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Seeing Blindly 6/17/18

Guest Preacher, Jeff Nine, preaches on John 9:1-41

For reflection on your own or with others:

1. What does it mean to “See blindly?”

2. How can that phrase relate to your own life and Christian experience?

3. Discuss specific examples where you have missed seeing what God has done or is doing around you.

“Better to be blind and see with your heart, than to have two good eyes and see nothing.”

-Helen Keller

 

The New Life 06/10/18

Guest Preacher Andy Byers preaches on Romans 6:1-11

For reflection on your own or in community:

1. What does it mean to be dead to sin?

2. By what means are we dead to sin?

3. How does baptism work as a sign and seal?

4. How does baptism relate to death to sin?

Andrew Bruns Memorial Service

Pastor Josh’s sermon at the Memorial Service for Andrew Bruns, May 30th 2018

 

Hold Fast To What Is Good 06/03/18

Pastor Josh preaches on 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

For reflection on your own or with others:

1. Do any of Paul’s closing instructions surprise you? Why or why not?

2. How does a proper understanding of v. 18 change the way we experience the difficult times of life? (i.e. give thanks ‘in’ all circumstances, not ‘for’ all circumstances)

3. What does God’s promised faithfulness in vv. 23-24 mean for you?

4. How has this letter deepened your understanding of life in the ‘already-but-not-yet’ reality of Jesus Christ’s kingdom?

 

Therefore, Encourage 5/27/18

Pastor Josh preaches on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 

For reflection on your own or with others:

1. What encouragement can come from knowing that God’s Story is moving towards a specific event?

2. How does Paul’s description of Jesus’ return transform the way that experience grief and loss?

3. What changes when we intentionally look back at what Jesus has done and forward to what Jesus will do?

4. Why does the unknown timing of Jesus’ return prompt us to encourage one another?

New Life in God’s Spirit 5/20/18

Pastor Josh Brown preaches on 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

For reflection on your own or with others:

1. Why does the presence of the Spirit inevitably lead to transformation?

2. In what areas of your life is the Spirit working to conform you to the image of Jesus Christ?

3. Do any of the topics of the Spirit-filled life that Paul addresses surprise you? Why?

4. How can our lives in the already-but-not-yet reality of Christ’s kingdom reflect the good news of the Gospel and the promises that are yet to come?

 

Comfort and Community in Christ 5/13/18

Pastor Josh preaches on 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13

For reflection on your own or with others:

1. Do you regularly pray that the faith of others would be strengthened and established? What would it look like if you did?

2. Do you regularly seek out the encouragement and community of other believers–especially in times of trial? What would it look like if you did?

3. What are some specific ways that you can encourage, establish, and exhort others in their faith?

4. What does the family and community imagery in 1 Thessalonians show us about the necessary character of the Church?

Please Do Not Listen to Me

Pastor Josh preaches on 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16

Things to think about while you listen:

1. What changes when we hear the content and consequences of the Gospel “not as the words of men but as what it really is, the word of God”?

2. How does the divine origin and character of the Word of God affect the way that we receive it? The way that we relay it?

3. When persecutions come because of the content and consequences of the Gospel, how are we to respond?

4. What role does the word of God play in the lives of disciples during the already-but-not-yet reality of Jesus’ kingdom?

Are You the Messiah or Should We Keep Looking 4/29/18

Guest preacher Rev. Dr. Rodger Woodworth preaches on Luke 7:18-23

We Were Ready to Share 4/22/18

Pastor Josh continues our series on 1 Thessalonians by preaching on 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12.

Things to think about while you listen:

1. What do the family metaphors that Paul uses reveal about the way we are to interact with one another?

2. What benefits come from experiencing life alongside other Christians?

3. How does this portrait of Gospel-grounded living impact the way you engage with your neighbors?

4. What else does this passage show us about life in the already-but-not-yet reality of Jesus’ kingdom?

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