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Rusty Wirt - February 24, 2019

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Discussion Questions


6.02 – Church Attendance

Hebrews 10:19-25

1. Throughout the centuries of Christian history, certain disciplines have helped sustain believers in their faith. Those disciplines include church attendance, worship, fasting, giving, water baptism and the Lord’s Supper among others. What benefits have you personally experienced from these disciplines? How important would you say these disciplines are to your walk with the Lord?

2. Current church growth research indicates that people – even believers – are attending church less often today than they have in the past. What are some of the reasons you have heard people give for why they don’t attend church more often? If you attend church less often than you used to, what are your reasons?

3. Read Hebrews 10:19-23. These verses remind us that because of the sacrifice Jesus made for us, we now have direct access to God and we can approach Him with total trust and confidence. Is this how you see yourself approaching God? Why or why not?

4. Read Hebrews 10:24. Give some examples of how our church family spurs you on toward love and good deeds. In what ways have you spurred others on toward love and good deeds recently?

5. Read Hebrews 10:25. As persecution increases and the time of Jesus’ return draws nearer, the greater our need for fellowship with other believers. Why is that fellowship important?

1. Take a few moments to reflect on the busyness of your life and how that affects your church attendance and opportunities for Christian fellowship. What, if any, changes need to be made? Ask God to help you make any necessary adjustments.

2. Make a list of two or three ways you could encourage others toward love and good deeds. Pick one and share it with someone you know this week.


6.09 – Worship

Psalm 145:1-21

1. The book of Psalms can be thought of as a collection of songs related to God. Some of the major themes in this book include: the universe is God-centered; God demonstrates His glory through His creation; although man has fallen from his original state and the world is broken, God reveals Himself to and connects with humans; God is our ultimate hope; and history begins and ends with God. Pick one of these themes and tell why it is meaningful to you.

2. We sometimes see people in positions of authority indicate by their words and actions that they don’t need anyone, that they can do whatever they want, that they don’t have to be accountable to anyone. Read Psalm 145:1. How does David address God in this verse? If we acknowledge God as our King, what does that suggest about His right to influence our words and actions?

3. Many people tend to define “worship” as simply the time that we sing praises to God during church service on Sunday morning. Read Psalm 145:2. How often does David say we should praise God?

4. Worship includes the following ideas: praise (to express approval or admiration for), adoration (to love and respect deeply, to hold dear, to treasure) and thanksgiving (to express gratitude for). Read Psalm 145:9-20. In this passage, what attributes of God call out for our worship?

5. Read Psalm 145:4-7,11-12. These verses speak of one generation passing down their knowledge of God to the next generation. Why is this important?

1. How often do you take time to personally express your praise, adoration and thanksgiving to God? Take a few minutes right now to do that. Be specific.

2. When was the last time you talked with someone of a younger generation about the goodness and greatness of God? Ask God to give you an opportunity to do so this week.


6.16 – Fasting

Isaiah 58:1-9, Acts 13:1-3

1. Biblical fasting is abstaining from something (usually food) for a period of time in order to better focus on God and open ourselves up to His message and mission. What other things besides food could we fast periodically to create more time for God in our lives?

2. Read Isaiah 58:6-7, Matthew 22:36-40, 1 John 3:16-18 and 1 John 4:19-21. What do these verses reveal to us about the connection between loving God and loving people?

3. Read Isaiah 58:1-5. In this passage, the prophet Isaiah confronts some of the fake religious practices of his day. What are some of the inconsistencies he observed? What are some of the fake religious practices evident in today’s church world?

4. Read Matthew 6:16-18. What do these verses tell us about the proper motivation for fasting?

5. Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-4, Ezra 8:21-23, Acts 13:1-3 and Acts 14:23. In these passages, what were the reasons people set aside time to fast? What reasons might lead you to fast today?

1. Is there any area of your walk with God in which you feel you are “faking it” or just going through the motions? Take a few moments to ask Him help you begin living your life more authentically in that area.

2. Is fasting a regular part of your walk with God? If so, check your motives and make any necessary adjustments. If not, consider fasting at least one meal this week and spend that time focusing on God and His plan for your life.


6.23 – Giving

2 Corinthians 8:1-13, 9:1-14

1. Read Matthew 6:19-21 and 24, Matthew 16:26, Luke 12:15 and 1 Timothy 6:9-10. In what ways do we tend to store up treasures on earth? According to these passages, what are some of the natural and spiritual dangers of doing that?

2. Read Job 41:11. We often refer to our income and possessions as “my” money and “my” things. Whom does this verse identify as the true owner of everything? How should that influence our perspective about “our” money and possessions?

3. Read 2 Corinthians 8:3-6. In this passage, Paul tells us that this group of believers literally begged for the “privilege” of giving to those in need, even though they didn’t have much themselves. Do you usually see giving as an obligation or a privilege? In what ways can it be considered a privilege?

4. Read 2 Corinthians 9:8,11. What do these verses tell us about God’s ultimate purpose for blessing us?

5. Read Matthew 5:16 and 2 Corinthians 9:12-13. When we obey God in our giving, what happens?

1. Pull up/out your checkbook. If someone else looked at where your money went last month, what would they say your priorities were? Ask God to help you readjust your spending habits so that your priorities more truly reflect His priorities.

2. Would you say that you “excel” in giving? Write down one thing you will do this week to grow in this area.


7.07 – Baptism

Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 6:1-5

1. Read Matthew 5:17-19 and John 17:17. What can we conclude from these verses regarding Jesus’ opinion of the Bible? Is that your opinion of the Bible? Why or why not?

2. Read Proverbs 3:5-7, Proverbs 14:12, Isaiah 55:6-9 and Jeremiah 17:9. Many people today believe that their own personal experience and judgment are enough to guide their behavior and decisions. According to these passages, what are some of the pitfalls of being our own authority?

3. Read Matthew 28:18-20. These words of Jesus are commonly known as “The Great Commission.” What commission, or task, does Jesus give to us here as His followers? Is that the same as turning people into churchgoers? What would you say is the difference between a disciple and a churchgoer?

4. The very definition of the word baptize, used repeatedly in the Bible, is “to immerse, to sink, to plunge, to overwhelm with water.” (Immerse means “to plunge into something that surrounds or covers, to plunge into or place under the surface of a liquid.”) Here at Concord, we baptize according to this definition, but baptism as practiced by some churches looks different than this. What does your personal baptism experience look like?

5. Read Romans 6:1-5. This passage describes the symbolic meaning behind baptism. What experiences is baptism intended to help us visualize?

1. Would you say you are more of a disciple of Jesus or simply a churchgoer? What adjustments can you begin making this week to grow in your discipleship?

2. Would you say you typically lean on your own understanding or God’s to help determine your choices? Why do you think that is? Take a few moments right now to ask God to help you trust Him more completely in your decision-making process.


7.14 – Lord’s Supper

Luke 22:19-24, John 17:20-23, 1 Corinthians 10:14-17

1. Read 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. What are the two components of the Lord’s Supper? What truths are we recognizing when we observe the Lord’s Supper?

2. Read John 17:20-23. In these verses, Jesus prays that not only the disciples but that all believers would be one. What does He say the result of this unity will be?

3. Read 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 3:1-5 and 6:1-8. In these passages, Paul calls out some of the divisions that were evident in the Corinthian church. If Paul were alive now, what divisions do you think he would call out in today’s church?

4. In 1 Corinthians 10:14, Paul introduces his comments on the Lord’s Supper by telling the believers to “flee from idolatry.” In his book Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller states that an idol is “anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, and anything that you seek to give you what only God can give.” Although we don’t typically bow down to carved statues today, what other counterfeit gods do we have a tendency to bow our hearts and imaginations to? How do these counterfeit gods affect our relationships with other believers?

5. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. According to Paul, in what ways is the body of Christ similar to a human body? Now read 1 Corinthians 11:17-32. What warning does Paul issue to those who observe the Lord’s Supper while maintaining divisions among themselves and thereby not properly honoring the body of Christ?

1. Name one thing in your life that tends to absorb your heart and imagination more than God. Take a few moments right now to confess that idolatry to Him. Ask Him to transform your heart and mind to help you worship Him alone and keep other things in their appropriate place.

2. Is there anyone in our church family with whom you are currently experiencing some sort of division? Confess that to God and then pray for an opportunity to make things right with that person this week.