Bakersfield Church Of Christ

LIVING OUT FAITH BY LOVING LIKE CHRIST

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42)

It's Up to You

It's Up to You

Study Guide for Family Groups

Please answer these questions on a separate sheet of paper this week to bring with you to your Family Group.

Getting Started

1. What did you find enlightening, encouraging, or challenging about last Sunday's lesson?

Getting to Know You

1. What was your first job?  If you remember, how much did you get paid?

2. Growing up, did your parents keep the same job, or did they have a number of jobs?

3. What is the longest you've had the same job?

Getting Into the Bible
In the lesson this past Sunday, Jamal taught us that God wants to do great things in us and through us, but we have to be active participants.  We have to work!  We are going to read some passages this week that show us the kind of work God requires.

1. In John 6, John writes that Jesus miraculously fed 5000 men.  The next day, the crowds wanted more from Jesus.  Please read Jesus's response in John 6:25-29.

    A. Is there anything you find challenging or comforting from this passage?  

    B. Jesus equates work with belief. What do you think he means by this? What kind of work is required for belief?

2. Jamal taught in his lesson that God's work requires that we be Spirit-led.  Please read Galatians 5:13-26 and note any words you don't fully understand.
    A. If you're comfortable, please share the words you noted and ask your group for help to understand.

    B. Paul says that the "acts of the flesh" are obvious.  However, sometimes people live like this and still think they're Spirit-led! Why might it not be obvious sometimes?

    C. Is there any part of the "fruit of the Spirit" that you think is possible without the Spirit?  Is there any part that is possible only with the Spirit?  Please explain.

Going Deeper

1. Please pick one or two parts of the "fruit of the Spirit" in which you excel and one or two that need work.  If you're comfortable, please share about these.

2. Everyone needs to do some work to keep in step with the Spirit!  How can belief, the work God requires, help you in this regard? Is there anything lacking in your belief that you need to change?