Title: Step Out & Step Up
Series: A Brick In His House
Text: Haggai 1:1-11

Every now and then, we need to honestly reflect on our priorities. Have other responsibilities or endeavours crowd out the commitment to build God’s church?  

Perspective Questions:

  1. Late Bible scholar Gordon Fee once said, “God is not just saving individuals and preparing them for heaven; rather, He is creating a people among whom He can live and who in their life together will reproduce God’s life and character.” What do you think of his quote? How does it reinforce or challenge your view of God’s purpose for His church? How would your view affect your priorities?  

  2. The people in Haggai’s day chose to build their own homes instead of rebuilding God’s temple. What do you think cause them to make such a choice? What are some of their fears or concerns that you can identify with? What does God’s word have to say about them?

  3. Most of us recognise the value of working hard. But being hardworking does not mean we have the right priorities. We can be working hard, but we are not producing fruit that honours God. What kind of hard work would God want to see from us? What are His promises to those who strive to honour Him?  

Application Questions:

  1. What are some needs you see around you that God may want you to meet? What are some practical steps you can take to address these needs?

  2. If you are feeling disillusioned or disheartened because of challenges you meet in serving, how can you bring to God all that is on your heart? How can you allow God’s word to heal or renew you?

Series: A Brick In His House
Title: From Darkness Into Light
Text: 1 Peter 2:9-10

Christ-followers are called out of darkness into God’s wonderful light. The church, which is the body of Christ, are set apart by God and for God. What does it mean for the Church to be set apart?

General Questions:

  1. What are the privileges and blessings that you have personally received from Christ since coming to know Him? Share your personal experiences. 

Perspective Questions:

  1. What comes to your mind when you think of holiness? The Church is holy when we are set apart for God’s purposes. What then are God’s purposes? What part do you think you play in fulfilling these purposes as part of the body of Christ?

  2. Gratefulness for the mercy that we have received from God should be the motivation for us to obey and declare God’s goodness. Why do you think it is important to have the right motivation in obeying or serving God? What will happen if we obey or serve with the wrong motivation? Are there times when you did not have the motivation to serve? Why? 

Application Questions:

  1. How do you think you can participate in God’s purpose for the world through the church? Are there areas that you are prompted to start serving in (e.g. in Church ministries)? 

  2. What are the ways that you think your LG can work together to proclaim Jesus to the pre-believers?

When God calls us to serve, are we ready and willing to answer his call? Tune in to be inspired by Living Sanctuary Brethren Church’s Senior Pastor Lawrence Chua’s practical sharing on his experience and motivation in pioneering a church.