Community Group Homework
For the week of February 1, 2016
THE QUESTIONS FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE ALEX DINGMAN QUESTIONS:
1. The best part about the Super Bowl is:
a. The game
b. The commercials
c. The halftime show
d. The food
e. What’s the Super Bowl?
2. The caucuses are over and the politicians are leaving town. Who is the most famous person you have personally met? What was it like when you met them?
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. Do you tend to take risks or avoid them? How has that tendency influenced the direction of your life?
2. Have you ever known someone who missed out on
opportunities because of fear? If so, what did you learn from observing that person?
In Mathew 10:22-33, Matthew tells us about a time that Jesus surprised the disciples by telling them not to be afraid. Read this passage together and discuss the questions as a group:
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Between the storm that was trying to capsize their boat and the appearance of a ghost on the water, their had to be a lot of fear in the boat.
– What kinds of fears were the disciples dealing with?
– Do you think Jesus’ words, “Don’t be afraid,” helped them? Why or why not?
– Talk about a time when you were paralyzed by fear. What happened?
– Talk about a time when you or someone you know pushed past fear and took a bold step of faith to follow Jesus. How did that event affect your faith?
– What do you fear right now? What is one practical thing you can do this week to remind yourself not to be afraid because Jesus is with you? What can this group do to support you?
What do you fear? Be specific, and then remind yourself to fear not—not because there’s nothing to fear but because Jesus is here. You don’t have to be afraid . . . even when there’s something to be afraid of.