Discuss Acts 2:1-13

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. Tell the story of the Bible using these categories creation, fall, redemption promised, redemption accomplished, redemption applied, and redemption consummated.
  3. What was the significance of Pentecost before Acts 2?
  4. Why was Pentecost an appropriate time to pour out the blessings of the new covenant?
  5. When reading the Bible, what is the difference in something being described and something being prescribed?
  6. When the Spirit came upon Jesus in Luke 3:21-23, there was no fire, no wind, and Jesus did not speak in tongues. Does that mean Jesus is less than other Christians who speak in tongues? Why?
  7. Why do we and the disciples need the Holy Spirit? Why is education and theological content not enough?
  8. What three signs in Acts 2:1-13 marked the inauguration of the age of the Holy Spirit? Where do we see these signs elsewhere in the Bible?
  9. According to Acts 1:8, why was the Holy Spirit given to the disciples?
  10. Commit to praying that our VBS teachers will be faithful witnesses to the gospel and the Holy Spirit will work through them to save souls.
  11. How could Holy Spirit empowered love and hope make you a powerful witness to your neighbors and coworkers?
  12. Pray and ask your heavenly Father to give you the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13)

Discuss Hebrews 10:19-25

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. What does God want you to go after when you gather with his church? How can you do this better?
  3. What does God want you to do for the church when we gather? How can you do this better?
  4. Why does the blood of Christ give us confidence to enter God’s presence? Why are we not good to go on our own?
  5. Why is it important to be mindful of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection as we seek to draw near to God?
  6. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Without a clear and intentional dependence on Jesus we will not be able to worship God. How should we worship?
  7. Are you doing anything when the church gathers for worship that God would not consider to be worship?
  8. Explain how Hebrews 10:22 plays out each time we gather together to worship God through faith in Jesus Christ.
  9. What does it look like for you to be a part of a church that holds fast to the confession of our hope of Jesus’ return?
  10. What practical things can you do to stir up and encourage others?
  11. Have you tried come early, stay late, and meet together? What was hard about that and what good came from it?

Discuss 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. Do you feel like you are fully aware of and ready for the return of Christ? If you want to learn more, please talk to one of our pastors.
  3. What will happen to the world on the day of the Lord?
  4. What will happen to the church on the day of the Lord?
  5. What will happen to you on the day of the Lord?
  6. Instead of judging the world, what would it look like for you to fear for the world and the coming day of the Lord?
  7. Have you ever hurt yourself while walking in the darkness? If the Bible is a lamp for our feet, how should we use it everyday?
  8. What evidence is there for the life and light of Jesus shining through your life?
  9. If the return of Christ never factors into your decisions you are probably not a Christian. Are you sleeping in the dark of this world or are you awake to the reality of the return of Jesus? What should you do about this?
  10. Is there an area in your life that is characterized by darkness instead of life? What will it look like for you to wake up and sober up?
  11. If you suddenly had an emblem on your chest that reflected the focus of your heart, what would be on your breastplate?
  12. Why is it good news that God has destined us for salvation?
  13. Jesus is coming. How can you encourage your church?
  14. Jesus is coming. How can you build up your church?

Discuss Philippians 3:1-11

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. Looking at Philippians 3:1-11, what does it mean to rejoice in the Lord? What reasons do we have to rejoice?
  3. Looking at Philippians 3:1-11, what does the apostle Paul reject (or count as loss) and why does he do it?
  4. Looking at Philippians 3:1-11, what specifically are we looking to Jesus for? What do we gain from him?
  5. You may not struggle with the ceremonies of Judaism, but where are you tempted to look in order to convince yourself that you are a good person?
  6. Why should you reject these things? What if they are good things like your God-given role as worker, spouse, parent, neighbor, etc.?
  7. Why is the resurrection of Jesus essential to Christianity?
  8. Why is the righteousness of Jesus essential to Christianity?
  9. What would it look like for you to live everyday life dependent on the resurrection power and righteousness of Jesus?

Discuss Jonah 4:5-11

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. List five simple and small signs of God’s mercy toward you.
  3. How does the error of thinking you are worthy of mercy make it hard to show mercy to your enemies?
  4. Why is the gift of God’s Son a gift of mercy?
  5. What is involved in God showing mercy to Jonah?
  6. Is doing good to our enemies a simple matter of making their lives comfortable? What is involved in showing mercy to those who wrong you?
  7. Why is clarifying your motivation an essential part of causing discomfort to one’s enemies?
  8. What is the difference between the desire for revenge and the desire for restoration?
  9. Why are you angry? Try to trace the discomfort you now face and see if there are any sinful roots of disobedience in other areas of your life.
  10. Where is the evidence that you care for your family, class-mates at school, coworkers, and neighbors? What about the enemies in those areas?
  11. Consider how you can work through your various roles and responsibilities to make good come for animals and people.
  12. Pray for an opportunity to share the gospel with your neighbors.

Discuss Jonah 4:1-4

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. If you are a Christian, do you consider yourself to have been an enemy of God, a terrorist living in opposition to his kingdom? See Romans 5:10; Colossians 1:13; James 4:4.
  3. Why is it natural to want revenge when you have been wronged?
  4. Instead of revenge, what does the gospel call for? How should the Christian pursue repentance in others?
  5. In what ways are you tempted to think you are better than or superior to others? Why is this feeling so dangerous?
  6. God is abounding in steadfast love. What are you abounding in? What would your parent, spouse, or coworkers say you are abounding in?
  7. Where is the justice in God forgiving the Ninevites? Where is the justice in God forgiving you?
  8. What was Jonah’s god and why did Jonah have a death-wish?
  9. Are you tempted to be wrathful towards the sins of people who aren’t like you but merciful towards the sins of people who are like you? (Think about political party, ethnicity, income level, religion, and age).
  10. Where are your idols? What do you think you must have in order to be happy? What would it look like for you to turn from those idols in order to turn to Christ?

Discuss Jonah 3:10

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. How does the wash basin and the towel help you understand the church and your role in it?
  3. How does the one loaf help you understand the church and the church’s priorities?
  4. How does the cup of the new covenant help you understand the church and God’s promises?
  5. Why do we come together and eat the Lord’s Supper?
  6. Why is the Lord’s Supper such a small meal?
  7. Who should eat the Lord’s Supper?
  8. How should we eat the Lord’s Supper?
  9. Why are there pieces of bread and cups of juice in the Lord’s Supper?
  10. Jesus came to call sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32). Why is this controversial and wonderful?
  11. What did it mean for Nineveh that God sees and forgives?
  12. What does it mean for you that God sees and forgives?