Here are Russell’s questions on Colossians 3:1-17. based on his sermon The Good Life
- What does Paul mean by “set your sights on the realities of heaven?”
- What misconceptions does the world have about heaven, including us?
- Explain what is meant by ‘hidden in Christ’? V3
- Why is it important to get rid of our old nature ? Give an example, if you can, the types of things that you once loved.
- Where do you find your identity? And how does knowing Christ change that?
- What does it mean to live the good life in Christ Jesus? Healthy eating, being self-sufficient or something entirely different?
The sermon for Zephaniah 3 can be found here: What a way to end!
- Looking at verses 1-7 look at and list all the sins and consider how they were sins against God.
- Consider what relevance these verses have for us: a) as a church and b) as individuals.
- Verses 8-20 – looking at these verses, discuss which of these prophecies has been fulfilled by Christ and which are still to come.
- Verses 8-20 – how many times does God say ‘I will?’ talk through each of these and consider the relevance for us today.
- Please take some time to pray for us as a fellowship using Psalm 127 1 as a lead in to prayer.
A study on the sermon: Hunted down Chapter 2 of Zephaniah
- Discuss the first three verses of the chapter, specifically look at and talk through the following phrases – how might they apply to us today?:
- verse 1 “Gather together—yes, gather together…”
- verse 2 “the fierce fury of the Lord falls and the terrible day of the Lord’s anger”
- verse 3 “Seek the Lord”,
- Verse 3 all who are humble, and follow his commands.
- Verse 3 “Seek to do what is right and to live humbly. Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you
- Take the rest of the chapter and look at the individual ‘judgement oracles’, consider:
- the different directions mentioned,
- the sins mentioned
- the warnings given
- which of the prophecies were fulfilled and which are yet to come
- does any of this passage equate with what’s going on in the Middle East today?
This study relates to the sermon: God’s Love Seen Through Judgement
- Zephaniah starts his prophecy telling us his family background (1:1); he is a fourth-generation descendant of King Hezekiah (King of Judah from 715-686BC). Does this pedigree matter to you? Why or why not?
- His opening words of prophecy tells of a terrible judgment to come: “I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth” (1:2). It closes on the “day of the Lord” when God “will make a sudden end of all who live in the earth” (1:18). This just might be the harshest, most universal judgment announcement in the Bible. How does this make you feel? How does this make you feel about God?
- God is clearly a little upset with Judah. What has Judah done wrong? (see 1:4-6)
- Why is this book relevant to Christians today? On Sunday we talked through a lot of application for us today – what did that include?
Some questions from Russell, based on his sermon: Peace and Persecution
Read Matthew 5:1-12
- What is a Peacemaker? Why are we called to be Peacemakers?
- Discuss the difference between Peace the world offers and what Peace God gives?
Choose an example and discuss why you chose it.
- Read Luke 6:27-28 – What ways can we as Christians show peace to those who are indifferent?
- What is persecution? Have you ever experienced it in any form? And how did that make you feel?
- Looking at v11 – What is our response to this? And why is there such great joy and blessing from such suffering?
- Take a moment or two and pray for our brothers & sisters caught up in persecution.
A study based on the sermon: Are You On The Inheritance List?
Start off by reading Matthew 5:1-12, then re-read verse 5
1 – What is meek and what isn’t?
2 – How would taking the first two beatitudes seriously lead us to be “meek”
3 – Can you be meek and angry at the same time? (James 1:19-21) Meek and have strong convictions? (Galatians 2:11-14)
4 – What does “meekness” look like: -In business… -In school… -In our church… -In your neighbourhood…
5 – How does someone become meek? How can God change you in the following behaviours and attitudes? (Matthew 11:28-30)
6 – Where do we learn the attitudes listed on the left and what is our motivation for living out the attitudes on the right?
7 – From the world’s point of view, why is it surprising that the meek will inherit the earth?
Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had a look at two of the beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12; sermons can be found here:
The Be – Attitudes Part 1
Happy Are The Sad !!
- What has been going on before this ‘sermon on the mount’?
- Who is Jesus talking to and how have his words here been twisted and misconstrued by people from other faiths, atheists and even Christians?
- Take some time discussing the first two statements of Jesus about being poor in spirit and mourning, don’t rush through the discussion but try and deal with each in as much depth as possible and consider how we should apply each to our lives today.
- Spend some time seeking the Lord in Prayer for the life and work of New Connexions
Study based on sermon: Jewish Feasts Part 5 – Tabernacles (Sukkot)
Reading: Leviticus 23:33-44
- Take a quick tour through the first 6 feasts and relate what they looked back to and also what their prophetic fulfilment is or was.
- This feast is known as The Feast or The Great Feast – why do you think that is?
- In the Sermon we looked at again at the number seven in relation to this feast, the feasts in general and God’s plan. Discuss as a group how much of this you can remember and how it all fits together.
- Jesus (John 7 specifically v.37-39) taught at this feast. How do Jesus words look to the fulfilment of the feast of tabernacles and how does it fit with Zechariah 14:4-9.
- What should we, as a church today, take and apply to our lives from our study on the feasts.
- If as a group you have unresolved questions on this study please don’t be afraid to ask Pastor.
Study based on Gordon’s sermon: Jewish Feasts Part 4 – Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)
Reading: Leviticus 23:26-32
- Leviticus 16 contains instructions for the priest on the Day of Atonement. Why do you think Aaron needed to make atonement for himself before making atonement for the people? (see vv 11–14). How is this step different from when Christ performed His Atonement? (Hebrews 9: 6-15)
- Why did Aaron need two goats? (see vv. 6–10). How do both goats (the one used for the offering and the one used as the scapegoat) represent Christ and His Atonement? (see vv. 20–22).
- Using Hebrews 10 vv1-18 compare the work of the High Priest with that of Christ in achieving atonement.
- Discuss the effects of Christ’s finished work of Atonement, past (sins forgiven), present (no condemnation) and future (We shall be like Him).
This term’s prayer pointers:
- Give regular thanks for answered prayer;
- Pray that The Lord will build His Church at New Connexions: spiritually, physically and numerically;
- Seek the Lord for direction as to outreach in the year ahead.