Following the ministry we received through Jon on Sunday March 20 from Luke 8:26-39, here are some suggested questions for use in your Small Group discussions and/or personal study;

 

Ice Breaker

  • What are your favourite ‘bad for you’ and ‘good for you’ things to eat (for example, you may say ‘chocolate’ and ‘carrots’)?

 

Questions

  • How do you feel and what do you know about who you are in Jesus?

 

  • What are the things that, in and of themselves are not bad and not commanded against, but can become idols?
    • Are there areas that you identify as areas where you are vulnerable to falling into idolatry?
    • Are there areas that you can identify as things that simply don’t interest you at all but can be of dangerous interest to others?
    • Are there things that are righteous that can keep us in a trap of idolatry?
    • How would you identify something as having an idolatrous place in your life?
  • What practical steps can we make to surround ourselves with life and light rather than death?
    • In what ways can Paul’s words in Philippians 4:8 help us guard against the subtleties of darkness from coming into our thinking?
    • What is Paul’s advice to Timothy in 2Timothy 2:22? What is Timothy to run from and what is he to run to?
    • Are there any other Bible texts that serve as your ‘goto’ that help you keep your mind and life on track?
  • Looking at Luke 8:29, have you ever had the experience of trying in your own strength to break off your own chains, even somewhat succeeding only to find that you are still bound?
  • What is your identity?
    • Have people positively or negatively, through word or deed, influenced your identity?
    • Have you positively or negatively, through word or deed, influenced the identity of another?
    • How does the media influence identity?
    • What does Jesus tell you is your identity (for example, John 1:6-13)?

 

  • How do you feel and what do you know about who you are in Jesus?

Further Reading

  • Looking at 2Timothy 2:25-26, we can find ourselves in the position of the one  ‘who opposes’.
    • What is the correct response to being pointed to Jesus (verse 25)?
    • From where does this response of repentance come for someone who has gone too far that they cannot turn back (verse 25)?
    • What is the outcome of this response (verse 26)?
    • Are there sins from which we can truly turn back in repentance without God’s supernatural strength?