Small Groups Weekly Bible Study – September 16-22

Week 2

Theme: Jesus and We

Warm-Up Questions:

Can you remember a time in your life when you were the most hungry or the most thirsty ever? When was it? Where were you?
What would you say is the greatest contribution you have made to date? What might others says of your greatest contribution

Observation and Interpretation Questions: 

Read Ephesians 4:11-16

  1. Why did God give us apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers?
  2. What do you think it means that Paul calls the people of God “saints?”
  3. Paul says that the body of Christ will be built up. What do you think he means by that?
  4. What would a “mature” church look like?
  5. What place does diversity have in a mature church? What do you think it means to “attain to the full measure of Christ?

Read 1 Peter 2:9-10

  1. Peter describes the people of God as a royal priesthood? What does that mean?
  2. This royal priesthood will “proclaim the excellencies of Jesus.” Can you describe what you think Peter meant by that?
  3. When he says that God called the people of God out of darkness and into marvelous light, does this apply to you? If so, how? If not, how would you describe what happened (or happens) to you when Jesus calls you?
Application Questions
  1. Knowing that you are part of the royal priesthood, how does this make you feel?
  2. Pastor Mark mentioned in his message that he would LOVE it if every person that was part of King of Kings was a consumer. What was he getting at?
  3. Is there a difference in being a consumer and being consumeristic?
  4. How has God taught you to move from being a consumer to a contributor?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Thank you for pouring out the blessings of your love, grace, mercy, forgiveness and power to us and inviting us to consume. And thank you, that having consumed, you equip us to serve and contribute to your Kingdom with the gifts you have given to 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.  

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Going Deeper

What is your immediate reaction to Pastor Mark’s statement:
You cannot give what you haven’t first received.”

Pastor Mark made the comment:  “It’s only when we know how low Jesus went, how far he was willing to go for us, how much he was willing to sacrifice for us, that we are able to then go and contribute to others.”

 Talk in your group about what this means to you personally. When you think of what Jesus did for you, what does it cause to happen inside of you?

Read John 4:31-38

Unpack Jesus’ statement in verse 34…

What do you think Jesus is getting at with his comments about four months and then the harvest?

What does he want the disciples to know about sowing and reaping?

What might this mean for you today?

Where are you at in terms of consuming and contributing? Which area might be in most need of attention?

Share about when God has brought you from Me to We…and vision what God is doing through the Weof King of Kings to make an eternal impact.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you didn’t lead one into following you, rather you gathered 12…who gathered others, who traveled 2 by 2 into towns to share your work. Lead us to be a “We” many people who go into the world and share love. Amen