Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on May 29, 2016:
- SUNDAY: Romans 12,
- MONDAY: 1 Corinthians 12,
- TUESDAY: Philippians 2,
- WEDNESDAY: Colossians 1,
- THURSDAY: Ephesians 4,
- FRIDAY: Ephesians 6,
- SATURDAY: James 2,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: May 2016 Sermon Title: The Bible...Why Should I Take It Seriously? Can I Take It Seriously?
Delivered On: May 22, 2016
All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. ([bible]2 Timothy 3:16-17[/bible])
Ask God to increase your understanding of the reliability of His Word. And, as that grows, ask Him to reveal how you are growing in faith and practice.
Invite someone to join you in Shoreline’s 50-day Reading Plan. Set a time once a week (or more often) to talk about what you’ve read. You can pick up a copy at the Connection Center or download a .pdf version at www.shorelinechurch.org/50-day-reading/plan
Small Group Discussion
How many Bibles do you have personally? (Let’s stick with print versions.) How many total for your group? What does this tell us about the availability of the Bible and how much we value having the Bible in our hands and home?
What contrast do you see between how many Bibles people own and how much most people read the Bible in a week or month?
What objections have you heard which have kept others from taking the Bible seriously? How have you wrestled with these questions and roadblocks in your own life and view of the Bible?
Explain why you believe that the historical integrity of the Bible is important and worth studying. Explain why it is important for Christians to know and follow God’s teaching and directives found in His Word?
How do a confident trust in truth of the Bible and our commitment to follow what it teaches relate closely to each other?
Read: 2 Timothy 3:16 Describe an instance where you benefitted from a clear teaching from a Bible passage. Describe an instance when you felt rebuke from the Word of God (it counts if it came from another person). How did this change your attitude or lifestyle? Describe a lifestyle or character correction the Bible has brought about in your life.
How does our view of the truth and authority of the Bible affect one of the following:
· How we read it?
· How seriously we take what it teaches?
· How we act on the lessons the Bible teaches us?
· How we share the message of the Bible with others?
Read: Psalm 119:105 What is one step you could take to more readily let God’s Word guide and direct you?
If you are comfortable doing so, tell your group members what next step you will be taking in your commitment to read and follow the teachings of the Bible. How can your group members pray for you and celebrate this with you?