Count the Costs: Session 9 (Spring 2021)

Session 9 – Small Group Study Guide Download: Word | Download: PDF Word: How this truth should be understood Jesus’ words in Mark 8:34-38 do not happen in a vacuum. Verses 27-33 provides the context for his explanation. With that being said, why do you think Peter struggles with Christ saying He will need to die in verses 31-32 and how does Jesus’ words in verses 34-38 correct and inform Peter’s mistaken understanding of Jesus? In verse 34, Jesus gives requirements to follow Him. What are they and what do they mean? In......

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The Darkness Flees: Session 8 (Spring 2021)

Session 8 – Small Group Study Guide Download: Word | Download: PDF Word: How this truth should be understood Read Ephesians 1:15-23 (Paul’s first prayer in the letter to the Ephesians). Why do you think it is so important for them to understand the power of God? How might that change their lives? In verse 19 Paul prays that we may know “the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.” What does that tell you about the depth of God’s love and what does that imply about the study of it? Worship: How this......

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Hope for our Prayers (John 17:1-11)

Key Idea: We need to pray because we are children. We can pray because God is our Father. 1. We need to pray because we are children Mark 10:15; Matthew 18:3; Luke 10:21 A. We are like children because we are needy B. We are like children because we have a loving Father 2. We can pray because God is our Father A. God is a Father who is powerful B. God is a Father who is loving and faithful Praying as children to our heavenly Father: A. Because God is our Father, there......

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The Gospel of John: Session 5 (Spring 2021)

Session 5 – Small Group Study Guide Download: Word | Download: PDF Word: How this truth should be understood In John 17:10, Jesus says “All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.” What does Jesus mean that He is glorified “in them” (his disciples/believers)? What’s the connection between God’s glory and the good of believers? Read Revelation 21:1-4. Why do you think the presence of God is so significant to what heaven is? Worship: How this truth affects your heart If you were honest, how do you......

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Glory in the Gospel (Part 4) - Belonging

John 17:9-10 Glory in the Gospel (Part 4): Belonging Key Idea: We must fight to believe that we belong to God and are in a loving relationship with him. 5 facets of what it means to belong to God: 1. Love (Verses 2-3: “eternal life”) John 3:16 — 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 1 John 1:2 — 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim......

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Glory in the Gospel (Part 3): Truth

Glory in the Gospel (Part 3): Truth Key Idea: We must live within the reality of the truth of Christ 1. Importance of truth Jesus came as truth, to give truth. 2. Focus of truth John 1:1 — 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:9 — 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. John 1:14 — 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory......

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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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Glory in the Gospel - Part 2: Faithfulness (John 17:2-5)

The greater my faith in the faithfulness of Christ, the more faithful I will live. Key idea: Christ’s glory is revealed in his faithfulness through the Gospel. Practical Application: We must have great faith in Christ, for our good and his glory. I. Our faith “to know” – It is to have fellowship with Jesus, built on faith in the truths of who he is, as revealed in Scripture “the only true God” Two stumbling blocks to faith: A misinformed, meaningless faith People often have trouble having faith in Jesus, because they barely know the......

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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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Glory in the Gospel (John 17:1)

Glory – The manifestation of God’s holy goodness and greatness. Kevin DeYoung: “The glory of God refers to his splendor, his majesty, his beauty, his weightiness, his gravitas, his wow, his awesomeness, his unbelievable-ness. [Thus] To glorify God means to honor God. When you glorify someone, you celebrate them, you give them honor… [To use street language] to glorify God is to make a big deal of God.” Theme of Jesus’ prayer in John 17: It is a prayer for God’s glory to be made know in the accomplishing, outworking, and expansion of......

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