Reflection & Discussion Questions

Bible reading: Micah 6:6-8

  • What’s a memorable walk you’ve been on in life?

  • What is significant to you about walking with God, which is symbolic of being in relationship with God, through life?

  • The focus this week is on ‘walking humbly with our God.’ Read Psalm 8:3-4. How does seeing God for who He really is, and seeing ourselves in the light of that, enable us to walk humbly with our God?

  • A sense of pride, independence, and self-sufficiency are all deeply ingrained in our sinful nature as people. In what ways can these things get in the way so subtly yet sinfully of us walking humbly with our God?

  • Why is it important to not lose perspective in life and faith, but instead to live a life of dependence on God? ( Refer to Luke 18:9-14 and John 5:19)

  • What might it look like for you to live a life of dependence on God this week?

            Reflection & Discussion Questions

            Bible reading: Micah 6:6-8

            • What stands out to you from these verses?
            • The focus this week is on ‘loving mercy’. Why do you think loving mercy is so important in life and faith?
            • ‘Mercy is a love that responds to human need in an unexpected, undeserving and unlimited way.’ Take time to discuss each of these aspects of biblical mercy, both when it comes to the mercy God shows us, and the mercy we show others (Romans 3:23, Eph 2:4-5, and Luke 6:36
            • Reflecting on Lamentations 3:22-23, what is so wonderful about being shown ‘new mercies’ every morning?
            • Reflecting on Matthew 5:7, how are the merciful blessed?
            • Who is someone
              • near to you e.g. in your family
              • in your intermediate sphere of influence e.g. work colleague, neighbour etc
              • distant from you e.g. who you don’t really have a relationship with
              • that God may be calling you to respond to in mercy?

                      Reflection & Discussion Questions
                      • What do you think of when you hear the word ‘justice’?

                      • How do you understand the ‘ministry of reconciliation (perhaps see 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 for inspiration)?

                      • How do you see these two ideas intersect?

                      • What role can you play in seeing people restored to dignity, or to an understanding of who they are as image-bearers of God?

                      • Consider the four steps Andy spoke about on Sunday – consult with God, educate ourselves in the context of relationship, advocate, and act. How could you take a step along this path today?
                              Reflection & Discussion Questions

                              Bible reading: Isaiah 40:27-31

                              • What stands out to you from these verses?

                              • The focus this week is on the place of ‘plodding’ or persevering in our life and faith. Why is ‘plodding’ or persevering so important in both life and faith?

                              • Discuss the place of perseverance in what God calls us to in our Christian lives from the following Bible passages (1 Timothy 6:11, 2 Peter 1:5-6, Luke 8:15, Hebrews 10:36 and James 1:4)

                              • Reflecting on Isaiah 40 verses 27-28, what are you most reminded of about God from these verses? (refer also to Phil 1:6)

                              • Still reflecting on Isaiah 40 verses 27-28, what are some ways that help you to keep ‘building your picture’ of God?

                              • Reflecting on Isaiah 40 verses 29-31a, what does it mean to be renewed by God in life and faith? (refer also to Matt 11;28, 2 Cor 12:9-10)

                              • Reflecting on Isaiah 40 verse 31b, and the statement ‘We might want to soar most of the time, but in reality, most of the Christian life is about walking, it’s about plodding, it’s about persevering’, at what points have you most grown to become more like Jesus in your life?

                              • Identify an area of life or faith that you need to persevere in and prayerfully invite God to enable and empower you to do so.   

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                                    Bible reading: Galatians 5:16-26

                                    • What stands out to you from this passage?

                                    •  Reflecting on verses 16-17, why can the pull of living according to our sinful nature or ‘flesh’, or ‘living doing whatever we want to’, be so strong in our lives?

                                    • Reflecting, in contrast, on verse 18, how does the Spirit lead us in our lives?

                                    • Also reflecting on verse 18, how does this mean that we are not living under the law but in the freedom of Christ when we are led by the Spirit?

                                    • Reflecting on verses 22-26, and the fruit of the Spirit, how can the fruit of the Spirit grow in our lives?

                                    • Reflecting on verse 25, what can you do to keep in step with the Spirit?
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                                          Bible reading: Colossians 2:1-10

                                          • Why is being grounded in God so important for faith and life

                                          • Discuss or reflect on what has helped you be grounded in God through your life and faith journey.

                                          • Reflecting on verse 6, what is involved in receiving Christ Jesus as Lord? Is that different to receiving Christ Jesus as Saviour?

                                          • Reflecting on verses 6-7, what does it mean to be deeply rooted in Jesus? (refer also to Ephesians 3:17-19, Matthew 13: 20-21, and John 15:10)

                                          • ‘The inner strength we all need in life and faith at any time, but especially in these most challenging and ongoing times, is found not in other things but in a deeply rooted relationship with our Creator God.’ Discuss and/or reflect on how this is so.

                                          • Reflecting on Mark 1:35 and Proverbs 8:34, how can you build or re-build a ‘sacred enclosure’ in your days to spend time with God so as to protect and nourish your spiritual roots?

                                          • What’s a ‘next step’ for you in that?

                                                Reflection & Discussion Questions

                                                Bible reading: 2 Peter 1:3-9

                                                • The focus this week is on the place of holy habits in our lives. Following Jesus means learning from Him how to arrange my life around holy habits that enable us to walk as He walked. What is a habit that has helped you in following Jesus?
                                                • What stands out to you from what Peter says in the verses from this week’s Bible Reading?

                                                • Reflecting on verse 3 and the power of God giving us everything we need for life and godliness, why does God’s power make such a difference in our lives of seeking to follow Jesus?

                                                • Reflecting on verse 4 and the great and precious promises of God, why do they also make such a difference in our lives of seeking to follow Jesus?

                                                • Reflecting on verses 5-7, and in particular Peter’s instruction to us to ‘make every effort’, why is effort and discipline on our part also so important in staying focused on walking as Jesus walked?

                                                • What kind of things can get in the way of us being attentive to holy habits in our lives?

                                                • Reflecting on verses 8-9, why are the place of holy habits in our lives so important? Refer also to Galatians 4:19.