Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Small Groups – Importance of Reading Scripture

1. Are you a reader? What types of books do you most enjoy? What is it about these books that you find most compelling/interesting?

2. Read Acts 17:10-15.

3. What is one thing that stands out to you in this passage?

4. If you were speaking with a new believer and you wanted to impress upon them the importance of reading Scripture, what points would you want to make?

5. Paul and Silas are devoted to the calling God has given them. How are you using your gifts/time/energy to pursue the calling God has put upon your life? What keeps you serving God? Whathinders your ministry?

6. What things do you receive eagerly? Why should the Gospel be received with eagerness?

7. Have you ever looked at Scripture to check something a pastor/teacher/friend has said? Share this experience.

8. Practically speaking, how can you make Scripture a more important part of your day?

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Flee, Follow, Fight

  1. What are some examples of passivity or indecisiveness that people (or you) experience? 
  2. Why are sins, bad habits, set patterns of thinking so familiar to us? (in other words, why do we yield to an unbiblical stance)
  3. Do you think the 'love of money' drives you or motivates you to certain behaviours, thoughts or actions? 
  4. What kind of Spirit is given to us?
  5. What sort of pursuits should we pursue that Paul encourages Timothy to do? 
  6. What would you say to our 'shy' nature that would encourage us to fight and move forward from passivity to action?
  7. The opposite of passivity is engagement. What should we do to respond to passivity that Pastor Bill encourages us to do? What is something that I should respond to in my life?

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Mother's Day

1. How has your mother been a protector for you (share a story if you can)? How has your mother kept you from doing wrong?

2. Read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8.

3. What stands out to you in this passage? Why?

4. What is lawlessness? What is the mystery of lawlessness? How is it already at work in family life? In school? At work?

5. How do you think lawlessness is being restrained? Is the church used to restrain lawlessness? If so, how?

6. Pastor Bill told a story about his mother in which she ended a conversation with him by saying, “Bill, I have won many battles.” Have someone retell this story. What did she mean? How does this story encourage/challenge you?

7. Pray for various institutions in our city (schools, government, marriage, etc.). Pray that evil would be restrained and that God’s kingdom would come in these institutions.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Missions Week - Week 2

1. What are some popular “life missions” that people today might have (i.e. What do people live for today?)? How well do these missions fit with the Great Commission?

2. Read Acts 1:3-8.

3. What are some of the key ideas in this passage?

4. What comes to mind when you hear: “The whole church taking the whole Gospel to the whole world”?

5. The Alliance is being challenged to be: Christ-Centred. Spirit-Empowered. Mission-Focussed. What do each of these expressions mean? What practical impact might they have on our lives?

6. The Global Mission Purpose Statement of the Christian and Missionary Alliance is: “To glorify God by developing indigenous movements of reproducing churches among least reached people groups.” What ideas stand out to you from this statement? What can you do to further this mission? What can your small group do?

7. What has God been saying to you this week at our mission conference?

8. Pray around this denominational prayer as you close: “O God, with all our hearts we long to be a movement of churches transformed by Christ, transforming Canada and the world.”