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Sunday 5 April Richard Black

The key to cultivating faith

Richard focuses on how we can build up our ability to trust God through the discipline of thankfulness.


Life Group Questions

Sunday 5 April

We are providing questions for both Richard's message and the Prayer Course session (scroll down).

Read 1 John 4:7-21

John challenges people to live in (and live out) the love of God by showing love to one another. How does the reality of faithful love free us from anxiety and fear?

What evidence does John offer of God's love for us?

What do you actively do (as opposed to feeling or saying) to show your love for people?

What do you actively do (as opposed to feeling or saying) to show your love for God?

How does focusing on gratitude help us to give and receive love, from God and from others?

How might you include more of a focus on gratitude in your life today?

These questions relate to the Prayer Course session on Spiritual Warfare which we will discuss in Life Groups.

Bible passages
Ephesians 6:11-14

Summary points

  • The Bible is clear that we’re in a spiritual battle.
  • Jesus was speaking into a culture of different world-views.
  • Remember the armour of God.
  • Pray it. Practice it. Preach it.

Q. What did you find most helpful or most challenging in the video?
Q. How do you find that you approach spiritual warfare: do you relate to any of the world-views of the Sadducees, Essenes or Pharisees that Pete mentioned?
Q. How do we get the balance right between the reality of spiritual warfare and focusing on Jesus?

“When we pray for God’s Kingdom come it’s because it’s not automatic… we have to pray it in.”

Q. How does this reality affect the way that we do spiritual warfare?
Q. What are the strongholds – greed, arrogance etc – in your home, work or community context? How can you live in the “equal but opposite spirit” this week?

In smaller groups, revisit the goals that you set at the beginning of the prayer course to grow in prayer and your relationship with God.

Encourage everyone to share one thing that they’ve learnt and will take away from The Prayer Course into their daily lives.