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September 4, 2018, 3:07 PM

Questions - What Is Worship?

These questions relate to the sermon on 2 September 2018, What Is Worship?  

1.  How would you explain Christian worship?

2.  What is the created purpose of every person?  

3.  The following definition of worship was provided: "Worship is to feel in the heart and express in some appropriate manner a humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe."  (A. W. Tozer, The Purpose of Man, p. 108)  How does this compare to your own definition or another you have used?

4.  In the story of Jesus and the Samaritan women at Jacob's well from John 4, what did Jesus intend by offering "living water?"  How did the woman's expectations differ?

5.  Some time later Jesus used similar terminology when speaking to people in Jersusalem.  Read John 7:37-39.  How does this help you understand and apply what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman?

6.  What is the connection between the Holy Spirit and worship?

7.  What did Jesus mean that worship should be in spirit and truth?  Do you know any other scripture that helps?

8.  How do we know from the story in John 4 that God desires for people to engage in worship?

9.  What can we learn from the story about the proper location of worship?

10.  How did the Samaritan woman express her joy?

August 19, 2018, 4:05 PM

Questions - Repent and Be Baptized

These questions relate to the sermon on 19 August 2018, Repent And Be Baptized.   You can hear the sermon on this website, under the sermon tab.  The primary passages are Acts 2:22-24; 36-39.

1.  How does the Holy Spirit relate to non-believers?

2.  Read Acts 2 and summarize Peter's argument for believing that Jesus is Messiah.

3.  How should we communicate this message today in a non-Jewish culture?

4.  How do we know that Joel 2:28-32 was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost?   Does Joel's writing continue to apply to the church age?

5.  How is Psalm 16:8-11 fulfilled by the resurrection of Christ?  (These are good examples of the New Testament commenting on the Old Testament.)

6.  Can you explain how Peter concluded that King David must have been prophesying about someone other than himself?

7.  Read Acts 2:42-47.  From this passage, what should church people be doing?

8.  When and where were the 3,000 baptized?  (v. 41)

August 14, 2018, 10:48 AM

Questions - Spirit Ears

The following questions relate to the sermon from 12 August, Spirit Ears.  There were several key scriptures in the message:  John 14:15-31; John 7:37-39; Psalm 42:1-2; Psalm 63:1; and Ephesians 4:17-32.

This message is in a series regarding Spiritual Disciplines which support the Disciple Character we want to build.  This particular discipline, hearing the Holy Spirit, is not separate from praying or understanding scripture; but it is considered separately because our tradition has neglected the work of the Holy Spirit.  We desparately need to learn to hear and yield to the Holy Spirit.

1.  How do you know if you have the Holy Spirit?

2.  If the Holy Spirit indwells us, why would we need refilling?

3.  Who or what regulates the Spirit's influence?

4.  How do we position ourselves to be filled by the Holy Spirit?

5.  How do you personally identify the voice of the Spirit?

6.  If there is a particular scripture you would like for LBC to adopt as a motto for seeking the Spirit, what is it?


August 9, 2018, 1:37 PM

The Temple of the Holy Spirit

These questions relate to the sermon from 5 August 2018, "The Temple of the Holy Spirit."  The primary text was Acts 2:1-4. Other texts mentioned that may be spur further discussion are: 2 Chronicles 7:1-3Exodus 40:34-38Deuteronomy 15:7-11, and  Acts 4:32-37.

  1. Why is the Holy Spirit important for Christians?
  2. What was the significance of Pentecost? (Re-read Acts 2:1-4)
  3. What are the differences between God’s presence in the Old Testament (Temple/ Tabernacle references in 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 and Exodus 40:34-38) and New Testament (Pentecost)?
  4. Have you ever considered yourself to be the temple of the Holy Spirit? (Read 1 Corinthians 6:19).
  5. How does the concept of you being God’s mobile temple connect with the Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20?
  6. Is it hard for you to let go of control and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Explain
  7. Do you desire to be God’s Mobile temple to the spiritually rebellious and lost? Why or why not?
  8. Is there something stopping you from being God’s mobile temple?

July 29, 2018, 4:25 PM

Questions - Holy Who?

 These questions relate to the sermon on 29 July 2018, Holy Who?  The beginning passage is Matthew 3:13-17, but there are many references mentioned in the sermon.  This sermon is also posted on the website under the sermons tab.

Note to group leaders:  You will have to choose carefully for your group.  These questions when fully discussed might take several hours.  Encourage your group to do some of the work before group meeting.  Also, Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem provides good teaching on these topics in the chapters on the Trinity and The Work of The Holy Spirit.  The sermon leans on this source.  A copy is available in the pastor's office and in the library.  In addition sermons or articles by John Piper and Alistair Begg might be helpful.

1.  Discuss how you describe or have described the Holy Spirit.

2. How do you explain the Trinity?

3.  Identify how the three persons of the Trinity were visibly and audibly present at Jesus' baptism; Matthew 3:13-17.

4.  Does the Holy Spirit still become visibly and audibly manifest today?  In what kind of circumstances?

5.  The work of the Holy Spirit was presented in four parts:  empowering, purifying, revealing, and unifying.  One category at a time, discuss your experience.  (This might take a while.)

6.  Discuss biblical references to the different kinds of work of the Spirit.  These were mentioned in the sermon:  Genesis 1; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:10; John 16:8-11; Acts 7:5; Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 8:16; Acts 15:28.  There are many more.  We hardly scratched the surface of the Old Testament.

7.  What keeps us from experiencing the work of the Holy Spirit?

8.  How much of the Holy Spirit do you want?

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