(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 26th February to 4th March 2018)
ICE BREAKER: We are into the 3rd week of Lent – How goes it with your soul?
FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:1; 1 Cor. 1:18-25; John 2:13-22
- READ: Exodus 20:1-17. The 10 Commandments were designed to lead Israel to a life of practical holiness; to meet the needs of each individual in a loving and responsible manner and to show the nature of God and God’s plan for how they should live. What do they mean to you? Do they help you in the ways described above? Why or why not?
- READ: Psalm 19. A beautiful Psalm that focusses on God’s creation and reveal God’s greatness. In what ways does God reveal himself through nature, scripture and daily experiences in the words of this Psalm? What can we learn through these revelations?
- READ: 1 Cor. 1:18-25. Paul writes: To non-believers the message of the cross seems to be foolish but God’s way of thinking is not like the worlds way of thinking. The message of the cross for those who believe in God it is a message that demonstrates God’s power. What do you understand about the message of the cross?
- We can spend a lifetime accumulating wisdom but never learn how to have a personal relationship with God. Through Jesus Christ we received eternal life, which the world cannot offer us. How can/do you share this message with others, especially a world that worships power, influence and wealth?
- God’s power is demonstrated through the resurrection of Jesus. How have you experienced God’s power at work in your own life – what testimony do you have to share?
- READ: John 2:13-22. The people and leaders had forgotten that God’s house is a place of worship! Jesus exercised righteous indignation as their disrespect for this. Today are there things that would spark Jesus righteous indignation, in the church and even in the wider community? What could our response be as Disciples of Christ?
- We know now that Jesus referred to the Resurrection and not to a building, and is powerful proof that Jesus is who he claimed to be – Lord, Saviour and Messiah. Do we trust in the power of Jesus’ gift of forgiveness?
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.