Small Group Notes

Small Group Notes - Proclaim

How do we proclaim? (18th November - please scroll down for previous week's notes)

Read, 1 Corinthians 9:19-27, Luke 12:8-12 and 1 Peter 3:15.

There is much to give thanks to God for.

- Where do we see good examples of us working the ground and sowing good seed in our church and individual lives?

Jesus sends us, and we are told how to go. We go,

1. Reliant upon God – Luke 12:8-12

2. Prepared to share: 1 Peter 3:15.

- As we reach the halfway point of our series, can we clearly articulate the Gospel?

3. Prayerfully (See: Luke 10:2-3; Ephesians 6:19 and Colossians 4:3-4)

- Are we praying more for opportunities and individuals?

4. Purposefully. Jesus (Luke 19:10) and Paul (1 Corinthians 9:19-27; Romans 1:1 & 15:20) seemed focussed on their purpose and Jesus makes clear our purpose (Luke 10:1-3; Matthew 28:16-20).

- How does the mission of God, affect our decisions?

5. Incarnationally: Jesus comes to us, becomes one of us, speaks our language.

- Are there people God might be calling us to get alongside, and how might we relate to them better?

Read Acts 17:22-31. Paul uses their own religious objects (an idol) and their own poets to share the Gospel.

- What are the images and ideas of our society that can help us share the Good News?

6. In love – ‘with gentleness and respect’, in a way that points to Jesus.

- We may need to ask God for even more help in loving the lost and not wanting that any should perish. See Mark 10:21; Romans 9:1–3; 2 Peter 3:9.

7. Inviting a response! Would you like to know more? (close the deal)

- What words might we use to invite someone to accept the invitation of Jesus?

 

Pray now for an increase in love for the ‘lost’ and for opportunities to share and invite a response to the Gospel.

 

 

Remembering (11th November)

Read: 1 John 4:7-21. John 15:9-17

This week in our teaching series, we pause. It’s an opportunity to reflect, to remember and bring perspective. We are 100 years from the ending of WW1 and must not forget the awfulness of the suffering that brought us freedom, we’ve bought poppies and together (those that were able) stood around the memorial in silence to remember those from that war and others since who have given their lives for our freedom.

As we remember their sacrifice, we remember the sacrifice of Jesus. Jesus, also a young innocent man who suffered terribly, giving his life for others out of love.

In one human sense no-one deserves death, especially as they go in innocence to conflict, but only Jesus was truly innocent: all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, except Jesus. Therefore we need Jesus, he provides hope for our future and the future of those who have gone before.

- What does sacrifice mean for us today?

Since Jesus walked the earth an estimated 70 million have died because of their commitment to Jesus, and in the last year 30,000! Some people make a significant commitment to Jesus, risking personal safety and security to follow. All of us are challenged to take up our cross (a clear symbol of impending death – Matthew 16:24-25) and follow Jesus.

- What stories of sacrificially following Jesus are we are of? Have a look on the internet e.g.https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/2017s-top-10-read- stories persecuted-church/ But also think about the ways in which sacrifices (of time, money, position, etc.) might be present seen among us.

- In what ways are we inspired to leave safety and security and takes risks for Jesus?

We are told that we should remember and that if we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. The Great War (WW1) was supposed to be the last! Sadly, human history is lit-up by great human hope (The tower of Babel is one example) and littered with failure. We cannot bring peace on our own. But God can with us. Jesus said: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.’ (Matthew 5:9)

We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1), and we can have peace with ourselves and others. Reconciliation is a huge part of the Gospel work.

- Where do we see ‘conflict’ around about us?

- How can we, in God’s strength, help bring peace to others today?

- Pray for peace, for ourselves, our neighbours, our church, our nation and our world