Small Group Questions (December 5, 2021)

posted by Bethel Group Life | Dec 7, 2021

Ice Breaker Question: What distracts you from getting things done on a regular basis?

Activity: Have everyone pull out their phones and find a picture in their camera roll that brings them joy when they look at it. Take a few minutes to share the pictures with the group and why they bring so much joy. Afterwards, discuss the following: Does looking to Jesus bring you the same amount of joy? Why or why not?


Discussion Questions

1. Read Hebrews 12:1-2. Verse 1 uses a racing analogy to illustrate how we are to live out our faith. Compare and contrast differences between the mindset of someone who is running to compete in a marathon versus someone who runs occasionally just to stay in shape? How do you think these mindsets parallel our walk with Christ? (Intent: A runner who is serious about running is focused and makes sacrifices in diet, training intensity, sleep, etc. because a marathon requires endurance. Similarly, a Christian’s faith needs to endure testing 1 Peter 4:12-13, John 10:10, and for us to endure, we must follow Jesus’ example of living a life of selfless worship and surrender to God, Mark 1:35, Matt 4:4 ). 

2. How are we supposed to “lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us” as described in verse 1? (Rom 12:2, James 4:7, Psalm 26:2, Luke 21:34, Matt 5:29-30, Prov 28:13). 
  • What would be some potential consequences if we do not obey this verse that could affect us and others? (Gal 6:7-8, 2 Sam 11-12, Rom 1:24-25, Num 32:23, Prov 4:23)  (Intent: If we are passionate about running the race for the glory of God, then we will take seriously what would keep us from doing so, spending time in prayer crying out to God for help to repent of our sins, and in humility, turn to others in our church for help. Psalm 139:23, Prov 28:13, 1 John 1:9, Prov 11:14, Exo 18:14-15, 1 Peter 5:7)
  • What are some sins or weights in your life that are keeping you from running the race well? Read Hebrews 12:2, 1 Peter 2:21, Mark 11:29 Read Matthew 16:24 Read Roman 15:5, John 13:15, 2 Cor 10:1 (Intent: Personal self reflection and opportunity for repentance of sin).
 
3. At times, running the race of faith can seem impossible for us to finish. The weights and sins that can ensnare us can sometimes seem like insurmountable obstacles to overcome. What truths from the Bible can we use to ground us in our hope and motivation to continue to run the race of faith? (example: John 10:27-29) Intent: We are not asked to run the race of faith on our own. Though the obstacles and sins that ensnare us seem overwhelming at times, we will never perish in our race as Christ has secured our victory. Thus, we can run the race in joyful confidence. 

4. Read Hebrews 12:2, 1 Peter 2:21, and 2 Cor 10:1. How is Bethel church following Christ’s example? What are we doing well? What are some struggles you face as a believer in imitating Christ’s example toward other believers and toward unbelievers? Intent: Looking to Jesus the perfecter of faith who suffered for us leaving an example so that we might follow in his footsteps. Jesus is our example, meek, gentle, serving others in humility. 

Prayer Prompt
Hebrews 12:1 uses “us” multiple times, emphasizing how the author is talking to a group of people. Pray for God’s help for us to be aware of how we are to live lives of faith together, as well as for his help to recognize and repent of the sin that easily ensnares us.  

Application
Talk to 1-2 other people in small group or at church about specific ways to live out the unity we are called to have as believers, as described in Romans 15:5. 

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