Connect Group Questions

Dig a little deeper and learn together by unpacking Sunday's message

It will Happen

Message by Adrian Jackson on Sunday 2nd of December (Acts 27:21-26)

  1. How often in life has you path from A to B been a straight one? How often has it not? How do you feel in the middle of that? Can you share?
  2. Paul had a goal to preach the gospel in Rome, but things took some crazy turns and he ends up a prisoner shipwrecked on Malta. In the middle of all of this he maintains that “it will happen” as GOd has said. How do you think we can know the difference between something God has said and something we have dreamed up? Is there always a difference? Why is it important to know the source?
  3. Paul wasn told that the ship would be smashed but He would survive. Do you think it’s easy to confuse the means God uses to get us there with the promise of getting there? What might that look like? Why is that dangerous? have you ever done this?
  4. To top it off, Paul is bitten by a deadly snake. Everyone thinks this is judgment on him for being a bad person. Why is it a mistake to confuse our circumstances with our calling? Why do you think God allows us to go through tough stuff and look like a failure not the way? Has this ever been your experience?
  5. Are you in a place now where you feel like everything is moving in the opposite direction of your call/goal/dream? What could you do in the meantime to help you keep going?

Leaning in to our Limitations

Message by Adrian Jackson on Sunday 18th of November (Mark 4:26-29)

  1. Are you prone to worrying, trying to control things or thinking that it depends on you to make things happen? Can you share an example of that? How does the usually work out for you?
  2. Jesus always compares the kingdom to something else to help us understand what it is like. Why do you think that is? What does that mean for how we are to approach living in it?
  3. The farmer in the parable sowed his seed and then got on with his life. It grew although he did not know how. Somehow the kingdom is beyond our efforts. How do we manage the tension between our responsibility to do what we can and God's activity?
  4. Things take time. There is a process that needs to happen and we cannot control the timing of how and when God will act. How do you deal with this? Are you in the middle of something now you wish would hurry up? Can you think of a time where, in retrospect, you can see why it took as long as it did?
  5. Is there anything you are anxious about? Anything you're struggling to believe God for? Have you given up on something? Are you trying to make something happen? Can you share?

Own the Moment

Message by Adrian Jackson on Sunday the 11th of November (John 20:24-29)

  1. Are there any moments in your life you'd rather forget? Where you've been at less than your best? Can you share?
  2. Thomas gets a bit of a bad rap because he needed proof that it was Jesus raised from the dead. But he wasn't the only one who doubted (Matthew 28). He was, however, the only one to admit he was struggling. How easy do you find it to be honest about your doubts and struggles? Why do you think we probably don't do this as well as we could?
  3. Often overshadowed by Thomas' doubt is Jesus' willingness to oblige Thomas. He provided the proof he needed. Do you think God has a problem with us asking for something more at times? If so, why? If not, why? Where do you think this thinking comes from?
  4. There's no growth without authenticity and vulnerability (being honest and open about where things are at for us). But we cannot be authentic and vulnerable without faith - faith that God is big enough, loving and kind enough to handle our doubts and fears and need for more at times. What do you think about that? Is God up to our reservations? What about the people around us? Can you trust them?
  5. Is there a sticking point for you at the moment? Are you facing something and just need more proof? Can you share?

Be This Guy

Message by Adrian Jackson on Sunday the 28th of October (John 9:1-34)

  1. How do you deal with people who disagree with you? Have you got any stories where it didn't go well? Why?
  2. What do you think about the idea that when people don't see things our way our response is often about self-protection and self-preservation? What do you think is meant by that? Have you seen this in yourself at all? Can you share?
  3. When the man who had been healed of his blindness realised that the Pharisees were never going to believe his story he simply said, "About all that, I don't know. But this I do: I was blind but now I see." Why do you think this is a much healthier way of dealing with people who don't agree with you?
  4. If you were to tell someone what you do know about what Jesus has done for you, what would it be?
  5. Does any of this change the way you think about dealing with disagreement? If so, how? If not, why not?

Why we Need a Bigger Table

Message by Adrian Jackson on Sunday the 21st of October (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

  1. Do you agree that we humans are tribalistic by nature? Do you find it hard to be around some types of people? Can you share? Who would you not think to invite to your table? What would it take?
  2. The scandal of Jesus' Table practice was that He always ate with all the 'wrong' people. That was a no-no. But they went away changed. Why do you think we're reluctant to open our table/s to the same type of people? How could making room for all those people at our table/s produce the same results? How do we do that? What do think about the idea that it's Jesus' Table and He gets to set the guest list?
  3. Paul's criticism of the Corinthian's table practice was not that they were not worthy to be there, but that their approach was unworthy in that they did not recognise, welcome or wait for each-other as equal and welcome guests at Jesus' table. Why do you think it so important that the way we love and show love to our neighbours is as important as loving God?
  4. We lose something of the personal dynamic in the way we take communion in our Gatherings. I believe it is best practiced in our homes around our tables. What do you think about that? What could that look like? How could you use your table to love people and let them bump up against the grace of Jesus?