A Chosen Vessel (Acts 4:13-14)

Acts 4:13-14, Acts 8:9, Acts 9:1-18

  • How or why did Jesus choose the disciples that he did?
  • What did Jesus see in Saul?
  • Would you have considered yourself worthy of being one of the disciples?
  • What do you need to get rid of to be a vessel for Christ?
  • What is keeping you from doing that?
  • Spend some time in prayer for each other before dismissing.


The Promise of Morning (Psalm 30:1-12)

Psalm 30:1-12

Theme: Weeping and sorrow may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

Memory Verse: Psalm 30:5

  • Read Psalm 30:1-12 together.
  • What themes do you notice in David’s prayer?
  • David was prosperous and he was shattered. Why did this give him a unique perspective on the mercies of God?
  • Read Psalm 51:1-19 together.
  • This psalm was written after David’s sin with Bathsheba. What do you hear in David’s psalm that tells you about David’s heart?
  • Why would God not reject David and install a new king? His sin was far worse than Saul’s.
  • What do you suppose the people in David’s kingdom thought about him once his sin was made known? How does this compare and contrast to how God saw David?
  • Read Psalm 86:1-17 together.
  • Why does David speak so much about God’s unfailing love?
  • How can David be so adamant when praying to God after all that he did?
  • Spend some time in prayer together before dismissing.


One Body. One Lord. One Faith. (1 Corinthians 12:4-14)

Theme: We are all united as one in Christ.
 
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 12:4

 

  • Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-14 together.
  • Why did God not give all of us all of the spiritual gifts? Wouldn’t we be able to accomplish more if that were the case?
  • Read verse 6 again. Is this hard for you to acknowledge sometimes, that God works differently (maybe even in a way you don’t like) in others than he does in you but it is still the same God?
  • How does God decide what gifts to give what people?
  • How might we better learn to appreciate the gifts God has given others?
  • It is sometimes easy to be jealous of other people’s gifts. What might we do to help with our jealousy?
  • Read Romans 12:3-18 together.
  • What are some commonalities between Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12?
  • Why do we find it difficult to love those that hurt us?
  • Romans 12 mentions humility. How does humility help our understanding and demonstration of God’s love?
  • Spend some time in prayer together before dismissing.

 



Defending My Rights (1 Corinthians 9:1-7)

 
 
Theme: We must discipline ourselves in our relationship with God.
 
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 9:19
 
  • Read 1 Corinthians 9:1-7 together.
  • What are the rights of an apostle?
  • How do the rights of an apostle differ from anyone else that is saved by Christ?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 together.
  • How and why does Paul suggest becoming all things to all people?
  • What are the boundaries of becoming all things to all people? In other words, what is not okay in becoming all things in order to reach everyone?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 together.
  • How do you interpret these verses? What is it that Paul is trying to say?
  • Read Paul’s conversion together in Acts 9:1-19.
  • What do you imagine was going through Paul’s mind? Ananias’ mind? The other disciples? Other believers? Go through each one and imagine their various responses.
  • How hard would it have been for Paul the rest of his ministry? How does this inform you of God’s grace?
  • Spend some time in prayer together before dismissing.

 



Freedooommm!! (1 Corinthians 8:1-13)

 
 
Theme: The freedom we have should not hinder another’s freedom or growth.
 
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 8:3
 
  • Read 1 Corinthians 8:3-13 together.
  • How do you reconcile the rights of one person whenever they infringe on the rights of another person?
  • Where do you see this in society?
  • How does our society typically respond?
  • How far are we to let that go until we demand the rights we are entitled to? (He begins to discuss this in Chapter 9).
  • How can our freedoms cause another person to stumble in their faith?
  • Why should I not just educate that person about our freedom?
  • If we always put other’s needs above our own, when do our wants or needs get met?
  • Spend some time in prayer together before dismissing.

 



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.