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Sermon Discussion Guide | These questions are based on teaching by Bart Stone at Westridge on February 19, 2017, and at Eagle’s Landing on February 26, 2017.

What caught your attention in this message?

What does “The Kingdom of Heaven is both already and not yet” mean?

Tension | Today Bart made the statement “God is more interested in you knowing Him than you knowing the ending.” Obviously, that requires trusting him greatly. Do you struggle with that kind of trust?

Theology | Read Matthew 13:47-50. What does this passage teach us about the Kingdom of Heaven?

Application | What was your next step that you took from the teaching this morning?


Multiply Discussion Guide |  We are in week 2/15 in our first LifeGroup semester. Our reading & questions this week are from section 3, chapter 2, entitled: Studying the Bible Prayerfully and Obediently.

What caught your attention in this chapter?

  1. Describe your experience with studying the Bible. What approached have you tried? What has been effective? What has been ineffective? What have you learned in the process?
  2. What does it look like to take joy in reading the Bible? Have you ever experienced this? If so, what is it like? If not, why do you think you’ve never enjoyed the Bible?
  3. Read through Psalm 119. What do you find striking, challenging, or encouraging?

  4. In practical terms, what does it mean to study the Bible prayerfully? What can you do to build prayer and dependence on God into your study of the Bible?

  5. Take a minute to think through the commands that you know God wants us all to be doing (for example, loving the people around you, forgiving others, praying, etc.). Write down a handful of these things.

  6. Take a minute to examine your life in light of what you already know about the Bible. If you find that you haven’t been applying biblical truth to your life, then what changes do you need to make to the way you study the Bible?

  7. In your own words, explain what it means to study the Bible with faith. Do you see this playing out in your life? How so?

  8. Take a minute to consider everything you’ve thought through in this session. What changes do you need to make in the way you study the Bible?

  9. Spend some time in prayer. Ask God to give you a heart for His Word. Ask Him to help you approach His Word devotionally and obediently.

Multiply Discussion Guide (2/26) |  We are in week 3/15 in our first LifeGroup semester. Our reading & questions this week are from section 3, chapter 3, entitled: Studying Logically.

What caught your attention in this chapter?

  1. Think about the way you tend to study the Bible. Would you say that you make an effort to seek out what the Bible is actually saying? Do you pay attention to the context? If so, how has this helped you? If not, how do you think this might change the way you read the Bible?
  2. In your own words, why is it important to distinguish between interpretation and application?

  3. In your own words, why is it important to look for the plain meaning of each passage rather than seeking out a deeper meaning?

  4. Would you say that your study of the Bible is focused on finding the plain meaning of each passage? Why or why not?

  5. Do you have a tendency to interpret the Bible allegorically or figuratively? If so, why do you think you tend to do this?

  6. In your own words, explain why paying attention to the grammatical and historical context is important. How should these concepts shape your study of the Bible?

  7. What would it mean for you to read the Bible with an awareness of your own baggage and a willingness to get rid of those assumptions for the sake of understanding God’s truth more clearly?

  8. In light of what you have thought through in this session, how do you need to change your approach to reading and studying the Bible?

Watch the video for these sessions – and download a free PDF of Multiply – at the Multiply Movement website. You can get there by clicking on this link:

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