For Further Study:
Community Group Notes
For the week of November 13, 2016
(Questions and Scriptures for further personal study)
1. Mike pointed out how it is possible to have a religious faith that does not equate to a saving faith. How does Jesus’ response to the Pharisees in Matthew 23 further illustrate how we can have faith but miss the mark on having a saving faith?
2. In contrast to the seven woes we read in Matthew 23, Jesus gave us eight Beatitudes to show how we can live a life that demonstrates authentic faith. As you read through Matthew 5:1-11, jot down how the eight Beatitudes differ from the seven woes and then answer the following questions.
How would you explain each beatitude to someone who was brand new to Christianity?
Which beatitude is most challenging for you to live out in your own life?
How do the Beatitudes relate to being “salt and light” in Matthew 5:13-16?
3. What do the following verses teach us about the difference between knowledge and obedience according to God?
1 John 2:3-5