Small Group Questions (January 9, 2022)

posted by Bethel Group Life | Jan 6, 2022

Icebreaker:
Break into groups of 2 or 3. Share about a friend or other individual you enjoy spending time with. Why do you enjoy that person so much? Is your relationship characterized by peace? How would you compare your relationship with that person to your relationship with God? What would it look like if you interacted with God on a daily basis like you interact with your friend?

Discussion:
  1. Read Romans 3:9-18, Psalm 7:12-13. What do these passages say about your personal relationship status with God without Jesus’ intervening on your behalf? Is it difficult to fully accept, why or why not? (Intent: Before Christ, we were considered enemies to God. Our hearts, minds, and actions were conspiring against God and his precepts.)
  2. Read Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 10:34-36. In Isaiah 9:6 Christ is described as the Prince of Peace. In Matthew 10:34-36, Christ declares that he has come to bring division between people. With your knowledge of the gospel, how can these contradictory statements make sense? (Intent: Christ did not come to bring peace and unity amongst people but to bring peace between sinful people and God.)
  3. Read Matthew 5:9. Christ has declared the sons and daughters of God as peacemakers. What is our role and responsibility in the world as peacemakers? What can you intentionally do this week to walk out in this calling? (Intent: In 2 Corinthians 5:19-20, We have been given the ministry of reconciliation and have been declared ambassadors of Christ. Our mission is to make an appeal for Christ, who came to bring reconciliation between God and man.)
  4. Read Phil 4:4-7. Share a time where the peace of God has guarded your heart and mind in the middle of troubles. (Intent: Anxiety is rampant in our culture today. The word says Christ is our peace and we can find peace of mind in Him. Looking here for practical ways to walk this out.)
  5. Read 1 Cor 12:21-26. If one member of the body of Christ suffers, all suffer together. How have Christian friendships comforted you when you experienced personal pain? (Intent: As believers we want to encourage love, acceptance and forgiveness and not an atmosphere of judgment that leads to pretense with one another. Eph 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.)

Prayer prompt: 
Pray for a specific person in your life that needs to hear the good news of Christ. Ask God to open his/her heart to receive the good news and help you to be an Ambassador of Christ.

Application:
Often people state that they are “busy” when asked how they are doing. It’s as if people define themselves by what they do rather than by what Christ has done. If we aren’t truly accessing gospel rest in Christ, we reap a harvest of frustration, impatience, anxiety and anger towards others and ourselves. Set aside time today to ask God to help you gauge whether you are working from a position of rest, secure in the knowledge that you are accepted, and what Jesus did is enough.

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