Why We Get Together (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Learning to Love (John 13:34-25, 1 John 4:7-8, 1 Corinthians 13:4-6)
The Bible (2 Timothy 3:16)
Pursuing God (Luke 19:1-10)
God is Our Stronghold (2 Samuel 22:1-3, 31-37)
Thanksgiving for Salvation (Colossians 1:1-14)
Read Hebrews 10:24-25.
What are the instructions in this passage?
Why did the writer of Hebrews give these instructions about meeting together? In other words, what were the writer's concerns, do you think?
Who in your life has been an encouragement or support to you in doing what is right?
What did they do or say that gave you strength or courage? (For example, listening, keeping confidences, pointing out needed changes, …)
As we meet together, what can we do as a group to become a safe and encouraging place for each other?
Briefly, for what situation do you personally need encouragement to love and do the right thing right now that we can pray about for you?
Pair up and pray for each other regarding the above expressed need.
Read John 13:34-35 and 1 John 4:7-8.
In the two passages, what does choosing to love reveal about you?
Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-6.
As a group, list what the passage says love looks like. One person can write them down so everyone can see them.
Name someone that has loved you in any of the ways listed and tell an experience about it. (For example: Someone who is not rude, or has not kept a record of your wrongs against him, or….)
Which of the qualities we listed from 1 Corinthians 13 do you want to work on in some of your relationships now?
Describe a situation coming up soon that probably will challenge you to practice this quality. Or describe a situation that challenged you in one of the traits of love.
Pair up and pray for each other about the situations each mentioned. Report back next week.
How does the knowledge that the Bible is God-breathed affect your response to what it says?
What ways does the passage list that the Bible is useful to you?
Choose one of them and describe how you've been helped that way through something you've read in the Bible or someone's teaching from the Bible.
Would you be willing to read the Bible (particularly the New Testament or Proverbs) this week until you discover something that teaches you, rebukes you, corrects you, or trains you in right living? Look for one of those four. Please bring it to the group next week.
Read Luke 19:1-10.
Describe Zaccheus' pursuit of Jesus.
Tell how and why you initially sought out Jesus. If you are finding out more about Jesus, tell how you've come to this place in your journey.
Read 2 Samuel 22:1-3 and 31-37.
In verses 2-3, what words have similar meaning to stronghold?
(Note: in Hebrew, rock can mean "fortress" and horn can mean "power.")
What statements in verses 31-32 might encourage you to run to God rather than elsewhere?
In verses 33-37, while you are with God your Rock-fortress, He describes the ways He equips you to fight the enemies of your soul. Which verse describes what you need from Him today? For what battle?
What specifically will it look like for you to turn to God when the battle comes this week? (For example: Call out to Him in a prayer, do the next right thing, …)
Pray: Ask God for what you need for your battle and for His help to turn to Him. Determine to go to the Rock and not rely on your own strength.
When you are finished praying, proclaim together verse 47—the battle cry of the redeemed!
"The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!
Read Colossians 1:1-14.
What have Paul and Timothy heard about the Colossians that makes them thank God (verse 4)?
What "faithful minister of Christ" like Epaphras told you the"true word of the gospel"?
How did he or she tell you the truth of the gospel?
From verses 12-14, what causes your joyful"thanks to the Father"?
In verses 9-14, take turns praying each verse. For example: "We continually ask [You] God to fill [us] you with the knowledge of [Your] his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,…"
Which verse is most meaningful to you and why?
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