True Beauty

Abbotsford – July 16, 2017 – Proverbs 31:30

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  • In what ways have you experienced the temptation to invest a lot of time and money in physical beauty? In what ways is pursuing physical beauty good? When does it go too far?
  • What does it look like to become a person who “fears the Lord”? How would you go about fostering that fear?
  • Do you think our society is changing its mind more recently regarding how physical beauty is defined and the value of inner beauty? What examples can you give to justify your answer?

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Nobodies and Somebodies

Abbotsford – July 9, 2017 – Proverbs 12:9

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  • Why do we struggle so much with accepting God’s providence in our lives?
  • When should we be seeking to change our circumstances instead of simply accepting them?
  • When should we be accepting our circumstances instead of trying to change them?

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Ants and Sluggards

Abbotsford – July 2, 2017 – Proverbs 6:6-11

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  • In what ways is procrastination a problem for you?
  • Why do we wait to do things that we know we ought to do?
  • When is being a sluggard a good thing, when is it bad?

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Contradicting Fools

Abbotsford – June 25, 2017 – Proverbs 26:4-5
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  • Why do we struggle to respond in ways that aren’t foolish when engaging people acting foolishly?
  • What are the dangers in not responding to someone who is acting foolishly? Who is affected by your silence?
  • How would you explain to someone else how to answer someone acting foolishly without becoming foolish yourself? What pitfalls would you tell them to avoid?

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The way they should go

Abbotsford – June 18, 2017 – Proverbs 22:6

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  • What are some of the ”good” goals parents have for their kids? Why are they ultimately not great goals?
  • How would you explain the Problem and the Solution for all of humanity to a non-believing friend?
  • Did you have parents that really lived the gospel? What impact did that have on your approach to faith in Jesus?

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Wisdom and her benefits

Abbotsford – June 11, 2017 – Proverbs 2:1-11
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  • Proverbs from the book of Proverbs are from a parent to a child. What cultural forces stop us from listening to the wisdom of the older generations?
  • Are the cultural forces the same in the West as they are in the East for listening to older generations?
  • Why do you think it is so hard to choose to listen to Godly wisdom, and so easy to listen to wicked men (verse 12) and the adulterous woman (verse 16)?

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Two ways to Anger the King

Abbotsford – June 4, 2017 – Matthew 22:1-14
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  • Who are the people in your life who have “ received an invitation” (know about Christianity, have heard the Gospel, etc) and yet persistently reject it?
  • How does one’s understanding of Heaven (the Wedding Feast) influence our desire to accept the invitation?
  • The man was thrown out of the feast and into the darkness. Why was he thrown out?
  • What does not “wearing” the proper “wedding clothes” symbolize?

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Everyone Gets a Trophy

Abbotsford – May 28, 2017 – Matthew 20:1-16

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  • Do you think Christians will be divided in heaven between those who obeyed God more in this life and those who did not? Why or why not?
  • Why do we struggle so much to remember the grace of God when we think things aren’t going our way? What practices can we put into place in our lives that would help us remember God’s grace to us more?

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Straight from the Pit of Hell

Abbotsford – May 21, 2017 – Luke 16:19-31

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  • Is Hell just? In what ways does it feel like it’s not? In what ways is it?
  • Why does the rich man plead for someone to go back from the dead to tell his brothers? Has such a person done that?

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The Shrewd Dude

Abbotsford – May 14, 2017 – Luke 16:1-15

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  • What does the word shrewd mean? Is it a good or bad characteristic from a believers point of view? Why do you think this?
  • What is the responsibility of a manager? How does that responsibility transfer into our own worlds?
  • The children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light. Who are the children of the world? Who are the children of light?
  • What are some ways that we can determine if we love money more than God?

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