On the Right Side of History

Abbotsford – Jan 28, Acts 4:23-31

  1. If you knew that no matter what happened today, you would wake up tomorrow morning healthy and well, what would you do? How does the security of knowing the future motivate you for the present?
  2. How does the knowledge of God’s sovereign control over the world and his special commitment to his children give you confidence in your life now? How does it affect your worries?
  3. In light of God’s sovereign care for us, why do we continue to worry? What can we do to overcome our worries?

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The Disciple’s Prayer Part 2

Abbotsford – Jan 21, Matthew 6:11-13

  1. Give us this day our daily bread…
    • Read Exodus 16:1-30. Why do you think God prohibited the people from collecting more manna than they needed every day?
    • Why do we want to store up extra money? Is it bad for us to do so (aren’t saving money and having insurance good things)? When does our saving up become dangerous to our faith, if at all?
    • Other than money, what kinds of daily needs ought we to be praying for?

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The Disciple’s Prayer

Abbotsford – Jan 14, Matthew 6:9-10

  1. What do you find hard about praying? What kinds of things normally stop us from praying?
  2. What sort of practices have you put into place in your life to help you pray? What would you counsel someone to do to improve their commitment to prayer?
  3. Do we think of God more as our loving Father or the great God in the heavens – as far off and transcendent or as near and immanent? What are the dangers of emphasizing one of these aspects of God over the other? Which do you think we are more prone to emphasize today? Why?

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Rooted and Established in Love

Abbotsford – Jan 7, Ephesians 3:14-21

  1. For what reason does Paul kneel before the Father? What in your life has brought you to your knees in praise of God?
  2. Christians often talk about Jesus “living in our hearts” but what does that mean? Are there better ways of expressing this idea?
  3. How did Andy explain what it means to be “rooted and established in love”? How does that affect the way you live?

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Prayer and Providence

Abbotsford – Dec 31, Romans 8:26-28

  1. What is an example of a difficult situation in your life in which you did not know what to pray for? Did you end up praying for that situation or not?
  2. What are the situations in your life, or the life of others you love, that you are seeking God to intervene? Spend some time intentionally praying for those things.
  3. In light of our circumstances, our response shouldn’t be “What If?” or “Why Me?” but rather, “What Now?”. Spend some time evaluating, and consider how God is calling you to respond in light of the situation you find yourself. Is there a need for repentance, reconciliation, contentment, etc.?

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Zechariah’s Song

Abbotsford – Dec 10, Luke 1:67-79

  1.  When you read Zechariah’s story in Luke 1, why do you think God made him mute? What did he do wrong?
  2. Have you ever been in a situation where you feel like God has been trying to teach you an important lesson? What was the lesson? How did you learn it in the end? Are you thankful now that he taught it to you? Why or why not?

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Mary’s Song

Abbotsford – Dec 2, Luke 1:46-55

  1. Why do you think Mary and Zechariah are compared in Luke 1? What is Luke trying to highlight in each of them through the comparison?
  2. What would it have cost Mary to have welcomed the plan of God for her life described by the angel in Luke 1:35-37? What reasons would she have had to reject or despise God’s plan for her life?
  3. Describe a situation where your plan for your life went sideways and you were thrust into trusting God’s plans instead. How did you feel about it? What questions did you ask about God in that situation? Looking back on that situation, do you have a different perspective now than you did at the time it was happening to you?

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Therefore God is For Us

Abbotsford – Nov 26, Romans 8:31-39

  1. What was the best news you have ever received? What is the story behind how you received it? Why was it such good news?
  2. Do you think that a Christian can lose his or her salvation? Why or why not?

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Hope in Suffering: Pt2 – Glory is Certain

Abbotsford – Nov 19, Romans 8:28-30

  1. Read Romans 8:18-31.
    • According to this passage, what is the glory that is coming?
    • Have you ever considered that your salvation is certain because of the Lord’s work? Why or why not?
    • How would you describe the character of God? In light of this, do you find comfort in God’s character? How does this inform your understanding of God’s work in your salvation?

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Hope in Suffering: Pt1 – Glory is coming

Abbotsford – Nov 12, Romans 8:18-27

  1. What comes to mind when you think of suffering?
  2. How have you experienced suffering in your life? Past or present?
  3. Read Genesis 1:26-30. This passage describes God’s original call on humanity to rule over all aspects of creation. Being made in the image of God means being rulers over all areas of life (arts, agriculture, academics, etc). What areas of life are you looking forward to experiencing in the fullness of resurrected life, and why?
  4. How does knowing what lies ahead change how you approach suffering?

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