Talking Animals

Talking Animals

Aug 2020 - Sep 2020
Most of us love animals. In this series we are going to learn great life lessons from our friends in the animal kingdom. A lot of animals are mentioned in the Bible and we can learn a lot from them as they are used often as metaphors, to illustrate lessons both good and bad. We can learn spiritual and practical lessons from the different animals.
Sermons in this series
Sun, Sep 13, 2020
Duration: 16 mins 40 secs

Bulletin Points:
• Spider Uses All Its Hands
• Spider Lives in Palaces

Questions for Kingdom Group Discussion:
1. Have you ever visited a palace? Which one? What was the experience like?

2. Read Prov. 30:24-28 (KJV). How is the spider “exceeding wise”?

3. The law of the spider tells us that spiders are both diligent and never easily discouraged when weaving their webs. As a result they never lack food. Food is delivered to them! What are the lessons here for us in regard to trusting for God’s our daily provision?

4. What is causing you to give up recently? People, problems, pain, life pressures or the pandemic? Tell us more.

5. What has God put in your hands? What job has He assigned to you? What does “use all your hands” mean in your context?

6. The spider in this verse lives in a royal palace. What’s the spiritual principle here? Read Proverbs 22:29.

7. Joseph both worked and lived in a royal palace. How did he move from the pit and prison to the palace? Read Gen. 45:5-8; 50:19-20.

Sun, Sep 06, 2020
Passage: Matthew 10:16
Duration: 20 mins 51 secs

Bulletin Points:
· Sheep Among Wolves
· Wise as Serpents, Innocent as Doves

Questions for Kingdom Group Discussion:
1. Read Matthew 10:16. What does this mean – “I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves”?

2. Read Psalm 34:8. Jesus is sending us into the world as salt and light. What does that mean?

3. Some will receive the gospel but others will oppose it. How are we to respond to hostility?

4. What does it mean to “be wise as serpents and innocent as doves”?

5. As doves, our hearts must be pure. We are to love people like Jesus. How do you show pure love and compassion to others when sharing the gospel?

6. The dove also represents peace. We are to be peacemakers because the gospel is a message of peace. How can you preach and promote peace in our city when preaching the gospel?

7. Who is Jesus sending you to today? What are possible opportunities or oppositions you may face? How can your KG pray with you?

Sun, Aug 30, 2020
Passage: John 10:27
Duration: 17 mins 8 secs

Bulletin Points:
· The Sheep Hear and Recognise the Shepherd’s Voice
· The Sheep Follow the Shepherd

Questions for Kingdom Group Discussion:
1. Besides being white and fluffy, what do you know about sheep? How would you describe sheep and the way they behave to someone who has never seen one?

2. Read John 10:1-14. What does Jesus call the one who does not use the door to enter the sheepfold? What kind of person is Jesus describing?

3. Who is the one who enters through the door of the sheepfold? What are their characteristics? Read John 10:3-5.

4. Why is it important for the sheep to know the voice of the shepherd? What happens when the sheep do not recognise the voice?

5. Who is the thief that is described in verse 10, and what is his goal? Did the thief try to kill, steal, and destroy your life before you followed Jesus?

6. Share an experience when you heard God’s voice or you followed God’s leading. What happened? What’s the outcome?

Sun, Aug 23, 2020
Passage: Proverbs 6:6
Duration: 15 mins 54 secs

Bulletin Points:
· Ants are Self-motivated
· Ants are Hardworking
· Ants Prepare for the Future

Questions for Kingdom Group Discussion:
1. Who is the most hardworking person you have ever met? What did this person do?

2. Paraphrase Proverbs 6:6-8.

3. What are the 3 things we can learn from ants when it comes to work?

4. The sluggard is mentioned 12 times outside of Proverbs 6. Read Proverbs 26:13-16 and write a short description of him.

5. What would you say lies at the heart of the sluggard’s problem?

6. Comment on this statement: “If you work for money, you will always be a servant to money. If you work for Jesus, you will have a leader mindset.”

7. How are you preparing for the future?

8. What does this message teach you about yourself?

Sun, Aug 16, 2020
Duration: 23 mins 46 secs

Bulletin Points:
• The Church is the Body of Christ
• We contribute to each other's growth
• We are smarter together
• We are stronger together

Questions for Kingdom Group Discussion:
1. In Proverbs 30:25-27 there are four animals that are considered wise what are they and what makes them wise?

2. Specifically, why is the grasshopper/locust considered wise? What can we, God’s people, learn from them?

3. What are some benefits that human beings gain from their connection with others?

4. What is the purpose of the church? How does living and working in unity contribute to that calling?

5. Read Ephesians 4:1-7. What do all believers have in common that provides the foundation for our unity?

6. If God wants us to be in unity, then why did He create us with such diversity? How do our differences make the body of Christ stronger and increase our impact?

7. Read Ephesians 4:2-3 again. What attitudes and behaviours contribute to unity?

8. Pray for one another in your Kingdom Group, and for a greater unity in the church so that we can have a greater impact in the world.

Sun, Aug 09, 2020
Passage: Isaiah 40:31
Duration: 19 mins 24 secs

Bulletin Points:
• Waiting on God will give you a renewed inward strength
• Waiting on God will give you a renewed upward strength
• Waiting on God will give you a renewed onward strength

Questions for Kingdom Group Discussion:
1. How is this pandemic affecting people negatively? People in panic?

2. Read Isaiah 40:27. Israel was surrounded by their enemies. What did they say to God? Have you ever felt like your way was “hidden from the Lord”? Or your cause had been “disregarded” by God?

3. Read Isaiah 40:28-31. What did God promise to do?

4. What does God promise to do for you if you wait upon Him?

5. Look at Isaiah 40:31. What does it really mean to soar on wings like eagles? Have you ever trusted in God and experienced that in your life? Share an example.

6. We must wait on God for strength when facing troubles, trials and temptations. Do you consider yourself to be patient or impatient?

7. Why is waiting difficult? How do you usually respond if you are forced to wait? Remember waiting can involve time and trust.

8. Share stories about when you embraced waiting as part of God’s will. What was the end result? How were you changed?

9. Do you feel like you are in a waiting season right now? What are you waiting for? How do you feel about waiting and what is it doing in your relationship with God?

Sun, Aug 02, 2020
Duration: 17 mins 6 secs

Bulletin Points:
• God will make you stand strong
• God will make you stand on higher ground

Questions for Kingdom Group Discussion:
1. What’s the size of your feet? What are the functions of feet?

2. Read Psalm 18:32-33. What does this passage say about the deer’s feet?

3. What did Habakkuk say to God in his frustration (Habakkuk 1:2-3)?

4. What is the best thing we must do when we find it difficult to understand God’s divine plan during difficult times (Habakkuk 3:17-19)?

5. When we put our trust in God, he will make our “feet” strong and gives us strength to leap over the obstacles. (Isaiah 35:6)

6. Just as God enables the deer to navigate every obstacle, he will provide strength and security to you in times of testing, trials and troubles. What challenges are you presently facing? What obstacles must you jump over?

7. Read Psalm 42:1-2. The deer finds strength when drinking from the flowing streams. In order to be strengthened, we must come to God in prayer and studying the Scripture. Share with the KG how you have been drinking from the flowing streams.