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October 22, 2017
Questions by Pastor Ric

Please remember to use as few or as many of these questions to fit your Life Group.

TEXT: JOHN 1:1-14

  1. One would think that making Christianity (Constantine) the central religion of a political empire like Rome would be a good thing.  Why was it, in many ways, NOT a good thing?  How did the Reformation bring light to the eventiual (891-1046 AD) darkness of that day?  How do Christ-followers today bring darkness to the Gospel message?  How can we avoid this especially as we interact with our Oikos?
  2. We can tend to complicate/add to the gospel message.  Religions abound that do this.  What are steps we can take to avoid legalism? (Reflect on the text here.)
  3. Take a closer look a version of the Nicene Creed. (below) What about this statement troubles you, if anything?  Could you affirm this statement as your own? Why or why not?  What impact does this creed have on your life?
  4. Why is the light of Jesus so important? Name three ways it is important to you, personally.  How do you specifically let your light shine every day?  Can you think of one or two new ways to let your light shine?


o   We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth, of things visible and invisible.

o   And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the begotten of God the Father, the Only-begotten, that is of the essence of the Father.

o   God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten and not made; of the very same nature of the Father, by Whom all things came into being, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.

o   Who for us humanity and for our salvation came down from heaven, was incarnate, was made human, was born perfectly of the holy virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit.

o   By whom He took body, soul, and mind, and everything that is in man, truly and not in semblance.

o   He suffered, was crucified, was buried, rose again on the third day, ascended into heaven with the same body, [and] sat at the right hand of the Father.

o   He is to come with the same body and with the glory of the Father, to judge the living and the dead; of His kingdom there is no end.

o   We believe in the Holy Spirit, in the uncreated and the perfect; Who spoke through the Law, prophets, and Gospels; Who came down upon the Jordan, preached through the apostles, and lived in the saints.

o   We believe also in only One, Universal, Apostolic, and [Holy, Catholic] Church; in one baptism in repentance, for the remission, and forgiveness of sins; and in the resurrection of the dead, in the everlasting judgment of souls and bodies, and the Kingdom of Heaven and in the everlasting life.


[Note to facilitator: This is a guide.  Feel flexible with it in making it conducive to your group context. Feel free to utilize media for analogies or tie-ins.]

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TEXTS: OT SURVEY, GEN 8:11; EX 4:16, 17; NUM 22:28-31; JONAH 4:6-11; EX 25-30; EX 31:1-11. NT SURVEY, MK 11:9-11, 15-17; AC 2:42-47; AC 14:1; HE 10:24, 25; 1CO 14:23-26

  1. Some of the tools God used to communicate (especially in the OT) and deliver messages to man were sometimes a bit unexpected (a dove, a stick, a donkey, a worm)! How does this square with the way God chose to bring His son, Jesus into the world? Why does God do this? How does God’s choice of tools impact our understanding of the gospel message?
  2. The Tabernacle, after the cross, served a different function than before the cross. From what you know about the Tabernacle/Temple, compare and contrast how they functioned as tools God used in pre/post cross days. How does this affect our understanding of how the church building should function today?
  3. While the church building is not the Temple, it is still an important tool God uses to       advance His Kingdom. Should all of us, as believers, be involved in a local church? What do you think are the greatest challenges a larger church has in effective worship and disciple-making? What are some of your suggestions for improving how larger churches can most effectively use their tool? (Hopefully, Life Groups are high on your list!)
  4. Because we do it regularly, there is a sense in which coming to church can become ritualistic. How is coming together as the church more about being the church and not just doing church? After we leave the building how are we still the church?
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