On our Side

Think: remembering the main points

● Jesus prays for the future church (John 17:1-26 [20-26])

● He prays for unity…

● So that the world might believe…

● So that the mission might be completed


Talk: questions that stimulate application

1. Have you ever considered before that Jesus actually prayed for the future church and, if not, what strikes you about the fact?

2. How do we best balance diversity and unity in 21st century?

3. What are the main barriers to church unity at CFM? (avoid moaning about individuals)

4. What makes unity in the church noticeable to the world?

5. How far could humility go towards creating more unity at CFM?

6. Do we see more or less belief in Jesus because of the church’s witness? If less, why less?

7. If not, what can we do about it in light of this passage?

Task: actions speak louder than words

● PRACTICAL: Seek a Christian person who differs from you in some way and find out about what you have in common (in faith)

● MISSIONAL: Simply get excited about your faith and share/demonstrate it with/to someone. Remember CFM is united in Jesus.

* * * for printable PDF please click –

John 17 Discussion Notes.pdf

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He Wrestles In Prayer

Think: remembering the main points

· He wrestles in prayer – Luke 22:39-46

· Say it as it is

· Surrender in trust

· Application: Intentionality, Priority, Transparency


Talk: questions that stimulate application

1. What is the most challenging issue you are facing right now, personally or as a family?

2. How do you react to pressure?

3. What was happening in Jesus life and how do you think He felt?

4. Listening to Jesus’ words in prayer, what can we learn?

5. Is humility important in our prayer lives? Why?

6. How do we hold a tension between intimacy with God and honouring God, in prayer?

7. Why did Jesus trust the Father?

8. How can you develop a vocabulary of vulnerability in prayer?

Task: actions speak louder than words

· PRACTICAL: Think of several ways in which you can encourage one another in the group to keep ‘running to God, not from God’.

· MISSIONAL: Imagine that you are talking about prayer with your non-believing friends: what would you say? How could you introduce / encourage them to know God?

PDF for printing –

He wrestles in Prayer.pdf

Prayer as a Privilege

Think: remembering the main points

· Matthew 6:5-15 – Prayer as a privilege

· We can Talk to our Heavenly Father v9

· We can Influence Eternal Outcomes v 9-10

· We can Make Personal Requests v11-13


Talk: questions that stimulate application

1. Have you found it hard to pray because we have seen prayer as a duty rather than a privilege?

2. Luke 11:1-4 Why do you think the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray?

3. Who have the right to call the Creator God “Our Father”? John 1:12-13, Rom 8:14 & Gal 3:26

4. Matt 6:9-10 How do our prayers affect Eternal Outcomes?

5. Matt 6:11-13 What requests can we make in prayer?

6. Should the Lord’s Prayer be repeated word for word or used as a pattern to inform our prayers.

Task: actions speak louder than words

· Spend a few minutes talking to your Heavenly Father about Eternal Outcomes & Personal Needs.

For printable PDF please click

Prayer as a Privilege.pdf

Praise – Psalm 100

Think: remembering the main points

· Praise: Psalm 100: why and how we should praise

Talk: questions that stimulate application

1. How did Sunday’s message impact you & what will you change?

2. What has been your most amazing experience of praise?

3. Is praise an important part of our discipleship – why?

4. What does David highlight about God to fuel his praise?

5. Which of those motives encourage you right now and why?

6. In what ways can narcissistic consumerism creep in our lives?

7. Why can feelings be treacherous in our approach to praise?

8. How can we cultivate joy & gratitude in our daily lives?

9. In what ways can our praise affect our missional focus?

Task: actions speak louder than words

· If you were to write some words of praise that reflect your experience of God what would be the 4-5 things about that you would highlight?

· Think together of some practical ways we can prepare personally for our public worship.

​For PDF please click here ​

Praise.pdf

Silence – Psalm 77

Think: remembering the main points

Silence: Psalm 77

· Reality of silence: 1-9

· Responding to silence: 10-20

Talk: questions that stimulate application

1. Have you ever been in a season when ‘heaven seemed silent?

2. Do you identify with some of the things Asaph writes?

3. What are some of the difficult questions we wrestle with, as Christians?

4. Are there any things we should not do – when heaven seems silent?

5. Is there anything we can learn from Biblical characters who ‘wrestled with God’?

6. How can we cultivate a greater honesty in our prayer lives?

7. Are there healthy practices/disciplines that could build -up our spiritual resilience?

Task: actions speak louder than words

· How would you engage with a non-believer’s challenge that ‘God is distant and doesn’t care about us and our suffering’?

· Can you think of some 3-4 practical ways we can support one another in our groups in seasons when God seems silent?

· Take some time to pray together for each other or others who might be facing a difficult time at this moment.

For printable PDF –

Silence.pdf

Confession – Psalm 51

Think: remembering the main points

Confession: Psalm 51

· don’t hide: confess! (1-3, 7-8)

· don’t just confess: change! (10-15)

Talk: questions that stimulate application

1. Have you ever done something wrong and tried to hide it?

2. What was the effect of sin on David’s life? What did he feel?

3. What caused David’s horrible feelings?

4. How can people react when they sin and what are the different consequences?

5. Why are we scared to admit our sin?

6. What did David see in God that made him confident to confess?

7. David wants more than forgiveness of sin – why is that important?

8. Can you think of examples when Jesus accepted & changed sinners?

Task: actions speak louder than words

· Contrast David’s attitude and that of Ananias & Sapphira (Acts 5) and draw some principles of ‘do’s & don’ts when it comes to dealing with sin in your life.

· Think of several resolutions /decisions that can contribute to making your group a safe environment where people can be honest about their sins.

For printable PDF click here

Confession.pdf

Discouragement – Psalm 42

Think: remembering the main points

· Discouragement: Psalm 42

COMMON CONTRIBUTING FACTORS

ü Disruption of community

ü Disillusionment with events of life

ü Deprivation Physically

CURES/TREATMENT

ü Pray even when you don’t feel like it

ü Talk to yourself don’t just listen to yourself

ü Remember the Steadfast Love of God

Talk: questions that stimulate application

1. What discourages you most in life?

2. How do you react when you are discouraged?

3. Why was David discouraged?

4. Are there some bad solutions to discouragement?

5. Can you think of any good spiritual disciplines that help against discouragement?

6. What can we learn from other Bible characters who were discouraged?

7. Do you think Jesus can relate to feeling discouraged? Why?

Task: actions speak louder than words

· Think of some practical ways in which you can encourage one another in the group.

· Take time to share about areas of discouragement in 3’s and pray for each other.

· If one of your non-believing friends feels discouraged what can you do/say to encourage them?

For PDf printable file –

Discouregement.pdf