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Life Group Questions

  1. .  In Genesis 3:8, Adam and Eve could hear the sound of God walking in the garden.  We sing the song, “Holy Spirit,” at church where the bridge has lyrics that say, “Let us become more aware of Your Presence.  Let us experience the glory of Your goodness.”  How aware are we of God’s Presence?  If God is here and we know this theologically (He is Emmanuel – “God With Us” – and He sent us the Holy Spirit so we would not be orphans – John 14:15-18), how aware are we of this experientially?  How can we grow in becoming more aware of His Presence?
  2. In Genesis 4:26 it says that people began to pray.  What do you think about the fact that in the beginning prayer didn’t exist but that unbroken, face-to-face fellowship with God did?  This was and will always be God’s desire – closeness and intimacy with us.  Why do we sometimes get so caught up in the form of prayer than than with the heart of prayer – to encounter the Person of God?
  3. What qualities did David have besides being a murderer, an adulterer, and a liar that made him a man after God’s own heart?  Why is Jesus called the “Son of David?”  Why was Jesus not called the “Son of Abraham” or the “Son of Joseph?”  Abraham, Joseph, and others in the Bible seemed to have a better moral track record than David.  What was it about that David that touched God’s heart?
  4. Read Romans 8:14.  Why is it so important to be a “Holy Spirit led church” and a “Holy Spirit led” people?  It’s more than just preference, it’s our birthright in Christ!  Read John 14:15-18 again.  How can Christians sometimes still be orphans when they don’t receive the Third Person in the Trinity – Holy Spirit?
  5. What are some practical ways that we can practice “praying without ceasing”(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)?  The Bible doesn’t mean this literally as a method or as a formula but as a heart posture and attitude.  Prayer and praying for one another is so important but how do we not compartmentalize prayer into life groups, churches, and dinner tables?  What are some ways we can try to remain in the mode of fellowship, prayer, and leaning on our Beloved (Song of Solomon 8:5) wherever we are?
Julian Malotti