Be Intentional in Relationships (Luke 9:1-18)

Luke 9:1-18
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Luke 9:1-18 together. What mission did Jesus send the disciples on?
  • Why does Jesus make it a point to spend time with the 12 alone?
  • Summarize Mark 9 and Matthew 26 together. Why does Jesus separate Peter, James, and John from the 12?
  • Does this look like favoritism to you?
  • What would we say to someone today that had a select few they poured into the most?
  • Read 2 Timothy 2:2 together. Who are you teaching how to teach others?
  • How are you purposefully investing in other people and training them how to invest in others?
  • Spend some time sharing prayer requests and praying for each other before dismissing.

Living a Christ-centered Life (Philippians 3:7-14)

Philippians 3:7-14
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Philippians 3:10 together. What is the devotion you see Paul saying he has for Christ? How does that compare to the devotion you have as a Christian?
  • Read Matthew 6:33-34 together. How are faith in Christ and fear related?
  • Living a Christ-centered life is rooted in the fear of the Lord. What is the difference in this type of fear versus the fear that is associated with worry?
  • Read 1 John 1:8-2:3 together. What does John say about the likelihood of someone failing and sinning against God after they are saved?
    • After someone sins, what does Scripture say is the response from God and the response of the person?
  • Read Hebrews 12:11-15 together. Why is maintaining peace with each other so vital to the health of a church?
  • What happens in a church whenever peace is not prevalent?
  • What are you doing to ensure there is peace between you and other people in our church?
  • Spend some time in prayer with one another before dismissing.

Your Place at the Table (Luke 14:7-14)

Luke 14:7-14
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Luke 14:7-14 together. What is the importance and message of the place at the table?
  • How difficult is it to place others’ needs before your own? Why do you feel that is the case?
  • Read Luke 14:25-35 together. What does it mean that we must all take up our cross to follow Jesus?
  • How is it that you are called to bear the cross?
  • Read Luke 15:1-32 together. Read each parable of the item lost individually and pause to discuss.
    • What do you see as common about the lost item between each of these stories?
    • What is different about each lost item?
  • Spend some time in prayer with one another before dismissing.

The Tears of Jesus (Luke 19:28-44)

Luke 19:28-44
Discussion Questions:
  • In the sermon we discussed three times that Jesus cried in Scripture. We will discuss each one below.
  • Read John 11:1-48 together. Why did Jesus cry in this passage? What stands out to you about where Christ’s focus was?
  • Read Luke 19:28-44 together. Why did Jesus cry in this passage? What stands out to you about where Christ’s focus was?
  • Read Mark 14:32-42 together. Why did Jesus cry in this passage? What stands out to you about where Christ’s focus was?
  • What do you see in common about each of these three instances of when Christ cried?
  • What is different about these three instances?
  • Christ has compassion for our struggles even though they are not struggles to Him. Do we or should we have the same compassion for the struggles of others around us?
  • Spend some time in prayer with one another before dismissing.

The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord (Malachi 4)

Malachi 4
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Malachi 4:1-6 together. 
  • What is it that the thought of the coming of the Lord brings out in you?
    • Why do you feel that is the case?
  • Are we as Christians living as if we anticipate His coming by sharing with others?
    • Do you live your live anticipating His coming? Explain.
  • Read 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 together. How do the children of light and the children of darkness differ in this passage?
  • Read Matthew 7:15-23 together. How is it possible that there are those that prophesied and cast out demons in the name of Jesus that do not get to enter heaven?
    • What does that say to you about you entering heaven?
  • Share prayer requests with each other and spend some time in prayer before dismissing.

I am, Yahweh (Malachi 3)

Malachi 3
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Malachi 3:1-15 together. 
  • How does Malachi’s understanding of God shape the message to the Jewish people?
  • Malachi uses the example of a refining fire. Discuss together the process of how precious metals are refined. What comparison is being made here?
  • We discussed in the sermon the various aspects of God. What was one thing that stood out to you in those characteristics?
  • God goes to great lengths to have a relationship with us. Why?
  • Do you understand what it means to have a personal relationship with God? Discuss together what this means in your life. What does it look like?
  • Share prayer requests with each other and spend some time in prayer before leaving. 

Taste Again the Church for the Very First Time (Ephesians 3:14-21)

Ephesians 3:14-21
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Ephesians 3:14-21 together. 
    • Why does Scripture emphasize the love we have for each other so much?
  • Share with each other a negative experience you have had in church. This is not to flame the church, but rather to share a story in order to learn of how church’s often miss the mark.
  • Share with each other a positive experience you have had in church. When did the church get it right and provide exactly what you needed when you needed it.
  • Compare and contrast these experiences.
  • How would you articulate the vision of Hobbs Island Church? Share with each other and then share with the pastor ( I would love to hear how you would articulate the vision.
  • Share prayer requests with each other and spend some time in prayer before leaving. 

Do You Keep Your Commitments? (Malachi 2:10-17)

Malachi 2:10-17
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Malachi 2 together.
  • What does a covenant mean in Scripture?
  • What are the differences between a covenant and a contract? Why are these differences important?
  • Why do you think God chooses to use the marriage covenant to represent his covenant with mankind?
    • The Bible says that the church is the bride of Christ. The covenant God gives us is to be forever. That is why divorce is such a big deal.
  • How does our view of divorce change our view of our covenants with God?

An Unworthy Sacrifice (Malachi 1)

Malachi 1
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Malachi 1 together.
  • What does a sacrifice represent in Scripture?
  • What was the problem that God was addressing concerning the sacrifices being offered?
  • Read Micah 6:6-8. What is it that God requires of us?
  • Read Romans 12:1-8 together. What is it that God seeks to transform in us?
  • When we are transformed, what does Romans 12 say the results will be?
  • Read Romans 12:9-21. How is it God is calling you to love others?
  • Share prayer requests with each other and spend a few moments in prayer before dismissing.

Victory in Jesus (1 John 5)

1 John 5:1-21
Discussion Questions:
  • Read 1 John 5:1-21 together.
  • What does this passage say to you?
  • How has God spoken to you through our study of 1 John?
  • We discussed during the sermon the importance of having a strong theological understanding of God’s love. Do you agree or disagree that good theology is important? Without good theology, what basis do we have to love one another?
  • Love must be active. It cannot only be with words. How do you feel God is asking you to love others with action?
  • Love must be sincere. We cannot speak evil and do good in the same breath. How do you struggle with sincerely loving others? What are you doing to work on improving loving others?
  • Love must be interactive. It is impossible to love from a distance. We must be social and relational in building relationships with others. How well do you feel you do at loving others by being friendly with them?
  • Who do you know that you haven’t seen at church recently? Will you commit to checking on them this week and letting them know they are missed? 
  • Take a few minutes to discuss prayer requests together. Pray for one another before you dismiss.