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The Earth Has Been Given To The Children of Man 11/3/19

Pastor Josh begins our series on Stewardship with verses from Genesis

 

1. What things do you think of when you think of being a steward?
2. What is the implications of the belief that God created this world with order and intentionality?
3. What are the implications of the belief that God has given us this world to work, tend, and cultivate?
4. What are the implications of the belief that God will renew and restore creation in the end?

A Redeemer Will Come to Zion 10/27/19

Pastor Josh preaches on Isaiah 59:15-21

1. What things does Isaiah lament? Do you see those same things in our world?

2. What does this passage reveal about the actions of the LORD on behalf of his people? What timeless truths does it celebrate?

3. What were the central convictions of the Reformation, and why are they so significant still?

4. How can these Reformational convictions change the way you live and engage in this world?

What is the Reformation?

On October 31, 1517, the German monk Martin Luther posted 95 theses–propositions meant to be debated in an academic setting–on the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg. The theses were directed towards the moral and theological corruption that he saw within the Roman Catholic Church at that time. This marked the symbolic beginning of a movement that had been building for years and which came to be known as the Reformation.

The main convictions at the heart of the Reformation are often called the five solas (sola is the Latin word for “alone/only”). They are:

Scripture alone: The Bible is meant to be our final authority in terms of what we are to believe and how we are to live.

Grace alone: God extends mercy to us out of his freely given good will, and not because of anything we have done to deserve it.

Faith alone: We are justified–declared to be in the right–through our faith in Jesus Christ and not through our works.

Christ alone: Jesus Christ is the only Lord and Savior, and we cannot look to or pray to any others for our deliverance.

Glory to God alone: Because of these things, God is to receive our honor and praise in all things and we cannot boast in anything else.

Again I Will Say, Rejoice 10/20/19

Pastor Josh wraps up our sermon series on Philippians

 

1. What “secret” had Paul learned that changed his perspective on contentment?

2. Are there things about which we should be discontent? If so, what are they and how should we respond to that discontentment?

3. How is your own generosity related to your contentment in life? Why does contentment in Christ lead to godly generosity?

4. What things has this letter taught you about joy, thanksgiving, and living as a disciple of Jesus Christ?

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?

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