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Small Group Questions

Questions for Study based on
16 May – Ascension Sunday – “A Serious Wait Problem”

 

  1. This Sunday was Ascension Sunday (Celebrated on Thursday, 13 May).  Do you remember the story?  Take a few moments to reread the Epistle lesson from Acts 1:1-11.
 
  1. It’s interesting to note that the Ascension happened 40 days after the resurrection.  When else is the number 40 important in the Bible?  Do you think it is a coincidence that this number shows up so often?
 
  1. Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for something important.  How do you think they responded?  Can you imagine what it would be like if you were told to wait once again? 
 
  1. Pastor Murray lifted up the section of our reading (vs 7) that says that we will not know the day of His coming.  Why do you think people are so obsessed with trying to identify a time for the Second Coming?  (see again Mathew 24:36)
 
  1. Does the idea of Christ’s return fill you with joy?  Dread?  Confusion? What does it mean for you on a day-to-day basis?  Why do you think some people become so focused on it, trying to set a date?
 
  1. In today’s world, for Christians to live in faith is more important than ever.  However, what DOES it mean to “live in faith”?  How does that affect the way we live and the way we wait?  How does “living in faith” affect the rest of our lives?  How we make decisions?  How we relate to the world around us?
 
  1. Pastor Murray talked about waiting as a practice of patience and preparation.  What has happened in your life that demanded the most patience from you?  What required the most preparation?
 
  1. If you could do so, what would you want to say to those disciples, waiting once again?  What words of hope or encouragement would you share?  Are any of those thoughts appropriate to share with those around us today?