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HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, Nov. 12)

This week, we continue looking at John’s First Letter to brothers and sisters in Christ. His message: all love is, and is from, God, and this love is perfected in us through the presence of the Spirit, and as we testify that Jesus is the Son of God.

Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:13-18

1. In 1 John 4:2, Jesus’ humanity is affirmed. In 1 John 4:15, his divinity is affirmed. Why do you think it’s important that Christians fully understand and acknowledge both?

2. Verse 16b reads, “God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” To ‘abide’ can mean:
•To accept (a truth or a decision)
•To live (a place to call home)
•To remain (continue with what I’m doing)

Using these three descriptions, what are some ways you abide in God and he abides in you?

3. Read verses 17-18. The Love described here is not a stationary thing that we are given and we hold on to, but rather is outward-focused always, love that is moving and meant to be shared and given away freely at all times. What are some ways the Spirit is moving you to move in your life today? Is there something in your life that you think might be keeping you standing still when you should be moving forward in love?

4. Spend a few minutes reflecting on how God’s love is being perfected in you and on specific examples that show this process at work. What is your prayer to God tonight?

HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, Nov. 5)

This week’s message from Steevens Audigé focused on God’s role as ‘Shepherd’ in our lives. What does it mean to have a shepherd? To be shepherded? Let’s dive in…

Scripture Reading: Psalm 23

1. If you were to write a job description (duties and qualifications) for a shepherd, what would be on it? What images come to mind when you imagine a shepherd at work? Does your mental image of a shepherd fit with how you see God? Why or why not?

2. What does this passage have to say about Rest? Is it a luxury or a necessity? What are some ways God ‘leads you’ to Rest in your life? Are there times when you avoid Rest? Why or why not?

3. Why do you think God is described here as a Shepherd first (verses 1-4), and then later as a Host (verses 5-6)? How might these roles reflect God’s heart for His people, both as a collective and as individuals?

4. Many times, we approach God as one who responds to our cries for help: we initiate, He responds. How does this Scripture reverse this approach? Do you tend to view God as the one who moves first, or the one who responds? How might this impact your relationship with Him?

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