Coping with the Roaring 20s Discussion Questions
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Discussion Questions for April 3:
1. Read Romans 12:9-13 . Which verse or phrase stands out to you? Share your thoughts with each other.
2. Looking at verse 11, do you find it easy or hard to maintain spiritual fervor? What are some ways/things that you find encourage your zeal for the Lord? Consider regularly asking the Lord to awaken your spiritual fervor.
3. Verse 12, is your joy hopeful? Why or why not. Discuss ways to increase your joy, and therefore your hope. When you read “faithful in prayer” does that feel burdensome or promising?
4. Read verse 21. Can you appreciate that in addition to personal instruction, these verses actually lay out a pathway to defeat evil? Discuss the kingdom significance of this revelation.
5. Read Esther 4:14. Is it appropriate for Wellspring to believe that the Lord may be calling us for such a time as this? Reflect on this whole teaching series and share some examples of how you can embody this statement.
Discussion Questions for March 27:
1. Begin by sharing your reactions/reflections to Pastor Rick’s sermon on Perspectives and Attitudes.
2. Read Matt 13:24-30. Does this parable make sense to you? What are some specific “weeds“ and “wheat“ in your life or worldview where applying this parable will be helpful? How can you hold yourself accountable to this new heavenly perspective?
3. Read Matt 24:4-14. This teaching of Jesus is not meant to alarm us, but rather to warn us, and to cause us to be wise and ready. Now read verses 5 and 12 again. Discuss what we can do to receive Jesus’ warning and be ready in the days of confusion. (Tip: focus on relational answers not religious answers.)
4. Look at v. 8 again. How does this description help you, even in our current days? How can it shape your prayers?
5. Read Hebrews 12:26-29. We have talked a lot about shaking. As you read these verses, try to view the world from a heavenly perspective and vantage point. How does this change what you see, hear, feel, and hope?
6. In light of these passages, what is one prayer point you can make to help shift your thinking, attitude and perspective to the world around you?
Discussion Questions for March 20:
1. Share your thoughts on Sunday’s message with each other.
2. Review the Genesis story in the tree of life version.
“When Abram was 99 years old, Adonai appeared to Abram, and He said to him, “I am El Shaddai. Continually walk before Me and you will be blameless. My heart’s desire is to make My covenant between Me and you, and then I will multiply you exceedingly much.” Abram fell on his face, and God spoke with him… Genesis 17:1-3 TLV
Which of these 4 phrases spoke to you:
– continually walk before me
– and you will be blameless
– my heart’s desire
– and God spoke with him
Share how the phrase impacts you, or how it causes you to see God differently. Don’t move too quickly past this exercise. Dig in and share with each other.
3. Do you believe that God is moving during these unsettled times? Do you believe he can bring forth his purposes? Do you believe he wants/needs us to be part of his redeeming purposes? How can we position ourselves to be part of that process?
4. Pastor Wes said that our covenant with God is to be holy. Holy means set apart. What are practical specific ways we can be holy and set apart from the world and set apart onto the Lord in our daily life?
Discussion Questions for March 13:
1. This week’s teaching is about “investing in hope.” Have the past couple of years damaged your hope in any noticeable ways? Short term hopes? Long term hopes? Are there disappointments from the past two years that you are still dealing with or have yet to resolve?
2. In reading about Jerusalem under siege and under God’s judgement, try to put yourself in Jeremiah’s sandals when the word from the Lord comes to buy a piece of land and reclaim some of his family’s inheritance. What kinds of feelings/questions do you think this would evoke in your mind and heart?
3. As you have been watching the news reports from Ukraine, what kinds of feelings are triggered in you? Does this situation occasion questions from you that you would like to ask of God? What are they? What other responses does this invasion bring forth from you?
4. What does it mean to you to “invest in hope” with the Lord? Are there any specific steps/initiatives you feel prompted to take to begin to walk out your investment in hope?
Discussion Questions for March 6:
1. This teaching focused on how to live through prolonged circumstances that are beyond our control and “not where we want to be.” What has been the hardest thing for you to cope with during the past two years? What has helped you through these times?
2. Continuing. . . What have you learned about yourself and your faith during these past two years? What have you learned about the Lord?
3. Continuing . . . Has there been anything you have had to let go of during this pandemic? Have there been hopes that you have had to re-shape?
4. Read Jeremiah 29:11. How does this verse speak to you in your current situation? What does “a future and a hope” look like to you? What does that feel like?
5. Can you think of anyone in your circle who is in need of hope? How might Jeremiah 29:11 speak to them? How might you minister encouragement and hope to this person/these persons?
Discussion Questions for February 27:
1. Discuss your reactions/responses to this week’s sermon. What grabbed your attention? What questions to do you have?
2. Could you relate to Scott Riley’s testimony? Share with each other times/situations that you struggled with isolation.
3. Read John 1:14, 16:7, 14:16-17. Reflect on the statement, “God is an in-person God.” Does your relationship with him reflect this statement? Are there times or ways in which your relationship seems as if he is a distant God, or a virtual God?
4. Consider what Pastor Wes shared about inviting the Holy Spirit not only into your heart, but specifically into your mind, your conscience, and your intuition? What do you think about that? Take a few minutes and practice doing this right now. Don’t rush the process. Reflect on what you just did.
5. Are there times or situations in your daily/weekly life when you can do that on your own? Be specific (when you awake, or before you enter your workplace, or before you begin conversations with specific people, etc.), and plan to check in with each other next week.
Discussion Questions for February 20:
1. Spend some time reflecting on the sermon. What caught your attention? Do you have any questions about what Pastor Wes shared?
2. Share with your group any breakthroughs or deliverances you experienced while listening to the message. Are there other areas in which you are hoping to apply the message? Share and pray for each other.
3. Read Romans 14:15. What’s love got to do with it? Compare it with Christ’s act of love (end of verse).
4. Look at Romans 14:13,15,and19. Of these three, what is the hardest to do: stop passing judgement, acting in love, or make every effort?
5. Look at Romans 14:17. When you think about living in the kingdom of God, are you experiencing primarily righteousness, peace, or joy? How do we experience these “in the Holy Spirit“?
Discussion Questions for February 13:
1. One of the things Pastor Rick mentioned was that “we have all been challenged during this pandemic in ways great and small.” What has been the greatest challenge for you to navigate during this time? Are there ways in which you feel like the Lord personally, or your faith generally, have helped you to navigate that challenge?
2. In Exodus 17 the Lord directly leads Israel to a place known for water, but there was no water there at that time. Can you think of a time when you felt disappointed because you felt like you were following the Lord, but things didn’t seem to work out? How did that experience impact your feelings about the Lord or your walk with him? How has that tension been resolved?
3. In Exodus 17 Israel “tests the Lord” by questioning whether or not He is with them. Do you feel you have ever “tested the Lord” in this way? How so? How has that been resolved in your walk with Him?
4. Pastor Rick said that our memory is part of our spiritual equipment. Can you share an example when you have utilized your own memories/testimony of God’s faithfulness to encourage your own heart? How did that work out?
5. Are there any current challenges where you feel like you are at the corner of “uncertainty and fear”? What is your plan to navigate this situation?
Discussion Questions for February 6th:
1. Read Numbers 11:4-6. What are your emotional reactions to the story? For example, were you shocked by the Israelites’ complaining and lack of perspective? Or did you feel some conviction as you saw yourself in the story?
2. Ask yourself the honest question , Have I been feeding on the Lord‘s faithfulness? Ask yourself, does this really matter or do you feel it really won’t change your environment or your daily life?
3. Look at your current situation, and make a list of things for which you can be grateful. Spend time sharing this list with others and then with the Lord in gratitude and Thanksgiving.
4. Read Psalm 37:1-4. “Delight in the Lord” is a broad and somewhat undefined statement. What does this look like for you, or what could it look like if you made it a higher priority?
5. Think of two or three ways that you can feed on faithfulness in the coming weeks. Commit to them and keep an assessment of the spiritual nutritional value you receive from that meal.
6. Help your Wellspring family by asking each other throughout the weeks to come, “what did you have for dinner?”