(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?