14 November 2018
- What do we mean when we say ‘’speaking in tongues?’
- Is ‘tongue speaking’ confined to Christianity?
- Does experiencing something make it right and does holding a minority view make it wrong?
- What does the book of Acts say about tongue speaking?
- What does the book of Corinthians say about tongue speaking? – is the speaking in tongues of Corinthians different from the speaking in tongues found in the book of Acts?
- Show me one verse that says that tongue speaking has ceased.
- Is this an issue where we can ‘sit on the fence?’
- Do non tongues speakers ‘quench the Spirit?’
- How can we ensure that we are Spirit-filled believers?
- Are there peolple who have moved on from the tongue speaking movement?(see link below)
7 November 2018
- 1 Kings 21:21 – 29, the Lord pronounces judgement on Ahab, did Ahab truly repent?
- Read 1 Kings 22: 1-38 which relates the death of Ahab. How do you ‘feel’ about Ahab? Do you think Ahab’s death might have helped the King of Judah (Jehoshaphat) in any way?
- Ahaziah is Ahab’s son (2 Kings 1:1-2). What did he learn from his parents? Why was Ahaziah’s sin so serious? (verse 8 gives an indicator to the seriousness of Ahaziah’s sin.)
- Ahaziah ‘seemed to’ to receive less mercy than his father Ahab. Is this an accurate statement? “Reprobation” is the term used to describe those who by default are left in their fallen human nature to sin and to be eternally damned (search Google for ‘The doctrine of reprobation’) Does Ahaziah’s life seem to fit this teaching?
- 2 Kings 2 – Elijah’s ‘death’. How many characters in the Bible can you think of who had a unique ‘passing’ from this world?
- How would you sum up the life of Elijah?
- In 1 Kings 19 we are introduced to Elisha. How would you sum up Elisha’s commitment to God’s calling as you read verses 19-21? Is there anything here to encourage us in terms of commitment to the Lord?
- Why did Naboth refuse to give Ahab his vineyard? (1 Kings 21.3). Why is it so important to learn contentment in our Christian lives? (Philippians 4.11).
- The book of Romans explains that we are not justified by the law, yet the law is used to point out our sin (Romans 7). List the laws (commandments of God from Exodus 20) that Jezebel broke in her evil plot against Naboth?
- Do you think that the events of 1 Kings 21 demonstrates Elijah’s bravery?
- One Bible translation renders 1 Corinthians 4.13:
We appeal gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash–right up to the present moment.
Is this how Elijah might have felt in 1 Kings 21.20? More importantly, have you ever felt like this? How do you deal with it?
- Some say that Naboth’s life is a picture of the Lord Jesus. In other words, some of the events or aspects of Naboth’s life are similar to some things that Jesus endured and experienced (theologians use the term ‘type of Christ’). Can you see any similarities?
- How does 1 Kings 18.40 help us to understand that in those days Israel was a theocracy (a state governed directly by God)? Is there anything in verse 41 that helps to affirm the events of verse 40?
- Why is it important to maintain prayerfulness after a spiritual victory? ( verse 42).
- Is there any aspect of Elijah’s prayer (verse 42) that can help us in our prayer life? Give consideration to his prayer in context eg timing and location.
- Ahab responds to Elijah in verses 18-20 and when Elijah tells him to eat and drink (verse 42), but Ahab was evidently still far from the Lord. Why? Does chapter 19.1 help to show that Ahab was unconverted?
- Why did Elijah flee? (19.3). Have you ever ran from God and found yourself in a spiritual wilderness?
- Can you list 3 or more important lessons that Elijah learnt in the wilderness? (19.4-16}
- Why did the people halt (limp) between two opinions? Why didn’t Elijah directly address the false prophets at this point? (1 Kings 18.21)
- In what sense was Elijah the ‘only prophet’? (1 Kings 18.22). Can you take any encouragement from this verse in terms of your own Christian walk with the Lord?
- Can you see the hallmarks of false religion as demonstrated by the Prophets of Baal?
- Was Elijah wrong to mock the prophets of Baal? (1 Kings 18.27).
- Can you see any symbolism in verse 30? What should happen in the universal Church of Jesus Christ before there is a real revival?
- Do you think that the miraculous events on Mount Carmel help us to understand: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us… (Ephesians 3.20)
- Read verses 16 – 18, of 1 Kings 17. What can this teach us about how God ‘checks’ our faith in Him? How do you respond when ‘Your good is spoken evil of’? (Romans 14.16). Why did the widow speak of her own sin? (verse 18).
- Elijah’s prayer in verse 20-21 demonstrate Elijah’s understanding the sovereignty of God. Why is a right understanding of God’s sovereignty crucial in our Christian lives?
- 1 Kings chapter 18 introduces Obadiah who worked for evil king Ahab. Was Obadiah a man of faith or a compromiser?
- What can we learn from 1 Kings 18.15 about living out or practising our Christian convictions?
- Does Ahab’s character and response to Elijah (1 Kings 18.17) give any indicators of what unbelievers will be like in the end times? (Look at Revelation 16.21)
- Is there a prophetic Psalm that speaks specifically about Judas (not necessarily by his name)?
- It is unlikely that Judas came from the same region as the rest of the disciples; do you believe that this had any bearing on how he was perceived or known by the others? Are there lessons that can be learnt which would help when appointing people to positions of responsibility within the local church?
- Why didn’t the other disciples realize that Judas was insincere during the incident with the ointment (John 12:3-8); or when Jesus said that one of them was not clean (John 13:10); or when He said, ‘…the one I give the bread to’ ie Judas Iscariot (John 13.26)? What lessons can we learn?
- What does John 13:27 teach us about human sin and satanic possession?
- Do you believe it was always the intent of Judas to betray the Lord Jesus Christ? What can we learn about the Sovereignty of God (God’s total control over everything)?
- In light of the betrayal of Judas and the continual challenge of unbelievers masquerading as believers in the church, how can we take comfort from the High Priestly prayer of the Lord Jesus in John Chapter 17?
- Are there any verses that indicate that James was part of the inner circle of Jesus’ disciples?
- Why did Jesus call James and John, The sons of Thunder (Boanerges)?
- Do you think a ‘thunderous’ personality is a help or a hindrance to Christians?
- James was the first disciple to be martyred. How does his death (Acts 12) compare (or contrast) with his desire in (Matt 20)
- Is John a classic example that ‘it’s not where you start but where you finish”?
- What can we learn from the words of our dying Saviour on the cross to John (John 19)?
- Can you name all 12 disciples?
- None of the original 12 came from the existing religious establishment, is there a reason?
- Is there anything we can learn from the fact that Jesus seemed to have an ‘inner circle’ (Peter, James and John)?
- Is there a distinction between a disciple and an apostle?
- Using the general experiences of the disciples, how would you counsel somebody who says that they wish to be a true disciple of Christ?
- Job speaks some very profound (deep) words about God in Job 14.1-5. He explains that God is in total control (God is Sovereign). This teaching sometimes discourages people, (as with Job in chapter 14), but why should this doctrine be an encouragement to us?
- Have you ever wondered why so many Christians are so negative? The third ‘friend’ Zophar makes two speeches. What caused him to make the statements in 11.6 and 20.4-7? How can Christians learn to moan less and be more positive and uplifting?
- How can Job 31.1 be used to help young Christian men today?
- Does chapter 29 give another dimension (side) to Job’s character?
- Do you think Job 30:1-10 mirrors or demonstrates any aspects of the suffering of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus?
- In Job 8, Bildad (one of Job’s friends) makes his first speech. What do you think 8.2-3 and (18.2) tells us about his character?
- Job refuses to respond to Bildad’s provocation (chapter 9). How did Job deflect Bildad’s harsh words? What can we learn and apply from Job’s response (9.1-5)?
- Is Job describing hell (10.21-22)? Why do some groups like the Jehovah Witnesses, annihilationists (believe that there’s no hell)?
- Bildad’s last words are found in chapter 25. None of the three friends spoke after this. Bildad’s words were constructed to be cutting and harsh, yet with New Testament light, his words (25.6) are in some ways quite profound (deep). Why?