Community Group Week of October 4, 2015

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Hello again, Community Group Leaders!

Below you will find questions for both the SERMON BASED format and the MEANING OF MARRIAGE curriculum.

I hope you have a great time of discussion & fellowship.


Sermon Title: 

Blood Moons, The End of the World and You

Main Text:

Matthew 24:36-44

Announcements :

  •  Men's and Women's Ministry are back in business.   Guys meet in the Fuge every Monday night from 7 - 8:30 pm.   Ladies can meet either Wednesday morning at 10 am or at 7 pm in the Multi-Purpose room.

  • Fall Family Dedication Celebration  will be on Sunday, November 8th at both services. This is an opportunity for families to make a promise to God, with their church, to raise their children to love and honor God. Registration is required to participate, for more information or to register, please contact sandyhall@westpines.org.

  • CPR Certification Training Available We will be offering a CPR Training Class on Sunday, October 18th from 1:00-3:00pm. The certification will be infant, child and adult CPR as well as proper use of an AED machine. Certification is valid for two years and pre-registration is required to attend. The class is open for anyone (middle school & older) for $30 each. Contact Sandy Hall for more information or to register at sandyhall@westpines.org

Topics:  ( Not to be read in group.. this is for your review and recollection )

  • Many were pointing to this fourth of four blood moons, as an omen of the end of the world. Even Christian preachers have warned that these are signs that the end is near.
  • There are a few problems with a type of teaching like this. First, they are constant. There have been hundreds of end of the world teachings throughout the centuries. There have been dozens in modern times too. Some of those have gotten a lot of attention, such as Y2K and the Mayan calendar. Christians must be discerning about what we react to.
  • The second problem, and the main problem, is that Jesus is clear that no one knows the time when Jesus will return. He says “only the Father knows.” So anyone who is making a prediction, is going against what God said.
  • A third problem with these predictions is that Jesus was clear that we should always be ready. If I believe that Jesus is coming on December 3rd, the problem is I am not ready for him to come on December 2nd.  Putting a prediction on a particular date does not get me ready enough!
  • But these regular predictions are helpful in one way. They are revealing. What is my reaction to the end of the world happening within my lifetime, within the year, within week, within the hour? How I feel may reveal that I am not in a state of readiness.
    1. Scared? - maybe I need to turn to God today.
    2. Regretful? - maybe I need to get some things right in my life or relationship to others.
    3. Disappointed? - maybe I am too tied to this world, and not really grasping the glory of heaven.
  • The truth is we should be always skeptical of specific predictions, because it goes against what Jesus said. But that should not lead us to relax and make a life for ourselves. On the contrary, He may come again sooner than any prediction could have imagined. So we should live in a state of readiness.

AND NOW.... THE QUESTIONS...

  • HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?
  • ICEBREAKER: What are some end of the world predictions you have heard of?
  • READ: Matthew 24:36-44
  • Based on verse 36, how should we respond to predicted dates of the end of the world?
  • Why do you think Jesus compares the flood story to His return one day?
  • What do you think Jesus means by the metaphor of His return being like a “thief in the night”?
  • What are some of the emotional reactions you have to the topic of the sudden return of the Lord?
  • How should it ultimately fill us with hope and joy?
  • How should a readiness for His return affect our relationships?
  • How should it affect our sense of mission?
  • How should it affect our goals and plans?
  • How should it affect our finances and resources?
  • What are you going to do this week to live with greater urgency and readiness for the return of the Lord?

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QUESTIONS FOR MARRIAGE GROUPS

The Meaning of Marriage - by Tim Keller

Chapter Three: The Essence of Marriage

  • ICEBREAKER - What is some advice you have heard or have given about marriage?
  • HIGH / LOW  
    • How does the Bible measure love? [70]
    • Describe some of the differences between consumer and covenant models of marriage. [71-77]
    • List some of the benefits of marriage vows? [78-89]
    • What happens when you do good things for someone you don’t like very much? [91-97]
    • Read the short section “He Stayed,” [on page 100] and suggest some ways this thought can be put into practice in marriage.
    • Marriage is often referred to as a covenant. What do you think the difference is between a contract and a covenant?
    • Without looking at additional resources, how would you define “love”?
    • Timothy Keller writes, “In so many cases, when one person says to another, “I love you, but let’s not ruin it by getting married...I don’t need a piece of paper to love you.” (p.69) If you heard somebody say this today, how would you respond to them?
    • This chapter focuses primarily on marriage as commitment. Why do you think Timothy Keller writes so much about sex during this chapter?
    • In what ways does the commitment of marriage make it the deepest relationship possible you can have with another person?
    • Read Matthew 19:4-9 – Does Jesus’ response to divorce differ from your acceptable reasons for divorce in any way? If so, how?
    • What is the difference between liking your spouse and loving your spouse? How does loving your spouse make you like them more? (See “Actions of Love Lead to Feelings” section beginning p.91, 100)
    • In what ways do spouses today “bargain” with one another? What kind of impact do you think bargaining has on the marriage relationship?

Don't forget to post your attendance after group.