Relationship not Religion: John 3

CFM LIFE GROUPS
DISCUSSION NOTES

Relationship not Religion: John 3:1-21

DISCUSSION

● Can you remember a time you have been corrected? How did you respond? How did Nicodemus respond?

● Why do you think Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night?

● In your own walk with Jesus, are you comfortable taking your questions to Him? Why or why not?

● What do we learn about the character of God through this interaction?

● Being so familiar with John 3:16, how can we not lose the wonder of the Gospel?

APPLICATION
How does this passage impact you in the 3 areas: mind, heart, hands – write something down in each section and take time to pray for each other.

Mind: how does this shape your thinking?

Heart: how does this fuel your passion?

Hands: what actions do you need to take?

For printable PDF notes click here

Relationship not Religion John 3.pdf

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Supernatural

SERMON SUMMARY: Supernatural: Acts 9:32-43: Develop deep compassion & Develop bold faith

· Have you ever experienced God’s supernatural touch? Describe that experience?

· Which is your favourite miraculous story about Jesus?

· What strikes you about what Peter does and doesn’t do in these two cases?

· Why is Peter’s reaction to illness and death so different than ours?

· Some people say that the supernatural events in the Gospels and Acts were due to special powers given to the first-century disciples alone. Do you agree or disagree?

· How do we keep a healthy tension in our church community between God’s supernatural power and His mysterious sovereignty?

· Think of 3 things that can help us grow in our compassion towards those in suffering – as a group.

· Are there ways in which you can grow your trust in God’s miraculous power?

For PDF click here –

Supernatural.pdf

Ambassadors for Christ in efficient conversations: Acts 8:26-40

CFM LIFE GROUPS
DISCUSSION NOTES

DISCUSSION

BEING AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST (IN CONVERSATION)

ACTS 8:26-40

● How often do you find yourself in conversation about Jesus with others? If rarely or never, why is this the case?

● What are the main struggles you face when you are actually in a discussion about Jesus?

● The Ethiopian official went from being an interested student of Isaiah 53 to a baptised follower of Jesus within just 14 verses. What were the secrets of Philip’s success and the efficiency of the encounter?

● Are we sometimes guilty of complicating a basically simple message?

APPLICATION
How does this passage impact you in the 3 areas: mind, heart, hands – write something down in each section and take time to pray for each other.

Mind: how does this shape your thinking?

Heart: how does this fuel your passion?

Hands: what actions do you need to take?

For printable PDF notes click here

Life Group Discussion Notes.pdf

Paul & Silas: Living Adverts

Paul & Silas: Living Adverts (Acts 16:16-40)

● Begin by sharing one hobby or activity that you enjoy doing

● Have you ever brought along a friend to join you in that hobby/activity? How did it feel taking along a friend to join you? Discuss why this was easy/difficult and what it felt like.

● In Acts 16.16 – 40 we noticed 3 different ways in which Paul and Silas were adverts for the Lord Jesus… by their presence, the worship and their actions. How can we be noticed in our communities by:

– our presence?

– our worship?

– our actions?

● We noticed also in the passage that sometimes when people noticed Paul and Silas they were suspicious of them and even persecuted them. How can we respond when we are persecuted or misunderstood?

● Paul and Silas were able to sing and pray at midnight in the cell of a prison. How do you think they were able to do this when they had just been so poorly treated?

● The jailor comes to faith without a sermon being preached – how can we make sure that our lives are clearly pointing to the Lord Jesus so that people can see who Jesus is in the way that we live?

For printable PDF notes click here

LIFE Group Discussion Template.pdf

Invitational Life

SERMON SUMMARY
Invitational Life – John 4:1-41
She encounters Jesus & she advertises Jesus
Who will you invite & to what will you invite?

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION

  1. What is the best surprise you have ever experienced?
  2. Why is this encounter such a surprising event
  3. Are there any ways in which we can identify with the Samaritan woman?
  4. How can we be inspired by how Jesus treats this lady?
  5. Talk about your best church experience and tell the group what made it so good.
  6. Who should our gatherings (Sunday services & LIFE Groups) be aimed at?
  7. In what ways can you invite people to meet Jesus?
  8. Who can you invite to discover Jesus – right now? Are you going to do it?

Mind: how does this shape your thinking?
Heart: how does this fuel your passion?
Hands: what actions do you need to take?

Printable notes below ⬎

Invitational Life.pdf

Tell Your Story

Tell Your Story – John 9:1-41

· Have you ever bought something because you someone told you about it / you saw and enticing advert?

· If you could introduce your non-believing friends to an amazing Christian who would it be and why?

· What would this man’s life had been without Jesus and how does that parallel with our spiritual reality of a life without Christ?

· Why were there mixed reactions to the healing?

· How important is the second part of the encounter with Jesus – for the healed man (38-41)?

· If you were to explain the Good News to a non-believing friend – what would you say and how would you say it?

· Are there any bad habits/expressions we need to learn not to use when explaining our encounter with Jesus?

· Imagine that you could use your own story in the context of these conversation topics. What would you say about God’s impact on your life?

o dealing with suffering

o feeling lonely and unseen

o experiencing guilt and shame

For printable notes click here –

Tell Your Story.pdf

The Gift Proclaimed

The Gift Proclaimed
Luke 2:8-20

· Can you remember the most terrifying experience of your life?

· If we could reimagine Jesus’s coming into o world now, what could that look like, guided by this encounter?

· Why are the shepherds so significant to the Christmas narrative?

· What range of emotions did the shepherds experience and why?

· In what other circumstances are angels mentioned in the Bible and what is their role?

· Are there any clues in the angels’ description of Jesus’s identity?

· Is there anything the shepherds can teach us about worship and mission?

APPLICATION
How does this passage impact you in the 3 areas: head, heart, hands – write something down in each section and take time to pray for each other.

for printable PDF please click here

The Gift Proclaimed.pdf