Conversation Starters help us dig deeper, connecting Sunday’s sermons with our Monday lives. These prompts have been designed to help Community Groups grow in their relationship with God, with one another, and with their neighbors. Please know that these questions are meant to be a resource to you. You do not have to follow them verbatim or get through them all. We trust you to know your group and to ask the questions based on your group needs.
1) What stood out to you from the sermon?
2) The average person is fast to dismiss the idea of a supernatural world where good and evil spirits battle, yet they can be fast to accept the “supernatural” world of things like horoscopes. What are other examples of “supernatural” phenomena that people embrace? Why do you think they embrace them?
3) According to John, the Enemy often comes disguised as an “almost Jesus”. When you are watching a purportedly Christian televised church service or talk show, what criteria do you use to decide who is legitimate and who is an “almost Jesus”?
4) How can you tell if you are following an “almost Jesus”? If you try to imagine your life without Jesus in it, would your priorities change or stay about the same?
5) Many people are quite upset when they get anything with a “666” on it (e.g. a license plate) because it is the “mark of the beast”. Based on what you learned from the sermon, how would you explain what the “mark of the beast” really is?