Sermons

Senior Pastor Jeffrey Chong - 7 May 2017

God's Direction For Our Life Groups

Better Together

What does a God-honouring Life Group look like, and how do we get there? Find out through this week's sermon how you can contribute to building God's community!

Discussion Guide

1. Practise mutual accountability (v24)

In your opinion, what is one main difference between a Life Group and a social gathering of friends? Why do you say that? Why is it necessary to spur one another on to love and do good? How does practising mutual accountability help?

Being accountable involves opening up our lives to one another. Sometimes that creates discomfort and conflicts when disagreements happen and insensitive words are spoken. Was there a time when you had to work through a conflict with a fellow believer? How was the experience? Why do Christians need to learn to manage conflicts within the community?

How can your Life Group become a safe place for people to share their lives vulnerably without fear and yet be willing to take correction?

2. Persist in our gatherings (v25a)

Think of a gathering which you enjoy attending. Why do you look forward to it?

Why is it important for Christians to consistently gather together? During the time when Hebrews was written, Christians were facing persecution and they would be in danger if the authorities found them gathering. Why do you think they still took the risk to come together? What are some common reasons believers today struggle to attend Life Group gatherings? Do you think these reasons are valid, and why?

How can your Life Group become a community that people would want to join regularly?

3. Position for the finishing line (v25b)

When was the last time you left a Life Group gathering feeling encouraged? What was it about the gathering that encouraged you?

Read Hebrews 10:25b. What does the author mean by "the Day is approaching"? Why does he tell the believers to encourage one another with "the Day" in mind? What does it mean to encourage one another? Why would Christians in the New Testament times need courage? Why would Christians today need courage?

How can your Life Group become a community that is known for adding courage to one another?

"We are better together not just for ourselves, but also for those who don't know Jesus." Do you agree with this statement? Why? How can your Life Group become a community that welcomes everyone, even those outside the church?


Reflection Points

1. Practise mutual accountability (v24)

Why is it necessary to spur one another on to love and do good? How does practising mutual accountability help? How can your Life Group become a safe place for people to share their lives vulnerably without fear and yet be willing to take correction?

2. Persist in our gatherings (v25a)

Why is it important for Christians to consistently gather together? How can your Life Group become a community that people would want to join regularly?

3. Position for the finishing line (v25b)

Why would Christians today need courage? How can your Life Group become a community that is known for adding courage to one another? And what steps can your Life Group take to welcome everyone, even those outside the church?

From Series: "Better Together"

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