Pastor Kaye Kolde
September 20th, 2020
1. Share with the group one of your most embarrassing moments. What’s the difference between being embarrassed and being shamed?
2. Read Luke 4:14-21 and Leviticus 25:8-17,54-55. Discuss how God’s favor over his people was displayed in the year of Jubilee, and how that is fulfilled for us in Jesus. Think about comparisons you can make between the provision and redemption and debt forgiveness God allowed in Jubilee and what Jesus has done for us. What does that mean for how we understand our freedom in Christ?
3. Read Romans 7:4-6. What does it mean to you to have been “released from the Law”? How do you put into action this idea of serving God as your master?
4. Read Romans 7: 15-20. Using selfishness as an example, why do we still struggle with this? How do you know that you experience the struggle differently than a person without faith and the Spirit of God alive in them?
5. Read Romans 8:1 and discuss the significance of this truth that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. How should this freedom from shame and accusation become a part of your identity in Christ (who you are and what you believe about yourself)?
6. Do you feel like you regularly celebrate that God has allowed you to be free? Why or why not? Is this a part of your worship? Pray together asking God to live fully in His freedom and how to bring that to the oppressed and the captives in our community.
Pastor Kaye Kolde
September 27th, 2020
1. Discuss what it means to you when someone says "I'm a follower of Jesus." How do you all have different interpretations or expectations of that statement? Do you think it's possible to believe in Jesus but not follow Jesus?
2. Read Romans 8:5-9. How does the Spirit alive inside of you work with your mind according to what you read here and what you've experienced?
3. “People are meant to live in an ongoing conversation with God, speaking and being spoken to.”― Dallas Willard, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God
Do you feel like you hear from God? Considering God speaks through certain avenues to all of us, but also in some different ways to each of us, share with the group the most common ways you have personally experienced God speaking to you (creation, His Word, in prayer, in songs/music, in dreams, in mental pictures, visions,...). How does this help you follow Him where He wants to take you?
4. Read Romans 8:10-13. Go around and share a time when you struggled to know if God was speaking or directing you, and how it was or wasn't resolved for you. According to this passage and the message, how can we know how to listen or what to listen to?
5. Read Romans 8:14-16. How does being adopted help us to follow God with confidence? Consider the alternative, too.
6. Read Romans 8:17-28. Why do we tend to believe in the US that Christians should seek a comfortable life where we are in control and have the power? Does this unintentionally teach that suffering works against our relationship with God? How does getting to know the Spirit inside you help you through suffering or hardship?