Hebrews 13:5-6

Discussion Questions
Hebrews 13:5-6

INTRODUCTION
Paul does not write his letters in a vacuum. Instead, he writes in a community of apostles to various communities of believers. As such, each writer of the New Testament instructed and encouraged the church in their mission and purpose, and supported Paul’s writings.


DISCUSSION
1.    The apostles chose a specific word to describe the church, ekklesia (Gr., called out community). How does this differ from they way we typically think of church? How does this remind us of what the church truly is?

2.    Read Rm 12:1-2. Why does God prefer our bodies as living sacrifices to temple sacrifices? How do we present ourselves to God as living sacrifices?

3.    Read Gal 6:2. What does it mean to bear one another’s burdens?

4.    Read Col 1:28. As the church we are called to articulate the reality and danger of sin to one another and to our culture. How do we do so winsomely, yet without compromise?

5.    Discuss the following quote. “Christian confidence comes not from what we have, but who has us.”

APPLICATION
How can community assist us with finding contentment and confidence in the Provider rather than in the provision?

PRAYER

Spend some time in prayer with one another for things drawn out of the discussion.

The Life of Christ: The Death, Burial, and Resurrection

The Life of Christ: According to Paul
The Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ
1 Corinthians 15

INTRODUCTION
Paul spends a great portion of his first letter to church at Corinth to discuss the important issue of resurrection, both of Christ and of humanity. In it we are reminded of the great hope that the resurrection brings for eternal life beginning now.


DISCUSSION
1.    Paul begins this passage by reminding his readers of the gospel. Sin creates in us a sort of gospel-amnesia. How can we remind ourselves over and again of the gospel? How does forgetting the gospel affect our lives?

2.    Paul grounds the reality of the resurrection in the reality of history. How could you discuss the resurrection with an unbeliever who is skeptical of this incredible event?

3.    Read 1Co 15:12-18. What are the fatal consequences to the gospel if the resurrection is not true?

4.    Why is the resurrection of Christ the foundation of the Christian faith?  Is it important that Jesus rise from the dead after his crucifixion?  If so, why?

APPLICATION
The resurrection gives us both a present hope of salvation and a future hope of resurrection to eternal newness of life. As a community, how to we help on another remember the gospel, which tells us who we really are in Christ?

PRAYER
Spend some time in prayer with one another for things drawn out of the discussion.

The Life of Christ: The Humilty of Christ

Discussion Questions
Philippians 2:5-11 “The Humility of Christ”

INTRODUCTION
Paul points to the incarnation of Christ as the greatest example of humility. As the body of Christ, were are called to emulate Christ’s virtue of humility and reject the sinful vice of pride.


DISCUSSION
1.    Paul “bookends” Philippians 2:5-11 with commands to “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit (v3)” and “Do all things without grumbling or disputing (v14).” In doing so, Paul is demonstrating that good theology should motivate good action. Why is this true?

2.    Why is the incarnation our ultimate example of humility?

3.    In v5 Paul commands us to “have this mind,” and then explains Christ’s humility through the incarnation. Why do we need a continual reminder of Christ’s humility?

4.    What does it mean for Christ to be fully man and fully God? Why is this an important theological truth for our salvation?

5.    Pride is often viewed as a virtue in our culture, whereas pride is viewed as a vice. Have you seen examples of this? How can we combat this in our own lives?

APPLICATION
Humility may be said to be the glue that holds a community of faith together. Indeed, a community of pride is susceptible to fracturing and division. How to we, as a community, help maintain Christ-like humility?

PRAYER
Spend some time in prayer with one another for things drawn out of the discussion.

The Life of Christ: The Incarnation

The Life of Christ – According to Paul
Galatians 4:1-7 “The Incarnation”
Discussion Questions

INTRODUCTION
When looking at the relationship of God’s people to the law, Paul notes how Christ was “born of a woman, born under the law” so that ultimately God could turn sinners into saints, slaves into son.


DISCUSSION
1.    What does it mean that the law is akin to the ABCs of the gospel? How does the Holy Spirit advance our understanding of the law?

2.    Paul says that Christ was sent by the Father. What does this say about Christ’s existence before his birth?

3.    Discuss the following quote, “God went beyond redemption to adoption, turning slaves into sons.”

4.  Discuss the following quote from Martin Luther in light of the Christmas season:  [Christianity] does not begin at the top, as all other religions do; it begins at the bottom.… Therefore, whenever you are concerned to think and act about your salvation, you must put away all speculations about the Majesty, all thoughts of works, traditions, and philosophy—indeed, of the Law of God itself. And you must run directly to the manger and the mother’s womb, embrace this Infant and Virgin’s Child in your arms, and look at Him—born, being nursed, growing up, going about in human society, teaching, dying, rising again, ascending above all the heavens, and having authority over all things. In this way you can shake off all terrors and errors, as the sun dispels the clouds.

APPLICATION
So often we forget that being found in Christ means being a child of God, a son who has received a great inheritance. How do we remind ourselves of our “sonship” in Christ?


PRAYER
Spend some time in prayer with one another for things drawn out of the discussion.