Following the ministry we received through Jon on Sunday may 2 from Psalm 150, here are some suggested questions for use in your Small Group discussions and/or personal study;

Icebreaker

  • What do you think would be something unexpected you’ll miss when lockdown ends?

Questions

  • Have you had seasons where you’ve been physically alone, other seasons where you’ve been with brothers and sisters in Christ and seen that God’s providential hand was in both those experiences?

 

  • From a Biblical perspective, what does our relationships with others have to do with our relationship with Jesus?
    • Are there things you find challenging about fellowship with other Christians?
    • Are there aspects about those challenges that work for our good?

 

  • There are some often-used reasons to avoid connecting with other Christians which we may have heard. Below are some you may have heard or even said yourself in the past. How would you respond lovingly and Biblically to someone who tells you the reason they don’t go to church or seek meaningful connections with other Christians is….
    • I’ve been hurt by Christians in the past.
    • Church is full of hypocrites.
    • I’m a Lone Wolf Christian and don’t need that.
    • Church for me is reading my Bible on my own.
    • Are there any other reasons you’ve encountered?
    • I’m just weird, people find me hard to get along with.

 

  • Read Psalm 133.
    • What strikes you about the psalmist’s view on unity?
    • People have lamented the lack of in-person corporate worship in church during the lockdown. From your experience and thinking, what’s the difference between worshipping together with others in the same room, worshipping on your own and worshipping with others via the internet?
    • Looking at Ephesians 4:11-16, what has God given us for unity?
      • What does this look like in real life?

 

Further Reading

  • Looking at Acts 10:1-8, we read an account of what happened before Peter’s vision where he was instructed to eat unclean food (a preparation for him to take the Gospel to the gentiles). Why did an angel tell Cornelius to find Peter when the angel himself could have told Cornelius all he needed to know?
  • We can be passionate about scriptural truths and we may all know someone (maybe ourselves) who has gone through a ‘cage stage’ where that’s all they want to talk about and possibly even look down on people who disagree.
    • What’s wrong with that?
    • Should fear of this kind of error keep us from wanting to know what God had revealed about Himself?
    • How would you seek to balance wanting to know Jesus more and staying true to the love of Jesus?