Hidden in My Heart (Psalm 119:1-175)

Psalm 119:1-175

Theme: We must discipline ourselves to study God’s Word regularly.

 
Discussion Questions:
  • Divide Psalm 119:1-176 amongst several people. There are 22 sections so more than enough to go around. You don’t have to cover them all. Just give each person one. In your section, what spiritual disciplines do you see emphasized?
  • Have you developed a healthy practice of Bible study? If so, how has it benefited your life?
  • Read Matthew 15:7-11 together. It says that we as people often only honor God with our lips. What are practical ways we can add honor with our heart, hands, ears, eyes, and mind?
  • Read Romans 10:17 and 1 Timothy 4:13 together. What do these verses say about hearing God’s Word? What other ways besides a sermon can you hear God’s Word?
  • If your growth in godliness were measured by the quality of your Bible intake, how would you measure up?
  • As we meditate on Scripture, what happens to our minds? (See Romans 12:1-2)
  • Why is an overall Bible intake through hearing, reading, studying, memorizing, meditating, and applying Scripture so important? Does the thought of these six expand what you first considered reading God’s Word to be?
  • How would our church be transformed if we all studied our Bible like the previous question suggests?
  • How would our community be transformed? Why doesn’t it happen?
  • What are three steps you will take this week to cultivate a week of studying God’s Word?
  • Spend some time in prayer with each other before dismissing.


Expected Prayer (Matthew 6:5-15)

Matthew 6:5-15

Theme: Prayer is expected by God and helps us to know God’s will for our lives.

 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Matthew 6:5-15 together.

     

  • What topics do you see that Jesus brings up in his prayer?
  • What are some of the “rules” for prayer you notice?
  • Brainstorm with each other different types of prayer. What types of prayer can you think of? (some answers may be prayers for direction, to make known a need, to bring glory to God, intercessory prayer, etc.)
  • Do you find it difficult to have a consistent prayer life? Why or why not?
  • What can you do this week to improve your relationship with God through prayer?
  • Spend some time in prayer with one another before you dismiss.

 



Unfulfilled Intimacy: Growing with the Lord (Psalm 6:2-9)

Psalm 6:2-9

Theme: A relationship with God will fill all we feel is missing in our lives.

 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Psalm 6:2-9 together.

     

  • What is meant by verse 6, “Every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears?”
  • Do you feel like God can be known? Why or why not?
  • Read John 10:1-15, 24-28. Explain the analogy Jesus is giving them.
  • We said during the sermon that intimacy with God will cause you to grow. How does that growth happen and what does it look like? In other words, how do I know if I am growing in my relationship with God?
  • In the sermon, we listed 11 practical steps to grow closer to God. List those out with each other to remind yourselves. Go through each one and describe/define what you understand them to be currently.
  • Spend some time in prayer with one another before you dismiss.

 



Unfulfilled Intimacy: Growing with the Lord (Psalm 6:2-9)

Psalm 6:2-9

Theme: A relationship with God will fill all we feel is missing in our lives.
 
Memory Verse: Psalm 6:4
 

Discussion Points:

  • Read through Psalm 6:2-9. King David is writing a poem about his relationship with God. Why do you think David is praying to God?
  • What is meant by verse 6, “Every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears?”
  • As we spend time with God and with others who follow God, we grow closer to God.
  • The more time we spend talking to God the better we train ourselves to hear from God.
  • What are some things you can do to grow closer to God and learn more about God? (Good answers to draw out: prayer, Scripture, worship, evangelism, serving, stewardship, fasting, silence and solitude, journaling, learning, and perseverance.)

 



God’s Invitation to Intimacy (John 14:1-31)

John 14:1-31

Theme: God invites us into an intimate relationship with Him.

 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read John 14:1-31 together.

     

  • Why does Phillip not know that Jesus is God, even after spending so much time with him?
  • Why does God require us to obey his commands without grumbling and complaining?
  • Read Psalm 69:1-20 together. What do you see in David’s prayer?
  • Read John 17:1-26 together. What do you see in Jesus’ prayer?
  • When you pray, are you open, honest, and vulnerable with God? What prevents you from being truly open?
  • Psalm 46:10 says for us to be still and know God. Why is “being still” and “knowing God” related?
  • Spend some time in prayer with one another before you dismiss.

 



The Heart of Intimacy (John 15:16)

John 15:16

Theme: God chose us for relationship with Him.

 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read John 15:16together.

     

  • What does it mean that God chose us? How is that comforting?
  • God is faithful in His calling in our lives. What are some ways in the past that God has proven himself faithful to you?
  • At the heart of intimacy with God is trust in God. Why is it that building trust builds intimacy?
  • We are assured in Scripture that God will draw near to us as we draw near to Him. God does not meet us halfway. God goes the entire distance to have a relationship with us. In what ways can we se this in our life?
  • Scripture affirms God as a refuge for us over and over. How is it that closeness with God (God as a shelter) is a refuge?
  • Read John 15:1-17 together. Given the sermon this week and your prior discussions, how do you read John 15:?
  • Knowledge of God is not the same as trust in God. Do they differ?
  • Spend some time in prayer with one another before you dismiss.

 



Shore Up the Foundation (Romans 16:17-20)

Romans 16:17-20

Theme: Work to get along with everyone.
 
Memory Verse: Romans 16:20
 

Discussion Points:

  • It is our responsibility to get along with others.
  • When we know someone is upset with us or we are upset with someone, it is our responsibility to go to them and make peace.
  • We should pray before we seek to resolve any problem.
  • Don’t be a troublemaker; instead, be a peacemaker.

 



COO Training (Romans 14:13-23)

Romans 14:21-23; Matthew 5:13-16

Theme: Don’t hide from serving God. Serve God by serving others as led by the Holy Spirit.
 
Memory Verse: Romans 14:23
 

Discussion Points:

  • We serve God when we serve others.
  • If we believe something is wrong, we should not do it.
  • If we do something we think is wrong, we are sinning (even if it wasn’t really wrong because our heart was purposed to do wrong).
  • We should be good to others and in front of others to show them Christ.

 



Common Courtesy That Isn’t So Common (Romans 14:1-13)

Romans 14:1-13

Theme: Treat others the way you want to be treated.
 
Memory Verse: Matthew 7:12
 

Discussion Points:

  • See others as children of God.
  • Treat other people the way I want to be treated.
  • Find the balance between disagreeing with someone and disrespecting them.
  • It is not wrong to stand for what is right, but we must do so gently.


Dirty Clothes (Romans 13:8-14)

Romans 13:8-14

Theme: Live a life others want to emulate.
 
Memory Verse: Mark 12:30-31
 

Discussion Points:

  • Loving others is in obedience to loving God.
  • Treat others the way we want to be treated.
  • Remove the filth of sin from our lives.
  • Seek out what is right and what is good.
  • Be obsessed with doing the right thing.
  • Think about ways to do right rather than ways to get around being caught when doing wrong.