Sermons (Page 3)

Sermons (Page 3)

Blessings: Reputation

Ephesians 1:15-16 Sermon Application Questions Why is a good reputation important? Why is a bad reputation bad? What does our reputation have to do with our message? In other words, what kinds of connections get made between what we say and who we are known to be? Is it possible to lose a good reputation? Change a bad one? How? Are you satisfied with your Christian…

Blessings: Sealed

Ephesians 1:13-14 Sermon Application Questions How much do you think about the Holy Spirit? When you do, what do you think about him? What does the Bible say in general about the Holy Spirit? In other words, what are the various roles that the Holy Spirit plays, what does he do, etc.? Is the Holy Spirit an “automatic” gift in the sense that when we become a…

Blessings: Claimed

Ephesians 1:11-12 Sermon Application Questions What are some of your possessions, and how do you know they are your possessions? Are they important to you? How do you know they are important to you? Is there a danger to thinking of God as a possession? What kind of wrong attitudes and behaviors can develop? Read Deuteronomy 32 (esp. 8 and 9) and Exodus 19 (esp. 5 and 6).…

Blessings: United

Ephesians 1:9-10 Sermon Application Questions What is a “mystery?” What do you think of when you hear the word? How is mystery presented in the Bible? Does God owe us an explanation of what he is doing in our lives and in the world? If not, can you think of times when we act as though he does? Although God does not reveal everything to us, he does reveal many…

Blessings: Delivered

Ephesians 1:7-8 Sermon Application Questions Can you define “redemption?” Can you think of some examples of how we commonly refer to redemption, i.e. “he redeemed himself with that last-minute field goal?” How does Paul’s use of the word differ from our common use of the word? Does it differ? What accomplished redemption for the faithful in…

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 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…