sermon discussion questions

Sunday, March 19, 2023 Questions

Here are some additional passages to consider this week:

Jonah; (Genesis 6:11-13/Jonah 3:7-8), (Genesis 6:19-21/Jonah 4:11), (Gen. 8:8-12), (Genesis 6:6/Jonah 3:10), Psalm 139; Isaiah 66:1-2; Psalm 24:1; Psalm 103:8-14; Exo. 34:6-7; Isa. 29:11-14; Ezekiel 33:31; Matt. 15:1-9; Matt. 12:38-42


-Is it easy or hard for you to believe the story of Jonah? Why?

-You do you identify with most in this story?

-How did God use Jonah’s time with the “pagans” for His glory?

-How often are you among “pagans”?

-How is the grace and mercy of God displayed in the story of Jonah?

-Why did the king of Nineveh repented and called the Ninevites to repent?

-Is there evidence God was working among pagans before He used Jonah?

-What can we learn about Jonah and prayer from Jonah 2?

-Why do you think Jonah had a problem with God dispensing his mercy and grace on the people of Nineveh?

-What does this story reveal about Jonah? What does this story reveal about the sovereignty of God?

-Who are the “Ninevites” in your world?

-Do you find it easy or hard to dispense grace to others? Why?

-What is one thing God is speaking to you about from this week’s study?

 


Sunday, March 12, 2023 Questions

Here are some additional passages to consider this week:

Obadiah, Psalm 13:1-2; Psalm 99:4; Psalm 16:8; James 1:2; James 4:6, 10; Matthew 23:11-12; Revelation 22:3-5, 12; Hebrews 4:13; Hebrews 12:28; Hebrews 13:5; Romans 6:23; Romans 5:1; Romans 8:1, 16, 38-39; 1 Peter 1:3-7; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Luke 1:51-52; Proverbs 3:31-34; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; 2 Corinthians 1:3-11.

 

-Why do you think the book of Obadiah is included in the Bible?

-Even more than Amos, Obadiah is an obscure person in the Bible, yet God used him as a prophet. What can we learn about God from who He chooses to be his servants and prophets?

-In what ways have you been prideful or seen pride in your own life?

-Is there ever a time when pride is okay?

-What are some of the injustices that you have observed?

-What injustices have you experienced?

-In what ways have you acted to right an injustice?

-How do we partner with God when it comes to righting injustice?

-What can we learn about God’s divine retribution from the book of Obadiah?

-What can we learn about the Kingdom of God from the book of Obadiah?

-Where does comfort come from?

-What is one thing you believe God is speaking to you about from this week’s study?

 


Sunday, March 5, 2023 Questions

Here are some additional passages to consider this week:

Amos; Isaiah 29:13-14; Matthew 15:8-9; Luke 3:8; Matthew 7:15-29; Matthew 23; 1 John 2:9; 2 Samuel 12:1-14; Psalm 51; Romans 2:1-11 Romans 12:9; Matthew 6; Matthew 11

 

-Of Hosea, Joel and Amos, which of their messages can you identify with most?

-Who are some of the “also rans” in the Bible, and how did God use them?

-Have you ever felt like an “also ran”?

-What were some of the things Amos said, were the nation of Israel’s hypocrisy?

-What did Jesus say about hypocrisy in Matthew 6, 11 & 23?

-What group of people was Jesus addressing in Matthew 23, and what did he say to them?

-Have you ever seen hypocrisy among other Christians?

-Have you ever seen hypocrisy in your own life?

-What does the Bible say about hypocrisy?

-What does God think about hypocrisy?

-What’s one thing you believe the Lord is speaking to you about from this week’s study?

 


Sunday, February 26, 2023 Questions

Here are some additional passages to consider this week:

Joel; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Isaiah 7:10-25; Isaiah 2:6-22; Isaiah 13:6, 9; Ezekiel 13:1-7; Ezekiel 30:1-8; Amos 5:18-27; Obadiah 15; Acts 2:14-21; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Corinthians 1:12-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2; 2 Peter 3:8-13, Revelation 6:17; Revelation 16:14.

 

-Do you think it’s difficult for us to relate to events that are God’s judgement in the Old Testament, drought, famine, pestilence, war? 

-What examples of God’s judgement can you personally relate to?

-Who do you think deserves God’s judgement?

-Why is it important to understand God’s judgement?

-Do you think you deserve God’s judgement? Why or why not?

-What can we learn from God’s judgement?

-How did Joel define repentance? What do you think repentance looks like today? How do you define repentance?

-What are some ways you have experienced the mercy and forgiveness of God in your life?

-What can you do to be prepared for the Day of the Lord?

-What is one thing you believe the Lord is speaking to you about from this week’s study?

 


Sunday, February 19, 2023 Questions

Here are some additional passages to consider this week:

Jeremiah 3:20; Isaiah 1:21; Isaiah 57:8; Ezekiel 16:30; 1 John 4:7-5:5; James 4:4-5; Ephesians 2:2; 1 John 5:19; Romans 8:7-8; 2 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:15-17; Judges 3:7; 1 Kings 16:31-33; Jeremiah 19:5; Jeremiah 9:2; Ezekiel 6:9; James 4:4-5; Matthew 6:24; 1 John 2:15-16; Revelation 3:15-16; Colossians 3:2

 

-Why do you think God uses metaphors?

-Who do you identify with more in this book, Hosea or Gomer?

-How difficult would it have been to be Hosea?

-What is the significance of the names of Hosea’s children?

-How would you define “spiritual unfaithfulness”?

-Why do you think spiritual unfaithfulness happens among Christians?

-Why do you think some people dismiss sin as not being “that bad?”

-Why is it necessary for God to judge spiritual unfaithfulness?

-What are some ways we can try to comprehend the “insanity of mercy”?

-What can we learn about God’s love from the book of Hosea?

-How is God’s faithful, extravagant, love an encouragement to you?

-What is one thing you think God is speaking to you about from this week’s study?

 


Sunday February 12, 2023 Questions

- Imagine seeing Paul being bitten by a viper, how do you think you would have responded?

- What do you think it would it have been like to have been a passenger on the same ship as Paul and have a “front row seat” to the events described in Acts 28?

- In what ways have you seen the notions of “karma”-do something wrong in this universe, and the universe will repay you, in our culture today? How about among Christians? How do we know that that notion is wrong?

- How did God use Paul among the people of Malta to declare His glory?

- How did believers get to Puteoli before Paul?

- Who is the hero of the book of Acts?

- How effective was Paul at communicating the gospel in Rome?

- Did God need Paul in Rome?

- In what ways can the church today be too quick to draw conclusions about someone’s sin when they suffer and someone’s integrity or calling when they succeed?

- The book of Acts has taken us from a few dozen believers in a single city to a multitude of churches throughout the Mediterranean all in one generation. How does this excite you about your own gospel witness today?

- In what ways has the Holy Spirit been changing you through studying the book of Acts?

- What is one thing you think God has been speaking to you about through this study?



Sunday December 18, 2022 Questions Advent week 4 “Immanuel, God with us in the storm”


Here are some additional passages of scripture to consider this week;

Luke 2:8-21; Acts 27:20; Jonah 1; Hebrews 2:17; Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Philippians 4:5-7; 1 Kings 19:11-12; Job 38:1; Psalm 107:23-35; Isaiah 29:6; Isaiah 43:1-2; Nahum 1:3; Zechariah 10:1; John 1:1-18

 

Who in the Christmas story are you drawn to most and why?

 

How many times do angels appear in the Christmas story? Do you think that’s significant? Why?

 

What does the response of the shepherds to the multitude of angels appearing to them tell us?

 

What has been the typical response to the appearance of angels in the Bible? Why do you think that is?

 

What can we learn from what the angels said to the shepherds?

 

What can we learn from what the shepherds did in response to what they heard from the angels?

 

What were the storms going on when Jesus was born?

 

How does “Immanuel, God with us,” give us hope? Peace? Joy? And love?

 

How do you define “peace”?

 

Can you think of a time when you experience “peace that passes all understanding”? Have you ever told anyone about that?

 

What did Jesus say to the storm in Mark 4?

 

What does how Jesus dealt with the storm tell us about who he is?

 

Have you experienced both internal and external storms?

 

If you are currently in a storm, what would you want Jesus to speak to it?

 

What is one thing you believe God is speaking to you about from this week’s study?


Sunday Dec 11, 2022 Advent week 3 Immanuel, God with us in the Wilderness

 

Here are some additional passages of scripture to consider this week;

Matthew 2; Luke 1:5-80; Luke 2:8-21; Deuteronomy 29:5-6; Deuteronomy 8:2-6; Exodus 19:2-6; Numbers 9:13-21 Mark 3:14; Nehemiah 9:13-21; Psalm 139:7-12; Psalm 25:10; Matthew 4:1-17

 

What are some of the characteristics of being in the wilderness?

 

What do you think are some of the “spiritual wildernesses” we can see in the Biblical Christmas story, and who experienced them?

 

Where was God when these people were in their wildernesses?

 

In the Old Testament, who led the Jews into the wilderness?

 

Who led Jesus into the wilderness?

 

Where was God when the Jews and Jesus where in their wildernesses?

 

Describe a time when you have been in a wilderness. What happened and where was God?

 

Have you been able to identify what God was using your wilderness experience for?

 

When you realize you are in a wilderness, what are the options you have?

 

What are some of the reasons we talked about for God using “wildernesses” in our lives?

 

How does the promise of “Immanuel, God with us,” impact the wildernesses of life we face?

 

How can what we know about “Immanuel, God with us” be an encouragement to others you know who are facing a wilderness experience?

 

Have you or are you in a wilderness now? How does this week’s study help?

 

What’s one thing you believe God is speaking to you about from this week’s study?



Questions for Sunday Nov 27, 2022 Advent week 1 All Glory to God Alone

Here are some additional passages of scripture to consider this week.

Romans 5:3-5; Isaiah 9:6-7; Micah 5:2; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Acts 1:18-25; Exodus 13:17-22; Luke 2

 

Define the glory of God.

 

How did God reveal His glory in the Old Testament?

 

What do you think it would have been like to be following a pillar of cloud in the wilderness?

 

What happened when the nation of Israel wasn’t following the glory of God?

 

How did God reveal His glory in the New Testament?

 

Which part of the Christmas story is easiest for you to believe? Which part is hardest?

 

How does the Advent, the Christmas story give you hope, and how can you communicate your hope to others?

 

Why is it important for us to give all glory to God alone?

 

Why is God deserving of all glory alone?

 

In what ways do we not give all glory to God alone?

 

How do you think you can focus better on prayer and worship?

 

What do you think you need to do to better understand the fear of the Lord?

 

Is there anything in your life you think you should change to help live and an eye toward eternity?

 

What are some ways that you can prepare your heart to worship God over this Advent season?

 

What are some things you can do to help communicate the glory of God to others?

 

What is one think you think God is speaking to you about from this week’s study?


11/20/22

Here are some additional passages of scripture for you to consider this week.

Acts 21:27-22:29; Genesis 3; Ephesians 2:8-9; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-11; Romans 5:8; Psalm 16:2; Luke 19:10; 1 Peter 3:15. It may also be helpful to read through the remaining chapters of the book of Acts from chapter 22-28 in one setting to capture the context of Paul’s arrest and imprisonment. 

1. What does the Bible teach about the condition of the human heart because of the fall in Genesis? 

2. What was mankind’s attitude toward God when Christ died for us? 

3. Define grace in your own words. In what tangible ways have you experienced the grace of God in your life? 

4. How do “sola fide” and “sola gratia” relate to each other? 

5. Why is “sola gratia” important? 

6. Why do you think the Jews were so angry with Paul? 

7. How did the tribune help or hurt Paul? 

8. What can we learn from Paul’s attitude toward those who were plotting to kill him? What did he speak to them? 

9. What were the main elements of Paul’s testimony? 

10. What role do we play in our own salvation? 

11. What did we say happens when “the grace of God shines on the human heart”? 

12. What can we learn about the sovereignty of God from this study?
Write out your own testimony including before you knew Christ, how you came to know Christ and what has happened in your life since you have come to know Christ. 

13. What is one thing you believe God is speaking to you about from this week’s study?


Sermon Questions for 11/13/22--Acts 21:17-26


1.    Martin Luther experienced the easy and light yolk of Christ. Have you experienced this? How?

2.    Luther climbed the “Holy Stairs” attempting to be forgiven from sins and closer to God rather than trusting God. Do you have these “Holy Stairs” in your life?

3.    Paul knew he would be persecuted going into Jerusalem; yet, he still went. What does the Bible say about persecution?

4.    Read Matthew 5:17. What does it mean that Christ came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it?

5.    Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. Have you seen other Christians become “all things to all people”? How?

6.    Justin mentioned expectations that some Christians wrongly put on others that “should be followed” if they are to call themselves Christ followers. Have you been on either end of this? How?

7.    What about God’s character were you reminded of through this message?

8.    Paul used his freedom in Christ to love and serve others. What is one way you can do that this week?

9.    The two main points of the sermon were: 1. We are set free. 2. We ought to use this freedom to love. Where else in Scripture do you see these ideas?

10. What is one take away from this message?


Sermon Questions for 11/6/22--ACTS 21:1-16

Questions Acts 21:1-16: Here are some additional passages to consider this week; Acts 6:1-6; Acts 8; Acts 9:16; Acts 20:22-25; Matthew 16:21-23; Matthew 16:24-25; Romans 8:28; Revelation 2:10; 1 Peter 4:19; Hebrews 12:11; Acts 14:22; 2 Timothy 3:12; Philippians 3:10; James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 4:15; 1 Peter 4:16.

 

1. What are some of the things we know about Philip based on what we can read from the book of Acts? Why do you think that information is important? 


2. What did Paul say about prophesies in 1 Thessalonians 5:20? What does that mean? 


3. What was “right” and what was “wrong” about the prophesies that were spoken to Paul by various people? 


4. What can we learn from the way Paul dealt with the prophesies that were spoken to him?

 

5. What can we learn from the resolve that Paul had regarding the Holy Spirit’s leading in his life? 


6. Compare and contrast Paul’s going to Jerusalem with Jesus’ going to Jerusalem in terms of suffering. 



7. Do you think the Holy Spirit ever contradicts Himself? 


8. What can we learn about “the will of the Lord” from these passages? 


9. Do you think it’s ever God’s will for someone to suffer? What are some of the benefits of suffering? 


10. What do you make of the statement, “Sometimes the hard path is the right path, and the bitter cup the God ordained cup”? 


11. Why do some people have a strong aversion to suffering? Why do some Christians have a strong aversion to suffering? 


12. How can you be prepared when suffering comes? How could you use these passages to help someone who is suffering? 


13. What is one thing you think the Lord is teaching you from this week’s study?


Sermon Questions for 10/30/22-- ACTS 20/21: 

Here are some additional passages of scripture to consider this week; Matthew 7:15-20; 1 Corinthians 16:13; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15;    2 Corinthians 11:16-33; Matthew 24:23-25; John 16:13-15; 2 Peter 3:1-13;          1 Peter 5:8; Jude; James 1; John 12:1-8; Matthew 18:1-5; 2 Peter 2:1-3  

1. Paul said he was “constrained by the Holy Spirit” to go to Jerusalem. What do you think that means and have you experienced being “constrained by the Holy Spirit” to do something? If so, how did you respond and what happened? 


2. What were some of the things that Paul identified as the way he was living that would have been evident to those he was speaking to? What can we learn from Paul’s example in those things? 


3. Have you ever “shrunk back” from declaring truth to someone? Why did you shrink back and what happened? 


4. Are there things that you do to ensure that you are studying the “full counsel of God”? 


5. How does Paul’s example of faithfulness in the face of upcoming persecution encourage you in your life? 


6. What were the things that Paul told the elders to pay attention to? 


7. What did we say were the two threats that Paul identified would come after he left? Have you seen those manifest themselves in the church? 


8. How did Paul say to deal with those threats? 


9. What do you think the significance of Paul used the words “fierce wolves” was? Do you think those words are accurate or just hyperbole? What are the implications of those words being accurate or hyperbole? 


10. What did Paul say was the benefit of “the word of His grace?

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11. In what ways have you seen pastors and elders live out the model of church leadership that Paul details in this chapter? 


12. Why do you think Paul’s friends tried to talk him out of going to Jerusalem? 


13. What is one thing you believe God is speaking to you about from this week’s study?


Sermon Questions for 10/23/22

Acts 20: Additional passages to consider this week; Psalm 20; Psalm 37:3-4; 1 Kings 17:8-24; 2 Kings 4:18-32-37; Ezekiel 33:1-7; Matthew 25:14-30.

 

1. We have seen that Paul’s priorities were always the strengthening of the churches and establishing new ones. Your calling and context will be very different than the apostle’s, but how are you living out the same priorities as him? 

2. Though no Christian today should expect to experience what Eutychus did, every Christian will experience more than he did at that point in the narrative. What do you make of this view? How does it give you a realistic view of today, and an exciting view of your future? 

3. Several weeks ago we talked about Paul and his relationship with Timothy. In this chapter, we saw that a leader’s time is never wasted in developing other leaders. Are you in a position to develop others? If so, what are some ways you have discovered that work well? Or could you ask someone more mature in the faith to help you develop your gifts and ministries? 

4. As a Christian, what would you like your legacy to be, in your family, church, and community? What are some things you are doing that are working toward that end? 

5. Think about the ministry you are involved in. How do Paul’s priorities here shape your priorities in those ministries? Is there anything you need to change? 

6. What do you make of the affection described in this chapter between various Christians and leaders? In what ways have you seen the Lord developing that in you or others? 

7. What is one thing you think God is speaking to you about from this week’s time in the word?


Sermon Discussion Questions for 10/9/22


1. Do you think there are any similarities or parallels between Ephesus in Paul’s day and where we live today? If so, what can we learn from those? 


2. What has been the role of the Holy Spirit in your life? 


3. What do you appreciate most about the Holy Spirit? 


4. What questions come to mind when you think about the Holy Spirit? 


5. Are there any possible conclusions about “tongues” we can make when we compare and contrast the narratives in (Act 2:1-4, Acts 10:44-46 & Acts 19:6), with (Acts 2:41, Acts 8:5-25, Acts 16:31-34, Acts 21:20)? 


6. What did Paul teach about tongues in 1 Corinthians 12:29-31?


7. Why do you think God gave us baptism? 


8. What was Paul’s response when the Jews “became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation.” ? 


9. How long did Paul reason in the Hall of Tyrannus? 


10. What were the effects of this major shift in Paul’s ministry strategy?


11. What can we learn from this shift in Paul’s strategy?


12. What was the response of people of Ephesus who learned about the power of Jesus? 


13. What was the cause of the riot in Ephesus? How was it resolved? 


14. What’s one thing you believe the Lord is speaking to you about from this chapter of Acts?


Sermon Discussion Questions for 10/2/22

 

1. What can we learn about Paul and God when Paul said, “I will return to you if God wills”?

2. What was significant about Paul taking a vow? 

3. How do you think Paul “strengthened” the disciples? 

4. How do you think Apollos “greatly helped those who through grace had believed”? 

5. Who has “strengthened” you, and how have you been strengthened by someone in your faith? 

6. What can we learn about our role in strengthening others in their relationship to the Lord? 

7. Based on this chapter, how would you describe Priscilla and Aquila’s relationship to God? 

8. Of the people included in this chapter, who do you identify with most and why? 

9. What was the difference between John’s baptism and “believer’s baptism”?

10. It is apparent that even though Apollos spoke boldly in the synagogue, and “taught accurately the things concerning Jesus,” he was still learning. What was his attitude toward being taught by Priscilla and Aquilla? 

11. What makes a person teachable? Do you consider yourself to be teachable?

12. Are there people in your life that you are more receptive or less receptive to learn from? Why? 

13. Is there someone in your life that you think God may be using to speak to you, but you have not been receptive to them? 

14. What is one thing you think God is speaking to you about from this week’s study?