Small Groups

Small groups meet for Bible study, prayer and fellowship. most meet in members’ homes about once every other week. For more information or to join a small group, please contact Deacons and .

Small Group Discussion Questions - April 1, 2018

  1. When something upsets you, who is the first person you tell?
  2. Read John 20:1-18. Retrace the actions of each of the three main human beings depicted here (not counting Jesus)?
  3. In verse 8 what does "the other disciple" believe?
  4. How does the resurrection of Jesus affect you when you are mourning?
  5. Have you ever "heard" Jesus speak your name? What did it do for you?

Small Group Discussion Questions - March 25, 2018

  1. If you were on staff for Jesus, what sort of plan would you have made for his entry into Jerusalem?
  2. Read Mark 11:1-11.
  3. Pay attention to detail and share what the details of his entry said about him.
  4. Read Psalm 118:25-26. What do the people believe about Jesus?
  5. How has Jesus, "ridden into your life"?

Small Group Discussion Questions - March 18, 2018

  1. How does the saying, "It's always darkest before the dawn," apply to your life?
  2. Read Jeremiah 31:31-34. Reword each verse in less than six words.
  3. What practical outcomes does this new covenant have for us?
  4. Show how the Gospel Good News relates to this prophecy.
  5. How has God finally put this covenant into operation?

Small Group Discussion Questions - March 11, 2018

  1. What was one of the best gifts you have ever received and what made it special?
  2. Read Ephesians 2:1-10. What does it mean to be, "dead in sin"?
  3. Why must we rely on God to give us life?
  4. What is the relationship between grace and works (verses 8-10)?
  5. How can you better live out grace in your life?

Small Group Discussion Questions - March 4, 2018

  1. How clean and orderly do you keep your living space? Why?
  2. Read John 2:13-22. Why did Jesus suddenly become so angry?
  3. Read Psalm 69:6-9. What issue causes the author to be a "stranger" to his brothers?
  4. What did Jesus mean by "this temple" in verse 19 and why does this matter?
  5. What does Jesus need to “clean up” in you?

Small Group Discussion Questions - February 25, 2018

  1. Read Mark 2:13-22. When have you followed somebody you wish you hadn’t and why?
  2. What does Jesus say we need to enter the kingdom?
  3. Why are the Pharisees unhappy in verse 18?
  4. How does Jesus handle them?
  5. Using the division of verses 13-17 and 18-22, what practical application can you find for your Christian walk in each section?

Small Group Discussion Questions - February 18, 2018

  1. Read Mark 2:1-12. Retell this story in a modern-American context.
  2. What did Jesus say that seems not to follow from what has happened up to that point? Why did he say it?
  3. What motivated the paralyzed man's friends?
  4. Where could you use a “dose of the answer” to question 3 in your life?
  5. How could our church support this?

Small Group Discussion Questions - February 11, 2018

  1. If you were a tool, what kind of tool would you be?
  2. Read I Corinthians 12:12-31. State a main point of verses 12-20, another for 21-26, and another for 27-31.
  3. What gifts do you think you may have?
  4. What gifts do you see in others in your group?
  5. How might our church use the gifts already in it to strengthen our worship?

Small Group Discussion Questions - February 4, 2018

  1. Talk about a person you have known personally who radiated spiritual joy.
  2. Read I Thessalonians 3:11-13.
  3. List the positive qualities the Apostle Paul lists in these verses. Where do you find them at work in our church?
  4. How specifically have you been encouraged by someone's faith?
  5. How coud we be holy, without becoming holier than thou?

Small Group Discussion Questions - January 28, 2018

  1. Are you more likely to act without thinking, or to think without acting?
  2. Read James 2:14-19. Outline its main points.
  3. What does faith do for us spiritually?
  4. What do works ("doing Christianity") do for us spiritually?
  5. If you were arrested for "not being a Christian," what evidence could you use to prove you were?

Small Group Discussion Questions - January 21, 2018

  1. Read Malachi 3:6-12. When caught with, "your hand in the cookie jar," how do you respond?
  2. How do you suppose Malachi's peers "robbed" God?
  3. How do you?
  4. How does knowing God not change, impact your relationship with Christ?
  5. How and where might our church give, as an act of giving to God?

Small Group Discussion Questions - January 14, 2018

  1. Share about a time you felt you were in the "pressure cooker." What happened?
  2. Read II Corinthians 1:3-7. What is the main theme of these verses?
  3. What is the relationship between the comfort God gives us, and that we give others?
  4. Whom do you know who is experiencing great pressure right now? What might you do about it?

Small Group Discussion Questions - January 7, 2018

  1. Please read Matthew 2:1-12. List things in this passage that you thought you knew but did not.
  2. To whom do you look for advice? Who is wise in your life?
  3. Why was Herod so worried?
  4. What part of this story do you find most amazing and why?
  5. What turn would you make in your life, if you truly allowed God to direct you?

Small Group Discussion Questions - December 31, 2017

  1. Read Luke 1:26-38. Outline its main points/events.
  2. Share some good news it was once your privilege to deliver.
  3. Describe the range of emotions you imagine Mary must have felt.
  4. What needs to be born into your life at this time?
  5. What might our church do next that it does not currently do, or do well?

Small Group Discussion Questions - December 24, 2017

  1. What task did you accomplish as a child that made you feel good?
  2. Read John 17:1-12. This is Jesus’ great prayer to his Father. List his main thought in verses 1-5, 6-10 and 11-12.
  3. How might you glorify Jesus in your life?
  4. How do you struggle not to be “of the world”?
  5. How could our church strengthen our unity with Jesus/the Father?

Small Group Discussion Questions - December 17, 2017

  1. Read Isaiah 61:1-11. Label each of its three main parts.
  2. What is the hardest job you have to do? How do you get through it?
  3. What good news do you suppose this prophet is to share?
  4. How do we apply these verses to our lives, given they were spoken to people in a very different time and place?
  5. Where could you promote God’s justice in your world?

*No Small Group Discussion Questions - December 10, 2017

Small Group Disccussion Questions - December 3, 2017

  1. What image of God do you really have in your head?
  2. Read Isaiah 64:1-9. Give each of these sections a five-or-less word summary: Verses 1-3, verses 4-7, verses 8-9.
  3. What does God's wrath do for you?
  4. Do you want God to become more present in your life? Why or why not?
  5. How might this passage inform your prayer life?

*No Small Group Discussion Questions - November 26, 2017

Small Group Discussion Questions - November 19, 2017

  1. When you need to go, "where everybody knows your name," where do you go?
  2. Read II John (the letter, not the Gospel!)
  3. How do John's two main themes of love and truth connect in these verses?
  4. How do you try to balance the search for truth with love, in your own life?
  5. Have you ever had to terminate a relationship or friendship, because of a faith issue? What happened?

Small Group Discussion Questions - November 12, 2017

  1. Read Philemon (it's only 25 verses long!)
  2. Understanding that the name "Philemon" means "affectionate," what do you think the author of this letter hopes Philemon will do?
  3. How has Onesimus come to this time and place?
  4. What enslaves you? What spiritual resources can you bring to bear on it?
  5. Does Christianity permit slavery?

Small Group Discussion Questions - November 5, 2017

  1. What things tend to pull you away from God?
  2. Read Romans 8:31-39. Make an outline of these verses.
  3. Read Psalm 44:20-22. The "you" in this passage is the then King of Israel. Why does the author of Romans quote this here?
  4. What is the Good News in Romans 8:37-39.
  5. How might our church proclaim this truth in action?

Small Group Discussion Questions - October 29, 2017

  1. What is your favorite bread and why?
  2. Read John 6:35-40, then quickly scan 6:1-15. How are these passages connected?
  3. Compare manna and the “bread of life.”
  4. List the claims Jesus makes in verses 35-40.
  5. How can we keep our familiarity with Jesus from blinding us to his radical powers?

Small Group Discussion Questions - October 22, 2017

  1. What family traditions do you hope will be preserved in future generations and why?
  2. Read John 10:22-30. Reword this conversation between Jesus and the Jews, putting it into modern language.
  3. Why does Jesus push the Jews uncomfortably, while at the same time not directly answering their questions?
  4. What difference does it make that Jeus is not just a man, but God also?
  5. Where could our church go to communicate that Jesus is God, in a way that the community could hear it?

Small Group Discussion Questions - October 8, 2017

  1. Talk about a difficult choice you've had to make.
  2. Read Ephesians 2:1-10. Bible scholars write of the "upward trajectory" of these verses. What might they mean?
  3. What does it mean to be "dead in sin"?
  4. What is the relationship between grace and works (verses 8-10)?
  5. What has God prepared for you?

Small Group Discussion Questions - October 1, 2017

  1. Tell of one way in which your "spirit is willing but your flesh, weak." What have you tried doing about it?
  2. Read Romans 7:14-20. What role does "the law" play in these verses?
  3. What does this passage say about human nature?
  4. How has God already resolved this conflict for us?
  5. What responses might we make to this that please God?

Small Group Discussion Questions - September 24, 2017

  1. Read Philippians 4:10-20.
  2. What do you regard as the happiest days in your life? Were they free of trouble?
  3. List the main point(s) of verses 10-13 and 14-19.
  4. Paul was in prison, when he wrote this letter. What hints of this do you find in this passage?
  5. What might you do to experience the contentment of which Paul writes?

Small Group Discussion Questions - September 17, 2017

  1. Who usually makes peace in your family and how?
  2. Read Philippians 4:4-9. List its main points.
  3. Describe a person you know who embodies the qualities found in verses 4 - 6.
  4. How do these same qualities affect our church?
  5. How do you utilize spiritual resources to deal with anxiety?

Small Group Discussion Questions - September 10, 2017

  1. Are you more of a pioneer or a settler?
  2. Read Philippians 3:12-21. Make a brief outline of its main points.
  3. What prize/goal does the author seek and why?
  4. Where do we see "enemies" of Jesus in our society?
  5. How does the Good News appear in these verses and how might we do better at remembering it in the heat of our lives?

Small Group Discussion Questions - September 3, 2017

  1. What one thing can you do really well?
  2. Read Philippians 3:1-11. What accounts for the author's change in tone, between verses 1 and 2?
  3. On what should we base our spiritual confidence?
  4. Where is the Good News in this passage?
  5. What diverts you from putting your confidence in the Holy Spirit?

Small Group Discussion Questions - August 20, 2017

  1. Which Muppet character are you most like?
  2. Read Philippians 2:12-18. If we are to "work out our own salvation," what part do we do and what part does God do?
  3. What qualities make God's people "shine"?
  4. How do you tend to try working on your attitude?
  5. Where might the Holy Spirit be most needed in our church?

Small Group Discussion Questions - August 13, 2017

  1. Who in your household eats the last cookie? Cleans the floors? How have you worked through any friction that things like this can cause?
  2. Read Philippians 2:1-11. Working as a group, make an outline of its points.
  3. Put verses 1 through 4 into a five-or-less-word summary.
  4. Verses 6 through 11 seem to describe two movements Jesus made. What were they and what does each mean to us?
  5. What might happen, if our church persistently tried to make these verses come to life in our midst?

Small Group Discussion Questions - August 6, 2017

  1. Read Philippians 1:12-26. Recalling this is a letter, identify its sender and its recipients.
  2. When you're down, what works best to cheer you up again?
  3. What is the author's main point in verse 18 and why does it apply to his situation?
  4. What does verse 21 mean?
  5. What do you really live for and how does this compare with the biblical call in this passage?

Small Group Discussion Questions - July 30, 2017

  1. Are you more likely to send a funny or a touching card?
  2. Read Philippians 1:3-11. List the main points of verses 3-6, 7-8 and 9-11.
  3. What qualities matter to this author?
  4. Would "grace and peace" or "guilt and pressure" better describe your relationship with Jesus? What can you do about this?
  5. How might our church better reflect the ideals contained in this passage?

Small Group Discussion Questions - July 23, 2017

  1. Do you know any "How many _____ does it take to change a light bulb" jokes?
  2. Read Romans 12:1-8.
  3. How does verse one add to your understanding of worship?
  4. Verse two gives the main point. Restate it.
  5. How could you present yourself as a living sacrifice in every-day life?

Small Group Discussion Questions - July 16, 2017

  1. Talk about a great phone call you have had. Who was it with and what made it great?
  2. Read Ephesians 4:1-16. What is "the calling you have received"?
  3. Verses 2 and 3 contain some important theology. What would you say is their main theme?
  4. Jumping ahead to verses 11 through 13, what do they tell us of the purpose of our gifts?
  5. Name one specific thing you could do to strengthen our church.

Small Group Discussion Questions - July 9, 2017

  1. Talk about a time you had to do something you REALLY did not want to do.
  2. Read Matthew 5:43-48. Explain each verse in five words or less.
  3. What actions might the love Jesus mentions actually require?
  4. How could we implement these teachings in our personal lives?
  5. How could they guide our church?

Small Group Discussion Questions - July 2, 2017

  1. Would you rather direct or critique a movie? Why?
  2. Read Luke 6:37-42.
  3. What behaviors does Jesus condemn and commend, in verses 37 and 38? What does "measure" mean, in real life for us?
  4. How do verses 41 and 42 apply to you?
  5. How should we approach people who really do need correction?

Small Group Discussion Questions - June 25, 2017

  1. Read Matthew 26:69-75. Then read Luke 22:54-62. Compare and contrast these two versions.
  2. Describe the emotions Peter experiences in this episode.
  3. How far would you have followed Jesus and why?

Small Group Discussion Questions - June 18, 2017

  1. Read Matthew 26:57-68.
  2. Describe the last time you had to be some place when you'd rather not.
  3. What specific charges did they lay against Jesus?
  4. How does Jesus "defend" himself?
  5. How do we know when to talk about our faith and when to keep silent?

Small Group Discussion Questions - June 11, 2017

  1. Describe a typical supper for your family when you were a kid.
  2. Read Matthew 26:26-35. Describe the two main events contained in these verses.
  3. Read Exodus 12:43-49. How did Jesus celebrate the Passover the same, and differently?
  4. What does communion mean to you?
  5. How might our church try celebrating it, to give it new meaning and power?

Small Group Discussion Questions - June 4, 2017

  1. Read Matthew 26:36-46.
  2. As a group, retell the story of all that has already happened on the evening in question.
  3. What was the longest night of your life?
  4. Describe the emotions Jesus must have felt.
  5. When have you prayed most deeply? What happened?

Small Group Discussion Questions - May 28, 2017

  1. Read Matthew 26:20-30.
  2. Have you ever felt truly betrayed by someone? What did you do?
  3. Read Exodus 12:1-30. What were Jesus and his disciples doing this evening?
  4. What do you think Jesus was communicating to Judas?
  5. What does communion mean to you?

Small Group Discussion Questions - May 21, 2017

  1. If you had a year's wage to spend on one gift for one person, what would it be?
  2. Read Matthew 26:1-13. What difference does the timeframe of these events make to your understanding of them?
  3. What twist (unexpected idea) does Jesus put on the disciples' understanding of him in these verses?
  4. What beautiful thing might you do for Jesus this week?
  5. Which person in this narrative do you most often resemble and what could you do about that?

Small Group Discussion Questions - May 14, 2017

  1. What do you do, when you are approached by a beggar?
  2. Read Matthew 25:31-46. List the six actions Jesus will use as the basis for judgment. For whom are they done?
  3. What is the most-loving thing Christians can do for those in need? What is the most-loving thing our community can do?
  4. When have you been in one or more of the needs Jesus lists?
  5. What impact should this teaching have on our church's ministry?

*No Small Group Discussions - May 7, 2017

Small Group Discussion Questions - April 30, 2017

  1. Who is the hardest-working person you know? Where do they appear to find their energy?
  2. Read Matthew 20:1-16. Assign real-world identities for each character in this parable.
  3. To what does Jesus actually compare the kingdom of heaven?
  4. Do you feel the owner was just? What about the real "owner"?
  5. How do we earn our "wages" and how might we do a better job of it?

Small Group Discussion Questions - April 23, 2017

  1. Do you tend to arrive early, on time or late for worship? Why? What tends to happen as a result?
  2. Read Matthew 25:1-13. Re-tell the parable as a group.
  3. What is the main point?
  4. At the "final wedding feast," where will you be? Why?
  5. What "oil" keeps your "lamp" lit? How might our church furnish you with more of it?

Small Group Discussion Questions - April 16, 2017

  1. Tell of a time you heard from somebody you thought had died. How did that feel?
  2. Read John 20:1-18. List the various speakers in this drama and the primary message of each.
  3. How do these verses end? To what do they lead?
  4. What needs to come back to life in your spiritual life?
  5. What does your church do to help you with this?

Small Group Discussion Questions - April 9, 2017

  1. Read John 12:12-19. Keeping one eye on these verses, retell the story as a group.
  2. Have you ever personally seen a famous person at an outdoor event? What was it like?
  3. What connections do you see between this Passover and the first Passover?
  4. Why a donkey?
  5. If Jesus is your king, what do you owe him?

Small Group Discussion Questions - April 2, 2017

  1. Read Psalm 42. Talk about a time you felt homesick. What would your correspondence from that time reveal about your mental and spiritual state?
  2. Read II Kings 14:11-14. How does this episode help you understand the Psalm?
  3. Diagnose as best you can the psalmist's condition. What does he prescribe for himself? From God?
  4. When God seems far away, who moved? What can we do about it?

Small Group Discussion Questions - March 26, 2017

  1. Have you recently read a self-help and/or "_____ for Dummies" book?
  2. Read this Psalm aloud, with each person taking a different verse. What did you hear that stood out for you?
  3. Read it (silently) in the negative. ("The Lord is NOT my shepherd...") How does this improve your understanding of the actual Psalm?
  4. Where are the "dark valleys" today for you? For our church? What should we do about them?

Small Group Discussion Questions - March 19, 2017

  1. Tell about a time when you felt completely at peace.
  2. Read Romans 5:1-11. What is the main point of verses 1-5? 6-11?
  3. Why does the passage say the proceess laid out in verses 3-5 work? Have you experienced this?
  4. Of what part of your Christianity do you feel best able to boast?
  5. How does our church support us, as we live out these verses?

Small Group Discussion Questions - March 12, 2017

  1. Read Romans 4:13-17. What one trait of Abraham's does the author of these verses keep emphasizing?
  2. Are you more of an improviser or a rule-keeper?
  3. To what law do verses 13-14 refer? How does it bring wrath? Whose wrath?
  4. How do we inherit the promise? (See verse 16.)
  5. Look up "grace." How do its various meanings apply to our spiritual lives?

Small Group Discussion Questions - March 5, 2017

  1. Which personality traits have you inherited from your parents?
  2. Read Romans 5:12-19. Summarize ONE main point for verses 12-14, verses 15-16.
  3. The main point is in verse 17. What did Jesus do to make this happen?
  4. are we truly righteous? (Read Romans 3:10-12.) What is the author trying to say about Jesus' work on us here in this passage?
  5. Talk about one area of your life in which you strubble to behave righteously. What could you do about it?

Small Group Discussion Questions - February 26, 2017

  1. If you could take one person to meet Jesus, who would it be and why?
  2. Read Matthew 17:1-9. Make a brief outline of each thing that happens in these verses.
  3. What did Moses and Elijah represent? Read Matthew 11:13, if you are not sure. Why did this matter to the three men with Jesus?
  4. Where else have you read the words the voice from heaven says? Why does this matter?
  5. How has Jesus gotten through to you?

Small Group Discussion Questions - February 19, 2017

  1. If you were a building, what kind of building would you be?
  2. Read I Corinthians 3:13-16. Remind each other what came before in this chapter.
  3. What do verses 16-17 acually mean?
  4. Given verses 18-20, should we try to be foolish?
  5. What central point does verse 23 make and how does it resolve the question above?

Small Group Discussion Questions - February 5, 2017

  1. When was the last time you grew a food-bearing plant from its seed? How successful were you?
  2. Read I Corinthians 3:1-9. Make a brief outline of its main points.
  3. Who, besides the pastor, provides leadership in our church? How might we help them?
  4. What unifying idea/belief could we use to strenghten our church's fellowship?
  5. To what field is God calling you?

Small Group Discussion Questions - January 22, 2017

  1. Read Genesis 1:1-31. Did anything surprise you this time, as you read this familiar passage?
  2. If you were the Creator, what would you leave out that God left in?
  3. How does this story help you understand the world of nature? The world within our hearts and minds?
  4. What appears to have been God's reason for doing all this?
  5. If you are supposed to be t thepinnacle of creation, how does that affect your behavioral and attitudinal decisions?