1. Deny Self

In making the decision to receive Jesus into our lives, believers recognise the old sinful selves that ought to be crucified and put to rest. What is this old self that you left behind when you became a Christian? Share some recent experiences of God speaking to us to deny ourselves in our life situations. Why would some Christians struggle to deny the self? What helped you to choose obedience?

2. Take Up Cross

While it is common for Christians to wear a cross as an accessory, its real significance lies in the choice to bear the cross in our hearts on a daily basis. What does taking up the cross mean to you personally? How has this influenced the way you lead your life? Think and share some ways we can remind ourselves to make this decision daily.

3. Follow Jesus

Jesus surrendered Himself to the Father in every situation, doing only what the Father wills. Reflect on the various reasons why Christians may find it difficult to surrender to God. Share one time you chose to submit to God – what made you do it and how has it impacted you? What could be some areas God wants believers to surrender to Him today? Surrender comes not from coercion but from a trusting relationship – how can the community encourage one another to trust God that He knows what He’s doing?

True surrender is a joy when we realise we are handing over control of our lives to Jesus, in exchange for a life that is truly life. Make a commitment as a Life Group, to continuously spur one another on in this journey of denying ourselves, taking up the cross and following Jesus all the way till the end of the race.

Title: Church in Victory

Discussion Guide:

1) The world attempts to define us through many means. “How much do you earn?” “What company are you working for?” “What school did you attend?” How can we ground our identity to be ‘in Christ’ (2 Cor 5:17) and securely live for Him?

2) Our relationship with God is the victory we have received from Jesus’ death on the cross. The almighty God knows us, and we know Him. Yet, as we navigate life, our eyes and ears may take reference from other sights and voices. What are the things that draw our attention? What can we do to cultivate our relationship with God, building intimacy with Him?

Hide and Seek

Discussion Questions:

1) Some of us ‘hide’ from God. We may want to go our own way apart from God or feel ashamed of our sins. Yet, God seeks us out through the person of Jesus. The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.

Where are you today? How is your relationship with God? Wherever we are, God seeks us out. Share with your community how you are relating with God and where God may be leading you. They are one of the means by which God seeks you out.

2) We can hide in the Lord and seek Him. He is our refuge and our strength. He is also our treasure, that we can delight in. (Matthew 13:44) On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your own delight in Christ?

What is behind your answer? How can we nurture our delight in Christ who is worthy and not let the routines or ‘duties’ of being a believer become a chore for us?

Title: Purposeful Parenting

Parenting is a journey of love and joy, peppered at times with uncertainty and challenges. How do we navigate through these challenges and be purposeful Godly parents to our children?

Honouring our Parents
Deut 5:16

As we spend more time at home and with our families in the Circuit Breaker period, how do we use this season to strengthen our familial relationships? Let’s learn what the Bible teaches us on honouring our parents and how we can practise this command in every season.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are some difficulties we have in obeying God’s command to honour our own parents? How can we continue to honour them despite these difficulties?

2. When God gives a command, He expects us to obey even though we might not fully agree with nor understand His reasons behind it. How does knowing this affect how we respond to God’s command to honour our parents?

3. Obedience has its limits, in that we should respectfully disagree with our parents if they expect us to go against God’s commands. Have you ever been in a situation where you faced a tension between obeying God and honouring your parents? How can you continue to obey God and still respect your parents in this circumstance?

4. The sermon gave us a few suggestions (e.g. fellowship, affirmation, contribution) on how we can honour our parents. What is one way we can start practising today?

5. God knows it might be hard for us to obey our parents at times. We might also feel overwhelmed from managing the different family responsibilities and commitments we have (e.g. caring for ageing parents, bringing up our own children). How does knowing that God is watching out for us help and sustain us in doing so?

6. How does upholding God’s command to honour our parents contribute to the formation of a stable family and society? Discuss.

Series: Under One Roof

1) What do you think it mean to declare “we will serve the Lord”? What are some obstacles or inconveniences you face as you try to serve God together as a family (for those with believing household members)? How can you work around them?

Who and what we choose to worship today determines the decisions we will make in the future. Find an opportunity to pray (together with believing household members, if any) to commit to worship and serve God in your life.

2) God places us in families. The part we play in our families cannot be delegated or pushed away. Are there family members who have not placed their faith in Jesus? What part can you play in helping them know and believe in Christ, especially in this COVID-19 season?

If the message of the gospel is best seen in family members, how do you think you can grow in Christlikeness and be a better ambassador for Christ at home (2 Cor 5:20)? Share with your community what steps you can take in everyday living.

In times of uncertainty and fear, how does knowing that Jesus is our Hope, change the way we navigate life?
Discussion Questions:
1) Because He promises resurrection in our future (v23-25)
What are some fears that we have in our lives? Or concerns that emerge in this current environment?
How do you view death and what does it mean for you?
Through the troubles of life, we are secure that our loving God is with us. We do not have a wishful hope, but a firm hope for resurrection found in Jesus. This is a powerful assurance in the face of the struggles of life, and even death itself.
 
2) Because He gives eternal life in our present (v26-27)

The Apostle Paul describes that “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21). If we view death through the lens of Christ, how will that change the way we view our lives today?

Does the way you live in everyday life reflect the eternal life that Jesus has graciously purchased and given to you?

Title: Jesus is the Price
Text: John 10:7-18

Series: Jesus The Purchaser Of Our Victory
There is often a price to pay for victory. We sacrifice sleep for good grades, we power through pain to win competitions. But what is the price to pay for overcoming sin – and who can afford it?
Discussion Questions:
 
1) Jesus promises us life to the full.
Rarely do people set out to have an ’empty’ life. But what do we define as a full life? How does that match up with what the Bible defines as good? Is there anything in your life that is causing you to lose heart in the full life Jesus promises? Share with the community in assurance that we are a community that will encourage each other. (Hebrew 10:24-25)
2) Jesus lays down his life for us.
The good shepherd is one who is willing to lay down his life for the sheep in times of danger. He is deeply concerned for the sheep’s well-being. How have you experienced Jesus as a good shepherd in your life? Describe some experiences you may have had with your community.

Knowing the price that Jesus paid for us, how do we intend to live our lives in this season? What are things you can do to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and love others around you?

Title: Jesus Is The Source
Text: John 6:24-35
Series: Jesus The Purchaser Of Our Victory

Discussion Questions:

1. Who is Jesus to me today? Is He the giver of victory (be it physical, material, or financial etc.)? Or is my victory found in the person of Jesus?

2. What makes it difficult for me to entrust my life to Jesus though He is the ‘Bread of Life’?

3. How can I live in a way that reflects my trust in Jesus, even when it may be inconvenient or even difficult? How can the community of Christ encourage one another to do so?

The COVID-19 virus has impacted our economy significantly. Singapore downgrades 2020 economic growth forecast indicating a possible recession. Lucas Chow is no stranger to challenging times. He is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Health Promotion Board; former Chief Executive Officer of MediaCorp. During the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, he was the CEO of MediaCorp and was asked to lay off at least 10 percent of the staff. Hear how he navigated through life’s uncertainties and what he holds certain as anchors for his life.