Sermon Discussion Questions
October 7, 2018
Looking to take Sunday's message a little deeper. Whether you want to ponder these questions by yourself, as a family, or with a small group, you can take some time to internalize Pastor Mike's message throughout your week.
When Jesus Prays - April 7th
1. What is your experience with prayer? Do you pray often? Out loud or silently? Do you have a place you like to pray? How do you make time for prayer in your life?
2. Jesus prayed often. The disciples witnessed this and asked him to “Teach them to pray”. If you could ask Jesus about prayer, what would you ask? How does John 17 help you understand how Jesus prayed?
3. Read John 17:14-15. What do you think Jesus means when he prays for us to remain in the world but be protected from the “evil one”?
4. Jesus prayed for his disciples and those that would come to know him later to be “one”. What does this mean to you? What challenges do you see when it comes to being “one” today? How do we accomplish this?
5. Read Roman 8:34, 1 John 2:1, and Hebrews 7:25. What do these passages say about Jesus today? Do you find this encouraging? What about your life would change if you really believed Jesus was praying for you today?
The Life of Jesus, Pt 3, March 17
1. How would you define greatness in leadership? Talk about one of the best leaders you’ve followed. What qualities made that person worth following?
2. Read Mark 9:30–36. Jesus redefines great leadership in Mark 9:35. Does his definition seem realistic and achievable in your world? Why or why not?
3. During the message, we said, “Service is an exercise of greatness. It’s the way we practice being great.” Do you agree? Why or why not?
4. If you redefined your pursuit of greatness based on Jesus’ upside-down definition, what would you have to change about how you lead? What might you have to sacrifice? What might you gain?
5. Read Mark 10:42–43. Do you need to do a better job of serving someone you lead? If so, what is one thing you can do this week to leverage your influence on that person’s behalf?
FACES pt 5 Submit to One Another
1. What is your most valued material possession? Describe this possession and how you treat it.
2. Read Philippians 2:3-4. What are some specific things you can do this week to “value others above yourselves?” What fears do you have when thinking about this?
3. Read Philippians 2:5-7. Describe a time when you saw someone with position or power choose to serve rather than to leverage that position or status for their own benefit? How did you feel when you saw that? Were you surprised by their actions?
4. What are some ways that you can choose to submit and show love to someone this week?
Homework – next time you are struggling to submit in a relational situation, ask “What can I do to help?”
Sermon Discussion Questions
FACES pt 4 Encouragement
1Th 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1.We defined encouragement as “To come alongside and call out the best in someone…” Can you think of someone who was instrumental in your life that encouraged you? How did they encourage you?
2.The bible reminds us to have courage or fear not more than 365 times. How does this affect your daily decisions? Do you think of yourself as courageous? Why are why not?
3.Calling out courage in others is a part of our Christian life. Paul had to remind Peter to be courageous. What are some ways you can call out courage in others? Who do you know that could use some extra courage today?
4.1Corinthians 16:13-14 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” How do you encourage people, call out a lack of courage, and live courageously… “in love”? Does this create a tension for you? Why or why not?
5.What is an area in your life where you could use some courage? How can this group support and be praying for you?
FACES pt 3, from Sunday, Jan 20th
Care for One Another
Consider Reading Ruth 1-4.
Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
1. Can you think of a time someone showed surprising care for you? What was the circumstance? How did that care change your situation?
2. Are there particular “types” of people you find it harder to care for? What is it about them that drives you from care? What are some ways you can be caring towards them moving forward?
3. Ruth stayed with Naomi, however Orpah left her. How do you handle people that God leads out of your life? Do still care for them?
4. Boaz learned about Ruth’s circumstance and it moved him to compassion. How does learning about someone’s “context” help you care for them? Can you think of an example where once you learned a persons “context” your opinion about them shifted?
5. Is there someone particular in your life you are struggling to care for right now? How can this group pray and support you?
FACES pt 2
Accept One another.
1. Can you think of a time when you were clearly an outsider? What was it like to not be included? How did you break through?
Rom 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
2. What does it mean to accept someone? Do you struggle to accept certain people? What characteristics make it hard to accept someone for you?
3. Zacchaeus’ life was radically different when he experienced acceptance from Jesus. He stopped manipulating and taking advantage of others, and returned what he had stolen. What are some things that have changed in your life because Jesus accepts you?
4. We talked about showing: biblical hospitality, biblical kindness, and biblical love this week. What is one way you can be more accepting to someone this week? Can you think of an actual example?
Who Needs Christmas
Week 3 “We do”
We often reduce Christmas to forgiveness. We can’t live up to God’s standards, so he sent Jesus to make things right. Maybe your entire experience with God has been: nobody’s perfect, but God forgives.
That message isn’t necessarily incorrect, but it’s incomplete. The message of Christmas is bigger and better than that.
1.Share one of your favorite Christmas memories? Why is it special to you?What do you think about most when you think about Christmas?
2.The Christmas story was so unexpected because everyone thought the savior would use military might.How is the Christmas story unexpected for you?
3.Joseph had a plan to quietly divorce Mary and move on.Then the message from God through the angel changed his plans.Can you think of a time God changed your plan?How did that work out?
4.Do you tend to view the story of Christmas as Jesus providing forgiveness for your sins or as Jesus setting you free from sin? What has shaped your view of the Christmas story?
5.Read Romans 6:12–14. What do you think it would look like for you to “offer yourself to God”? How would your daily life be different?
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom 6:23
Dec 9th “Who Needs Christmas”
Pt2 – God Did
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
1. Talk about a time you had trouble convincing someone else of something you knew to be true. What did you? Have you ever had someone try to convince you of something unbelievable? What would it take to convince you?
2. Read Galatians 4:4–7. In what ways does our culture tempt us to behave like slaves even though we’re God’s children? What are some differences between how a slave relates to a master and a child relates to a parent?
3. Read Romans 5:6–8. What are some truths about God that you wouldn’t know if Jesus hadn’t demonstrated them?
4. What about the Christmas story are you the most grateful for? What are some ways this Christmas season you can demonstrate how grateful you are to God?
5. “Love must be shown to be known.” Agree or disagree? Where can you “show” love this season?
12/2 Who Needs Christmas – Series
“The world did”
The Christmas story didn’t begin with Joseph and Mary in a manger. It began with God making an unbelievable and impossible promise to a man named Abraham. That promise carried through the entire history of ancient Israel and beyond.
2.The Christmas story really begins with a promise made to Abram in Genesis 12.Read Genesis 12:1-3.Do you really believe the promise is that “…all peoples on earth will be blessed through you…”How have you seen that promised fulfilled?Is there anyone that could use a Christmas blessing this year that you know of?How could God move “through you” to bless them?
3.Read Isaiah 49:6.What does this verse tell you about God’s character?
4.Share a time when God seemed silent or distant in your life.What happened?What did that experience do for your faith?
5.What can you do this season to focus on the meaning of the Christmas story to our culture and in your life?
Visioneering, pt 5
The Cost of Vision
Nehemiah Chapter 4
Pro 29:18a “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”
1. This week we talked about how vision always requires someone to go first. Can you think of a time you had to “go first”. Maybe in a broken relationship, maybe with a creative idea… what emotions did you feel? Who did you talk to before you made the decision? How did it work out?
2. Would people you know consider you more likely to encourage or to criticize others? Why? Do you find yourself surrounded by people who are more critical or encouraging? How do you respond when you find yourself being too critical?
3. When your vision is criticized how do you generally respond? What are the primary criticism of your vision? Have you learned anything from your critics?
4. Nehemiah heard the critics and revised his plan. The vision did not change but the plan did. Have you ever considered revising your plan? Are your plans flexible? What if God called you to change to plan in order to accomplish the vision? How would that affect people who want to partner with you?
5. What are some ways you can be an agent of encouragement into someone this week? Can you encourage their vision?
Visioneering Pt 4
Faith is Essential
1. This week we talked about how faith is the fuel for our vision. Can you think of an example of someone who had great faith? How did having faith affect the vision they had in their life?
2. Every vision encounters obstacles. How have you handled obstacles in the past? What are some things that help keep you motivated when you are facing obstacles?
3. We talked about how pursuing a God given vision is an act of worship. Do you agree with this statement? How does this affect your attitude towards dealing with obstacles?
4. Read James 1:2-4. How does this attitude towards facing trials affect your faith? Can you think of a time God used a trial to help you grow and mature?
5. Faith fuels vision. However, Gratitude fuels faith. What are some examples of things you are grateful to God for, that can fuel your faith and vision in this next season?
Visioneering Pt 2
Prayer and Planning
1. Who is someone who accomplished a dream that you respect?What about their accomplishment stands out to you?What did they have to overcome in order to realize their vision?
2. Can you think of an example of a time when you had a dream but didn’t know how to make it happen?What where the major roadblocks?Did it work out or not?
3. This week we talked about how Nehemiah prayed for opportunities and favor.Have you ever prayed this way?Do you believe that opportunities or favor can be considered miracles from God?
4. Read Jeremiah 29:11-13.Do you feel like God is “planning” something in your life?What is your response to this?What does it look like when someone seeks God with “all your heart”?
5. What are some steps you can be taking to accomplish vision that God has placed in your life?We talked about “being ready ahead of time”.How can you be ready ahead of time for God to open doors for your vision?
Sermon Series: Visioneering Pt. 1 - 10/14/18
1. What are some the most memorable product slogans from when were young?Can you think of a slogan for a product that does not exist anymore?Was the slogan more memorable or the product?
2. We defined Visioneering as: a clear vision with the courage to follow through.Have you ever been part of a team or organization with a clear vision?Can you share that vision and whether you enjoyed being a part of that vision?Have you even been part of a team or organization with no clear vision?What was that experience like?
3. Proverbs 29:18 – “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (KJV) Or also stated as Proverbs 29:18a -“Where there is no message from God, the people don't control themselves.”(NiRV) What does this verse mean to you?How have you seen this play out in your life?Can you give an example of yourself or someone who has lived this verse out?
4. We asked the following questions this week in order to determine what might be the start of vision in your life:
- What is bothering you right now?
- What is the solution?
- What should be?
- What does God seem to be doing in the situation?
5. Do you currently have vision for your life, your family, your career, your church?If you have never thought about articulating it this way – what are some things you think would be more than a “good idea” but a “God idea” for you going forward?
Listen – Part 5 “Better Together”
John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
1. Are there certain voices that have more weight in your life?Are there some voices that when you hear them you naturally trust them more?What is it about that voice that creates that response from you?
2. Can you identify a time you feel confident you heard from the God?How did God speak in that circumstance?Where you alone?With a group?What do you remember most about that time?
3. When God speaks to you – how does he usually do so? Text message (the Bible)? The Holy Spirits leading? Or through being together with other believers?
4. This week we talked about “Big Faith, a Humble Heart, and an Open Mind” when hearing from God together. Which of these is the easiest for you? Which is the most difficult? Why?
5. Are there any big decisions you have to make in the near future that we can ask the Holy Spirit for guidance together?