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Everyday Faith: Growing an Everyday Faith Because Faith is Needed Every Day
Sermon-Based Discussion/Reflection Questions
May 30th, 2021
- Everyday Faith: Growing an Everyday Faith Because Faith is Needed Every Day. In this 8-week study of the book of James as James, the brother of Jesus, teaches us to have an everyday faith that thrives in a world where faith is very much needed but not easy to build. Be here and lean in for Everyday Faith because faith is needed every day.
- Everyday Faith: Everyday Church – In Week 8 of Everyday Faith, we looked at how James encourages us to be the church to one another. The church is something you are not a place you attend.
- DISCUSSION/REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
- What comes to your mind when you hear the word “church”?
- What does this passage tell us about how we can be the church to each other? READ Hebrews 10:24-25
- Doug stated that the problem is we have a tendency to think of a church the wrong way. He said: “The problem is that we think the Church has become something we GO TO instead of something we ARE. We think of Christianity as a PRIVATE RELATIONSHIP. And, we have nowhere to live out the ‘ONE ANOTHERS’ of Scripture.” Which one of those has been the biggest problem for you?
- READ James 5:7-12. How does it inform us of how we can “spur one another on” as we follow Jesus together?
- James 5:16 informs us that we need to confess our sins to one another. Why is that hard for you to do? Have you ever done that in a way that it went well and helped?
- Doug also stated that we all need a place where we are: 1) Genuinely KNOWN, 2) Lovingly SUPPORTED, and 3) Honestly CHALLENGED. Which one do you need most right now? Who does that for you or could do that for you?
- James 5:19-20 states “My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” This has a tendency to not go well when someone wanders and we try to “bring that person back.” What do you think are best practices for doing this well?
- NEXT STEPS: Everyone has a next step to apply what we have learned. What is your next step?
- MEMORY VERSE: *Challenge your group to commit this verse to memory:
- Hebrews 10:24-25 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
- PRAYER: Spend some time praying about your role in being the church to one another and how you can do that for others this week, as well as how you can seek that out.
- Scripture References: James 5:13-20; Matthew 16:18; Hebrews 10:24-25; Galatians 6:1; Proverbs 14:12; 1 John 1:9; John 3:19-21; Galatians 6:2-5; Proverbs 28:13