sermon discussion questions

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?