For personal study or use in your Renew Small Group Study & Discussion Time, use this week’s questions which go along with Ron Lewis’ message “The Rubicator” based upon Matthew 5:17-21. If you would like to listen online, go to http://www.springroad.org/#/sermons-studies. You can also download a pdf of the following study.
MEMORIZE: Psalm 1:2-3
His delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not whither. Whatever he does prospers.
1) In one statement, what was the BIG IDEA of today’s message entitled “The Rubicator” based upon Matthew 5:17-20?
2) Name 1 saying or principle handed down to you from your family that has stuck with you? What is it? Who transferred it to you?
What reasons can you list as to why this got so ingrained in your being?
3) How many Bibles do you have/think you have in your house? How easy is it for you to access the scriptures?
4) Occasionally, I find that “perfect card” that expresses the exact, right words that I am wanting to say to someone I love. Where in the Bible would you go to find those perfect words to express to God?
5) Do you have a “life verse?” In other words, what verse or section of scripture do you find yourself frequently returning to? Why is it so significant in your life?
What is a scripture that has sustained you during difficult times?
6) Under what kinds of circumstances do you believe people normally turn to scripture?
7) Why have certain nations, throughout history, gone to such extreme lengths to ban the Bible?
8) Did you know that for much of the Church’s history, the clergy went to great lengths to keep the printed Bible inaccessible to the general public? Why would they have done that? (You may be interested in reading more about an important man in our heritage named William Tyndale http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/131christians/scholarsandscientists/tyndale.html)
9) In what ways can you observe a persons physical presence and learn something about what is in their heart? How might getting the Word into one’s self affect the body?
10) Is reading/studying the Word a part of your daily routine? Why or why not? What are the most common circumstances which compete for your time in the Word?
Set aside time intentionally to read & meditate upon these amazing “Growth Passages” this week:
Day 1 Day 5
Romans 12:1-21 Colossians 3:1–4:6
1 Corinthians 13
Day 2 Day 6
Galatians 5:22–6:10 1 Peter 2:1–3:16 and 2 Peter 1:2-10
Day 3 Day 7
Ephesians 4:20–6:20 1 John 4:7-21
Philippians 2:3-16 and 4:4-9