Small Group Study - 2

Small Group Study

Our Small Group studies meet in seven different locations (click address for Google Map location):

  1. Garth & Jane West- North of Rochester, Facilitator: Brandon Miosi
    532 73rd St NW, Rochester6 PM
  2. Tim & Deb Muehe- NW Rochester, Facilitator: Tim Muehe (This group will meet at Bruce and Bev Billings’ at                                                                    1128 7th Ave NW, Rochester), 6 PM
  3. Greg & Jennifer Linscott- NE Rochester or east of town; overflow, Facilitator: Pastor Linscott
    Calvary Baptist Church, 5905 Silas Dent Rd NW, Rochester, 6 PM
  4. Logan & Anna Friess- West of Rochester, Facilitator: Bert Perry/Logan Friess
    925 1st Avenue NW, Byron 6 PM
  5. Troy & Lisa Bleeker- SW Rochester or south of town, Facilitator: Craig Frisk
    2025 Arlen Ct SW, Rochester, 6 PM
  6. Bill & Judy Wright- SE Rochester or south of town, Facilitator: Anthony Kashou
    1719 8 1/2 Ave SE, Rochester, 6 PM
  7. Sue Laack- Fontaine Towers, Facilitator: Sue Laack
    102 2nd St SE, Rochester, TBD
Note: New groups may develop as participation demands.
The study will go for ten weeks, taking a week off for Easter. Each group will work through the book Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund. Free copies are available in the foyer and second floor entrance. Weekly sessions are planned to run for one hour.

Week  9 Video Link

Week 10 Video Link

Final Reflection Video Link

LESSONS 9 and 10 Study Questions (link to PDF)

Covering Chapters 19-21

  1. Have you ever considered that God tells us he is “rich” in something in only one place? If he is rich in mercy more than in anything else, what does this mean for the way in which you relate to him today? (pp.171-72)
  2. What is the significance of the word being in the phrase, “God, being rich in mercy…”?
  3. Paul includes himself in the indictment he describes: “among whom we all once lived…” (Eph. 2:3). How can he, the former scrupulous Pharisee who kept all God’s rules meticulously, include himself in this indictment? (pp. 176-77)
  4. What is the proof of God’s rich mercy in your life, despite all your hardships and sins? (pp. 178-80)
  5. Do you see in yourself the subtle, chronic tendency to attempt to strengthen your standing with God based on how you are performing spiritually? (pp. 181-82)
  6. What does it mean that Paul speaks of being “of works” in Galatians 3:10? Do you identify yourself with this description? (pp. 184-85)
  7. How does Christ’s work, and the heart from which that atoning work flowed, address your “of-works-ness”? (pp. 185-88)
  8. Do you have a harder time believing God fully forgives your present sins as a Christian than believing that he forgives your past sins as a non-Christian? Why or why not? (pp. 189-90)
  9. How would you put into your own words the inner logic of Romans 5:6-11? How does that logic apply to your ongoing life as a disciple of Christ? (pp. 190-94)
  10. Is it possible for you who are in Christ to become any more secure in the heart of Christ than you are right now? Will you be more secure in heaven than you are right now? (pp. 194-95)

Covering Chapters 22-23

  1. When you think about the love of Christ, do you find yourself believing that Christ loved you at the point of your conversion, but that his love slowly powers down as you move through life, failing him time and again? Is your thinking accurate? (pp. 197-98)
  2. Put John 13:1 into your own words. What is John telling us about who Jesus is? (pp. 198-99)
  3. Have you considered deeply what happened at the cross of Christ? Explain in your own words what Jesus bore on the cross. (pp. 199-202)
  4. What is John Bunyan saying in the quote on pages 202-3? What does Bunyan’s statement mean for your own everyday existence?
  5. What will those who are not “his own” experience from Jesus Christ? But how is that fate reversed for those who are “his own”? (pp. 203-4)
  6. What are some ways in which we glorify God? What is one way we glorify God, according to Jonathan Edwards? (pp. 205-6)
  7. In another place Edwards sets God’s “majesty and greatness” alongside his “gentleness and sweetness”. What is Edward’s point? (pp. 207-8)
  8. What, according to Ephesians 2:7, is the point of heaven? Is this how you think of what we will be enjoying for all eternity? (pp. 208-9)
  9. Ponder what words such as “immeasurable” and “riches” and “kindness” mean in Ephesians 2:7. What are some fears or anxieties in your life right now that do not loom as large in light of these eternal realities just around the corner for those of us in Christ? (pp. 210-11)
  10. What does this chapter and its reflection on Ephesians 2:7 mean for you for the rest of this year? What worries you right now, which you can be freed into entrusting to God, mindful of the eternity inevitably awaiting you? (pp. 211-13)