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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Caring for One Another: Session 4 (Fall 2020)

Session 4 – Small Group Study Guide Sermon Study: Ambassadors for Christ Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions As we consider what it means to be an ambassador for Christ, it’s important that we recognize it is both an individual and also a corporate endeavor. Just as we become more Christ-like by surrounding ourselves with the church family, we are better equipped to be ambassadors for Christ when we learn from our church family. To that end, our hope is that these questions will spur discussion and be helpful for us as......

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Caring for One Another: Session 3 (Fall 2020)

Session 3 – Small Group Study Guide Lesson 3 – Know the Heart Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions PART I: While it is good that we know details about a person’s life, we are reminded that we want to know what is important to people – what Scripture calls the heart. When others take the time to really know our hearts – our wants, affections, desires – those “conversations are a pleasure, and they are essential if we are to care for, help, and encourage each other well” (24).   Who......

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Caring for One Another: Session 2 (Fall 2020)

Session 2 – Small Group Study Guide Lesson 2 – Move Toward Others Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions PART I: The Bible is a story of how God moves toward us (Hosea, John 4, Luke 15:4-6). “He pursued us not because we called out so well and took the first step of self-reformation. We were simply sick and needed him. Or worse, we were enemies who were not inclined to surrender” (18). He pursued us even at the risk of indifference, rejection, and humiliation to Himself. From your own life, how......

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Caring for One Another: Session 1 (Fall 2020)

Session 1 – Small Group Study Guide Lesson 1 – With All Humility Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions PART I: Before we are qualified to help others, we recognize that we were first helped by Jesus. Knowing that Jesus has first helped us allows us to speak openly and honestly about our struggles in humility with others. In other words, openness “comes not from having to be someone but from resting in Jesus” (13). And one practical way we grow in humility is asking others to pray for us. and love......

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