NOTE: Following is the discussion guide we’ll use in our LIFE groups at MoSt Church tomorrow (Jan. 5). This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon that morning. This sermon marks the start of a new sermon series entitled Gatherings.
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 sermon series, or this particular sermon in a series.
To explore and emphasize the importance of our gathering together as a church.
These Scriptures form some of the foundation of this morning’s sermon.
• They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. … Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. (Acts 2.42,46-47)
• Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. (Hebrews 10.25a)
Use one of the following icebreaker questions to prime the pump, to help conversation begin. Choose one to discuss.
1. What things do you enjoy most that happen when your friends/family get together?
2. Whenever I’m not “at church” I really miss __________.
These exercises/questions are meant to help us grapple with the Scripture(s) related to this morning’s sermon.
1. Itemize everything Christians did “together” in Acts 2.41-47.
2. Read Hebrews 10.19-25. What specifically do the “let us” phrases tell us to do? (vs. 22a,23a,24a). What are the motivations behind each of them? (vs. 22b,23b,24b-25)
3. Find and mark every occurrence of “church” and “together” in the book of Acts.
These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us thru his word. Choose some.
1. As God saves you he adds you to his church. Why does he think you need others?
2. Few people deliberately “quit” church; most folks simply “drift” away. How so?
3. What are the most common excuses you hear people use for “skipping church?”
4. What harm comes from seeing “church” as just a “place” to “get something out of?”
5. What benefits are there for all when a Christian devotes them self to church life?
These ideas/suggestions are for your use beyond the group meeting; to aid in living out today’s message in the coming days.
1. Work hard during all church gatherings to consistently replace self-oriented questions that come to mind (“What am I getting from this?”) with selfless ones (“How can I maximize my contribution to this moment?”).
2. Purge negative talk about “church” from your lips (and listening). Pray daily on this.