Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on February 21, 2021
Passage: Acts 17:1-12; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; James 1:22
This Sunday, Mike began our new series on the Voice of God by challenging us to invest in God’s Word by listening to it eagerly, searching it daily, and obeying it faithfully.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, or challenged you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Can you think of a particular Bible verse or story that speaks to you and why?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message, Mike talked about how our attitude toward God’s Word makes a big difference in how much of an impact it will make in our lives. The reason many people don’t hear from God is because they don’t want to hear from Him. They may be scared they might have to change their behavior or do something they don’t want to do. Others are distracted or preoccupied with the world and never make time to listen to God. Describe the attitudes toward God’s Word that are described in the verses below.
Psalm 119:36-37 (NLT2)
36 Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money! 37 Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.
Isaiah 66:2 (NLT2)
My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the LORD, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.”
1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NLT2)
Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God—which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe.
Why does our attitude toward the Bible make a big difference in our capacity to hear from God?
What steps can you take to ensure that you have an eager desire to hear from God’s Word?
2. The Berean Jews searched the Scriptures daily. This habit led to their acceptance of the gospel and coming to faith in Christ. How do the following verses emphasize our need for daily or regular time spent with God listening to His Word and praying?
Psalm 5:3 (NLT2)
3 Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
Matthew 6:5-7 (NLT2)
5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. 7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.
Romans 12:2 (NLT2)
2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT2)
7 Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. 8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
What does spiritual training look like? Would you consider yourself in good shape spiritually? Why or why not?
3. While it’s one thing to listen to sermons and Bible studies and read the Bible, it quite another to apply what you’ve heard to your life. Mike concluded his message by challenging us not just to be hearers of the Word but doers. What does James tell us about the importance of practicing what we have learned?
James 2:14-26 (NLT2)
14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” 19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? 21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. 25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.
Do you think God will keep giving us new instructions if we still haven’t obeyed what He’s already shown us?
What affect can delayed obedience have on our ability to hear God’s voice?
Can you think of something you’ve already heard from God about but you have delayed in obeying? Will you commit to doing that thing as soon as possible?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?