As Shakespeare famously wrote in Romeo & Juliet, “What’s in a name?” Pastor Joe mentioned that there are 900+ names-titles-descriptions of God in the Bible. Some are well-known (“Father”, “I Am”), others, not so much (“Plant of Renown”*, “Nail in a Sure Place”*). As we learned on Sunday, the Family Name is important. Let’s take a look at some of the Names of God found in Scripture.
Share with your group your full name, and the meaning behind your name (if you don’t know it, Google it). Is there a story for why you are named what you are named?
Sunday’s sermon presented several illustrations of the impact obedience to God’s Word had in the lives of well-known missionaries. In John 17, Jesus prayed for His disciples, because He knew the impact their obedience would have on the future Church. How will your obedience impact those around you, and future generations?
Take turns reading John 17:6-10 several times in difference versions. As others are reading, imagine listening to Jesus pray this over His disciples.
John 17 is often called “The High Priestly Prayer” – because Jesus is our High Priest (see Hebrews 4:14). Sandwiched between the Last Supper and Christ’s arrest is this prayer, which is prayed out loud for the disciples to hear. In it, we learn more of the intimacy of Christ’s relationship with the Father as well as His love for those who follow Him.
If you knew you had less than 24 hours to live, what would you do? If prayer were included in your activities, what would you pray for?
Colossians is thought to have been written by Paul while he was a prisoner in Rome. Paul is reminding the church at Colossae of their hope in the Gospel and prays for them to have a deeper knowledge of God. In Colossians 1:15-20, Paul describes Christ as supreme Savior. How would you answer someone who genuinely asks “Who is Jesus”?
Most commentators think that Colossians 1:15-20 was an early Christian hymn. What hymns or songs that we sing speak of who Christ is?