Discuss Hebrews 2:14-18

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. Hebrews 2:14 removes any idea that Jesus was not fully human. What phrase is used to describe Jesus’ humanity?
  3. Why did Jesus share in flesh and blood with us?
  4. What did Jesus do to destroy the devil?
  5. Why do you think many people are afraid to die?
  6. Are you afraid to die? Why or why not?
  7. Jesus helps the offspring of Abraham and not the angels (2:16). What is the difference between angels and humans identified here?
  8. Just like Jesus died for a specific reason, so also he became human for a specific reason. What reason is given in Hebrews 2:17?
  9. Looking at Hebrews 2:17, how does God view you and your sin?
  10. To propitiate someone is to move him from an attitude of animosity, anger, or wrath to an attitude of favor or kindness. How does God view all of your coworkers, neighbors, and family members who do not follow Jesus?
  11. How did Jesus make propitiation for our sins? See 1 Corinthians 15:1-5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; and 1 Peter 3:18.
  12. Jesus became human, was tempted, was killed, and rose again. How do these experiences make him a trustworthy priest?
  13. When you are tempted, how should you pray? See Hebrews 2:18.

Discuss Colossians 1:15-20

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. What do you find wonderful or mysterious about Jesus being fully God and fully man?
  3. Which act inspires more awe in you: Jesus’ work to create all things or Jesus’ work to redeem all things? Why?
  4. Advent means arriving; the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event (Google dictionary). What can you do to help others celebrate the coming of Jesus this Christmas season?
  5. How can Jesus be both God and the image of God?
  6. If Jesus lacked any quality of deity or quantity of deity would he still be fully God?
  7. In Psalm 89:27, King David (the youngest son) is called the firstborn. God makes him the firstborn. What does this mean and how does this meaning help you understand that Jesus is the firstborn over all creation?
  8. What in Colossians 1:15-20 demonstrates the preeminence of Jesus?
  9. How does it change your outlook on your blessings and trials to know that all of these things happen because Jesus created, sustains, and is the goal of all things?
  10. Who is the head of Mambrino Baptist Church?
  11. Why does Jesus need to make peace by the blood of his cross?
  12. How can you more deeply enjoy the blessing of peace with God through faith in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection?

Discuss Philippians 4:10-13

  • In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  • What is one way you can rejoice in the Lord’s perfections, attributes, or characteristics?
  • What is one way you can rejoice in the Lord as the reason for the good you have received?
  • In what area of life are you experiencing the Lord giving you strength?
  • Who do you think is a good example of living a life marked by contentment?
  • How is being content different from being lazy?
  • How does constant prayer lead to contentment (see Philippians 4:5-7)?
  • How does careful thinking lead to contentment (see Philippians 4:8-9)?
  • What would it look like for you to do all things through Christ?
  • In what areas of your life are you attempting to do the work in your own strength?
  • Where are you weak and what is a plan for depending on Christ?
  • Take a moment and rejoice in the Lord. How can you keep that going today?

Discuss Acts 6:1-7

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. What is a disciple?
  3. What is one small thing you can do to help Mambrino Baptist make more disciples?
  4. Why do you think church growth often leads to complaints among the members?
  5. Take a moment to consider your family, your church family, your neighbors, and your coworkers. Is there any complaint in these groups? What needs to be done?
  6. Do you tend to over-work/under-work or over-commit/under-commit? How will these tendencies affect the people around you?
  7. When the number of members increases so does the need for organization. Where do you see Mambrino needing to improve organization? What can you do to help?
  8. What is the primary responsibility of church elders? Why is this important?
  9. What is the primary responsibility of church deacons? Why is this important?
  10. What is the primary responsibility of each member? Why is this important?
  11. When is organized religion a good thing? a bad thing?

Discuss Acts 5:33-42

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. When did you see something that, at first, appeared to be of God but proved, in the end, to be of man?
  3. What are some marks of a plan being of man and a plan being of God?
  4. Consider if there is something in your home, work, or church that God is doing but you are opposing. Where might your will be in opposition to God’s will?
  5. In what way does the resurrection of Jesus make the work of the apostles unstoppable?
  6. In what way does the presence of the Spirit make the work of the apostles unstoppable?
  7. Read Matthew 13:44. How is this man similar to the apostles in Acts 5:41?
  8. What would it mean for you to be counted worthy to suffer shame for Jesus’ name?
  9. Who can you have into your home to talk about Jesus the Christ? Who are you trying to win to Jesus?
  10. Consider that sharing the gospel causes you to lose your reputation or are passed over for a promotion. Why would you be discouraged? Why would you take courage?

Discuss Acts 5:17-29

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. Moving forward, what will it look like for you to obey Jesus?
  3. Where are you tempted to be jealous of others?
  4. Have you experienced legal or physical opposition because you are following Jesus? How did you handle it? How can you get ready for more opposition in the future?
  5. Where do you see God working around you that is funny or ironic?
  6. What sins are tripping you up as you try to obey Jesus? How should repentance, obedience, and accountability look in this situation?
  7. If you are a Christian, who taught you the words of life? Pray and thank God for that person. Consider writing a note to say, “Thank you.”
  8. If you are a Christian, who are you seeking to teach so that he/she will know and follow Jesus? Pray for boldness and opportunities.
  9. What specific steps do you need to take so that you are better prepared for opposition (regular Bible reading, Scripture memory, dependent prayer, encouragement, getting better established in the faith, etc.)? Who can you ask to help you with this?

Discuss Acts 5:12-16

  • In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  • Of this list of signs and wonders, which one speaks the most clearly to you that there is a God: physical healing, casting out demons, cross-cultural unity and fellowship,  judgment of sin, radical generosity, boldness in persecution, tongues?
  • What questions do you have about the demonic? How can you start finding answers?
  • Who in the church is different from you? What can you do to build up that person?
  • Share an encouraging example of generosity or boldness in persecution.
  • What spiritual truth is declared through signs and wonders?
  • Signs and wonders point to the life to come on the new earth. What do you look forward to the most about the resurrection life?
  • What is the role of signs and wonders in your life today?
  • If a stranger watched you for a month, would he say that your Christianity is best characterized by being a spectator who admires Jesus or a participant who is dependent on Jesus?
  • What makes a person a believer? Are you a believer?
  • Have you joined the church the baptism? Explain what happened when you did or explain why you have not been added to the church.