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 - June 17, 2018
- What have you bought, based on first impressions, only to find out the product was not as advertised?
- Read I Samuel 15:34-16:13. Make a very rough outline of the events described therein.
- Why does Samuel mourn? Fear?
- What does Saul fear?
- What might God be calling you to do, despite others' objections?
Small Group Discussion Questions - April 1, 2018
- When something upsets you, who is the first person you tell?
- Read John 20:1-18. Retrace the actions of each of the three main human beings depicted here (not counting Jesus)?
- In verse 8 what does "the other disciple" believe?
- How does the resurrection of Jesus affect you when you are mourning?
- Have you ever "heard" Jesus speak your name? What did it do for you?
Small Group Discussion Questions - March 25, 2018
- If you were on staff for Jesus, what sort of plan would you have made for his entry into Jerusalem?
- Read Mark 11:1-11.
- Pay attention to detail and share what the details of his entry said about him.
- Read Psalm 118:25-26. What do the people believe about Jesus?
- How has Jesus, "ridden into your life"?
Small Group Discussion Questions - March 18, 2018
- How does the saying, "It's always darkest before the dawn," apply to your life?
- Read Jeremiah 31:31-34. Reword each verse in less than six words.
- What practical outcomes does this new covenant have for us?
- Show how the Gospel Good News relates to this prophecy.
- How has God finally put this covenant into operation?
Small Group Discussion Questions - March 11, 2018
- What was one of the best gifts you have ever received and what made it special?
- Read Ephesians 2:1-10. What does it mean to be, "dead in sin"?
- Why must we rely on God to give us life?
- What is the relationship between grace and works (verses 8-10)?
- How can you better live out grace in your life?
Small Group Discussion Questions - March 4, 2018
- How clean and orderly do you keep your living space? Why?
- Read John 2:13-22. Why did Jesus suddenly become so angry?
- Read Psalm 69:6-9. What issue causes the author to be a "stranger" to his brothers?
- What did Jesus mean by "this temple" in verse 19 and why does this matter?
- What does Jesus need to “clean up” in you?
Small Group Discussion Questions - February 25, 2018
- Read Mark 2:13-22. When have you followed somebody you wish you hadn’t and why?
- What does Jesus say we need to enter the kingdom?
- Why are the Pharisees unhappy in verse 18?
- How does Jesus handle them?
- 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
- Read Mark 2:1-12. Retell this story in a modern-American context.
- What did Jesus say that seems not to follow from what has happened up to that point? Why did he say it?
- What motivated the paralyzed man's friends?
- Where could you use a “dose of the answer” to question 3 in your life?
- How could our church support this?
Small Group Discussion Questions - February 11, 2018
- If you were a tool, what kind of tool would you be?
- Read I Corinthians 12:12-31. State a main point of verses 12-20, another for 21-26, and another for 27-31.
- What gifts do you think you may have?
- What gifts do you see in others in your group?
- How might our church use the gifts already in it to strengthen our worship?
Small Group Discussion Questions - February 4, 2018
- Talk about a person you have known personally who radiated spiritual joy.
- Read I Thessalonians 3:11-13.
- List the positive qualities the Apostle Paul lists in these verses. Where do you find them at work in our church?
- How specifically have you been encouraged by someone's faith?
- How coud we be holy, without becoming holier than thou?
Small Group Discussion Questions - January 28, 2018
- Are you more likely to act without thinking, or to think without acting?
- Read James 2:14-19. Outline its main points.
- What does faith do for us spiritually?
- What do works ("doing Christianity") do for us spiritually?
- 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
- Read Malachi 3:6-12. When caught with, "your hand in the cookie jar," how do you respond?
- How do you suppose Malachi's peers "robbed" God?
- How do you?
- How does knowing God not change, impact your relationship with Christ?
- How and where might our church give, as an act of giving to God?
Small Group Discussion Questions - January 14, 2018
- Share about a time you felt you were in the "pressure cooker." What happened?
- Read II Corinthians 1:3-7. What is the main theme of these verses?
- What is the relationship between the comfort God gives us, and that we give others?
- Whom do you know who is experiencing great pressure right now? What might you do about it?
Small Group Discussion Questions - January 7, 2018
- Please read Matthew 2:1-12. List things in this passage that you thought you knew but did not.
- To whom do you look for advice? Who is wise in your life?
- Why was Herod so worried?
- What part of this story do you find most amazing and why?
- What turn would you make in your life, if you truly allowed God to direct you?
Small Group Discussion Questions - December 31, 2017
- Read Luke 1:26-38. Outline its main points/events.
- Share some good news it was once your privilege to deliver.
- Describe the range of emotions you imagine Mary must have felt.
- What needs to be born into your life at this time?
- What might our church do next that it does not currently do, or do well?
Small Group Discussion Questions - December 24, 2017
- What task did you accomplish as a child that made you feel good?
- 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.
- How might you glorify Jesus in your life?
- How do you struggle not to be “of the world”?
- How could our church strengthen our unity with Jesus/the Father?
Small Group Discussion Questions - December 17, 2017
- Read Isaiah 61:1-11. Label each of its three main parts.
- What is the hardest job you have to do? How do you get through it?
- What good news do you suppose this prophet is to share?
- How do we apply these verses to our lives, given they were spoken to people in a very different time and place?
- 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
- What image of God do you really have in your head?
- 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.
- What does God's wrath do for you?
- Do you want God to become more present in your life? Why or why not?
- How might this passage inform your prayer life?
*No Small Group Discussion Questions - November 26, 2017
Small Group Discussion Questions - November 19, 2017
- When you need to go, "where everybody knows your name," where do you go?
- Read II John (the letter, not the Gospel!)
- How do John's two main themes of love and truth connect in these verses?
- How do you try to balance the search for truth with love, in your own life?
- Have you ever had to terminate a relationship or friendship, because of a faith issue? What happened?
Small Group Discussion Questions - November 12, 2017
- Read Philemon (it's only 25 verses long!)
- Understanding that the name "Philemon" means "affectionate," what do you think the author of this letter hopes Philemon will do?
- How has Onesimus come to this time and place?
- What enslaves you? What spiritual resources can you bring to bear on it?
- Does Christianity permit slavery?
Small Group Discussion Questions - November 5, 2017
- What things tend to pull you away from God?
- Read Romans 8:31-39. Make an outline of these verses.
- 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?
- What is the Good News in Romans 8:37-39.
- How might our church proclaim this truth in action?
Small Group Discussion Questions - October 29, 2017
- What is your favorite bread and why?
- Read John 6:35-40, then quickly scan 6:1-15. How are these passages connected?
- Compare manna and the “bread of life.”
- List the claims Jesus makes in verses 35-40.
- How can we keep our familiarity with Jesus from blinding us to his radical powers?
Small Group Discussion Questions - October 22, 2017
- What family traditions do you hope will be preserved in future generations and why?
- Read John 10:22-30. Reword this conversation between Jesus and the Jews, putting it into modern language.
- Why does Jesus push the Jews uncomfortably, while at the same time not directly answering their questions?
- What difference does it make that Jeus is not just a man, but God also?
- 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
- Talk about a difficult choice you've had to make.
- Read Ephesians 2:1-10. Bible scholars write of the "upward trajectory" of these verses. What might they mean?
- What does it mean to be "dead in sin"?
- What is the relationship between grace and works (verses 8-10)?
- What has God prepared for you?
Small Group Discussion Questions - October 1, 2017
- Tell of one way in which your "spirit is willing but your flesh, weak." What have you tried doing about it?
- Read Romans 7:14-20. What role does "the law" play in these verses?
- What does this passage say about human nature?
- How has God already resolved this conflict for us?
- What responses might we make to this that please God?
Small Group Discussion Questions - September 24, 2017
- Read Philippians 4:10-20.
- What do you regard as the happiest days in your life? Were they free of trouble?
- List the main point(s) of verses 10-13 and 14-19.
- Paul was in prison, when he wrote this letter. What hints of this do you find in this passage?
- What might you do to experience the contentment of which Paul writes?
Small Group Discussion Questions - September 17, 2017
- Who usually makes peace in your family and how?
- Read Philippians 4:4-9. List its main points.
- Describe a person you know who embodies the qualities found in verses 4 - 6.
- How do these same qualities affect our church?
- How do you utilize spiritual resources to deal with anxiety?
Small Group Discussion Questions - September 10, 2017
- Are you more of a pioneer or a settler?
- Read Philippians 3:12-21. Make a brief outline of its main points.
- What prize/goal does the author seek and why?
- Where do we see "enemies" of Jesus in our society?
- 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
- What one thing can you do really well?
- Read Philippians 3:1-11. What accounts for the author's change in tone, between verses 1 and 2?
- On what should we base our spiritual confidence?
- Where is the Good News in this passage?
- What diverts you from putting your confidence in the Holy Spirit?
Small Group Discussion Questions - August 20, 2017
- Which Muppet character are you most like?
- 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?
- What qualities make God's people "shine"?
- How do you tend to try working on your attitude?
- Where might the Holy Spirit be most needed in our church?
Small Group Discussion Questions - August 13, 2017
- Who in your household eats the last cookie? Cleans the floors? How have you worked through any friction that things like this can cause?
- Read Philippians 2:1-11. Working as a group, make an outline of its points.
- Put verses 1 through 4 into a five-or-less-word summary.
- Verses 6 through 11 seem to describe two movements Jesus made. What were they and what does each mean to us?
- 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
- Read Philippians 1:12-26. Recalling this is a letter, identify its sender and its recipients.
- When you're down, what works best to cheer you up again?
- What is the author's main point in verse 18 and why does it apply to his situation?
- What does verse 21 mean?
- 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
- Are you more likely to send a funny or a touching card?
- Read Philippians 1:3-11. List the main points of verses 3-6, 7-8 and 9-11.
- What qualities matter to this author?
- Would "grace and peace" or "guilt and pressure" better describe your relationship with Jesus? What can you do about this?
- How might our church better reflect the ideals contained in this passage?
Small Group Discussion Questions - July 23, 2017
- Do you know any "How many _____ does it take to change a light bulb" jokes?
- Read Romans 12:1-8.
- How does verse one add to your understanding of worship?
- Verse two gives the main point. Restate it.
- How could you present yourself as a living sacrifice in every-day life?
Small Group Discussion Questions - July 16, 2017
- Talk about a great phone call you have had. Who was it with and what made it great?
- Read Ephesians 4:1-16. What is "the calling you have received"?
- Verses 2 and 3 contain some important theology. What would you say is their main theme?
- Jumping ahead to verses 11 through 13, what do they tell us of the purpose of our gifts?
- Name one specific thing you could do to strengthen our church.
Small Group Discussion Questions - July 9, 2017
- Talk about a time you had to do something you REALLY did not want to do.
- Read Matthew 5:43-48. Explain each verse in five words or less.
- What actions might the love Jesus mentions actually require?
- How could we implement these teachings in our personal lives?
- How could they guide our church?
Small Group Discussion Questions - July 2, 2017
- Would you rather direct or critique a movie? Why?
- Read Luke 6:37-42.
- What behaviors does Jesus condemn and commend, in verses 37 and 38? What does "measure" mean, in real life for us?
- How do verses 41 and 42 apply to you?
- How should we approach people who really do need correction?
Small Group Discussion Questions - June 25, 2017
- Read Matthew 26:69-75. Then read Luke 22:54-62. Compare and contrast these two versions.
- Describe the emotions Peter experiences in this episode.
- How far would you have followed Jesus and why?
Small Group Discussion Questions - June 18, 2017
- Read Matthew 26:57-68.
- Describe the last time you had to be some place when you'd rather not.
- What specific charges did they lay against Jesus?
- How does Jesus "defend" himself?
- How do we know when to talk about our faith and when to keep silent?
Small Group Discussion Questions - June 11, 2017
- Describe a typical supper for your family when you were a kid.
- Read Matthew 26:26-35. Describe the two main events contained in these verses.
- Read Exodus 12:43-49. How did Jesus celebrate the Passover the same, and differently?
- What does communion mean to you?
- How might our church try celebrating it, to give it new meaning and power?
Small Group Discussion Questions - June 4, 2017
- Read Matthew 26:36-46.
- As a group, retell the story of all that has already happened on the evening in question.
- What was the longest night of your life?
- Describe the emotions Jesus must have felt.
- When have you prayed most deeply? What happened?
Small Group Discussion Questions - May 28, 2017
- Read Matthew 26:20-30.
- Have you ever felt truly betrayed by someone? What did you do?
- Read Exodus 12:1-30. What were Jesus and his disciples doing this evening?
- What do you think Jesus was communicating to Judas?
- What does communion mean to you?
Small Group Discussion Questions - May 21, 2017
- If you had a year's wage to spend on one gift for one person, what would it be?
- Read Matthew 26:1-13. What difference does the timeframe of these events make to your understanding of them?
- What twist (unexpected idea) does Jesus put on the disciples' understanding of him in these verses?
- What beautiful thing might you do for Jesus this week?
- Which person in this narrative do you most often resemble and what could you do about that?
Small Group Discussion Questions - May 14, 2017
- What do you do, when you are approached by a beggar?
- Read Matthew 25:31-46. List the six actions Jesus will use as the basis for judgment. For whom are they done?
- What is the most-loving thing Christians can do for those in need? What is the most-loving thing our community can do?
- When have you been in one or more of the needs Jesus lists?
- 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
- Who is the hardest-working person you know? Where do they appear to find their energy?
- Read Matthew 20:1-16. Assign real-world identities for each character in this parable.
- To what does Jesus actually compare the kingdom of heaven?
- Do you feel the owner was just? What about the real "owner"?
- How do we earn our "wages" and how might we do a better job of it?
Small Group Discussion Questions - April 23, 2017
- Do you tend to arrive early, on time or late for worship? Why? What tends to happen as a result?
- Read Matthew 25:1-13. Re-tell the parable as a group.
- What is the main point?
- At the "final wedding feast," where will you be? Why?
- What "oil" keeps your "lamp" lit? How might our church furnish you with more of it?
Small Group Discussion Questions - April 16, 2017
- Tell of a time you heard from somebody you thought had died. How did that feel?
- Read John 20:1-18. List the various speakers in this drama and the primary message of each.
- How do these verses end? To what do they lead?
- What needs to come back to life in your spiritual life?
- What does your church do to help you with this?
Small Group Discussion Questions - April 9, 2017
- Read John 12:12-19. Keeping one eye on these verses, retell the story as a group.
- Have you ever personally seen a famous person at an outdoor event? What was it like?
- What connections do you see between this Passover and the first Passover?
- Why a donkey?
- If Jesus is your king, what do you owe him?
Small Group Discussion Questions - April 2, 2017
- Read Psalm 42. Talk about a time you felt homesick. What would your correspondence from that time reveal about your mental and spiritual state?
- Read II Kings 14:11-14. How does this episode help you understand the Psalm?
- Diagnose as best you can the psalmist's condition. What does he prescribe for himself? From God?
- When God seems far away, who moved? What can we do about it?
Small Group Discussion Questions - March 26, 2017
- Have you recently read a self-help and/or "_____ for Dummies" book?
- Read this Psalm aloud, with each person taking a different verse. What did you hear that stood out for you?
- Read it (silently) in the negative. ("The Lord is NOT my shepherd...") How does this improve your understanding of the actual Psalm?
- Where are the "dark valleys" today for you? For our church? What should we do about them?
Small Group Discussion Questions - March 19, 2017
- Tell about a time when you felt completely at peace.
- Read Romans 5:1-11. What is the main point of verses 1-5? 6-11?
- Why does the passage say the proceess laid out in verses 3-5 work? Have you experienced this?
- Of what part of your Christianity do you feel best able to boast?
- How does our church support us, as we live out these verses?
Small Group Discussion Questions - March 12, 2017
- Read Romans 4:13-17. What one trait of Abraham's does the author of these verses keep emphasizing?
- Are you more of an improviser or a rule-keeper?
- To what law do verses 13-14 refer? How does it bring wrath? Whose wrath?
- How do we inherit the promise? (See verse 16.)
- Look up "grace." How do its various meanings apply to our spiritual lives?
Small Group Discussion Questions - March 5, 2017
- Which personality traits have you inherited from your parents?
- Read Romans 5:12-19. Summarize ONE main point for verses 12-14, verses 15-16.
- The main point is in verse 17. What did Jesus do to make this happen?
- 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?
- 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
- If you could take one person to meet Jesus, who would it be and why?
- Read Matthew 17:1-9. Make a brief outline of each thing that happens in these verses.
- 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?
- Where else have you read the words the voice from heaven says? Why does this matter?
- How has Jesus gotten through to you?
Small Group Discussion Questions - February 19, 2017
- If you were a building, what kind of building would you be?
- Read I Corinthians 3:13-16. Remind each other what came before in this chapter.
- What do verses 16-17 acually mean?
- Given verses 18-20, should we try to be foolish?
- What central point does verse 23 make and how does it resolve the question above?
Small Group Discussion Questions - February 5, 2017
- When was the last time you grew a food-bearing plant from its seed? How successful were you?
- Read I Corinthians 3:1-9. Make a brief outline of its main points.
- Who, besides the pastor, provides leadership in our church? How might we help them?
- What unifying idea/belief could we use to strenghten our church's fellowship?
- To what field is God calling you?
Small Group Discussion Questions - January 22, 2017
- Read Genesis 1:1-31. Did anything surprise you this time, as you read this familiar passage?
- If you were the Creator, what would you leave out that God left in?
- How does this story help you understand the world of nature? The world within our hearts and minds?
- What appears to have been God's reason for doing all this?
- If you are supposed to be t thepinnacle of creation, how does that affect your behavioral and attitudinal decisions?