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Small Group Notes

 

Small group notes for June 16 – Trinity Sunday

Welcome: Can you think of a time when you felt a bit down and somebody helped you? How?

Worship: sing or listen to Our God saves

Word: John 16: 7- 15

  1. When did Jesus say these things?
  1. What can we learn about how the disciples were feeling from verse 12? Why were they so sad?
  1. Who is “the Helper”?
  1. How will the Holy Spirit help the believers?  How much of this do you experience in your own life?
  1. What is the part of His ministry as described in verses 8-11?
  1. How is this ministry being fulfilled even today?
  1. How does the Spirit “guide” us into truth? How can you know if you are being led by the Spirit or something else? See 1Corinthians 12:3
  1. What can you see from these verses about the Spirit’s role in the Trinity? See also 1 Corinthians 2 10 – 16

Witness: Decide as a group what you should do in response to these words from Jesus.

 

Small group notes for June 23

Welcome:

What is the worst job you’ve ever had? What made it so bad?

Did you enjoy telling people what you did during that time? Why or why not?

Do you agree that most of us find our value in what our role or career is? What kinds of things in our culture make us define ourselves that way?

Worship: sing or listen to Who you say I am

Word: 1 Samuel 16

 V:1-7.

  1. What is Samuel mourning at the start of this passage?
  1. Why and when did God reject Saul? Read 1 Samuel 13:8-14 and 15:10-11 to aid in your discussion.
  1. Why did Samuel initially think Eliab was the Lord’s anointed? What’s the irony here (see 10:23-24)?
  1.  What does verse 7 suggest about the qualities God counts as most important for His servants?
  1. What does it mean that God “looks at the heart” of the individual? How does the fact that God looks at the heart counter the lie that “I am what I do”?

V:7-13.

  1. If David was believing the lie that “I am what I do,” how would he have seen himself?
  1. How does God’s choice of David encourage you in your current stage of life or career?

 READ also 1 JOHN 3:1-3.

  1. Why was the love of God so amazing to John?
  1. How did John encourage his readers to define themselves?
  1. How is defining yourself as a child of God different than defining yourself by your job title, achievements, or accomplishments?
  1. How might truly believing that you are the son or daughter of God change the way that you view your occupation or role in life?
  1. What obstacles are there in your life right now that keep you from believing this truth?

Witness:

How can we in our group remind each other of our true source of value? That we are the children of God?

Pray and thank God for His great love that has made you into one of His children.

 

Small group notes for June 30

Welcome:

Use these questions to help your group members to begin to open up with one another and to think about their own lives. The answers to these questions need not be spiritual in nature. The intention is for practical real life responses.

1) Why are children afraid of the dark?

2) What creates fear in people’s lives?

3) What are your fears?

4) How do you deal with fears?

5) How can fear be negative to us?

6) How can fear be positive for us?

Worship:sing a song about the victory that Jesus has won for us. Examples: In Jesus’ name  What a beautiful name

Word: 1 Samuel 17: 12 - 50

Read v12- 30

  1. How does David become engaged with the standoff between the Israelites and Philistines?
  1. What does verse 26 say about David’s motivation to do something about Goliath’s taunts?

Read v 31-40

  1. What action does David take in verses 31-32 in light of Goliath’s challenge?
  1. How does Saul respond to David’s offer?
  1. How does David make a case for his ability to defeat Goliath?
  1. What does verse 37 say about the source of David’s confidence that he’ll be able to defeat Goliath?

Read v 41-58

  1. How does Goliath react to David in verses 41-44?
  1. What does David’s response to Goliath in verses 45-47 say about the source of his confidence?
  1. What is ironic in verses 48-51 about the way David kills Goliath? 13. How does this irony enhance God’s glory?
  1. How is David’s victory a picture of what it means to be the Lord’s Messiah (i.e how does this look forward to Jesus)?
  1. What victory(s) does Jesus win for us that we could not win for ourselves? (E.g. 1 Cor 15:55-57; Heb 2:14-15; 1 Peter 3:18; Rev 21:1-7)

What are some of the passions in your life that compete with a passion for the honour or of the living God, and how do you need to trust Him for an overriding passion for His name?

How can you conquer fear in your life?