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Jude 1:17-25 - Keep Yourselves in the Love of The God Who Keeps You: A Lesson in Christian Perseverance

Discussion Questions

  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 Jude 1:17-20. Jude calls believers to remember the predictions of the apostles. Why is it important for us to remember the truths of Scripture when we consider everything going on in our world?
     
  4. Based on verses 18-19, what are characteristics of the ungodly?
     
  5. Read Jude 1:20-21. According to these verses, how are believers to be different than the ungodly described in the previous verses?
     
  6. Read Jude 1:22-23. We see in verse 21 that we are shown mercy by Jesus Christ. Then, verses 22-23 remind us twice to have mercy on others. What are some practical examples of ways you can show mercy to other believers. What are some practical examples of ways you can show mercy to non-believers? Do you have an example of a time when a believer showed you mercy?
     
  7. Read Jude 1:24-25. What characteristics of God are mentioned in verse 25. How does this reminder of God’s character encourage your own spiritual perseverance in light of verse 24? (See also Philippians 1:6)

Jude 1:1-16 - Contend for the Faith!: An Appeal for Christian Discernment

Discussion Questions

  1. 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. How would you discern that the following unbiblical phrases are false, based on Jude and other passages in scripture?
     
    1. “God wants me to be happy, therefore he’s OK with my sin. He is a God fo Grace, after all” 
       
    2. “It is so old fashioned to say I have to get married before moving in with the person I love.” 
       
    3. “God told me that I should quit my job and join the circus, and I won’t listen to any godly counsel from anyone else because I’m totally convinced God told me to do this.”
       
    4. “How I live out my Christian beliefs is between me and God, so whether or not you think I’m sinning is none of your business.”
       
    5. “Jesus visited me in a dream, revealed new truth to me, and gave me a personal tour of heaven. Buy my book to discover these new truths for yourself and find out what heaven is like!”
       
    6. “Jesus is so loving, he couldn’t possibly send people to hell. I’m sure eventually God saves everyone–maybe even after they die.”

3 John - In a Manner Worthy of God: Supporting Truth to the Edges of the World

Discussion Questions

  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 3 John. Compare the instructions in 3 John 5-8 with that of 2 John 7-11. Based on these two passages, what responsibilites do we have in regards to partnering with others for the gospel?
     
  4. What evidences of sinful pride do we see in the example of Diotrephes in 3 John 9-10? Consider each of Diotrephes’ actions. How would doing the inverse of these actions cultivate attitudes of humility and build unity in the church? 
     
  5. How are 3 John 9-10 and 13-14 good examples to imitate in admonishing or encouraging other believers? (See also Matt. 18:15)
     
  6. What are ways that you and/or your community group can be more involved in supporting gospel workers?

2 John - True Love is "Truth Love"

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read 2 John. What does it mean to walk in the truth (v4) and walk according to his commandments (v5)? (See James 1:22-25). Do you rejoice when you see others walking in the truth? How does your walk demonstrate your love for God?
     
  3. What kinds of false teachers/deceivers do we face today? How can we be on-guard against them? What roles do spritual disciplines, theology, and doctrine play in this?
     
  4. What are some ways of the ways that you have seen false teachers trying to deceive people?
     
  5. What implications do verses 10-11 have regarding church governance, church membership, and restorative church discipline? 
     
  6. What implications does John’s example in verse 12 have for us in our mass-communication, technology-driven culture?

Salvation through Judgment: An Overview of the Book of Nahum

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. The book of Nahum is a good reminder that God is in control. What fears or temptations do you face that seek to convince you that you are in control? What are some ways we can daily relinquish our lives to God’s sovereign control.
     
  3. The book of Nahum paints a very vivid picture of God’s wrath against sin. By what means are we able to celebrate God’s wrath against sin instead of being apalled by it or fearful of it? (See Romans 5:8-11.)

Philemon - Unpopular Reconciliation

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Philemon 1:1-7. What kinds of things do you typically pray for? Do you take time to thank God for other believers you know and pray for their spiritual effectiveness? 
     
  3. Read Philemon 1:8-16. Are there areas in your own life where you need to pursue reconciliation? Are there ways you can be like Paul and promote reconciliation in the lives of others?
     
  4. What are some ways you can practice and encourage culture-defying unity in the body of Christ?
     
  5. Paul challenged Philemon to transform his view of Onesimus from being his slave to being his brother. Read Matthew 12:46-50, Luke 8:19-21, and Mark 10:28-30. How does Jesus transform the idea of family? How does that impact how you view/interact with other believers?
     
  6. Read Philemon 1:17-25. In what way does Paul follow Christ’s example in how he treats Onesimus? How should this affect the way we treat those who wrong us?