Pastor Christian Simas – Romans 12:1-21

January 21st, 2018

Discussion Questions:
1. Think about your experience with the local church. What about it has been most attractive and/or discouraging to you? Why? (Leaders be prepared to respond with help for issues that have resulted in consumerism and a ‘church exists for me’ mentality.)

2. Read Romans 12:2. In light of the fact that we will either be conformed to the world or transformed by Jesus, how should we think about our pursuit of being changed?

3. What are some of the outcomes of seeking to continue becoming a Christian community that’s rooted in Christ, God’s Word, and historic Christianity?

4. What do you think about the difference between being “present” and actually “belonging” to the local church?

5. What are some ways that you’ve been holding back from fully committing yourself to your brothers and sisters at the local church?

6. “The Church is the one institution that exists for those outside of it.”
– William Tyndale
– How do you think our Christian community will have to look different as we all seek to shift our focus from inward to outward? (Leaders let’s drive the conversation to the difference between “guest” and “host”.)

Pastor Christian Simas – Romans 12:1-2

January 28th, 2018

Discussion Questions:
1. “What people revere, they resemble, either for ruin or for restoration.” – Greg Beale
– Think about your spiritual growth over the years. What are some good and bad paths you have been led in?

2. What do you see Romans 12 saying about personal transformation for Christians?

3. Read Romans 6:3-8 and Romans 12:2. Paul tells us that we are both transformed (ch. 6) and to be transformed (ch. 12). How do we make sense of these seemingly contradictory thoughts?

4. “I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” – Anne Lamott
– In what ways does Romans 12 instruct us to pursue transformation? Share your conclusions with the group.

5. Read Romans 12 together as a group. Close your time by reflecting on the ways God is speaking to your heart in this passage by discussing and praying together.