Small Group Questions

The Simple Gospel, week 3

Read: James 3:5-9; Romans 10:6-13: Proverbs 18:20-21; John 14:15-17; 1 Corinthians 12:3; Ephesians 2:8-9

Pastor Trev offered the third message in the current series, “The Simple Gospel.”  We make the Simple Gospel ours by accepting, believing, and declaring.

1.     Read James 3:5-9 and Proverbs 18:20-21.  Pick from the following, and share one time when: 1) You said something you later regretted; -or- 2) You said something that turned out to be completely wrong; -or- 3) You said something that you are proud of, to this very day.

2.     Pastor Trev began the message by saying that many have heard the simple gospel message, but have never accepted it and made it their own.  He went on to say that we don’t make it ours by trying harder.  Since the gospel is a message of love, promise and hope, why do you think so many people ignore or reject it?

3.     Read John 14:15-17 and 1 Corinthians 12:3.  In John 14, Jesus promises, just before He is crucified, to send a comforter (helper) that will live in us forever.  This comforter is the Holy Spirit and we need the Holy Spirit to proclaim that Jesus is Lord. Why do you think we cannot say this without the Holy Spirit?  (hint: Galatians 5:17

4.     Read Romans 10:6-13.  In this passage, the apostle Paul is saying that the truth of the gospel is easily within our grasp; it’s right there in your mouth and in your heart.  As you read these verses why do you think so much emphasis is put on stating out loud that Jesus is Lord?  According to Luke 9:26, what is the penalty for denying God before others?  Why do we sometimes hesitate to speak about our faith in God?

5.     Read Ephesians 2:8-9.  Pastor Trev said, “Belief in your heart does not mean that you know the answer to every question.”  Sometimes we do not share the simple gospel because we are nervous that someone will ask us a question we cannot answer.  How can you use what Pastor Trev said here to overcome your fear of sharing the gospel message?  How do you currently handle it when someone asks you a question about God that you can’t answer?  (Note: Often, when someone asks questions it means they have genuine interest.  Don’t guess.  Promise to get back to them with an answer.  Getting back with the person opens the door for more conversation and an opportunity to answer their questions with truth).

6.     Re-read Romans 10:9-10.  Pastor Trev ended the message by challenging each of us to share the simple gospel with others.  Do you have a personal relationship with God?  Share how you came to this relationship.  If you don’t know God, ask someone in your small group how you can have peace with God and make the simple gospel your own today.

This week’s challenges:
Memorize Romans 8:28
Invite at least one person to church to celebrate Easter