- In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you through His Word today?
- A disciple is a Christian who is learning Christ through repentance and faith. What is one way you can change, or one area of your life that needs to be transformed, so that you look more like Jesus? What is your plan?
- Why does Jesus, in John 8:31, make Christianity a matter of abiding in His Word?
- What is the most compelling reason to make disciples?
- Do you feel comfortable and equipped so that you are able to engage strangers and build friendships, share the gospel clearly, explain conversion, baptism, and membership, and establish a new believer in the gospel, word, and prayer? Who do you know that can equip you to do these better?
- Who are you currently engaging so that you can build a friendship and share the gospel? Pray for opportunities to build friendships.
- Who are you currently evangelizing? Pray for understanding, repentance, and faith.
- Who are you helping to understand conversion, baptism, and church membership?
- Who are you establishing in the gospel, word, and prayer?
Here is a link to bible study questions covering the Gospels and Acts, Old Testament narratives, epistles, wisdom literature and poetry, prophetic literature, and apocalyptic literature. There is also an 8 week plan for reading the Gospel of Mark evangelistically.
Philippians 1:12-14, “I want you to know brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”
- Why is Paul in prison? See Philippians 1:7 &13
- Does prison stop the gospel from spreading? Why?
- Paul shared the gospel with the people around him. Who can you share the gospel with?
- How have you seen God work in a bad thing and make good come from it?
- Why do you think the brothers were afraid to share the gospel?
- Hearing about missionaries can make us bold. Tell your favorite missionary story. (Check out the story of Annie Armstrong here)
- What are you afraid of and how do you become confident in the Lord? See Philippians 4:4-9
Our sermon text was Matthew 6:5-13
- In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
- Why do you pray?
- What is hypocrisy and how do you deal with it?
- How does your adoption through Christ encourage prayer?
- Why is “saying your prayers” a dangerous practice?
- We pray because we are adopted children with full access to our Father through Christ, and we pray because we know God is willing and able to help. How can you grow in your appreciation for these truths?
- Why is starting with the greatness of God like a reset button for our attitude in prayer?
- Do you think it is important to pray and ask God for your daily food? Why?
Consider these facts
- Jesus is fully God
- Jesus could do nothing on his own
- Jesus was a person of prayer
The mirage of autonomy and self-sufficiency is effectively cutting us off from God’s abundant resources through the Word and prayer. Our busy lives are not the problem. Our pride is the problem.
These are the discussion and application questions from December 24.
- If you took one step toward Jesus what would it look like? Maybe you are not a Christian, how does God’s Word challenge you? Maybe you are a Christian, how can you become more like Jesus?
- How do you feel when someone tells you, “You can’t do it”? How do you feel when God tells you, “You can’t do it”?
- What questions do you have about God becoming a man?
- What does it mean that Jesus took on himself, and did for us, all that the law requires?
- Why is it necessary for Jesus to be fully God and fully man?
- What benefits of Jesus becoming man do you find the most helpful or encouraging?
- How can you bring gospel hope to your family and Christmas gatherings?
Listen in as Nancy Guthrie and Andrew Davis talk about the value of memorizing Scripture. There are plenty of helps too.