Small Groups Weekly Bible Study – April 7

Small Group Weekly Bible Study

Lent – 5 “Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,  which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.””

Theme: In God’s Kingdom, small seeds of faith yield extraordinary results

Warm-Up Questions:  
Where in your life have you set limits on what you imagine God is willing to do for you?

Observation and Interpretation Questions:
Read 2 Kings 4:1-7

  1. What did you notice about how Elisha addressed the widow’s predicament (verses 1-2)?
  2. Why do you suppose Elisha had the woman get all the vessels she could find (verse 3)?
  3. How does the filling of all the vessels work to show God’s generosity (verses 4-7)?

Read John 4:9-26, 39-41

  1. What is unusual about Jesus and His encounter with this woman (verse 9-15)?
  2. Why did Jesus tell the woman to go and get her husband (verses 16-19)?
  3. What was it that moved the woman to redirect the conversation (verses 20-26)?
  4. How were the results much greater than merely one conversation (verses 39-41)?

Read Ephesians 3:14-20

  1. What in Paul’s prayer would you want to have actively working in your life (verses 14-19)?
  2. How might you might trust God for one thing that fits this description (verse 20)?

Application Questions

  1. Why do you think it is that amazing accomplishments of God often started out small?
  2. How does loving yourself influence your ability to truly love other people?
  3. What can you do to make expecting God’s miracles part of your lifestyle?
  4. What was it about Pastor Greg’s message that you remember most vividly?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give us the ability to be faithful, loving, active and gracious in all our dealings with others so that we may experience Your abundant provision for us.

Talk and Pray with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives this week, using the questions on the back, and pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.  

 Going Deeper

Pastor Greg introduced an acronym for the growth of the Gospel in our lives: F-L-A-G.

F – Faithfulness
What is it about the fact of God’s faithfulness that helps you be faithful (Psalm 119:89)?

L – Love
How would you say God’s love works in your life to help you love others (I John 4:7-11)?

A – Action
Why is is so important that you just don’t talk the talk, but you walk the walk (I John 3:18)?

G – Graciousness
What do you think it was about Jesus’ speech that led people to be astonished (Luke 4:22)?

Share an experience that reflects how all or part of this acronym has worked in your life. 

Prayer: Father, give us the confidence in You that we become a people who are not only eager to do good, but who truly love others from our hearts as You have already loved us.