WordServe Church Study Guide for May 4, 2014
- Sermon Title: “To or Through?” (Rev. Bill Hogan)
- Audio Link (check HERE on Sunday afternoon for the latest sermon and .pdf download)
- Sermon Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10-11
- Additional Study Texts: Luke 12:42-48
– As you reflect on Sunday’s message, what one principle or insight stands out as being particularly helpful, insightful, or difficult to grasp?
– What’s the best gift you’ve ever given? What made it the best? Describe the effect of that gift on the person who received it:
Read Luke 12:42-48
– What criteria would Jesus use to determine if the servant in this parable has done a good job?
– Verse 47 describes severe punishment. Use these follow-on questions to address how this could all be avoided:
— What does the master want?
— How could the servant be prepared for the master’s return?
— How could the servant help ensure the Master’s instructions were carried out?
Note: Take the previous three questions and substitute “Jesus” for the word master, and substitute “Jesus followers” for servant. Record your thoughts below:
– What are some examples where “much has been given?”
– Is it fair that if much is given, much is required? Why or why not?
Taking It Home
– Based on your responses above, how will you personally learn what Jesus wants and be prepared for his return?
– List some things where you have been “given much:”
– Based on these discussions, what do you plan to do with “the much” that you’ve been given? (Be as specific as possible).
– Make a list of people in your Community Group (or family, friends, etc.).
– Write down what gifts you see in them (i.e., where have they been given much?)
– Share your thoughts with them over a cup of coffee this week (or in Community Group!)
– If you receive inputs from others:
- See if you agree/disagree
- Ask others who know you if they agree/disagree
- See if several people tell you the same thing (independently)
- Determine how you could go about giving this gift that is in you to others
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