Monday, June 14, 2021

John 3:1-7, John 4:7-19 "Enounters with Jesus: The Outcast and the Insider Rev. Greg Meyer

 

 

 

                                                            Sermon Discussion Questions

 

    1) After reading over the Samaritan's woman encounter with Jesus, what stands out? How do you see her respond after her interacting with Jesus? How does Jesus approach her?

    2)  Compare that interaction with Nicodemus in John 3. How does Jesus approach Nicodemus? What truth does Jesus remind both the Samaritan woman and Nicodemus?

  3) How has the Jesus corrected and challenged you in your own life,  in times of feeling like an outsider?

 

  4)  Bulletin quote: "Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace." ( Jack Miller ) This is the heart of the good news of Christ. Has this truth been encouraging you? What barriers may stop you from believing it at times?

 

  5) What truth about Jesus were you reminded about after reading over these passages?


 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 "To Be Continued: Return" Rev. Ryan Laughlin

 

 

                                                       

 

                                      Sermon Discussion Questions

 

1) After reading the passage in 1 Thessalonians, what are we reminded about Jesus and His return?

 

2) What do we (as His Church) as we wait for the return of Jesus?

 

3) As we process the grief of this past year, what does grieving with hope look like?

 

4) When Jesus returns we have not just resurrection, not just reunion but also restoration to look forward to. Is this truth helpful in your daily lives now?

 

5) What are ways we can be spiritually "sober" and alert as the text says?

 

6) Sermon quote: "The judge who comes is the One who has been judged for you. That's why Jesus returning is good news." Does this challenge the way you see yourself and others?

Monday, May 24, 2021

Acts 1:8, 2:1-17, 32-41; Ephesians 4:1-3 "To Be Continued: Pentecost" Rev. Ryan Laughlin

 

 

 

                                              Sermon Discussion Questions

 

    1) After reading over the passages again, what are you reminded about the role of the Holy Spirit?

 

  2) Are there other places in Scripture (in Old Testament) where you see the work of the Holy Spirit?

  

 3) Sermon quote: "The Holy Spirit shows up as promised and shows up in power." Is this comforting to you? How have you seen the Holy Spirit work in your daily life?

 

4) Quote: "The Holy Spirit is the missionary spirit sent out by the missionary Father and the missionary Son, breathing life and power into God's missionary Church." (Michael Oh) Where do we see evidence of this "sending out" in the Bible? How does this change the way we think about the Holy Spirit in our lives today?

 

5) Are there moments throughout your day that you live as if the Holy Spirit never showed up? Can you share some examples?

 

6) Sermon quote: "We need moment by moment the power of the Holy Spirit to move us through the day and remind us of the gospel." How is this truth comforting/challenging to you?

  

Monday, May 17, 2021

Hebrews 4:14-16, 7:23-27 "To Be Continued: He Intercedes" Rev. Greg Meyer

 

 

 

                                                     Sermon Discussion Questions

 

 

1) Sermon quote: We have been saved by Jesus but we are inherently imperfect. We are declared righteous but inherently unrighteous. This is why we need Christ as our intercessor." How does this truth encourage you? Is it challenging to you at all?

 

2) What do we learn about Jesus and our relationship with Him in these passages?

 

3) Jesus preserves us and prepares us to be with Him. What has that looked like in your life? 

 

4) Bulletin quote: "Intercession is the constant hitting 'refresh' of our justification in the court of heaven...The intercession of Christ is His heart connecting our heart to the Father's heart." Is this surprising to you? The realization that Jesus is always interceding for us can change the way we live daily. What can be some examples of this change?

 

5) How do we join in God's work of intercession for His people? What can that look like in our home and work life?  

Monday, May 10, 2021

Acts 2:32-36, Ephesians 1:19-23 "To Be Continued: He Reigns" Rev. Chris Smith

 

 

 

                                            Sermon Discussion Questions

 

     1) In observing, what does the Acts passage teach us about the resurrected Jesus? 

 

  2) What does the Ephesians passage say about Jesus?

 

     2) Christ's work on the cross is complete. He rules over all things. And He is waiting for His Church to be with Him. How do these truths encourage you? How can these truths change the way we interact with the world around us?

 

   3) Bulletin quote: "The ascension establishes the age of mission, both because the king is on the throne and because the king is absent." (Tim Chester, The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God)  What aspect of the gospel may he be referring to?

  

  4) Is it surprising to you that we have continued to talk about the ascension? Other observations from this passage or the sermon that were life-giving to you?

    

    

Monday, May 3, 2021

Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1: 6-11, Hebrews 6:19-20 "To Be Continued: Ascension" Rev. Ryan Laughlin

 

 

                                                   Sermon Discussions

 

  1) What do these passages remind us about Jesus? Where do we see the all three parts of the Trinity?

 

   2) Bulletin quote: "If, as the Lamb that had been slain, He bears upon His Person the marks of Calvary. He also bears in His heart the memories of Cana of Galilee, of Simon's house, of the spot outside the little town of Bethany where Mary wept beside her brother's grave and He wept with her." How does the life of Jesus encourage you in your life now?

  3) What does it mean that Jesus has gone as a forerunner for His people? 

   4) What does it mean for Jesus to be the "champion of heaven"? 

  5) "In Adam we were cast out of God's presence, in Jesus, we are brought back into His presence."  How is this truth good news for our lives?

Monday, April 26, 2021

Luke 24:36-49 "Why Are You Troubled?" Rev. Ryan Laughlin

 

 

 

                                              Sermon Discussion Questions

 

 

   1) As you read over this passage again, what are the questions Jesus asks? What else does Jesus say in this portion?

  

 2) Why do you think the detail about the door being locked is included?

 

3) There is an abundance of details in this passage. What others do you observe?

 

4) What does the resurrection of Jesus teach us about living our lives now?

 

5) Does Jesus asking for some fish surprise you? What about that detail helps us know Jesus better?

 

6)  How do we as believers "show and tell" God's radical forgiveness and our repentance in our lives?