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Connect group questions

Dear God, do I have to go to church?

1 Peter 2:4-5; 9-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-20, Hebrews 10:19-25

  1. What does the question reveal about how the questioner views church? Why might people ask this question?
  2. Why did Mark suggest that the short answer is ‘no’?

You’re a brick Read 1 Peter 2:4-5 and 9-10

  1. What is the correlation between the physical temple of the Old Covenant the spiritual temple of the new?
  2. How is the spiritual temple being constructed?
  3. Consider the following descriptions of God’s people and reflect on what each description means: chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession. (Bonus: read Ex Í19:5-6)
  4. What does it mean that we are to declare the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light?

You’re a gifted and necessary brick   Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-20

  1. In many ways, the ‘body’ analogy is another way of communicating similar truths to the ‘temple’ analogy. Yet what unique and important truths are taught here?
  2. Someone at church says to you, “well I don’t do anything much, no one would miss me if I wasn’t here”. How would you encourage them?
  3. If you rob us of your presence (and therefore unique ministry), we lose- significantly! Yet if you rob yourself of us, you also lose! What is the danger of a Christian trying to go it alone?

We can’t do this without you!  Read Hebrews 10:19-22

  1. Mark said that this ‘drawing near’ is not referring specifically to what we do in an hour in church on Sundays, but in all of life. But he went on to say, that our gathering is a particular and focused way of ‘drawing near’. Why then will this be important for someone who has been neglecting ‘drawing near’ all week?
  2. Why are some today, also in the habit of giving up meeting together – or at least only coming every other Sunday, or only if there’s no better offer?
  3. Drawing near to God is an awesome privilege. Encouraging one another is a significant responsibility. How do you answer someone who says “I worship on the beach” or similar?
  4. Read the conclusion to the message again. What is wrong with the question, “Do I have to go to church?”
  5. Has anything been new to you from this message? Or has anything struck you in a fresh way?

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May the Lord give us such a grasp of his vision for the church, that we revel in all he has in mind for us and never ask that question again!