CELL AGENDAS

 

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February 4th 2005


1. How did you become a christian? Why did you make the decision?
2. What difference has being a christian made to your life? If people
cannot think, try phrasing it this way: Look at your friends' lives- how
is your life different for having Jesus in it?
3. There are many reasons why you might have stopped following Jesus.
Why are you still a christian?
4. What are some important scriptures about salvation? Why are they
important to you?
5. Read Romans 5:1-11. When did Jesus die for you? What does this say
about God's love?
6. How are made right with God?
7. Who are some people in your life who don't know
Jesus yet?
8. Give thanks to God for His great love!


February 18th 2005

1. What do you think of the term "Baptism in the Holy Spirit"?
2. Have you been baptised in the Holy spirit? Describe what happened.
3. What does the experience of speaking in tongues mean to you?
4. What difference has this experience made in your life?
5. Read Acts 2:1-21; 42-47.
6. What changes took place in the disciples as a result of the Baptism
in the Spirit? Does your experience match this? Why?
7. What sort of power do we receive from God in the baptism in the Holy
Spirit?
8. Often christian don't move on in the power of the Spirit. Why do you
think this is? What sorts of things stop us from experiencing the
fullness of the power of God?



February 25th, 2005

1. What do you think of the term "Baptism in the Holy Spirit"?
2. Have you been baptised in the Holy spirit? Describe what happened.
3. What does the experience of speaking in tongues mean to you?
4. What difference has this experience made in your life?
5. Read Acts 2:1-21; 42-47.
6. What changes took place in the disciples as a result of the Baptism
in the Spirit? Does your experience match this? Why?
7. What sort of power do we receive from God in the baptism in the Holy
Spirit?
8. Often christian don't move on in the power of the Spirit. Why do you
think this is? What sorts of things stop us from experiencing the
fullness of the power of God?



March 4th 2005


1. Who was the first person who told you about God- that you remember
about?
2. Read Matthew 28:16-20. What does this tell us that our mission as
christians is?
3. Do you find it easy or hard to talk about Jesus to your friends? Why?
4. Do you think that it's our own feeling of inadequacy that makes it
hard, or are there forces outside of us that make it harder than it
should be?
5. If you knew that the next person you talked to about Jesus would
definitely respond positively, who would you share with? Why?
6. When you talk to others about Jesus, what are some things which seem
t o be helpful?
7. Who are the people in your life that need to know about Jesus?
8. Is it easier to invite people to a big event, to your cell group or
to church? Why?



March 18th 2005


1. What is your favourite TV commercial? Why?

2. What do you think of those "Before" and "After" ads? Are they real
or fake?

3. Read Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75. From this passage and other Bible
passages that you know of, how would you describe Peter?

4. If you were employed by Jesus to recruit a team, would you consider
Peter as a likely prospect? Why?

5. Read Acts 4:1-22. How would you describe Peter now? What has made
the difference?

6. What difference does the presence of the Holy Spirit make in your
life? Can you tell a difference in the way you act when you are close
to God, as opposed to when you are not close to God?

7. What would you say is your biggest need right now in terms of your
walk with God?


April 1st, 2005


Icebreaker:
We've just celebrated Easter. What is one thing you learned or
experienced for the first time?

Word:
1. Read 1 Peter 2:4-12. What does it mean to say that Jesus is THE
Living Stone" and we are also "living stones"?

2. What sort of sacrifices do we offer to God? (v. 5)

3. In v. 9 Peter says that we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood
a holy nation, a people belonging to God. What are the implications of
each of these phrases?

4. In the Old Testament, it was the priests who offered sacrifices and
interceded for the sins of the people. If we are all priests in God's
holy nation, how do we apply this to our own life and ministry?

5. What does it mean to intercede for other people?

6. How can we "declare the praises" of God in everyday life?

7. What are the moral implications of all of this (v.11, 12)?

8. There are two parts to this priestly way of life: we minister to God
and we live "holy" lives. How can we as a group help each other live up
to this high calling?



April 8th 2005


Ice-Breaker: What is the most memorable birthday you ever had? Why?

Word
1. Which miracle of Jesus is the most incredible/ awesome to you?
2. As Christians we are supposed to follow Jesus... what are some of
the things in Jesus' life which we are supposed to follow?
3. Each person take one of the following passages and ask:

    a. What need was here?
    b. What did Jesus do?
    c. How did he do it?
    d. What can we learn from this about how we should minister to
others?

The passages are: Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 1:40-42, Luke 8:49-56, Luke
13:10-13,Luke 17:11-19.

4. Why did Jesus do these miracles?
5. Have you ever experienced a powerful answer to prayer like these
miracles?
6. What are the keys for us in seeking to be like Jesus?
7. Can we do these things by ourselves? What do we need?
8. Think of some people you know who need the power of Jesus in their
lives. How can you help them to know Jesus? How do you think you might
be able to pray with these people?


April 22nd 2005


Ice-Breaker
What is the Bible verse which you first remember hearing? What made
this so vivid to you?

Word
1. Read John 3:11-21. What is the most important quality of God that
determines all the others?

2. Why do people need salvation?

3. What sort of places or things do they look for salvation in?

4. What does John 3:16 mean to you right now?

5. If Jesus came into the world to save people and not condemn them,
why do so many people feel condemned by the church or by God?

6. What are some things that make it hard for you to accept God's love?

7. What are some things that make it hard for you to love others with
God's love?

8. What are some things that people sometimes hide behind to stop from
being touched by love?

9. Think of your friends or family members who do not know
Jesus. What can you do in the next week that will help them see that
God loves them?


Witness.

Pray for one another to have the strength to reach out to others.

Plan a "love-in". Think about one thing the group can do that is
practical and will enable someone outside the group to receive God's
love in a tangible way.



April 29th 2005

Welcome

Tell us about your first date (first one ever, not your first one with
your spouse)

(For those who have not yet had a first date: What was it like the
first time you went out just with your friends, with no parents to
supervise?


Word
1. What is your understanding of the Holy Spirit?
2. Read Acts 2:1-13. What strikes you most about this passage?
3. In what ways is your experience of the Holy Spirit like the day of
Pentecost?
4. Why do some christians make an issue about the Baptism of the Holy
Spirit?
5. Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. What is one important point Paul is
trying to get across in this passage?
6. Complete this sentence: The one gift I would really like to
experience is.....
7. What was the most unusual or exciting use of a spiritual gift that
you personally experienced?
8. Read Galatians 5:22-26. Of the qualities listed as the fruit of the
Spirit, which ones do you need to grow in more?


Works

Offer prayer for those who need to receive the Baptism in the Holy
Spirit.

Mention that effective witnessing can only happen as we allow the Holy
Spirit to direct us. Spend some time praying to be led to witness by
the Holy Spirit.



May 6th 2005


Ice-Breaker.

If you had a million dollars to spend any way you like, what would you
do?

Word

1. Read Luke 21:1-4. Why does Jesus commend the woman for her pitiful
gift?

2. In the CEV it says the rich people tossed their money into the
offering box. What does this suggest about their attitude to giving?

3. In the sermon, Pastor Keith said that Jesus taught more about money
than any other subject, including heaven. Why did Jesus do this?

4. Why do you think God commands us to give tithes and offerings?

5. What do you find hardest about giving tithes?

6. Malachi 3:8-12 talks about tithes. What does tithing do for us?

7. In all the issues about how we honour God with our money, which one
is the most important to you now? What do you need to change in your
attitudes or your actions?


May 13th, 2005


Ice-Breaker

When you were 7, what was the most important room in the house to you?

Word

1. What are all the different terms, analogies or pictures the New
Testament uses to describe the church? (Body, temple, priesthood,
family, household, army). What idea does each picture convey? (eg body
stresses unity-- we're all different but we all belong together)

2. Which of these do you relate to the best? Why?

3. Read Acts 2:43-47. What do you think the emotional atmosphere was
like in the early church?

4. What were the important activities in the church?

5. In v. 46 it says they met in the temple and in homes. Why do we need
both the bigger meeting and the smaller meeting?

6. This passage describes the church as a close-knit family that hung
out together. Do you think that's the way church should be? What do we
need to change to make our church more like this?

Witness

Pray for people whom God might be wanting to being to your cell group.


May 20th 2005


Ice- Breaker

What is the most memorable dream that you have had? Did this dream have
an influence on your life in some way?

Word

1. What are the five foundational truths that we have been talking
about over the last month or so?

2. Read Acts 2:16-21. What is one of the most important signs of the
presence of the Holy Spirit?

3. In what ways has God spoken to you?

4. Do you find it easier to listen to God or to talk to God? (Or
neither?) Why? What sort of things make it easier or harder to relate
to God?

5. Why is it important to pray?

6. What most often gets in the way of serious prayer for you?

7. What most often gets in the way of hearing God?

8. Pray for each other to hear God this week.


May 27th 2005


Ice-Breaker
Imagine you had unlimited sporting talent. What sporting team would you
want to be invited to play for? Why?

Word

1. Read Acts 2:1-5, 40-47. In this passage Luke emphasises the "all-
together" nature of faith. What are some of the features of the church
which he refers to here?

2. If you were there in 30 AD Jerusalem, what parts of church life
would you enjoy? What parts might you find hard to cope with?

3. In the sermon last week, Margaret used the analogy of a team to
describe the church. How do you relate to this idea?

4. Why do you think some believers today choose not to play in the team?

5. Every successful team uses its players to best effect. What gifts
and abilities do you have which might be used on God's team? Are they
being used for God? Why/ why not?

6. One of the benefits of the team playing together in Acts 2 is that
3000 people were added to the church in one day. How do you think the
21st century church compares? Would you be surprised to learn that
world-wide 3000 people are saved every half-hour? Why do you think
christians in Australia seem to be ineffective?

Witness

Pray for power for evangelism in "the team" in Narrabri.


June 3rd 2005


Ice Breaker
What is  your favourite (or most meaningful) passage of scripture? What
makes it so special to you?

Word

1. The Bible is often called the Bread of Life. Why do you think this
is?

2. Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17. What does this passage say scripture is
useful for?

3. What does it mean to say "Everything in Scripture is God's Word"?

4. We all know that it is important to read the Bible every day. What
sorts of things make it hard for you to do this?

5. How could you be helped to be more devoted to reading Scripture?

6. What is the hardest thing for you in actually doing what God shows
you in the bible?

Witness
Ultimately the purpose of the Bible is to bring people into a deeper
relationship with Him. Pray for those people you know who need to come
to know Jesus.


June 17th 2005


Ice-Breaker

What nick-names did your friends call you at school? Were they positive
or negative? Which ones stuck?

Word

1. What special responsibilities do we have to each other as members of
the Church?

2. Read John 13:34-35. What is Jesus' commandment to us?

3. What do you think he means by the word "love" here?

4. Read Romans 12. In this chapter Paul gives a list of commandments
which build on the command of Jesus to love one another. As a group,
make a list of the commandments. Are there any which you don't
understand? Are there any which surprise you?

5. Which of these commands do you think you are doing OK at? Why?

6. Which ones do you need to do better?

7. Which ones do the group as a whole need to work on?

8. What are some practical ways that we can help one another to be more
loving?

Witness

Jesus said that all men would know we are disciples by our love. Which
of your friends needs some help to know that you are a disciple? What
can you do to show them a specific act of love this week?


June 24th 2005


Welcome/ Ice- Breaker.

When you were a child, what was the worst thing you ever got into
trouble for? Why did you do it? What did you learn from the episode?

Word

1. What would be your definition of temptation?

2. Why do you think God allows us to be tempted?

3. Read Genesis 3. Why did Adam and Eve do it? What were the real
issues that led to the sin?

4. What was the result of their sin?

5. In the sermon, Keith talked about the 3 Gs... girls/ guys, gold and
glory. Which of these is the biggest issue for you?

6. How do you handle the different temptations that come your way?

7. Can you give an example of a time when you successfully overcame
temptation? What was a key factor in your victory?

7. Read 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 4:7-10. What do these verses tell us
about defeating temptation?


Witness

One of the temptations that we all face as christians is to not speak
up for Jesus. Who is someone that you could be sharing your faith with?



July 1st 2005


Ice-Breaker

What was the best-paying job you ever had? Was it the best job? Why?


Word

This week we are looking at the topic of sin and its consequences.

1. Read Romans 6:19-23. What does it mean to say "The wages of sin is
death"?

2. Why does sin result in death? What sort of death?

3. Can you give some examples from your own life of the destructive
power of sin?

4. What would you say to someone who says that something is OK as long
as nobody gets hurt?

5. In the sermon/ video on Sunday, we heard about God judging cultures
for the sin of cultures. What would be some things about Australian
culture that God might want to judge?

6. In Romans 6:23 the "wages of sin" is contrasted with the "gift of
God." Why is God's gift better than sin's wages?

7. How can we help people understand this concept of sin leading to
punishment?

Witness

Pray for your friends who do not yet know the gift of God's salvation.


July 8th 2005


Ice- Breaker
Can you recall a time when you were well and truly lost? How did you
feel? What did you have to do to get to where you needed to be?

Word
1. What does the word repentance mean to you? What feelings do you
associate with the word?

2. Read Acts 3:17-21.  Why does Peter associate repentance and
refreshing? How does repentance lead to times of refreshing?

3. How have you experienced "times of refreshing from the Lord"?

4. On Sunday, Keith talked about a three-fold repentance. Can you
recall what they are? (Hint: this matches the three-fold nature of God)

Son-- repenting of sin and turning to righteousness
Spirit- baptism in the Holy Spirit-- repenting of our self-ability
and learning to depend on God.
Father- repenting of our individualism and learning to live as sons
rather than servants for an inheritance rather than a wage.

5. Of these three forms of repentance, which one are you struggling
with right now?

6. Pray for the gift of repentance for each person in the group.


Witness

Who are people who you can invite to be a part of this group?


July 15th 2005


Ice-Breaker

What was the most unforgettable holiday your family ever has?

Word.

Read Ephesians 3:14-21

1. How do you react to church being likened to family?

2. What is the good point about thinking of church this way?

3. What are some of the other analogies that the bible uses to talk
about the church? Which of these do you feel most comfortable with?
Which ones don't you understand?

4. How well do you think we do at making people feel a part of the
"family"? How could we improve this?

5. Do you think your cell group works well as a "family" within the New
Life church family? What needs to change?

Pray for people who do not yet belong to the family of God.



July 22nd 2005


Ice Breaker.

If you could pick any man in the world to be your father, who would it
be? Why? Why didn't you choose him in reality? :-)


Word

1. Read Genesis 21:1-21. Why was there a problem between Abraham and
Sarah and Hagar?

2. How do you think Ishmael felt when kicked out of home? Do you think
he might have carried this rejection through life?

3. Given that Ishmael was the ancestor of the Arabic people, do you
think this rejection has affected world history in any way?

4. Most people don't get kicked out of home physically. Yet many people
remain alienated from their fathers. What are some factors that might
lead to this?

5. The term "orphan spirit" has been used to describe this alienation
from fathers. What are some signs of this in people's lives?

6. Do you think God is able to restore people to their fathers. What
does it take?

7. Does anyone in the group relate to this? If so, pray for them.


Witness

The biggest single problem in our society is the orphan spirit as it is
played out in independence, rebelliousness, drivenness, difficulty in
sustaining relationships. Pray for people you know who might need
healing for this.


July 29th 2005


Ice Breaker

What is the most extravagant or expensive item you ever bought, wither
for yourself or someone else?

Word

1. Read Numbers 13:1-14:10. What picture do you get from this about the
Promised Land?

2. Why were the people so negative about the land?

3. What was it about their thinking that made it hard to believe that
they could possess the land or even farm it?

4. In what ways do christians remain in captivity to this spirit of
poverty?

5. Do you think there needs to be a balance between a realistic approach
to money, and dreaming big dreams? At what point does realism become a
poverty spirit?

6. Have you experienced God as Jehovah-Jireh- The Lord is our Provider?

7. What do you think about the idea that god is El-Shaddai-- "the God of
more than enough"?

8. What dream or ambitions do you have for serving God? What would be
the things that might prevent you from getting there? Can you trust God
to provide what is needed?

Witness

One of the barriers to people receiving God is that they think that they
aren't good enough for God. This is a part of the poverty spirit. Pray
for our friends to be able to receive God's amazing grace.


August 12th 2005


Ice- Breaker

What was the costliest gift you gave someone? Did they appreciate
what it cost you?

Word

1. Read Matthew 23. What do you think are the main problems that Jesus
had with the Pharisees?

2. Why do you think this religious spirit is so bad?

3. What are some things that you do "religiously"? Is this a good
thing or a bad thing?

4. What does the word "grace" mean to you? Why is it such a unique word
for christians?

5. When did you first become aware of God's love, acceptance and
forgiveness of you?

6. What are some ways that christians can tend to be more like the
Pharisees than like Jesus?

Witness

Think about some ways that you can show the grace of Jesus to other
people.

What can your group do in the next few weeks to invite some
non-christians to the group?


August 19th, 2005


Ice-Breaker

What was one experience that you had that was absolutely unforgettably
GOOD? What made it so special?

Word

1. When you think of heaven, what thoughts or images come to mind?

2. Read Rev. 7:9-17. In the sermon, Keith distinguished between three
stages or types of heaven which exist at different times. Can you
remember what they were? Was this new to you?

3. What do you think of the idea that in heaven we will have bodies?

4. What would be the main difference between heaven and our present
life?

5. What questions do you have about heaven? As a group see if you can
find out what the Bible says about these questions?

Witness

One of the great tragedies which we don't really comprehend is that
many of the people we know will not be in heaven because they have not
asked Jesus into their lives. Spend some time praying for these people.


August 26th 2005


Ice-Breaker
 
Have you ever been involved in making something old new again, perhaps
renovating or "face-lifting" something?
 
 
Word
 
1. Read Revelation 21:1-22:6. What do you think will be the most amazing
thing about the New Earth?
 
2. What would be the problems of living in a huge city? How do you think
these problems will be overcome in the New Jerusalem?
 
3. If you could do any job in the world, on the basis of simply enjoying
it and being good at it, what job would you pick? Why? Do you think this
job will be available on the hew earth?
 
4. How do you think that the christian doctrine of heaven, new earth etc.
should affect our living now?
 
5. If you REALLY believed this stuff in your heart, what difference would
it make?
 
6. Why do you think that preaching on this topic is untrendy?
 
 
Witness
 
Heaven is not all "good news." The Bible teaches that there will be many
people who will not be there. What can you do this week to help some of
your friends choose heaven?