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What Do I Do With My Anxiety? 10/13/19

One of our university ministers, Andy Moore, preaches on Philippians 4:1-9

 

1. When was the last time you felt truly at peace? What made you feel that way?

2. Is there something right now in your life that you find gives you anxiety? Based on what you learned from this passage, how can you take beginning steps toward resolving your anxiety?

3. What does it look like for the God of peace to be with someone? Why would this happen as a result of following Paul’s teaching and example? How could Paul be so sure?

What Lies Ahead 10/6/19

Pastor Josh preaches on Philippians 3:12-4:1

1. How does Paul’s use of active imagery like “straining forward” and “imitating” help us understand the nature of our discipleship?

2. What does it mean to “press on toward the goal”, and what is the goal?

3. Why does Paul say that “our citizenship is in heaven”, and how does that impact the way we live in this world?

4. How can the incredible promise of v. 21 change the way we look at “what lies ahead”?

Surpassing Worth 9-29-19

Pastor Josh preached on Philippians 3:1-11

Humiliation & Exaltation 9/15/19

Pastor Josh preaches on Philippians 2:1-11

1. What is the model and “mind” of Christ that we are to exhibit in our own lives?

2. What do verses 6-8 teach us about Jesus Christ?

3. What do verses 9-11 teach us about Jesus Christ?

4. How does a passage like this change the way that you think about Jesus Christ?

Christianity à la Carte 9-8-19

Pastor Josh continues to preach in Philippians, chapter 1:19-30

1. What is the difference between loving Christ and loving the benefits of Christ?

2. What did Paul mean when he said, “to live is Christ and to die is gain”?

3. What does it look like to “strive side by side for the gospel”?

4. How does Paul’s perspective on suffering differ from the way it is commonly perceived?

Partnership in the Gospel 9/1/19

Pastor Josh begins our series on Philippians, starting with: Philippians 1:1-18

1. How does the account in Acts 16 affect the way you read Paul’s letter to the Philippians?

2. What does Paul mean when he says, “you are all partakers with me of grace”, and how does that inform what he writes?

3. What things in your life cause you to rejoice? What are the things that cause Paul to rejoice? What do those similarities or differences reveal?

Hold Fast To What Is Good 8/25/19

Pastor Josh preaches on Romans as we kick off our ministry year!

 

1. How is your own identity transformed by Jesus Christ?

2. How is our community identity transformed by Jesus Christ?

3. Why are the characteristics described in this passage not always present in our lives?

4. What are some specific ways that you can pursue these characteristics in your own life this week?

The End of The Matter 8/18/19

Pastor Josh finishes up our series on Ecclesiastes.

 

1. How do the Preacher’s concluding reflections help to reorient our perspective on life?

2. What is the significance of the expression, “[the words of the wise] are given by one Shepherd”? To whom does this refer and why?

3. How does the Preacher’s understanding of “the whole duty of man” differ from what we are told by the world?

4. How has the book of Ecclesiastes impacted your understanding of life and the way in which we are to engage the world around us?

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?

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