The following presents the insert and Message Based Discussion Questions for the message given on Nov. 3, 2013. The suggested answers are designed to stimulate thinking, not to replace it. Exalt the Lord and implement His Word into life!
How can you show the world what God is like?
1) Humbly exalt the joy of Jesus in your life 1:12
- I thank = “___I have grace__” Acts 26:9-14; Rom. 6:17-18; 7:23-25
- Enabled = “__in dynamite___” Gal. 2:20; Phil. 4:13
2) Humbly exalt God’s sovereign mercy in your life 1:13
3) Humbly exalt God’s grace abundance in Christ 1:14
- Grace – Paul uses grace in many ways.
- He uses it in greetings – grace and peace 1 Tim. 1:1
- For salvation – Eph. 2:8
- For victory over sin Rom. 5:20
- For giving God’s way 2 Cor. 9:7-8
- For God’s stand for me Rom. 8:32
Grace abounds so you can press ahead in discipleship.
- Put off guilt; it is a horrible taskmaster. It stifles you from growing. It takes away your joy. Pursue grace for more righteousness. Forgiveness is a beautiful gift that relieves all sin and guilt, but it is spiritual child’s level learning. Titus 2:11-12
- Put on bold audacity to grow in grace and discipleship. Train your replacements to honor the calling. Acts 26:14-18
Message Based Discussion Questions
1) What are some things you have known people feel guilty about?
- That they are not regular about getting to church, reading the Bible, talking to others about Jesus…
- They are not patient with their family and regret not spending more time with them.
- They take little things from the office.
- They cheat on their taxes or on homework.
- They say things they regret, etc. etc.
2) In what power did Jesus walk and live according to Luke 4:1,14,18? __In the Holy Spirit______ What are the two power source ingredients in which Jesus, in His humanity, lived and functioned (Luke 14:1-14)? How do you know if you are living in that same way?
- The two power source ingredients are the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.
- I know I am living in the same way only if I am bearing the fruit of the Spirit in obedience to God’s Word.
- When I don’t have to confess sins of thought, word or action.
- When I am serving others to please the Lord.
- When I am bearing fruit in every good work.
- When I am growing in knowledge and wisdom in Jesus.
- When I am working worthy of His calling Col. 1:10.
3) In Exodus 4:1, who struggled with his abilities and past? __Moses__ What did God promise for him (Ex. 4:2-10)? Did Moses get the promise? What has God promised you so that you can accomplish His will for your life?
- God promised three signs: turned a rod to a snake; hand turned to leprosy; water turned to blood. These were to give credit card blanche to authenticate Moses had come from God.
- Moses did not give the promise, because he still made excuses and God took away some of the glory and gave it to Aaron.
- God has promised the availability of His Word that will always abide (1 Pet. 1:24-25) and His presence (Heb. 13:5).
- He has promised His sufficiency 2 Cor. 3:5-6.
- He has promised He will work all things together for good to bring us into conformity to Jesus Rom. 8:28-29.
- He has promised to deliver from temptation 1 Cor. 10:13.
- He has promised to care for us 1 Pet. 5:7.
- He has promised to give us all things Rom. 8:32.
4) What is God able to make abound in your life according to 2 Cor. 9:8? _grace__ What does that look like, especially when you are in the heat of trials, troubles or difficulties? What does it look like to be empowered by God (cf. Eph. 4:22-29)?
- Sustaining grace to not fall further into independence from God.
- It may not remove pain, anxious circumstances or difficult relationships, but replaces them with His grace.
- It causes us to do the right thing through the trouble.
- It causes us to abide under the pressure and give glory to God with our eyes on Jesus.
- We are empowered by God by putting off the old way of living and putting on the new man, who is created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
- Rather than remaining angry and giving the devil a foot hold, we live at peace with people.
- Rather than stealing (or not giving to others) we work hard so that we will have something to give those who have need.
- Rather than saying words that pull or push someone down, we use words that build up, according to the need of the moment and give grace to those who hear.
Making application from the message to life:
5) When in prayer to God and controlled by His Spirit, what will be evident in your life (Compare Gal. 5:22-23)? What does it look like?
- When in prayer, I will bear the fruit of the Spirit.
- It looks like I have the nine characteristics all manifested in my life. There will be love, joy, peace, etc., manifested in my non-verbal expressions (thoughts), words and actions. I won’t strike back when reviled. Instead I will bless. I won’t seek revenge through word or action, instead I will bless.
6) How is your life different because of the grace abundance of God?
- I won’t be a complainer or grumbler or negative, because grace abounds in every area of life.
- I will exalt joy, mercy and grace so the glory of God shines forth 2 Cor. 4:6.
- I will be winsome to people, looking for ways to draw people to Jesus.
- I will be more confident going through trials, because I know who has my back.
- I will be calm and press forward for the sake of the kingdom, rather than be concerned with temporal things.
7) If you are not “humbly exalting” the joy, mercy and abundant grace of God, then what are you revealing?
- I am revealing myself.
- I am revealing what happens when Jesus is not living through me.
- I am revealing a mediocre life and getting mediocre results
- I am revealing fleshly talents and abilities at best, but not the supernatural life that can only be explained by the Lord working through me by His Spirit.
- I am revealing the weakness of the flesh trusting in self, so that in trials, I’ll be negative, complaining or grumbling rather than rejoicing in the blood of Jesus shed for me!