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Oct 13, 2019
“Sit Down to Bear Fruit”
Luke 10:38-42, John 15 
HOPE SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS 
Q1: Do you feel or believe that the anxiety and mental health issues are more prevalent in today's society than it was in the past?  Explain why or why not. 
Q2: What do you think are the main issues and cause of our anxiety and our worry? (outside of medical issues) What was Martha's main issue?  
Q3: Is Mary "all right" and Martha "all wrong"? Or is it deeper than that? Explain. Look at how Jesus responds to Martha... 
Q4: What does it mean to abide? How could abiding in the vine actually help remedy our anxiety and our "Martha" mentality of doing or performing? (John 15) 
Q5: Discuss John 15:2. What does it look like to be pruned? Why might this not actually feel like a means to bear more fruit? Have you experienced this? How could Martha Prune back herself in order to bear more fruit? 
 
Extra: Why is the title "Sit Down to Bear Fruit"? What does this mean to you? 
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  • Oct 13, 2019“Sit Down to Bear Fruit”
    Oct 13, 2019
    “Sit Down to Bear Fruit”
    Luke 10:38-42, John 15 
    HOPE SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS 
    Q1: Do you feel or believe that the anxiety and mental health issues are more prevalent in today's society than it was in the past?  Explain why or why not. 
    Q2: What do you think are the main issues and cause of our anxiety and our worry? (outside of medical issues) What was Martha's main issue?  
    Q3: Is Mary "all right" and Martha "all wrong"? Or is it deeper than that? Explain. Look at how Jesus responds to Martha... 
    Q4: What does it mean to abide? How could abiding in the vine actually help remedy our anxiety and our "Martha" mentality of doing or performing? (John 15) 
    Q5: Discuss John 15:2. What does it look like to be pruned? Why might this not actually feel like a means to bear more fruit? Have you experienced this? How could Martha Prune back herself in order to bear more fruit? 
     
    Extra: Why is the title "Sit Down to Bear Fruit"? What does this mean to you? 
  • Oct 6, 2019“Like a Good Neighbor”
    Oct 6, 2019
    “Like a Good Neighbor”
    Luke 10:21-37
    Hope Small Group Questions
    Q1: What do you think "Loving your neighbor as yourself" means? 
    Q2: What is then motive of the lawyer asking the questions? Review the conversation he has with Jesus. 
    Q3: Why do you think Jesus uses a story/parable to answer the lawyer questions? (See Luke 8:9-10 and Luke 10:21) 
    Q4: What does the story of the Good Samaritan expose in the hearts of the questioner? What's Jesus intent in telling the story? 
    Q5: Talk about how we tend to only moralize the story of the Good Samaritan? Talk about what Jesus' endgame is with telling this story and in asking the questions he does at the end? 
    Q6: How do we try to justify our self-righteousness apart from Christ? How do other religions do this? (Luke 10:29) 
  • Sep 29, 2019“Kingdom Come or Kingdom Go”
    Sep 29, 2019
    “Kingdom Come or Kingdom Go”
    Scripture Passages: Luke 9:51-10:24, Isaiah 52:3-17
    Hope Small Group Questions 
    Q1: Do you commit today to be open, honest, and
    loving with one another in your group? What does this
    mean to you and why would this be important for true
    community to exist in your group
    Q2: What is the kingdom of God? Why would it be
    important we understand the kingdom of God?
    Q3: Why could it be challenging for us today in our
    modern society to grasp the concept of a “kingdom”
    and someone ruling and reigning like Jesus proclaims to
    us?
    Q4: Examine the three rejected disciples who did not
    follow Jesus in Luke 9:57-62. What were their excuses
    and what can we learn from these scenarios in our own
    lives?
    Q5: Read Luke 9:2. What does it mean for your group?
    Q6: Now pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to
    send out laborers into his harvest. – Luke 9:2
  • Sep 22, 2019Dan Baumann: Testimony
    Sep 22, 2019
    Dan Baumann: Testimony
    Dan Was locked up in Iran and beaten. His future seemed bleak but God remained faithful. Listen to his story here.
     
    HOPE SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS 
     
    Q1: Do you commit today to be open, honest, and loving with one another in your group? What does this mean to you and why would this be important for true community to exist in your group?
     
    Q2: What challenged you the most from Dan Baumann's message and testimony? Discuss. 
     
    Q3: What stuck out to you from the "Elephant in the Church" series we did this summer? Discuss. 
     
    Q4: Spend special time dedicated to praying for the advance of the gospel and for our missionaries, and for the persecuted Christians around the globe.  (Luke 10:1-3) 
     
    Q5: Spend focused time sharing burdens and prayer requests you may have with one another.  
  • Sep 15, 2019“Holy Spirit, I don’t get it?”
    Sep 15, 2019
    “Holy Spirit, I don’t get it?”
    Acts 1:8, Matt. 28:19-20
  • Sep 8, 2019“Sexuality: Why so Confusing?” Part III
    Sep 8, 2019
    “Sexuality: Why so Confusing?” Part III
    Genesis 1:26-27 
  • Sep 1, 2019“Sexuality: Why so Confusing?” Part II
    Sep 1, 2019
    “Sexuality: Why so Confusing?” Part II
    1Cor. 6:12-20
  • Aug 25, 2019“Sexuality: Why so Confusing?” Part I
    Aug 25, 2019
    “Sexuality: Why so Confusing?” Part I
    1 Corinthians 6:9-11
  • Aug 18, 2019“Marriage: What’s the Point?” Part 2
    Aug 18, 2019
    “Marriage: What’s the Point?” Part 2
    1 Corinthians 7, Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3
  • Aug 11, 2019“Marriage: What’s the Point?” Part 1
    Aug 11, 2019
    “Marriage: What’s the Point?” Part 1
  • Aug 4, 2019“The Church: Is It Worth It? Part II
    Aug 4, 2019
    “The Church: Is It Worth It? Part II
    Scripture passages: Matt 16:18, 1 Pet. 2:1-10, Acts 2:42
  • Jul 28, 2019“The Church: Is It Worth It?” Part I
    Jul 28, 2019
    “The Church: Is It Worth It?” Part I
    Acts 20:14-38
  • Jul 21, 2019“The Bible Can It Be Trusted?” Part II
    Jul 21, 2019
    “The Bible Can It Be Trusted?” Part II
    Psalm 119: 1-88
  • Jul 14, 2019“The Bible, Can It Be Trusted?” Part I
    Jul 14, 2019
    “The Bible, Can It Be Trusted?” Part I
    2 Timothy 3:16-17 
  • Jul 7, 2019“But There is a God in Heaven”
    Jul 7, 2019
    “But There is a God in Heaven”
    Join  Pastor Ronnie Seppala (visiting from Nicaragua) as he teaches from Daniel Chapter Two. 
  • Jun 30, 2019“Finding Spiritual Life by Following Jesus”
    Jun 30, 2019
    “Finding Spiritual Life by Following Jesus”
    Luke 9:21-51 
    Hope Group Sermon Discussion Questions 
    1. To aid our memory, rehash some major points, illustrations and applications of the sermon. How did God speak to you? 
    2.  Should we listen to Jesus? Why or why not? What evidence and reason do we have to follow him? 
    3. How do you think Luke 9 can be a capstone and climax to our study through the gospel of Luke so far? What do we learn about Jesus, his identity, mission and power, that compels us to follow him from this chapter? 
    4. In what ways do you think Jesus' statements in Luke 9:23-25 are so "counter-cultural" today? 
    5. Discuss the paradoxes of Christianity and following Jesus by comparing Luke 9:23-27 and 9:57-62. What is Jesus teaching us? 
    6. What do you think picking up a cross and following Jesus means for you today? 
  • Jun 23, 2019“Send it. Who’s it? Eat it!”
    Jun 23, 2019
    “Send it. Who’s it? Eat it!”
    Luke 9:1-20 
    Hope Group Sermon Discussion Questions 
    1. Discuss spiritual hunger. What is it like to be hungry for God? What does it feel like to you? 
    2. Compare and contrast the feeding of the 5,000 in Luke 9 with the feeding of Israel in Exodus 16. 
    3. What was the response of the people in John 6 to Jesus Bread of Life message (John 6:41-43;52). Why? 
    4. What was the result/response of Jesus' preaching and message after the miracle of feeding the 5,000 in John 6:60-66? More disciples and bigger crowds  or less? Who was left? Why? 
    5. Discuss Simon Peter's response to Jesus' preaching and questioning in John 6:67-69 and Luke 9:18-20. What is your response to Jesus as the bread of life? 
  • Jun 16, 2019“Our Father”
    Jun 16, 2019
    “Our Father”
    Series: None
    Psalm 136
    Hope Group Sermon Discussion Questions
    This week we are asking all the groups to spend more of a focused time in prayer. Please feel free to use the list and prompts to guide your prayer time. 
     
    1. Pray with confession and supplication in mind for your group and for our church. (Read through and use Psalm 51 as a guide to help
    2. Pray to simply praise and adore our God. (Read through and use Psalm 66 as a guide to help prompt your prayers)
    3. Pray for the authorities in our land to reward the good and punish the evil. Pray for our government on all levels. (NH State government: Gov. Sununu, our senators and representatives if you know them by name for your town or just for the Jaffrey Reps: Richard Ames, Douglas Ley; State Senator Jeanne Dietsch)
    4. Pray for our church: (pray for our elders, pray for our deacons, pray for volunteers, pray for spiritual growth, pray for community outreach, pray we see more salvations and baptisms, pray for maturity and unity among our body, pray for future direction and insight regarding space constraints on our current building, pray for wisdom in all these areas and God’s grace to fill his church and spill out into the community)
    5. Pray for specific requests: (use this space to write down some of your own)
  • Jun 9, 2019“Jesus Brings Change”
    Jun 9, 2019
    “Jesus Brings Change”
    Luke 8:22-56 
    Hope Group Sermon Discussion Questions  
    1. Talk through each major encounter with Jesus in Luke 8:22-56. How does Jesus bring security, stability, sanctity and salvation through relationship? 
    2. Can you resonate and relate with the disciples in Luke 8:22-25? How So? (or any of the characters given in the chapter?) 
    3. How does much of Luke 8 and 9 build up to the confession in Luke 9:20? What is Luke doing in showing us this progression? What are you forced as the reader to do when reading through Luke and finally arriving at chapter 9 verse 20? 
    4. Discuss the presence of faith and/or the lack of faith in each major encounter here with Jesus? Especially as each encounter with Jesus asks us, in direct and indirect way, the question, "Where is your faith?" (8:25) 
    5. Pray together for God increase our faith in his power and ability to bring change into our broken and seemingly impossible situations. Pray for faith to overcome and pray for faith to endure whatever he has for us to face. 
     
  • Jun 2, 2019“Some Do, Some Don’t”
    Jun 2, 2019
    “Some Do, Some Don’t”
    Hope Group Sermon Discussion Questions 
    1. Talk through the parables given in this chapter of Luke. Which part of the parables most stuck out to you? (parable of soils/sower, soils explained, lamp and jar, story of Jesus' mother and brothers) 
    2. Today we must be careful of allowing the culture of constant arena entertainment to infect our hearts at church. While also remembering the culture of a church is more a posture of your heart than is is a style, genre, or denomination. How can you create an atmosphere of being a true hearer and a true doer of the Word here at HFC, rather than just simply wanting to be entertained by an experience. 
    3. What is a parable? Why would Jesus speak using parables and not just "say it as it is?" 
    4. What are the details and elements of good soil? Luke 8:15 
    5. Who does the work, God or man? Both? 1 Cor. 3:6-8.