Sermons (Page 3)

Sermons (Page 3)

Many of One

1 Corinthians 12 Application Questions What is the importance of the confession of “Jesus is Lord?” How does that compare with their previous life style? How did the Spirit’s work in your life change you? How should understanding that there is diversity in the Trinity affect what we think of diversity in the church? Re-read verse 7 and 1 Peter 4:10. How are we supposed to…

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 III

Acts 26:24-32 Community Group Questions What is it about Paul’s testimony to Agrippa that Festus thought so unbelievable? That Festus would even claim that Paul was “out of his mind?” Sometimes our testimony seems unbelievable to others, too. Have you ever been in a conversation with someone about Jesus and they thought you were out of your mind? How…

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…

The Commitments of Paul the Apostle

Acts 25:1-12 Community Group Questions  Why do you think Luke has devoted so much ink to the trials, charges, and lack of evidence concerning Paul? Have you ever been falsely accused by someone because of your Christian faith? What did you do? Would you have done anything differently? How does Paul navigate the systems and processes of the Roman government? How should we…

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…