The Gospel of John: Session 4 (Spring 2021)

Session 4 – Small Group Study Guide Download: Word | Download: PDF   Word: How this truth should be understood What does Jesus mean in verse 6 when he says that he has “manifested [the Father’s] name?” See also John 17:26. Jesus prays in verse 8, “For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.” We see the progression of receiving the Word, knowing the truth,......

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The Gospel of John: Session 3 (Spring 2021)

Session 3 – Small Group Study Guide Download: Word | Download: PDF Word: How this truth should be understood In verse 3 Jesus prays “that they may know you…” Why is this significant and how does this speak about faith in Christ? See Gen 4:1; Phil 3:10-11. How does Jesus define knowing God? How does Romans 8:32 connect the faithfulness of God and the Gospel? How do you see God’s sovereignty in Christ as you reflect on this passage? List down the references. Worship: How this truth affects your heart What is an......

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The Gospel of John: Session 2 (Spring 2021)

Session 2 – Small Group Study Guide Download: Word | Download: PDF Word: How this truth should be understood Why are the phrases “When Jesus had spoken these words” and “the hour has come” important to understanding the context of this prayer? Jesus begins this prayer with “glory.” Glory is at the heart of this prayer – so it’s important that we understand it. To the best of your ability, define glory. Jesus connects his glory to the crucifixion (cf. John 12:23). How does that add a greater understanding to his phrase, “glorify......

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The Gospel of John: Session 1 (Spring 2021)

Session 1 – Small Group Study Guide Download: Word | Download: PDF Word: How this truth should be understood   According to vv. 7 and 8, what is the foundation of our love for others? What enables us to love? How does that foundation provide hope? How does the manifestation of God’s love through sending his Son in vv. 9 and 10 shape your definition of love? How does his love serve as a guide for our love?  Worship: How this truth affects your heart In the sermon there were three types of......

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Caring for One Another: Session 10 (Fall 2020)

Session 10 – Small Group Study Guide Lesson 8 – Remember and Reflect Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions PART I: This book has equipped us with wise, everyday, ordinary conversations to encourage one another to Christ-likeness. As Welch says, “God uses ordinary people and their increasingly wise, childlike, God-dependent conversations to build his church. These do not depend on our brilliance in order to be helpful; they depend on Jesus” (69-70). In what ways have you seen yourself grow toward Christ-likeness as a result of being in your small group or......

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Caring for One Another: Session 9 (Fall 2020)

Session 9 – Small Group Study Guide Lesson 7 – Talk About Sin Download: Word | Download: PDF ***Pastoral Note Because the topic of sin is sensitive and incredibly personal, please note that while some of the questions require you to think and answer personally, that is for your own personal edification and growth. If you’re comfortable and if appropriate (i.e., men-to-men, women-to-women), you are welcomed to share – but please do not feel pressured to, and certainly don’t disclose personal information about others. We aim to build a community where confession and......

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Caring for One Another: Session 8 (Fall 2020)

Session 8 – Small Group Study Guide Lesson 6 – Talk About Suffering Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions PART I: This season of COVID-19 has affected all of us in so many ways. The most obvious amongst those are the hardships that have affected us. In the midst of these sufferings and hardships we are reminded of two ideas from Welch on p. 52: (1) Hardships are unique – no two forms of suffering are identical; (2) Hardships share something in common – they are painful to all of us and......

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Caring for One Another: Session 7 (Fall 2020)

Session 7 – Small Group Study Guide Lesson 5 – Be Personal and Pray Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions PART I: Our hope in reading Caring for One Another is that we each might grow in loving others better. Why do you think it is easy to read the book and think, “Why aren’t people loving me better?” How do you guard your heart from an inward focus on yourself and keep it focused upward on God and outward to others? On p. 47, Welch says that when someone opens up......

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Caring for One Another: Session 6 (Fall 2020)

Session 6 – Small Group Study Guide Sermon Study: I Love to Tell the Story Download: Word | Download: PDF Word: How this truth should be understood What does the passage teach us about who we were apart from Christ? What does it teach us about our salvation? The second half of Ephesians contains some very practical application (e.g. church, family, relationships, forgiveness, etc.). Why do you think Paul puts the gospel here in chapter 2 before he gets into what the Christian life looks like? Worship: How this truth affects your heart......

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Caring for One Another: Session 5 (Fall 2020)

Session 5 – Small Group Study Guide Lesson 4 – Know the Critical Influences Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions PART I: One truth from Scripture that we see often is that although our hearts are the determining factor, we live in a world of significant and various influences. So if we are to love well, we must realize that our circumstances are influences which are all “engaged in negotiations with our hearts, either challenging our beliefs or confirming them.” But our desire is to see that God “is over and through......

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