Questions for “Here’s Your Sign” Preached 7/12/2020
Weekly Study Questions
- Do you have a book that you loved that was turned into a movie or play?
- Did they modify anything from the book?
- Did you like it more or less?
- What biblical stories have you come to know through entertainment avenues?
- Do you know if they are biblically accurate?
- Have you ever considered that they may have an agenda, been altered, or play fast and loose with the facts?
- How do you feel about the hymn Amazing Grace? Is it one of your favorites?
- Do you associate this hymn with anyone or any event in your life?
- Which verse speaks to you the most.
- Talk through the life of John Newton.
- What factors do think contributed to the formation of his values up to age 17?
- As a young adult, Newton was a trouble maker and instigator. But he finds God eventually. Do you know anyone who had a long slow awakening of faith in their life?
- Newton does have a near death experience that propels his faith. Do you know anyone who has had an experience like that?
- The sermon talked about John’s life of taking two steps forward and one step back. Why is the real truth of his life not as “entertaining” as a condensed version?
- What is one thing you learned about the author that stands out to you?
- Let’s talk about faith and slavery.
- Why do you suppose it took so many years for John Newton to renounce slavery?
- Discuss the fact that slavery is in the bible. Does that make it biblical? How might the language of the King James Bible reflect the culture?
- What impact do you suppose it had on John that he was in effect a slave himself for a short while? What about the fact that he saw first hand how slaves were treated on his sailing vessels?
- The Hymn
- Take a look at the verses again and read them as if you were the author. Do the words take on any new meaning?
- Discuss the irony of Amazing Grace becoming a black spiritual hymn despite the authorship.
- Read 1 Chronicles 17:16-17. Can you see what Newton saw when he read the passage and wrote this hymn? Are their any parallels to your life?
1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
was blind, but now I see.
2. ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed.
3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.
4. The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be,
as long as life endures.
5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.
6. When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
than when we first begun.