Sermon Questions

Sermon Questions – October 23, 2016

Dreaming With God: Pulling Tomorrow Into Today    Eph. 2:4-10   

Read the passage and begin with centering in silence for a few minutes.

1. How would you define “stewardship?”

2. Discuss the following statements:

* A people whose hearts are anchored in this world are least qualified to serve in this one.

* A people whose hearts are anchored in God’s world are best qualified to serve in this one.

3. What does desperation have to do with being stewards of God’s promises and the things we do not see?   (John 2:4; Matthew 6:33)

4. What do you see in the world around you that so bothers you that you are willing to spend time arguing with God about it?   (John 16:13-15)

5. Comment on the statement, “God is not preparing the world for Jesus return; he is preparing a people for Jesus return.”    How is God preparing you to live both in this world and the world after Jesus return?   

6.  What are the “good works” that God has created you to do that are dependent on “the incomparable riches of his grace?”

 

Sermon Questions, October 9, 2016

Dreaming With God: Invading Babylon   Gen. 1:28; Matt. 28:18   

Read the passage and begin with centering in silence for a few minutes.

1. Discuss the limits of the authority given to Adam and Eve in Genesis and to the disciples in Matthew, following Jesus resurrection.   What are the limits of authority in your life?

2. What is your response to the statement, “There is no such thing as secular employment for followers of Jesus Christ?”   Does this in anyway change how you see your employment?    Why or why not?

3. What is the difference between “overt” and “covert” ministry?   Give examples.    Share examples of overt and convert ministry in your life.

4. It’s never been easy to live a godly life.  The pressures and challenges we face today may be daunting, but they are nothing new.   Daniel lived in the most evil society in biblical history.   Not only did he survive, but he thrived as a man of God.   Does the example of Daniel in Babylon encourage you to make a difference for the kingdom of God in your world?   Why or why not?   How is God calling you to make a difference for the kingdom?

5. In John 17:15 Jesus prayed to the Father, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.”    Should we fear the “evil one?”   Does fear of the “evil one” cause you concern in engaging the world for Jesus?   What would you do if you could have complete assurance that God was with you and you had nothing to fear?

6. As a friend of Jesus we have access to the “mysteries of the Kingdom.”   Wisdom is the vital ingredient to be effective in the invasion of “Babylon” today.    In what areas of your life do you need wisdom today (be specific)?    Spend some time asking for wisdom from God to address that specific area of your life.

 

Sermon Questions, September 18, 2016

Dreaming With God              Luke 4:18-20  & John 15:15   

Read the passage and begin with centering in silence for a few minutes.

1. At different times and circumstances in our lives we have all had the experience being in the “outer circle” or “inner circle.”

* Describe a time in your life when you were in the “outer circle.”   What was your experience and how did it make you feel?

* Describe a time in your life when you were in the “inner circle.”   What was your experience and how did it make you feel?

2. What is the difference in relationship to the master of the house, between a “servant” and a “friend”?

3. With this change in relationship comes several paradigm shifts.   Discuss each of the following and how you have personally experienced each:

* A change in what we know.

* A change in our experience.

* A change in our function.

* A change in our identity.

4. Process vs. Outcome.

* Can you think of examples in scripture when God brought people into the process of what he desired to accomplish?

* When has God brought you into the process of what he desired to accomplish?

* Which do you think is the most important to God; the process or the outcome, and why?

5. Read and discuss John 14:14; 15:7; 15:16; 16:23.

6. Tell the person to your left how you see God using them.

 

 

Sermon Questions August 28, 2016

Conversion?               Acts 10:25-44 

Read the passage and begin with centering in silence for a few minutes.

1. What does it mean to be converted?

2. Why is it unhelpful or even misleading to speak of conversion (converted) in the past tense?

3. Is the word “re-purposed” helpful in understanding conversion?   Why?

4. Cornelius was an ethical, moral, devout, sacrificial, generous, faithful, and humble man who prayed regularly.   What is the place of moral and ethical behavior in conversion?

5. In Acts 10:34-35 Peter says, “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35  but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.”   How would you describe what is going on in Peter’s life?

6. The following three words are provided as a model or guide to actually see and understand the process of conversion:

* Orientation

* Disorientation

* Reorientation

Take a moment to describe each one of the steps.

Where do you see this taking place in the conversion narratives we have seen so far in the book of Acts (the Ethiopian Eunuch, Saul, Cornelius, and Peter)?

Have you seen this pattern in your own life?   Please describe.

 

Sermon Questions July 31, 2016

The Church in Mission            Acts 8:1 – 18 

Read the passage and begin with centering in silence for a few minutes.

1. Jesus commissioned the early church in Acts 1:8 “ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” but up until this time the church remained in Jerusalem.  When the persecution came many fled for their lives to surrounding areas and the mission began.   Do you think God caused the persecution to get the Christians out of Jerusalem and the mission started or do you think God just took advantage of an existing situation?

2. (Follow up to question # 1) Has God ever used a painful event or situation in your life that lead to something better, either for you or others?    Explain the event or situation and when and how you saw God working.

3. How could what occurred with Phillip in Samaria be described as “organic mission?”   What significance is that to you?

4. The second mark of the mission of the early church was “embodied mission.”  Which verses in the text speak to each one of these and explain the importance of each.

A. Word:

B. Deed:

C. Community:

D. Reconciliation:

5. What is the connection of verse 8, “So there was great joy in that city” to question 4?

6. What is the key to understanding Simon’s misunderstanding of the gospel?  Why did Peter mean when he told Simon in verse 21 “You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God?”

Sermon Questions July 24, 2016

Suffering and Glory: The First Martyr      Acts 6:8 – 8:1

Read the passage and begin with centering in silence for a few minutes.

1. What is the substantial difference between dying for the gospel and living for the gospel?

2. What are you living and dying for?   A good way to discover the answer to this question is to answer the following questions:

* Early on in a conversation, what is it that you want to make certain people know about you?

* Of what are you the most proud in your life and the thing that gives you a feeling of self-worth?

* What is it, that if you lost, life would not be worth living?

* What do you give your time, attention and money to effortlessly?

3. Stephen was accused of two things:  speaking against the law and the temple.  How did Stephen find justice for these two things in the “Righteous One?”

4. What was the significance of Stephen’s revelation, seeing the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God?   What does this mean for you and why should you find encouragement in this?

5. What empowered Stephen to go to his death with such boldness and peace?

6. What if there was a recorder around your neck and all it ever recorded was how you talked about other people and how they ought to live, and at the end of your life, it was set on a table and you were judged on the basis of your own standards for others?

Sermon Questions July 17, 2016

More Internal Problems:  The Race Card     Acts 6:1-7 

Read the passage and begin with centering in silence for a few minutes.

1. What was the racial issue that arose in the church and how did it manifest itself in a discriminatory way?

2. How could a church that has been characterized by “one heart and one mind,” “filled with the Holy Spirit,” and “great grace was upon them,” have the issue of favoritism and discrimination arise?

3. What did the people in the video “The DNA Journey” discover about themselves?     What did you discover about yourself?

4. How are prejudices acquired?   What do you think of the statement, “To be human is to be prejudice?”

5. What is the difference between empathy and sympathy and how does it relate to John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

6. What are some of your racial prejudices?

7. What decisive strategic action did the church take to address the issue of racial discrimination?

Sermon Notes July 10, 2016

Lying to the Spirit                   Acts 4:36-5:14  

Read the passage and begin with centering in silence for a few minutes.

1. Acts 4:32 (All the believers were of one heart and mind) describes a church that exhibited remarkable unity.  What do you think of Gordon Hinckley’s comments:

“This great unity is the hallmark of the true church of Christ. As we are one, we are his. … We pray for one another that we may go on in unity and strength. If we do so, no power beneath the heavens can stop the onward progress of this great kingdom”

2. What does it mean in Acts 4:32 that “No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own”?  Share a story of remarkable generosity from personal experience, either yours or that of someone else.

3. What do you think of a French philosopher’s comment “Mammon loses all reason for existence and all power over us as soon as grace enters our heart”?   What does he mean by “power over us”?

4. Ernest Becker said, “We are all on a quest to overcome our mortality.   We are all on a search for a life that is heroic and full of meaning and significance.  And because we live in an increasing secular world . . . Less and less of God in the world . . . We come up with new ways to feel heroic and have significance.”    What are some things people do or use to find meaning and significance in this life apart from God?   What has your experience been with this?

5. Explain the word “integrity” as used in the sermon.    How did Ananias and Sapphira display a lack of integrity?

6. Comment on the statement made, “Anyone who is truly loving has to have the capacity for anger”?

7. What do you think of C.S. Lewis’s statement below?

“Hell begins with a grumbling mood always complaining, always blaming others but you are still distinct from it.  You may even criticize it within yourself and wish you could stop it.  But there may come a day when you can no longer.  They there will be no more you left to criticize, but just the grumble itself going on forever like a machine.  It is not a question of God sending us to hell.  In each of us there is something growing which will be hell unless it is nipped in the bud.”

 

Sermon Questions June 12, 2016

The Beautiful Gate

(John 19:1-10, Acts 2:42-47, Acts 3:1-10)

Read the passages and begin with centering in silence for a few minutes.

1. In what ways does Jesus act as a gate to salvation and abundant life? What’s the difference between salvation and abundant life?

2. To whom was Jesus referring when he mentioned thieves and robbers entering the sheep pen “by some other way?” How do they kill and destroy?

3. What do you think Jesus meant when he said “all those who came before me are thieves and robbers”?

4. Why do you think the Holy Spirit gave supernatural abilities to the church? What does this mean to us today? Does God still give out supernatural abilities? If so, why?

5. In what ways did the first church congregation in Jerusalem “abide in Christ”? What can we learn from this?

6. What was the first thing the lame man did after being healed? Why do you think he did that?

7. How did Peter respond to the people’s reaction to the lame man being healed?

 

Sermon Questions June 5, 2016

The First Christian Sermon             Acts 2:14-39  

Read the passage and begin with centering in silence for a few minutes.

1. What does it mean to read scripture Christo Centrically (Christ Centered)?   How was Jesus the new and better Adam, David, Jonah, rock of Moses, and Passover Lamb?   Can you think of other examples of Jesus being prefigured in the Bible?

2. It has been said that the correct way to understand the Bible is see it from Revelation to Genesis, rather than Genesis to Revelation?   What difference would this make in understanding the Bible?

3. Other than being the correct way to read scripture, why is it important to read it from the perspective of Jesus as the center and God’s grace as the major theme?

4. Verse 37 says, “When the people heard this (Peter’s sermon), they were cut to the heart.”

What does it mean to be “cut to the heart” and why is that important for you?

5. Luke 22 tells the story of Peter denying Jesus three times and Jesus at some point looking directly at Peter and he was, “Cut to the heart and went out and wept bitterly.”   Why was this important for Peter?   What do you suppose Jesus was communicating to Peter in looking at him?

6. What kept Jesus on the cross?

7. Can you name the four new things that are promised in Acts 2:38-39?

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

Sermon Questions May 29, 2016

What Does it Mean – Filled by the Spirit?           Acts 2:1-13  

Read the passage and begin with centering in silence for a few minutes.

1. Is being filled with the Holy Spirit an emotional or dramatic experience?   Please explain.

2. What is the difference between the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Holy Spirit?

3. What does it mean that to be filled by the Holy Spirit is to be controlled by the Spirit?

4. Give an example of a time when you have been “filled” with fear, anxiety, insecurity, stress, rejection, anger, etc.    How did it affect your emotions, thoughts and actions?   How is this like being filled with the Holy Spirit?

5. Explain Paul’s statement in Ephesians 5:18 to be “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”   How is this related to what he says in 2 Corinthians 10:5 “Bringing every thought into captivity?”

6. Give examples of times you have been “filled” with the Holy Spirit.    How did you feel, think and act?   What part did faith play in you being filled?

7. How would you explain the two apparent contradictory statements?

* You do not pray to be filled with the Spirit.

* You do pray to be filled with the Spirit.

Sermon Questions May 22, 2016

Are You Convinced?                          Acts 1:1-11  

Read the passage and begin with centering in silence for 5 minutes.

1. What was Jesus trying to convince the disciples of by showing himself to them multiple times in multiple settings with multiple proofs?   Can you identify three things?

2. The Bible speaks of more than one kind of life.   What is the difference between the two mentioned below?

· Bio

· Zoe

3. Why was Jesus convincing the disciples he was alive essential to what he told them to do in verse 8b?  “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Why is it essential to you?

4. In verse 8a Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.”  The word translated power comes from the Greek word “dunamis” from which we get the word dynamite.    What is the nature of the power Jesus is making available and how does it apply to you?

5. In verses 6-7 it is apparent the disciples misunderstood the nature of the kingdom of God.  What was their misunderstanding and how might you have had a similar misunderstanding of the kingdom.  Has your understanding changed?   Explain how and the difference it makes to you now.

6. If power was not an object, what would you do to advance the kingdom of God?  What risk would you be willing to take?   How much of a risk would it be if God were calling you to do something that was impossible for you to do out of your own strength?

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