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 is this an important distinction to make?
3. What is the difference between the belief that "Christianity works for me" and "Christianity is objectively true"?
4. Why was John no ordinary child? Why was he no ordinary prophet?
5. What was going to be the substance of John's message (vv. 77-79)?
6. What are the three parts of faith? What is the difference between them?
7. Why is there no greater gift than the forgiveness of sins?
8. Why does Zechariah reference the "tender mercy of our God" (v. 78)?
9. Why should Zechariah's song be an encouragement to us today?
From "All Things Rubbish Compared to Christ": Philippians 3:1-11
1. Why does theological controversy often help produce theological precision?
2. Why is the Apostle Paul getting "feisty" in this passage?
3. Paul tells us to "rejoice in the Lord (v. 1)." Why does he say "in the Lord"?
4. What does it mean to rejoice in the Lord?
5. What were the false teachers saying about salvation through Christ and the need for circumcision? Why is this a grave error?
6. Why does Paul call these false teachers "dogs," "evil-doers," and those who "mutilate the flesh"? Is this overly harsh?
7. Who is it that Paul calls the "true circumcision"?
8. What are the characteristics of those who are the true circumcision?
9. What does it mean to "put no confidence in the flesh" (v. 3)?
10. What are some ways that you are prone to put confidence in the flesh?