Questions for Small Group Discussion

 Based on the sermon of September 23, 2018 – Matthew 7:7-11 “Ask Him”

1. Do have any memories, from childhood, of asking your parents for something but not receiving it? Why do you think they didn’t give you what you requested? Did you ever receive something better than you requested?

2. What particular points from Sunday’s message impacted you? If someone asked you, “What was the key message of the sermon?” what would you say?

3. Read Matthew 7:7-11. How is this teaching related to Matthew 6:33, which commands us to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” ?

4. When Jesus said “ask and it will be given to you…” was he giving us a “blank check” promise, or are there conditions we need to keep in mind?

5. Pastor Pat said that instead of “the last resort,” prayer should be “the first reflex” for those who desire to live as part of the kingdom Christ. Do you agree? Why is it so easy to think of prayer as the “last resort?

6. What are some distorted images of God that are prevalent in our society? How does it impact a person’s prayer life if they subscribe to one of these distorted views of God?

7. What do we learn about God from Jesus’ example of fathers who don’t give their children rocks or snakes when they ask for bread or fish? What kind of expectation do we need as we come to the Father in prayer?

8. Why is it important to realize the practical nature of the kingdom of God (e.g., it is involved in the day to day decisions, routines, priorities, relationships, opportunities, etc. of our lives)?

--When it comes to living your life as part of the kingdom of Jesus, what is one area you to “ask, seek, knock”?