Small Group Leaders

Communication and resources for Bethel Small Group leaders

Dec

1

“A Journey to Hope (Romans 15:13)” by James Armstrong

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Pastor James Armstrong will kick off our Advent season at the Richland Campus.  Here are the small group questions for your group discussion.  You will want to have access to your RightNow Media account as well as the ability to show the suggested video.

What is Biblical Hope?  In our ordinary uses of “hope”, we express uncertainty: “I hope dad gets home soon”.  But this is not the Biblical meaning of hope. Biblical hope is not just a desire for something good in the future, but rather, Biblical hope is a confident expectation and desire for something good in the future. And it not only expects it to happen; it is confident that it will happen because it is based on the character and promises of God.

  1. Mixer:  Share about a time you were asked to do something that seemed impossible.  How did it turn out?
  2. Share a takeaway from the sermon.
  3. Watch “A Savior is Born:  Hope” by Pete Briscoe on RightNow Media.  Take notes as you watch this 13-minute teaching together.
    1. Share any new insights you have after listening to the teaching.
    2. What did you learn about God?
    3. What inspires you the most about Mary’s faith in the “impossible”? (See Luke 1:26-38 and Luke 1:46-56).  
    4. Is there anything specific the Lord is calling you to do after listening to the teaching?  Share.
  4. While praying together, spend some extra time praising God for the “impossible” things He has done in your lives.

 

Nov

21

“Soli Deo Gloria (Psalm 115:1)” by James Armstrong

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Pastor James Armstrong will be preaching at the Richland Campus on Sunday, November 26th.  Here are the small group questions:

  1. Mixer:  What kind of things do you applaud or impress you (e.g., athleticism, innovation, etc)?  The intent of this mixer is of course to get everyone warmed up for conversation but also to start thinking about what we give glory to naturally.
  2. Soli Deo Gloria means “glory to God alone”. It is the belief that everything is done for God’s glory. How do the following verses support this belief?
    1. Isaiah 42:8  His glory and praise will not be shared
    2. Romans 11:36  All things are from, through, and for His glory
    3. Revelation 4:11  He alone is worthy to receive glory, He is creator
  3. Glory can be defined as praise, honor, worship, or thanksgiving. Who or what do we tend to give glory? What does it look like to authentically give glory to God alone?  Answers will vary.  We can give glory to celebrities, athletes, politicians, pastors, and often to ourselves.  Giving glory to God results in a thankful, humble, and devoted person.  We see the Lord in them and give glory to God more than the person.
  4. Pride is when people seek to bring glory to themselves. What does God say about pride? 
    1. Proverbs 16:5  The Lord detests pride and will punish the proud
    2. James 4:6  God opposes the proud, He blesses the humble
    3. Galatians 6:3  Pride deceives us into thinking more of ourselves than we ought
  5. Share one take-away you gleaned from The 5 Solas sermon series.  Answers will vary.  The Five Solas were Scripture Alone, Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Christ Alone and Glory to God Alone.
  6. What about God is glorious? Spend time praising God for His attributes and giving glory to Him alone.  We suggest going right into prayer – simple statements like “I praise you Lord for your faithfulness”, etc.  May God bless your group as you praise Him!

Nov

15

“Solus Christus (Acts 4:5-12)” by Dave Dawson

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Dave Dawson will be preaching at the Richland Campus on Sunday, November 19th.  Here are the sermon based small group questions with some notes:

  1. Mixer: Who is your favorite super hero?  Why?  This mixer question is intended to get everyone chatting and warmed up for discussion.  The concept of a super hero somewhat leads us to our conversation about Jesus who rivals all fictitious super heroes.  
  2. Solus Christus is the belief that salvation is obtained through the atoning work of Christ alone and that Christ is the only mediator between God and man.  It holds that salvation cannot be obtained without Christ.  How do the following verses support this belief?
    1. John 14:6  Jesus is stating he is the ONLY way to the Father which differs from our world’s view that “all paths lead to God”.
    2. Acts 4:12  Again, Peter states that salvation is found only in Jesus and no one else
    3. 1 Timothy 2:5 Jesus alone is the mediator between God and mankind
  3. What are some common objections to Solus Christus?  What concerns do you have?  Answers will vary here since it is an opinion based question.  Some objections may include that God is more inclusive and all paths lead to Him, not just Jesus;  “what about the person who never hears about Jesus” objection; Scripture that may seem to state that salvation is by works (see James 2:21-24); or another objection might be that the Holy Spirit also plays a role in salvation (see John 16:6-14).  Be sure to allow time for people to speak to their concerns as well.
  4. Christians are not only saved by Christ but also grow in Christ.  Read Colossians 2:6-15 and discuss the following:
    1. Note the seven different “in him” references to Christ.  List each one.  What does each imply?  We are to walk in him, be rooted and built up in him, all the fullness of deity dwells bodily in him, filled in him, circumcised in him, raised up in him, and triumphing over ruler and authorities in him.  Most of these statements speak to growing in Christ and the power and freedom we have in Christ.  Verse 9 speaks to Christ being fully God while being fully man.
    2. Why do you think Paul is reminding the Colossian church of what they have in Christ?  Answers will vary but could include the fact that he is warning, correcting, and teaching them against false doctrine (v. 4-8).  Paul is reminding them of their new identity in Christ.
    3. How do you personally live out verse 6?  Answers will vary – but the idea is how are you growing in Christ – getting to know him? including him in your daily life? asking about tiny and large decisions?  Prayer, bible reading, accountability, music, etc may be some platforms for growth.
  5. Read Galatians 2:20. Describe how Paul lived his life after he was saved by Christ.  What would a life lived this way look like? What changes do you need to make or steps could you take to live a more Christ-centered life?  Answers will vary.  Paul died to his desires and opinions and is now living by faith in Jesus Christ.  The gospel near the end of the verse is his motivation.
  6. Take time to thank the Lord for all He has given us in Christ.