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No Other Gospel 9/9/18

Pastor Josh preaches on Galatians 1:6-24

1. What are the non-negotiable elements of the Gospel?

2. Why is the Gospel capable of transforming lives so drastically?

3. How do we compromise or alter the Gospel? Why?

4. How can we be sure that we are hearing, heeding, and heralding the Gospel as we are supposed to?

Explicit 9/2/18

Pastor Josh begins his sermon series on Galations, preaching on Galatians 1:1-5

1. Is “the present age” really evil? Why or why not?

2. How is the Gospel summarized in the words “grace and peace”?

3. How did Jesus Christ “give himself for our sins”, and what is the result of that?

4. Why do we need to be explicit in our assessment of the problem we face and in our announcement of the solution in Christ?


Reconcilliation 8/26/18

Pastor Josh preaches on 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

1. Where do you sense the greatest need for reconciliation?

2. How does our reconciliation to God change the way we relate to others?

3. What does it mean to be an “ambassador of reconciliation”?

4. How does Gospel-grounded reconciliation differ from other attempts to heal relationships?


Tomorrow 8/19/18

Pastor Josh preaches on Proverbs 16:9

1. Why is it wise to seek godly advice and make intentional plans for the future?

2. Why must we be willing to hold those plans loosely?

3. What is the biggest difficulty for you when it comes to doing both of these things?

4. What wisdom have you gleaned from the book of Proverbs that can change the way you act and interact in this world?

Giving Our Good for the Common Good of the City 8/12/18

Rev. Dr. Rodger Woodworth preaches on Proverbs 11:10-11

1. What is meant by the “common good”?

2. In today’s culture why is it such a challenge to “disadvantage yourself for the advantage of others”.

3. Read Isaiah 65:25. What might the prophet’s foretaste of God’s coming Kingdom, the metaphor of the wolf and the lamb feeding together, look like today?

4. “We should not underestimate the significance of a small group of people who have a new vision of a just and gentle world. The quality of a culture may be changed when 2% of its people have a new vision.” (Robert Bella). Why are Christians not having more of an effect and influence on non Christians?


Working Wisdom 8/5/18

Pastor Josh preached on Proverbs  6:6-11:

1. Does the blunt assessment of work found in Proverbs surprise you? Why or why not?

2. What changes when we see work as a creational good instead of a necessary evil?

3. Why do business ethics receive so much attention in Proverbs?

4. How does a biblical understanding of vocation impact the way you approach the things that you do?

The Folly of Discord 7/29/18

Pastor Josh Preaches on Proverbs 6:16-19.

1. What common result do the attitudes and actions in verses 17-18 produce?

2. Why is “discord among brothers” the thing that “the LORD hates”?

3. Which of the proverbs regarding right relationships caught your attention the most? Why?

4. If we understand the Gospel to be a message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19), then how does that impact the way we relate to others–especially in times of discord?

The Power of the Tongue 7/22/18

Pastor Josh preaches on Proverbs 18:21

1. Does Scripture overemphasize the power that our words have? Do we always recognize the extent of that power?

2. Why is it so hard to control our words? What steps can we take to do so?

3. How can we impart life through our speech?

4. What kinds of fruit do your own habits in conversations or on social media produce?


Give Me Neither Poverty Nor Riches 7/15/18

Pastor Josh preaches on Proverbs 30:7-9

For reflection on your own or with others:

1. What can we learn from the broad range of teaching that Proverbs provides on the topic of wealth?

2. Why is it important to read any given proverb in the full context of Scripture?

3. How do the words of Agur relate to the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount? What new things does Jesus reveal?

4. How does Biblical wisdom — and especially the Gospel — change the way we think about wealth?


Our Need For God’s Wisdom 7/8/18

Pastor Josh preaches on Proverbs 3:1-12

1. Why is the inward search for wisdom ultimately a self-defeating pursuit?

2.  How can we know that we are pursuing God’s wisdom and not something that we have fashioned for ourselves?

3.  What are some of the reasons that it can be hard to “trust in the LORD with all your heart”?

4.  How can we deepen our trust in the LORD? What makes it easier to do so?

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