Sunday, 28 October 2012

Imitating Christ: Being Filled with the Spirit

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Small Groups – Week of October 28

Preparation (do this prior to attending your small group)

Read: Romans 8:1-17

Pray: Spend some time confessing areas of sin in your life which you need the power of God to overcome. Pray to God for that power. Pray that God would empower you and other members of TAC for holiness.

Small Group Discussion Questions 

1.    Describe a time when you had to follow someone (in a car, on a hike, etc.). What were the benefits of following this person? What were the challenges?

2.    Read Galatians 5:16-26.

3.    What does it mean to carry out the desire of the flesh? What manifestations of this type of life are most prominent in Toronto?

4.    Read Ezekiel 36:22-32 and Romans 8:1-17. What does it mean to be led by the Spirit? As a group memorize Galatians 5:22-23.

5.    Bible scholar F. F. Bruce writes: “Over six hundred years after the ratification of the covenant of Moses’ day at the foot of Mount Sinai, the prophet Jeremiah announced that, in days to come, the God of Israel would establish a new covenant with his people to replace that which he had made with the Exodus generation when he ‘took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt’ (Jer. 31:31-34). That ancient covenant made the divine will plain to them, but did not impart the power to carry it out; for lack of that power they broke the covenant. Under the new covenant, however, not only the desire but the power to do the will of God would be imparted to his people: his law would be put within them and written on their hearts.”
Can anyone in your group testify to a new power for obedience given to you in your Christian walk? Share about this experience.

6.    Galatians 5:24 reads: “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Reflect on this statement. What are the implications of our flesh being crucified? You may want to explore Romans 6 as you answer this question. 

7.    Encourage one another by sharing how you see the fruit of the Spirit in each other’s lives. 

8.    In groups of 2 or 3 (of members of the same sex) share one area where the flesh is exerting an influence in your life. Pray for one another for forgiveness and power to overcome.


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