Monday, May 16, 2016

"Pursue(d)" - 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (May 15, 2016)

1. Have someone read the passage aloud.
2. What are some of the different messages that we're told in our world?
3. What is the message the Paul puts before the Thessalonians in this passage?
4. Why is easy for Christians to deviate from God's pursuit after become Christians and why is it important that we continue to hold to the Gospel?
5. With what manner are we to present the Gospel?
6. Who are the people and what are the circumstances in our lives that need us to live in a manner of compassion and commitment?

Sermon Outline:
1. The Message of Pursuit
   a. New life
   b. Continued life

2. The Manner of Pursuit
   a. Compassion
   b. Commitment

Monday, May 9, 2016

"Look and Rejoice" 1 Peter 1:3-12 (May 8, 2016)

1. Have someone read the passage aloud.
2. Think about the different instances of Peter's life, what do we know about him from those?
3. How does knowing Peter's life help us to see the amazing grace of God?
4. What does this passage tell us about the inheritance to come? What are other passages that help us to know about the eternity that awaits us?
5. How does knowing about this inheritance affect our lives today?
6. What are the various trials that Peter's audience, and he, faced? What are the one's you're experiencing?
7. How does this passage help you in the midst of those trials?

Sermon Outline:
1. Looking back to grace

2. Looking forward to inheritance

3. Looking through trials

4. Looking into God's salvation

Sunday, May 1, 2016

"Life in the Best Worst Place" - Genesis 50:15-26 (May 1, 2016)

1. Have someone read the passage aloud.
2. Think about the evils that have been done against you. What makes it so hard for us to say, "what others did for evil, God meant it for good?"
3. How have Christians, at times, used this verse in inappropriate ways?
4. How does this passage cause us to resist ignoring evil? How does Joseph acknowledge it?
5. Where have you seen God's goodness and his sovereignty at work in your life?
6. Ryan said, "Joseph isn't saying the spiritual people can figure out all the ways God is working, Joseph is saying we are to trust." Where are the places in your life that you need trust God?

Sermon Outline:
1. Realistic View of Evil

2. Resilient Trust in God
   A. The goodness of God
   B. The sovereignty of God

3. Radical Grace Toward Enemies

Sunday, April 24, 2016

"Life Goes On" - Genesis 49:28-50:14 (April 24, 2016)

1. Have someone read the passage aloud.
2. In v. 29 we're told that Jacob in his death would be "gathered to his people." Why is this a hopeful statement?
3. How do our lives reflect a greater concern for our present life than our future life? Why do we have this disproportion?
4. How does the everlasting life effect our present life?
5. Ryan referenced the end of A Mighty Fortress is Our God, the first hymn we sang, he commented on how the it ends, "His kingdom is forever." What makes this hard to see in our world? Why is this important to believe?
6. How can we live today in light of God's forever kingdom?

Sermon Outline:
1. For the dead

2. For the living

3. For the kingdom

Sunday, April 17, 2016

"Lord of the Future" - Genesis 49:1-28 (April 17, 2016)

1. Have someone read the passage aloud.
2. What are things in your future that take up your thoughts?
3. How do you generally respond to the uncertainties of the future?
4. What are the disappointments that the brothers would have experienced when hearing their blessings?
5. How do we see God's goodness over the future in this passage?
6. How does God's future promise benefit our present hope?

Sermon Outline:
1. Facing Profound Disaapointments
   a. Consequences
   b. Contrasts & Comparisons
   c. Uncertainties

2. Resting in Radical Hope
   a. Hope's source
   b. Hope's attitude
   c. Hope's promise

Monday, April 11, 2016

"Is it any surprise?" Genesis 47:29-48:22 (April 10, 2016)

1. Have someone read the passage aloud.
2. How do you feel about surprises? If you don't like them, why?
3. How does our culture of control hinder our ability to enjoy a surprise?
4. In this passage, where do we see portions of previous occasions repeating?
5. Why is Jacob's statement about God being his shepherd all his days, a surprising one?
6. How should we respond to the messes and mistakes of our lives?


Monday, March 28, 2016

"Jesus in the Wide Life of Day" - Matthew 27:55-28:10 (March 27, 2016)

1. What are the dark places you've walked through over he past year?
2. How do Jesus' friends respond to the dark place of Jesus' death?
3. Why wasn't showing dignity in the midst of Jesus' death enough?
4. What had the Romans done to keep the tomb from being opened? Why does this contribute to the historicity of the resurrection?
5. Why is it important that Jesus' resurrection was not that of a spirit but was bodily?
6. What impact on your life does Jesus' bodily resurrection have for you today?

Sermon Outline:
1. Death is confronted
   a. Dignified
   b. Say Goodbye

2. Death is defeated
   a. Empty tomb
   b. Transformed body