PREPARATION FOR MISSIONS
Text: Acts 10:1-23a
Series: Light of the World

As Christ followers, we are called to fulfil the Great Commission.  How is God preparing you to participate in missions today

Discussion Guide

1) God chooses to involve us in missions (1-8)
John Piper once said, “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” What do you think he means? Do you agree with this quote? Why? How does this quote illustrate the significance of missions? God graciously involves us in His mission to redeem the world. Missions is not the church’s idea – it is God’s. How does knowing that God is the initiator of missions change or reinforce our perspective of why we do missions? What is one way you or your Life Group can be involved in missions? How do you plan to carry it out? What could hinder you? Pen down some concrete steps you can take today.

2) God challenges us to let go of our prejudices (9-16)
How can prejudices affect the way we relate to those who are ethnically, socially or culturally different from us? How do you think prejudices arise? How does holding onto prejudices hinder missions or unity within the Church? As a Life Group, how can you help one another by correcting or guarding against prejudices?

3) God challenges us to be cross-cultural believers (17-23a)
For most people, it is more comfortable to stay within their own cultures than to step out and get to know people who are from different cultures. Why is it important to be willing to step out of this comfort zone? How would our willingness to embrace discomfort affect our involvement in missions? What are some activities you can do together as a Life Group to expand your heart for people of other ethnic or social backgrounds?

Reflection Questions

1) God chooses to involve us in missions (1-8)
Missions is not the church’s idea – it is God’s. How does knowing that God is the initiator of missions change or reinforce our perspective of why we do missions?

2) God challenges us to let go of our prejudices (9-16)
How does holding onto prejudices hinder missions or unity within the Church?

3) God challenges us to be cross-cultural believers (17-23a)
What are some activities you can do together as a Life Group to expand your heart for people of other ethnic or social backgrounds?

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I CAN BE CHANGED
Text: John 20:19-31
Series: Because He Lives

After encountering the risen Christ, the disciples were never the same again. What can we learn from their life transformation?

Discussion Guide 

1) I No Longer Live For Myself, I Live For Christ (19-23)

Name one fear that you have. Why do you fear it? How do you overcome or deal with your fear? Read John 20:19. What were the disciples fearful about? Did they have a good reason to fear? Explain.

When Jesus appeared to them, He said to them, “Peace be with you.” The Bible uses the Hebrew word “Shalom” to refer to the well-being that comes about because we are reconciled to God. This peace does not depend on the absence of conflicts or stressful situations. How does knowing Christ as our Lord and Saviour allow us to have such peace? Read and reflect on Romans 5:1-5. What does the Bible say is the source of our peace? Have you experienced the peace of God in your life recently? How has having the peace of God changed the way you see your concerns and troubles, or the way you prioritise the various concerns in your life?

On seeing Jesus, the disciples’ fear turned to joy (20). What do you think led to the transformation? Jesus then commissioned the disciples to spread the grace of God that they themselves had received (21-23). The disciples after encountering the risen Christ turned from timid men to bold agents of Christ. Today we may not see the physical Christ but we can encounter Him through Scripture and the Spirit, who points us to Him (John 14:26). How can your Life Group encourage one another to go deeper in Scripture to develop the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5-8)? What are some simple activities you can do together to facilitate a deeper submission to the Spirit, so that you can be led and empowered by Him for life transformation? How would living for Christ’s cause transform your attitude, priorities and decisions? In what way would living for His cause be different from living for your own agenda? How can the Life Group spur one another on to live for Christ?

2) I No Longer Live By Sight, I Live By Faith (24-31)

Share one moment in your life when you doubted God. How did you feel? What went through your mind? What did you do? What made you do it? Was your faith strengthened or weakened after the incident? Why? Thomas, perhaps the greatest sceptic among the disciples, gave the highest confession of Jesus when he saw the risen Lord (28). What does Thomas’ transformation teach you about the power of witnessing Jesus’ resurrection? How does Jesus’ blessing on those who have not seen Him and yet have believed (29) encourage you (1 Peter 1:8-9)?

All of us go through doubts when what we see (or do not see) do not seem to align with what God’s Word says or promises. In such situations, we can choose to abandon faith by refusing to believe God or exercise faith by taking God at His word. Why do you think God can still be trusted despite what we see? How has He proven Himself to be faithful and trustworthy? Since God has the power to raise Jesus from the dead in order to fulfil His promise of sending the Messiah (Acts 2:24-32; 13:32-37), God will also fulfil all of His other promises. Do you agree? Why?

Are you going through a season of doubt now? What are you struggling with? Where can you go to for answers? What are the ways the Life Group can discover these answers together? Wrestling with doubt can build up our faith muscles. Perhaps you are doubting that God will provide for you as you live for Him. Read and reflect on Matthew 6:32-34. Share with the Life Group one source of concern or stress that you currently have. How can you surrender your concerns to God? For those involved in serving God, how have you experienced God’s provision as you faithfully serve Him? Share your story to encourage your Life Group to keep their focus on God even in the midst of doubt. Let’s also take time to pray for one another, that God may meet our needs and lead each of us to be in line with His purpose for our lives.

Reflection Questions 

1) I No Longer Live For Myself, I Live For Christ (19-23)
How can your Life Group encourage one another to go deeper in Scripture to develop the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5-8)? What are some simple activities you can do together to facilitate a deeper submission to the Spirit, so that you can be led and empowered by Him for life transformation? How would living for Christ’s cause transform your attitude, priorities and decisions?

2) I No Longer Live By Sight, I Live By Faith (24-31)
All of us go through doubts when what we see do not seem to align with what God’s Word says or promises. In such situations, we can choose to abandon faith by refusing to believe God or exercise faith by taking God at His word. What are you struggling with? Where can you go to for answers? What are the ways the Life Group can discover these answers together or pray for one another in seasons of doubt?

I CAN BE CONFIDENT
Text: John 20:1-18
Series: Because He Lives

Beyond being a holiday or a tradition, Easter assures Christ-followers that our faith is not futile and our hope is secure.

Discussion Guide 

1) Jesus’ Resurrection Is The Basis Of My Faith (1-10)

Think of someone you trust. What qualities does he/she possess? What did he/she do to earn your trust? Now think of Jesus. Do you trust Him? What do you trust Him for? What is the basis of your trust?

In 1 Corinthians 15:17, it says that “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile.”. Why is the Resurrection central to our faith? Why does it matter that the Resurrection is a factual event in history? Today we do not have direct access to the evidence of the empty tomb, but we have the Word that records the events and significance of the Resurrection. Can you recall and share some verses about the Resurrection with your Life Group?

Have you encountered challenges and crises, and felt discouraged and even disillusioned with God when there appeared to be no answered prayers or blessings? In such moments, why do you think it is important to base our faith on the Resurrection, instead of on our experiences and emotions? What difference do you think the basis of our faith will make in how we respond to difficult circumstances?

What promises does Jesus’ resurrection hold for believers? Share some promises from Scripture. If God could raise Jesus from death to life, would He be able to fulfill His other promises? Why do you say so? What does the Resurrection mean to you personally? What is a promise of God you are currently holding onto?

2) Jesus” Resurrection Changes My View Of Him (11-18)

The Resurrection proves that Jesus is no criminal who died on the cross because He did wrong. Instead, He is the Messiah who died on the cross for our sins. He was not cursed by God as many would think (Deut. 21:22-23), but He is the Son of God who died for us and was raised to be glorified.

With this in mind, read 2 Cor. 5:16. Why do you think many misunderstood Jesus during His day, and even today many still misunderstand Him? What was your initial impression of Jesus when you first heard of Him? For instance, did you see Him as a good person, wise teacher or holy prophet? How does the Resurrection elevate your view of Him? If we truly regard Jesus as not just a mere man but as God Himself, how would our response to Him look like (read Rom. 12:1-2)? If we are not living this way today, why?

In a way, the Resurrection renewed Mary Magdalene’s faith. She was overwhelmed with grief at the thought of Jesus being dead and could not recognise Him until He called her name. Are you facing a seemingly hopeless situation now, and nothing could comfort you? Is it causing you to waver or even lose your faith? How does the Resurrection encourage you to renew your faith in Christ? How does it give you the assurance that, no matter what happens, God is in control and He is able to lead and strengthen you according to His purpose?

Jesus’ resurrection and glorification ensure the resurrection and glorification of those who put their trust in Him (1 Cor. 15:20-23, 42-44; 1 Thess. 4:13-16). How does this truth encourage those of us who are facing the uncertainties of life, with death being the greatest uncertainty of all (1 Cor. 15:54-58)?

Reflection Questions 

1) Jesus’ Resurrection Is The Basis Of My Faith (1-10)
In 1 Corinthians 15:17, it says that “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile.”. Why is the Resurrection central to our faith? Have you encountered challenges and crises, and felt discouraged and even disillusioned with God when there appeared to be no answered prayers or blessings? In such moments, why do you think it is important to base our faith on the Resurrection, instead of on our experiences and emotions?

2) Jesus’ Resurrection Changes My View Of Him (11-18)
What was your initial impression of Jesus when you first heard of Him? For instance, did you see Him as a good person, wise teacher or holy prophet? How does the Resurrection elevate your view of Him? If we truly regard Jesus as not just a mere man but as God Himself, how would our response to Him look like (read Rom. 12:1-2)?

MORE THAN FEELING GOOD
1 Cor 6:12-20
Series: Sex, The Elephant in the Room

Knowing that sex is a gift from God, how can we manage our sexual desires in a way that honours Him?

Discussion Guide 

1) I Do Not Live To Fulfil My Desires (12-14)

The Corinth church had certain sayings and justifications for sexual immorality. Which one do you think applies the most to society today? Why do you think so?

I can do what I want, I’m a free man Just like eating, sex is a desire to be satisfied Sex is just physical, YOLO (you only live once) as long as it hurts no one

Underneath each justification is the belief that “I live to fulfil my desires”. However, as Christians, we live to fulfil God’s purposes, which means that our body has a different purpose! What then is the compass of your life today? Why do you think it is important to first acknowledge God’s word as our compass before we can learn how to manage our sexual desires?

Why do you think people might feel like they are missing out if they are not able to experience sex? How does knowing that God has a higher purpose for each person help believers to cope with unfulfilled desires? How does taking our struggles one day at a time and trusting that God gives us enough grace to go through each day help believers who are struggling?

2) I Belong To Christ (15-17)

Why is it important that we recognise our body as belonging to Christ? How would the way we see our body affect the way we express our sexuality? Sexual behaviours of the past may not be forgotten, but they can be forgiven in Christ. How would this truth encourage believers seeking a fresh start?

In addition, how do you think confession to trusted individuals supports one in his or her journey of healing and restoration? How can the Life Group become a safe place for openness and accountability to support one another in this journey?

3) I Live To Honour God (18-20)

For those of us who are singles, how can we honour God with our sexuality? How can we tap His divine power, which enables us to live a godly life (2 Pet 1:3), to honour Him with our bodies? How can we look out for one another? If we stumble, how can we help one another to stand up where we fell? How can we develop healthy relationships that are fulfilling and meaningful?

For those of us who are marrieds, how can we honour God with our sexuality? What does it mean to mutually yield your bodies to serve and honour one another (1 Cor 7:3-5)? What barriers do you face in developing intimacy with your spouse? What are some practices you can establish to deepen your intimacy?

As a Life Group, how can we support singles and marrieds to honour God with our sexuality?

Reflection Questions 

1) I Do Not Live To Fulfil My Desires (12-14)
Why do you think it is important to first acknowledge God’s word as our compass before we can learn how to manage our sexual desires?

2) I Belong To Christ (15-17)
Why is it important that we recognise our body as belonging to Christ? How would the way we see our body affect the way we express our sexuality?

3) I Live To Honour God (18-20)
As a Life Group, how can we support singles and marrieds to honour God with our sexuality?

MORE THAN FITTING IN
Text: 1 Cor 7:25-35
Series: Sex, The Elephant in the Room

Whether single or married, how should we respond to pressures and expectations regarding issues of sexuality?

Discussion Guide 

1) Recognise The Value Of Singleness (26-28)

Society today places pressure on people who have ‘come of age’ to get involved in sexual relationships such as marriage. Do you agree? Explain your answer. What are some situations where a person may feel pressured? For instance, a married couple may feel pressured to conceive. A single may feel pressured to settle down. How would you respond if you were in the situation?

What do you think is the value of being a single Christian? In Paul’s view, singles could more easily adapt to hardships and sudden changes in life compared to marrieds. Why do you think this is so? What are other advantages of being single?

What do you think are some of the challenges of being a single Christian? How would you encourage singles who feel they are incomplete or think they are missing out because they are not experiencing physical sexual intimacy? How would you help the Life Group to see singles as a gift to the community of God? At the same time, how can you avoid giving the impression that being single is more spiritual than being married?

If your Life Group has a mix of marrieds and singles, can you share ideas on how you can better enfold and embrace one another?

2) Hold Lightly To The Things Of The World (29-31)

What are some things of the world that many, even Christians, hold tightly to? Why do you think it is hard to relax our grip on these things? Do you think our reluctance to let go has anything to do with our perspective of eternity? Explain.

Marriage, as sacred and good as it is in this earthly life, will be unnecessary at the resurrection of believers (Mt. 22:23-32). When we have glorified bodies that will not die, we will have no more need for procreation, which is one main purpose of marriage. How does fixing your eyes on the future eternity affect your view of marriage? How does keeping eternity in mind help you to deal with the pressures and problems of the present?

Knowing that we have eternity ahead of us puts our present struggles (and breakthroughs) in perspective. To the marrieds, how should you approach your marital struggles with eternity in mind? For instance, how should you perceive the perennial sexual issues that have been troubling you and your spouse? What if, after you have tried all ways to find solutions, the problem persists? To those single and desiring to get attached, how should you make sense of your desires? What if, after you have tried all means to find a partner, your desire remains unfulfilled?
In times of struggles, how can the Life Group encourage one another to persevere in faith and glorify God through unfulfilled desires? In times of breakthroughs (such as when a married couple finally conceives or when a single finds her partner) how can the Life Group celebrate while remind one another to live with a healthy detachment to the things of this world?

3) Have Undivided Devotion To The Lord (31-35)

Singleness can be maximised for God or squandered away. What are some temptations singles may face that would deter them from being completely devoted to God? Being single does not mean we automatically have undivided devotion to the Lord. How can singles grow to be single-minded for God?

Why do you think it is important that Christians, whether single or married, are committed to grow in Christ and serve Him? What do you think are some challenges married Christians face in this area? Brainstorm creative ideas married couples can adopt to keep growing and serving while managing their family responsibilities.

Reflection Questions 

1) Recognise The Value Of Singleness (26-28)
What do you think is the value of being a single Christian? How would you help the Life Group to see singles as a gift to the community of God? If your Life Group has a mix of marrieds and singles, can you share ideas on how you can better enfold and embrace one another?

2) Hold Lightly To The Things Of The World (29-31)
Knowing that we have eternity ahead of us puts our present struggles (and breakthroughs) in perspective. What are some specific, sex-related struggles that marrieds and singles may face? How should we look at these struggles with eternity in mind? How can the Life Group be there for one another?

3) Have Undivided Devotion To The Lord (31-35)
Why do you think it is important that Christians, whether single or married, are committed to grow in Christ and serve Him?