Friday, 17 November 2017

NOVEMBER HOME GROUPS CORE CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER NINE

CORE CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER NINE


1. Why do we find it difficult to talk about death and to prepare for death?

2. What can we say to someone who tells you about a person who died and went to heaven and then came back?

3. "This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through." Is this right or wrong? Explain your answer.

4. Are things getting better or worse as we approach the end of the age?

5. Are you looking forward to the return of the Lord? What might hinder a Christian from praying, "Come Lord Jesus"? What do you expect to happen when he does return?





Friday, 13 October 2017

OCTOBER HOME GROUPS 'CORE CHRISTIANITY' CHAPTER 8

JESUS IS LORD


1. Is the UK racist? What about Bristol? Philip Street Chapel? Are YOU racist? Could we be so in a measure but not be aware of it? 

2. 'Jesus is Lord' - in what ways does the subject of this chapter help us address racism? 

3. "Jesus is not a supporting actor in our life movie." (Page 134) How do you keep yourself from living as though he is?

4. "The blessings of God's redemption will surpass the effects of the curse and the destructive power of human sins." (Page 138) In what ways will this be so?

5. "Yet Christ is building his kingdom, and he isn't utilizing the means that the world uses to build." (Page 139) The Reformation was ahead of the world in using the latest technology of the printing press. George Whitefield placed advertisements in American Newspapers telling them that he was coming to preach. Mike Horton has a radio programme. What are the means we should not use? What means may we not be using that we can do so?



Friday, 15 September 2017

SEPTEMBERS HOME GROUP 'CORE CHRISTIANITY' CHAPTER SEVEN

JOY TO THE WORLD

1. Christmas is coming! What gives you joy at Christmas? What do you understand by 'a profound kind of pleasure that the world can imitate but never reproduce' (Page 117)

2. Read Revelation 12. what impact does this have on the way you see the Christmas story?

3. 'Jesus is the last Adam, the true Israel, the finally faithful son of David.' (Page 123) How can these titles help us explain the gospel?

4. What does Union with Christ mean? How do you come into Union with Christ? What is the importance of being in Union with Christ?

5. Justification means 'just-as-if-I'd-never-sinned' - why is this only half the story? What difference does knowing the 'second-half' make to you?






Saturday, 17 June 2017

JUNE HOME GROUPS CORE CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER 6

GOD MADE A PROMISE

1. What are some of the difficulties we encounter as we read the Old Testament?
2. What has encouraged you to read the Old Testament and what has helped you to do so?
3. What are some of the great promises God has made in the Old Testament?
4. What are the main differences between the Abrahamic Covenant and the Sinai Covenant?
5. David sinned greatly in committing adultery and murder. Why did the Davidic Covenant still stand?
6. What is 'new' about the New Covenant?



Wednesday, 10 May 2017

MAY HOME GROUPS 'CORE CHRISTIANITY' CHAPTER FIVE

GOD MADE THE WORLD BUT WE'VE MADE A MESS OF IT.


Question 1: Has anyone ever said to you that they do not believe in God because of the way the world is, the terrible things that happen?

Question 2: In your own words say what a covenant is and what is meant by Eschatology?

Question 3: Were Adam and Eve real people? Were they the first people or was there a pre-Adamic race? 

Question 4: On page 85 Mike says that Adam and Eve should have driven God's enemy (the serpent) from God's garden. Is he right? Did they sin before they eat the fruit in not driving the serpent out?

Question 5: What is evil?

Question 6: What is original sin? 

Question 7: What do you understand by 'Total Depravity'? 





Thursday, 13 April 2017

APRIL HOME GROUPS 'CORE CHRISTIANITY' CHAPTER FOUR

GOD SPEAKS

1. Why did God give us the Bible?

2. Has God spoken to you or someone you know?

3. What is preaching? 

4."The gospel....is of earth-shaking and life-changing significance" (Horton). Share two references with the group that show this is so. 


5."The main thing is to hear God address us regularly through the ministry of fellow believers who are called by God to study and proclaim his Word"(Horton). What ways do you find helpful in hearing God speak through his word?

6. What makes the Bible a founding and ruling constitution for the church?

7. For what reasons do Christians assert that the Bible is inspired by God? (Sinclair Ferguson's book "From the Mouth of God" is helpful on this). 


8. How should Christians deal with differences when interpreting the Bible?

Saturday, 8 April 2017

IF YOU DO NOT LIKE HISTORY THEN THIS IS THE HISTORY SERIES FOR YOU!

REFORMATION 500 - It all begun in 1517.

Not everyone finds history to be compelling reading. For some the idea of reading a whole book on the Reformation seems more like a slow form of torture than a joyful experience. Well here is a way of learning about the Reformation and the Puritans who followed that may surprise you by how much you like it and leave you wanting more.

The Christian Institute are showing a series of 12 lectures, each is around 24 minutes long, by Michael Reeeves. (Co-author of 'Why the Reformation Still Matters'.) This week is the 3rd one in the series. You can catch up here:


Happy watching and listening!