Small Group Questions: 05-05-2024

REMINDER & GROUP DISCUSSION

This is the final week of questions for Small Groups. For your group this may be your final Small Group Meeting as well. Or maybe you’re going to meet one more time to close out the semester with a BBQ, outing, or something else. If you haven’t already, talk as a group about your plans.

ICE BREAKER

The service on Sunday was a little different. If you could design a Sunday Service, what would you include? What would you not include? How long would it be? What would be different? What would be the same? Discuss & share with the group.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. The four words that summarize the Sabbath series are: Stop//Rest//Delight//Worship

-Of the four words & teachings, was there one that was particularly helpful?

-Was there one that was particularly challenging?

-How do you see these concepts interconnecting?

2. James shared how his glasses helped to focus his vision so he could see clearly.

-How does worship function in the same way, helping us to refocus our spiritual vision?

-Do you have a personal experience where worship helped you gain clarity or refocus spiritually?

3. Read Revelation 4:1-11. This is a description of heaven where all creation worships God as he is sitting on the throne at the center of all reality.

-What do you think this passage teaches us about the importance of worship in our lives?

-What does it mean to you that God is on his throne?

-How is worship a recognition of God being on his throne?

-How does the vision of God on the throne in heaven help when we face challenging circumstances & situations?

4. James talked about how worship reminds us of our identity and our need for salvation.

-How does worship serve as this reminder for you, that you are a sinner who needs redemption?

-Do you have a personal experience where worship helped remind you of your identity?

5. Read Isaian 6:1-5 & Romans 7:24. These verses show Isaiah’s reaction to seeing the Lord and Paul’s acknowledgment of his own shortcomings.

-How do these examples resonate with your own experiences in worship?

-How often do you need reminded that you are a sinner who needs redemption?

-Imagine yourself in the throne room with Isaiah, what would you say?

6. Read Psalm 8.

-How does worship help us balance the tension between recognizing our sinfulness and embracing God’s love?

7. Read Isaiah 6:6-7. James talked about how worship reveals God’s provision in Isaiah’s cleansing and forgiveness.

-Does worship have this function for you?

-Do you have a personal experience where worship helped remind you of God’s provision for your greatest spiritual needs?

8. James said, “I have said to people for many years, I always feel better after church then before church.”

-Do you relate to that?

-When has that NOT been your experience?

-Do you have a personal experience where worship worship provided comfort and strength in the midst of life’s challenges?

9. GROUP ACTIVITY: Share with the group some of your favorite worship songs and/or hymns that you find particularly meaningful in expressing God’s worthiness and provision in your life. As you have time, consider pulling a couple up on YouTube or Spotify and listening to one or two as a group.

10. Same final question as the previous 3 weeks.

-How do you plan to take small steps toward implementing Sabbath rest in your life this week?

-What adjustments, if any, do you feel prompted to make after hearing this message?

PRAYER PROMPT

Use the following from Revelation 4:8-11 to worship & honor God. Decide whether you will have one person say the words, go around and have multiple people say the words, or have everyone in the group say the words. However, you decide to do it, groups are encouraged to repeat the words multiple times. Consider saying it enough that you can focus less on the words, and more on the worship.Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. Give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever. Worship him who lives for ever and ever. You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.

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