NOTE: Following is the discussion guide we’ll use in our LIFE groups at MoSt Church tomorrow (Jan. 19). This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon that morning. This sermon is the third in a series entitled Gatherings. This series will run through the month of January.
To find previous group discussion guides, look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous issues.
These Scriptures form some of the foundation of this morning’s sermon.
• By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13.35 RSV)
• They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2.42 NIV)
• … whatever you do, you should do it all for God’s glory. (1 Corinthians 10.31 CEB)
• … every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11.26 TEV)
• Let all things be done in a way that will build up the community. (1 Corinthians 14.26b NJB)
• … whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3.17 NRSV)
• … meet together … we must encourage one another … (Hebrews 10.25 KNT)
• … suppose someone comes into your meeting … (James 2.2 NLT)
• … you are God’s “chosen generation”, his “royal priesthood”, his “holy nation”, his “peculiar people”—all the old titles of God’s people now belong to you. It is for you now to demonstrate the goodness of him who has called you out of darkness into his amazing light. (1 Peter 2.9 Phillips)
Use one of the following icebreaker questions to prime the pump, to help the conversation begin. Choose one to discuss.
1. When you’ve got something to do, what successfully motivates you to actually do it?
2. “I get together on Sunday with others who claim faith in Christ because __________.”
These exercises/questions are meant to help us grapple with the Scripture(s) related to this morning’s sermon.
1. Note how “church” and “kingdom” are linked (Matt. 16.18-19; Heb. 12.23,28; Rev. 1.4,6,9).
2. What does it mean to “do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3.17)?
These questions assist our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us in our encounter with God’s word.
1. If I’m a part of Christ’s church, then what’s my life with others to say about Christ?
2. Which of the texts above strikes you most as to the benefit of Christians assembling?
3. Imagine every member showing up with this mentality: “I’m here to build others up!”
4. What can a disciple do to best prepare themselves to assemble with other believers?
These ideas/suggestions are for your use beyond the group meeting; to aid in living out today’s message in the coming days.
1. Spend time in prayer for seven straight days regarding your “church expectations” (i.e. – your attitude and predispositions toward Christian gatherings).
2. Show up four consecutive Sundays expecting to receive nothing and to give your all.