Sunday, October 25, 2015

"Sign Language: The Water to Wine" - John 2:1-11 (October 25, 2015)

1. Have someone read the passage aloud.
2. Why did Jesus not only give us teaching and words but also signs? (cf. John 20:30-31)
3. How is Jesus showing compassion in this story?
4. What are the things in your life that you feel are too small for God to be concerned with? Why do we think this?
5. How is this a sign of authentication?
6. What should our response be to the authenticating work of Christ?
7. How does this feast point to the future feast of Revelation? How should we live in light of this?

Sermon Outline:
1. Compassion

2. Authentication

3. Demonstration

4. Feast

Monday, October 12, 2015

"Echoes of Edom" - Genesis 35:16-36:1 (October 11, 2015)

1. Have someone read the passage aloud.
2. In this passage, where do you see a war being waged within Jacob?
3. Ryan said that we are either dealing with what's in front of us or what we've just been through. How do you see this playing out in your life?
4. The Bible is full of warnings about sin and the devil, yet we often don't take those warnings serious, why is that?
5. How is it that Jesus has waged war on our behalf?
6. Ryan said that a realization of this war should make us a little sadder, a little more connected, and a little more joyful. Why is this the case and how should be appropriate these in our lives?

Sermon Outline:

1. The war waged against you
   a. The war within
   b. The war without

2. The war waged for you

Sunday, October 4, 2015

"Back to Bethel" - Genesis 35:1-15 (October 4, 2015)

1. Have someone read the passage aloud.
2. Think about the feelings you experience when you return to a place that in the past was home, what are the emotions that stir when you know you're returning to it?
3. How is Bethel a place of home for Jacob?
4. Where in this passage is God's initiative and intimacy shown to Jacob?
5. In this passage Jacob is found isolated, how does God deal with his isolation? How does he deal with ours?
6. How has God sought us out and brought us home?

Sermon Outline:
1. The Glory of Bethel
   A. God's Initiative
   B. Place of Intimacy

2. The Power of Bethel
   A. Liberates us from Idols
   B. Liberates us from Fear