Monday, 19 October 2015

All Scripture

A brief study on the importance of taking God's word to heart.

Read 2 Timothy 3:14-16 

  1. Here we have three straightforward verses from one of Paul’s letter’s to Timothy. What do we know about the letter and Timothy, where was he Pastor, which other biblical characters were members of his church?
  2. Discuss the three verses in order there are some starters below for each verse but don’t be constrained, there’s more to discuss than this:
    1. Verse 14 – why is it important to be sure we can unreservedly trust those teaching us? Sticking to the truth of scripture is counter cultural – what are some of the issues we might find ourselves coming under pressure on?
    2. Verse 15 – how early should we start to teach the truth of scripture, and what are the rewards, and conversely the risks if we don’t?
    3. Verse 16 – what are the various types of scripture? What does it mean it is inspired by God? Talk through the list of 4 uses that Paul mentions, how do we apply these to our lives?
  3. Read James 1:22-25 and discuss briefly the truth of this simple picture, meditate on it as you lead into a time of prayer.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Devastation at the hand of God

Here's the link to the Sermon: God disciplines... 
Reading: Joel 1
  1. Verse 1. What do we know about Joel? e.g. where did he live, who did he minister to, what did his and his father’s name mean? Does any of this matter?
  2. Verse 2, why do you think Joel started off addressing the elders?
  3. What do you make of a God who would deliberately bring such unpleasantness and damage to people?
  4. Discuss how Deuteronomy 28 fits in with this?
  5. How had these people messed up? What was their sin? (verse 12 gives a clue)
  6. What is an idol?
  7. How does all of this apply to us today?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Prayer for Sierra Leone Mission

  1. There is so much corruption among public officers in the country and that is causing distrust and poverty. Pray that God transforms the leaders and civil servants of the nation.
  2. There have been so many situations of rape (sometimes of children as young as 7 yrs.) and violation of women and children sexually in Sierra Leone is rampant of late. Please pray for the victims and that God may have mercy on us and heal the hearts of men.
  3. Pray for the recent flood victims in Freetown and other places in the country (over 10,000 households); especially for innocent children. 
  4. Pray for the people affected by ebola, because some of the aid do not seem to be reaching the actual victims but to those who are not directly affected and can afford far more than the poor affected, especially orphans and widows.
  5. Pray for Samuel Mansaray of Brama Church, who has not been keeping well in the past month, thanks to the Friends of Sierra Leone for their financial aid for his hospital bills.
  6. Help us pray against the recent spate of ritual murder allegedly sponsored by politicians seeking to gain or maintain power.
  7. Pray for the right choice of leaders in the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion Sierra Leone which is due in February next year. Elections can sometimes be a divisive issue in the Connexion over here.
  8. Pray for God's provision of funds to complete Bethesda before February 2016. God has been so faithful to this project. His provisions are always forthcoming.


Here's the link to the Sermon: What have I done today to make me feel proud?  
Reading: Obadiah
  1. What do the group know about Edom and Judah, how far back does the enmity go?
  2. What are the charges against Edom
  3. Who was the last famous Edomite?
  4. What were the Edomites proud of? Describe pride.
  5. In which ways is this message relevant to us today?
  6. Read 1 Corinthians 10:11&12 and share together in prayer.