Sunday October 22nd – Prayer Point & Reflection Questions

Prayer Point for the Week – Let us pray that God that we would have a greater understanding of what it truly means to know God.

Questions for Reflection:

Our text tells us that Paul’s greatest desire was to “know” Jesus. Read Matthew 7:21-23. What is the destiny of those God was speaking to? What were their works? Why did Jesus reject them? What does that teach us about redemption and a relationship with Jesus?  

Sometimes, due to our circumstances, we are tempted to believe that God does not know us or care about us. Think about someone you love. How concerned are you for them if they suffer a minor scratch? Read Matthew 10:30. What is the extent of God’s concern for His creation? What does this teach us about His desire to know us?

Great men of God in scripture had a deep desire to know God? According to our text, what priority did knowing God take in Paul’s life in comparison to other pursuits? Despite the imminent danger posed by the Egyptians, what does Exodus 33:18 tell was his greatest desire?

Read the heading of Psalm 63. Under what circumstances did David write this scripture? Read the first verse. What do people normally long for in a desert environment? What did David long for? What priority should knowing Christ take in our lives? What priority does it take in your life?

Philippians 1:9-11 says that we know God through His love, holiness and His righteousness. Read 1John 4:11. What marks those who know God through His love? According to 1 Peter 1:13-16, what are the qualities of those who have a greater understanding of His holiness? In the text, what marks those who have a greater knowledge of His righteousness?

October 1st – Prayer Point and Reflection Questions

Prayer Point for the WeekLet us pray that God would move mightily during the Power of One outreach this Friday!

Questions for Reflection:

Read Hebrews 12:14. What is gained by walking in holiness? Why is that so important? What was the response of people who “saw God” in scripture? How do some in the body of Christ go about encouraging people to maintain their faith in Jesus? Why do many of those things fail?

1 Peter 1:16 remind followers of God of their responsibility to be holy. Read 2 Timothy 2:20&21. How does this scripture illustrate the calling of purity? What does it say about the responsibility of service. Are holy people considered common or more than common? How much more? How does that influence your your attitude towards holiness?

Our text states that the battlefield of the believer is the mind. In addition to our lusts, what 2 other things in 2 Corinthians 10 plague our minds? Have you ever struggled with human arguments that went against your faith and practice in Christ? What was so appealing about them? What can be done to refute them?

Some people paint Christ as an impersonal God who seldom interacts with His followers. Read 2 Corinthians 6:6-18. What does this teach us about the nature of the presence of God in human lives? What, if anything, does this scripture tell us He is saying? How is our relationship characterized in verse 18 if we listen to His call?

1 Corinthians 9 tells us that believers are to live a disciplined life. How is the believer called to handle his/her thought life? Does your thought life ever wander into areas it should not? What is your response to “wandering” if any? What should it be?

September 23rd Prayer Point and Reflection Questons

Prayer Point for the WeekLet us pray that we would find the joy that comes by ministering for the Lord at a moment’s notice.

Questions for Reflection:

The Bible tells us that people were too involved with themselves to provide shelter for His mother before His birth. How does this mirror today’s society? Why do people ignore Christ despite the importance to their immortal soul?

People of faith can fall prey to being self centered instead of being “God centered.” How does this interfere with our relationship with Jesus? How does this interfere with our witness? What are some of the signs that we have become self centered in our relationship with Christ?

Many people have a hard time asking those they have ignored or mistreated for help. Have you ever felt that way with Jesus? Read Lamentations 3:22&23. What does this us about the nature of the love of God? Read Luke 11:5-10. How should we approach Christ in our time of need?

We are called to live as Christ lived? How then should the believer treat their devotional life? How should we view the response to those requesting help in time of need?

Some say that living in a perpetual state of self denial is impossible. Why is this not an excuse for the believer? In addition to discipline/self-control, what does Galatians 5:22&23 promise to believers filled with the Spirit? According to Hebrews 12:1&2, what did Jesus specifically receive as He obeyed the Father?

Mismanaging time is on of the greatest hindrances to living the inconvenient life. What changes can you make in your life to utilize your time more wisely?

Sunday September 17th – Prayer Point and Reflection Questions

Prayer Point for the WeekPlease pray that churches in Eastern Connecticut would join their hearts together in prayer for revival this Fall in New England.

Questions for Reflection:

Read Matthew 16:24. How “radically” are we called to serve Jesus? Make a list of what it means to live a sold-out life for God. Now make a list detailing how you live out your faith on an average day. How does it compare?

The woman and Simon appeared to be completely different from each other. Which one was the worst sinner? Which one felt that they were the worst and why? Which one thought they were the better of the two? Why did they feel that way? How did Jesus treat them both? What does this teach uas about how God views and loves everyone?

True or false – people who do good and have good things are in right relationship with God. What does James 2:5 teach us about wealth and faith? Read Luke 18:24&25. What does this scripture teach us about the effect of riches on the sinner and their pursuit of God?

Read John 4:4-30. What did the woman do after Jesus revealed to her that He was the Messiah? How did her actions differ from those of the disciples? Read John 4:39-42. What was the response of the Samaritans? What did she possess that the disciples did not? Would you describe yourself as a disciple or the Samaritan woman? What could you do to become more like her?

The woman in Luke 7 washes, dries, kisses and anoints the feet of Jesus. How would you characterize her actions? How did Jesus contrast her actions to those of Simon? Why do you think he did not honor the Lord as the woman did? What steps can be taken to humble oneself?

 

Sunday September 10th – Prayer Point $ Reflection Questions

Prayer Point for the Week – Please continue to pray for the residents of Florida as they deal with the hurricane.

Questions for Reflection

Some say that Jesus was an extraordinary individual and a mighty prophet but not God. Read Colossians 1:15-20. What does this verse tell us about the power and nature of Jesus Christ? Read Romans 1:18-20. In light of these scriptures what should we keep in mind about Jesus when we study His earthly ministry?

Read Luke 4:18. Is there a difference between the Holy Spirit and the Anointing? If so, what is it? What is the relationship between the Anointing and the Holy Spirit? According to Jesus, what affect did the Anointing have upon Him? How does this influence your understanding of the purpose of the Anointing in your life? How should this affect your pursuit of the Anointing?

Read John 2:27. In addition to empowerment, how does the Anointing minister to people? Why is this necessary for everyday living and spiritual growth? Read 1 John 2:18-20 & 26. What does this ministry of the Anointing protect us from? Why is this ministry increasingly important?

Romans 8:14 tells us that God’s children are those who are led by the Holy Spirit. Read Luke 4:1&2. Where did the Holy Spirit lead Jesus? What happened to Him there? What/who can we expect to encounter as we follow the Holy Spirit? Who was Jesus “filled” with as He faced temptation? How does that relate to living for Jesus today? How confident should we be in the face of temptation if we are filled with the Holy Spirit?

In Luke 4, Jesus countered Satan’s temptation with scripture. How does this tie in with the Spirit’s anointing as described in 1 John 2:27?