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March 18, 2018, 3:05 PM

Continue Abiding - Questions

The following questions are designed for group study as follow-up to the sermon presented on Sunday, March 18 2018, "Continue Abiding."  The primary scripture is 2 Timothy 3:14-17.  These questions may also be helpful for personal reflection.  Please use them to your advantage, such as preparing for group discussion.  

1.  Where there any events or conversations in the last week that caused to pause and examine what God is doing?  Would you like to discuss it with the group?

2.  A brief context for 2 Timothy was presented in the sermon.  Review the situation of the letter from the sermon audio or from another source such as a study Bible or commentary. is one source.

3.  In preparation for group discussion it would be helpful to read the entire letter.  It is a sweet letter which was written near the end of Paul's life.

4.  The topic, "Continue Abiding," relates to the second characteristic of a disciple of Jesus in our philosophy of ministry: Disciples Abide In Christ.  Paul's encouragement to Timothy was "...continue in what your have learned..."  Compare this statement to the words of Christ in John 8:31-32, "...hold to my teaching..." (abide in my word).

5.  What does the phrase in verse 15 mean, "...which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith..."?

6.  What does the phrase in verse 16, "All scripture is God-breathed..." mean?  To what scripture was Paul referring?

7.  How should we employ the word of God for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness?  Literally, how should we in the church do these things?

8.  Read 2 Timothy 4:1-5.  Does it read as if Paul was describing our day?  What should we do?

9.  Notice  again that Jesus' words to new believers and Paul's advice to a mature believer which are recorded in John 8:31-32  are very similar.

10.  How can we help a new believer with no church background to abide in Christ?


March 11, 2018, 10:00 AM

Questions - Disciples Abide In Christ

The following questions relate to the sermon presented on Sunday, 11 February 2018, "Disciples Abide In Christ."  The primary scripture is John 8:31-32.  The questions are written for group discussion but also be helpful for personal reflection.  The sermon can be heard on this website.

1.  Read the context before Jesus' words in John 8:31-32 (chapters 7 & 8).  What do you think John was trying to accomplish by presenting Jesus' conflict with the relgious leaders?

2.  Jesus knew that those in Jerusalem who chose to believe in him would receive pressure to turn from their belief.  What kind of pressures in our day cause people to fall away or turn away from belief?

3.  "If you abide in my word..."  John used the word logos (word) here and also in chapter 1 he used it as a proper name for Jesus - The Word.  The person of Jesus is the word.  His teaching is his word.  How could his audience at the temple know his word?  How can we know his word?

4.  How can we remain (abide) in him?  What methods do you use to remain in Christ?  How do you know if you are dwelling in him?  How much is enough?

5.  Some very dependable contemporary teachers have said that there are three kinds of people: non-believers, believers, and fake believers.  Who would be the fake believers in our day?  Where would you find them?

6.  In the latter part of chapter 8, from verse 33 on, Jesus refers to the religious leaders several times as children of the devil.  Would this make them "fake believers?"

7.  John used many different names to describe Jesus such as the word, light, lamb of God, chosen one, bread of life, the gate, the good shepherd.  Some of them were quotes of Jesus about himself.  Find names or metaphors for Jesus in chapter 8.

8.  Why did Jesus words, "...before Abraham was born, I am!" cause people to try to stone him? (8:58)

9.  If Jesus is "I AM," how much of the Bible is his word?

10.  If you are not loving Jesus and the Bible as a result of this study, please continue to read John 7 and 8 and meditate on the words of Christ.  If you still have no response, get some help from a disciple you trust.


February 25, 2018, 3:13 PM

Walking In Faith, part 2 - questions

The following questions relate to the message from Sunday, 25 February 2018, "Walking In Faith, part 2."  The primary scripture is Luke 14:25-35.  The questions are designed for group discussion, but they may be helpful for personal reflection as well.

1.  For a group ice-breaker if desired - what is the most dramatic step of faith you have witnessed among people you know?  How did it affect other people?

2.  This sermon finishes the Luke 14:25-35 passage.  Compare the two small parables Jesus used.  What are the differences?  Please notice the three "my disciple" statements.

3.  Read Mark 8:34-38, a prallel to today's passage.  How does this help to understand the parable about the king having to make a choice?  What might verse 38 mean that Jesus would be ashamed of a person in the Father's glory?

4.  Define "walking in faith."  How doe we get from "cannot be my disciple" to a principle of walking in faith?

5.  How does the salt metaphor in verses 34-35 apply to contemporary life?

6.  Consider the baptisms on Sunday, 25 February.  How might this even literally be a step in faith for those being baptized?  How can the church support their faith beginnings?  Who would like to be a mentor to one of these?

7.  Please take time to pray for the new believers, for the Dominican team and trip, and for connections with new people.

8.  Spiritual revival is always preceded by repentance, purity, and prayer.  Ask the Lord to reveal in us what must change in order for him to move mightily.  Do you want him to move, even if it makes us uncomfortable?

Disciples walk in faith.  Disciples abide in Christ.  Disciple love one another.  Disciples bear much fruit.

February 18, 2018, 4:50 PM

Questions - Walking In Faith, part 1

The following questions are designed to help facilitate group discussion, but they may also be useful for personal reflection.  If used in a group setting, the facilitator may pick and choose which are best for the group time.  These questions are meant to relate to the sermon on February 18, 2018, "Walking In Faith, part 1."  The primary scripture is Luke 14:25-30.  The sermon can be heard on this website under the "sermons" tab.

1.  Have a look back to the Philosophy of Ministry document in order to see this lesson in the context of a larger plan.

2. Why are we teaching about the development of disciple character?

3.  Ask the group to tell stories about faith experience in their own life or what you have witnessed.  Consider your own growth and the growth of other people as a result.

4.  What other Bible stories or scripture come to your mind in relation to Luke 14:25-30?

5. Compare Matthew 10:37-39 to the Luke 14 verses and to Luke 9:23-26.  Matthew presented the teaching in the context of Jesus preparing the twelve to be sent out for some on-the-job training.

6.  What did it mean in the first century A.D. to "take up your cross?"  How should we apply the command now?

7.  How should we communicate what seems to be morbid and radical language to people outside the church?  How would you work theses truths into a conversation?

8.  Meditate on the parable in verses 28-30.  Any new insights?

9.  Are you being nudged by the Holy Spirit to do something, say something, start something or quit something?  How can the group help?

10.  If you would like to hear other teaching on a similar passage, I recommend Andy Stanley's message at,


February 11, 2018, 10:00 AM

Great Commission Teaching - questions

The following questions are designed to help facilitate group discussion, but they may also be useful for personal reflection.  If used in a group setting, the facilitator may pick and choose which are best for the group time.  These are meant to relate to the sermon on February 11, "Great Commission Teaching."

1.  What is your favorite method of studying scripture?  Ask the group and notice the variety of favorite methods.  What kind of methods do we use most often at church?  Are we leaving people out?

2.  Consider what we have been studying, Matthew 28:18-20.  What is the goal of the first half of verse 20?

3.  What are the "commands of Jesus?"

4.  Where do we find the commands of Jesus?  Ok, where in the Bible?

5.  How does the doctrine of the Trinity affect our answer to questions 3 and 4?

6.  What is the relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament teachings of Jesus?  Consider the following three possibilities and examples:

  • New Testament assumes the authority of the Old Testament.  Deut 6:4-9
  • NT cancels the authority of the OT.  Levitical law / Romans 7
  • NT "fills full" (expands or amplifies) the authority of the OT.  Matt 5:17ff; Hebrews 11

7.  Read Acts 2:42.  Consider this verse as a template for a discipleship curriculum.  What major points would your curriculum include?

8.  Read 2 Timothy 2:2.  How does this instruct our long-term view of making disciples?

9.  Discuss the philosophy of ministry document that was distributed on Sunday.  Was the presentation clear enough?  How can we communicate these principles effectively and organize ourselves around this model?

If we become and make true disciples, church will happen, and church growth will happen.


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