The Bride: Communion

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Ralph Childs

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Discussion Questions:

Have you ever been distracted in a church service? How did you recover?

Read 1 Corinthians 11: 17-21. In Corinth, divisions in the church invalidated their practice of communion. What kinds of division threaten the global church today? What kinds of division may threaten Olive Grove Church?

As Paul continues his letter, he continues to teach the church about unity. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. How does this passage encourage us to express our unity in Christ?

At OGC, we meet simultaneously in four different locations every Sunday, the sanctuary, the annex, the patio, and online. How can we practically express our unity across those lines?

Paul “received from the Lord what [he] also passed on” (1 Corinthians 11:23). His solution to their division was to remind them of the basic doctrine of communion. How have you been taught the basics of Christianity? Have you ever interacted with a catechism before?

The Bride: Singing

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Ralph Childs

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Discussion Questions:

What is your favorite worship song and why?

Read Colossians 3:11-15. How does corporate singing foster the kind of unity Paul is talking about? What would happen to a church that divides itself over preferences of musical genre, volume, or style?

In the last year, the restrictions on singing indoors due to the COVID pandemic forced us to recon with whether or not corporate singing was an essential requirement in every worship service. Although corporate singing is not a biblical requirement in all worship services, it is extremely valuable. What are we missing out on if we never sing together?

Read Colossians 3:17. What do you have to be thankful for?

The Bride: Unity

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Ralph Childs

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Discussion Questions:

What would make someone such a terrible neighbor that you want to move away? Have you ever been the terrible neighbor?

The church in Corinth was divided into faction over which leaders they would follow (1 Corinthians 1:10-17). Have you ever seen a church divide like this? What motivates someone to follow a certain Christian leader over another? Why does Paul address this divisiveness so aggressively?

In John 17:21, Jesus prays for us to be united “so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” Why do you think there is a connection between unity in the local church and the world believing the gospel message?

In what ways has Olive Grove Church, as individuals or as a group, expressed our unity within the last three months? How can we do so in the next three months?

The Bride: Deacons

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Ralph Childs

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Discussion Questions:

Have you ever worked for a boss who wasn’t worthy of your best work?

While the Bible doesn’t explicitly give the role of deacons in the church, some have pointed to Acts 6 as a prototype model for deacon ministry. Read Acts 6:1-7. The seven were appointed to ensure the distribution of food for widows. How did their service facilitate the apostle’s ministry? What are the three results of their service listed in verse 7?

If the result of deacon ministry is that the gospel spreads and the number of disciples increases, how does that translate to deacon ministry today? What can the members, the elders, and the deacons at OGC do to ensure that the gospel spreads to our community?

Because Jesus served us when we had nothing to offer him, we can serve others who cannot (or will not) offer anything to us. How does this dynamic affect the relationship between parents and their adult children? How does this affect a marriage?

The Bride: Elders

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Ralph Childs

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Discussion Questions:

Describe a time when a pastor encouraged, challenged, or strengthened you.

One of the roles of an elder is that of a shepherd. In John 10:11-15, Jesus contrasts a good shepherd with a hired hand, using himself as the example of a good shepherd. How does this inform the role of a pastor in a modern local church?

Read through the qualifications for elders in 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9. Which of these qualifications do you think would be the easiest to consistently live out? Which is the most challenging?

What are some ways that the elders of OGC can individually and collectively serve the members? What are some ways that the members of OGC can both individually and collectively serve the elders?

The Bride: Members

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Ralph Childs

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Discussion Questions:

What has changed about US culture in the last 20 years? Does the Gallup data revealing a decline in church membership in the United States seem to you to be associated with other developments in U.S. culture? How do you think this decline will affect Christian churches in the next 20 years?

A Bible software search for “one another” reveals many commands about how Christians should relate to each other. Read these three examples: Romans 15:7, 1 Peter 4:9, and 1 Corinthians 1:10. Which of these do you think comes to us the most naturally? Which comes the least naturally?

Why do you think people want to be in the inner ring? What danger does that pose for membership in a church? What characteristics are commended in James 3:13-18, and what will be the result of church members demonstrating those characteristics?

Since church members are charged with the task of continually encouraging each other with the gospel in words (creation, fall, redemption, restoration), what are some ways we can incorporate the gospel into our conversations?

The Bride

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Ralph Childs

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Discussion Questions:

What is one of your personal core values?

Read Olive Grove Church’s four core values. Which one resonates the most with you and why?

In Matthew 16:18, Jesus claims ownership of the church. If Olive Grove Church belongs exclusively to Christ, how does that affect our approach to ministry, and our evaluation of success and failure?

Have you ever worked a job you were really passionate about? What’s the difference in experience between working as a duty and working as a delight?

Read Ephesians 5:1.-2. What is one practical way we can meditate on Christ’s love for us this week? How can we walk in the way of love for others?

The Mission

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Ralph Childs

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Discussion Questions:

Do you like roller coasters?

When the disciples went to meet Jesus in Galilee, Matthew 28:17 says, “When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.” Do you think doubt is a bad thing? Why or why not? How should we respond to doubt in ourselves and others? (See also Jude 1:22)

Persecution of Christians is very common around the world, yet not very common in the United States. Do you think that persecution in the U.S. will get worse, better, or stay the same in the next 50 years?

If you were going to make one new disciple of Jesus per year for the rest of your life, how would you go about it? What strategies have been successful in your experience? What hindrances stand in your way? How can the church help you be successful?

The Morning

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Hannah Baehr

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Discussion Questions:

Why does Paul say that if Christ was not raised then our faith is in useless (1 Corinthians 15:14)? How has the resurrection of Jesus Christ affected you personally?

Watch the following videos and discuss.

The Darkest Night

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Hannah Baehr

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Discussion Questions:

Have you ever thrown a grown-up tantrum? Was it over candy?

Over and over, Matthew has taken great pains to point out moments when Jesus’ life fulfills Old Testament prophecy. What does this teach us about the Old Testament? What does this teach us about the character of God?

So many people are enslaved to idols of money, power, pleasure, and nationalism. What foundational human desires make these idols appealing? What does Christ offer that can bring true fulfillment of these desires?

Considering how Romans 1:25 characterizes idolatry, what strategies can help us remove the idols from our hearts?