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Bible Study (5/25)

May 25, 2022

Core52 Chapter 33. John 3:16, Love Discussion Questions: • Do you remember the first time you “fell in love”? What was that like? How did you know? • If love is a verb more than a noun, share the most extraordinary act of love you have ever witnessed or received. • Read together 1 Corinthians 13 two times. In the first reading, identify the person closest to you (spouse, best friend, sibling), and underline the one attribute of love that you need to improve in your relationship. In the second reading, do the same thing only think about a person you may be at odds with (a colleague, family member, neighbor, business partner, ex). • Plan a practical community project that this group could do together to practically share the love of Jesus. We will be taking June & July off on Wednesday nights. We will resume in August.

Bible Study (5/18)

May 18, 2022 • Ben Looper • John 11:14

Core52 Chapter 32 32. John 1:14, Incarnation Questions: • Can you share a time when you entered into a child’s world in order to connect with them— speak their language, play their game, explain things so they could understand? How does that relate to theincarnation? • What difference would it make to you (or someone else) in suffering if you knew that God suffered as we did or lived life at our level? • Brainstorm some practical ways to live incarnationally in these three areas: nearness, love, and sacrifice. • What is one thing you will try this week to begin living more incarnationally?

Bible Study (5/11)

May 11, 2022 • Bob Paddock • Mark 12:28–31

Core52 Chapter 31. Mark 12:28-31, Commands Questions: • Can you give an example of what it looks like to love God with all your (answer one at a time): Heart, soul, mind,strength/resources? • Brainstorm together some of the spiritual dangers of loving God with only one or two parts of our person. For example, what spiritual problems could a person encounter if she loved God with her mind but not her heart? Or if he loved God with resources but not soul? Etc. • Can you give practical examples of the interplay between fear, obedience, love, and service in one of your relationships (parent/child; friend; husband/wife). If you were asked “Are you neighborly?” how would you proveit? • Strategize as a group one corporate act of kindness you could do in your community.

Refuel Small Group Bible Study (5/4)

May 4, 2022 • Bob Paddock • Mark 10:45

Chapter 30. Mark 10:45, Leadership Discussion Questions: • Have you ever gone after a promotion or a starting position? What did you do and were you successful? • In the Bible: “Those who present themselves as rulers are ruled by their desire to be seen as rulers.” How do you see this playing out today in politics, athletics, and business? • All of us have power in one realm or another. Share with the group what power or authority you have. Then brainstorm together how that power could be used for the powerless you serve. • Let’s bring this lesson home, literally. Share with the group one thing you will start doing to serve at least one person in your home.

Refuel Small Group Bible Study (4/27)

April 27, 2022 • Bob Paddock • Mark 2:27–28

29. Mark 2:27-28, Rest Discussion Questions: • Take out a piece of paper. On each of the four margins write one of these words: Work, family, finances, emotions/stress. Ask each person to fold each edge to represent how much margin they have in each of these four areas of their lives. • What kind of rest rechargesyou? • How do you need to “come to Jesus” to find rest (Matthew 11.28)? • Share some ways you have made rest a rhythm. Be specific with habits and behaviors that turn your attention toward God and family.

Refuel Small Group Bible Study (4/20)

April 20, 2022 • Bob Paddock

Tonight’s chapter 28. Mark 1:15, Faith • How have you heard your friends and family define faith? • Do you sense a difference in the obedience that comes from guilt, fear, and joy (whether to God, parents, or teachers)? • If you were explaining faith as “allegiance” to a friend, what kind of examples might you use to show what true fidelity really means? • Are there areas of your life where you want to shift your loyalty to Jesus from “Is this all I have to do?” to “What else can I do?”Core52 Ch 29: Mark 2:27-28, Rest QUESTIONS: • Take out a piece of paper. On each of the four margins write one of these words: Work, family, finances, emotions/stress. Ask each person to fold each edge to represent how much margin they have in each of these four areas of their lives. • What kind of rest rechargesyou? • How do you need to “come to Jesus” to find rest (Matthew 11.28)? • Share some ways you have made rest a rhythm. Be specific with habits and behaviors that turn your attention toward God and family.

Refuel Small Group Bible Study (4/13)

April 13, 2022 • Bob Paddock • Mark 1:15

Core52 Ch 28. Mark 1:15, Faith • How have you heard your friends and family define faith? • Do you sense a difference in the obedience that comes from guilt, fear, and joy (whether to God, parents, or teachers)? • If you were explaining faith as “allegiance” to a friend, what kind of examples might you use to show what true fidelity really means? • Are there areas of your life where you want to shift your loyalty to Jesus from “Is this all I have to do?” to “What else can I do?”

Refuel Small Group Bible Study (4/6)

April 6, 2022 • Bob Paddock • Mark 1:1

Core52 Ch 27. Gospel (Mark 1:1) • Share with the group that last bit of good news you received as well as the last “good news” you couldn’t wait to share • Were you uncomfortable giving Jesus the title Emperor? Why or why not? What difference would it make in the church if we actually treated Jesus as an Emperor and not merely a savior. • What practical things could we do as individuals or as a group to submit to Jesus as our King? • What is one area of your life currently that you do not allow Jesus Christ to rule and reign in? What can you do differently this week to allow him to?

Refuel Small Group Bible Study (3/30)

March 30, 2022 • Bob Paddock • Matthew 28:18–20

Core52 Ch 26. Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) • Share a time when you become a convert to something other than Jesus—Apple, Sports team, a diet or exercise program. What was it that convinced you to jump on board? • What rights and responsibilities do you feel you have as a “ambassador” of Christ? • What is the last “next step” you took toward God and the last “next step” you took toward another person? How would you coach another person to take those same steps? • Write on a 3x5 card the name of three people you would like to escort one step closer to God. Pray for God to give you opportunities to do that in simple and practical ways.