1/13/19 Study Questions

The Tree and its Fruit

1. The Tree and its fruit.

     a) What do you think Jesus means by “fruit?”

     b) Why is he describing agriculture norms?

     c) Is there a loophole in what Jesus is saying? Can a bad tree/person bear good fruit? Why or why not?

     d) Does the good tree/person always bear good fruit?

     e) Describe the heart in this parable. What does it represent?

     f) In what ways do you think treasure can be added to a heart?

     g) Is Jesus speaking of “good deposits” into the heart or a new heart? Explain.

     h) How does the mouth relate to bearing fruit and the condition of one’s heart?

2. Jesus' Lordship.

     a) Jesus says, “Why do you call me ‘Lord’ but not do what I say”. What are some tangible examples of this?

     b) What’s the connection between calling Jesus Lord and obedience?

     c) Why is he worthy of obedience?

     d) Can someone who doesn’t do what Jesus says call him Lord? Why or Why not?

     e) Can you think of a time where you’ve heard Jesus direct you and yet you were disobedient?

     f) Did that impact your relationship with Jesus? If so, how?

     g) Did you feel the need to address that with him? If so, how?

     h) Could you describe Jesus’ Lordship as both present and progressive in your life? If so, how?

     i) How does good fruit relate to Jesus’ Lordship? How do you bear good fruit?

3. The Two Houses.

     a) Why might Jesus use the metaphor of a house with a strong foundation to describe a person living in obedience to Jesus’ Lordship?

     b) How does obedience to Jesus relate to a person’s durability through trials?

     c) Do all houses that aren’t built on the rock fall when the storm comes? Why or why not? How does this impact you?

     d) Should these parables be understood in a personal sense, or in an ultimate sense? Why?

     e) In what ways do you sense Jesus leading you in this discussion? How is he calling you to surrender and embrace his Lordship?

     f) How will you practically embrace his Lordship?

     g) Where do you need prayer to move forward in embracing Jesus’ Lordship?


4/29/18 Study Questions

Youth Service

1.  What happened this week that has given you the most HOPE?

2.  How do you personally define HOPE?

3.  Read Ephesians 2:11-13.

4.  Can you share about a time when you were "without hope"?

5.  Read Romans 15:13.  The New Living Translation says, "Then you will overflow with confident HOPE..."  Is there a difference between HOPE and confident HOPE?

6.  What is Jesus saying to you through this?