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Touching Untouchables

Title & Passage:

Touching untouchables:Luke 5:12 – 16

Main Points:

· The leper reaches out – Luke 5.12

· Jesus reaches out – Luke 5. 13

· Jesus asks the leper to reach out – Luke 5. 14

Discussion

· Can you think of a time where just a small act of kindness made your day?

· Why do you think that sometimes it can be so hard to reach out to Jesus?

· Look at how Jesus reaches out to the leper – what makes his response so powerful?

· The Lord Jesus gives an order to the leper. Why might it have been difficult for the leper to follow Jesus’s instruction?

· We looked at how leprosy may picture what sin does in our lives. What stands out to you about this picture of sin? What stands out to you about how Jesus cleanses? What stands out to you about what Jesus does after the healing has taken place?

· Not for the first time the account finishes with Jesus seeking out time to be alone with His father. Two weeks ago we thought about how we can create time to be alone with our Lord – how has that gone in the last 2 weeks?

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Life-changing Calling

Title & Passage

· Life-changing calling: Luke 5:1-11

· Unforgettable Introduction: Jesus reveals his authority: 1-7

· Unforgettable Introduction: Jesus reveals his authority: 8-11


Discussion Questions

· How did Jesus call you to follow Him?

· What was the point of the miracle of abundant fish catch?

· Can you think of excuses we make when we doubt God?

· What can we learn from the response of those called?

· Read Matthew 19:16-22 and identify some of the challenges in following Jesus.

· Has God ever asked you to do something that you refused? Why?

· Are there any other examples of seemingly ‘crazy’ crazy requests from God – requiring faith?

· Think of some practical ways in which we can exercise the call to be ‘fishers of men’ in our daily lives?

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Supernatural Ministry

Title & Passage:

Supernatural Ministry:Luke 4.31 – 44

Main Points:

· Jesus amazed people

· Jesus had authority

· His ministry was authentic

Discussion

· When was the last time that you were amazed by something or someone?

· Luke tells us that people were amazed by the words of Jesus – what about His words was so amazing?

· We saw that Jesus spoke with authority, what do you think that this means?

· How do the actions of Jesus in these verses give credibility to His words?

· Take a few moments to think about how we can ensure that our words have authority and are authentic

· Notice in verse 42 – 44 how Jesus creates time to be alone with His father. How can we ensure that we create time to be with the Lord – discuss ways in which this has worked for you.

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Advancing Through Adversity

SERMON REMINDER

Advancing Through Adversity: Luke 4:14-30: Develop Intimacy, Establish Priority & Use your Authority

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

If you ever left home, what was it like when you returned?

Why can a ‘homecoming’ be difficult for anyone?

What impresses you about Jesus’ attitude here?

In what ways is Isaiah’s prophecy relevant to us who are Christ-followers?

How can we live out Isaiah’s kingdom manifesto in our home, work & community life?

Can you think of any versions of a ‘comfortable’ Jesus vs. the Biblical Jesus?

How can we make sure that we don’t become over-familiar with Jesus?

Read Matthew 28:18-20 & Acts 1:8 and talk about how we should live in the light of the authority we have from Jesus.

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Invest in Influence

TITLE & PASSAGE

Invest in Influence | Deuteronomy 6:6-9: Jesus’s Devotion: Spiritual Example & Spiritual Education

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

· Who has influenced you in your spiritual journey, and how?

· Summarize the parenting advice given to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 6:6-9

· Can you think of positive examples of Biblical parents – what can you learn from them?

· Are there negative Biblical parenting mistakes you can learn to avoid?

· How can we as a church inspire spiritually the future generations?

· What would be some of the ways we can support the parents in our church?

· Think of some ways through which we, as a church community, could play a strategic civic role in the development of future generations?

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Defeating Temptation

MESSAGE RECAP

Defeating Temptation | Luke 4:1-14

· the Spirit-led life is a battlefield life

· be aware of your vulnerability

· be aware of your enemy strategy

· be aware of your spiritual identity

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Have you ever been conned or deceived – how did you feel and what was the damage?

2. If you were to be honest which of these 3 temptations do you struggle with most: pleasure, power or popularity?

3. In what ways can Satan tempt us today?

4. Think of some Biblical examples of people who had good and bad reactions to temptation (clue: Samson, Joseph, Esther, David)

5. How can become better at recognizing Satan’s temptations?

6. What can you learn from Jesus about responding to temptations?

7. Are there any strategies to avoid and defeat temptations that have been helpful to you, personally?

8. Read 1 John 1:8-9 and identify some helpful steps in dealing with failure in the face of temptation.

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

  • What have I learned that causes me to love and trust God more?
  • How should what I have learned shape my life in the church family?
  • What changes am I going to make to live as His ambassador?

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Passion for Devotion

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Passion for Devotion | Luke 2:41-52: Jesus’s Devotion: Inquire! & Parents’ Devotion: Inspire!

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  • What was your very first experience of church like?
  • In what ways does Jesus’s spiritual hunger inspire you?
  • Can you think of Biblical examples of spiritually hungry people?
  • Could Jesus have used any excuses to avoid Jewish rituals?
  • What are the signs of a teachable person?
  • How do Mary and Joseph’s intentionality inspire you as a parent or influencer?
  • Why is it so important that we develop holistically (v.52)
  • Think of one thing you can do personally and one thing you can do as a group to nurture future generations.

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Evangelism & God’s Grace

SERMON REMINDER

Evangelism & God’s Grace: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

· What is one of your biggest fears people may not know off?
· Is there anything that can make us lose heart in evangelism?
· In what ways does the Spirit of God help us in evangelism?
· Are there any dangerous omissions or exaggerations of God’s character in certain styles of evangelism?
· What are the consequences of the attitude in the believers of leaving evangelism to the ‘professionals’?
· How do we keep a healthy tension between faithfulness and fruitfulness in evangelism?
· Think of some ways in which we can develop a greater focus on Jesus rather than ourselves?
· How do we practice John 15:5 in our daily lives?

What have I learned that causes me to love and trust God more?
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How should what I have learned – shape my life in the church family?

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What changes am I going to make to live as His ambassador?
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Harvest

Title & Passage:

Harvest: Exodus 23:14 -19

Main Points:

· Harvest helps us remember to be thankful to the Lord.

· Harvest helps us remember we are dependent upon the Lord.

Discussion

· What is your favourite time and year and why?

· What were the important events that your family would celebrate as you were growing up?

· The Lord commands His people to celebrate harvest – why was this important for the people?

· The people needed reminders to be thankful – why do we often need to be reminded to be thankful?

· These festivals were also reminders that we depend upon God for all we need. Why do we sometimes find it difficult to acknowledge our need of God?

· Take a few moments to think over your last week. What can you be thankful for? What challenges are there coming up in the next few days? Take time to thank God that you can depend upon Him in these situations.

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The Big ‘Why’

SERMON REMINDER

The Big ‘Why’: Luke 1:1-4: Know What you believe & Know why you believe

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

· Have you ever been lied to and deceived? Tell us about it.

· How can you tell if something you hear is true or fake?

· Can you have certainty about God’s Word? How?

· In what ways do these passages point to Jesus: Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7, 53:5; Micah 5:2; Jeremiah 31:15; Zechariah 9:9;

· What would you reply to someone who thinks that the Bible is just a ‘story’?

· From what you read here – how does Luke go about doing his ‘homework’?

· In what ways has the Bible changed your mind on something?

Take some time to pray for each other to have minds and hearts open to learn as we journey in discovering Jesus in Luke’s Gospel

What have I learned that causes me to love and trust God more?
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How should what I have learned shape my life in the church family?

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What changes am I going to make to live as His ambassador?
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The Big Why.pdf