Rhythms: Scripture

Life Group Discussion Questions

January 13, 2019

Start this week off by taking a little bit of time to review the shared experiences from Week 1. What did the spiritual assessment/evaluation reveal? Any stories of how God has begun to work in someone’s life? Any opportunity to share struggles and bring about encourage for one another? Over the course of this series, please take some time as a group to celebrate the work God is doing as we seek him through these shared experiences.

As a reminder, it’s not too late for you, or your group to partner together to study the Scriptures for the year. Through the Summit View app, or the Bible app, you can all subscribe to the same reading plan and track with one another through 2019. We’ve suggested two different options for you.

  •  Track A – The Bible Project | The Bible – This plan takes you on a chronological journey through the entire Bible over the course of one year. Each book includes videos specifically designed to enhance your understanding and engagement with God’s Word.
  • Track B – First Steps – This plan includes just a few, brief readings each day to build consistency and confidence for new believers or those wanting to explore the Bible more.

Note: For this week, we want to focus on discussing and looking at reading and studying the Scriptures. Later this year in our Apologetics series we will get into the issues of the authority and reliability of the Scriptures.

Get the Conversation Started

Q: Some view the Bible as a science or textbook, others see it as a collection of random stories. If you were asked to describe the Bible, how would you do so?

Q: What struggles do you experience when reading the Bible?

Q: What are some reasons for us to engage with the Scriptures? Here are some suggestions below, feel free to explore these passages, or bring up more with your group.

To know God (Ephesians 1:17) To know ourselves (Hebrews 4:12)
Gives us an ability to defend the faith (1 Peter 3:15) To know truth (Acts 17:11)
Gain a biblical worldview (Psalm 119:130) Gain wisdom (Proverbs 2:6)
Learn what God expects of us (James 1:22) Grow in grace (2 Peter 3:18)
Understand and experience the Gospel (John 7:38) Fight temptation (Ephesians 6:17)

We often hear people express a desire to hear from God. Yet, God has already spoken to us. Through the 66 books found within the Bible, God has spoken and continues to speak to his people. God uses stories, poetry, wisdom, prophecies to communicate to us. But are we listening to Him?

Some helpful questions to review as we study the Scriptures, whether we are doing it individually or together as a group:

  • What stuck out to you in this passage as you read it?
  • Did these verses raise any questions as you read?
  • What in this passage helped you see more of Jesus and his cross?
  • Is there something you sense the Spirit is leading you to do in obedience to this text? Make it specific enough that you can do it this week.

Use these questions above to help study 2 Timothy 3:14-17.

Read & Discuss – 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Q: Why is it profitable to expose yourself to Scripture?

Q: How could the Bible impact your life?

Q: What is the reason the Apostle Paul give Timothy for reading the Bible? Does this reasoning help motivate you? Why or why not?

Application

Q: What is one thing you can do to improve your engagement with the Scriptures?

Q: How might you encourage one another in reading/studying the Bible over this next year?

Take a few moments to go over the shared experience for this week (these are also available at summitview.net/rhythms – also available on the Summit View app). Who is doing what, and how can we bring encouragement to one another?

Kyle Wetzler
Pastor of Spiritual Formation
Summit View Church
kyle@summitview.net