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Questions for Discussion: Matthew 5:43-48

Discussion Questions: A Perfect Father Read Matthew 5:43-48. 1. Where do you see animosity between groups in our culture? 2. Read Luke 10:25-37, the story of the Good Samaritan. Why is this story surprising?3. When confronted with “persecution” either personal or societal, what’s your typical response?4. If you were asked to define why God is perfect w...

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Questions for Discussion: Matthew 5:33-37

Discussion Questions: Liar, Liar Read Matthew 5:33-37 1. Has someone ever broken a significant promise to you? How did that make you feel? 2. Based on the commitments you make and keep (or break) would others say you are a person who keeps your word? 3. Why do you think we are motivated to misrepresent the truth? Reputation, control, fear, blame shifting, to avoid conf...

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Questions for Discussion: Matthew 5:31-32

Discussion Questions: Covenant and Marriage Read Matthew 5:31-32. 1. Is divorce a part of your family history? How has this played a part in your view of marriage and relationships? 2. Are you optimistic that your marriage (or future marriage) will last? How does your understanding of covenant shape that thought? 3. Read Ephesians 5:22-33. How is faithfulness in m...

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Questions for Discussion: Matthew 5:21-26

Discussion Questions: An Angry Heart Read Matthew 5:1:21-26 1. What are some common phrases that people say that sound spiritual but aren’t actually biblical? (e.g. “God helps those who help themselves.”) 2. Tell about a time recently you got angry and the circumstances led up to it? How did you process it or vent? What are we assuming when we say...

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Questions for Discussion: Matthew 5:17-20

Discussion Questions: Law Abiding Citizen Read Matthew 5:17-20. 1. Are there rules that you are expected to live by that you see as silly or insignificant? 2. Where do you find it easy to compromise and how do you justify it? How do we measure our motivations and not just our actions? 3. Read Matthew 28:19-20. How are we discipling others to do the same? Do we really t...

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Questions for Discussion: Matthew 5:13-16

Discussion Questions: Salt and Light Read Matthew 5:13-16. 1. Describe a time when you faced ridicule, humiliation, or persecution for your faith? How did you respond? 2. How does the fear of man or the desire for others approval cause us to dim the light of Christ in us?3. What are specific obstacles that keep you from being the light of Christ to those around you?4. T...

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Questions for Discussion: Matthew 5:1-12

Discussion Questions: Blessed Read Matthew 5:1-12. 1. What about Jesus’ teaching of the “Beatitudes” is surprising to you? How is his teaching comforting? 2. How would you define blessing? What circumstances in life would cause you to question God’s blessing?3. How have you seen these kingdom principles displayed (or not displayed) in your own li...

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Questions for Discussion: Luke 10:25-37

  Discussion Questions: Serve a Need Read Luke 10:25-37 1. Tell about a time when someone has served you in a way that was meaningful to you but may have seemed small to them. What obstacles keep you from serving others? Fear? Margin? Lack of intentionality? 2. Read Luke 10:29. “But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, 'Who is my neighbor?’"...

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Questions for Discussion: Luke 7:36-50

Discussion Questions: Share a Meal Read Luke 7:36-50 1. How have meals been essential in your life for building community? What kind of significant conversations have happened around your table? 2. How does your family do mealtime? How can you be more intentional with this time? Is it normal for you to have guests at your table? 3. Read Luke 7:34. What is significant a...

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Questions for Discussion: Romans 12:1-2

Discussion Questions: Transformed, Part 1: Study Scripture Read Romans 12:1-2. 1. How has the Bible been essential to your transformation? Are there particular verses of Scripture that have helped you grow in your faith?2. How do you normally study the Bible and how has this changed over time? Do you use a Bible reading plan? Is there a specific time of day that works be...

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Questions for Discussion: John 20:1-18

Discussion Questions: The Resurrection of Hope Read John 20:1-18. 1. How would you describe your response to the claim of the resurrection? 2. Read Philipians 3:8 and Matthew 19:27-30. How does the resurrection turn you from fear to hope? 3. What are ways we tend to fill up our lives with experiences or possessions to avoid the things we are afraid of? 4. Read 1 ...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 27:1-28:10

Discussion Questions: Providence Read Acts 27:1-28:10 1. Have you ever been in a situation where you had little control and influence? How did you respond? 2. Read Romans 8:28-30. How did you see God work for your good in the midst of those circumstances? What other passages encourage you?3. When you have been going through difficult times, how have you been encouraged ...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 22-26

Discussion Questions: Paul's Testimony Look over Acts 22-26. 1. What key events or experiences have most significantly shaped your life? What was your life like before following Christ? 2. What or who did God use to begin to open your eyes to His reality?3. How did you begin to understand the gospel and what aspects of it were particularly powerful to you initially?4. H...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 21:1-15

Discussion Questions: Acts 21:1-15 Read Acts 21:1-15. 1. Tell about a time in your life that was really difficult? 2. Who do you relate to most in the passage? Why? 3. Have you or people close to you been confronted with a decision where faithfulness to God’s calling would lead to sacrifice? How did you grow in relationship with God in that time? 4. Ho...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 20:25-38

Discussion Questions: Ephesian Elders pt 2 Read Acts 20:25-38 1. When you are confronted with difficult situations do you lead with your wisdom or with the Word? 2. Do you lead with dependency in prayer or your own abilities and efforts?3. What does your life and doctrine communicate to the people closest to you? What aspects of your life would you not want to see ...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 20:17-24

Discussion Questions: Ephesian Elders, Part One Read Acts 20:17-24. 1. Tell about the person who has had the greatest impact on your personal spiritual growth. What about their life did you notice? 2. Look at Acts 20:20. Why is there a temptation to shrink back? from what? 3. Look at Acts 20:22. When has listening to and following the Spirit been difficult for you? 4....

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 20:1-11

Discussion Questions: Listen Up Read Acts 20:1-11. 1. Tell about a time a sermon impacted you. What made that particular teaching pertinent? 2. When we gather on Sundays, do you come with anticipation? How do you “participate” when listening to a sermon? 3. How do you think you can better prepare to engage with teaching? What can you do to prepare your hear...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 19:12-41

Discussion Questions: Dangerous Assumptions Read Acts 19:12-41. 1. What assumptions does Demetrius and the town clerk have about their religious convictions? What basic assumptions about life do you think our culture has? 2. Read James 4:1-4. How do you know something has become an idol in your life? 3. What situations in your life cause you to be anxious, fearful, ang...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 19:11-20

Discussion Questions: Sons of Sceva Read Acts 19:11-20. 1. Do you remember a time in your life when from your spiritual life changed dramatically? Was it single event or a process over time? 2. How did you move from a general knowledge of God to a personal relationship with him? How are you continuing to grow in relationship with Him? 3. Tell about a time in your life ...

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Questions for Discussion: Advent Week 1

Discussion Questions: The Word Became Flesh Read John 1:1-18. 1. When you think about God what is the first word that comes to mind? What in your life most forms those ideas? 2. Read Exodus 33:17-23. How does Jesus coming help us to “see” God? 3. What were some of your Christmas family traditions growing up? How could you be intentional to develop meaningfu...

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Questions for Discussion: 1 Corinthians 12

Discussion Questions: Gifts: How The Spirit Empowers Read 1 Corinthians 12. 1. Are you aware of your spiritual gifts? Do you see a difference in your skills and talents versus your gifting? 2. Which gifts are given the most prominence in our culture? Which gifts do you value the most? 3. How do you struggle with comparing your part in the body with others? Are their pe...

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Questions for Discussion: Luke 5:1-10

Discussion Questions: Mercy and Mission Read Luke 5:1-11 1. Why is Peter’s reaction to Jesus a key part of this passage? Why did he not celebrate getting a lot of fish? 2. Jesus calls Peter to be a fisher of men. How do we see this in the rest of Peter’s life? 3. Do you “own the lostness” of your community or are you like the Francis Chan illust...

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Questions for Discussion: Romans 8:9-17

Discussion Questions: How the Spirit Kills Read Romans 8:9-17. 1. Can you remember in your own experience the beginning of sanctification that occurred when you became a Christian? Do you remember specific times in your life where your desires changed? 2. As you have grown to greater maturity and holiness in the Christian life, have you become more conscious of the weig...

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Questions for Discussion: 1 Corinthians 6:1-11

Discussion Questions: How the Spirit Cleanses Read 1 Corinthians 6:1-11. 1. What sins do you think disqualify you from the grace of God? Do you believe the Spirit has the power to change people? 2. Do you ever struggle to believe that you have been washed and are clean before God? How do your current struggles for growth effect the view of your acceptance? 3. What...

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Questions for Discussion: Ephesians 4:1-7

Discussion Questions: How the Spirit Makes Us Family 1. What are the characteristics of a life that is worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4:1-3)? Look at verse two. What do you think this would look like practically in day to day life? 2. Where have you been encouraged to see the Spirit at work in Centerpoint? In your experience, what keeps us from unity and peace in our r...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 19:1-10

Discussion Questions | The Holy Spirit: Be Filled 1. What is your first reaction at the mention of the Holy Spirit? Weird, Familiar, Creepy, Misunderstood? 2.  Read Eph 1:11-23: What are the main activities of the Holy Spirit in this passage? 3. What would it look like for the Spirit to do this work in your life? How does this understanding of the Spirit’s work promp...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 18:18-28

Questions for Discussion: Humble and Helpful Read Acts 18:18-28. 1. Share examples of people who you would be intimidated to have over for dinner (e.g. the President, a professor, your boss, etc.). Why would you feel intimidated to have them over? 2. Are you more inclined to think you have nothing of value to say or contrarily think you have all the answers? Who is some...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 18:1-17

Questions for Discussion | When the Job is Too Big Read Acts 18:1-17. 1. If God was moving in our city, name some things that would be happening. If your personal finances, employment and housing situation were not stable, would you be able to simultaneously rejoice with what God is doing in the city? 2. Do you view life and ministry as primarily individual or communal?...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 17:16-34

Questions for Discussion: Life on Mission Read 17:16-34.  1. When was the last time you were truly broken about the lost world around you? How can you grow in your compassion? 2. What is the sphere of influence God has placed you in to be a blessing to others? 3. What are the key components of the Gospel that Paul shared with the Athenians? Do you feel confident i...

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Questions for Discussion : Acts 17:1-15

Questions for Discussion: Who’s The Boss? Read Acts 17:1-15 1. Think about your decision making process. Do you invite others into that process? If so, why do you invite those specific people in? 2. How often does Scripture influence and/or challenge your decision making? Tell about a time when that happened. 3. When you have conflict over issues of life and doct...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 16:16-40

Question for Discussion: Hope and Freedom Read Acts 16:16-40. 1. Describe when a situation didn’t go the way you wanted it to. Where you tempted to lose hope? 2. How does the gospel cause you to view your past and your future differently? 3. Paul ends up in prison for sharing the gospel. Have you experienced consequences (positive or negative) because of the gosp...

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Questions for Discussion | Acts 16:6-15

Questions for Discussion: Led by the Spirit Read Acts 16:6-15. 1. Describe a time in your life when the Lord was clearly leading you. 2. Put yourself in Lydia’s shoes. Who has been instrumental in your walk with God? 3. Put yourself in Paul’s shoes. How have you seen God use you to help others follow Him? 4. How do I have a tendency to overlook current rel...

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Questions for Discussion | Acts 15:36-16:5

Questions for Discussion Acts 15:36-16:5 | Relationships & The Mission of God 1. Think about conflict in your own life. What’s been the reason for some of that conflict? 2. What determines how you join God on mission? Relationships, opportunity, proximity? How has this affected major life decisions? 3. Take inventory of your background, convictions, and gifti...

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Questions for Discussion | Acts 15:1-35

Questions for Discussion Guardians of Grace | Acts 15:1-35 1. Read Galatians 5:1-12, Romans 2:17-24. What are some ways we identify righteousness externally? Is that right or wrong? What’s at stake? 2. What would you include on your list to a Gentile (non-Jew)? Do you feel tension to add to the grace of God? 3. What verses remind you of God’s salvation by grace alo...

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Questions for Discussion | Acts 14

Questions for Discussion Don't Quit | Acts 14 1. Describe a time where you were misunderstood as a Christian? How is the work of Jesus misunderstood by today’s culture? 2. Describe a time where the gospel has caused division? How do you maintain focus on your particular calling in the midst of misunderstanding, division or hardship? 3. How do you respond when peo...

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Questions for Discussion | Acts 13:13-52

Questions for Discussion Acts 13:13-52 | True Freedom Read: Romans 3:19-26 and Galatians 3:1-4,10-14. How is living in light of the gospel different that living under the law? How do these verses encourage you to live with more joy and freedom? Read these statements from Tim Keller and discuss where you see this struggle present in your own life. Religion: I obey-there...

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Questions for Discussion Acts 13:1-10 | God Sends His Best to the Worst 1. Where have you experienced opposition to the message of the Gospel? Where have you seen fruit? 2. Read 1 Peter 4:12-16. Does it surprise you that there is opposition to God’s work? Why or why not? 3. As you look back on your life, how have you seen God’s plans for You unfold in ways ...

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Questions for Discussion: A Church that Prays

Questions for Discussion: A Church that Prays 1. Do you often have difficulty with prayer? What things in the message have been helpful to you in this regard 2. Read John 16:23-24. How have you experienced joy in your prayer life? When have you known the most effective times of prayer in your own life? 3. How does it help and encourage you (if it does) when you pray tog...

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Questions for Discussion: Marks of Every Church

Questions for Discussion: Marks of Every Church 1.What is your reaction to current events? What convictions are being revealed or formed in you? 2. How are Christians portrayed in our culture? Does that surprise you? 3. What do you think it means to be a Christian? Doctrinally, Practically, Relationally? 4. What does it look like for us to love our community while hold...

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Questions for Discussion: Peter’s Mission to the Gentiles

Questions for Discussion: Peter's Mission to the Gentiles 1. Think about a time where you felt like an outsider. Why did you feel this way? Did someone help you belong? 2. Why is it difficult to for us to see that God is at work in the lives of others before we encounter them? 3. Think about your routines. How can you reclaim a daily routine for the gospel? 4. Who is o...

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Questions for Discussion: Paul's Conversion

Questions for Discussion: Paul's Conversion 1. Share about your spiritual journey. How did you come to know Jesus?2. Name someone who has been influential in your spiritual journey. How did God use them in your life?3. Are you actively engaged in helping others follow Jesus? Who and how?4. What are common challenges you face in taking an active role in the discipleship of...

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Questions for Discussion: Living With Gospel Intentionality

Questions for Discussion: Living With Gospel Intentionality 1. What is significant about the willingness and readiness of Philip to go where the Spirit leads him? 2. How is the Gospel interpreting your personal experience? 3. Who is speaking Gospel into your life? 4. In what way is God using you to help others understand their current situation and be able to see Jesus...

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Questions for Discussion: Scattered to Samaria

Questions for Discussion: Scattered to Samaria 1. Why is it significant that Philip proclaimed the gospel to the Samaritans? How does his faithfulness encourage you? 2. Simon the Magician appeared to follow Jesus, but for the wrong reasons. What do you think caused him to miss the point of the gospel? 3. What might following Jesus for the wrong reasons look like in toda...

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Questions for Discussion: Acts 8:1-3

Questions for Discussion: Acts 8:1-3 1. In all areas of life, why do you think the good are in and the bad are out? And how is the gospel contrary to that idea? 2. What comes to mind when you think about the apostle Paul? How would you characterize him? 3. If you were honest, do you think judgment is more justifiable for someone like Jihadi John or Hitler than it is for...

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Questions for Discussion: The Gospel Changes Everything

Questions for Discussion: The Gospel Changes Everything If someone were to ask you: “What is the gospel?”, how would you answer them? How has the gospel changed your relationship with God? How has it changed your relationship with others? What is the hardest part of the Good News for you to believe? If what you believe about the gospel truly affecte...

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Questions For Discussion: Disciples Making Disciples

Questions for Discussion: Disciples Making Disciples 1. Describe a time in your life when you were growing spiritually? What were some of the factors that were helping you grow? 2. Are you experiencing a similar type of growth currently? If not, what are the current discipleship challenges you’re facing? 3. Throughout your life, who has poured into you spiritually...

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Questions for Discussion - Engaging Brokenness

Take time this week to make a list of things you see in yourself and in your community that only Jesus could fix. Pray and ask him to lead you in how to respond. Questions for Discussion: Engaging Brokenness 1. How would you define “brokenness”? What are the types of brokenness you see in your community? 2. Where do you feel the tendency to run away from the...

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Questions for Discussion: Building Community

Take some time to discuss what God is teaching you by discussing the message from this Sunday with your family or missional communities, using these questions as a guide. If you would like to process through the message further, take some time to read through the "one anothers" and some of the scripture references below. This Week's Questions for Discussion 1. What do yo...

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Questions for Discussion: Knowing Jesus

This Week’s Questions for Discussion 1. What are some of the ways God makes Himself known to us? 2. What are some of the ways that you are seeking to grow in your in your relationship with Jesus? 3. What does your time in the Word and in prayer look like? 4. How does being in community help you grow in knowing Jesus? And how can you help others know Jesus?...

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