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).
From Tuesday's Reading: Matthew 8:14 - 9:13, 35-38
- How did Matthew express the reason for Jesus’ compassion when he saw the crowds? To what extent do you think some of your neighbors, co-workers, maybe even people you see in church are “troubled and helpless… sheep without a shepherd” spiritually? How much do you care about their well-being? Is your attitude toward those with different beliefs or lifestyles one of condemnation, or more like the spirit Jesus showed in this passage?
From Wednesday's Reading: Luke 19:1-10, John 8:1-11
- Somehow, in Zacchaeus, the self-serving tax collector, Jesus saw a man who could be generous. To the townspeople’s amazement, he turned out to be right. Zacchaeus said, “I give half of my possessions to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone, I repay them four times as much.” Do you know anyone who radically reoriented their life after meeting Jesus? What good qualities has Jesus drawn out or magnified in you?
From Thursday's Reading: Romans 7:14-8:17
- In Romans 8:3, Paul wrote that God sent “his own Son to deal with sin.” Moralistic religion often deepens condemnation by saying it’s up to you to “deal with sin” in your life. How can trusting that Jesus has already dealt with your sin and rid you of condemnation free your energy to live out the positive principles of service and community God calls you to? How can you keep your faith focused on Christ and the good he offers you, rather than focusing on the bad you don’t want to do?
From Friday's Reading: 1 John 1:1-2:6, 4:7-12
- John’s claim was (and is) amazing. He said he had heard, seen, and touched “the Word of life” which was “from the beginning”: i.e. God, creator and savior! This was no abstract theory. John wrote about someone he’d known. How can John’s direct eyewitness testimony give you a firmer basis for your faith? Does that quality of testimony help you trust that Jesus is “the eternal life that was with the Father”? When first-century writers said, “We knew Jesus,” how seriously should you take the implications of their claim?