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.

Discussion Questions
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.

1.This week we talked about hope.We defined it as “to look forward with confidence”.What are some things you are hoping for this Christmas season?
 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

Discussion Questions
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

Sermon Questions

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? 

Discussion Questions
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?

Celebration Center
Discussion Questions
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?
As you respond to those questions, what are some potential areas that God might stirring vision in your life?
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?

Celebration Center
Discussion Questions
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?