Community Group Homework
For the week of November 30, 2015
TALK ABOUT IT
- When do you like to start listening to Christmas music?
- If money wasn’t an issue, would you rather have a brand new house or a beautifully restored older house? Why?
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your atten- tion, challenged or confused you?
TALK ABOUT IT
- Is it hard for you to “owe” somebody something? Why or why not?
- How would you describe the feeling of paying off a debt (your car, a credit card, your home)?
In the New Testament book of Colossians, the Apostle Paul wrote this to the church in the city of Colossae:
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and un- derstanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:9-14)
- According to this passage, why should we give, “joyful thanks to the Father”? What do you think that looks like in our lives?
- What do you think it means that we have been redeemed by Christ? What have we been redeemed from? What do you think we have been redeemed for?
- What do you think Paul means by “living a life worthy of the Lord”? How can we live that kind of life?
- If redemption means that our debt to God has been, “paid in full,” how do you think that should influence our view of God?
- How should it impact how we live our lives? If we can’t pay God back for what He has done for us, does how we live our lives matter?
- In the Fine Print series, we have looked at some big theological words like: salvation, reconciliation, justification, reconciliation, and redemption. How has digging into the meaning of these terms affected your understanding of God or what Christ has done for you? How has it affected how you live out your faith in the real world?
- How can our group pray for you this week?