The Dread and Delight of God’s Judgement

Abbotsford – June 10, Joel 2:1-11

  1. Do you struggle with the idea that God is a judge and there will be a day when he will judge the world (along with every person in it)?
  2. What are the dangers of overemphasizing the judgment of God? What are the dangers of under-emphasizing it? Which of these do you think we are more prone to do in the church today?
  3. Do you think that we should talk about God’s judgment more or less?

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After the Locusts

Abbotsford/Mission – June 3, Joel 1:13-20
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  1. Why do we struggle to admit when we are wrong?
  2. What kinds of tactics do we use to avoid admitting our part to play in the messes in which we have found ourselves?
  3. What are the worst kinds of apologies you have heard?

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It’s a God Thing

Abbotsford – May 27, Joel 1:1-15

Read Joel 1:1-15.

  1. What is our default response to the bad things that happen (eg. earthquakes, tsunamis, agricultural droughts)? What are the half truths in the statements: It’s judgement for personal sin; it’s just a “natural” disaster; the Devil did it?
  2. What should be our response to the bad things happen in light of what Joel 1:1-15 says?
  3. How do we avoid making these half-truth statements to disasters?
    • Half Truth 1: It’s a judgement for personal sin.
    • Half Truth 2: It’s just a ‘natural’ disaster.
    • Half Truth 3: The Devil did it?

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In Conclusion

Abbotsford – May 20, Jude 24

  1. What are the most important things you have learned during this series in the book of Jude?
  2. How has studying this book changed or affirmed the way you have thought about false teaching?
  3. What questions do you still have about false teaching that you would love to have answered? How would you and your group currently answer those questions?

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How to Contend

Abbotsford – May 13, Jude 20-23

  1. In Jude 1, we are told that Christians are those who are “kept” in the love of God, but in Jude 21, we are urged to “keep ourselves” in the love of God. What gives? Which is it? How can these work together?
  2. What does Jude 20-21 say will help us to keep ourselves in the love of God?
  3. Describe some examples of things that you currently do or could do to “build yourselves up in your most holy faith.”

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Beware of the Ungodly

Abbotsford – May 6, Jude 14-19

  1. What motivates false teachers according to Jude :18-19?
  2. Jim Jones was motivated by sex and control. What do you see as the motivation for false teaching in our culture today?
  3. Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. What does the Apostle Paul say should be the motivation to serve?

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Our Vision for Northview

Abbotsford – April 29 2018

  1. What is the mission of the church?
  2. What does the church exist to do?
  3. What were the marching orders Jesus gave to us (Matthew 28:18-20)?

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Six Characteristics Of False Teachers

Abbotsford – April 22, Jude 5-13

  1. How important is it for those who profess faith in Jesus to continue believing in him until they die? What’s at stake if they turn away? What was at stake for Israel when they turned away from God’s Word, refusing to enter the Promised Land?
  2. Does the danger in falling away from belief in Jesus frighten you? Why or why not? How should we respond to a warning like what’s in Jude 5?
  3. What’s the point in the three stories that Jude puts together in verses 5-7? What is he trying to emphasize?

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Contend

Abbotsford – April 15, Jude 3-4

  1. What are the dangers of confronting false teaching? What are the dangers in not confronting it?
  2. How comfortable are you with the idea of confronting false teaching in the church? Do you cringe when a pastor does it? What makes you cringe? Or are you excited when a pastor does it? If so, why?
  3. How do you tell if a false teacher is false?

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Called, Loved, and Guarded Slaves

Abbotsford – April 8, Jude 1

  1. What kinds of images would you use to describe the way you think Christians really are?
  2. What kinds of images would you use to describe what Christians should be?
  3. How does the Bible describe Christians? What kinds of images does it use?

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