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) Necessary, 2) Inspired, 3) Authoritative, and 4) Efficacious. Why are these important categories, and how should they affect our attitude toward Scripture on a day-to-day basis?
4. What is the Christian's main source of certainty and assurance in the faith?
5. Why are the means of grace central for Christians?
6. What does it mean that we are to look "outward" to Christ? How do we do this practically?
From "God's Sovereignty in Sanctification": Philippians 2:12-13
1. What is sanctification? (See Westminster Shorter Catechism Q/A 35)
2. What is the source of true and lasting joy? Why?
3. Why is sanctification Christ-centered?
4. Pastor Jon mentioned that the gospel frees us to obey. What does this mean, and why is it true?
5. What does it mean that sanctification has a sincere, God-ward focus?
6. What are the extremes to be avoided in our attitude toward sanctification?
7. What is the mysterious tension that we acknowledge in sanctification?
8. What is the connection between Philippians 1:6 and 2:12-13? Why should this provide us great hope?