Peiter-Bas speaks on Mark 7 exploring the theme ‘Jesus does transform our hearts‘
Erin speaks on Luke 16 and considers how ‘Jesus opens heaven to earth’
1. How does following Jesus change the way you ‘confront your privilege’ in your own life?
2. Have you ever seen a ‘glimpse of heaven’ by putting God’s love into practice – for the poor and the privileged alike? What did it look like?
3. Are there other ways we can share in Jesus mission than by sharing with others? What does it mean to share ‘good news for the poor, recovery of sight for the blind, freedom for the oppressed’?
Johnny preaches on Matthew 11.1-18 and asks the question: Is Jesus the one?
1. What most grabs you from the story of John the Baptist’s engagement with Jesus here in Matthew 11?
2. What do you feel about the evidence, doubt and encouragement from this talk, and these verses?
3. How do the promises of Jesus, and Lordship of Christ encourage your faith, when your heart is tempted to give up?
Sophie speaks on Luke 4.14-30 and asks simply; Who is Jesus?
Jesus came for us all -including those who we feel are ‘not okay’
Who are the people in your life who you feel are ‘not okay’ because they have wronged you or are living a ‘wrong life’?
How does the fact that Jesus came for them affect the way you will feel about them?
And Jesus came for you, yet the passage shows people turning their back on him, people just like you – how does this message challenge you to staky close to Jesus? To make him your cornerstone?
Think of an occassion when the you were prayed over similar to the prayer in Ephesians 3, what was it like for you?
2 Timothy 1.7 describes the Spirit’s affect as power love and discipline.
How have you seen the Spirit work in you to bring about works of power, love and discipline?
1. The Holy Spirit is a person (like God the Father and Jesus the Son). Does the Spirit usually seem personal to you, or impersonal? Why do you think this is?
2. How can the image of the Holy Spirit coming as a dove (Matthew 3:16-17) help us to grasp that He brings ‘power in meekness’?
3. The Holy Spirit can equip us in many ways. He can come alongside us as a guide and counsellor (paraclete), He can bring us power, and He can illuminate Jesus for us. In which ways do you most need the Spirit to equip you? In which ways does our church?
1. In John 17 Jesus prays for you and I. What do we learn about Gods love for us through the way He prays? What other examples are there of Jesus praying for His people?
2. The Message summarises v17 this way: ‘make them holy – consecrated – with the truth; your word is consecrating truth’. V 19 goes on to say ‘I’m consecrating myself for their sakes so they’ll be truth consecrated in their mission’ What does this mean for us?
3. V11 says ‘protect them by the power of Your name’. What are the names of God that we use in our prayer and why? Pray for one another specifically using a name of God to bless, heal, restore, protect, encourage.
1 Those who are led by the Spirit are Children of God (Rom 8.14) and so what does this look like in your life?
2 Guard me, Guide me, Keep me, Feed me. Four Ways in which the Spirit leads us -which resonates with you at the moment?
3 The Spirit led Philip to come alongside the Ethiopian and help him see Jesus, who might the Spirit be nudging you to come alongside this week and help to see Jesus more clearly?
1 How has the Holy Spirit led you into truth?
2 In what ways are you currently inviting the Spirit to work in your life for the extension of God’s kingdom?
3 The Spirit seeks always to glorify Jesus – where are you praying for Jesus glory to transform the world?
What are the ares in your life where you feel like the “wind has been knocked out of you?” This could be because of either setback, loss or personal challenge.
What has been your experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit? How has this equipped you to live life in a more full and complete way?
Which of the marks of the Spirit mentioned by Paul in Ephesians 5:8–21 is something you’d like to grow in, with the Spirit’s help? The list can include: Living in wisdom. Making the most of time. Creative expression. Worship and gratitude. Mutual submission out of reverence for Christ