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Small Group Questions

Hebrews 11:1-39, Luke 17:5, Matt. 14:22-33, Eph. 2:8-9, Mark 10:13-16

Getting Started
1)    Name an event in your life that you stepped out on faith to pursue?
Into the Text
2)   Read Matthew 14:22-33. Why do you think Jesus sent the disciples ahead of him?
3)  Seeking solitude was an important priority for Jesus. (v.23)  Besides taking time out of our schedule to pray, what additional traits of Jesus would we benefit by replicating?
4) (v.29) Often time we miss out on an opportunity because we don’t step out of the “boat.”  What gave Peter the courage to get out of the boat? How does that encourage you?
5) As we move through the “waters” of a pastoral transition, how does v.32 give you peace?
6) Read Luke 17:5&6.  Jesus was telling his apostles that a small amount of genuine faith can be effective.  Is increasing our faith important then?  Why or why not?
7) Read Ephesians 2:8-10. Salvation is a gift.  There is no amount of work that we can do to earn salvation.  Do you think verses 9 and 10 contradict each other? Why or why not?
8) Thinking about some of the ancient pillars that are written about in Hebrews 11:4-32, which of these are your favorite to read about or pass down their story to your children and their children?
10)  Thinking back over the span of your Christian walk, can you pinpoint a time that you knew your faith was wavering?  What things did you do to restore your faith?