Small Group Questions

Life in the Spirit Pt. 2
Read John 3:3-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 14:16-17, 26; Romans 8:14-17; Philippians 3:10; Galatians 5:22-25; John 15:4-5

Pastor Trev presented the second message in the series: “Life in the Spirit.”  Today’s message answered the question, “What does the Holy Spirit do?”

1.     Pastor Trev began by saying that, “The Holy Spirit births us into the family of God.”  Describe your earthly family in one word.  Would you say that your earthly family is close and caring, or distant and detached?  How important is “family” to you?  Does your “church family” differ from your earthly family?  In what way(s)?

2.     Read John 3:3-8.  Nicodemus was a religious leader (a Pharisee), but when Jesus said, “You must be born again,” Nicodemus was very confused.  Jesus went on to explain that the new birth is spiritual rather than physical (see 2 Corinthians 5:17).  Does this make sense?  How would you explain this to someone who was not familiar with the Bible? 

3.     Read John 14:16-17, 26.  Pastor Trev said, “The new life that the Holy Spirit gives you is exciting and it changes everything about you.”  How has the Holy Spirit changed you?  How do you hear and obey the Holy Spirit (for example: in prayer, reading God’s Word, quietly meditating, etc.)?

4.     Read Romans 8:14-17.  Pastor Trev said that the Holy Spirit brings intimacy into your life.  Why is intimacy such an important aspect of our relationship with God?  How does the picture of adoption (with all the rights of an heir) affect how you relate to God?  According to these verses, where does our intimacy for God come from?  Why is this important?  (Hint: John 3:6) 

5.     Read Romans 8:17 and Philippians 3:10.  Pastor Trev said that if we are joint heirs (a part of the family) with Jesus, we must also share in the work, the problems, and even the suffering.  How do we suffer with Jesus?  Why is it important to share in all the aspects (including pain) of being a co-heir with Jesus Christ?  (Hint: Romans 5:8)

6.     Read Galatians 5:22-25 and John 15:4.  Pastor Trev ended the message by saying, “The fruit of the Spirit is singular, not plural.  When we have this fruit in our lives, we begin to look like part of the family.”  As you read the list of traits in Galatians 5:22, how many of them do you feel are consistent in your life?  If willing, share the one(s) that you still need the Spirit to perfect in you.  According to John 15:4-5, is the fruit of the Spirit something you can work on to improve, or is it something God works in you as you trust Him more?  Why is this distinction important?

This week’s challenge: Memorize Galatians 5:22-23.