Ephesians 4:17-24 - Walk in Holiness

Discussion Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week? 
     
  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  3. Read Ephesians 4:17-24. Compare the differences between the old self and the new self. How does Galatians 5:16-26 help us to apply Ephesians 4:17-24?
     
  4. What causes the differences between the old self (futile way of the Gentiles) and the righteous way of the new self? (Compare Ephesians 4:18 with Ephesians 4:20-21.)
     
  5. When you consider the ignorance and hardness of heart that alienates from God (v18) and the difference that being taught the truth of Christ makes (verses 20-21) why is it important to be discerning in the things you allow to influence your life? What are some examples of being discerning in regards to the way you spend your time, the people you hang out with, the music you listen to, movies you watch, etc.?
     
  6. Are there traces of the “old self” that you still deal with in your own life? How does the reminder of the truth of Christ encourage you? What are ways your community group can help you in the process of renewing your mind?

Jude 1:17-25 - Keep Yourselves in the Love of The God Who Keeps You: A Lesson in Christian Perseverance

Discussion Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week? 
     
  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  3. Read Jude 1:17-20. Jude calls believers to remember the predictions of the apostles. Why is it important for us to remember the truths of Scripture when we consider everything going on in our world?
     
  4. Based on verses 18-19, what are characteristics of the ungodly?
     
  5. Read Jude 1:20-21. According to these verses, how are believers to be different than the ungodly described in the previous verses?
     
  6. Read Jude 1:22-23. We see in verse 21 that we are shown mercy by Jesus Christ. Then, verses 22-23 remind us twice to have mercy on others. What are some practical examples of ways you can show mercy to other believers. What are some practical examples of ways you can show mercy to non-believers? Do you have an example of a time when a believer showed you mercy?
     
  7. Read Jude 1:24-25. What characteristics of God are mentioned in verse 25. How does this reminder of God’s character encourage your own spiritual perseverance in light of verse 24? (See also Philippians 1:6)

Jude 1:1-16 - Contend for the Faith!: An Appeal for Christian Discernment

Discussion Questions

  1. 1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week? 
     
  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  3. How would you discern that the following unbiblical phrases are false, based on Jude and other passages in scripture?
     
    1. “God wants me to be happy, therefore he’s OK with my sin. He is a God fo Grace, after all” 
       
    2. “It is so old fashioned to say I have to get married before moving in with the person I love.” 
       
    3. “God told me that I should quit my job and join the circus, and I won’t listen to any godly counsel from anyone else because I’m totally convinced God told me to do this.”
       
    4. “How I live out my Christian beliefs is between me and God, so whether or not you think I’m sinning is none of your business.”
       
    5. “Jesus visited me in a dream, revealed new truth to me, and gave me a personal tour of heaven. Buy my book to discover these new truths for yourself and find out what heaven is like!”
       
    6. “Jesus is so loving, he couldn’t possibly send people to hell. I’m sure eventually God saves everyone–maybe even after they die.”

Ephesians 4:1-16 - Unity in Christ

Discussion Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week? 
     
  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  3. Read Ephesians 4:1-16. What is the calling you’ve been called to in verse 1? Are you walking (living your life) according to the truths of Ephesians chapters 1-3? What are some areas in your life that might need to change to better match the truths in Ephesians?
     
  4. Read Jesus’ prayer for all believers in John 17:20-26. Considering that passage as well as Ephesians 4:1-6, why is unity among believers so important? 
     
  5. What is the purpose for spiritual gifts mentioned in verses 12 and 13? What are some ways you can use your particular gifts for this purpose? 
     
  6. What does it mean to be “tossed to and fro by the waves...” in verse 14? What are some examples of the things warned against in verse 14?
     
  7. How do members of the body of Christ guard against the warning in verse 14? (See verses 15-16).

Ephesians 3:14-21 - Strength in Your Inner Being

Discussion Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week? 
     
  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  3. Read Ephesians 3:14-21. The reason Paul gives for his prayer is found in the things God has done at the end of chapter 2. What has God been doing in your life that compels you to pray? What things has Christ done that give us reason to pray?
     
  4. How can you use Paul’s prayer for a model as you pray for God to work in your own life and in the lives of others?
     
  5. What is the significance of the phrase “with all the saints” in verse 18? Why is it important to understand God’s love in the context of our relationships with fellow believers?
     
  6. Consider the way Paul concludes his prayer in verses 20 and 21. How should these verses inform the way that we pray and the kinds of things we pray about? How do you think the purpose seen in verse 21 affects the confidence seen in verse 20?

Ephesians 3:1-13 - The Mystery of God Revealed

Discussion Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week? 
     
  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  3. Read Ephesians 3:1–7. Paul says he is a prisoner of Christ on behalf of you Gentiles. Have you considered the fact that real people in the Bible and throughout history have been imprisoned, tortured, and killed so that you might know the Gospel? How does this reality impact your own faith? How does it impact your interactions with non-believers?
     
  4. Read Ephesians 3:8-13. Verse 8 refers to the gospel of Christ as unsearchable riches. What things in your life do you consider your riches? Are there things that compete with the gospel for your attention or affection? What are practical steps you can take to remind yourself of the unsearchable riches of Christ?
     
  5. How does Ephesians 3:10 impact your view of the church? Considering this text as well as Hebrews 10:23-25, why is it important to be committed to meeting regularly with the local assembly of believers?
     
  6. Because we have been given boldness and confident access to God through our faith in Christ Jesus, take time to pray together as a group for those who are suffering for the sake of the gospel.

Ephesians 2:11-22 - God's New Humanity

Discussion Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week? 
     
  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  3. Read Ephesians 2:11-12. What are the readers called to remember in verse 12? Why does Paul want us to remember these? 
     
  4. Read Ephesians 2:13-18. What difference does Christ’s work make when compared with verses 11-12? 
     
  5. What impact should the truths of verses 13-15 have on the way you view and respond to cultural distrust, racism, nationalism, missions, and hospitality?
     
  6. Is there any group of ethnic people you are tempted to be racist or hostile towards in your thoughts, words, attitudes, or actions? How does a proper understanding of Christ’s death and the image of God in people help guard against such temptation? (See also Genesis 1:27, Acts 17:27, Revelation 5:9.)
     
  7. Read Ephesians 2:19-22. How does this passage inform your understanding of the church? How can the church be a testimony to the world of the unity that Christ brings?

3 John - In a Manner Worthy of God: Supporting Truth to the Edges of the World

Discussion Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week? 
     
  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  3. Read 3 John. Compare the instructions in 3 John 5-8 with that of 2 John 7-11. Based on these two passages, what responsibilites do we have in regards to partnering with others for the gospel?
     
  4. What evidences of sinful pride do we see in the example of Diotrephes in 3 John 9-10? Consider each of Diotrephes’ actions. How would doing the inverse of these actions cultivate attitudes of humility and build unity in the church? 
     
  5. How are 3 John 9-10 and 13-14 good examples to imitate in admonishing or encouraging other believers? (See also Matt. 18:15)
     
  6. What are ways that you and/or your community group can be more involved in supporting gospel workers?

2 John - True Love is "Truth Love"

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read 2 John. What does it mean to walk in the truth (v4) and walk according to his commandments (v5)? (See James 1:22-25). Do you rejoice when you see others walking in the truth? How does your walk demonstrate your love for God?
     
  3. What kinds of false teachers/deceivers do we face today? How can we be on-guard against them? What roles do spritual disciplines, theology, and doctrine play in this?
     
  4. What are some ways of the ways that you have seen false teachers trying to deceive people?
     
  5. What implications do verses 10-11 have regarding church governance, church membership, and restorative church discipline? 
     
  6. What implications does John’s example in verse 12 have for us in our mass-communication, technology-driven culture?

Ephesians 2:1-10 - You Were Dead... But GOD

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Eph. 2:1-3. What does it mean to be “dead in trespasses and sins”? (See Romans 1:18-23, 3:10-18, Eph. 4:18-19.)
     
  3. Read Eph. 2:4-10. How does being alive in Christ contrast with the deadness of verses 1-3? (See Galatians 5:13-26)
     
  4. How are you tempted to fall back into the Galatians 5:19-21 way of life? Spend some time in prayer asking God to show you any sinful way in your life and confess that sin to God. Ask God to grow you in the evidences of life found in Galatians 5:22-24. 
     
  5. What role do works play in Eph. 2:8-10? How does this impact the way you view your own spiritual walk? How does it affect the way you view yourself in relation to unbelievers or other believers?
     
  6. What was your understanding of the Gospel before you were saved? How has your understanding of the Gospel changed since then? How would you use this passage to help a non-Christian understand the Gospel?

Ephesians 1:15-23 - That You May Know

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Ephesians 1:15-23. In verse 15 Paul gives thanks for the Ephesians’ love toward all the saints. Are other people able to thank the Lord for your love toward all the saints? What are some ways you show love to all of the saints? What are some ways you could love other believers better?
     
  3. What is the difference between the kind of knowledge Paul prays about in verses 17-18 and the kind of knowledge in Matthew 7:21-23? (See also John 10:14-15,27)
     
  4. Consider that Christ, who has immeasurable power described in verses 19-21, is given as head over all things to the church in verse 22. How does this impact the way you view the church?
     
  5. Read Paul’s other prayers, found in Ephesians 3:16-20, Philippians 1:9-11, and Colossians 1:9b-12. What are some insights these passages reveal about prayer? How should these passages affect your own prayers?

Ephesians 1:7–14 - To the Praise of His Glory (Part 2)

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Ephesians 1:7-10. If you have been redeemed through Christ’s blood (v7), how should this impact your life? (Read Galatians 4:3-7, 1 Peter 1:17-19, and 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 for a better understanding of redemption.)
     
  3. Read Ephesians 1:11-12. What is the inheritance mentioned in verse 11? (See also 1 Corinthians 15:50-58.)
     
  4. Read Ephesians 1:13-14. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in this section? How might this be encouraging in times where we don’t feel “close to God”?
     
  5. Take time as a group to pray and praise God the Father who chose to call people to Himself before the foundation of the world, Jesus Christ who provided redemption through His blood, and the Holy Spirit who seals those who have believed in Christ.

Ephesians 1:1–6 - To the Praise of His Glory (Part 1)

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Ephesians 1:1-6. What are some spiritual blessings we have been blessed with? (Several are mentioned in verses 1-14.)
     
  3. Who is doing the actions in verses 1-6? How does this inform your understanding of your relationship with God? (See also 1 Corinthians 1:27-31, Romans 5:8-11, Ephesians 2:1-10) 
     
  4. What does verse 4 say we have been chosen for? How does this truth impact your understanding of the Christian walk? (See also 1 Peter 1:13-16)
     
  5. What is the motivator for the purpose of God’s will in verse 5? How does this motivate you to respond to God’s work in your life? (See also 1 John 4:7-11)
     
  6. For further study, read Romans 9:1-29.  How does this passage in Romans contribute to our understanding of God’s choice in salvation?

Salvation through Judgment: An Overview of the Book of Nahum

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. The book of Nahum is a good reminder that God is in control. What fears or temptations do you face that seek to convice you that you are in control? What are some ways we can daily relinquish our lives to God’s sovereign control.
     
  3. The book of Nahum paints a very vivid picture of God’s wrath against sin. By what means are we able to celebrate God’s wrath against sin instead of being apalled by it or fearful of it? (See Romans 5:8-11.)

Philemon - Unpopular Reconciliation

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Philemon 1:1-7. What kinds of things do you typically pray for? Do you take time to thank God for other believers you know and pray for their spiritual effectiveness? 
     
  3. Read Philemon 1:8-16. Are there areas in your own life where you need to pursue reconciliation? Are there ways you can be like Paul and promote reconciliation in the lives of others?
     
  4. What are some ways you can practice and encourage culture-defying unity in the body of Christ?
     
  5. Paul challenged Philemon to transform his view of Onesimus from being his slave to being his brother. Read Matthew 12:46-50, Luke 8:19-21, and Mark 10:28-30. How does Jesus transform the idea of family? How does that impact how you view/interact with other believers?
     
  6. Read Philemon 1:17-25. In what way does Paul follow Christ’s example in how he treats Onesimus? How should this affect the way we treat those who wrong us?

Psalm 119:33-40

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read all of Psalm 119 in your community group. As you read, notice what themes stand out, and discuss what you noticed.
     
  3. What motivates you to seek God and obey His Word? What motivated the psalmist to seek God and follow His commandments?
     
  4. Read Jeremiah 23:29, Hebrews 4:12, and James 1:21-25. What pictures are used to describe the Word of God? Why is the Word of God valuable, and how is the value of God’s Word evidenced in your own life?
     
  5. Read John 1:1-5. John describes Jesus as the Word. What similarities are there between the Psalmist’s description of the Word in Psalm 119:33-40 and John’s description of the Word?
     
  6. Pray through the areas of Psalm 119 that you want to embody in your own life. Ask specifically that God would increase your delight in His Word (vs. 36a).

Psalm 121

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. If this was the only chapter in the entire Bible, what are the dozen or so things that a person would learn about the LORD from reading this psalm?
     
  3. Four significant words show up five times or more in the psalm. What are they, and how do they inform the meaning of the psalm?
     
  4. The superscript (verse 0) is a “song of ascents.” In it’s original context, where were people ascending to as they sang this psalm (see Exod 23:17; Deut 16:16; Ps 84:7)? Now read Revelation 21:1–4, and note the final destination city of every Christian. As new covenant believers, how does this psalm apply to Christians on their journey to the city mentioned in Revelation 21?
     
  5. How might this psalm give encouragement to those Christians who are spiritually struggling and concerned about whether they can hold fast to Christ till the end?
     
  6. Are the promises of verses 3–8 for every single person who ever lived? Why or why not?

Psalm 145

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Psalm 145:1-3. What are ways you can bless the Lord and praise His name every day?
     
  3. Read Psalm 145:4-7. How can you intentionally commend God’s work in your life to the next generation? Can this be done even if you don’t have children? If so, how?
     
  4. Verse 5 says the Psalmist will meditate on the splendor of God’s majesty and on His wondrous works. Take time to meditate (pause and ponder) on verses 8-9. In what ways has the Lord shown these verses to be true in your own life? How should you respond to those truths?
     
  5. Read Psalm 145:10-21 aloud as a declaration of praise to God.Take note of God’s attributes and actions in these verses.

Psalm 34

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Psalm 34:1-3. What does it mean to boast in the Lord or to magnify the Lord? Is this something that every Christian should be doing? What hinders you from doing this more often? List some practical ways you can boast in the Lord and magnify Him.
     
  3. Read Psalm 34:4-7. When we face fears or trials, we’re often tempted to run from the Lord instead of seeking Him like David did. How can we condition our hearts to run to God in times of trial instead of away from Him? (See David’s example in Psalm 119:9-16.)
     
  4. Read Psalm 34:8-10. How do we reconcile these verses with the worldwide persecution and suffering of Christians? (See Psalm 34:19, John 16 verses 1-4 and 33.) 
     
  5. Read Psalm 34:11-18. What doe these verses reveal about the character of God?
     
  6. Read Psalm 19-22. What form of deliverance is verse 20 alluding to? (See John 19:33-37.)

Psalm 8 - The Majestic Lord

Discussion Questions

  1.  What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Psalm 8:1-2. How might verse 2 be an encouragement to you? (See also 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 and Matthew 18:1-4.)
     
  3. Read Psalm 8:3-4. How often are you intentional about pausing to reflect on the beauty of God’s creation? When you look at God’s creation, what truths are brought to mind about God and about man?
     
  4. Read Psalm 8:5-8. How do these verses affect your thoughts, words, and actions towards other people and towards creation? (See also, Psalm 24:1-2, Genesis 2:15, and Deuteronomy 8:17-18.)
     
  5. Read Hebrews 2:5-9. How does this passage shed new light on Psalm 8:4-6?
     
  6. Read Psalm 8:9. Take time in your community group to praise God for His attributes, for His creation, and for His provision for us - ultimately through Jesus Christ.