September 30

Introduction

  1. Have you ever had a conversation with God like Moses had? “God this is too much”

  2. When are you most likely to become discouraged? Why?

  3. Do you find yourself complaining a lot?

Reflect

  1. Why do you think the Israelites attitude has deteriorated so rapidly from earlier in Chapter 9:15-23 and Chapter 10:11-26

  2. Why does Moses want to quit? What is his response to the complaints of the people?

Apply

  1. What do you learn about God in this passage? About yourself?

  2. How will you apply what you’ve learned this coming week?

  3. How will your life change if you apply what you’ve learned about complaining and discouragement?

September 23

Introduction

  1. What one childhood quality would you like to recapture?

Reflect

  1. As a disciple, how would you feel when Jesus asked about the argument?

  2. Why does Jesus use a child as an object lesson on true greatness in the kingdom?

  3. How does Jesus’ command in verse 35 relate to Paul’s command in Romans 12:3, Romans 12:10, and Philipians 2:3-4

Jesus assumed the posture of a teacher and sat down (v. 35). He felt the need to move into “teacher mode” to correct bad thinking on the part of his disciples. He’d overheard the commotion behind him on the way to Capernaum (disciples in the first century followed behind their rabbi). Jesus explained to his closest followers how “upside down” things are in his kingdom. Leaders become servants. The first become last. In Jesus’ value system, being ahead of others was not a place one desired to be. In his value system, others were to be placed in a more prominent position. In that position, they were to be served and honored. It sounds a lot like the environment the apostle Paul was teaching in Romans 12 and Philippians 2. Is this the kind of environment that God wants to create in CSP or in your small group? What’s keeping that from happening? Hopefully, it isn’t you.

Apply

  1. How does success “Jesus-style” differ from the ideas of success pressing on you?

  2. What would it mean for you to reflect verses 35-37 in your family? Your church? Your small group?

  3. What member of CSP could you honor this week? What would honoring that person look like?

  4. Have you been guilty of not showing love and kindness to someone in your group or in your church? How does God want you to respond to His command in these verses?

  5. Jesus commanded his disciples to be people who serve others, placing them first in priority. What would you have to adjust to be able to serve others in a greater way this week?

September 16

Introduction

  1. What’s the first thing you hear in the morning?

  2. What would it mean for you to start your day by listening to God?

Reflect

  1. How would you describe the servant’s mission? What does this teach us about the character and ministry of Jesus?

  2. What does this passage teach us about listening?

  3. What gives the servant confidence and hope in spite of such ill-treatment?

Apply

  1. How might you apply the servants wisdom to your life? How can you better listen?

  2. How does Paul apply verses 8-9 to us in Romans 8:31-39

  3. In what situation do you need to lay hold of that confidence now?

September 9

Introduction

  1. What do our words reveal about us? What do our actions reveal? How are they related?

  2. Do you think it’s hard for us to have our actions match our words? Why?

  3. What do we communicate to other people when we don’t listen well or talk too much? What happens when these traits enter into our relationship with God?

Reflect

In these verses James draws attention to what mature faith looks like in Action. Christians can pretend to obey God without truly listening to His commands. The readers of James’s letter knew the transforming power of God’s Word and James urges them to demonstrate this change in their lives.

  1. Which of the commands are the easiest for you to obey and what are the easiest to disobey?

  2. Why do we often, “hear” and not “do” when it comes to the scripture?

  3. What impact do personal disciplines such as Bible study, prayer, and remaining obedient have on how you treat others?

Apply

  1. What do you spend more time on - your spiritual growth (Bible reading and study/prayer) active ministry, personal time, or work? What needs to change for you to have more balance?

  2. In what area of your life could you do a better job at applying God’s Word rather than merely listening to it? What help do you need from God in this area?

  3. If God had written these verses only for you, which words or phrases do you think he would have underlined?