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Growing personal leadership - group Bible study with discussion questions

Session 1: "Spiritual Foundations"

Bible Readings:

  1. Colossians 4:2-6 - "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ..."

  2. Psalm 119:105-112 - "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."

Discussion Questions:

  1. In Colossians 4:2-6, Paul emphasizes the importance of prayer in the context of the mission. How does prayer contribute to our individual roles in the church's mission?

  2. Reflect on a specific instance where prayer played a significant role in your life. How did that experience shape your understanding of prayer's role in the mission of the church?

  3. Psalm 119:105-112 speaks of God's Word being a lamp to our feet. How does regular engagement with the Scriptures guide us in fulfilling our part in the church's mission?

  4. Discuss the concept of being "watchful and thankful" in prayer (Colossians 4:2). How can gratitude enhance our spiritual foundation and our engagement in the mission?

  5. Share a personal challenge or obstacle you faced in your mission involvement. How did your spiritual foundation (prayer, Bible study, etc.) support you during that time?

  6. How can we, as a group, actively support and pray for one another in our respective roles within the church's mission?

Session 2: Leadership and Team Building.

Bible Readings:

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 - This passage speaks about the unity and diversity of the body of Christ and how each member plays a unique role in fulfilling the mission of the church.

  2. Ephesians 4:11-16 - This passage discusses the various roles of leadership in the church and how they are meant to equip and build up the body of Christ for works of service.

Discussion Questions:

  1. In 1 Corinthians 12, we read about the body of Christ having many members, each with a unique role. How can you relate this concept to your role within the church and its mission?

  2. Ephesians 4 talks about the leadership roles in the church, such as apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers. Which of these roles do you feel most aligned with, and how can you contribute to the mission of the church through this role?

  3. Reflect on the idea of teamwork and collaboration within the church. How can we work together more effectively to fulfill the mission God has given us?

  4. Leadership often involves serving and equipping others. How can you use your leadership skills and gifts to empower and support fellow members in their mission-related endeavors?

  5. In Ephesians 4, it is mentioned that the body of Christ grows and builds itself up in love. How can we foster a culture of love and unity within our church, which is essential for the mission?

  6. Share a specific example from your own experience where effective leadership and teamwork played a crucial role in advancing the church's mission. What lessons can we draw from that experience to enhance our current mission efforts?


Session 3: "Vision and Mission"

Bible Readings:

  1. Proverbs 29:18

  2. Matthew 22:37-40 - The Great Commandment, in which Jesus instructs us to love God with all our hearts and love our neighbors as ourselves, is a fundamental mission of the church.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you understand the concept of "vision" in Proverbs 29:18, and why is it crucial for the church's mission?

  2. According to the Great Commandment in Matthew 22:37-40, what is the primary mission of the church? How can we practically live out this mission in our daily lives?

  3. What are some common challenges churches face in defining and maintaining a clear vision and mission? How can we address these challenges effectively?

  4. Reflect on your own spiritual journey. How does a sense of purpose and mission in your faith impact your commitment and involvement in the church?

  5. What unique gifts, talents, or passions do you possess that can contribute to the church's mission and vision? How can you use these for the greater good?

  6. Share your thoughts on the role of unity in fulfilling the church's mission. How can we ensure that we work together harmoniously to achieve the mission God has called us to?

Session 4: "Always Ready to Lead"

Bible Readings:

  1. 2 Timothy 4:2

  2. Exodus 4:10-17- The encounter between Moses and God at the burning bush, where God calls Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

Discussion Questions:

  1. In 2 Timothy 4:2, Paul encourages Timothy to be ready to preach the word in season and out of season. How can this advice be applied to our readiness to step up into leadership roles unexpectedly?

  2. Reflect on a time in your life when you were unexpectedly called to lead or take charge. What challenges did you face, and how did you navigate them?

  3. In the story of Moses (Exodus 4:10-17), he initially feels inadequate to lead, but God assures him of His presence and support. How can we trust in God's guidance when stepping into unexpected leadership roles?

  4. Considering 2 Timothy 4:2, what does it mean to lead with "complete patience and teaching"? How can we cultivate these qualities in our leadership roles?

  5. Share a personal experience where you had to provide guidance or support to someone unexpectedly. How did this experience impact your perspective on leadership?

  6. In what ways can we proactively prepare ourselves for unexpected leadership opportunities in our daily lives? How can we continually grow as leaders, even in moments we don't anticipate?

Session 5: "Church Ministries and Outreach"

Bible Readings:

  1. Matthew 25:31-40 - The parable of the sheep and the goats, emphasizing the importance of serving others as a part of our service to Christ.

  2. James 2:14-17 - James discusses the relationship between faith and works, emphasizing the need for active involvement in helping those in need.

Discussion Questions:

  1. In Matthew 25:31-40, Jesus connects serving others with serving Him. How does this parable inspire us to see ministry and outreach as integral to our role in the church's mission?

  2. Reflect on a specific outreach or ministry experience that had a meaningful impact on you. How did that experience shape your understanding of the church's mission?

  3. James 2:14-17 emphasizes the importance of putting faith into action. In what practical ways can our faith be demonstrated through active involvement in church ministries and outreach?

  4. Discuss the challenges or hesitations people might face when considering involvement in church ministries or outreach. How can these challenges be addressed or overcome?

  5. Share a personal testimony of a time when you actively participated in a church ministry or outreach initiative. What did you learn from that experience?

  6. How can our group collectively identify and address the needs of our local community through church ministries and outreach?

Session 6: "Church Planning and Administration"

Bible Readings:

  1. 1 Corinthians 14:40

  2. Nehemiah 2:17-20 - Nehemiah's response to the state of Jerusalem's walls, highlighting strategic planning and organization in carrying out God's work.

Discussion Questions:

  1. In 1 Corinthians 14:40, Paul emphasizes the importance of orderliness in the church. How does this principle contribute to the effective planning and administration of church activities in support of its mission?

  2. Reflect on a time when you witnessed or were involved in a well-organized church event. How did the organization contribute to the success of the event and its impact on the mission?

  3. Nehemiah undertook careful planning and organization in the rebuilding of Jerusalem's walls. How can we apply principles of strategic planning to church activities and initiatives that support the mission?

  4. Discuss potential challenges in church planning and administration. How can the group collectively address these challenges to ensure smooth functioning and effective execution of the mission?

  5. Share personal experiences in church administration or planning. How did these experiences contribute to your understanding of your role in the broader mission of the church?

  6. How can the principles of orderliness and effective administration contribute to creating an environment where everyone feels empowered to contribute to the mission of the church?

Session 7: "Discipleship and Evangelism"

Bible Readings:

  1. Matthew 28:18-20 - The Great Commission, where Jesus instructs his disciples to make disciples of all nations.

  2. 2 Timothy 2:2

Discussion Questions:

  1. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus gives the Great Commission. How does this commission guide our understanding of our part in the church's mission?

  2. Reflect on a personal experience when someone invested in your spiritual growth. How did that impact your faith, and how can you pay it forward by investing in others?

  3. 2 Timothy 2:2 emphasizes passing on what we have learned to others. How can each member actively engage in discipleship within the church community?

  4. Discuss potential barriers or fears individuals might face in engaging in evangelism. How can the group support and encourage each other to overcome these barriers?

  5. Share a testimony of a time when you were involved in sharing the gospel with someone. What did you learn from that experience, and how did it contribute to your understanding of evangelism?

  6. How can the group collectively develop and implement intentional discipleship and evangelism strategies to impact the community and fulfill the mission of the church?

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