42 Days…study questions

42 Days Announce Slide(For those of you outside my church family, here’s a note of explanation:  We are currently doing men’s groups called 42 Days.  It’s a six-week commitment of meeting together, daily Bible reading, and reading a book.  During this time of 42 Days, we are reading an old classic, Improving Your Serve, by Chuck Swindoll.  I will be posting our weekly study questions here on my blog.  Feel free to buy the book and study along with us!)

Reading assignment and questions for week of May 13-20.

Chapter ten

What are some of the “perils” of your work?

What are some ways your ego gets over-inflated?

Why do we have such an unwillingness to admit we struggle?

Does God really protect us from bad things?  How?

Serving is often thankless.  How can that lead to bitterness and depression?

Do you still compare yourself to others?  Why?

Why is it so hard to confront the sin of others?  Why is it a cop out to hide behind our own imperfection?

Why is it important to do things for free?

What are the risks in loving and serving?

What is your motive for serving…really?

Chapter eleven

How would you describe yourself?

How would others describe you?

Are you a gentle person?  Why or why not?

Can servanthood be learned?

What does humility actually look like?

Do you receive as graciously as you give?

Why is it important to receive well and let others serve you?

What do we value about servanthood in the church?

How does serving bring joy?

Chapter twelve

What are some examples of suffering for doing right?

What is your response to the stories of “real life” persecution?  (How does it make you feel?)

How does stress affect you?

How did you score on the stress test?  (pgs. 183-185)

What is the purpose in struggle?  

Why doesn’t God eliminate bad things?

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2 thoughts on “42 Days…study questions

  1. Mike,

    Chapter 11 was fascinating in being humble/gentle as someone who serves. Yet, the modern take on humble/gentle is one where gentle is seen as weak and humble is an attitude to take after you lose. Don’t get me wrong, being humble and gentle is something to strive for. I look to do that everyday, especially at the AAC where you have to be that as an arena graphics coordinator because the public doesn’t buy tickets to watch me operate the boards. I wish they did, but they don’t. So being humble and gentle is a great reminder of what’s important.

    Thanks for the questions, We’ll chat about Chapter 14 next week. Using a slave reference to start and end the book is one that needs to be looked at again if Swindoll re-issues the book.

    Thanks, Jim Greene

    On Sat, May 12, 2018 at 8:30 PM I was just thinking… wrote:

    > Mike posted: “(For those of you outside my church family, here’s a note of > explanation: We are currently doing men’s groups called 42 Days. It’s a > six-week commitment of meeting together, daily Bible reading, and reading a > book. During this time of 42 Days, we are r” >

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