Discussion Questions and Bible Study Material

Bible Study material and discussion questions are provided for each of the fifteen weeks.  Once again the material can be used by an individual, in a small group setting or in the family setting, . The last question in each study relates very specifically to how the particular lesson from the Sermon on the Mount relates to the four mission pillars of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.
The following are some examples of the Discussion Questions and Bible Study material.

Week 1 Discussion Questions and Bible Study

Introduction

Study Passage Matthew 7:21–29

1

What are some of the different ways that people hope will “get them into Heaven”? How do you hope to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

2

In verses 21 & 22 Jesus mentions five different types of people. Identify them and discuss their actions (e.g. what does it mean to say “Lord, Lord,” what is prophecy, casting out devils, etc?) Discuss how it is possible to do these things and yet be unsaved.

3

What will cause Jesus to say: “I never knew you”? Does He “know” you and is it possible to know the answer to that question in this life?

4

Discuss whether it is possible to do “religious” things and at the same time be disobedient.

5

What is the difference between the wise person and the foolish person?  Name a few things that people foolishly build their lives on. What does it mean to build our lives on Christ?

6

Is the life in Christ free of storms? Name some storms that you or others are facing? Think of a recent disaster that made the news………..do you think born again Christians were caught up in the midst of it and will it “destroy” them? Perhaps spend some time (now or at the end of the class) praying for them appropriately. How would you respond to the question: “If so and so is a Christian, why is such a terrible thing happening to her or him?”

7

In the parable of the two builders, when was the strength of the foundation revealed? How can we examine our foundation here and now?

8

Discuss Wesley’s statement: “We may by the grace of God snatch souls from hell, yet drop into it when we have finished. We may bring others to the Kingdom of God yet never enter it ourselves.”

9

Discuss Wesley’s statement: “Faith which does not produce the whole religion described in the Sermon on the Mount is not the faith of the gospel. It is not the faith which leads to glory. Beware of resting on unholy and unsaving faith.”

10

The four mission imperatives of the MCSA are : a deepened spirituality as individuals and a Christian community , justice and service in church and society, evangelism and church growth which build up the people of God, and development and economic empowerment which give dignity and new purpose to those who have been deprived. Briefly discuss each of these in the context of whether or not they are a sound foundation on which to build the church’s mission.

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Week 12 Discussion Questions and Bible Study
Hindrances to Holy Living
Study Passage Matthew 7:1-12

Judging Others

1
How is judging others a hindrance to growing in holiness?
2
Depending the on the time you gave, read some of the following readings: Mt 18:15-17; Luke 17:3-4; Galatians 6:1-5; 2Corinthians 2:5-11;1 Thessalonians 5:14-15; 2Thessalonians 3:14&15; 1 Timothy 5:20; 2 Timothy 2:25-26 & 4:2; Titus 3:10-11; 2 Corinthians 13:1-2.
How would you answer someone who said: “Christians shouldn't judge others”?
3
How should we go about correcting error in others?
4
Discuss the following statement: “The goal of discipline is to produce repentance in an atmosphere of support and forgiveness.”

Over Enthusiasm
5
How is over enthusiasm a hindrance to growing in holiness?
6
Has anyone had the experience of enthusiastically sharing the gospel, only to be left with the feeling of “casting your pearls before swine”?

Neglect of Prayer
7
How is the neglect of prayer a hindrance to holiness?

Neglect of Charity (Love)
8
How is the neglect of charity, a hindrance to holiness?
9
Verse 12 is sometimes called the Golden Rule. John Stott says: “Confucius taught, ‘Do not to others what you would not wish done to you’ and in the Talmud it is written, ‘What is hateful to you, do not do to anyone else.’” How does the Golden Rule go beyond these commands?
Read Luke 10:25-37.  Who is worthy of our charity/love/good works.

Mission Pillars
10
How does each of these hindrances to our personal growth in holiness become hindrances in our mission endeavours in each of the mission pillars?
Spirituality
Evangelism & Church growth
Justice & Service
Development & Economic Empowerment

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