Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Band of Brothers

Was good to eat with and study with a group of men on Sunday afternoon. Was fun to play football as well but a couple of us felt that maybe something special had been birthed among us as we considered the following.

Men’s Bible study 3 – ‘Band of brothers’

What is your favourite example of a group of men acting as brothers and why?
What made these relationships special?

Read below and answer the questions as you go…

John 1:11-13 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

John is writing about Jesus. What happens when we believe and trust in Him?

1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

Who does Peter say Christians are?
With what purpose?
What has God done for us?

What is our mission as Christians?
1Peter2v9 (over the page)
Look up Matt 28v18-20 & Acts 1v8

From the following verses, what might this mission look like, and how should we relate to one another?

1John 3:13-16 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

How is this similar/different to your favourite example of men acting as brothers? (See Kick off questions).

How do the disciples in Acts compare to your example?
Can you think of any specific occasions in the early church?

Slow down and discuss the following:

How do you feel about the mission that we’re on?

How can we help to build a ‘band of brothers?’ Today/This week/This year?

You may find the following verses helpful…
Hebrews 10v24-25 James 5v9 James 4v11 Eph 4v29

Pray for your brothers!

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