Following Jesus

Groups Questions for the week of 8/14/16

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Icebreaker:When you were a child, who insisted that you stay clean (wash your hands, take a bath, wear clean clothes, etc.)?  How did you react to that?

  • Read Luke 11:37-44.  Why do you think Jesus did not wash before the meal?  How would you sum up the three “woes” in verses 42-44.  What is the significance of Jesus telling the Pharisees that they are like unmarked graves?
  • Read Luke 11:45–54.  How would you sum up the next three “woes” in verses46-52?  What do you think Jesus means when he talks about the key to knowledge (v. 52)?
  • What kind of a person does Jesus seem like in this passage?  How would you describe him?  Of the woes directed toward the Pharisees, which one do you think is most applicable to your own life?  How would you like to change your life in light of what you read here?
  • How can we pray for each other?

Groups Questions for the Week of 8/7/16

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Icebreaker: How many flashlights do you own?  How many could you find right now?  How many of them work?

  • Read Luke 11:29-32.  Why is Jesus upset with “this generation”?  What do you think Jesus means when he talks about the sign of Jonah?  How is Jesus like Jonah?
  • What are some other signs that Jesus gave that show he is the way to salvation?  Why did so many people not see these signs?  What kinds of signs is God still giving today?
  • Read Luke 11:33-36.  What is Jesus referring to when he talks about “light” here?  What is he referring to when he talks about “eyes”?  How can we be sure that we are filled with light rather than darkness?  How can we cause that light to shine out from us to others?
  • How can we pray for each other?

Groups questions for the week of 7/31/16

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Icebreaker: How neat did you keep your room while you were growing up?  How have your habits changed as you have grown older?

  • Read Luke 11:14-23.  How does the crowd react to Jesus’ miracle?  How does Jesus show the foolishness of the claim that he drives out demons by Beelzebul? What does Jesus’ ability to drive out demons say about the kingdom of God?
  • Read Luke 11:24-28.  What is Jesus’ point in verses 24-26?  To whom is the point addressed?  Why is the final condition worse than the first?  Why does Jesus turn around the blessing shouted to him in verse 27?  What is he emphasizing here?
  • If you compared your life right now to a fortress, what is it like?   Strong and solid?  Slowly eroding?  Quickly crumbling?  Do you feel that, spiritually, you are attacking or being attacked? How is the battle going?
  • How can we pray for each other?

Groups questions for the week of 7/25/16

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Icebreaker: What is the funniest or cutest thing you have heard a child pray?

  • Read Luke 11:1-4.  What motivates the disciples to ask about prayer at this point?  What comes first in Jesus’ prayer?  What comes second?  Why are these important?  What does praying for “daily bread” encapsulate?  How are prayer and forgiveness connected?
  • Read Luke 11:5-10.  What does this parable teach about prayer?  What does it teach about us?
  • Lead Luke 11:11-13. What does this parable teach about prayer?  What does it teach about God?
  • How do you usually pray?  When and where do you usually pray?  What kind of expression occupies most of your prayer (praise, confession, petition, etc.)?  What do your prayers need more of?
  • How can we pray for each other?