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January 17, 2019, 2:19 PM

Questions - We Need The Spirit


These questions relate to the sermon on Sunday, 13 January 2019, We Need The Spirit.  The primary scripture is 1 Corinthians 2:6-16.

1.  Who are some of the wisest people you have known personally?  What contributed to their wisdom?

2.  Remember that this letter was written to address problems in the Corinthian church.  What is the first problem Paul addressed?

3.  How does wisdom or lack of wisdom relate to this problem?

4.  This bit of scripture says that the lack of God's wisdom caused rulers of the first century A.D. to miss an imporant event.  What is that event?

5.  Paul at first missed the significance of this event as well.  When was he awakened to the truth?  Where in scripture is that story found?

6.  Why is it that in the U.S. we have the greatest technology, medicine, tools, and resources, and yet we have hungry children, cannot easily access medical help, and kill babies by the thousands?

7.  According to this scripture, what is needed to make our modern intelligence more wise?

8.  What two actions were presented in the sermon as help to train ourselves to hear the Holy Spirit?




January 6, 2019, 3:12 PM

Make The Cross Central


The questions relate to the sermon on January 6, 2019, Make The Cross Central.  The primary scripture is 1 Corinthians 1:1-2:5, and the sermon included introductory information for 1 Corinthians.

1. What is your worst church experience?  (If this is too painful or too personal, maybe group discussion is not helpful.)

2.  Why are churches so disfunctional at times?

3.  1 Corinthians addresses several problems among the believers at Corinth.  What kind of problem is addressed in Chapter 1?

4.  What is Paul's first solution to the problem?

5.  Is unity in the church important?  Why or why not?

6.  What can be learned from this chapter to help address skepticism and doubt related to bad church experiences?

7.  Paul mentioned that faith should rest on God's power rather than human wisdom.  How does that happen in a contemporary setting?  Another way to ask is, how do we access God's power?

8.  What from this scripture, sermon, and discussion will help you be more prepared for your own or another person's faith crisis?

 




December 30, 2018, 12:00 AM

Questions - The Old and The New


These questions relate to the sermon on 30 December, 2018, The Old and The New.  The primary scripture is Isaiah 43:1-21.  Regardless of circumstances we know God will provide for, protect, and redeem his people.  The sermon can be heard on this website under the "sermons" tab.

1.  What were the defining experiences of 2018 for you?

2.  What are your expectations for 2019?

3.  What kind of resolutions have you made?

4.  In this chapter of Isaiah he was fortelling the redemption of Israel after they were in Babylonian exile.  You might want to re-read the passage or start from 42:18 for more background.  What was the basis for hope according to Isaiah' message?

5.  How does verse 1 define God's relationship with Israel?

6.  What does that say about God's character?

7.  What past works of redemption/salvation are described?

8.  How do God's past works help our faith?

9.  In verses 18-19, what is God going to do?

10.  In what ways are you expecting God to work in 2019?




December 29, 2018, 3:53 PM

Questions - Good News


This blog entry relates to the sermon on December 23, 2018, Good News.  The primary scripture was Luke 2:8-20, the story of the shepherds when Jesus was born.

Where are you on the shepherd scale?

  • have you heard the news?
  • have you responded positively?
  • have you taken action?
  • have you had personal experience with Jesus?
  • are you telling what you heard and what you have seen?
  • have you returned to Jesus to worship?

 




December 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

Questions - Like A Boy Scout


The following questions are meant to relate to the sermon on 16 December 2018, Like A Boy Scout.  The primary scripture is 1 Peter 3:13-18.

1.  How excited have you been over the last week to share the gospel with someone?

2.  What fears or concerns disuade you from talking to people about their faith?

3.  You can see the original recipients of Peter's letter in 1 Peter 1:1.  Those people lived in a time and place in which persecution for being a Christian was very real.  How does that reality change your understanding of 3:13-14?

4.  What did Peter say to do with the questions or accusations of people?

5.  What steps do you need to take to be more prepared to share your faith?

6.  If your group is interested in training for personal evangelism, please let the church staff know.

A good book on the topic is Organic Outreach For Ordinary People, by Kevin G. Harney.


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