Small Group Notes

Small group notes for July 5

Word: Matthew 11 16-19 and 25 to end

V. 16-19

  1. What does the parable in verse 17 mean? Who is the one playing the flute and singing the dirge? Who is the one who wouldn’t dance or wouldn’t mourn? What is Jesus saying? What are the religious rulers like?
  1. What do we learn about people from their contradictory reactions to John and Jesus?


  1. Why do you think Jesus said this to the Father out loud in the hearing of everyone?
  1. In what way does God hide these things from the wise and intelligent and reveal them to infants?Why do you think God does this?
  1. What kinds of things are included in the “all things” here in verse 27?
  1. What does He mean that no one knows the Son except the Father and vice-versa? Do we not know Him?
  1. How is God knowable to us?


  1. What invitation does Jesus extend?
  1. Who does it apply to? What kinds of people are weary? What kind of person is heavy-laden?
  1. What claim/promise does Jesus make?
  1. What is Jesus’ yoke?
  1. What is our job (learn from Him?)
    What is the result of taking His yoke upon us?
    What is a yoke? How and why does He say it is easy and the burden light?
  1. Does this mean following Jesus is easy? Is it easy or hard?

Small group notes for July 12

Word: Romans 8:1-11

This is quite a difficult passage and whoever preaches on Sunday may well pick the gospel reading instead (parable of the sower)! But as we’ve studied the parable of the sower before I thought it would be good to tackle this. I found it helpful to read it in the Message paraphrase as well, but the questions are based on the NIV translation.

  1. What does the word “therefore” indicate? What is the connection of these verses to the previous verses?
  2. What does Paul say regarding those who are in Christ Jesus (i.e., Christians) (Romans 8:1)? 
  3. Define “condemnation” (Romans 8:1). Use a dictionary if necessary. 
    Some translations use “you” in 8:2; others use “me.” This does not matter since he is referring to Christians. What has set you free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2)? 
  4. What things could the Law not do (Romans 8:3; see 7:7-12)? 
  5. What did “His own Son’” do (Romans 8:3)? For what reason did the ‘Son’ accomplish these things (Romans 8:4)? 
    For whom does the “Son” accomplish these things (Romans 8:4)? 
  6. What two kinds of people are referred to in (Romans 8:5? 
    What is the difference between the minds of these two kinds of people (Romans 8:6)? 
  7. What does it mean to set one’s mind on the things of the Spirit? Give some examples. Will the inner thoughts and meditations of a person come out in their actions? How? Give some verses that show us what a believer should be setting their mind on and meditating about. Negative: James 4:4, 1 John 2:15,  Positive: Psalms 1, Colossians 3:2, Philippians 4:8
  8. List the four statements that are made regarding the ‘mind set on the flesh’ in (Romans 8:7 & 8? 
  9. What is the overriding characteristic of those who are controlled by the Spirit (Romans 8:9)? 
  10. Can anyone be a genuine Christian and not have the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9)? 
    When he refers to the Christian’s body as being “dead” (Romans 8:10), do you think he is talking about Christians who are physically dead or Christians who are living but as far as they are concerned, they are no longer living under the control of their bodies (i.e., flesh)? Explain. 


From Romans 8:9 we learned the Spirit of God dwells in every single Christian. How will that Spirit affect our present lives and bodies (Romans 8:11)? 
List at least three changes you desire to take place in your life because of these verses. 



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