Sermons (Page 3)

Sermons (Page 3)

The Cosmic and The Common: Introduction

Life is hard. Sometimes our marriages are in bad shape. Sometimes we as parents drop the ball. Children rebel. Jobs can be difficult. And, even in the church, even in what is supposed to be a place of grace and a symbol of unity in Christ, there can be divisiveness and pain. As if all these things weren’t enough, we have an enemy, a very old enemy who would love to…

A Life Worthy of the Gospel of Christ

Philippians 1:27-30 Sermon Application Questions In Philippians 1:25-26, Paul is convinced that he will “remain and continue” with the believers, and he asks them to live in a particular way. What way is that? (hint: verse 27) What is a life that is “worthy of the gospel of Christ?” What does that look like? How would thinking about the gospel, and…

The Foundation of Christian Community

Joshua 2:1-24 Sermon Application Questions Joshua’s instructions in Joshua 2:1 should remind us of a similar story in Numbers 13.  What is similar about these two accounts? What is different? Why do you think there was a different outcome when Joshua gave the same instruction? What are the key elements found in Rahab’s profession of faith? What does her profession of…

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…

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…