Exodus 17:8-19:25 - Slavery to Sinai: Promise Realized and Purpose Proclaimed

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has God used the truth of His Word from last week’s sermon in your life this past week?

  3. What point from the study of Exodus struck your heart the most? What needs to change in your life to apply this point more fully?

  4. What have you learned about the character of God this week and how should this truth cause you live differently?

  5. How does this week’s text point to Jesus and the Gospel?

Exodus 15:22-17:7 - A Grumbling People and a Gracious God

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has God used the truth of His Word from last week’s sermon in your life this past week?

  3. What point from the study of Exodus struck your heart the most? What needs to change in your life to apply this point more fully?

  4. What have you learned about the character of God this week and how should this truth cause you live differently?

  5. How does this week’s text point to Jesus and the Gospel?

Exodus 13:17-15:21 - God Saves His People Through His Power

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has God used the truth of His Word from last week’s sermon in your life this past week?

  3. What point from the study of Exodus struck your heart the most? What needs to change in your life to apply this point more fully?

  4. What have you learned about the character of God this week and how should this truth cause you live differently?

  5. How does this week’s text point to Jesus and the Gospel?

Exodus 11:1-13:16 - God’s Lamb is the Solution to Your Sin Problem

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has God used the truth of His Word from last week’s sermon in your life this past week?

  3. What point from the study of Exodus struck your heart the most? What needs to change in your life to apply this point more fully?

  4. What have you learned about the character of God this week and how should this truth cause you live differently?

  5. How does this week’s text point to Jesus and the Gospel?

Exodus 7:14-10:29 - A Powerful Preview of the All-Powerful God

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has God used the truth of His Word from last week’s sermon in your life this past week?

  3. What point from the study of Exodus struck your heart the most? What needs to change in your life to apply this point more fully?

  4. What have you learned about the character of God this week and how should this truth cause you live differently?

  5. How does this week’s text point to Jesus and the Gospel?

Exodus 4:18-7:13 - That You May Know the LORD is God

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has God used the truth of His Word from last week’s sermon in your life this past week?

  3. What point from the study of Exodus struck your heart the most? What needs to change in your life to apply this point more fully?

  4. What have you learned about the character of God this week and how should this truth cause you live differently?

  5. How does this week’s text point to Jesus and the Gospel?

Exodus 3:1-4:17 - God Reveals Himself in Fiery Holiness

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has God used the truth of His Word from last week’s sermon in your life this past week?

  3. What point from the study of Exodus struck your heart the most? What needs to change in your life to apply this point more fully?

  4. What have you learned about the character of God this week and how should this truth cause you live differently?

  5. How does this week’s text point to Jesus and the Gospel?

Exodus 1:1-2:25 - God Hears the Groanings of His People

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has God used the truth of His Word from last week’s sermon in your life this past week?

  3. What point from the study of Exodus struck your heart the most? What needs to change in your life to apply this point more fully?

  4. What have you learned about the character of God this week and how should this truth cause you live differently?

  5. How does this week’s text point to Jesus and the Gospel?

Galatians 6:1-10 - Continue in Care for One Another

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  1. How would one know if another brother or sister is caught in sin? (verse 1)? Do you have friends who know you well enough to know this about your life? (if not, what’s holding you back?) What advice would you give to someone wanting to deepen their vulnerability in friendships?

  2. Have you ever had to live out verses 1-2, where you confront someone, gently, in regards to their sin? (or have you been the one confronted?) What was the outcome of that situation?

  3. Verse 2 seems to specifically refer to helping someone with their burden against temptation and spiritual failure. What do you think it looks like to bear someone else’s burden in this way? Do you have a friend in your life whom you could encourage in their specific fight against sin this week? Are you feeling like you are bearing a particularly heavy burden against a specific temptation? Consider sharing this with your group, and letting them “bear it” with you!

  4. What kind of day-to-day choices could one make that sows to the Spirit? The flesh? What one choice could you make this week to sow to the Spirit more intentionally?

  5. Is there an area of your life where you’re feeling weary of doing good? How does the exhortation and promise of verse 9 encourage you? Is there someone in your life whom you think is feeling a bit weary? How could you encourage him or her this week?

  6. How do you think our church is, as a whole, in “doing good” towards each other? Are there areas in which we could grow? How have you had an opportunity in the last few weeks to “do good” towards another member?

Hebrews 10:19-25 - Approach, Grip, Provoke: Continuing Marks of a Blood-Bought Christian

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  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has last week’s sermon been resonating with you throughout this past week?

  3. What question, conviction, realization, or insight jumped out at you from God’s Word as you listened to the sermon?

  4. Have you ever been provoked by someone else into greater love or greater acts of service? Describe how this happened.

  5. Who are three people in our church that you could provoke to greater love and good works. How will you stir them up in this regard (consider encouragement, exhortation, invitation, example, etc)?

  6. How does one’s attendance on a Sunday morning affect one’s ability to provoke others to love and good works?

  7. How do verses 26 and 27 heighten the importance of the three commands in 10:19–25?

2 Timothy 3:10-17 - Continue in What You Have Believed

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  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has last week’s sermon on the character of God been resonating with you throughout this past week? Have you had any specific circumstances when the Lord allowed you to apply a truth from the sermon to your life?

  3. Who has been influential in your spiritual life, as Paul was to Timothy? When did you become “acquainted with the sacred writings” (childhood? college? adult?)

  4. How have you seen verse 12 be true in your life or the lives of other believers?

  5. How is the exhortation to just “continue” one we need to hear at times?

  6. Is there an area of your life where you just needed to hear the command of “continue” today? (Perhaps you’re feeling weary in a certain area?) How could your friends - your community group - encourage you?

  7. How could you grow in your value of the Scripture, as it is the very words of God? As you look at your day-to-day life, does the way you read, study, meditate on the Bible match the value of Scripture given here in v16-17? Discuss some ways that your group could spur one another on in your value of Scripture reading.

  8. How have you seen Scripture equip you for good works in the past? Think about your life and your current stressors - how could you use Scripture to encourage/challenge/change the way you are viewing this situation?

Proverbs - What is God Like?: The Character of a Great and Gracious Lord

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  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has last week’s sermon on anger been resonating with you throughout this past week? Have you had any specific circumstances when the Lord allowed you to apply a truth from the sermon to your life?

  3. What question, conviction, realization, or insight jumped out at you from God’s Word this morning?

  4. What attribute of God is particularly sweet or surprising to you, and why?

  5. Share how certain attributes of God have encouraged, convicted, or challenged your thinking or your actions in your life.

  6. What attribute of God mentioned in Proverbs do you want to understand more of?

  7. Read 1 John 3:2. If a fuller view of who God is in Christ completely delivers Christians from sin at Jesus’ second coming, then what is one of our main strategies for fighting sin today (as it relates to our understanding of God)? How has your understanding of who God is in Christ affected your holiness, positively or negatively?

Proverbs - Hot Anger, Thin Skin, and Mastery of Self

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  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has last week’s sermon on busyness and laziness been resonating with you throughout this past week? Have you had any specific circumstances when the Lord allowed you to apply a truth from the sermon to your life?

  3. What question, conviction, realization, or insight jumped out at you from God’s Word this morning?

  4. Anger reveals what we care most about in life. If someone could replay all of the times you got angry in the past year, what would these scenes reveal about your priorities?

  5. There are a number of Proverbs that speak of ways to deal with the anger of others: Creating Distance (22:24), Absorption (10:12), Diversion (15:2; 29:8), Ignoring (20:3), or resolving (17:14). Share about a time when someone used one of these avenues to resolve a would-be conflict.

  6. God gets angry at a number of issues in Proverbs: injustice, pride, hypocritical worship, etc. Read Proverbs 6:16–19. Are there any issues that you are apathetic towards that you ought to become more angry about?

  7. How does being a Christian with a right view of reality help to guard one against sinful anger? Consider ones view of God, view of self, revelation from God’s word, empowerment by the Spirit, or the local church.

Proverbs - Crazy Busy or Lazy Sleepy… and the Biblical Way that Works

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  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has last week’s sermon on purity and pleasure been resonating with you throughout this past week? Have you had any specific circumstances when the Lord allowed you to apply a truth from the sermon to your life?

  3. What question, conviction, realization, or insight jumped out at you from God’s Word this morning?

  4. Proverbs addresses the one biblical “way” to walk in, and warns of a ditch on the left (“too little!”) and a ditch on the right (“too much!”). In the areas of planning, sleep, and hard work, where are you at currently: in ditch left (“too little”), on the correct way, or in ditch right (“too much”)?

  5. If by God’s grace you are on the biblical way in these three areas of planning, sleep, and hard work, what is some wisdom that you have learned that you can share with others? If you are in ditch left or right, what are some changes that God would have you make in order to move in the direction of the correct way?

  6. How does becoming a Christian make a person a more effective doer of work (whether this is paid work in a job or unpaid work around the house or elsewhere)? You might think through such areas as motivation, end goal, community, empowerment, knowledge, and allegiance. If you are a Christian, how has this reality influenced the way in which you work?

Proverbs 5 - Purity and Pleasure

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  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has last week’s sermon on friendship been resonating with you throughout this past week? Have you had any specific circumstances when the Lord allowed you to apply a truth from the sermon to your life?

  3. How have you seen the subtle (or not so subtle) cultural lies concerning sex/happiness portrayed in media? How have you seen the damage these lies cause in the lives of others? How have these lies to influenced or impacted your own views on sexuality?

  4. When it comes to sexual temptation, what are some areas in which you’ve struggled the most? How have you fought the temptation in order to “stay away” from the allure.

  5. Read Colossians 3:1-5. Before we put to death sexual immorality, impurity, passion, etc., what must we do first? How does this focus enable/encourage us in our struggle against sin?


  6. Proverbs 5:12 references listening to instructors. Do you have close friends in your life that would speak truth to you if you were headed down this path? Do you have close enough friends to even be aware that you were headed down this path? If you don’t, how can you take a step towards closer, more vulnerable relationships this week?

Proverbs - Making Wise Decisions

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  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has last week’s sermon on friendship been resonating with you throughout this past week? Have you had any specific circumstances when the Lord allowed you to apply a truth from the sermon to your life?

  3. When were you pressured into making a rash decision and how did it turn out for you? Conversely, when were you tempted to make a rash decision, yet were able to walk away?

  4. What cultural or family traditions/beliefs have you allowed to impact your decision-making? What decisions have you made that perhaps need to be re-examined in light of Biblical truth?

  5. How have the experiences of others served to guide you in your life - either keeping you from calamity or guiding you toward God-honoring decisions?


  6. What decisions are you currently facing that you need to seek wise counsel?

Proverbs - The Good Friend, the Bad Friend, and the Best Friend

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  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has last week’s sermon on knowledge been resonating with you throughout this past week? Have you had any specific circumstances when the Lord allowed you to apply a truth from the sermon to your life?

  3. Why is it particularly challenging for us to go deeper than superficialities in conversation? 1

  4. What are some things Christians can do to experience true friendship in the context of the local church? What is one next step you will take to better cultivate friendships in your own life (see “24 Ways to Cultivate Friendships” for ideas)?

  5. Have you experienced disappointments in friendship that led you to become a bit more hard, more closed off, to the vulnerability of friendship? What is the danger to letting this hardness set?

  6. Our eternal home is a world of friendship, and it’s only for those who are reconciled to God in this life. How should this motivate Christians to share the gospel—the good news of reconciliation through justification because of substitution—with others?

  7. Think about what you know of Jesus’ character from the Bible. How does he embody the marks of true friendship? Which characteristic most stands out to you?

    1 Questions 3–7 are drawn from Drew Hunter, Made for Friendship: The Relationship That Halves Our Sorrows and Doubles Our Joys (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018), pages 37, 138, 54, 138, 157, respectively.

2 Peter 1 - So Heavenly Minded, Much Earthly Good

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  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has last week’s sermon on money been resonating with you throughout this past week? Have you had any specific circumstances when the Lord allowed you to apply a truth from the sermon to your life?

  3. Consider the attributes that are to supplement our faith in 2 Peter 1:5-7. Which of these do you find most difficult to practice? What is a practical way you could focus on growing in that area this week?

  4. What does 2 Peter 1:13-15 say is the reason Peter is writing? While we aren’t writing down the Scriptures, we do have the responsibility to make sure they are taught to the next generation. What are some things you and/or our church body can do to make sure we’re being faithful in teaching the truths of Scripture to the next generation?

  5. Write down any additional questions or thoughts you may have from the sermon, and discuss them with your community group or family.

Proverbs - Money Matters

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  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has last week’s sermon on speech been resonating with you throughout this past week? Have you had any specific circumstances when the Lord allowed you to apply a truth from the sermon to your life?

  3. Are there areas of worry that you have in regards to finances? How does the reminder that God owns everything encourage you?

  4. What are some wise or unwise ways that you have earned money in the past. What are some wise or unwise ways that you have spent money in the past?

  5. If someone were to look at your spending habits, what might they say are some of the most important things to you?

  6. Do you know of anyone who seems to do a good job of glorifying God with the way they steward their money? What things do they do that are a good example to follow?

  7. What are some ways in which your money habits reflect a focus on temporary happiness and self-reliance? In what ways do your habits reflect a focus on eternal joy and dependence on God?