Devotion to the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:20-28)

Theme: Devotion to God is the most important thing life.
 
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 7:19b
 
  • Read 1 Corinthians 7:20-28 together.
  • How hard would it be to remain a slave if you were a slave? Paul says don’t worry about it. How hard would that be?
  • Why does Paul tell the slave here to be free if they could?
  • Paul warns us not to be a slave to the world.
  • Paul is going through multiple circumstances people can find themselves in. He reminds them all that no matter what, the most important thing is to be wholly devoted to God. How do you see this demonstrated in the scenarios he gives?
  • How can we apply this principle in other circumstances that are similar but not covered specifically here?
  • In the service it was stated that God does whatever he wants. Is this hard to accept?
  • In the story of Job, the magnificence of Job’s worship is because it was in grief, not because it replaced grief. Do you agree?
  • Read Psalm 63:1-8 together. Can you truly say this? Can you say that your relationship with God is the best thing you have in life?
  • Spend some time in prayer together before dismissing.

 



Separation of Church and State (1 Corinthians 6:1-8)

 
 
Theme: We are to be wise with each other and settle matters between us in a wise manner.
 
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 6:6
 
• Why does Paul suggest we should handle matters internally and not take them to external groups or judges to settle?
• Why do you think this is not practiced more in our society?
• What are some problems with implementing this in today’s day and age?
• What do we need to do differently in the church to be able to better handle disagreements amongst ourselves?
• How does leadership and respect for leadership reflect the ability to live these verses?
• Paul asks in verse 7 why not just be cheated. What is the answer to that question?
• What are your overall thoughts on this passage?
• Spend some time in prayer together before dismissing.
 
 

 



How to Call Down Fire from Heaven (1 Kings 18)

Theme: Live a consecrated life seeking God.
  • Read 1 Kings 18:22-40 together.
  • What would you say are some main points of this story?
  • What qualities of faith do you see demonstrated?
  • What allowed Elijah to have that kind of faith?
  • How can we demonstrate faith like this today?
  • Read 2 Chronicles 6:7-14 together.
  • Why was David not allowed to build the temple?
  • What do you see in God’s faithfulness to Israel?
  • How is God faithful to us today?
  • Spend some time in prayer before dismissing


God’s Message to Joshua

 
 
Theme: God uses you no matter your age.

Memory Verse: Joshua 13:1

  • Read Joshua 13:1 and 14:10-12 together.
  • What do you notice about Joshua’s and Caleb’s view of age?
  • How do their view of age and ours differ?
  • What does God see in one’s age?
  • Do we reflect this same view of age when it comes to our children?
  • We often use age as an excuse (either too old or too young). Why do you think that is?
  • As chapter 13 begins, why does Scripture mention Joshua’s age?
  • What other times in Scripture can you think of where age is mentioned or a factor in the point being made?
  • What do you need to do that you have typically let your age discourage you from doing?
  • How can we help each other do what God has for us to do?
  • Spend some time in prayer before dismissing.


The Importance of Church Discipline (1 Corinthians 5:1-13)

Theme: Church discipline is necessary to protect the integrity of the church.
 
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 5:6
 
  • Read 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 together.
  • Who does Paul have an issue with in the church?
  • Why is Paul not focused on addressing the sin of the immorality?
  • This is a tough lesson in the church today. What is the message Paul is giving to us?
  • Why is this important in the church?
  • Why do you think the church as a whole struggles with this concept?
  • How do you see that this should practically be working in our church?
  • What can we do as a church body to better practice this?
  • What can we do as individuals to invite people to correct us in our wrong doings?
  • Read verse 8 again. What is the leaven of malice and wickedness? What is the leaven of sincerity and truth?
  • What other Scriptures remind you of this passage? What differences or similarities do you notice? 
  • Spend some time in prayer together before dismissing.


How to Treat Servants of Christ (1 Corinthians 4:1-13)

Theme: The church has a responsibility to care for pastors and care for each other.

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 4:7

  • Read 1 Corinthians 4:1-13 together.
  • What does it mean to be a steward and servant of Christ?
  • Why does Paul emphasize or single out the pastoral function in addressing the issues in the church?
  • Paul says he doesn’t examine himself and isn’t examined by others. What does he mean by this? What is his standard for being examined?
  • What is the pastor’s role in regards to the church? What are his roles and responsibilities?
  • What is the church’s role in regards to the pastor? What is its roles and responsibilities?
  • How do you feel both of these are functioning in our church?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 4:11-13 again. Have you ever thought about pastors in this regard?
  • Read Hebrews 13:17-18 together. How do we balance obedience to those called by God versus church discipline?
  • Spend some time in prayer before dismissing.


Union with Christ (1 Corinthians 3:10-23)

Theme: In order to be in right fellowship with God, we must be in right fellowship with each other.

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:18

  • Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-23 together.
  • Why does Paul change analogies from farming to architecture?
  • What other foundations do we often see people trying to build churches on (in the Corinthian church they are drifting to build the church around individuals instead of around Christ)?
  • What foundations do you see in our church?
  • Why is it that anything not built on Christ will not stand?
  • Read Romans 14:10-19 together. What is the issue that proceeds these verses?
  • What stands out to you in the build up to verse 19? What is it that Paul is focusing on?
  • Ultimately, we are solely created for the glory of God. Why is it so easy for us to become distracted with things that aren’t important?
  • Spend some time in prayer before dismissing.

 



Speak Life (Nehemiah 2:17-20)

  • Read Nehemiah 2:17-20 together. 
  • Why does Nehemiah choose now to tell his countrymen what God has done and laid on his heart?
  • The people seem quick to agree to rebuild the wall. What is the source of their willingness now after all this time?
  • Do you think those around Nehemiah fully took into consideration what they were getting into?
  • Why did Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem scoff at Nehemiah? Think beyond just that they were their captors.
  • How do you react when you face opposition?
  • During the sermon it was mentioned that opposition comes from outside people and those closest to you. How do they affect you differently?
  • Nehemiah is very bold to those in opposition to him. How? Why?
  • What keeps you from being bold in how God has called you?
  • Discuss with each other what you feel your strengths are and how God has called you in our church.
  • Spend some time in prayer together before leaving.


The Ruins of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:1-16)

Nehemiah 2:1-16
 
Theme: Approach problems with prayer and God’s guidance.
Memory Verse: 1 Peter 5:8
 
  • Read Nehemiah 2:1-16 together. 
  • How does Nehemiah approach the conversation with the king?
  • What begins the conversation with the king?
  • What do you think about Nehemiah’s job? What is good or bad about it?
  • Read verses 9 and 10 again. Why are the governors of the provinces not happy to hear of Nehemiah’s arrival in Jerusalem?
  • Why did Nehemiah at first not tell anyone what God had laid on his heart? How does that principle apply to us today?
  • Why does Nehemiah go himself to inspect each section of the wall? He knows it is destroyed. Why does he need to see it for himself?
  • What can we learn about problems we face from how Nehemiah faced his challenge?
  • Why does Nehemiah embrace this enormous challenge instead of crumbling from it?
  • Spend some time in prayer together before dismissing.


The Worship of God (Isaiah 66:18-24)

Isaiah 66:18-24
 
Theme: God is triumphant and desires to reconcile us to Himself.
Memory Verse: John 14:3
 
  • Read Isaiah 66:18-24 together. How is Isaiah ending this vision he has had of God?
  • Read Isaiah 66:10-13. How does our discussion about the comfort of God enhance the meaning of this passage?
  • What does it mean that Christ intercedes on our behalf? Don’t just define what that means, but practically to us what does it mean?
  • The Lord desires to draw all nations unto Himself. What does this say about our support for international missions? Why not just focus our efforts locally?
  • Read John 14:2-3 together. Why does Jesus make this statement?
  • Read Revelation 22:12-21 together. What does this say to you? How does this affect your daily life today?
  • Spend some time in prayer together before dismissing.