, what is “faith”?

10. What does “obtained a faith as equal as ours” mean in this text? How was the “faith of equal standing” obtained?

11. How will “grace and peace” be multiplied?  How is Peter using knowledge here?

12. How would you summarize 1 Peter 1:1-9 and 2 Peter 1:1-2?

How does it apply?

1. What makes you certain of something? What makes you believe something is true?

2. What does someone look like who lives with a “living hope”?

3. What sorts of circumstances has God used to make our inheritance more real to you?

4. Has there been suffering that God has used in your life to bring greater joy?  What happened?

5. Has there been someone in your life that simultaneously experienced deep grief and inexpressible joy?  What did that look like?  What impact did their response have on you?

6. How can you live this week believing you have been given the full righteousness of Christ and are on equal standing and have equal access as any other follow of Christ?

7. As Peter started both of his letters, what impact do you think he hoped these verses would have on our thinking? Feelings? Behavior?

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Life Group Questions for 12-4-16

Hebrews 13:20-25
What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize the big idea of Hebrews 13:7-19?

2. Identify all the ideas contained in the author’s prayer.  What closing reminders does the author focus on?

3. What does the author mean by “God of peace”?

4. What is the author telling us about God by including the phrase “who raised Jesus from the dead”?

5. What does the author mean by “great shepherd” in connection with what has come before in v7-19?

6. How is the author using the word equip? What are the readers being equipped with? What does the author mean “to do God’s will”?

7. According to v21, what are the things the author has in mind that are pleasing to God?

8. How is the author using the word “bear”? Why is the author encouraging them to “bear with my word of exhortation”?

9. Who is to receive glory?

10. Why do you think the author describes this letter as brief?

11. How would you paraphrase Hebrews 13:20-25?

How does it apply?

1. What has been the most significant growth that has taken place in your thinking after exploring Hebrews? How has this affected the way you live?

2. Why do you think the author of Hebrews spent so much time focusing and developing the complete, total, all-sufficient sacrifice of Jesus?

3. Why do you think the author spent so much time contrasting the old covenant with the sacrificial system and the new covenant with Jesus?

4. Have you known folks who have drifted from loving Jesus? What happened? (No gossip) Have you ever drifted from Jesus? What happened? What brought you back?

5. When you look back, when did you start consuming solid spiritual food? How did you begin to eat spiritual solid food? What was the process?

6. In this week’s text, do you see a tension between being equipped by God to follow Him and your personal responsibility to follow Him? Explain.

7. How is God equipping us with “everything that is good” to do His will?

8. Has your participation in life group encouraged you? Stirred you to love and good works? Explain.

9. Are you confident going forward that you will not shrink back in faith, but increasingly embrace and treasure Jesus? Explain.

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