This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point.)
We live in a culture in which many would say our very existence, as individuals and as a world, is just a gigantic cosmic accident, free of any divine direction or purpose. The biblical assertions about the meaning of creation point us in significantly different direction. How does it change your sense of why you exist to believe that the fulness of God (“us”) brought this world, and the life processes that created you, into being?
Ezekiel, speaking to Israelites in exile with their nation destroyed and helpless, reported a vision showing that God offers hope even in situations that look hopeless to our human eyes. When have you seen God bring life to a situation or person that seemed beyond hope? Who do you know who needs hope? How can you carry the news of God’s life-giving hope to them?
Some popular sources try to say a church council invented the Christian belief in the Trinity in some dark corner of the 4th or 5th century. But in Matthew 28:19, Jesus the victor, risen from the dead, made the Trinity central to his Great Commission: “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” He didn’t explain the Trinity (and a full grasp of it is always elusive); he simply stated it as reality. Do you find the mystery of the Trinity an obstacle to faith, or can you value it as a way of expressing God’s constant guiding presence with you?
In Roman times, you couldn’t Google a stranger, or call someone in a distant city who knew the person. So people would carry written letters of introduction with them. Paul made the remarkable, challenging claim that the Spirit made Christ-followers like living letters of introduction for Jesus. In what ways do those who know you learn an accurate, appealing image of Jesus from you? Are there any ways in which you want the Spirit to shape you to better represent your Lord?
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