Small Group Notes

 

 

Small Group Notes

Small group notes for October 1 - Harvest

 

Welcome: have you ever stashed anything away just in case?

 

Worship: As we are thinking of harvest how about giving each member of the group a piece of paper (small) and some pencils and give them 5 mins to draw or write some things that they would like to thank God for at Harvest.

 

Word: Read Luke 12:16-21

1.       What title other than "The Rich Fool" would  you give to this parable?

eg "Where is your storehouse?"

2.       What other parables have similar characteristics or theme?

3.       Who was Jesus speaking to when He gave this parable?

4.       What was the context for this parable? (See Luke 12:13-16a)

5.       Go through the main elements of the parable and discuss what each represents.

eg Rich man – One with material riches

Very productive – God blessed his farm

Reasoning to himself – Human wisdom

 

6.       What spiritual principle(s) does this parable teach?

7.       If you want to compare what God's word says in other places here are some references that you may want to look up.

Matt 6:24

1 John 2:15-17

Matt 16:25-26

Col 3:2

Prov 16:9

Heb 11:23-26

2 Peter 3:10

James 4:14-15

Ps 39:6.

Prov 11:4

1 Tim 6:6-10

2 Cor 8:9

 8.       What recommendation would you give to a man in this situation?

9.        What is the biblical definition of a fool?

10.    What should he have spent his life doing?

11.    If you were to die tonight, would you be ready?

12.    Why is the worldly "hope" of more materials and money flawed?

13.    What do you have to show God for what you have accomplished in your life?

 Witness: Based on this parable, what changes in my life does Jesus want me to make?

Small group notes - October 8

Welcome:  If you had property and needed a tenant, what qualities would you look for?

 

Worship: sing or listen to a song about God's patience or faithfulness. Ideas " Great is thy Faithfulness "Faithful one so unchanging

 

Word: Matthew 21:33 to end

1.        Who do each of the characters in this parable represent?

2.        If this had been your vineyard, how would you have responded?

3.        How is this parable about rejection?

4.        How do you respond when people reject you? How does God respond?

5.       Why does Jesus use the image of a good landowner? How is this goodness like God?

6.       Do you think that the leaders saw their role as custodians for the care and development of the people?  Do you think they saw themselves as the wicked tenants?

7.       What would it have taken for the leaders to produce fruit?  Why did they choose not to? Why do people today, even Christians, choose not to produce fruit?

8.       Why did the landowner choose to be slow to vengeance? Why is this important? How is this like God? Why is it important for God to be slow to deal with us?

9.       What is a cornerstone? How is Jesus like the stone? Why would a builder reject a perfect stone? Why would the Jewish leaders reject their Messiah?

10.   Why was Jesus a threat to the power and personal agendas of the leaders? How does He "threaten" people today?

11.    Why do corrupt people not want to be shown the truth or be convicted?

12.    What did the tenants receive for their malevolent attitude? What do we gain by our rejection of the Lord?

 

Witness:  Do you understand how patient God is with you, even when you are foolish and reject Him? How have you rejected God in the past? How are you doing so now? How will you do so in the future? What can you do about it?

Small group notes - October 15

Welcome: Have you ever worn the wrong clothes at a wedding?

Worship: sing a worship song about Jesus' invitation to us. For example: He brought me to his banqueting table

Word: Matthew 22:1-14.  

1.       In this passage who is the King, who is the Son and who are the Servants?

2.        Is the invitation to the wedding still continuing today or was this some event in the past?

3.       What is the primary task of the servants today? (in your own words as it relates to 2017)

4.        Luke 14:15-24. Again what do you think is the Great Supper, who is the Man, and who is the Servant?

5.       What do you think of the excuses in verses 18-20?

6.       What are excuses that we hear when the gospel call goes out today? Are they any less ridiculous than these listed in verses 18-20?

7.       Looking at both readings, we see that both the king and the great man were angry. Is this anger directed toward the servant or servants?

8.       Do you think that the servants being killed in Matthew compared to the servant in Luke being ignored, is significant or just how the parable was told with no need to note the difference?

9.        Why do you think that the guests which were originally invited are treated differently in Matthew (killed) and in Luke (uninvited)?

10.   Why do we see that both bad and good guests were invited in verse 10? What does that mean if we are the servants and our job is to fill the wedding with guests?

11.   What is the wedding garment that is missing in Matthew 22:11? (see Isa 61:10 for help)

12.   Why is it that all of the other guests have wedding garments? They were all called from highways. Did all of the other guests go home and change except this one guest?

 

Witness: pray together for specific people that you know to receive God's invitation and also pray for ideas of events that we could organise to help them.

 

Small group notes- October 22

Welcome: what is your favourite coin? Do you have any interesting coin stories? What do you think about paying taxes?

Worship: sing any song of thanks for all God has given us. Examples Give thanks with a grateful heart Thank you Jesus

Word: Matthew 22: 15- 22

1.       What group sought to trap Jesus? How? (22:15)

2.       What two groups were sent to Jesus? What do you think their views on the taxes were? Remember that Herod was just a puppet king put in  place by the Romans. (22:16)

3.       How did the Pharisees address Jesus and describe Jesus’ character and manner of teaching? (22:16) Although insincere flattery it contains truth. Could it be said about us?

4.       After all the flattery, what question did the Pharisees’ disciples and the Herodians finally ask Jesus? (22:17)

5.       How did Jesus respond to all the false adulation He received in this incident? (22:18)

6.       What object did Jesus use to illustrate His answer? How? (22:19-20)

7.       How did Jesus answer the question without getting Himself in political hot water? (22:21)

8.       How did Jesus’ opponents respond to Jesus’ words? (22:22)

 

Witness: “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” What does this mean for us?

 


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