Monday, March 30, 2015

"Who is that Man?" - Matthew 21:1-11 (March 29, 2015)

1. Have someone read the passage aloud.
2. Think about the different gospel accounts, how do various people answer the question, "who is this?" in reference to Jesus?
3. What implications does Jesus' authority have on us?
4. Where are the places in your life that you need to listen to Jesus' word in your life?
5. In this passage, where do we see Jesus being depicted as the king?
6. Why is the title, "Son of David" significant?
7. Think about your friends / family who aren't Christians, how do they answer the question of "who is this?" How can we respond?

Sermon Outline:

1. The one with divine authority

2. The one with divine reign
    a. The king of promise
    b. The king of peace
    c. The king to celebrate

Monday, March 23, 2015

"Gospel Cause: Influence" - Daniel 1 (March 22, 2015)

1. Have someone read the passage aloud.
2. Ryan mentioned three ways that Christians can limit their influence (victimization, domination, fortification). Take a moment and describe each posture. Which do you find yourself tempted to embrace? Why?
3. How do we see Daniel resisting all three of these?
4. Take a moment and think about those who have have been influential in your life. Who were they? What made them influential? Were they well known?
5. How does Daniel exert influence in this passage?
6. Where are the places that you have been positioned to be influential? How can you be influential for Christ in those places?

Sermon Outline:
1. Reconsider ways we limit Christian influence
   a. Victimization
   b. Domination
   c. Fortification

2. Recommit to ways we seek Christian influence
   a. Invested lives
   b. Distinct lives

Monday, March 9, 2015

"Gospel Community Changes Us" - Ephesians 6:1-16 (March 8, 2015)

1. Have someone read the passage aloud.
2. Share your history with the church; good, bad, hurts, rejoicings, etc.
3. Despite the difficulties we may have faced in the church, we are called to stick to together. Where in this passage is this pointed out? How do we do this?
4. What motivates us to be a community that listens well to each other?
5. Where in this passage is the community part of the church emphasized and where is the individual aspect emphasized?
6. How can we work and grow together as the church?

Sermon Outline:
1. Stick Together
   A. Thinking less of ourselves
   B. Thinking less of other's faults
2. Work Together
   A. Gifted by Jesus
   B. Equipped by teachers
3. Grow Together

Monday, March 2, 2015

"Gospel Community Connects Us" - Philippians 2:19-30 (March 1, 2015)

1. Have someone read the passage.
2. Our sin causes us to be alienated from God, how do we try to cure our alienation?
3. How do we see God dealing with our alienation from him?
4. In this passage, how is God meeting Paul's need for friendship?
5. Why is friendship an important part of our following God? What is hindering you from forming friendships in Christ?
6. What are ways that we as the church can make the church a place where people are known and a place they will call "home"?

Sermon Outline:
1. Loneliness: More serious than we think
   A. Alienation from God
   B. Isolation from others

2. Friendships: More sweet than we realize
   A. Our need for friendships
   B. Our capacity for friendships