Sermons by Russ Hawkins (Page 2)

Sermons by Russ Hawkins (Page 2)

After much prayer and discussion and consideration of input and comments from the congregation and the Official Board, the Elders have asked Russ Hawkins to candidate for the position of Pastor. Please take advantage of the various opportunities there will be to get to know the Russ and JaLynn over the next couple of weeks. A meeting to vote to call Russ as pastor will take place later in January.

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Blessings: Adopted

Ephesians 1:4b-6 Sermon Application Questions  God’s sovereign choice in salvation was not a cold, arbitrary decision. How does Paul describe God’s disposition toward us in his choosing and predestining? What is “predestination,” anyway? Not only were the saints, the faithful in Christ Jesus, chosen to be holy and blameless before God, Paul says…

Blessings: Chosen

Ephesians 1:4 Sermon Application Questions  Paul begins the first chapter of Ephesians with an introduction and then immediately writes of the blessings of God. From there he describes, one by one, the blessings that we have in Christ, starting with God’s choosing of the saints “before the foundation of the world.” Why does Paul start with this? What is…

Blessings

Ephesians 1:1-3 Sermon Application Questions Is Paul an “apostle of Christ Jesus” by his own will? Whose will, then? Why do you imagine that Paul felt this was significant enough to write in the very first sentence? On whose authority does he write, and why should we care? What is a “saint” according to the world, and what is a “saint”…

The End is the Beginning: Part III

Acts 28:24-31 Sermon Application Questions Do you ever get frustrated when it seems like people just aren’t interested in what you say about Jesus? Maybe someone in your family, someone dear and close to you? Do you ever feel that you are the problem, that if you just said the right things they would listen? How does Scripture inform and correct that feeling? What…

The End is the Beginning: Part II

Acts 28:17-23 Sermon Application Questions How would you describe Paul’s heart for his Jewish brothers and sisters? Why does he keep pursuing them with the gospel? What lessons for our own lives could we take from his persistence? Have you ever felt very familiar with someone or something only to find out that you didn’t know them or it nearly as well as you…

The End is the Beginning: Part I

Acts 28:11-16 Sermon Application Questions  Luke gives us many details about Paul’s journey. Places, events, and people are all described for us. Do you get the impression that Paul is alone in his journey? If not, what comfort and encouragement can we take from the gracious way that Paul was led and provided for by the Lord? Do you ever feel alone in your Christian…

The Prince and the Powerless

Due to technical difficulties, audio and video are not available. Luke 4:16-21 Community Group Questions What does the psalmist commit to doing in verses 1-2 and why? Who is the “prince,” and what reason does the psalmist give for not placing one’s ultimate trust in him? In contrast to the prince, who is the one who along deserves our hope, and why? What…

Let’s Go Sailing: Taking God at His Word

Acts 27:1-44 Community Group Questions  What was the most difficult experience of your life? What were your thoughts during that time? What things were you tempted to think of God? What things did you believe to be true about God? What did Paul’s words and actions during the ordeal at sea communicate about God to the other people on the ship? When we go through…

A King After Their Own Hearts

1 Samuel 8:1-9 Community Group Questions What motivated the elders in Israel to ask Samuel to appoint a king for them? What did Samuel think about their request, and why? It seems the issue is about Samuel (he is getting older, his sons aren’t like him), but God tells Samuel that the issue is really about God. How so? Have you ever gotten exactly what you asked for,…

The Gospel and the King: Part II

Acts 26:9-23 Community Group Questions Paul was “convinced” that he was to behave a certain way towards Christians. Is it possible to be convinced in your mind that something is right, and even think you are justified by Scripture, and yet still be wrong? Examples? What do Christians mean by a “testimony?” Why is a personal testimony important? What are the elements of a…

The Gospel and the King: Part 1

Acts 25:23-26:8 Community Group Questions  How would you contrast the “great pomp” (ESV) of Agrippa and Bernice’s appearance with the appearance of Paul? What is the irony of it all? Who had the greater impact, who is ultimately better remembered? Are you tempted to despair when the world follows pageantry, power, and celebrity? How might this text encourage us and point…

The Curious Case of Paul the Apostle

Acts 25:13-22 Community Group Questions Why do you think Luke includes all of these great details about what was actually happening to Paul and what the various players (i.e. Claudius Lysias, Festus) said was happening? For that matter, how does Luke know about what Festus told Agrippa? What does it tell us about Luke himself as an investigator/reporter/chronicler? Does…