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.
Names of Jesus: Wednesday Week 2
- Have you ever heard about someone, and then when you met them, that person was completely different than how others described them? How do you feel when people describe you, do they get it right or wrong?
- What do you think are the biggest misconceptions non-Christians have about Jesus? What can the Church do to help correct those views? What are some misconceptions Christians might have about Jesus?
- Jesus was not partially or occasionally human. The Son of God became flesh without sin, and was made man, without ceasing to be God. What does it mean to you that God came down not only to be with mankind, but to become man?
- Scripture says that Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15). Is it difficult to imagine Jesus tempted in the ways you are tempted? Why or why not?
Names of Jesus: Wednesday Week 1
- Why is it important to study the names of God? How many names of God can you name now and the significance of that particular name?
- As Adonai (Lord, Master) of my life, why does He let us make our own choices? KEY: Submission
- Have you surrendered all to God? If yes, how do YOU accomplish this? If no, what do YOU think is the reason?
- Finally, in your own words, explain what the name Adonai means and how does this practically relate to your life?
Prayer: Wednesday Night
- In God, our lives have already been decided. Blessings, good works and purpose have all been finished. What do you think the secrets are to walking these things out when we can’t see them or sometimes even know them in advance?
- What does a life look like when we are born again, but not allowing Jesus to live His life through us? What problems does this cause us? How does this affect us emotionally and spiritually?
- Praying in the Spirit is a powerful weapon that the Jesus has given us through the Holy Spirit. Do you pray in tongues? Why or why not? What are the advantages we gain by doing so?
- If our lives have already been determined in God, why do we need to pray?
Q & A: Wednesday Week 6
- Describe ways we can prepare for trials and tribulations?
- How does a Christian’s belief in the end times affect how they live right now?
- Jesus said that “false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs andwonders, in order, if possible, to lead the elect astray.” (Mark 13:22; NASB) What can we do to help discern between signs from God, and false signs and wonders?
- Jesus said repeatedly, “Be aware, be on the alert.” What can we do to be more aware of the world around us? In this Information Age, can we have too much information?
Q & A: Wednesday Week 5
Q & A: Wednesday Week 4
- Do you think you rely more on your head or your heart?
- When you make a decision, are you more worried about how it will affect you or how it will impact God’s kingdom?
- What specific areas of your life do you need to submit to God? How do you submit these trouble areas of your life to God? How can you be more planted in God?
- Is there a difference between going to church and being the church? Explain the difference.
Q & A: Wednesday Week 3
- Do you tend to operate more out of grace or are you quick to speak truth when dealing with people? What are the dangers of operating in one without a balance of the other? What are the benefits of seasoning everything we say with grace? For you and for others?
- Our culture today teaches tolerance. It states if you cannot support someone else’s way of life you are a hater. Thus, if you don’t hate, then you must be a supporter of the way others live. But, true followers of Christ will walk neither path. We have something to say that no one else is saying, or can say. What should we be saying? How does the gospel invade this thinking?
- How would you respond if a child, sibling or close friend told you they were gay? How do you think Jesus would interact with them? How would you want someone to speak to you regarding the things of God? Give an example.
- The pressure will only increase in our lifetime to condone and accept sin as the norm. We will be labeled as hateful if we do not support something that the bible clearly warns against. How does love defeat this and draw people into the Kingdom of God? How should we react when we are labeled and/or persecuted? As a Christian, why must we tolerate hate? How did Jesus and the disciples respond to hateful words and persecution?
Q & A: Wednesday Week 2
- According to 1Cor. 6:19, what does Paul mean when he says your body is a Holy Temple? How does this happen? Why is it important we know this truth?
- Even if the devil can’t possess you, he can and will attempt to drag you down into such deep bondage that you will lose your joy in living. You may call this bondage, oppression, depression, or addiction. What is a satanic attack? What steals your joy? How regularly do you struggle with this?
- It is Satan’s nature to continually try to beat us down. James 4:7 says to resist the devil and he will flee from you. The word “resist” comes from the same root word in the Greek that means “stand firm”. How can we respond to such attacks when they come? On what do you stand firm on? What is the foundation of your faith?
- The devil can and will work against you to keep you from having a positive witness for Jesus Christ. He will do his best to steal from you the resources you might use to extend the gospel, destroy your reputation so that anything you say about the Lord is suspect. He will try to kill your valuable relationships with other people so that you don’t believe you can influence another person for Christ. What are some of the spiritual tools you personally have in place to resist the devil? How can you be sure that you “stand firm” against the devil’s schemes? Share a bible verse that helps you resist the devil.
Q & A: Wednesday Week 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?