Wednesday Nights

Q & A: Wednesday Week 1

  1. The emphasis here is on Christians gathering together and not on any particular day but more and more as we see the end times upon us. Why is attending church, and not missing, so important?  What is this text implying that believers do?  Other than standing in a room, singing songs together, hearing a message and going home?
  1. Jesus is our Sabbath. We can now cease from working to earn God’s love and forgiveness. Do you believe you are resting in Christ and have ceased from the works of the law?  What does this look like?
  1. Jesus said that if we love God and love others as ourselves we fulfill the law and the prophets. How does loving God and loving others fulfill the command of the Sabbath?
  1. The early church didn’t do away with gathering together to worship corporately. What are the benefits of Christians gathering for worship and exhortation in larger groups?  Should we invite others to gather with us or is it a private event?  How could your friends and family benefit from worshipping God in a large group setting?

Freedom: Follow Up

1. How can being a slave to the law and to sin result in believers devouring one another? When are we most likely to be self-righteous or prideful with others? What can we do to remain humble?

2. Sin is never neutral. It always grows and gets worse. If we know this, why do we try to “manage” certain sins in our lives? What did Pastor mean when he said sin is never “neutral”? How is managing sin different from repentance?

3. We know we are not under the law but many Christians try earning God’s favor by creating their own law to live by. Why do we do this? What are the results of living under the law even when it’s one we created? Why do we trust ourselves more than God in these circumstances?

4. When God’s people are led by the Spirit they will serve one another. How does this bring glory to God? Why does being a slave to one another need to be Spirit led? How can we practically do this?

David: Sacrifice

1. God used David’s sin to punish Israel and David’s sacrifice to save it. How does God use the sins and sacrifices of leaders to bring about His will for others?

2. After David’s sacrifice was complete, God heeded the prayers for the land and the plague was withdrawn (2 Samuel 24:31). Can you remember a time in your life when God waited to answer your prayers until after you had made a sacrifice to Him?  What happened? What keeps us from sacrificing our time, talent, or treasure to hear from God?

3. How does the effort we put forth in our sacrifices to God effect the result?

4. How was Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross similar to Araunah’s and David’s sacrifices? How was it different? 5. How do we respond to what Christ has done for us? What sacrifices can we make today to walk more closely with Him?

David: Why

1. If people were reading the story of your life, would you be happy with what they were reading?  What things would you change?  What would you keep the same?

2. How do most people view God?  Is this a good thing or bad thing?  Why is having a correct concept or view of God important

3. Do you spend more time focusing on yourself or on God?  What are some ways of taking the focus off of you and putting it on Him?  Why should we focus on God?  What good can come of focusing on God?  What bad could happen from not having the proper focus?

4. Chris said that every sin we commit was first committed in our mind. Do you agree or disagree? Why?  Why is it so important to worship God with our minds as well as our actions?  Is worship more than singing a song? How so?

David: Worship in Spirit and Truth

1. What is God’s standard for acceptable worship? A true “heartfelt” attitude of worship will always find a way of expressing itself outwardly. What opportunity has God given you to outwardly express a daily heartfelt attitude of worship?

2. What sacrifice do you need to make “daily” to have a God centered, true, heartfelt attitude of worship? What are you doing daily to insure your actions reflect clean hands? And your inner attitude produces a pure heart?

3. Read Psalm 122:1: I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the LORD.”
Do you think of worship the way David did, with gladness? With the sense that worship is where you want to be and know you belong? Explain

4. Do you actively worship God with your whole heart as you live out the truth of the gospel in your daily life? Discuss examples.

David: Sin and Worship

Due to technical difficulties, the first 7 minutes of the teaching are not available.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

1.  Which one do you struggle with more: the sins of omission or the sins of commission? Why is this?

2.  How should we deal with iniquity?

3.  What are the dangers of no one knowing our iniquities? What are the warning signs?

4.  Why is it important to know the difference between sin and iniquity? How can you recognize the difference in your own life?

David: Warrior

1. How should you respond to the notion that Jesus, not you, is the David who has already defeated the giant in your life? What does this truth imply about the way we should live our lives?

2. Do you know what it would take to convince you our God has overcome whatever giants you are facing and is bigger than your fears, addiction, etc?

3. What are some situations that tempt you to put on a false armor to protect your vulnerability? Why is it so attractive to deal with pain and vulnerability through an addiction? (Addictions can be drugs, alcohol, food, self-image, perfection, video games, social media, anything you turn to for approval or comfort, rather than God) Why is it so hard to turn to Jesus in our weakness rather than to an addiction (or comfort zone)?

4. What would it look like for you to get out of your comfort zone in order to serve God in some way? How do you feel about this? How would Jesus feel about this?

David: Perspective

1. What GIANTS (ex. defeat, discouragement, doubt, etc.) are you facing today? Were the challenges always giants? Can you remember a time when you thought you could manage these struggles? When did it become too difficult?

2. Why does God put GIANTS in our path?
Martin Luther once said “there are 3 things that grow us”-
-Meditation on the Word of God (share how you do this with your group)
-Prayer
-Daily Tests (temptation)
How does the daily temptation grow us in God’s ways? Are day-to-day temptations GIANTS? Why or why not?

3. What lesson was God trying to teach David? What lesson is God trying to teach you? Think of a time you grew closer to God through struggles, temptations, or testings (ex. your kids, sickness, financial trouble). What did you learn? What was it that caused you to turn to God?

Mother’s Day Follow Up: Affection

Read James 2:1-6.

1. Have you ever judged a brother or sister in Christ based on how they look, what they wear, or by the things you have heard about them? Why or why not? What does this say about our hearts?

2. Why does James say not to judge our brother or sister in Christ? What is the deeper meaning? How should we see people?

3. Is it possible to show honor to someone that you may not respect? In what ways can you practically do this?

4. How are respect and honor different? What does showing honor to others do to our own lives? How does it impact our spiritual life? What is true about the opposite?

David: When God is Silent

1.  Describe a season in your life when God seemed silent. What did God eventually reveal to you about Himself or yourself?  It can be from a good, bad or dry season.  Can you be in the Word and still not hear from God?  Why or why not?

2.  The Bible is full of examples of people who did not handle God’s silence well. What are some common mistakes believers make when they don’t wait on God’s response?  Go around the circle and share whether or not you spent time in prayer today.  How many times a week, on average, do you stop and pray on average?  When are we more likely to pray?

 3.  How does the way we view God during seasons of silence affect our outcome?  When you pray how do you address God?  Is He Lord, Father, etc…On a scale of 1-10 how comfortable are you when you pray?  Does the level of comfort change in different circumstances? Why?

4.  One reason we often experience God’s silence is because we don’t spend enough time in His presence. What does Psalm 23 teach us about God’s presence?  Name different ways we can get into God’s presence.