The Impact of the Small Gathering

For Further Discussion:

  1. What possessions do you have that you enjoy sharing with others?
  2. Which of your belongings would you not want to share with anyone else? Why?
  3. How would you describe your life-style: self-centered, family-centered, or others-centered?
  4. What were the activities of the early church? (Acts 2:42)
  5. How did the new believers approach what they did? (Acts 2:42)
  6. What unusual deeds did the apostles do? (Acts 2:43)
  7. How did people respond to what was going on? (Acts 2:43)
  8. What life-style did the early believers adopt? (Acts 2:44-45)
  9. Why might the early Christians have had “everything in common”? (Acts 2:44)
  10. How were the goods distributed among the early believers? (Acts 2:45)
  11. How often did the believers meet? (Acts 2:46)
  12. Where did the early believers meet? (Acts 2:46)
  13. How did the early Christians meet together? (Acts 2:46-47)
  14. What did the Christians do when they met together in homes? (Acts 2:46-47)
  15. What was the spirit of the believers in all they did? (Acts 2:46-47)
  16. What was the growth of the early church like? (Acts 2:47)
  17. What were the early believers actually doing when they “broke bread”?
  18. How do the activities of the early church compare with the activities of our church?
  19. How do you think our church should be more like the early church?
  20. In what ways should our church be different from the early church? Why?
  21. The early church was joyful, victorious, and full of praise. How would you describe the spirit of our church?
  22. When do you most enjoy spending time with other believers?
  23. Would you describe our church as self-centered or others-centered?
  24. How is the celebration of Communion meaningful to you?
  25. What “miracles” have you witnessed in our church fellowship?
  26. In what ways do you see our church growing?
  27. What can you do to help our church be more like the early church?
  28. How can your daily prayers help bring about spiritual renewal in our church fellowship?

Going to Church God’s Way Part 1

How to Make a Lasting Impact – Part Two
GOING TO CHURCH GOD’S WAY: The Impact of the Large Gathering
Psalm 100:1-5 / John 4:21-26

Impact Point: “I WILL WORSHIP WITH OTHERS.”

1. How do we gather? Psalm 100:1-5

(7 imperatives that guide our approach to worship)

  1. Shout
  2. Serve
  3. Come
  4. Know
  5. Enter
  6. Give

2. Why do we gather? John 4:21-26

(Jesus gives two reasons why we worship.)

To worship in Spirit . . .
To Worship in Truth . . .

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. How did Jesus say people would worship God? (John 4:21-23)
  2. What kind of worshipers does God seek? (John 4:23)
  3. What did Jesus say about God? (John 4:24)
  4. Who did Jesus say He was? (John 4:25-26)
  5. What groups of people do you feel uncomfortable being around? Why?
  6. How might a person feel put off by another person’s background, nationality, or race?
  7. How can prejudice affect a Christian’s witness?
  8. How have you responded to Jesus’ invitation to receive His living water?
  9. How is Jesus’ gift of salvation different from what the world offers?
  10. When was the last time you were in a debate on when or how to best worship?
  11. Describe a time when you worshiped in ignorance? (John 4:22)
  12. Of all the types of people God might seek, why do you think that the Father seeks worshipers?
  13. How is the world’s need for salvation and eternal life like thirst?
  14. In what other ways besides thirst might you describe eternal life?
  15. How can we worship God in spirit and in truth?
  16. When was the last time that God spoke so clearly and you still did not get it? (John 4:26)

Get an Attitude

HOW CAN I MAKE A LASTING IMPACT, PART ONE
GET AN ATTITUDE, But Be Sure It is the Right One!
Philippians 2:5-11

What can I learn about Jesus and His attitude?

1. The Divine Status of Jesus (Philippians 2:6)

2. Jesus’ willful relinquishment of that status and acceptance of humility (Philippians 2:7-8)

3. Jesus’ exaltation (Philippians 2:9-11)

Why is this a need today?

1. The Profile of a Follower of Christ
United with Christ = Walking in His love
One with the Spirit = Tenderness and Compassion

2. The Profile of the World’s Attitude
Selfish ambition
Vain glory

What do I need to change to have the attitude of Jesus?

Place the needs and interests of others before self
Adopt the Humility of Christ
Surrender to the Lordship of Christ

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. How does your life show that you count on Christ?
  2. How do petty quarrels hold you back in your Christian walk?
  3. How can Christ help you keep peace with others?
  4. What hinders unity in your church?
  5. What kind of disposition does Christ want us to have?
  6. How does Christ’s example of humility challenge our natural self-centeredness?