Small Group Leaders

Communication and resources for Bethel Small Group leaders

Jan

31

Jesus Unfiltered Sermon Series Feb 4-Mar 25

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The Jesus Unfiltered sermon series starts this week.  The sermons will take us through the upper room discourse (John 13-17).  The goal for the next 8 weeks is to see the real Jesus and listen to his honest conversations with the 12 disciples about life, ministry, and the Kingdom.

We are trying something new for this series.  We will have the same set of questions for small group discussion in the hope that you will really dig into the Scripture and see Jesus in a fresh way.  Here are the questions:

  1. Share any insights or questions you have from the sermon.
  2. Read the Scripture passage from the sermon and discover what you learn about Jesus.  Use some of the following prompts to help you dig into the passage:
    1. What emotions, responses, questions or actions do you see from Jesus?
    2. What does Jesus teach?
    3. Was there an opportunity for Jesus to sin?  If so, what did he do instead?
    4. How does Jesus treat people?
    5. How does Jesus relate to the God the Father?  God the Holy Spirit?
    6. How would you describe Jesus’ character from this passage?
    7. Does Jesus display his deity in any way? How?
    8. Anything else you learn about Jesus?
  3. How does knowing Jesus unfiltered:
    1. Help you love him more?
    2. Compel you to live differently?
    3. Create a desire to share him with others?
  4. Ask the Lord to transform you to be more like Jesus and for opportunities to share Jesus with others.

For further reading as an individual or group, we suggest Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper.

Jan

26

“Bigger Barns (Luke 12:16-23)” by James Fairfield

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Here are the small group questions from the sermon on January 28th at the Richland Campus by James Fairfield, High School Director:

1. Mixer: Share what you enjoyed collecting as a child.  This is an opportunity for everyone to share and it also ties into the idea from the sermon.  Collection answers may be things like marbles, baseball cards, airplanes, Barbie dolls, horse figurines, etc.
2. Share any insights or questions you had after hearing the sermon.  This question gives everyone a chance to review the sermon outline and their notes, get questions answered, and provide insights they gleaned.
3. Read Luke 12:13-21 and discuss the following:
a. What do you think is the main idea of the parable?  Answers will vary.  Answers might be along the lines of beware of greed/coveting and be rich towards God.  OR beware of the love of money and all it offers. 
b. How would you describe the rich man?  a fool, rich, deceived, greedy, loved ease and comfort that money provided, arrogant to think he would live long, etc.
c. How would you write verse 21 in your own words?  Answers will vary but here is one attempt from James Fairfield:  This is how it will be for those who place their ultimate hope in something other than Jesus.
4. Read Luke 12:15 again. Why does Jesus warn us about coveting or greed? In what ways can coveting or greed distract us from Jesus?  Answers will vary but might be along the lines of we can’t love money and God, love of money is the root of all evil and we could walk away from Jesus  (Luke 16:13; 1 Tim. 6:10).  The love of money consumes us and we become addicted to more and the ease it offers.  We are lulled into a spiritual stupor – not on mission, not desiring the things of the Lord, and ultimately not loving Him.
5. How have you been distracted from Jesus while in worship service? How can you prepare yourself to be ready to worship fully without distractions?  Answers will vary but could include not enough sleep the night before and a plan might be to be in bed by a certain time.  Sometimes its a relational quarrel and the plan might be to be ready to forgive and forego quickly.
6. Break into gender groups. Share about the thing(s) you are “putting in your barn” (coveting). Are there any steps you need to take? How can your group help? Pray together using 1 Peter 1:3-5. 

Jan

24

“Re:New: A Renewed Love (Romans 12:9-21) by James Armstrong

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Here are the small group questions from the Richland Campus sermon on Sunday, January 21st:

  1. Share how 100 Days in the Bible is going for you and/or your family.  The idea behind this question is to get everyone talking and start some accountability in small group for reading the Bible regularly.  It can be the 100 Days in the Bible Devotional or another reading plan.
  2. Share any insights or questions you have from the sermon.  This is a great opportunity to read the main Scripture and review the sermon outline – refresh everyone’s memory and share insights/questions.
  3. Discuss this statement from the sermon:  Genuine Christian love is the change-agent that will transform lives. What is genuine Christian love?  How does it change people?  Have you experienced this type of love?  Share.  Genuine Christian love is defined as being bound in truth, committed, others-focused, practical and sacrificial.  Jesus is our perfect example! It changes Christians in that we enter into the Lord’s mission of loving people to Him and it changes non-Christians in that they see God’s love demonstrated through His people.  It is distinctly different than the world’s love.
  4. Read Romans 12:9-21 and discuss the following:
    1. What are the commands given to believers on how to love other believers?  The commands are love to other believers needs to be sincere (genuine), hate evil, cling to good, be devoted to one another, never lacking in zeal as we serve the Lord, be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer, share with one another, practice hospitality, rejoice and mourn with one another, live in harmony, don’t be haughty, associate with the lowly, never be wise in your own sight.
    2. What are the commands given to believers on how to love our enemies?  Believers are to love our enemies by blessing them, do not repay and do what is honorable, live at peace with all, defer to God’s judgement, and overcome evil with grace through goodness (not vengeance or discord).

c. Which are easy for you to practice?  Which are more challenging?  Answers will vary for this question and the remainder of the application orientated questions.

5. Based on Romans 12:9-21, genuine Christian love can be summarized in 5 categories:  1) bound to truth, 2) committed to love, 3) focused on the needs of others, 4) practical, and 5) sacrificial.

  1. Explain your understanding of each category from the sermon.  Bound to truth implied not hypocritical and genuine.  Committed to love was like loving each other like we are family – we go through the fire together. It is focused on the needs of others, especially the lonely.  Jesus’ example in Phil 2:3-4 is a great model.  It is practical with meeting needs and showing hospitality.  And sacrificial – we pursue peace, forgive and forego and express love in actions especially to our enemies.
  2. Who in your life most needs you to love them in this way?  Answers will vary.

6. Ask the Lord to ReNew your heart and strength so you can practice genuine Christian love.