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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?

Let The Wise Hear 7/01/16

Pastor Josh Brown preaches on Proverbs 1:1-7

For reflection on your own or with others:

1. What is the significance of having a book like Proverbs in the Bible?

2. How is wisdom literature supposed to function in the lives of the people of God?

3. What is the goal of wisdom literature?

4. Why is a right knowledge of the LORD directly related to a right knowledge of ourselves and of this world?

The Rescuer 6/24/18

Rev. David Shrader, one of our missionary partners, preaches on Galatians 1:1-5

Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead and all the brothers who are with me,

To the churches of Galatia:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Galatians 1:1-5 ESV

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?

 

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