11/12 Discussion Questions

  1. In what ways did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. What is a lament?
  3. Of the five parts of a lament, which do you want to work on this week? How will that look? Use Psalm 142 as your example.
  4. Worship is the right response to God. Explain how lament and worship go together.
  5. Do you agree or disagree with the statement that God is sovereign over evil. Use Scripture to explain your answer.
  6. In what ways should you expect God to prove he is good in suffering?
  7. 1 Peter 2:20-21 shows us that Jesus is our example during suffering. What did Jesus do and why did he suffer? How can you follow his example?

Why Do We Do That? Members’ Meetings

Why do we have members’ meetings?

In church membership the church body takes responsibility for the member and the member takes responsibility for the body.

These quarterly meetings are opportunities for us to do collectively what we do individually every day. We pray for one another. We consider and pray for the upcoming ministry work. We look into our finances to make sure we are giving generously and supporting gospel work. We encourage one another and hold one another accountable. Think about members’ meetings as a training camp for every day discipleship.

The Problem of Evil

Martin Luther writes regarding evil, faith, and providence, “The opposite is what appears to reason, that while [God] says he exercises as great a care for us as he does for the pupil of his eye, he meanwhile puts us into prisons, causes us to lose our property and children, forces us to flee, and finally permits us to be killed… A great concern God, indeed, for his saints… Faith feels and believes this when a person is being afflicted and learns that new kind of warfare and that new victory–through the cross.”

11/5 Application Questions

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. Have you ever felt like someone left out part of Christianity? How did it effect you?
  3. Can you cause the incarnation? Can you cause the resurrection? Can you make yourself righteous?
  4. What does it look like for you to submit to the righteousness of God instead of working to make yourself acceptable to God?
  5. What is involved in confessing Jesus as Lord?
  6. What is involved in believing with your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead?
  7. Have you confessed with your mouth and believed with your heart? How do you know?

Saved by grace

I fear many of our evangelical churches have created a generation of anxious Christians who constantly inspect their faith. Instead churches must point continually to God in Christ, who is good and generous and amazingly gracious. We trust him and his grace for our salvation, not the strength of our emotions.

Michael Lawrence, Conversion, 38.

What is necessary for salvation?

What then, according to this section [Romans 10:5-13], is necessary to salvation? First the fact of the historic Jesus Christ, incarnate, crucified, risen, reigning as Lord, and accessible. Secondly, the apostolic gospel, the word of faith (8), which makes him known. Thirdly, simple trust on the part of the hearers, calling on the name of the Lord, combining faith in the heart and confession with the mouth. But still something is missing. There is, fourthly, the evangelist who proclaims Christ and urges people to put their trust in him. It is of Christian evangelists that Paul writes in the next paragraph.

Stott, John. The Message of Romans: God’s Good News for the World (The Bible Speaks Today Series) (p. 285). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition.

10/29 Discussion Questions

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. What does it mean to glorify God?
  3. What does it look like for you to glorify God?
  4. We confessed the sins of divisiveness, selfishness, eating in an unworthy manner, not discerning the body, and not judging ourselves truly. How can your brothers and sisters pray for and encourage?
  5. In what ways were you helped by the Lord’s Supper today?