House Church Questions, June 6, 2021
1.Share with one another any challenges or blessings you experienced this past week.
The First and Last Letter Matthew 22:36-40
2.Read these verses together and discuss with each other how we should love God in these four different ways – with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength (added in Mark 12:30). Give examples of each of these four ways of loving God.
3.Why do you think Jesus said that these were the two greatest commandments on which the Law and Prophets depend? What about the commandment, “Be holy as I am holy,” also found in the Old Testament and quoted in the New Testament in 1 Pet. 1:18?
4.The second greatest commandment, that of loving our neighbours as ourselves, comes from Leviticus 19:18. It is quoted seven times in the New Testament, more than any other Old Testament verse. What message does that present about NT Christianity?
5.Does the commandment to love your neighbour as yourself, in the OT, only refer to loving your Jewish neighbour, and in the NT, only refer to loving your nearest Christian “neighbour?” (Hint: read Lev. 19:33-34; Rom. 13:9; and Gal. 6:10). How can we show love to non-Christians neighbours?
6.Before the sermon, Rob shared about our responsibility for the shameful way the Canadian government and churches treated indigenous children in the Residential School System in the last two centuries. This has come to the front of our national consciousness with the discovery of 215 remains of indigenous children in B.C. Although your own ancestors may not have been involved, what is our responsibility as Canadians for past national crimes? How do the Scriptures address national crimes by God’s people? (i.e., Nehemiah 9:33; Acts 2:23; Romans 2:23; etc.)
House Church Questions, May 30, 2021
Share with one another any challenges or blessings you experienced this past week.
Sticky Situations 1 Sam. 14:24-48
1.Verse 24 describes how Saul bound Israel by an oath not to eat anything that day or they would die, even if it was himself or Jonathan (v. 24). The narrator repeats this twice showing that it is a key theme (v. 39, 44). What was wrong with this oath? (Hint: compare v. 24 with v. 23). What does this indicate about Saul’s leadership? Should Christians ever make an oath?
2.In verses 25-30, Jonathan, ignorant of his father’s oath, took some wild honey and “his strength was renewed” (NIV, v. 27, 29 footnote). How did he justify himself? How do the events of verses 31-35, show that Saul’s oath was foolish? Why were Israelites not allowed to eat meat with the blood still in it (Leviticus 17:10-12)? Does this prohibition apply to Christians? (Hint: Hebrews 9 mentions blood ten times, but concludes with Hebrews 10:4.)
3.When God did not answer Saul’s request on whether to pursue the Philistines, in verses 36-45, Saul found out that Jonathan had broken his oath. Were the people right in preventing Saul from sacrificing Jonathan (v. 45)? Do we ever encounter a situation today, either in the church or in the world, when a leader feels he must do something right, but the people stop him?
4.In Sunday’s sermon, Ken contrasted the kingship of Jesus Christ with that of King Saul. In John’s Gospel 8:31-36, Jesus explains the freedom that he offers his disciples in contrast to the legalism of the Jewish Pharisees. In Galatians 5:1, the apostle Paul argues against legalism – binding God’s people with unhelpful laws – and emphasizes the liberty we enjoy in Christ. Read these verses and discuss what Christian liberty means for you, and what it doesn’t mean.
5.Verses 47-48 describe how God continued to bless Saul’s military campaigns, despite his failings in this chapter. Why do you think God did this? How might we apply this today?
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