Community Groups Weekly Bible Study – February 7

Jim Class:  Crossfit
February 7, 2018
Rev. Dr. Roger P. Theimer, Pastor of Faith Formations

 

Expectations

God transforms our lives through connection with each other as we gather around God’s word.  In this Jim Class we focus on the battle in our souls wrestling with what we desire that it might also be what God desires.  As we humble ourselves and submit to God, we see how our sinful desires are placed on the cross of Christ and he gives us new “fitness” in him.  The leader shares a personal story illustrating Romans 7:21-25.

Connect

  1. Think New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you made some, maybe you didn’t.  But if you had to make some for the rest of the year, what would they be?
  2. After all have discussed, why do you think most New Year resolutions are hard to keep?

Engage

  1. Read James 4:1-3
  • What do you think might be some of the types of desires in our hearts that lead to the outward conflict that is listed?
  • Some desires can be good and healthy, but when they become so extreme they become an idol in our lives, they upstage God. Can you think of examples of this?
  1. Read James 4:4-10
  • Friendship with the world means an agreement with evil desires of the world. What do you think are some of the most common evil desires entangling people today?
  • The Spirit envies that top position in our heart but gives us “more grace”(verse 5). What are some of the ways we receive that grace?
  • When we humble ourselves before the Lord, what do you think it might look like for the Lord to lift us up?

Apply

  1. It can be easy to fall into this sentiment: “We love God to the degree that God gives us what we actually love.”  What are those things God has given you that you should be cautious about not making too important?
  2. Ps 37:4-5 says: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Each person share something they might do that helps them keep their heart on their Savior or “delight themselves in the Lord” so that their desires are shaped by him.

 

Pray

Exchange prayer requests and pray for one another.  Conclude with:  “Gracious God, we confess that we often approach You as a vehicle to get the things that we really want instead of You. Yet you extend grace upon grace by loving us, forgiving us and accepting us because of Christ.  Thank you.   Help us to humble ourselves and surrender all that we have to You. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

 

Note to Leaders: Every small group is different, so we are providing a summary study with additional discussion questions in the Going Deeper section. Please choose the questions that relate best to your particular group.

 

Going Deeper

 Connect

  1. What challenged your thinking during the worship service this week?
  2. What is something that you envy in another person(s)?

Engage

Read James 4:1-6

  1. Summarize in one sentence what James identifies as the deeper cause of fights and quarrels among us.
  2. How would you define “friendship with the world?”
  3. What does it mean that God “shows favor to the humble?”

Divide into three groups, with each group reading one of the following passages: Genesis 27:30-38 and 41, Genesis 30:1-3, and Genesis 37:16-27

  1. What role did envy have in creating conflict in the story you read?
  2. What was the result of that conflict?
  3. How is this like what James described in the first part of James, Chapter 4?

Apply

  1. How might a problem that you are currently facing be related to something that is within you (i.e. how are you part of the problem)?
  2. S. Lewis wrote, “We say people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others.” How is this statement true of you?
  3. To what extent do these two statements describe you: “You do not have because you do not ask God” and “When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives?”

 

Learning Opportunity
Read the Book of James in the Bible.

Serving Opportunity
Is there something individually or as a group you can think of that would serve people for the sake of the love we have in Christ?