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Purpose  |  02/11/24

Study questions


1.  What external symbols or stereotypes do we have of things that we think mark people as Christians? 


2.  Read Ephesians 1:13, 4:30. What is the actual mark (evidence) of someone who has a genuine relationship with the Father? 


3.  Read Philippians 2:12-16. What kinds of things are tell-tale signs of the Spirit in us?


4.  These tell-tale signs differentiate us from those who don’t have the Spirit. Do you think these differences are positive or negative traits?

     a)  Our society need more of these things, so why do we feel embarrassed to be obviously “Christian”?


5.  Read 1 Peter 2:9 and Matthew 28:18-20How can these purposes become part of our everyday life?

    a)  Compare the top 5 things that take up your time, with the purpose God has for you (see question 5).


6.  Read James 4:13-15. How does filtering what we do through Gods purpose for our lives impact things like: our mental health, need for control, sense of direction, fears, what we take significance from, attitude to suffering?




Holiness  |  02/18/24

Study questions


1.  Read Exodus 3:4-6.  How did a burning, talking bush and the words God chose to say, show Moses who God was and what He was like?  

     a)  Why was understanding God’s character a vital first step for Moses?


2.  Moses’ encounter with God’s holiness, made him live differently understanding he was chosen and “set apart” for God.  How have you experienced the same in your life?


3.  Read Exodus 19:4-6.  How is living a holy life in response to Gods presence being with us, different to trying to keep God’s rules? 


4.  The Israelites’ lives revolved around the Tabernacle which contained the presence of God. How can you realign your life to be centered around the Spirit, who is the very real and permanent presence of God living in you?


5.  Read Deuteronomy 32:49-52.  Moses missed out on seeing the promised land he had led the Hebrews through the Red Sea and walked in the desert for 40 years in order to see, because he didn’t take Gods holiness seriously.  Be honest: How do you react to that?  Do you feel it was “fair”?  Why/why not? 

     a)  What does your response suggest about how seriously you view God’s holiness?


6.  Read Ezekiel 36:23-28.  The only way you can reflect God’s character is when His Spirit changes you internally.  How can you embody His holiness more fully?


7.  Read Colossians 3:1-3 How does understanding our “positional” holiness (the truth that we have the unspoiled character record of Jesus in God’s sight), change our “want to” when it comes to sin?


8.  Read Romans 12:1-2 and 2 Corinthians 10:5.  Where do you feel the conflict between what you want and what God wants?

     a)  What would it look like for you to let God transform your mind about these areas?


9.  Part of being able to live holy lives is “cleaning house”.  Often we can’t do this alone.  Share with someone you trust (maybe your Life Group) the areas where you need their help to overcome your struggles.  Pray for each other and think about ways you can support and keep each other accountable.