(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 20th to 26th August 2018)
FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Luke 5:1-11; Matthew 6:25-34; Hebrews 11:1-3 and
2 Corinthians 4:7-18
A wonderful collection of verses that will lead us into some interesting discussions about Keeping on and staying the course of faith because even though circumstances may remain the same we can embrace a different response and outcome because of Jesus.
1. READ: Luke 5:1-11. Jesus takes everyday familiar things and uses them to teach us about God and about ourselves. The fishermen are washing their nets after a fruitless night of fishing. Jesus tells them to go out again to the deep waters and to let out their nets again. We know this well in our own lives, we keep walking a familiar path and receive similar results. What are these familiar paths for you right now?
2. What can you do to hear Jesus voice directing you in this similar path, but which will require a different response from you? What do you hope the result will be?
3. READ: Matthew 6:25-34. Worry… we’ve all done it. Jesus says that worry will not add anything positive to our lives. What kinds of emotions and responses does worry evoke in you?
4. We will have concerns in our lives – this the nature of living the in the world that we do. In verses 33-34 Jesus offers us an alternative to worrying. Read it again and look at Hebrews 11:1-3. Remember we looking at our lives with the same circumstance but desiring a different response & result, so what can you do differently when you’re faced with a challenge or a concern?
5. READ: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18. A beautiful passage on persevering through faith. Paul writes that we are like clay jars with treasure within. What do you think that treasure is?
6. In verse 13 Paul refers to the “same spirit of faith”. How does knowing that the Spirit of God that is in Jesus, that is now within you, help you to persevere and to keep at your walk of faith so that God is glorified through your life and witness into the world?
7. Life is often about managing the curved balls thrown at us – these are often the circumstances that shape and mould us the most. They evoke a response in us. Look at verses 16-17 again. What comfort can you take from these verses? Share a time, if you haven’t already done so, that your faith was refined and strengthened through a time of trial. In the context of HMC, with all the changes that have taken place this year, what will persevering in faith mean for this community and how can we stay the course so that God is glorified through it all?