7 on Multiplication (discussion questions)

becoming-7-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “7 on Multiplication,” which concluded our series, “Becoming 7,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Who has been one of your biggest influences, mentors, or encourages in life? Why have they been so important to you?
  2. This week we continue our “Becoming 7” series by looking at the importance of multiplying leaders for the sake of God’s kingdom work. We will look at three examples from Scripture on this. As you begin your study, ask God to speak to you about His kingdom and purposes in the world.
  3. Let’s turn our attention to the life of Moses. First, what do you know about Moses’ life and work? Now, turn to Exodus 18 and read it aloud. What is the situation? What is Moses’ problem and how is it affecting the people?
  4. In Exodus 18:13-23, what does Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, suggest Moses do and why would this be helpful for Moses and the people?
  5. How does Moses act on this here (18:24-27) and beyond (Numbers 27:12-23)?
  6. Now let’s look at how Jesus lives out this same principle of leadership multiplication. Read the following passages and summarize what Jesus was doing in each of them:
    • Luke 5:1-11, 27-32
    • Luke 6:12-16
    • Luke 9:1-6
    • Luke 10:1-20
    • Luke 24:36-39; Acts 1:4-8
  7. How would you summarize Jesus’ approach to multiplying ministry leaders?
  8. As we continue in the life of the early church we see a similar approach at work in the Apostle Paul’s ministry. Read Acts 20:4-5 and reflect on what we know about these men with Paul and what this tells us about what Paul is doing.
  9. Paul summarizes his principle of leadership multiplication in 2 Timothy 2:2. Read that aloud and restate it in your own words.
  10. Who are you developing in your life as a disciple or ministry leader? Write their name here: ___________________. How can you become more intentional and responsive to the Holy Spirit with that individual or those individuals? If you do not have anyone at this time, begin to pray that God would move you out to pour into someone else. Whether on your own or with a group, take some time to pray based off of what God was speaking to you during this study.

7 on Mission (discussion questions)

becoming-7-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “7 on Mission,” which is the second part of our series, “Becoming 7,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When have you felt most energized in your life with God? What was going on and what led you to that place?
  2. This week we continue our series “Becoming 7” by looking at what it means to become “7” on outreach. We will turn to the Book of Acts and the Gospel of Luke. As you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through His word. Then, whether you are with a group or on your own, read Luke 24:46-49 and Acts 1:1-11 aloud.
  3. Background: The Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts fit together as a two-part work by Luke, an early Christian and a physician, writing the first century. The Gospel of Luke focuses on the life and ministry of Jesus, moving from Galilee to Jerusalem. The book of Acts continues the story after Jesus’ resurrection, following the work of God through the church, moving from Jerusalem to the nations (and Rome, specifically).
  4. As Luke recounts the events after the resurrection, he tells of Jesus’ activities until the time He returns to the Father. What is Jesus doing and for how long is He doing these things (verses 1-3)?
  5. Looking at verses 4 and 5, what does Jesus ask of the disciples? Why do you think Jesus is making this sort of request of the disciples? What other options might they have considered?
  6. The Holy Spirit is the personal presence of God in the life of every person who reaches out to God through Jesus Christ by faith. What do you think it means for us to wait for the power of the Holy Spirit in our own lives?
  7. The disciples ask a question in verse 6 that Jesus redirects in verse 7. What was the disciples’ concern and what is Jesus’ teaching on this point?
  8. Acts 1:8 is a pivotal verse in this chapter and the history of God’s people. How would you outline what Jesus is calling these apostles to in this verse?
  9. Compare the words of Acts 1:8 to the teaching of Jesus in Luke 24:46-49, which is often called Luke’s “Great Commission.” How do they fit together?
  10. The book of Acts traces the early believers as they live out what Jesus calls them to do here in Acts 1:8, witnessing to Him from Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria and to the ends of the earth. This is a universal call for the good news about Jesus to go out to all people, high and low, rich and poor, near and far. If this is our calling, how are you living out this calling right now? What are some ways you think you could live the calling out more fully in your everyday life?
  11. What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you through this study about being called by God as His witnesses? How will that shape your life in the coming week? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

7 on Discipleship (discussion questions)

becoming-7-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “7 on Discipleship,” which launched our series, “Becoming 7,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you ever set new years’ resolutions? If so, what have been some of your most important resolutions? If not, why not?
  2. This week we begin a new series on our vision for the year and beyond called “Becoming 7.” As you begin your study, ask God to speak to you and reveal His purposes for You and our church. Then, whether you are with a group or on your own, read Revelation 7:9-17 aloud.
  3. This passage reflects an interlude in the flow of the book of revelation between the opening of the sixth (Revelation 6) and seventh seals (Revelation 8). Here we reconnect with the heavenly vision described earlier in Revelation, chapters 4-5. How would you describe the number and nationality of this group? j
  4. Because of their white robes and palm branches, we know this group is part of the redeemed in Jesus Christ. How does their acclamation in verse 10 reflect their stance as the saved?
  5. What do you think it looks like for a church on earth to be a snapshot of this heavenly vision? How do you think our church could grow in this way?
  6. Now read Matthew 28:16-20, which is known as the Great Commission. What are the summary commands of Jesus Christ to the disciples here in these verses?
  7. Why is it important that, as stated in these verses, Jesus holds authority and is present with His followers? What might this say to the disciples then and what does it say to us now?
  8. If this Great Commission is the essential call of the church, how well do you think we are living this calling out as a church? How well do you think you are doing at living this calling out as a disciple yourself?
  9. What is one significant thing you are learning through this study? How might you put that into practice this week as you pray? Whether on your own or with a group, take some time to pray based off of what God was speaking to you during this study.

Praying Like a Master (discussion questions)

Art of Prayer Series Gfx_App Square Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Praying Like a Master,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the second of a three-part series, “The Art of Prayer,” looking at Jesus’ approach to the life of prayer from the Gospel of Luke. This week we looked at Luke 11:1-13.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the best gift you ever received from a parent or grandparent? How did it shape the way you viewed them?
  2. This week we continue our series “The Art of Prayer” from the Gospel of Luke. As you begin your study, ask God to guide you into a deeper life of prayer with Him. Then, whether you are with a group or on your own, read Luke 11:1-13 aloud.
  3. This passage is the longest stretch of teaching on prayer in Luke’s Gospel. What do you notice about the beginning of this teaching? What prompts Jesus to teach on prayer?
  4. Luke 11:2-4 parallels Matthew 6:9-13 and is usually known as The Lord’s Prayer. It is really the disciples’ prayer, showing us the heart of what Christian prayer is all about. Why do you think it is significant that we address God as ‘Father’ when we pray?
  5. Jewish prayers or benedictions often included mention of God’s name and kingdom. What would you say is the importance of this aspect of Jesus’ model prayer in verse 2?
  6. What are the three main requests in the prayer found in verses 3-4?
  7. Some traditions encourage believers to regularly say the words of this prayer together to shape our minds, desires and language for prayer around Jesus’ teaching. Take a moment, whether on your own or with others, to slowly pray these words back to God. Perhaps you may want to take some extended time on each phrase, lifting up your own words related to the phrase you just prayed.
  8. The small parable in Luke 11:5-8 aims to help us understand our approach to prayer through an argument from smaller to greater. The Middle Eastern value of hospitality figures prominently in this parable as hosts are obligated to thoroughly care for guests. What does this parable teach us about our approach to prayer?
  9. Jesus offers three significant words that describe the life of prayer in Luke 11:9-10. How would you defined them:
    • “ask”:
    • “seek”:
    • “knock”:
  1. How have you experienced prayer as asking, seeking, and knocking? How might you grow in that?
  2. The final illustration in verses 11-13 is another comparison from smaller to greater similar to the parable in verses 5-8. What would you say is Jesus’ point in this illustration?
  3. What is one significant thing you are learning through this study? How might you put that into practice this week as you pray? Whether on your own or with a group, take some time to pray based off of what God was speaking to you during this study.

[Next week we continue our series on prayer by looking at Jesus’ labor of prayer in Luke 22:39-46. Read that passage ahead of time to prepare.]

Making Space for Prayer (discussion questions)

Art of Prayer Series Gfx_App Square Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Making Space for Prayer,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the first of a three-part series, “The Art of Prayer,” looking at Jesus’ approach to the life of prayer from the Gospel of Luke. This week we looked at Luke 5:16; 6:12-13a; 9:18.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Answer one of these two questions:
    • What do you find most difficult about prayer?
    • What do you find most life-giving about prayer?
  2. At Eastbrook we are beginning a new series called “The Art of Prayer.” We are going to look at Jesus’ life of prayer in the Gospel of Luke as a way to learn about prayer ourselves. It’s good to begin a series on prayer in prayer! Take some time, whether on your own or with others, to asking God to teach you to pray before you begin this study.
  3. We are looking at three short, separate passages from Luke. Do the following for each of these passages: read them out loud, identify what is happening in the context of that passage, and then identify some key aspects of Jesus’ prayer life from the passage.
    • Luke 5:16
    • Luke 6:12a
    • Luke 9:18a
  1. In what ways do you think Jesus’ life of prayer is similar to our own life of prayer? In what ways is it different?
  2. What do you find to be the most significant lesson about prayer that you see from Jesus’ life and practice of prayer here?
  3. Make it real: What is one way you could put something you learned about prayer into practice in your daily life this week?

 

[Next week we continue this series by looking at one of Jesus’ major teachings on prayer in Luke 11:1-12. Read that passage ahead of time to prepare.]