Connect Group Questions Week of September 29 - October 1 (week 3)
- Ladies Retreat 10/16-18 LIMITED SPACE
- Operation Christmas Child (OCC) - take a box (or 10) & fill it
- Spaghetti Feed 10/11 to benefit OCC - right after church
- The Strongs are very from COVID. We have setup a meal train HERE to help them out this week. Please sign-up for a meal ASAP. We need to provide them food for the rest of this week still.
Q1: What book did you read that changed your life the most?
PS: You can’t use the Bible... Too easy.
Everyone answer 30 seconds max.
Q2: Galatians 2:11–13 (NLT)
But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong. 12 When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile believers, who were not circumcised.
But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. He was afraid of criticism from these people who insisted on the necessity of circumcision. 13 As a result, other Jewish believers followed Peter’s hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.
Peer pressure! What are some examples of people following peer pressure today?
In what ways do you struggle to resist peer pressure?
Q3: Galatians 2:14 (NLT)
14 When I saw that they were not following the truth of the gospel message, I said to Peter in front of all the others, “Since you, a Jew by birth, have discarded the Jewish laws and are living like a Gentile, why are you now trying to make these Gentiles follow the Jewish traditions?"
We tend to validate our misery by making other people share it. We think, if I have to go through it - so do you.
Why do you think we do this?
Can you think of any examples of how church folks do the same thing today?
Q4: Galatians 2:17–18 (NLT)
But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not! 18 Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down.
How can you and I avoid rebuilding the old system?
Q5: Galatians 2:19-21 (NLT)
19 For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God.
Isn't it amazing that keeping the law was an obstacle to living for God. Does that mean that living for God means it is ok to live in sin?
Romans 14:14-15 NLT
I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong. 15 And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don't let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died.
Sometimes we get carried away in our freedom. Notice Paul says, "You are not acting in love..." when we push our version of freedom onto those who feel convicted to live with restrictions we feel we are free from.
What are some real and practical ways we can show love to people we think are legalistic?