Discuss Acts 9:32-43

  • In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  • Do you think you should be doing good works? Why? What is the gain?
  • Why is the Spirit-given ability to say “Jesus is Lord” the fundamental spiritual gift that unites us and empowers us? See 1 Corinthians 12:3.
  • In the church, we share the same confession of Jesus as Lord but we all have differing gifts. How can you use your gift to build others up and protect the unity of the church?
  • Do you like the idea of calling every believer a saint? Why is it correct to call every Christian a saint?
  • Acts 9:32-43 makes the point that Jesus is working through his people. If you belong to Jesus, how is He working through you?
  • Describe how God turned you from chasing after the world to chasing after God.
  • Who is sick and what would it look like for you to pray for him/her to be healed?
  • What do you want your neighbors to say about you when you die? How can you depend on Jesus and do good deeds?
  • What does it mean to believe in the Lord? Do you believe in the Lord?
  • What do you think about your coming death? Are you ready? How can you get ready?
  • Why would a resurrection like Tabitha’s be a good thing? Why would a resurrection like Tabitha’s be a disappointing thing?

Discuss Lamentations 1-3

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. How do you describe the wrath of God?
  3. Recall a time when you saw God fight for you.
  4. Do you think wrath is a praiseworthy attribute of God? Why or why not?
  5. Define sin in such a way that demonstrates God’s wrath is appropriate.
  6. The wages of sin is death (Romans 3:23). Is that fair?
  7. Why does having the Lord as your portion produce hope? How does this work in your daily life?
  8. Do you agree with Gustav Stahlin? Stahlin said, “Only he who knows the greatness of wrath will be mastered by the greatness of mercy.”
  9. If you read your Bible and prayed as a means of getting mercy and help for each day, how would your practice of reading and praying change?
  10. Two choices lie in front of you. You can trust that Jesus drank the cup of God’s wrath for you on the cross or you can drink the cup of God’s wrath forever in hell. Which do you choose?

Discuss 1 Thessalonians 2:5-8

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. How do you define motherhood and what are it’s blessings?
  3. Do you depend on God’s grace to do your ministry? How can you depend more on God’s grace to do the work?
  4. In your work, are you preaching Jesus or manipulating people?
  5. Why do you do what you do? Is there love of God and love of others in your work, or are you driven by a love for money? How do you know?
  6. How can you fuel your desire to seek glory from God and decrease your desire to get glory from people?
  7. In what ways are you tempted to use your strength, authority, or influence for evil? In what ways can you use your strength, authority, or influence for God’s good purposes?
  8. Why are discipline and gentleness necessary to motherhood and ministry? What happens when the a person is more of a disciplinarian than gentle? What happens when a person is more gentle than a disciplinarian?
  9. The gospel is the greatest good we can give to others. What is the gospel and how can you more clearly explain the gospel to your children or neighbors?
  10. Make a list of 2-3 church members that you recognize but don’t know their names. Use the church directory to get familiar with their names and make an effort to connect with them next Sunday. Come early, stay late, get together, and talk about Jesus.

Discuss Weeping & Rejoicing

Consider Hebrews 13:8-16; Ezra 3:8-13; and 2 Corinthians 6:1-7:1

  • In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  • Thinking about God’s greatness and faithfulness fuels our praise. Look back at days when it was hard for you to praise God. Are these generally days when your mind is set on earthly things or on heavenly things?
  • What does it look like for you to continually offer up praise to God through Jesus Christ?
  • All the good you currently enjoy will not last. Everything changes. How do you maintain joy and thankfulness without being cynical or Utopian about this life?
  • Are you holding onto some sin that if left unchecked could destroy you (Matthew 5:29-30)? What should repentance look like in your situation?
  • What has God restored in your life? Take a moment to give Him thanks and to rejoice.
  • What is the difference between wanting to get back to the way things were six months ago and wanting Jesus to return? Which one do you want?
  • Considering your current situation, where are you groaning and where are you rejoicing?
  • Why does sinfulness decrease our joy in God and why does obedience increase our joy in God?
  • Why are you sorrowful? Why do you rejoice?
  • How can you grow in your ability to be sorrowful but always rejoicing?

Discuss James 4:13-17

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. How can you cultivate a greater dependence upon God’s strengthen and God’s will in your everyday life?
  3. When you can, sit down and read the book of Daniel or Isaiah 40-66 looking for evidence of the sovereignty of God. Choose a few verses to memorize.
  4. Take stock of the words you have spoken over the last few days. Is there enough God in those works to prove your salvation?
  5. Take stock of the things you have thought about, day dreamed about, or dwelt upon. Are you storing up evil godless things or good Godward things in your heart?
  6. Why is it evil to plan good things but not include God in those plans?
  7. You do not know what tomorrow will bring. So should we make plans? How should we make plans?
  8. How does this idea sit with you? Your strength and your plans are a mist, a temporary flower, and as lasting as grass. You will soon vanish.
  9. Use James 4:15 and write out your definition of God’s sovereignty. Check that definition against Isaiah 40-66.
  10. How do John 10:27-30 and Romans 8:38-39 give us strength to face the difficulties of life?
  11. What do you have planned for today? How should you think about these plans? How should you speak about these plans?

Discuss Romans 15:13

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. Where are you today; have you lost hope? What does God want you to do about it? Who can you talk to who may be able to help you find hope again?
  3. Why is it that knowing about Jesus is not enough to produce hope?
  4. Explain to the youngest person in your family how to trust in Jesus and find hope. Walk through the steps of justification, peace with God, access to grace, and the strength to obey.
  5. How do we get connected and stay connected to this God-glorifying, soul-satisfying, life-invigorating grace?
  6. Think of one difficulty in your life right now, what would it look like for you to rejoice in hope of the glory of God. How do you bring God to bear on your suffering?
  7. Why is hope bound up in the joyful conviction, “I get God!”? How does this hope give strength and grace for today?
  8. Are you enjoying Jesus or are you simply enjoying Jesus’ cooking? Why is the pursuit of Jesus necessary for salvation and not just the pursuit of what Jesus can do for you?
  9. Why is the power of the Holy Spirit necessary for hope? Where do you see the Holy Spirit empowering hope in your life today?
  10. How can you encourage your church to seek Christ for grace to stand and hope to endure?

Discuss Romans 3:19-26

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. In light of the gratuitous evil all around us (evil that looks meaningless and often unpunished), how can we claim that God is just?
  3. Where are you tempted to justify yourself comparing yourself to the greater failures of others? Where do you cool your conscience by saying “at least I’m not as bad as that guy”?
  4. Explain how God’s rights as owner of us all, his being worthy of all worship, and the goodness of his commands all work together to form our obligation to obey.
  5. What does it mean that the law functions like a mirror? What does the law say about you?
  6. How are you living for the glory of God in your home? at school? at work?
  7. Explain salvation using the law court (justification), the slave market (redemption), and the altar (atoning sacrifice). Which image encourages you the most right now?
  8. In what sense is Jesus the atoning sacrifice for your sin? How does this free you to live life with God?
  9. Do you agree with or disagree with this statement: faith is dependence upon Jesus for all things in life and in death?
  10. Use the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus to defend the truth that God is just.

Discuss Romans 11:33-36

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. Why is the unknown so frightening to us?
  3. Looking back over the last two weeks, where have you experienced the mercy of God?
  4. If God is the source and sustainer of all (all things are from him and through him, Romans 11:36), does this make God the author or cause of evil?
  5. How do we know God is working all things together for good for those who love him, for those who are called according to his purpose (Rom 8:28)? How do we know God is working all things according to the council of his will (Eph 1:11)?
  6. How does seeing the magnitude of God and the petiteness of the nations encourage you to rest from your anxiety in these days?
  7. What are the dangers of believing God doesn’t know all things or God doesn’t control all things?
  8. How does this statement influence your view of your current situation? “The purpose for which the world was created is God’s purpose” (Schreiner, Romans, 638).
  9. We need wisdom to know how to live this afternoon from God, through God, and to God. What does living Godward look like for you today? What about living Godward tomorrow?
  10. How should you imitate the wisdom and meekness of Jesus’ self-sacrifice? How does the gospel define the wise course for your life?

Current questions that demand wisdom

  1. What does wisdom call us to do concerning our own physical health and the physical health of our neighbors? What risks should we be taking?
  2. If you have lost your job, what should you be doing about unemployment and making your needs known to your church?
  3. If you continue to work, what should you do to make more of the resources God has given you available to others?
  4. Luke 16:9, how can you make eternal friends with the money God has given? How can we use the resources God has given to share the gospel with others?
  5. What about the programs we were using as a church? Is the way we were doing things the best way to live as the church?
  6. What about our school and education system? Is the current model the best model?

Angela and I have started talking about the government bailout money that may come soon. What does the gospel and wisdom lead us to do? Should we act based upon careful planning for the future (save it) or should we act based upon sacrificial generosity (give it away)?

Discuss Deuteronomy 33:26-29

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. Why was it crucial, at the death of Moses, for God’s people to look up and know that God is the eternal God?
  3. Why is it crucial, in our day, for us to look up and know that God is the eternal God?
  4. What does it mean that God is eternal? How does the eternality of God bring you comfort?
  5. What is the significance of God being outside of the progression of time?
  6. What reasons do you have to abide in Christ? What conscious decisions should you make to trust Christ with your fears?
  7. Sit down with Philippians 4:4-9. What does God tell you to do in these verses and how can you practice these things?
  8. Read Philippians 1:21-26. Are you currently living with the mindset that to live is Christ and to die is gain? How can you change or strengthen your focus?
  9. Who needs to be encouraged with the truth that God will provide for you? How can you build that person up?
  10. What have you learned about your happiness during these days? What are you too dependent upon? How can you grow in your dependence upon God?

Discuss Acts 9:19-31

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. Here is the talk by Tim Keller titled, “Peace in Times of Suffering and Uncertainty”. To begin, you’ll want to scrub forward to the 11 minute mark. This will help if you are asking, Why are so many people so afraid?
  3. What does it look like for you to be daily led by Jesus? How does the comfort of the Holy Spirit guard your mind in these uncertain days?
  4. Read Matthew 5:35 and 6:27. How should the authority of Jesus effect our anxieties? See Matthew 28:18, Colossians 2:10 and Colossians 2:15.
  5. Calling on Jesus’ name involves two cries, “Save me!” and “Help me!”. What does calling on Jesus to save you from God’s wrath look like and what does daily calling on Jesus for help look like? Why can we trust Jesus to save us and help us?
  6. Who is the one non-Christian neighbor you are praying daily for? For resources and helps click here.
  7. How effective is your daily Bible reading for producing peace and comfort in these days? Who will you reach out to for help? (Your pastors are a good place to start)
  8. Will your current practice of studying, understanding, and believing the Bible cause you to endure difficulty, suffering, or persecution? How do you know?
  9. What particular things these days show your weakness? How can you boast in them such that the power of Christ rests upon you?
  10. What is the fear of the Lord and how can you grow in your fear of the Lord this week?
  11. Talk with someone about the ways the Holy Spirit is comforting them.
  12. Take a moment to write out a list of people who are making decisions about the corona-virus and pray for them. Think about local, state, and federal government. Remember doctors, nurses, and managers of nursing homes.
  13. As you daily pray for your fellow church members, pray that each of us will mature in the faith, share the faith, walk in the fear of the Lord, and walk in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.