Community Group Homework
For the week of March 7, 2016
1. What is your favorite Easter candy of all time?
2. What is the greatest comeback story that you have ever witnessed or been a part of? What made it so great?
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
TALK ABOUT IT
1. On Sunday we said that Jesus was both humble and bold as he entered Jerusalem. Is it possible to be both of those things at once? Why or why not?
2. What do you think it looks like for us to be humble yet bold witnesses for Christ? How do we live that out?
In Matthew 10, Jesus is getting ready to send out His disciples to preach and teach in some villages in Israel. Before He sent them out, he said this to them:
16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
– When you read that passage, what parts of Jesus’ advice to His disciples jump off the page to you?
– What do you think it means to be, “as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves”? How do we find that balance in our day-to-day interactions with people?
– Jesus told His disciples not to worry – what reason did He give them for not worrying?
– Have you ever had a conversation where you weren’t sure what to say and God seemed to give you just the right words?
When Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem, many people who had witnessed His miracles and heard His teaching welcomed Him as a king and brought more people to see Him. They wanted others to experience what they had experienced.
– How have you been able to share your experience as a follower of Christ with other people? How have people typically responded?
– In our current culture, what are some of the challenges to sharing our faith with others? How can we overcome those challenges?
– Complete this thought: The hardest thing about inviting someone to church is…
WRAPPING IT UP
Is there someone specific that you are planning or wanting to invite to church this Easter? How can we pray for you as you do that?