(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 13 – 19th November 2017)
ICE BREAKER: Think of an experience when you were given a responsible task, one that may
have required you taking a risk… How did you handle that responsibility?
FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Matthew 25:14-30; 1 Thess. 5:1-11
- READ: 1 Thess 5:1-11. Paul encourages the Thessalonians on how to wait faithfully for Christ’s return. Simple instructions: stay sober, wear faithfulness and love (protectively) and place the hope of salvation on your head like a helmet. Is this what you are wearing as you wait…?
- Can you remember the first time you were awakened to the place where you comprehended Jesus’ acceptance, love and mercy towards you? How can you continue to stay awake (alert) to the presence of God at work in you?
- Believing that you’re forgiven and loved by God, do you start your day in a way that inspires loyalty and devotion to God? What actions will impart Christ’s love and mercy shining through you to others throughout your day?
- READ: Matt. 25:14-30. Matthew goes to great lengths to prepare us for Jesus’ return in this section of his Gospel account. We may have different pictures of God – who is God for you? How does your picture of God dictate the manner in which you live your life?
- God‘s greatest desire is for us to celebrate and enter into God’s joy which begins now. What joy can you find in your life right now and how can you share that joy (gifts) with others?
- The 3rd servant was dictated by fear which robbed him of the opportunity to use the gift he’d been given. How often does fear prevent you from taking a risk, even one that has the potential to change a situation for the better?
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer is known to have said: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act… live like a hero.”
Many throughout history have demonstrated great courage that has changed situations. Trusting God with the unknown, taking risks, leads us to experience the fullness of the Master’s joy. Discuss this sentiment together.
NOTE: Prayers for SA & the World are posted on the website. Please encourage your group to pray together about these issues and during their personal devotional time in the week.