Monday, January 25, 2021

"Wisdom at Work" Proverbs: Rev. Ryan Laughlin




                                            Sermon Discussion Questions


 1) Read over Proverbs 11:1, 16:11 and 22:29. How does Proverbs help us have wisdom in our work place?


 2) What are some main themes you see in Proverbs 31:10-31? What should our approach to work be as believers?


 3) What does our culture value in work? Or how does the culture say we gain our value? 


 4) Sermon quote: "Work is the chief place where we love our neighbor as our self." (Dan Doriani excerpt from his book Work) How does this quote impact your view of work? What is encouraging about this?


 5) Are you tempted to separate work into categories like sacred and secular? How could this separation hinder your understanding of work? How can it hinder how we treat our neighbors?


 6) Sermon quote: "The world says you matter because of your work. But the truth is, you matter, because Jesus did all the work for you.  So when you go to work, you have nothing to prove. . We are able to face the work with joy and wisdom and without fear and dread."  Is this encouraging to you? Why is this truth so difficult to grasp?

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Proverbs: The Power of Words (Proverbs 15:4, 18:21, 10:21, 12:18, 25:11) Rev. Chris Smith




                                            Sermon Discussion Questions



   1) What do these verses say about our words being harmful?


   2) Can you remember a time when someone spoke harmful words to you? How did that break your spirit?


   3) What do these verses say about our words being healing to others? 


   4) Can you recall a time when someone spoke words of truth and encouragement to you? How did it help you?


   5) What happens when God speaks? (Genesis 1)


   6) Can you think of other sections of Scripture that emphasize the weightiness our words have to others?


   7)  What does God say to us (believers) about our salvation in Christ? Do we believe we can take those "words to the bank"?

Monday, January 4, 2021

"A Word to the Wise"





                  Sermon Discussion Questions


 1) What is the purpose of Proverbs? 


 2) What do these verses tell us about wisdom? How is it described?

 3) Bulletin quote: "Wisdom is for the humbly eager--one might almost say, for the lover, the suitor...It is not for the man wise in his own eyes: He thinks he has arrived--and indeed he has, for he will never get a step further. His trouble is not intellectual...It is that he does not seriously want to be a better person; whereas the wise man is teachable to the end, open to God's commands, and chastening, and to human advice and criticism; for he values truth enough to pay the price of having it." (Derek Kidner) What is encouraging/difficult about this quote?

4) Read over Proverbs 1:7, 3:7, 4:5-7, 9:10, 11:2, 16:16. What do these verses say about wisdom? What do they say about the fear of the Lord?

  Reflection: Do we live our lives as if God has wisdom for us? or that we believe He knows better than we do about our lives? How can we grow in this area? 

Sunday, December 27, 2020

"God with the Anxious" Matthew 6:25-34 Rev. Ryan Laughlin





                                             Sermon Discussion Questions


1) Worry is nothing new to the human condition. What was Jesus reminding the crowd of in the sermon in Matthew 6?


2) What is the heart/core issue that Jesus is tackling in this text?


3) What are the questions that Jesus asks in this section? Are those questions hard for us to answer? Do we really believe that we are more valuable than the birds?


4)  In this passage, Jesus is training us to see the world that we live in as God's kingdom. Is this the way we see the world? Do we see God at work in the every day rhythms of creation?


5)  In the midst of our worry/anxiety, how do we usually respond? What is our pattern of response when we wake up in the middle of the night worrying?


6) Sermon quote: "Our cure for our worries is not obedience to His principles but delighting in His presence. The King of glory and grace is with us." Reflect and discuss. Is this a truth we hold onto in our lives?  

Monday, December 14, 2020

Advent Week 3: God With Seekers Matthew 2:1-12 Rev. Ryan Laughlin






                                                  Sermon Discussions


1) What was the reason the wise men wanted to follow the star to find Jesus?


2) How was Herod's response different from the wise men?

3) Do we view the truth of Jesus as King of all things as a treasure or a threat (to us being in charge)? 


4) Sermon quote: "A majority of our lives is more about God pursuing us, rather than us pursuing God." Is this comforting or challenging to you as a believer? Can you think of other verses in scripture that emphasize this?


5) Challenge/Reflection: Can you retrace your steps back to when God pursued you and brought you to Himself? What did God do to get your attention? 




Monday, December 7, 2020

2nd Week in Advent "God with the Shameful" Matthew 1:18-25 Rev. Ryan Laughlin




                                                     Sermon Discussion Questions


  1)  What does Matthew tell us about Jesus in this passage? How does Joseph respond to the news of Mary being with child?


  2) Jesus was fully human and fully God. How does this truth encourage you?


  3) Jesus was born into a shameful situation and died a shameful death, yet without sin.  Does this help you in your life as a believer? How? Can you give share some examples?


  4) Reflect on a time when you have felt irrelevant or illegitimate in your own life. Why does it matter that Jesus experienced these realities in His life here on earth? 


 5) Our "God with us" story is too great/amazing to keep to ourselves. Who in your life needs to hear that they are worth your time? Who needs to hear that Christ wants their shame? 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

"Love" Hebrews 10:24-25 Rev: Ryan Laughlin




                                                   Sermon Discussion Questions


  1) What do these verses say about love?


  2) The fruit of a Christian's life should be love. This doesn't always come naturally. How do we get love to be the fruit of our lives? 


  3) Love is to be present, pursued and a priority in the life of a Christian.What does this look like practically in our daily lives?

  4) Bulletin quote: "I am the prodigal son every time I search for unconditional love where it cannot be found." (Henri Nowen)  What is this quote getting at the heart of?


 5) Sermon quote: "Jesus is deadly serious about love being at the center of your life. It's the center of the law...One day we will see the marks and emblems of His love for us. We will see that His eyes were fixed on His beloved. The only thing we will be able to give in return is love." The passage in Hebrews mentions the "Day is drawing near". What is the significance of this? How does the love of Christ shape our love for Him and others now?