Small Group Weekly Bible Study
Renovation – 1 – “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. “
What was most challenging to you from Pastor Mark’s sermon on Sunday morning?
Describe a time when you decided to remodel all or part of your home?
How did that go?
Observation and Interpretation Questions:
Read Matthew 16:13-19
- What might the different views of Jesus have revealed about Him (verses 13-14)?
- Why do you think Jesus asked the question He did of the disciples (verses 15-16)?
- How does the way Jesus refers to Peter show the change He saw for him (verses 17-19)?
Read 1 Corinthians 3:9-17
- What in the way Paul uses the analogy of a building stands out to you (verses 9-12)?
- What might Paul mean by being careful how we build our “faith house” (verses 13-15)?
- How important to you is it that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit (verses 16-17)?
Read Ephesians 3:14-21
- How do you relate to Paul’s opening prayer for his audience (verses 14-16)?
- Which of the things Paul asks God to do is most important to you (verses 17-19)?
- What do you think of Paul’s final affirmation for his listeners (verses 20-21)?
- How would all of this relate to the renovation God wants to do in your life?
- How are you going to allow God to begin His renovation project in you this week?
- What can you do in your daily life to make Christ’s life-changing power part of your lifestyle?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help us to submit to the renovation You want to do in our lives so that we may begin to become all that You desire for us to become in Jesus Christ.
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.
Read 1 Peter 2:1-5.
What do you find most interesting in the way Peter starts this section (1 Peter 2:1)?
What is one thing new believers are called to that you appreciate most (1 Peter 2:2)?
Why do you think Peter included the condition he did here (1 Peter 2:3)?
What do you think Peter possibly meant by calling Jesus a “living stone” (1 Peter 2:4)?
Which of the descriptions of believers that Peter uses is most striking to you (1 Peter 2:5)?
Share about a time when you experienced some form of God’s renovation in your life.
Prayer: Father, give us the desire to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus, so that even as we have come to believe in Your love for us, we will also allow You to work in us.