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Sermon Discussion Questions: May 21, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017Galatians 4:1-7 How can digital technology affect our sense of self or identity? Why is “identity confusion” often a problem associated with the use of social media? What are some negative effects that social media is having on us? How should Christians view the fundamental aspects of their identity? Why is a right understanding of the...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: March 12, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017: AMLuke 24:50-53 This series from Luke was called ‘Redemption Accomplished.’ Why is that a fitting title, and how does the ascension help us to see that redemption was indeed accomplished?Why is it significant that Christ gives a benediction to his disciples?How should Christians today think about the benediction they receive at the conc...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: March 5, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017: AMLuke 24:36-49 Why does Jesus greet the disciples with the declaration “Peace to you”?How is this declaration of peace comforting to us as well?Why must you first have peace with God before you can have the peace of God?What is the connection between resurrection and gospel mission? Sunday, March 5, 2017: PM1 Peter 2:18-23 What do Pet...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: February 26, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017Luke 24:13-35 Why did Jesus disguise himself and join these two on their journey? What does this teach us?What is the beautiful irony about his questions to them and their response to him?Why did Jesus call them “foolish” and “slow of heart”? How can we be guilty of such foolishness and slowness of heart?What is the signifi...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: December 18, 2016

Sunday, December 18, 2016: AMJohn 1:1-18 Why is the human heart restless until it finds rest in Christ?Why could only God fix the ultimate problem of humanity?Why is the message of the Gospel totally unique in world religion?Why is Jesus called the Word? What does it mean that Christ “tabernacled” among his people?Why did Jesus become man?What does it mean tha...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: November 13, 2016

Sunday, November 13, 2016: AMLuke 22:54-65 Pastor Jon said that there will only be one kind of boasting in heaven. What did he mean?Why would Peter deny knowing Christ? What characteristics in his life might have contributed to this? How can those characteristics manifest themselves in our lives?What are ways that we may be guilty of denying Christ?What is the danger of a...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: October 30, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016: AMGalatians 2:15-16 What is justification? Why is justification through the law impossible?What was the problem that Paul was writing to correct at the churches in Galatia?Why is the doctrine of justification by faith alone important?What are some ways that this doctrine is corrupted or misunderstood?Why is the doctrine of justification important...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: September 4, 2016

Sunday, September 4, 2016: AMLuke 22:1-6 Pastor Jon described the context of this passage as being the most important week in biblical history. Why is this week of Jesus’ ministry so important? What was the Passover? What was its significance? Why did the religious leaders want to put Jesus to death? How should this be a warning to us regarding religious leaders...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: August 21, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016: AMLuke 21:20-38 Why did God let Jerusalem be destroyed? How was the destruction of Jerusalem a preview?Pastor Jon taught that we are supposed to be living as if we are ready. What did he mean? How can we do this?How does Jesus’ teaching in this text help us “get a grip on reality” as Pastor Jon said?What did Jesus mean in vs. 28 ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: August 14, 2016

Sunday, August 14, 2016: AMLuke 21:5-19 Why does the glory of this world never truly satisfy?Why were the disciples impressed by the temple? Why was Jesus not impressed?How was the temple designed by God to be temporary?Why was the destruction of the temple significant? What was this destruction foreshadowing?How should Christ’s command in vs. 9 be comforting to us ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: August 7, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016: AMLuke 20:45-21:4 How does Jesus confront the hypocrisy of the Scribes?What kind of false appearances are people giving today? How do false appearances or hypocrisy stunt fellowship with God and with fellow believers?Why does Jesus warn his disciples? How should pastors warn their flocks today?How is Jesus different from the religious elite of his ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: July 31, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016: AMLuke 20:41-44 Why does Jesus pose this “riddle”?What is Jesus proving by quoting Psalm 110?Who are the two “Lords” that David is speaking of in Psalm 110?What is the significance of David’s Lord sitting at God’s right hand? Sunday, July 31, 2016: PM1 Peter 1:1 What does it mean that we are justified in Christ?...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: July 24, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016: AMLuke 20:27-40 What is the context of this narrative?Why did the Sadducees ask this question? What were they trying to prove?What do we learn about the resurrection from Jesus’ response? What was wrong with the Sadducees’ assumptions?Who are those that are “worthy to attain” the resurrection? What does it mean that they are ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: July 17, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016: AMPsalm 36 What do we learn from this psalm about characteristics of the wicked? In light of this, what sort of expectations should we have about the world and the way people will act?Why does David switch from speaking about the wicked to speaking about the steadfast love and faithfulness of God? Why does he speak of God’s righteousness and j...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: July 10, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016: AMRevelation 21:1-8 How should Christians respond to the changing culture? How should we not respond? Why?What picture does Revelation 21 paint of the New Heavens and New Earth?What is the significance of New Jerusalem? What is the significance of God dwelling with man?What is the encouragement and hope found in this text?What warning is there for t...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: July 3, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016: AMPsalm 14 Why is the atheistic worldview unreasonable?What is the consequence of an atheistic worldview on meaning and morality?Why is it important that Psalm 14:1 is referencing moral foolishness? How is disbelief in God a moral problem?What is the hope that Psalm 14 gives in the midst of mankind’s dismal condition? Sunday, July 3, 2016: PM1...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: June 12, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016: AMRomans 1:18-32 How should Christians be responding to the moral revolution happening in our day?Why does Paul open up this section talking about the wrath of God?What does he mean by writing “God gave them up”? What does this not mean?What does it mean to “exchange the truth of God for a lie”? What are the various ways peop...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: June 5, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016: AMColossians 3:12-17 This text is essentially Part II of an argument Paul started in vs. 5. How do verses 12-17 complement what Paul wrote in verses 5-11?How does Paul remind his readers about their identity? Why is this important?How are the characteristics of verses 12-15 the opposite of a self-focused, proud life?What is Paul’s logic with wh...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: May 29, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016: AMGenesis 2:18-25 How should Christians respond to the moral revolution happening in our day?What should define truth regarding marriage and sexuality? Why?What does it mean that marriage is a divinely established institution? What implications does this have for the way that we view marriage?How is marriage a gift? How does the Bible view sex and se...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: May 1, 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016: AMLuke 20:9-18 How does the context of this parable help us to understand it?Who do the characters in the parable represent? How do we see Israel’s history in the parable?How does this parable help show the extravagant nature of grace and the Gospel?How is this parable a warning? How does it show the mercy of God?Sunday, May 1, 2016: PM1 Samuel ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: May 8, 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016: AMLuke 20:19-26 Why did the Scribes and chief priests want to destroy Jesus?Why did these leaders think they could trap Jesus with this question?How was Jesus’s answer the perfect response?What does Jesus’ response teach us about our attitude toward government?What is the doctrine of the two kingdoms? How does that doctrine affect the way ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: April 24, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016: AMLuke 19:41-20:8 How is Jesus’ compassion on display in this text? What should this teach us?Why does Jesus become angry? Why does he take this action in the temple?Why do the religious leaders react the way that they do? How does Jesus handle them?What does this text teach us about the Gospel?Sunday, April 24, 2016: PM1 Samuel 18:1-30 What...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: April 17, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016: AMLuke 19:28-40 Why does Luke continue to point out that Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem?What is the significance of the donkey?How was Jesus’ true mission different than what many people were expecting him to do?Why did the Pharisees take issue with these things?How does this text magnify Christ and point to his infinite worth?Sunday, April...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: April 10, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016: AMLuke 19:11-27 Why does stewardship accompany authentic faith? What is faithful stewardship for Christians? Why are all Christians, despite their particular background, resources, etc., called to faithful stewardship?Why does Jesus tell this parable to his disciples? How is this instructive for us?How is this parable a call to faithfulness? How is...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: April 3, 2016

Sunday, April 3, 2016: AMRomans 8:1-8 Romans 8 begins with “therefore.” What is “therefore” referencing? Why is this important to understand?What is Paul’s emphasis on the present status of believers in vs. 1? How should this encourage Christians?What is “the law of sin and death?” What does Paul mean when he speaks of God doing w...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: March 13, 2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016: AMLuke 18:35-43 Why is it appropriate to think of ourselves as spiritual beggars?What did Pastor Jon mean when he stated that “no one graduates from the Gospel”?Why is it significant that the blind man calls Jesus “Son of David”?What did Jesus mean by telling the beggar “your faith has made you well”? What did Je...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: March 6, 2016

Sunday, March 6, 2016: AMLuke 18:31-34 Why did Christ have to die in order for sinners to be saved?Why is the doctrine of the cross the central focus of the Bible?Why is it significant that the prophets wrote of Christ and the cross? What do we learn from Isaiah 53? Besides the writings of the prophets, how else does the Old Testament foreshadow Christ crucified?Why do we...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: February 28, 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016: AMLuke 18:18-30 Why does the Rich Young Ruler seem to start off well? What in his question, though, shows that he is already off track?What did he misunderstand about salvation? How did he misunderstand the law?Why did Pastor Jon say that salvation is “counter intuitive”? Why does it seem like there must be a “catch” to s...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: February 7, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016: AMLuke 18:9-14 Why does Jesus tell this parable?Why does Jesus use a Pharisee and a tax collector as his two examples?What is the difference between the two prayers?What does this parable teach us about salvation? What do we learn about God’s mercy?What does this parable teach us about the need for humility? Sunday, February 7, 2016: PMHab...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016: AMLuke 18:1-8 Why is prayer the “life breath” of Christians and the “engine” of the Christian life?How is prayer the fruit of faith?Why should we be steadfast and persevering in prayer?Why is prayer not a right, but a privilege? How is prayer not just a command, but a gift?Why do we often not pray? How can we take steps to...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: January 24, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016: AMColossians 3:5-11 In vs. 5, Paul says “therefore.” What is it there for, i.e., what truth is he connecting to these verses?What does Paul mean when he says “put to death” what is “earthly” in you?What does he mean by “sexual immorality”?Why does he list covetousness with the other sexual sins?What...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: January 10, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016: AMLuke 17:20-37 How has the Kingdom of God already come (i.e., how has it been “inaugurated”)?How is the Kingdom of God present now?How will the Kingdom fully come in the future (i.e., be “consummated”)?Why is it important to know that the Kingdom will come suddenly?How does our understanding of the “already and not ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: January 3, 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016: AM2 Peter 3:14-18 What is the “growth imperative” in the Bible?What is the fruit of abiding in Christ?Why is Christian hope a “living hope”?Why does Peter tell Christians to be found without “spot or blemish”?How can Peter tell Christians to pursue holiness without compromising the grace of the Gospel?What are s...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: December 27, 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015: AMLuke 17:7-19 What is the attitude of faith demonstrated in this text?How should this attitude play itself out in Christians’ lives? How should it be applied in your life?What do we learn about the response of faith from Jesus’ interaction with the lepers?What are the fruits of true faith that we see the Samaritan leper demonstrate?...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: December 20, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015: AMRevelation 12:7-17 How does Revelation 12 show the weightiness of the incarnation?Why should Christians be in a wartime mentality?What happens when we neglect to have this wartime mentality?Why is Satan called a deceiver? Why is he called an accuser? How do we experience his deceptions and accusations?Why do Satan’s accusations have no p...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: December 13, 2015

Sunday, December 13, 2015: AMRevelation 12:1-6 What is the backdrop to human history?Why is our time called “this present evil age” and “this present darkness”?What is the overall theme of Revelation?What is being represented by the imagery of the woman and the dragon?Why do we have to talk about Satan when we look at the big picture of Christmas?W...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: December 6, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015: AMLuke 17:1-6 What is temptation? Why does Jesus point out that temptation is sure to come?What are the sources of temptation? How should this knowledge change the way we live?Why does Christ warn against leading “little ones” astray? How does this apply to us?What is Jesus teaching about forgiveness? Why is forgiveness a foundational...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: November 29, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015: AMLuke 16:19-31 What is the context of this parable?Why are riches and worldly wealth deceitful? How can these things go from something you enjoy to to something you worship?What is the “great reversal” Pastor Jon talked about in this parable? Why is this an important truth to remember?Why do we need to recognize the reality of Hell?...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: November 1, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015: AMLuke 16:1-13 Why did the master commend the manager in the parable? What was Jesus teaching through the parable?What is the connection between Christian discipleship and money? What attitude should Christians have toward their money?What is the principle of faithfulness that Jesus is teaching in this passage?Whether you have very little money o...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: October 18, 2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015: AMLuke 15:1-10 Why did some of the “religious elite” complain about Jesus eating with tax collectors and “sinners”? How should their attitude be a warning to us? Pastor Jon made the point that people were attracted to Christ, not because he was “hip,” but because he was “holy.” What should this t...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: September 27, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015: AMLuke 14:1-24 What is the purpose of Luke’s gospel?What does Luke’s gospel teach about Jesus?Why do we say that “we aren’t the gospel”?What does Jesus teach about the Sabbath? Why does he say in Mark 2:27 “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath”?What does Jesus teach here about humility?...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: September 20, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015: AMPsalm 15 What is the main question of this psalm? Why is this a very important question?How does David describe the place of God’s presence?What did David understand about mankind’s ability to be in God’s presence?What is the relationship between God’s people and God’s law?How does Psalm 15 show us Christ and our...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: September 13, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015: AM1 Samuel 8:1-22 Why was it wrong for the people to demand a king?What did the demand for a king show about the people’s hearts?What were the people hoping a king would provide for them?How do we fall into the same sorts of sin as the Israelites were guilty of here?How does God show his mercy and steadfast love through all of this? Sund...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: September 6, 2015

Sunday, September 6, 2015: AMPsalm 14 Why is unbelief foolish?How does unbelief increase and embolden foolishness?Why is it a “provocation” to ignore God?What picture does Psalm 14 paint about mankind’s condition? Why does Paul quote Psalm 14 in Romans 3?Why is there hope despite mankind’s condition? What is the source of that hope?How does salvati...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: August 30, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015: AMPsalm 13 Why does David ask “how long?”?Should God’s people expect to wrestle with despondency at times? Why?What does Psalm 13 teach us about how to handle times of suffering?What does David pray for? Why?Where does David find comfort and hope? How is this hope also for you? How is this hope ultimately grounded in Christ?What ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: August 16, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015: AMPsalm 11 What is the advice David had received? How does he respond to this advice?What does it mean that God is a refuge?Why is God the only true refuge for his people?Why should we not lose heart, even when everything around us is crumbling?What is the future for the wicked? What is the future for the righteous? Why?Sunday, August 16, 2015: PM...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: July 12, 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015: AMPsalm 7 What is the context for this psalm? Why is David distressed?What is significant about David saying “my God”? Do you believe that you also are able to call God “mine”?What do trials do for our faith? How should this shape our attitude toward trials?What does this psalm teach us about entrusting justice to the Lord?Wh...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: July 5, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015: AMPsalm 6 Why is it important that David is calling on God as his covenant Lord?How do we see the presence of God’s fatherly discipline in this psalm? Why should we be thankful for that discipline?How does David pursue reconciliation and peace? How is this instructive for us?Why does David display great confidence at the end of the psalm?Why ca...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: June 21, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015: AMPsalm 5 What is the basis for David’s access to God?How do we see the personal nature of David’s relationship to God? Why is this important?What is God’s attitude towards evil? Why?What does it mean that God has steadfast love (hesed)?How does Psalm 5 teach us to take comfort in God? Sunday, June 21 2015: PMNehemiah 4 What is t...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: June 14, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015: AMPsalm 4 What was so difficult and tragic about David’s situation?What should be the Christian’s instinctive response to suffering? Why?What three things characterize David’s prayer? How should these things characterize our prayers as well?Why is David confident in prayer?Why can David have true joy and peace amidst his circumstan...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: May 24, 2015

Sunday, May 24th, 2015: AMPsalm 2 How do the nations rage against God? How do we as individuals do the same?Why does God laugh at the nations? Why should this encourage us?How does Psalm 2 point to Christ?What does it mean to “kiss the Son”?What are the consequences of how we respond to the Son-King? Sunday, May 24th 2015: PMPsalm 119:97-105 What is antinomi...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: May 17th, 2015

Sunday, May 17th, 2015: AM
Psalm 1 What should we keep in mind when studying the psalms?How do the psalms “take us by the hand and lead us to Christ” as Pastor Jon said?What does the Blessed Man not do? How is this instructive for us?What is significant about the progression in vv. 1-2? Why should this be a warning for us?What does characterize the Blessed M...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: May 10th, 2015

Sunday, May 10th 2015: AMLuke 13:31-35 How is Jesus a wonderful example of both courage and compassion?How does the world often view Christ? How is this often different than the biblical picture of Jesus?Why did Christ call Herod a “fox”?Why does Jesus talk about “today and tomorrow”?Why does Christ express sadness over Jerusalem? Sunday, May 10th...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: May 3rd, 2015

Sunday, May 3rd 2015: AMLuke 13:18-30 What did Pastor Jon mean when he said that Jesus not only preached the good news, but he is the good news?What was likely the wrong assumption behind the question in vs. 23?What is the narrow door? Why is it narrow?Why does Christ tell his audience to “strive”? How does this apply to us?Why will there be some who will end ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: April 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26 2015: AMLuke 13:18-21 Why are we often distracted from God’s Kingdom and its priorities?What does it mean to “seek first” God’s Kingdom? How does this affect the way we see our identity?How has the Kingdom of God come upon earth?Why does Christ compare the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed?Why did Pastor Jon say that the Kingdom of ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: April 19, 2015

Sunday, April 19 2015: AM
Luke 13:10-17 Why is it important to note that this disabled woman was in attendance at the synagogue? How should her presence there convict and encourage us to keep the 4th Commandment?What is the significance of this miracle? What is the significance of this miracle being performed on the Sabbath?Why was the synagogue ruler indignant at Jesus...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday, April 5 2015: AMJohn 11:1-44 Why did John write this Gospel?Why did Jesus delay his trip to be with Lazarus and his sisters?Why did Jesus say that Lazarus’ illness was not leading to death?What does it mean that Jesus is the “resurrection and the life?” How can he say that those who believe in him will never die?Why did Jesus weep? Why is this a ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: March 22, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015: AMLuke 12:35-48 Why must God’s people “be ready” for Christ’s return? Why did Jesus use the example of the thief in the night?What does it mean practically for God’s people to be ready for Christ’s return? What did Pastor Jon mean by “expectant watchfulness”?Why does Jesus call himself the “Son ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: March 15, 2015

Sunday, March15, 2015: AMLuke 12:13-34 Why is it the height of folly not to consider the reality of death?Why does Christ tell the disciples that life is more than food or clothing? Why is it important for us to hear that truth as well?What is the antidote to worry? Why should Christians not give in to a life of worry and anxiety?Why does Jesus bring up the example of the...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: March 8, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015: AMLuke 12:13-34 What was the deeper problem of the two brothers?How did Jesus answer them?How can we often be like these two brothers?In Jesus’ parable, what was wrong with the man’s attitude?How should Christian’s view their finances, time, and lifespan? Why?Why is this parable not a statement against wealth?How does Christ make u...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: March 1, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015: AM
Luke 12:1-12 Pastor Jon said that Christ was not preaching an “easy believe-ism” - what did he mean?What is hypocrisy, and why does Jesus compare it to “leaven”?What does it mean to “flee” hypocrisy? How can this happen practically in your life?What does it mean to fear God instead of men? How do Christians p...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - February 22, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015: AM
Deuteronomy 12:29-32 What was the chief danger to the Israelites as they prepared to enter the Promised Land?What did Moses warn them about regarding their public worship?How does this warning affect our view of worship?How does Moses’ warning apply to our situation?How does idolatry begin? Sunday, February 22, 2015: PM
Psalm 20:1-...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: February 8, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015: AM
Luke 11:37-54 Who were the Pharisees, and why was Jesus so hard on them?What were the fundamental problems of the Pharisees belief system and practice?What is hypocrisy? Why is it so bad?Why is self-righteousness such a terrible thing for Christians?What does Jesus mean in vs. 44 in his comment about “unmarked graves”?What are wa...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: February 1, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015: AM
Luke 11:33-36 Our culture promotes “salvation” through looking inward and finding “inner light.” Why is this wrong headed? Why is Christ the only true light? How is Christ the light? What point is Jesus making in vs. 34? What is Jesus warning against in vs. 35? What does it mean for a Chri...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: January 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015: AM
Luke 11:27-32 What did Jesus mean when he told his listeners “The Kingdom of God has come upon you”?Why did Jesus respond to the woman in the way that he did (vs. 28)?What is it to truly be a disciple of Christ?Why did Jesus rebuke the people for seeking signs?Why did Jesus reference the queen of the South and the men of Nineveh?...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - January 11, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015: AMEphesians 5:15-161) What is a biblical attitude towards time? How should Christians think about time differently than the world does?2) Why is redeeming the time such an important part of the Christian life?3) Why is prayer an important part of redeeming the time? How does God use prayer?4) In regards to personal holiness, Pastor Jon said that C...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - January 4, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015: AMEphesians 5:15-161) What is a biblical attitude towards time? How should Christians think about time differently than the world does?2) Why is it important to grow in the knowledge of God and His Word? What does this do to us?3) What is the purpose of the Lord’s Day? Why is it a gift?4) Why should the Sabbath be a delight to God’s peo...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - December 28, 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014: AMLuke 11:1-131) What keeps us from prayer? Why is it wrong and dangerous to neglect prayer?2) Why should our prayers be filled with Scripture?3) How does prayer affect our priorities?4) Why is it significant that Jesus taught us to call God “our Father”?5) What does it mean to pray “hallowed be your name”?6) What does Jes...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - December 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014: AMJohn 1:14-181) Why is Christ called “the Word”?2) Why is it important that “the Word became flesh”?3) Why was it necessary for Christ to “dwell” or “tabernacle” among us?4) What did John mean by saying that Christ was “full of grace and truth”? Why is this concept important?5) What doe...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - December 7, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014: AMLuke 10:38-421) How can distractions in life cause problems for Christians? When do distractions become spiritual problems?2) Why is it instructive that Mary was “listening” to Jesus?3) What was good about Martha’s service and hospitality? What was problematic with it? Why?4) How does Christ respond to Martha? Why is this encou...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - November 30, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014: AMLuke 10:25-371) What is God’s grace meant to do?2) How can the human heart find rest?3) What is the problem with the way that the lawyer comes to Jesus? What is the problem with the lawyer’s answer?4) Why did the lawyer ask “who is my neighbor?”?5) What is significant about a Samaritan being the one who helped the man?6)...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - November 16, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014: AMLuke 10:1-161) Why should God’s people have confidence in the task and calling of the church?2) What is the context of Christ’s teaching on evangelism and mission in this passage? Why is it important to remember this context?3) What did Jesus mean that “the harvest is plentiful”?4) What does it mean that God is sovereign...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: November 9, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014: AMLuke 9:57-621) What is “cheap grace”?2) What is the “direction of discipleship” – God to us or us to God? Why does the answer make a difference?3) What is the relationship of discipleship to submission? What is the relationship of discipleship to the Gospel?4) What do we mean when we say that the Gospel is exclusive...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - November 2, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014: AMRuth 1:6-221) How did Naomi respond to her circumstances? How did she view God’s involvement in her life?2) What is significant about Naomi’s intention for her daughters-in-law to return to Moab?3) What indications of God’s grace and love did Naomi fail to see?4) How did Ruth respond to her circumstances? Why?5) How do we see G...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: October 19, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014: AMLuke 9:37-451) Why is it important to note that this episode happened the very next day after “the mountain top experience” of the transfiguration?2) How is the Christian life like the wilderness journey of the Jews in the Old Testament?3) Pastor Jon taught that “We become disoriented when we take our eyes off of Jesus.” ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - October 12, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014: AMLuke 9:28 -361) Why is Christianity grounded in objective, historical truth?2) What is the significance of Jesus’ transfiguration?3) Why were Moses and Elijah present at the transfiguration?4) Why was the transfiguration an important and serious moment?5) What is the significance of God’s command “…listen to him!”?...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - October 5

Sunday, October 5, 2014: AMLuke 9:23 - 271) What is the context for Christ’s words regarding discipleship?2) How is the call to discipleship connected to the Gospel?3) What are the clear terms of true Christian discipleship?4) How do we live in light of the reality that we are not our own?5) How should we think about happiness and ease in light of God’s glory?6...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - September 28, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014: AMLuke 9:18-221) What all do we learn from Christ’s example of prayer?2) Why do we pray if God already knows? What does prayer do?3) How do we sometimes act as “momentary atheists”?4) What is significant about Peter’s confession of Jesus as “the Christ of God”?5) What is the importance of confessing our faith?...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - September 21, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014: AMLuke 9:10-171) How did Christ respond to the crowds? Why is that important to notice?2) Why should Jesus’ response to the crowds encourage us today?3) What crucial truth had the disciples forgotten when they were perplexed about feeding the crowds? How do we manifest this same forgetfulness / lack of faith?4) Why did Jesus feed the crowd...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - September 14, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014: AMRuth 1:1-51. What is the ultimate purpose of biblical narrative and history? Why do we say this?2. What is the historical setting of the book of Ruth?3. Does it seem that “sojourning” in Moab was a God honoring decision? What sort of attitude does such a decision indicate? How might we be tempted to “sojourn in Moab”?4....

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Sermon Discussion Questions - September 7, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014: AMLuke 9:1-91) What did Pastor Jon mean by saying that the Kingdom of God “has come, is coming, and will come”?2) Why is it important to understand the concept of the Kingdom of God in the Gospels?3) What did Christ commission his disciples to do? Why is this unrepeatable?4) What is the difference between the Great Commission and the ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - August 24, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014: AMLuke 8:40-561) What have we learned so far about Christology (who Christ is) from Luke’s Gospel?2) Regarding the woman Jesus healed, why were her problems more than just physical?3) What is the significance of Jesus calling the woman “daughter”? What did he mean by saying that her faith saved her?4) Why did Jesus tell the woman ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - August 17, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014: AMLuke 8:22-39 1) Why is giving praise to God central to the heart of Christians?2) What is significant about Jesus falling asleep in the boat?3) Why did Jesus have to be both God and man?4) What is significant about Jesus’ rebuke and control of the storm?5) What are the three things that Pastor Jon pointed out regarding the significance of ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: August 10

Sunday, August 10, 2014: AMLuke 8:16-21 1) What is the difference between what you hear and how you hear?2) What are some things that characterize how we should hear the Word of God?3) Why should we come to hear God’s Word expectantly?4) What part should reverence and humility play in the way we hear God’s Word?5) In vv. 19-21, what do we learn about Kingdom p...

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Sermon Discussion Questions - August 8, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014: AMLuke 8:1-15 1) What is significant about the “band of sisters” mentioned in this passage? What does this help teach us about the role of women in the church?2) Why did Jesus speak in parables?3) What are the characteristics of the “unmoved” or “disinterested” hearer?4) What did Pastor Jon mean by the “emo...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: July 13

Sunday, July 13, 2014: AMLuke 7:18-35 1) Why did John send his disciples to Jesus? What was significant about their question?2) Pastor Jon mentioned that John the Baptist had an “over-realized eschatology.” What did he mean by this?3) How did Jesus respond to John’s disciples? What did Jesus mean by his answer?4) Why did Jesus teach that the person who w...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: July 6

Sunday, July 6, 2014: AMLuke 7:11-17 1) Why was this funeral particularly tragic?2) What is the connection between sin and death?3) Why is there a “second death,” that is, Hell? What is the connection between God’s character and eternal punishment? How does that connection help explain the Gospel?4) How do we see Jesus’ compassion here? What does i...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: June 29

Sunday, June 29, 2014: AMLuke 7:1-10 1) How does the Centurion view himself and his worthiness to receive Christ’s help? What does this indicate about his faith? How does his perspective contrast with the Jews’ perspective?2) What is significant about the Centurion’s faith in Christ’s word? What is the link between how words are used and what autho...

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Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of June 22 Sunday, June 22, 2014: AMLuke 6:37-49 What does it mean to be heavenly minded?What has earned our place in the Kingdom and family of God?What did Christ mean when he referred to the “blind leading the blind”?Do you have to be perfect in order to rebuke someone? When is rebuke hypo...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: June 8

Luke 6:27-36 1) What was Jesus’ main reason for coming to earth? 2) What was his primary reason for healing people physically? 3) What does it mean to listen to Jesus instead of the world? 4) Why will Christians be hated and persecuted in the world? 5) How are Christians supposed to respond when they are hated and persecuted? Does this mean that Christians are s...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Week of June 1

Luke 6:17-26 1) How was Christ’s healing ministry a preview of his coming Kingdom? 2) What does it mean that Christ’s Kingdom was “inaugurated” with his ministry on earth? How does his future Kingdom “break into” “this present evil age”? 3) How is it possible that the past Word and work of Jesus can be actively applied to ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 5:12-26 and Philippians 4:1-3

Luke 5:12-26 1) Why was leprosy so serious? 2) What is so dramatic about this incident? 3) How does Christ respond to the leper? Why was this so shocking? 4) What is spiritual leprosy? What is the only solution? 5) What is Christ demonstrating by healing the paralytic? (vv. 23 – 24) Philippians 4:1-3 1) Why does Paul open this section with “therefore&rdq...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 5:1-11 and Exodus 20:15

Luke 5:1-11 1)      What did Pastor Jon mean when he said Christ’s miracles were a preview of what was to come? 2)      Why is it significant that it was the word of Christ which brought about the miracles? 3)      What was Peter’s initial response to Christ? Are there times when ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 4:14-30 & Philippians 3:17-21

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of March 16 Sunday, March 16, 2014: AMFrom "Good News: Liberty for the Captives!" Luke 4:14-30 1. What does it mean that the Christian life is primarily about “resting” and “living”? Why are both necessary? 2. What was a synagogue? What relevance is there for us in understanding...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 4:1-13 & Philippians 3:12-16

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of March 9 Sunday, March 9, 2014: AMFrom "We Tremble Not for Him': Luke 4:1-13 What does Christ’s temptation teach us about Satan and temptation?Even though Satan’s power and presence are real, why was Martin Luther correct to write “we tremble not for him” in A Mighty Fortress i...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 3:23-4:13 & Exodus 20:14

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of March 2 From "Jesus Christ: The Last Adam": Luke 3:23-4:13 Why did Luke “interrupt” his narrative to give us a genealogy?What is significant about Christ being “about thirty years of age” when he began his ministry (3:23)?What were the Jews expecting regarding the Messiah&rsqu...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 3:1-14 & Exodus 20:1-12

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of February 16 From "A Voice Crying in the Wilderness": Luke 3:1-14 In vv. 1-2, why does Luke take the time to give the historical setting?How does John the Baptist’s proclamation show that God had not forgotten his covenant people? How was John a fulfillment of God’s previous promises? Why ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: 1 Peter 4:12-13 & Exodus 20:1-6

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of January 19 From "Christian Suffering": 1 Peter 4:12-13 What are the responses that Christians should not have to suffering? Why?Pastor Jon mentioned “actively resting” in the grace of God. Why is “actively resting” not a contradiction? What does it look like to “actively...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: 1 Corinthians 11:23-24 & Exodus 20:1-3

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of January 12 From "Given for You": 1 Corinthians 11:23-24 How are disciples made? What does Acts 2:42 have to do with this?What does it mean that the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace?What did Pastor Jon mean when he said that the means of grace are “objective”?Why is it important to ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 2:22-40 & Philippians 3:1-11

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of January 5 From "Simeon's Nunc Dimittis: Beholding the Promised One": Luke 2:22-40 Why did Joseph and Mary take Jesus to the temple?What is the ceremonial law? Why is it no longer in force?We learned that Joseph and Mary were poor – why is this significant?Why were Simeon and Anna at the temple?...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 1:39-56 & Deuteronomy 5:1-6

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of December 1st From "Mary's Magnificat: A Song of Praise to God": Luke 1:39-56 1. What are the reasons that Christ is precious to Christians?2. According to Andrew Gray, what is the proper response to Christ? Why?3. Why is Christ the only way to have peace with God?4. What truth did Elizabeth confess w...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 1:57-80 & Philippians 3:1-11

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of December 15th From "The Glorious Sunrise of God's Tender Mercy, Pt. II": Luke 1:57-80 1. Pastor Jon taught that we should come to the preaching of God's Word with expectation. What sort of expectation should that be? Why?2. Was Zechariah focusing on his subjective feelings or an objective truth? Why ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 1:57-80

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of December 8th From "Jesus Christ: The Glorious Sunrise of God's Tender Mercy, Pt. I": Luke 1:57-80 1. In his introduction, Pastor Jon pointed out that God didn't "ask permission" from Mary, Elizabeth, or Zechariah. Why is this an important truth to note? How does it apply to us today?2. Pastor Jon als...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 1:26-38 & Philippians 2:19-30

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of November 17th From "The Glorious Annunciation": Luke 1:26-38 1. Why did Pastor Jon call Gabriel's visit to Mary "surprising"?2. Why was Mary "greatly troubled" at Gabriel's announcement (v. 29)?3. What is the significance of the name "Jesus"? How does this name relate to God's past covenant promises?...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 1:5-25 & Philippians 2:14-18

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of November 17th From "Gabriel's Announcement: Elizabeth Shall Bear a Son": Luke 1:5-25 1. How does the historical context (the history of Israel and the 400 years of silence) help us understand the momentous nature of the angel's appearance?2. How does Zechariah initially respond to Gabriel? What shoul...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 1:1-4 & Philippians 2:12-13

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of November 10th From "An Introduction to Luke's Gospel Narrative, Part II": Luke 1:1-4 1. How does Luke's introduction help distinguish Christianity from other religions?2. What is the significance of Apostolic, eye-witness testimony for our Christian faith?3. Pastor Jon taught that Scripture is 1) Nec...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 1:1-4 & Philippians 2:5-11

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of November 3rd From "An Introduction to Luke's Gospel Narrative, Part I": Luke 1:1-4 1. What is the significance of Luke saying that the things in his account have been "accomplished"?2. Why is it important that Christianity is based in history?'3. What do we know about Luke, the author, and how does t...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Philippians 2:1-5

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of October 27thFrom "A Call to Christ-Centered Humility, Part I": Philippians 2:1-5 1) What are characteristics of a church, a home, and a life where Christ is present? 2) Why are unity and community part of the essence of the Christian life? Why should there not be Christian "loners"? How does this dif...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Philippians 1:27-30

Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of October 20thFrom "Standing Firm in the Gospel": Philippians 1:27-30 1. Pastor Jon opened with a discussion about Christian creeds and confessions. Why are creeds and confessions biblical, and why are they valuable resources for Christians? 2. In verse 27, Paul instructs the Philippians to let their "...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Philippians 1:18b-26

Dear Christ Church, Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is a high day of the week for Christians. On this day, we come to God’s house and we “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8), for our Father feeds us with the bounty of his hand through his means of grace – the Word, sacraments, and prayer. But the spiritual nourishment from the Lord&rsqu...

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Philippians 1:12-18a

Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is a high day of the week for Christians. On this day, we come to God’s house and we “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8), for our Father feeds us with the bounty of his hand through his means of grace – the Word, sacraments, and prayer. But the spiritual nourishment from the Lord’s Day is not intend...

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