Small Group Questions
Week 1 (April 23)
It’s Not About Me
- When was the last time you took a ‘selfie’?
- Like Hezekiah in Isaiah 38:1-5, what 3 reasons can you give to God for why He should let you live another 15 years?
- In the light of the statement “It’s not about you”, read Luke 9:21-25. What is Jesus trying to teach us from this passage?
- What will your life look like if you attempt to ‘lose your life’ in attempt to love/give your life for God and others?
- What was the biggest thing you took away from the message on Sunday? From the book, What on Earth Am I Here For? From your own personal study and prayer?
- Who are 3 friends you could ask to join this group for the 5 weeks that are remaining?
- Who is hosting next week, who is facilitating, and who is bringing some epic treats to share?
- Who is going to help clean up the mess that was just created at this house?
Week 2 (April 30)
What Drives Your Life?
- How would you explain to someone who is unfamiliar with the ocean, what it’s like to be caught in a rip current and pulled out to sea?
- If we define Drive as what controls, motivates, guides, or directs you, what do you think your family or friends would say ‘Drives’ you?
- Of these 5, which has had the greatest pull or push in your life: Fear, Guilt, Materialism, Anger, Pleasing others?
- Read Galatians 1:10-12 out loud and together. Some believe that verse 10 is an introduction for what is to follow. With this assumption, what circumstances is Paul addressing from some of the people in Galatia?
- Paul says, “If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Can you “belong” to both people and Christ? Can you be directed by people and Christ?
- Do you agree that you cannot be guided, directed, and controlled by both God and other ‘currents’?
- After arriving in 1901, Marie Monsen, a single 23 yr old female Norwegian missionary to China said, “You proclaim Christ with your lips but your hearts are far from Him!” If she arrived on our shore, what would she say to us? To you?
- What does tomorrow look like with you deciding to live as a full-time servant of Jesus, letting him direct, control, and guide you?
Week 3 (May 7)
You Are Not an Accident
- Do you know if you were a surprise to your parents?
- Have you ever encountered God in unexpected places? When? Where?
- Do you ever feel like the world is a cold, hard, dead place? Do you feel like death may have the last word?
- Have you ever been in despair? Wondering what you are doing here and whether your life has a purpose?
- Have you ever resented God for the way in which you were formed; for the parents you were/weren’t given; for the body you were given/not given; for the limitations that you have?
- What does it mean to you that the creator God of the scriptures has an intimate knowledge of you, and that God’s disposition toward you is unconditional love?
- Have you experienced this love of God, or is it still something that you have only been told about? In other words, is the fact that God loves you unconditionally simply a statement you agree with, or is it a reality you have experienced?
- To be made in the image of God is different than to be made in the image of what our culture tells us are gods and goddesses. Are there ways in which you are currently striving to be made in the image of a cultural god/goddess (in other words: working toward a particular body-type, career, power, financial status, etc)?
- Confess one way in which you’re striving to be made in man’s image of a god and then have someone in your group say a prayer that you would be released from that striving.
Week 4 (May 14)
This is Not Your Home
- If you could do over Mother’s Day, what would you do different to honor the Mama’s in your life?
- Go around the group having people read one verse each, out loud, until you finish the passage:
- 1Pet. 2:11 Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. 12 Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives. 1Pet. 2:13 Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; 14 they are God’s emissaries for keeping order. 15 It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society. 16 Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. 17 Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.
- The bible describes us as ‘foreigners, strangers, or aliens’ on earth. Do you believe that? More importantly, are you living that way? What would it look like to live that way.
- Heb. 11:13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.
- Read together Phil 3:20-21 in different translations if you have them. What does it mean to live knowing this is not home and that you are a citizen of somewhere else? Can you make the mental leap, the changing of thinking to see yourself as not of this world, but you are on a temporary Visa and you are here with a job to do?
- Phillipians 3:20-21, But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.
- Are you trying to fit in or are you being your true self? Why are you living the way you are living?
Week 5 (May 21)
Building Life from God’s View
- What is it that you have built with your own hands that you are most proud of? What have you built that you are most embarrassed of?
- Life is described as a ‘puzzle’, ‘a game’, ‘a dance’, a ‘journey’. What metaphors have you used or heard described from others as a view of life?
- Boog shared the quote below on Sunday? Can you relate with this or not? Explain.
- “There have been many times in New York City that I have seen people make professions of faith that seemed quite heart-felt, but when faced with serious consequences if they maintained their identification with Christ (e.g. missing the opportunity for a new sexual partner or some major professional setback) they bailed on their Christian commitment. The probable reason was that they had not undergone deeper ‘world-view change’. They had fitted Christ to their individualistic world-view rather than fitting their world-view to Christ. They professed faith simply because Christianity worked for them, and not because they grasped it as true whether it is ‘working’ for them this year or not! They had not experienced a ‘power-encounter’ between the gospel and their individualistic world-view.” Tim Keller
- Read Romans 12:2 together. What does it look like when we ‘conform to the patterns of this world’? Have you experienced or not experienced what it looks like to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may know His will. His good, perfect and pleasing will.”
- If someone were to ask you how they can be transformed can you give them personal experience? If so, what would you tell them to do to have this ‘transformed’ mind – or view of life.
Week 6 (May 28)
Begin in the Beginning
- Read Genesis chapters 1 & 2 (or at least Genesis 1:26-31)
- When you read these chapters do you get the sense that God originally intended for humankind to be somewhere other than here on earth?
- Read Revelation 21 & 22 (or at least Revelation 21:1-7)
- When you read Genesis & Revelation do you get the sense that the writers are talking about physical participation or disembodied evacuation (in other words, going somewhere non-physical)?
- Do you see the world and your place in it from the very beginning; from the point of view of Genesis 1 & 2? Or do you tend to the world and you place in it primarily from the point of view of Genesis 3? Explain.
- Can you see why it is important to begin the story in Genesis one which is grounded in peace and shalom?
- Share some of the things that you love about life; things that bring you joy.
- When you think about heaven, what do you picture it to be like? Do you think of enjoying things that are physical or material; things that you have experienced here on earth?
- One person put it this way, “We should not be surprised when grace beauty, meaning, order, compassion, truth, and love show up in all sorts of unexpected people and places because it always has been God’s world, it is God’s world, and it always will be God’s world.” – Rob Bell. Where have you seen these things show up in unexpected places or people?
- As you reflect on this series, do you feel that you have grown in your journey of answering the question, “What on earth are you here for?”