Growth Group Weekly Bible Studies – 10.8.17

Pack Your Bags—with the Good News


Theme:
 Pack Your Bags with the Good News

“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”

Warm-Up Questions:  Think about any future trips you will take where you pack your bags.  What is one that you are looking forward to and why?


Observation and Interpretation Questions:

Read Genesis 3: 6- 13, 21 The Good News begins with bad news

  1. What three things convinced the woman to eat from the forbidden tree (verses 6-7)?
  2. How did Adam and his wife respond when they heard God in the Garden (verse 8)?
  3. Who did Adam say was responsible for his eating from the tree (verses 9-12)?
  4. Who did the woman say was responsible for her eating from the tree (verse 13)?
  5. How did the LORD God provide for Adam and his wife afterwards (verse 21)?
  6. Application:  What actions of Adam and Eve can you relate to…or find it all too easy to participate in?

Read Romans 8:1-11, 18  There is lots of good news to the Good News

  1. As you go through these questions, note the many good news items. Write them down!
  2. What is true now for us who by faith “are in Christ Jesus”? (verses 1-4)?
  3. How are we supposed to walk now that we have been set free in Christ (verse 5)?
  4. What does Paul say is true of those who are carnally minded (verses 6-8)?
  5. How does the Spirit work to empower us to live Godly lives (verses 9-11)?
  6. What does Paul say about what is to revealed in the future (verse 18)?
  7. Application: Of these good news offerings in this reading, which do you most appreciate?

 

Read Romans 10:8-15  Good News is for giving away

  1. Where is the word of faith you are proclaiming?  (verse 8)
  2. What is it that we confess with our mouth according to verse 9.  What does this phrase mean to you?
  3. Who is it that ultimately is saved? (verse 13)
  4. What are the steps mentioned in verses 14 & 15 that lead to believing?
  5. You may not be a Sunday preacher, but you do have a chance to share good news.  Is this hard or easy for you?  Why?  How do you do it?


Application Questions:

  1. This next week, consider that God might be sending you to someone to encourage them.  You would be a living example of good news for them.  Who might that person be?
  2. After we have lived out the good news to people, how might we speak the Good News?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that in Christ You make yourself available to us, so that we can reason together with You and recognize all you have done for us in Him.

Talk and Pray

Talk with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives this week, using the questions on the back.
Pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.  

 

Read Isaiah 1:17-19   (Talk)

  1. What does God tell the people to do to show their true devotion to Him (verse 17)?
  2. How does God describe how we are to come to Him (verse 18)?
  3. What does He promise to do for us when we come before Him in faith (verse 19)?

 

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