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Discussion questions to further the conversation with those who join you around the table.

Week 5
  1. Start out your discussion by reading out loud Romans 5:12 and 5:15.
  2. Sin entered the world through one man (Adam) and sin was defeated by one man (Jesus). When you think about what happened with Jesus on the cross, what words come to your mind?
  3. Sometimes, Christians are hesitant to say that Jesus is the only way to God. Why do you think that is?
  4. Read Hebrews 2:11 out loud. Praise God that through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, our sins have been forgiven! Thank God in prayer together that, if we believe in Jesus and Lord and Savior, we become a part of the family of God. Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters. Amen!

Week 4
  1. This week’s focus is on sin. Sin isn’t a very popular thing to talk about. Why do you think people avoid talking about sin, judgement, and punishment?
  2. Why do you think that God is angry with the sin in the world?
  3. God must punish sin in order to still be a just God. Someone has to pay the price for sins. Could you pay the price? Do you think you could do enough good things to cover up the bad things you’ve done in your life? Why or why not?
  4. Read Romans 6:23 out loud and pray together. “God, we confess that we are sinful. We are truly sorry for our sins. Thank you God for the gift of Jesus Christ! He is our Savior, dying in our place to pay the price for our sins.” 

Heidelberg Catechism Question & Answer 9-13.

Week 3
  1. Take a few minutes to read and repeat Romans 3:23. Try to memorize this verse..
  2. Do you think that sin is something we can get rid of on our own? Why is it so hard to choose to do good? 
  3. Read Ephesians 2:1-3. If you can, use the New Living Translation. Is there something in these verses that stood out to you? If yes, why?
  4. Sin is some pretty nasty stuff. Sin Separates us from God, but Jesus saves us from the consequences of our sins and he loves us no matter when we mess up!! Take a some time to pray: say sorry for our sinful actions and thank Jesus for loving us even when we sin.

Heidelberg Catechism Question & Answer 3-8.

Week 2
  1. Read Q&A 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism out loud together. What is one word or idea that stood out to you when reading this?
  2. What do you think it means to “belong to Christ?
  3. Read Ephesians 1:13-14 out loud. The Holy Spirit is a gift to those who believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, guaranteeing eternal life with God in heaven! This gives us comfort that no matter what happens today or tomorrow, our future is set in Jesus Christ.
  4. Describe a time in your life when you felt comforted by God.
  5. Pick a verse from the answers and memorize it this week. To help the verse stay rooted in your heart: make up motions while reciting.

Heidelberg Catechism Question & Answer Focus: 1-2.

Week 1
  1. Answer this question together: who do you say Jesus is?