Category Small group bible studies

The Pastor by Eugene Peterson – Discussion Questions – Chapters 1-8


 On p. 2 in the Introduction, Eugene Peterson writes, “This book is the story of my formation as a pastor and how the vocation of pastor formed me.”  What are some key moments or influences in the story of your formation as a church worker? Peterson writes, “The cultural conditions in which I am immersed […]

The Pastor by Eugene Peterson – Discussion Questions – Chapters 9 – 16


Peterson writes, “Thanks to Sven, I was being prepared to understand a congregation as a gathering of people that requires a context as large as the Bible itself if we are to deal with the ambiguities of life in the actual circumstances in which people live them” (59).  What helps you deal the ambiguities of […]

The Pastor by Eugene Peterson – Discussion Questions – Chapters 17 – 21


On page 137, Eugene Peterson writes, “And my work is not to fix people.  It is to lead people in the worship of God and to lead them in living a holy life.”  How is leading people in the worship of God and in living a holy life different from fixing them?  What happens when […]

The Pastor by Eugene Peterson – Discussion Questions – Chapter 22 to “Letter to a Young Pastor”


Eugene Peterson writes, “As a kind a malaise seemed to spread through the congregation, I could also feel the adrenaline drain out of my blood stream…. I had no way of knowing it at the time, but I was entering into a time of m life that I later named the “badlands.”  And I had no […]

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller – Chp 1 – The Secret of Marriage


Opening Prayer Ice Breaker Small Group Guidelines Resting in the Text:  Ephesians 5:18-33 (p. 19 of The Meaning of Marriage) Discussion Questions: When you were (or since you are) single, what were your expectations of marriage? On pages 22-23, author Timothy Keller reviews statistics that indicate that marriage, as an institution, in on the decline […]

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller – Chp 2 – The Power for Marriage


Opening Prayer Ice Breaker Resting in the Text:  Ephesians 5:18-33 (p. 19 of The Meaning of Marriage) Discussion Questions: How does being filled with the Spirit, that is, knowing that you are  unconditionally loved by Jesus, help a person to submit to their spouse (52)? How does self-centredness pull us away from having a healthy […]

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller – Chp 3 – The Essence of Marriage


Opening Prayer Ice Breaker Resting in the Text:  Ephesians 5:18-33 (p. 19 of The Meaning of Marriage) Discussion Questions: One of the key issues in Chapter 3 is the difference between viewing marriage as a covenant (where the good of the relationship takes precedence over the needs of the individual) or as a consumer relationship […]