Cell Group Discussion Questions
Prophetic books are some of the most difficult books in the Bible to parse through because their language often hints at both current-day events (for the author) as well as eschatalogical (last days) events. The Book of Joel is no exception.
As you read Joel 1, you’ll notice the focus seems to be on present events–a locust plague that would have been as disastrous for the Israelites as a hurricane or tornado is to us. Take a look back at Deuteronomy 28:22, 38-42, to see how the locusts and drought connect to Yahweh’s covenant relationship with His people. Joel is basically telling the Israelites that their disobedience, though unspecified, is what led to the disaster situation they are in.
The prophet then uses the present circumstances of the plague, told in excruciating detail in verse 4, to incite God’s people to repentance on a national level, which he describes in verses 13-20. Take note that the first call to repentance is on the priests, because such a disaster would wipe out not only the economic system, but the sacrificial one as well.
Read Joel 1. Who and what did the locust plague effect?
Based on this week’s sermon, what is the difference between religion and relationship?
Think about your current life situation. How can you grow in your relationship with God and shrink your religion right now?
November 10 - 24
Joel is a series we will be doing focusing on the three chapters of prophetic poems from the book of Joel. A precursor to our advent series focusing on the Kingdom of God. In the same focus, we will read Joel and see God’s judgement of sin, His hope of repentance, and His coming reign. We hope to see our church turn from a place of complacency, to a place of repentance and expectancy in pursuit of God’s heart and His kingdom.
Loving the ________
October 13 - November 3
John 13:35 says “by this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” As believers in Jesus Christ, we are to be ambassadors of the love of God to everyone we meet. From widows and orphans, the poor and the prisoner, we will focus on these four specific people groups as we discuss God’s heart for the weakest among us, and how we can stand in the gap for His Kingdom, and for His glory.
Psalms: How & why we pray
August 25 - October 6
Why do we pray? How do we pray? When we read the book of Psalms we see the prayers of David in regards to lament, praise, wisdom, etc. God hears our prayers. Lean into this series to find out the importance of our prayers and what God does when we invite Him into our everyday lives.
June 23 - August 18
“Tough Stuff” is our nine week summer series focused on nine topics that we struggle with in everyday life. How do we as followers of Jesus handle politics? Evolution? What about finances? These are topics important to have verbiage for in our walks with Christ personally, as well as when we share our faith with others.
You and me Forever
April 28 - June 9
It’s until death do us part. Then comes eternal rewards or regrets depending on how we spent our lives. While we cannot allow lesser things to destroy our marriages, we also cannot allow marriage to distract us from greater things. A jealous God asks us to pursue Him first and most. Then life makes sense, and everything falls into its proper place. Love, laughter, and intimacy were all created to be enjoyed. So there is a way to love family deeply without ignoring Heaven. It all comes down to our focus. The way to have a great marriage is by NOT focusing on marriage.
March 17 - April 21
BE is our all-church initiative series for 2019. Following off the 1,2, and 3 John series we just finished up, we will be continuing the pursuit of loving like Jesus loved through the act of evangelism. Each week we will focus on a simple step forward we can make in being more intentional about evangelism in our communities of relationship and the world around us.
February 3 - March 10
Like a series of cogs, the Children of God move the Church forward. Join us this spring as we study 1, 2 & 3 John and learn about what it means to be a Child of God. What is our Truth? (Incarnation/crucifixion) How we should respond to it? (love our brothers/hospitality) And what effect does sin have on us? (the relationship of sin and children of God) We are more than just a series of cogs in a machine.
January 6 - January 27
This is our vision series for 2019. Each week we will focus on different aspects of how we hope to capture the church of Acts in Grand Junction, CO in 2019 at Canyon View Vineyard Church. This series will take us through the aspects of the church of Acts that made them look upward to Heaven, inward for renewal, and outward to a broken world.
December 2 - December 30, 2018
How humility and royalty changed the world in the person of Jesus, the Humble King.