Gold & Honey - Week 1

 
 
 

Week 1 - Discussion Guide

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OPEN

Have you ever been summoned for jury duty?  If so, what emotions did you experience?  When summoned, were you selected and served on a jury? What was it like?  

How does it strike you to be on a “jury” to reach a verdict regarding the Word of God?


REFLECT

What is something you learned from this sermon? How did this sermon deepen your faith?

Read Psalm 19:7-11. How does David talk about God’s Word? What metaphors does he use? Do you experience the Scriptures the same way David does? Why do you think that is?

Do you agree with Gary’s statement that the “The Word of God is on trial?” Why or why not? 

In what ways do you see the Word of God “on trial” in our culture?  Can you share examples from school, work, the neighborhood, from you circle of friends and/or family?

“How we think determines how we live,” Gary said.  What are your thoughts regarding a standard of truth, or moral right and wrong? What is your foundation for morality and truth? What does the world use as their foundation for truth and morality?

Discuss the five pieces of “evidence” presented in defense of the Scriptures (Archeology, Book of Books, Copies, Divination, Experience).  Which of the five are strongest or weakest in your mind as to the Word of God being a standard of unchanging truth?

How was the Holy Spirit present in the writing of Scripture and in our reading of Scripture (see 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)? How have you experienced the Holy Spirit when reading or studying the Bible?


APPLY

If a friend were to ask you what your belief is as to the inspiration, inerrancy, or infallibility of Scripture, how would you respond?

Have you “reached a verdict” as to the veracity of Scripture?  If so, do you mind sharing it with the group? 

How has this sermon changed or challenged how you view the Word of God? What is one tangible takeaway, something you are going to do this week as a result of this message?


PRAY

Pray that as you come to God’s Word this week in your devotions that they would be a tool for you and your group to foster an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus (John 5:39).


NEXT STEPS

To go deeper in your relationship with God and others, here are some next steps for you:

1. Attend How to Study Your Bible taught by Dan Hamel

If we’re honest studying the Bible can be hard without the right tools. We all have questions like, “Where do I begin?”; “How do I know if my interpretation is right?”; “How do I apply what I read to my life?”. In this class Dan is going to give you a few steps that can enhance your Bible Study times. This class begins August 21st from 6:30-8:30pm at Franklin Rd. in Atrium B.

2. Join us for Welcome to the Creek. This is a place where you can find out more information about who we are as a church. This experience occurs the 1st and 3rd weekend of every month in South Room 2 during the 11:00am service. If you attend Shelby Street, you can make an appointment for a Welcome to the Creek session.

3. Check out the Dwell app. This is a new audio Bible app that keeps Scripture in your ears and on your heart. You can download this app on your mobile device. More information can be found at dwellapp.io.