Sermons by Russ Hawkins (Page 3)

Sermons by Russ Hawkins (Page 3)

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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The Confessions of Paul the Apostle

Acts 24:1-27 Community Group Questions What is a “confession”? What does a confession usually look like in the context of an inquiry or trial? Paul freely makes a confession in front of Felix and his accusers. Is this normal? What is Paul “confessing” to? What are the major elements of his confession? Paul must have believed these elements to be important; why? If you had…

Promise, Plot and Providence

Acts 23:12-35 Community Group Questions Isn’t it ironic that Paul is being accused of teaching against the Jews, the law, and the temple (21:28), and yet it is the Jews who are plotting murder, itself a gross violation of the law? And some of the religious leaders are co-conspirators! Have you ever claimed something to be true about the Bible, and then acted in a way that…

Pride of Place: Who Are God’s People?

Acts 21:37-22:29 Community Group Questions How would you describe and explain Paul’s attitude in his address towards those who hated him? Remember, he was just beaten by them! Paul gives his conversion testimony. Why? What is the purpose of a Christian’s testimony, and why is it important? Can you identify major elements of Paul’s testimony that you could use in forming…

Last Words: The Gospel of the Grace of God

Acts 20:13-38 Community Group Questions What does Paul’s summon of the Ephesian elders, and his comments to them, tell us about Paul’s heart for the church? What should our heart be for the church? What were the most important things to Paul (24)? Can you say the same? Why does Paul say he was innocent of the blood of all (26), and how does he know he is innocent? In what…

Profit and Loss: Christian Impact in Ephesus

Acts 19: 21-20:1 Community Group Questions What did Paul resolve to do in verse 21? How do you think his resolve was informed by past experience? What can we learn from Paul with regard to ambition and planning? Why is there tension between the kingdoms of the world and the kingdom of Jesus Christ? What forms does that tension take today, both evidenced in the world, and…

The Spirit and Salvation in Ephesus

Acts 19:1-7 Community Group Questions Why do you think Paul asked the “disciples” the question he did about the Holy Spirit? Does the Holy Spirit come up in your own conversations with others, and if so, in what context(s)? How does Paul explain the baptism of John (see Luke 3)? What is repentance in a Biblical context? The baptism of John, or the baptism that…

Gifting and Grace: Discipleship in Ephesus

Acts 18:18-28 Community Group Questions What does Paul mean by “if God wills” in verse 21? Is Paul throwing up his hands and not claiming responsibility for his own life? How do we know God’s will? Have you ever known someone like Apollos who is zealous but wrong? How did you relate to them? Priscilla and Aquila correct Apollos. Why? How do we know when to say something…