SMALL GROUP DEVOTIONAL
SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2023
Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-19
Relevant Theme: Purity of Gospel
Who is Naaman? Which nation is he from? What is his position? What is his status?
What is the relationship between Naaman and Israel?
What kind of disease did Naaman suffer from? Where did he get the advice to go to Israel for treatment?
Who is this little girl? What is the relationship between her and Naaman? By common sense, what kind of attitude might she have toward her master’s life?
What did Naaman bring to meet the King of Israel?
What was the reaction of the king of Israel after reading the letter? Why did he react in this way? What did his response say about his familiarity with the prophets in Israel?
How did Elisha come into this story?
How did Elisha receive Naaman? What did he tell Naaman to do? Why did Naaman get angry?
What did Naaman’s anger show about his attitude toward his faith?
Who persuaded Naaman? What was the underlying reason that Naaman was finally healed?
Core Truth Probe
What were the fundamental reasons for Naaman’s healing? What characteristics of God’s salvation did this illustrate?
Naaman started his healing journey with a lot of monetary and letter of authority from the king of Aram. Think about what kind of misunderstandings the world usually has about God’s salvation. Do these misunder-standings exist in this day and age? In what way do they exist?
Through Naaman’s anger, consider what are the most significant obstacles to a person’s trust in the Gospel.
Have you ever considered exchanging objects, acts, or other good deeds for God’s salvation?
Did you grow up in an environment where religious, superstitious behaviors and perceptions influenced your correct understanding of the Gospel?
Examine the New Testament and consider what is the nature of the pure Gospel? How can people receive
SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2023
經文:約書亞記2章Scripture: Joshua 2
Relevant Theme: The Power of the Gospel
Is it an important task to spy on the land of Canaan? Why is it important?
When was the last time the people of Israel sent spies to spy out the land of Canaan? What was the result? (Numbers 13)
What consequences did the previous spying effort result in? Why did it have such consequences?
What was the purpose of the spying mission?
The king of Jericho and Rahab both heard the story of the people of Israel in the wilderness, but how did they
react in the same way, and how did they react differently?
How did the king of Jericho respond to the arrival of two spies in the city? What did his actions show about his state of mind?
Extended reflection: what is true knowledge of God? To know the gospel?
How many doors are there in this chapter? What is the implied meaning of these gates?
Core Truth Probe
What is the connection between the “story of Rahab” and the “story of the gospel of Jesus Christ”?
What do Hebrews 11:31 and James 2:25 say about the story of Rahab? What do these two passages tell us about the gospel?
Is the “boundary of salvation” theme found elsewhere in the Bible?
Who is guarding the boundary of salvation today?
What is the nature of the “keys of the kingdom of heaven”? What authority does this key indicate for the Church? What is the mission and responsibility of the Church?
What is true knowledge? What is true conversion?