Sermons from October 2016

Sermons from October 2016

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…