Based on the presentation on Sunday January 3 by Lynne Green, here are some suggested questions for use in your Small Group discussions;

Ice Breaker

  • What’s the worst New Year’s resolution you’ve ever made?

Questions

  1. What is it that unites us in Bethel? What do we have in common as believers?
    1. A man from Llanelli once spoke in a men’s conference in Cardiff and said (paraphrase) “Speaking as a Welshman, I can say that I have more in common with an English believer than with a Welsh unbeliever”. What divisions are there in the church today that shouldn’t be there (Ephesians 3:1-11 might help here)?
  2. What is the “Good News” of the Gospel and how is it unique (assuming it is) from any and every other message/organisation/offer/service/religion provided by the world?
  3. Can and should Baptists partner with other Christian denominations?
  4. Using (if possible) scriptural examples, what does ‘prophetic’ mean in a New Testament context?

 

Further Reading

If you have more time, you may want to consider the following texts that illustrate a disagreement and seperation between apostles and how a mature, disciplined and right-hearted (read ‘correct’) approach to the disagreement resulted in the further spreading of the Gospel.

Here is an excerpt from a commentary on the event (Acts 15:36-41);

“disagreement … separated. Although they have stood together in defense of the gospel and the Gentiles’ freedom, Paul and Barnabas sharply differ either over the seriousness of John Mark’s defection in Pamphylia (Acts 13:13) or on whether Mark, having repented, has matured enough to be trusted as an aide for their next journey. True to his character throughout Acts, Barnabas believes that Mark is “salvageable” for gospel service, and so he is ready to risk enlisting Mark again. Though the remainder of Acts contains no further record of Paul’s working with Barnabas, Paul mentions Barnabas in a positive light in 1 Cor. 9:6. Paul’s later high regard for Mark—in part the fruit of Barnabas’ mentoring—is evident in Col. 4:10; Philem. 24; 2 Tim. 4:11; cf. 1 Pet. 5:13.”

  • What could have gone really wrong here?
  • How did this not turn into a terminal division?