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Words of Strife, Words of Life 8/11/19

Pastor Josh preaches on Ecclesiastes 10:12-15

 

For Reflection:

1. Why is foolish speech so common?

2. Why is wise speech so rare?

3. Why did Peter say that Jesus alone has “the words of life”?

4. How might this passage impact your speech this week?

Wisdom Is Better Than Might 8/4/19

Pastor Josh preaches on Ecclesiastes 9:11-18

1. Why is wisdom so often neglected or disdained?

2. How does the wisdom of God compare to the wisdom of the world?

3. In what ways does the Gospel subvert our expectations or experiences of wisdom?

4. How might this perspective change the way you go about your week?

Unsatisfied 7/28/19

Pastor Josh preaches on Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9

1. Why does the Teacher speak so strongly about the vanity of riches?

2. What are some of the “evils” that the Teacher observed in the world? How do we see those same things today?

3. What is the biblical view of work?

4. How can this passage change the way you go about your week?

The Sacrifice of Fools 7/21/19

Pastor Josh continues in Ecclesiastes, this week with chapter 5:1-7; 8:10-13

1. What is “the sacrifice of fools”?

2. What does it mean to fear God, and why do we not fear God the way we should?

3. If there does not seem to be justice here on earth, then why should we fear God?

4. What are some things that would change in your life if you were to fear God rightly?

For Everything There is a Season 7/14/19

Pastor Josh continues the series on Ecclesiastes with chapter 3:1-15

1. What do you find most interesting about the poem in 3:1-8? Why?

2. What does it mean to say that God “has put eternity” in our heart?

3. Why would John Calvin say that knowledge of providence is the highest of blessings and ignorance of providence the chief of curses? Do you agree?

4. How can the perspective of this chapter change the way you go through your week?

Striving After Wind 7/7/19

Pastor Josh begins his series on the book of Ecclesiastes this week with chapter 1:1-14

1. How should we engage the wisdom literature of Scripture, and what should we expect from it?

2. What does Solomon mean when he says, “all is vanity”? Is he overstating the case?

3. How have you experienced the feelings of chapter 2 in your own life?

4. Why is the Gospel the “new thing” that God has done that changes everything else?

Building Faith 6/30/19

Barrett Hendrickson preaches on 2 Peter 1:1-11, wrapping up our “If I could tell you one thing” series.

  1. How is grace and peace multiplied to us? Follow-up, how do we increase what you just answered?
  2. Looking at verse 4, what are some of those “very great promises” given to us throughout scripture?
  3. Consider the list in verses 5-7. What is the relationship with these character traits to salvation?

Sin and Freedom In Christ 6/16/19

University Minister, Bobbi Perkins, preaches on John 8:31-36

 

  1. What causes you to doubt Gods character?
  2. Do you see sin as slavery? How so?
  3. When have you felt most free in Christ?

The Vision We Need Today 6/16/19

Pastor Redda preaches on Ezekiel 37:1-10

  1. Are we sure that the hand of the Lord and his Spirit is on us?
  1. How do you see the situation of your society? Does this situation make you lose hope? 

 

The Church: A Different Community 6/9/18

Greg Burdette, our Director of Young Adult and Graduate Student Ministries, preached on Matthew 5:43-48.

1. Does your prayer life include prayer for people who are difficult for you, your enemies?
2. How much of a motivating reality is the resurrection in your day to day life?
3. Are your goals and desires primarily centered on Christ and his Kingdom, or the goals and desires of the world (e.g. comfort, money, success, fame, safety)?

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