Love Questions

1. What bible stories could you use to illustrate the theme of love?
2. What example can you give from your own experience that illustrates the power of love?
3. What evidence is there of either the presence or the absence of love in our community?
4. What could we do to improve the presence of love in our community?

Joy& Peace Questions

1. What gives you joy?
2. Is there a difference between joy as the fruit of the spirit and ordinary cheerfulnes/happiness?
3. Can you think of someone - it may be you - who has suffered greatly yet still shown joy in difficult circumstances?
4.  What do you do when you need to find God's peace?  Does physical location play a part?
5. How can we show God's peace to others in these difficult times?

Joy& Peace Questions

1. What gives you joy?
2. Is there a difference between joy as the fruit of the spirit and ordinary cheerfulnes/happiness?
3. Can you think of someone - it may be you - who has suffered greatly yet still shown joy in difficult circumstances?
4.  What do you do when you need to find God's peace?  Does physical location play a part?
5. How can we show God's peace to others in these difficult times?

Patience & Kindness Questions

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How appropriate are the 2 gifts of the spirit that we are looking at this week! In these difficult times patience and kindness I think are key traits that we need to be showing to the world. May people know by our behaviour that we are different because we have faith in a God that loved us so much that he allowed his son Jesus to die for us on the cross. Here are a few questions to get you thinking – regardless of whether you have managed to keep up with the reading or not!

Patience

1. What makes you inpatient?
Are you more affected by external factors or can you be just as inpatient with yourself?

2. In these difficult times, how are you managing to remain patient?
You may be finding it tough being in close confines with your family for an extended period? You may be inpatient about not going out and visiting friends and family? Or you may be inpatient with the way the pandemic is being handled.

Patience & Kindness Questions

Lent Study - Week 4 – Patience and Kindness /...

Kindness

3. I am sure we are all being kind and supportive to our neighbours, especially now, but what act of kindness that someone has shown you has really shone out?
It doesn’t need to be recently – it may have been years ago, but the memory has always remained with you.

4. It’s easy to be kind to people who are kind to us. How easy is it to be kind to people who are unkind to us? What strategies can you use in order to show God’s love to them?

P. 78 of the book – in relation to persecuted Christians says ‘In the midst of such suffering and persecution, though, even when we are enduring it with patience, there is a legitimate kind of “impatience” too. It is right that we should cry out to God and pray that he would bring it to an end – as he has promised that he will. Let’s hold on to that thought and cry out to God.

Goodness Questions

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1. Christopher Wright states that ‘Truly good people are ‘what you see is what you get’.’ How easy is it to discern who the truly good people are?

2. In the video he refers to ‘my word is my bond’ in response to bankers in the city. Would people be able to say that about you?

 

Faithfulness Questions

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1. Can you think back to a time when you have seen God’s faithfulness to you become apparent?

2. ‘Well done good and faithful servant.’ Words we all hope to hear from Jesus. How are we fulfilling Christ’s call to us in these difficult times?

Prayer

O God, grant that looking upon the face of the Lord, as into a glass, we may be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory. Take out of us all pride and vanity, boasting and forwardness; and give us the true courage which shows itself by gentleness; the true wisdom which shows itself by simplicity; and the true power which shows itself by modesty.

Charles Kingsley 1819-75

Gentleness Questions

This the last week of our course and I hope you have gained something from the study.  I know I have.  The questions seem to be even more pertinent in these strange times.  I would encourage you to continue to read the book if you haven’t managed to finish it during Lent, it is well worth it.

Gentleness

I loved the reference to Aristotle who defined “gentleness” as “the golden mean” between excessive anger and being apathetic.

  1. Do you think that people who might be described as ‘gentle’ can sometimes be seen as weak? Can you think of someone who would be described as gentle but who is clearly a strong person?
  2. Can you think of a story in the bible when Jesus was anything but ‘Gentle Jesus, meek and mild’

Self-control Questions

Self-Control
 As Christopher Wright points out this is the one fruit of the spirit for which we don’t have a matching quality of God and I think is probably one of the hardest fruits to carry out.

  1. What area of your life is self-control most difficult? Are you being challenged even more during these unprecedented times? (I don’t expect you to share this – it is for your own reflection.)
  1. What practical steps can you take to overcome these?

Prayer
O Lord help us to be masters of ourselves that we may be servants of others.
Sir Alexander Henry Paterson 1884-1947
Conclusion
 I hope that you have enjoyed this Lent study.  It hasn’t evolved how any of us anticipated but the study material itself has been exactly what I have needed to read.  I personally have found myself challenged, chastised, strengthened and encouraged by it and I pray that you will have found something in it that will continue to help you during these difficult times.  May God bless you all and keep you safe.
Fi x

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