Get-To-Know-You Question -
* Who has been your most interesting/confusing/annoying neighbor?
Sermon Questions -
* God uses human relationships to grow our faith. However, because it is a principle, it also works in the other direction - human relationships can also undermine our faith. Give an example of how you’ve seen this in someone else or have lived this yourself.
* Why do you believe that God designed so much of our lives to hinge on relationships with other people?
* Give some biblical examples of what God expects community and relationships to look like. What do people in a church community look like? What do they do? How do they act?
* Discuss and review some of the modern reasons we have for relational poverty (increased mobility, modern conveniences, rise of social media, etc.) What are a few things we can actively and practically do to reverse relational poverty in our lives?
* Chris left us with the question, "Are we available to others?" Do you feel, at this point in time, you’ve made yourself available to other people? Are you present and accessible?
1. What tells you most about a person?
2. In what way or area do you feeling comfortable just "covering the material" of scripture and faith rather than doing it? Is there are that’s too scary or difficult for you to act on right now?
3. Chris made a statement that,"God comes alive through application". In what way have you experienced this yourself? Has God ever shown up for you when you were obedient and put your faith to practice?
4. Do you ever find yourself ’doing’ but trying with the wrong motives? Is it difficult not trying to gain God’s favor but trying to practice faith and trust instead?
5. Discuss the importance and implications of the picture that Jesus creates when he shares about the wise man building on rock and the foolish man building on sand. If you’d like, read Matt 7:24-27 together.
Get To Know You Questions -
* What kind of challenge are you facing this week? (Beneficial to pray about later or to incorporate in discussion about faith if you have time!)
Sermon Questions -
* What were your some of your initial thoughts during/after the sermon? Where are your faith levels right now?
* Discuss why the best thing that can happen to any relationship is trust building.
* What do you think God is doing or using in your life right now to grow faith in you?
* The enemy’s plan has always been to distort how we see God, to break trust, create distance, and build self-reliance in us. What is one thing that you’ve experienced or thought that did just that? How were you able to realize it and turn it around?
* What is an area of your life that you know you need to work on in the area of trust with God so that you can have a stronger relationship with Him?
Getting to Know You Question
#1 What topic could you give a 20-minute presentation on without any preparation?
Sermon Question Options (You don’t have to do all of these)
#2 Describe a time when you felt like an outsider at a church. How did that experience affect your attitude towards the church?
#3 Why do you think it is easy for churches to forget that church is for everyone not just for “church people”?
#4 One of the primary reasons we make others feel like outsiders is because we are too comfortable in our current surroundings. We must get out of our comfort zone. Share a time when you jumped out of your comfort zone to do something God was leading you to do. How did your stepping out of your comfort zone help you grow as a person and in your faith?
Putting it Into Action:
This week take some steps to do your part in helping make your church a place for everyone. Here are a few suggestions of things you can do to make that happen:
• Don’t rush out of the church after your worship experience. Spend some time in the lobby visiting with those you do not know and especially those who are visitors.
• Before, during and after your worship experience, keep an eye out for someone who looks lost or could use some help. Step out of your comfort zone and do what you can to assist them and make them feel at home.
• If you are not already serving, it is time to step up and serve. Consider serving in an area of ministry that is instrumental in creating a welcoming atmosphere for everyone in the church like serving children or greeting.