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?

Proverbs - Taming the Tongue

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

  2. Do you find it easier to honor God with your speech in conversations with Christians or with non-Christians? Who or what do your conversations tend to focus on in each of those situations (yourself, others, God, entertainment, etc.)?

  3. How have you seen the destructive power of the tongue impact your own life or the lives of others?

  4. When have you witnessed or experienced the power of words in building someone up?

  5. How do the words you use reveal what is in your heart?

  6. Read Ephesians 4:28-30. What criteria are given for speech? What are some ways in which a believer’s speech could grieve the Holy Spirit?

  7. When do you find it most difficult to control your tongue? What can you do to find victory over temptation in such situations?

Proverbs 31 - Wise Men and Women

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

  2. Is your answer to the previous question something that might speak wisdom into someones life? Think of someone who you could encourage by telling them what God has been teaching you. (This might be your spouse, your child, a friend, a coworker, etc.)

  3. What is a word of wisdom that someone shared with you when you were little, and how has it helped you as an adult?

  4. Who has God put in your life to lead spiritually? What are some practical and intentional things you can do to encourage their walk with Christ?

  5. Are you aware of the poor and needy (spiritually or physically) around you? If not, what are some things you can do grow in this awareness. If you are aware, what can you do to be involved in their lives and share God’s love with them?

  6. What character qualities or attributes are portrayed in Proverbs 31:10-31. How can you encourage these qualities in others as we seek to build up the body of Christ?

Proverbs - Humility in a World of Selfies

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

  2. What person in your life comes to mind when you think of someone walking with humility? How has he or she modeled humility well?

  3. Which situation in your life could be aided by your growth in humility?

  4. Thinking about humility often comes with thinking about the opposite: pride. How do you see pride manifested in your workplace, family, friendships, or even in the church body?

  5. Read through the following manifestations of pride - the opposite of humility. Which areas do you perhaps struggle with and need to address.

    • My practice of the spiritual disciplines is inconsistent and superficial.
    • I am often anxious about my life and the future.
    • I am very concerned with what people think about me.
    • I am self-critical and tend to be a perfectionist.
    • I want people to be impressed with me.
    • I am overly competitive.
    • I tend to feel envious or jealous when those around me are being honored.
    • I have a know-it-all attitude.
    • I have a hard time listening. I often interrupt.
    • When listening to a sermon or teacher, I listen with other people in mind instead of listening with my own heart in mind.

Matthew 28:16-20 - Jesus' Purpose and Plan for His Bride

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

  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?

  3. Read Acts 4:1-20. How would you summarize Peter’s actions and proclamations? Describe a time when you couldn’t help speaking about what you’d seen and heard about Jesus?

  4. Is making disciples of all nations the primary goal for your life? What evidence supports your answer? What’s preventing you from giving more of your life to make disciples of all nations?

  5. Read Matthew 24:12-14. What promise did Jesus give in these verses? What warning did Jesus give? How does Revelation 7:9-10 provide a picture of what things will look like when Jesus’ promise comes to pass? How do these verses impact the mission and purpose of your life?

  6. As you seek to disciple others what practical direction does Titus 2:1-8 give you? Take one practical step to follow the command of Jesus this week to make disciples - perhaps it’s asking someone to read the Bible together or calling someone to ask how you can pray for them. Share your practical ideas with your community group and/or family.

  7. In what ways are you currently serving the local assembly here at GCC? In what other ways could you contribute as a disciple-maker at GCC? How does Romans 12:3-8 give us direction with regards to the varying gifts God has given among the church?

1 Samuel 3:1-4:1a - God Speaks

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

  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?

  3. Does your normal disposition to God’s Word reflect Samuel’s response to God at the end of 3:10? If not, what hinders you from this response? Are there things in your life that could hinder your receptivity to God’s Word on Sunday mornings (regarding sleep, prayer, Saturday night activities, etc.)?

  4. Many people think of sin in the category of commission—doing what we ought not do. Yet Eli’s sin was one of omission—not doing what he ought to (3:13). As you think through your life, are there things that God has called you to do in His Word that you are not doing? (If you have trouble answering this question, you might ask a family member or friend to help you.) What does repentance look like in these areas?

  5. In 3:13 we see Eli’s sinful passivity in his role as a father. For parents, in what areas are you tempted to passivity regarding your children’s spiritual lives? How might others around you help you in these areas? For non-parents, how might you proactively serve the mothers and fathers in our congregation?

  6. The Bible teaches the awesome truths that 1) God is sovereign and 2) humans are responsible. At the end of 3:18, Eli displayed an over-emphasis on God’s sovereignty to the exclusion of his human responsibility. Of these two truths, which one are you most tempted to over-emphasize to the exclusion of the other? What are some ways that you might grow in living in light of both truths?

  7. Take time to pray for yourself and for others at GCC, that we would be have faith in God sustaining the witness of His Word, that we would fight spiritual passivity, that our parents would proactively disciple their children, and that we would rejoice in the glorious marriage of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility.

1 Peter 4:7-11 - How to Live When the End is Near

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

  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?

  3. In light of 1 Pet 4:7, is there anything in your life right now that tempts you to live only for the moment, without any regard for eternity? If so, how does this happen, and what ought you to do in order to foster a more eternal mindset?

  4. What hinders people from showing hospitality without grumbling (1 Pet 4:9)? What hinders you? Who in the church or out of the church would you like to exercise hospitality towards this summer?

  5. Peter mentions in 4:11 stewarding the gifts God has given to us. Looking at Rom 12:6–8 and 1 Cor 12:8–10, 28, what is at least one spiritual gift you have? How ought you steward your spiritual gift(s) for the edification of others in our church?

  6. Which of the instructions in verse 8–11 do you find easiest to follow? What is one that you find more difficult?

  7. Share a time that another believer was a good example of these qualities. In what ways did their example glorify God?

  8. Take time to pray for yourself and for others at GCC, that we would be self-controlled and eagerly anticipating Christ’s return. Pray that our hospitality, service, and gracious speech would cause God to be glorified in our own life and by those around us.

Genesis 35:1-15 - Deal With Sin in Your Life

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

  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?

  3. When God spoke to Jacob, he responded by putting away all of the foreign gods (idols) that were in his household.
    a. What are some culturally accepted “idols”? (ie. work, leisure...)
    b. How would a believer recognize idols in his own life?
    c. What are some idols that you could see your own heart being drawn towards? How can you guard against this?

  4. In verse 5 we see God’s protection over Jacob. When was a time in your life when you recognized God’s protection over you?

  5. In verses 9-15 God reiterates to Jacob (Israel) the promises He’d already spoken to him and to his father and grandfather. What is a lesson that God has had to remind you of at various times throughout your life?

  6. Take time to pray for yourself and for others at GCC, that we would rid ourselves of anything that acts as an idol in our lives and to ask God to protect us from anything that might hinder our spiritual journeys.

Genesis 32:22-32 - Brokenness is the Path to Blessing

Application Questions

  1. Since it’s our Community Group kick-off week, pick one (or two or three!) of the following questions to share with your group to get to know each other a bit better:
     
    1. What are you reading right now, outside the Bible? What is your opinion of it?
    2. Do you have any vacation plans this summer?
    3. How has God encouraged you recently in your life?
    4. What’s one of the biggest stressors in your life right now? 
      How has God shown His faithfulness to you?
       
  2. What have you been reading in your Bible recently? What has been meaningful from this?
     
  3. What was a main take-away from the sermon that you found particularly helpful/convicting/encouraging?
     
  4. Have you ever felt you have “wrestled with God,” perhaps with understanding a certain Biblical truth, or in your prayer life?  What happened? What was the outcome of this “wresting”?
     
  5. The Lord humbled Jacob by touching his hip and making him limp. Have you had a situation or season in your life where you sensed the Lord taught you about humility? Share how the Lord used this situation in your life.
     
  6. Jacob says in verse 30 of Genesis chapter 32, “I have come face to face with God.” In what situation in your life have you sensed the Lord revealed himself to you in a more distinct way?