What did Jesus mean by “greater”?

Discussion question for September 8, 2017.

Jesus said that His followers would do greater works (John 14:12) and that the least in the Kingdom would be greater than John the Baptist (Matthew 11:11).  What does Jesus measure to determine greater and lesser?  What did He do to demonstrate this way of evaluation?  How does the world operate regarding valuation?  How should we live based on this truth?

How do you pray fervently?

Discussion question for September 1, 2017.

James 5:16 says that the fervent prayer of a righteous man has great power.  What are the key components of fervent prayer?  How do know when your prayers have become fervent?  What ways do you use to cause your prayers to become fervent?  What is the biggest detriment to your ability to pray a fervent prayer?  How have you seen your fervent prayer demonstrate great power?

What is your secret for powerful prayer strategies?

Discussion question for August 25, 2017.

We know that we have whatever we ask in Jesus’ name, and according to the will of God.  How are you guided in your prayer life? How do you know the general and peculiar will of God in any situation?  How do you pray when you aren’t sure of God’s will?  What is your response when a prayer strategy seems ludicrous or impossible?  What happens in your relationship with God when things are tough to understand?

More ideas about chronic pain?

Discussion question for August 11, 2017.  Note: No Meeting on August 4.

It is God’s general will to heal all (Psalm 103:3) yet He can demonstrate a peculiar will (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).  What guides you in listening to God’s peculiar will?  What is the relationship between sin and sickness?  What must a Christian do to avoid judgment against someone experiencing chronic pain?  What role does belief or unbelief play in the healing process?  How can you encourage other Christians to receive healing?

What about chronic pain?

Discussion question for July 28, 2017.

What do you say to a Christian that suffers chronic pain?  How do you reconcile the healing power of God with those situations in which a person is not healed?  What is the source of pain?  What is the will of God regarding healing?  How can you encourage a believer that struggles with unbelief?  What is the condition of your relationship with God?

How do you walk out your Christian life?

Discussion question for July 21, 2017.  Note: No meeting on July 14.

It is important that we influence our children and spiritual children in the ways of the Lord.  How does your life model your relationship with God?  What external evidence is there?  How does your life demonstrate the value of a relationship with God?  What external evidence is there?  What change can you make in your life to enhance your witness to others?

How do you use your Bible to guide your life?

Discussion question for July 7, 2017.

The Bible is God’s inspired word that is living and active.  How do you read your Bible to gain insight?  What techniques have you found to discover the living aspect of the Word?  When has your Bible had a powerful effect on your life choices? What disciplines or practices are so valuable that you would never interrupt them? How do you encourage a younger believer?

What guides the proactive Christian?

Discussion question for June 30, 2017.

There is a dynamic balance between waiting on the Lord and pressing ahead.  In 1 Samuel 13 we read about Saul offering sacrifices and losing his kingdom because he rushed ahead of God.  In 1 Samuel 14 we read about Jonathan pushing ahead of the army to take a Philistine garrison.  What does it mean for you to wait on the Lord?  When have you been tempted to act rather than be patient? How do you know when to move ahead as Jonathan did?  How can God declare Saul foolish yet give honor to Jonathan?  What guides you in similar matters?

How is it possible that someone backslide?

Discussion question for June 23, 2017.  Note: No meeting on June 16.

Charles Templeton was a powerful ally of Billy Graham, but turned his back on God.  How can someone experience His love and then turn away?  What do you believe about backsliding based on Romans 8:38-39?  How about Hebrews 6:4-6? How sure is your faith, or what could shake it?  How do you encourage other believers?

What does it mean that God is omniscient?

Discussion question for June 9, 2017.  Note: No meeting on May 26 or June 2.

God knows everything, and nothing escapes His notice.  How does that influence the way He controls things?  What impact does that have on free will?  How did Jesus model how to do life with knowledge and power?  What was His attitude toward those that would reject Him, since He knew what was in their hearts?  How does this affect your relationship with God?