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Life Group Questions: 19 – 25 November 2018

In a few short verses Paul challenges believers to consider how much their prayer life, actions and conversations are in line with the Christian commitment to share the good news with others.

Read Colossians 4: 2-6.

  1. What immediately stands out for you? Does anything in this passage particularly confuse you, encourage you or convict you?
  2. How would you describe your prayer life? E.g. intense, lukewarm, sporadic, frustrating, difficult …?
  3. How confident are you that God listens when you pray?
  4. What is the mystery of Christ? How would you explain it to somebody who is not a believer?
  5. Paul is in prison, yet his concern is primarily that the gospel of Christ be declared. How concerned are you that the mystery of Christ be proclaimed to those in need of Him? How are you able to do this?
  6. “Live wisely among those who are not believers” – verse 5, discuss what this means to you.

Prayer For South Africa: 29 October – 4 November 2018

“When we choose thankful prayer over wallowing in anxiety and worry, we are demonstrating an unwavering trust in God” – Priscilla Shirer
This week’s prayers –

• Pray for victims of rape, for kindness and compassion from authorities towards the victims.
• Pray for our municipalities, for any mismanagement to be highlighted and people with integrity and the correct skills to be employed in these positions.
• Pray for our matric students, especially those from schools with limited resources and social problems.
• Pray for an end to the Cape Fires, and for comfort for the family of the Helicopter pilot who died fighting the fires.
• Thank God for all the prayers for our country this weekend, pray for continued prayer from all Christians so the world can witness a miraculous transformation in our land.

Amen

Life Group Questions: 29 October – 4 November 2018

This week’s study seeks to answer the question, “When you face a storm in life, do you fearfully focus on the storm, or do you faithfully focus on the Saviour?”
Bible Reading: Mark 4: 35 -41
Questions:

1. As a child, (or even as an adult) did you like storms? If not, what made you feel better in them, or, what helps you to cope during a storm?
2. What “storms” have you faced in your life that have made you question God?
3. What is your response to the statement, “Jesus either calms your storm or He calms you”?
4. Refer to 1 Peter 1:7 – Jesus permits storms to test our faith. Share an experience/occasion when your faith was tested and tell how you overcame the test?
5. The disciples’ response, (v.41) “Who is this man, even the wind and waves obey Him?” requires us to know more about Him. What do you know about God already now that will be helpful in the future?

THE SEASON IS CHANGING – 27 MAY 2018

(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 21st – 27th May 2018)

ICE BREAKER: What’s your favorite season of the year? Why do you prefer it over the other seasons; how do you embrace the other seasons over your most favorite one?

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: READ John 3:1-17
1. In nature the season is changing from Autumn to Winter, the days are shorter, nights are longer, there’s a chill in the air and the gardens are looking less leafy green. Within the church calendar, following Pentecost last Sunday, we have moved into a new season. Nicodemus finds himself challenged by change in this passage – a new concept is presented to him. He grapples with what this means because it challenges his understanding of God, community, faith and salvation. Reflect on your own response to something new that is presented to you. How do you respond? Share with your group.

2. At HMC we are in a season of change. We are all different people, with different roles in this time of change; all with different responses to change as you will have discovered in question 1.
Within the process of change (either chosen or imposed upon us) we will go through different moments like grief, fear, disbelief, clinging and cleaving, denial or excited by new opportunities and so on – it’s all okay.
The remainder of the questions will focus on verses about change, as a way to help us navigate this season together as God’s beloved community.
READ: Hebrews 13:8 and James 1:17. What do these verses say about God’s character that we receive as a promise in the midst of change?

3. READ: 2 Cor. 4:16-18 and Romans 12:2. Paul is referring to 2 types of change: Spiritual and bodily change. In our humanness our bodies wear away, but what of our spirituality? Do you think it’s possible to grow spiritually when faced with change? How so…?

4. READ: Isaiah 43:19 and Jeremiah 29:11-13. What new thing/s could come out of your personal changing circumstances and/or out of the current changes in leadership at HMC?

5. READ: Philippians 4:6-8 – a beautiful picture of community. Prayer is vital at all times, but there’s so much more to these verses. How do they bring hope and comfort to you and what example of being community do they present to us?

6. READ: Psalm 103:1-5. What comfort can you take from these verses?

7. READ: Philemon 1-22. What do you find inspiring about these verses in the light of our being community together and supporting one another through change?