What Does God Say About_?

Genesis 1:26-31 - Race/Gender

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful? 
  2. 2 Corinthians 3:18 tells us that as we behold the glory of the Lord we are transformed into His image. Is there anything in your life that is competing with the Lord for your attention, and thereby hindering your conformity into Jesus' image? 

  3. What distinctions does the world use to determine a person’s “value?” What distinctions do you use? What does God say we should value in a person?

  4. How might a recognition of Imago Dei (image of God) impact the jokes you tell, change the way you think/talk about ethnicity, and influence your posture towards refugees, sojourners, and immigrants?

  5. Could an outside observer tell from your friendships that you recognize the dignity and worth of all kinds of people from all different ethnic, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds? If not, what might you do to grow in this area?

  6. People try to find a sense of identity in many different things (skills, accomplishments, possessions, relationships, etc.) How can this be dangerous? What does does finding your identity in Christ look like?

Luke 13:1-5 - A Christian Response to Tragedy

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful? 
     
  2. How should we respond to someone who argues that suffering and evil prove that God does not exist?
     
  3. Is suffering always, never, or sometimes the result of personal sin? What are some Scripture passages that inform your answer?
     
  4. Do we have a tendency to look down on people who are going through difficult times as though they have somehow deserved it? What does Luke 13:1-5 say we have in common with those people, and how might that help change our attitude towards them? 
     
  5. What are some practical ways your community group can minister to those in our church body who are suffering?

Mark 5:1-20 - The Spirit Realm

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful? 
     
  2. When you think about the spiritual realm, what is your response? (Fear, fascination, etc.) How does/should knowing God is all-powerful, even over the spiritual realm, impact those thoughts?
     
  3. What are some similarities you see between the story of the demon-possessed man and the work of the Gospel?
     
  4. The formerly-demon-possessed man was told “Go to your home and to your people and tell them what the Lord has done for you.” Who are “your people” that God wants you to go to? 
     
  5. How have other people’s testimonies impacted your life? What has the Lord done for you in your life? How has he had mercy on you and changed your life? What are ways you can use the testimony of what God has done for you to impact the people he’s placed in your life?