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Ordinary Offerings (discussion questions)

The following discussion questions accompany my message this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “Ordinary Offerings” on the faith of Hannah from 1 Samuel 1.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the most important gift that you’ve ever given to someone else in your life? Why was it so important?
  2. We continue our series, “Risky Faith,” this week with a focus on Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel. We will look at 1 Samuel 1:1-28. Read that portion of Scripture out loud. Read the rest of this entry »
 

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Continue (discussion questions)

The following discussion questions accompany my message this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “Continue” from 2 John.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Name something you started but found it very difficult to continue. What happened? Why was that?
  2. This week, we continue our “Love Letters” series with a look at 2 John. Read this short letter out loud.
  3. What words or phrases do you notice repeating in this letter? What would you say are the main two or three themes John is writing about?
  4. Through John’s first letter we heard again and again that we should love one another (see 1 John 3:11; 4:7). What does John say about this again here in 2 John 4-6? Read the rest of this entry »
 
 

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The Heart of Love (Study Questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “The Heart of Love.”

Discussion Questions

  1. When did you first begin to truly understand the love of God? What was it that helped you truly get that understanding?
  2. As we continue the “Love Letters” series this week, we are studying 1 John 4:7-16. However, this section is connected to 4:17-21. Take a moment to read 4:7-21 out loud. Take notice of repeating words and concepts that show up in these verses.
  3. Clearly, love is a theme of this passage, as well as this entire letter of 1 John. In 4:7-16, what are some specific things John says about the love of God: what it is, how it is shown, what it looks like, Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Scripture reflections

 

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Love in Action (Study Questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “Love in Action.”

Discussion Questions

  1. Talk about a time when you really experienced love. What happened?
  2. This week’s Bible passage is 1 John 3:11-24. Read this passage out loud and take some time to identify words, phrases, or concepts that repeat throughout these verses. What would you say is the central theme or idea in this passage?
  3. John says loving one another is a “message you heard from the beginning” (1 John 3:11). Take a look at Jesus’ words in the Gospel of John 13:34-35 and 15:12-17 and compare them to what John is writing. Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Scripture reflections

 

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Live Like Children (Study Questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “Live Like Children.”

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one of your favorite childhood memories? Why?
  2. Take time to read the Bible passage for this week, 1 John 2:28-3:10. Whether as a group or as individuals, take some time to identify words, phrases, or concepts that repeat throughout these verses.
  3. One special focus this week is the idea that we are children of God. Take some time to discuss what John writes about being children of God or being born of God. Compare what John writes in the Gospel of John 1:12-13 and 3:5-8 to the 1 John verses. What would you say it means to be a child of God from these verses?
  4. John writes about the appearing of Jesus Christ various times in this letter. However, he appears to be writing about this appearing in different ways. What two different aspects does John mention about Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on March 8, 2012 in Scripture reflections

 

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Conflicting Spirits (Study Questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “Conflicting Spirits.”

Discussion Questions

  1. There is a lot of talk about God and spirituality in the world today. What do you think it means to be ‘spiritual’?
  2. This week, we are bringing together two sections of 1 John, 2:18-27 and 4:1-6. Both of these sections talk about truth and falsehood, and the importance of discernment. Take time to read these two sections. What words or phrases do you see repeat throughout these sections? Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Scripture reflections

 

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Love That Overcomes (Study Questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “Love That Overcomes.”

Discussion Questions

1. Name someone who has been a model for you of living for God. What is it about them that would lead you to describe them in that way?
2. Today, we are looking at 1 John 2:12-17. In the first section, verses 12-14, John addresses three categories of people. Name the categories of people and take some time to reflect on the characteristics of each category.
3. While there is debate on whether these are physical ages or spiritual ages, it seems like John is describing Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Scripture reflections

 

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