NOTE: Following is the discussion guide we’ll use in our LIFE groups at MoSt Church tomorrow (Dec. 1). This guide will enable your follow-up of Bill Ehlig’s sermon this morning.
To find previous group discussion guides, look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous issues.
Stated in a single sentence, this is the purpose of this particular sermon.
To remind us of the Lord’s expectation, and our consequent responsibility, to be teachers of others.
This Scripture forms the foundation of the sermon.
• … you ought to be teachers. (Hebrews 5.12)
These icebreaker questions are meant to help us all just start thinking, talking, and relating to the topic or texts. Discuss one.
1. What have you learned most from others: what to do or what not to do?
2. Who have been some of the influential teachers in your life. What did they teach you and how?
3. When do you learn best on your own and when do you learn best from others?
These exercises/questions are meant to help us grapple with the Scripture(s) related to this morning’s sermon.
1. With the aid of a reference Bible, locate texts elsewhere in the Bible that speak to the same thought addressed in Hebrews 5.12.
2. With the assistance of two quality commentaries, read up on the context of this verse we’re focused on (Hebrews 5.11-6.1).
3. How is one to reconcile Hebrews 5.12 with James 3.1?
These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us thru his word. Choose some.
1. Who learns more from teaching: the teacher or the student? Explain.
2. If teaching helps stimulate spiritual development and growth, why do so many Christians flee from the thought of being teachers?
3. What are some of the most common excuses offered for not teaching?
4. What happens when we do not do what we teach? What happens when we do not teach what we do?
5. How is it that teaching requires at least as much from the one listening/observing as it does from the one teaching? What are some essential qualities for a healthy, growing student? Why are these critical? What happens if these qualities of a good listener/follower aren’t present?
These ideas/suggestions are for your use beyond the group meeting; to aid you in living out today’s message in the coming days.
1. Identify some you see influentially teaching others and determine a way to express your appreciation.
2. Pray for one Bible class teacher and their students in your church each week. The next week, pray for another, etc.
3. Volunteer to serve as a Bible class teacher, as a substitute teachers, or a teacher’s helper, whether you have ever taught before or not. Do so not only for the rest and relief of those who currently teach, but for your own growth.