S.H.A.P.E.: Wednesday Week 4
- Share with your group what your personality type is. How could understanding personalities better help you serve others and relate to them better? As a Christian, do we have a responsibility to understand people as much as we can?
- Most people live out their lives through the expression of their own personality type. Is this good or bad? Every personality type has great strengths but when these strengths become too strong, they become weaknesses. How are we to “control” the strengths of our personality? Can you share personal experiences where you feel as though your strengths were over extended and became a weakness?
- Do you remember your spiritual gifts? How do your spiritual gifts and your personality type fit together? Can you see a correlation between the two? Please share with your group a dream that God has put in your heart to accomplish for Him someday.
- Take a few minutes and pick a few bible characters as a group and then talk through what personality type you believe they would be and share why. What about Jesus?
S.H.A.P.E.: Wednesday Week 3
- How do your abilities compare to the Spiritual Gifts you learned about two weeks ago? Do they complement each other or are they different?
- Is there a difference between wanting to do something and being naturally gifted at doing something, i.e. is there a difference between wanting to sing and being good at singing?
- Can you become good at something you may not have any natural ability for?
- Do you know anyone who has squandered their natural abilities? What can we do to make sure our God-given talents are used to their fullest?
S.H.A.P.E.: Wednesday Week 2
- What is the common thread that runs through all of your answers?
- Name THREE things that you think need to be done to get the journey started towards fulfilling your passion.
- What is one thing from your list that you can you commit to start doing in the next week?
- What do you think will prevent you from taking these steps to fulfilling your passion and what can you do to overcome these passion slayers?
- John15:8a states, “We are God’s Creation. He created us with all the gifts, talents and abilities so that we can bring Glory to Him. ‘My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit.’” How do you see your passion bringing glory to God?
- What would be the likely personal, general and eternal impact of you fulfilling your passion and purpose here on earth? What will happen if you do not fulfill your passion?
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S.H.A.P.E.: Wednesday Week 1
- Everyone take a second and share your gifts with your group.
- Was there a gift that surprised you? If so which ones? Can you see these gifts active in your life up to this point? If so, please share how.
- We have learned that we are individual members of the body and each have a specific function. In what ways can we use our gifts to minister to the body of Christ and in what ways can we use our gifts to minister to those who are not saved? Have you done this in the past? If so please share.
- Our gifts determine how we serve others. But being a servant is a choice. What are some characteristics of a servant? Heart, attitude, willingness, thoughts, priorities etc.? How can we lose the heart of a servant? How do we get it back?
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Names of Holy Spirit: Wednesday Week 7
- Jesus said the wind blows where it wishes, so is everyone who is born of the Spirit (John 3:8). Describe a way that God moved in your life, either recently or in the past, in a totally unexpected way? Describe an unexpected way that you have been changed by God?
- We normally think of worshiping God through singing or tithing. What are some non-traditional ways we can worship God? We hear a lot about breaking out of our “comfort zone.” Can we have a worship comfort zone that we need to step out of?
- Should Christians work to be more involved in the arts and culture, like movies, TV and the visual arts? Why or why not?
- Ruach can also mean “nothing”, as in the invisible, fleeting quality of air. “I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after the wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:14.
Is everything under the sun really worthless? What can we do to avoid useless striving, or working for nothing?
Names of Holy Spirit: Wednesday Week 6
- When Jesus was preparing to depart this earth, why do you think he made sure to emphasize what the Holy Spirit was going to do for man after he died? How do you think the New Testament believers reacted to this news?
- Holy Spirit is our Helper-in what ways has the Holy Spirit been your Helper to teach and remind you in your personal spiritual journey?
- What’s the difference between “world” peace versus “God’s” peace? Which peace do you actively seek and in what way do you seek it? “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
- Do you rely on the Holy Spirit as much as the Bible? Why?
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for “instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- In what ways do you recognize the Holy Spirit being active in your life right now? What are some ways you can be more open to or more aware of His activity?
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Names of Holy Spirit: Wednesday Week 5
- Describe the term “comfort food”. Do you have a specific “comfort food” you enjoy? What is it about food people find comforting? What other things do people turn to for comfort?
- Describe different ways Jesus helped and comforted others. If Jesus were alive right now, where do you think he would be ministering to people? How would Jesus help and comfort people in our world today? Do you believe the Holy Spirit can help and comfort people today in the same way?
- If all Christians have the Holy Spirit in them, then why are there so many different denominations and opinions?
- What stops us from allowing God to comfort and help us? What are specific things we can to go make a way for the Holy Spirit to be more involved in our lives?
Names of Jesus: Wednesday Week 4
- When we think of all that Jesus went through while on the earth, we tend to only focus on the cross and the suffering that went along with it. As horrible as that was for Him to endure, have you ever thought about or meditated on all of the other things that He went through while here? He was despised and rejected, He experienced many sorrows, the people that He loved turned from Him, He felt the loss of loved ones, and on and on. These things are emotional pains. Does that change the way you see His life? Why does the bible record these things for us? How should they impact our lives?
- Some of the worst pain we will experience in our lives are not on the outside but on the inside. How does God deal with these pains? How does He heal them? A lot of people have trouble trusting God with these kinds of issues. Why is that? Are you one of those? If so, can you share?
- Paul said that our High Priest, Jesus, can sympathize with our weaknesses. What does this mean? Why is it important that Jesus be able to sympathize with our weaknesses? What does it impact our lives that Jesus was tempted just like us in all points? How does this help us overcome sin?
- With Jesus being our High Priest who has sat down at the right hand of the Father to make intercession for us, is He the first person you run to when you are wounded? Why or why not? For most, we tend to hold things in, let the pain grow into bitterness or are too ashamed to talk to anyone about as in problem we have. Why do we do this? How can we become the person that others can talk to about issues in their lives?
Names of Jesus: Wednesday Week 3
- How long have you been serving Jesus? If you have served Jesus for a longer period of time, one of the dangers we must guard our hearts against is losing the wonder of John 1:14. God, the Word, became flesh and dwelt among us. This is the greatest and most mysterious yet simple statements found in your bible. Have you lost your awe, deep gratitude, fear and wonder, humility and excitement for this truth? How do you keep the fire burning? Why do we tend to lose it?
- Jesus is God’s ultimate message to humanity. Everything the Father wanted to say to us, He said through Jesus Christ, the Word. There is nothing that we will ever face in this life, that Jesus doesn’t have an answer for. Why then do so many Christians put growing their personal relationship with Jesus on the backburner of priorities? Is Jesus the first person you turn to when you experience a problem? Why do we tend to worry or be confused in life? Why do we rely on others sources for help?
- What makes the bible different than any other book in the world? What happens in you when you read it? What happens in you when you memorize it? What happens around you when you believe it and speak it?
- John said that Jesus was full of grace and truth. What did he mean by that? Can we be full of grace and truth? What happens when we lean on just one of those and ignore the other? Give some examples.