September 17, 2023
Pastor Kaye Kolde
"Did God Really Say... That Women Shouldn't Teach"
1. If you grew up in the church, did you see women pastors as a kid? What has your journey been like in regard to this question about women in ministry?
2. Read 1 Timothy 2:7-15. What are the other parts of this passage that are difficult to be taken literally besides vs. 11-12? V. 15 is an example of something that has to be put in the context of all scripture; what can we be sure this does NOT mean?
3. Look up the examples Deborah and Huldah. What kind of authority did God give these women?
4. Discuss the way Jesus traveled with and included women in declaring the good news. What significance would this have had in his culture? (see sermon notes for examples)
5. Read Galatians 3:27-28, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, and Romans 12:6-8. Is there a suggestion that the Spirit gives gifts differently to men or women? Who or what determines your place in the body?
6. Pray for one another to say yes to using your gifts for the "common good" of the body. Share with each other what you sense the Lord is calling you to do as your ministry.
September 24, 2023
Pastor Kaye Kolde
"Did God Really Say... …
Being Christian is about following the rules?"
1. Do you lean toward rule-follower, or rule-breaker? Would people who know you well be able to choose one or the other? What are the advantages and disadvantages of those tendencies? Why do both of those in extreme miss the grace and truth of the gospel?
2. Read Mark 7:1-9. What rules were Jesus’ disciples breaking, and why were they important to the Jews? Discuss why Jesus was letting this happen and his response to them. How can that apply to the church and Christians today?
3. Read Mark 3:1-6. Was Jesus denying the importance of keeping the Sabbath? Discuss how the commitment of the religious group to their rules leads them further away from God than toward Him. Has this ever happened to you? Do you know some who have opted out of church because they didn’t feel they could meet the standards or ever measure up?
4. Read Galatians 2:15-21 and Galatians 3:10-11. How does this passage address the middle way between legalist and lawbreaker? Where does the power to live righteously come from?
5. Read 2 Corinthians 3:4-8, 17-18. God is calling us to a holy life that glorifies him; how is that actually possible? How can freedom and obedience actually go together in the Christian life?
6. Read Matthew 22:36-40, 1 John 4:7, 11 and Ephesians 4:1-2. Why does “being holy as he is holy” come back to love?
7. Pray for one another that you would seek to receive the love of God in fullest measure and the Arbor Church would become a place where the love of God is experienced and grows.