The King and His People | 9.25.22
1. On a scale of one to ten, how prone are you to following spiritual leaders simply because they are gifted and can produce results? (Deuteronomy 13:1-5) If someone’s gifts and productivity are not to be the litmus test for good leaders, what is to be the litmus test? (Matthew 7:21-23, 1 Timothy 4:12, Galatians 5:16-26)
2. When and how have gifted and productive spiritual leaders discouraged your faith? When and how have gifted spiritual leaders with great character encouraged your faith?
3. When have you been discouraged in godliness by Christian friends and/or family? How did you respond? What was the outcome? When have you been encouraged in godliness by Christian family and friends?
4. To whom or what are you regularly listening that encourages godliness in your life? (Hebrews 10:24) To whom or to what are you regularly listening that discourages godliness in your life (e.g., podcasts, music, shows, movies)
5. When have you seen church discipline work well, and when have you seen church discipline work poorly? (1 Corinthians 5:1-13) What are the differences and similarities between restoration (Galatians 6:1) and discipline (1 Corinthians 5:1-13)?
The King and His People | 9.18.22
1. If the nation of Israel had one besetting sin it would be the worship of god other than Yahweh. Why do you think Israel was so tempted to worship the gods of the Canaanites?
2. Have you ever created your theology of worship (your doctrine concerning the worship of God)? If so, what does it look like? What is important to you when you worship God? What must be included? What would disqualify a service for you?
3. How do you battle the temptation to make worship about other things, like yourself, instead of God alone? How do you protect yourself from a consumer mentality when it comes to worship/church?
4. When you don’t enjoy a worship experience, or have frustrations or concerns, how do you handle them?