Small Group Questions – Running A Good Race

 

Icebreaker
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring: which is your favourite season, and why?

Discuss
As a group read 1 Corinthians 10:1-22

Rod shared about training to run. Have you ever trained in something that was “new” or challenging for you? What helped you and sustained you?

What are the reasons you need to train before you can run a marathon?
What are the dangers if you don’t?
What are the reasons we need to train for the race of life?
What are the dangers if we don’t?

Have one of the group read 1 Corinthians 10: 6-11.
A good runner learns from those who have gone before.
What sins brought disaster on the Israelites as described in 1 Corinthians 10:7-10?
Why was God so angry about a sin like grumbling?
What other sins is grumbling a symptom of?
What is the antidote for grumbling?

Have one of the group read 1 Corinthians 10:12. A good runner doesn’t get complacent.
What is the danger of complacency in sports training?
What is the danger of complacency in spiritual training?

Have one of the group read 1 Corinthians 10: 13.
A good runner knows what to do when they hit a wall.
List all the promises in 1 Corinthians 10: 13.
What effect does it have on you to know that temptation is not sin?
Does it help to know that God doesn’t send temptation but he allows it because it is an opportunity for you to grow?
Do you feel comforted or concerned that millions of others are being tempted in the same way?
Is it right that God won’t let Satan to hit you with anything you and God together can’t handle?
What would it look like for God and you to handle temptation, how might this work or how have you experienced it working?

Do you believe that God is with you when you are tempted, and always makes a way out?
Can you identify times that God has made a way out for you?
If you are comfortable sharing with the group are there times when you have ignored God’s way out?
Are there times you have tried to make your own way past temptation and failed?

Rod mentioned that Paul always brings us back to Jesus.
Have one of the group read Matthew 4:1-13.
What encouragement do you gain from Jesus in the wilderness?
Have one of the group read Matthew 26:36-46. How well do the disciples respond to Jesus’ request to stay and watch?
What encouragement do you gain from Jesus’ submission to the cross?

Pray
Pray and watch with each other! Pray for each other to run the race well, to remain in training for life. Pray for trust in God and a willingness to listen to the Holy Spirit and to follow Him when each of you tempted. Pray for opportunities to encourage each other both in training and in resisting temptation.

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