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Bible Study – 26th July

Questions to reflect on

following the Service on 26th July 2020

 

Read the passages that we used on Sunday:

  • Matthew 13:31-33 & 44-46
  • Romans 8:26-39

 

Then consider these questions:

  1. Jesus used things familiar to the people at that time to illustrate how the Kingdom of Heaven grows and spreads: a very small mustard seed from which a big plant grows; and yeast that permeates a lot of dough. Richard mentioned the examples of an acorn and chilli powder. What examples can you think of that illustrate what Jesus was describing?
  2. What examples can you recall of a seemingly small action having a big effect on growing the Kingdom of Heaven, either from history or personal experience?
  3. Jesus used treasure hidden in a field and a pearl of great value as things that society at that time would chase after. What examples would you use of things that our society today chases after? Do you ever chase after these things more than you seek the Kingdom of Heaven?
  4. How certain are you that you are in the Kingdom of Heaven? If not 100%, what should you do to become certain?
  5. Romans 8 verses 38 to 39 tell us that: “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. What sorts of things do you find can threaten to separate you from God’s love? In such situations, how does this passage from Romans help you?
  6. Richard described how growing the Kingdom of Heaven by making new disciples can be likened to the spread of a virus (in a good way). As we know from the news, the rate at which a virus spreads is denoted by its ‘R number’. In what ways do you think you and your church can increase the ‘Christian R number’ so that the Kingdom of Heaven grows exponentially in our neighbourhoods?