SUNDAY MESSAGES

Part 8 Discipleship: Satisfied Living, Bearing the Fruit of Faithfulness & Self-Control

Questions from the message:

  1. Are you that faithful kind of friend and servant of Jesus? Are others able to describe you – even praise you – with the term faithful? Have you found something outside yourself that is big enough to deserve your highest love and loyalty? Have you found something that demands your energy and your effort?
  2. Where is your internal ‘line in the sand’ in regard to wading into dangerous rip tides of losing your self-control?
  3. In what ways do you practice self-control?  How can you build on that? How can you model that to others?
  4. In what ways do you lack patience or self-control?  What steps can YOU take to improve on that?

Part 7 Discipleship: Satisfied living, bearing the fruit of joy, peace and patience

Questions from the Message:

  1. JOY – Where are you finding your joy?  Is it in Jesus? And if you have that joy, is it overflowing and changing the atmosphere around you?
  2. PEACE – What might be stopping you from having peace – from experiencing ‘Shalom?’ Don’t we all desire peace? The world hungers for peace of heart and while the statesmen and diplomats of the world work for outward peace, it is only Jesus Christ who can produce peace within individuals.
  3. PATIENCE – What do you do to practice patience – to keep from losing your temper? From going postal? Do you even try? When you find yourself losing patience, what can you do to react in a way that honours Jesus?

Part 6 Discipleship: Gracious living, bearing the fruit of kindness and gentleness

Questions from the message:

  1. How does my temperament affect how I express kindness and gentleness and where do I need to work in areas of my life to improve that?
  2. Who are the people in my life who I need to be kinder and gentler to?
  3. Am I allowing Jesus to do the ‘power steering’ in my life? Am I being responsive to His ‘steering?’
  4. How can you ask Jesus this week to release the wonderful fruit of kindness and gentleness within and through the unique person He has made you to be?

Discipleship Part 5: Sacrificial living, bearing the fruit of love and goodness

Questions from the Message:

  1. Is this area of ‘sacrificial living’ that calls for love and goodness a challenge for you at times? 
  2. Do you have a problem with a lack of love? Do you find it difficult to practice a spirit of goodwill toward others?
  3. Can you picture someone – right now – who continues to love you – even when – you’re unlovely? How can you take their example and incorporate it into your own life? 
  4. Do I exude ‘goodness’ to everyone I encounter in my Christian life?

Discipleship Part 4: Don’t Settle For Less!

Questions from the Message:

  1. What times in your life when you felt most connected to God? How have you maintained that connection?
  2. Am I in a journey of discipleship where I continually crave the Word of God and be satisfied by it at least as much, and preferably more than I am by other things in my life? 
  3. How do you typically connect with God?
  4. Have you ever tried practicing a spiritual discipline? What was it? How did you go?
  5. Which spiritual discipline/s can you commit to practising this day/week/ month?

Discipleship Part 3: Gospel Identity – A Disciples Heart

Questions from the message:

  1. What image of salvation in Scripture is most meaningful for you? (e.g. being adopted, forgiven, redeemed, saved, or reconciled.) Why?
  2. What are the clues that reveal whether your actions are gospel-motivated or selfishly motivated? Have there been times in your life when you’ve been doing the right things with the wrong attitude?
  3. Where are the places other than Jesus that you might tend to base your identity on?
  4. How does the gospel, through your daily journey of discipleship, help you when you realise that you are placing your worth in something, or someone, other than Jesus?

Discipleship Part 2: Our Journey of Daily Discipleship

Questions from the message:

  1. Think of a time or times in your life when you have grown as a Disciple of Jesus.  What were you doing then, that you could be doing now – both in your own life and in the discipling of others?
  2. How can you be more intentional in putting your knowledge into action in the relationships you have in your life?
  3. What does ‘giving up your own way’ (Luke 9:23) look like for you?
  4. What does that look like? What does following Jesus look like for you?

Discipleship Part 1: The Three Little Pigs

Questions from today’s message:

  1. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ means committing to a life-long journey of Discipleship – that is, not only personally growing to become more and more like Jesus, but also in the discipleship of others to do the same? What does that look like for You? Who are you discipling?
  2. Whom do you believe Jesus might be calling you to walk with in discipleship?
  3. Do you need help in identifying someone who can help you in your own journey of discipleship?
  4. Which ‘little pig’ are you? Are you one more than the other? A little bit of all?
  5. If you are not in a discipleship relationship with someone, what is stopping you?

Lockdown lesson #5 Encourage, Don’t Discourage

Questions from today’s message:

  1. When you spend time alone with God – reading His Word – and seeking His voice – how are you being encouraged? 
  2. What does my journey of spiritual growth look like? Do I need to work harder to become more Christlike in my thoughts, words, and actions?  
  3. What does the measure of my love and faith in Jesus look like? Is it an encouragement to those around me? 
  4. How can you encourage, and be an encouragement, to someone this week?

Lockdown Lessons #4 One Day at a Time

Questions from today’s message:

  1. Do you spend time worrying about tomorrow? What steps could you take each day to eliminate that worry from your life? 
  2. How do you show your thankfulness to Jesus for how He provides for you?
  3. What does ‘learning to trust in God’s enabling for each day’ look like for you?
  4. How, as you have trusted Him, has God provided for you? (Write these down over the next weeks and then reflect on them – or share them with your family and friends as examples of living one day at a time.)
  5. God has given you one day at a time. What are you going to do with each day?