Sermon Response  February 12, 2017  The Text: Genesis 2:19-24 & 1 Peter 3:1-6  When God created man he presented every creature before him in hopes of finding a suitable helper. When none was found, God made from man a woman. God in his infinite wisdom and design created the perfect helper for man. Woman was not designed to be a maid but instead a super hero who enables an incapable man to fulfill his God given purpose, to work and take care of all that God entrusted to him.  The way a woman best helps a man in marriage is by submitting. Submission is not giving up your thoughts, dreams, and passion or just doing whatever a man says. Biblical submission is voluntarily placing yourself under the authority of another. Ephesians 5:21 says that we should mutual submit to one another as to the Lord. Submission is not something you simply choose to do, it is the fruit of a life surrendered to God. There are three roots that must be present in a woman’s life in order for submission to occur. These roots are all found in 1 Peter 3:3-6.  Root # 1 Her BEAUTY is found in her adorning TRANQUILITY  Root # 2 Her HOPE is in God Root # 3 Her FAITH makes her FEARLESS  Discuss:    Why do you think man needed a helper?    Why is woman a perfect helper for man?         Why is submission seen a such a negative thing in our culture?    How do the three roots of submission better allow a woman to submit?    Do you believe that God’s design for marriage is really one that will cause your relationship to flourish? Why or why not.    Respond:    Singles: Guys how can you identify the roots of submission in the  life of a woman? Girls which root is the most difficult for you    Married Couples: Is your marriage flourishing? Where do you need to grow?    Prayer  Lord may we live under your authority and submit to you design for marriage. God help our marriages flourish. 

Sermon Response

February 12, 2017

The Text:
Genesis 2:19-24 & 1 Peter 3:1-6

When God created man he presented every creature before him in hopes of finding a suitable helper. When none was found, God made from man a woman. God in his infinite wisdom and design created the perfect helper for man. Woman was not designed to be a maid but instead a super hero who enables an incapable man to fulfill his God given purpose, to work and take care of all that God entrusted to him.

The way a woman best helps a man in marriage is by submitting. Submission is not giving up your thoughts, dreams, and passion or just doing whatever a man says. Biblical submission is voluntarily placing yourself under the authority of another. Ephesians 5:21 says that we should mutual submit to one another as to the Lord. Submission is not something you simply choose to do, it is the fruit of a life surrendered to God. There are three roots that must be present in a woman’s life in order for submission to occur. These roots are all found in 1 Peter 3:3-6.

Root # 1 Her BEAUTY is found in her adorning TRANQUILITY

Root # 2 Her HOPE is in God
Root # 3 Her FAITH makes her FEARLESS

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think man needed a helper?

  2. Why is woman a perfect helper for man?

 

  1. Why is submission seen a such a negative thing in our culture?

  2. How do the three roots of submission better allow a woman to submit?

  3. Do you believe that God’s design for marriage is really one that will cause your relationship to flourish? Why or why not.

Respond:

  1. Singles: Guys how can you identify the roots of submission in the

    life of a woman? Girls which root is the most difficult for you

  2. Married Couples: Is your marriage flourishing? Where do you need to grow?

Prayer

Lord may we live under your authority and submit to you design for marriage. God help our marriages flourish. 

Designed

Designed

Sermon Response

February 5, 2017

The Text:
Genesis 2:15 & Ephesians 5:25-28

In the beginning God created man to work and care for all that He entrusted to him. This same purpose applies to our marriage relationships. When a man fails to work humans suffer. When a man fails to work at marriage the relationship suffers. Ephesians 5 speaks of four jobs that a man is to do in the marriage relationship.

The four jobs are: Sacrificially love his wife, lead his wife by washing her in the water of the Word, work at presenting his wife blameless before God, and work daily at being selfless. When a man does his job a marriage will flourish.

Discuss:

  1. Describe how a man’s laziness could cause a marriage to suffer?

  2. What does it look like for a man to sacrificially love his wife?

  3. What does a man need to do in order to wash his wife in the water of the Word?

  4. What are the best ways for a man to encourage his wife in the things of the Lord?

  5. When a man is selfless and places the needs of his wife before his own a wife feels valued. Why is selflessness something you need to work at daily?

Respond:
1. Singles: How can you begin to apply the truths from the text

before getting into a serious relationship.

2. Married Couples: What do you need to do to cause your marriage to flourish?

Prayer

God help us live into our designed purpose. Cause men to work and in doing so may you cause marriages to flourish. May we honor our marriages in the same way that your Son loves and honors the Church. 

Lazarus

Lazarus

Sermon Response

LAZARUS TRUSTING THROUGH DISAPPOINTMENT

The Text: JOHN 11:17-44

Jesus finally arrives in Bethany where Lazarus has died. He is too late, and Martha and Mary are disappointed that Jesus didn’t heal their brother. Their responses in their disappointment are vastly different Martha tries to take control of the situation and Mary settles into her discouragement, not even being able to be consoled. Jesus weeps because He is so passionate about His mission to glorify His Father and to draw people to believe in Him (to make disciples). And He realizes that they don’t fully trust Him or understand this mission. He shows them His mission by raising Lazarus from the dead which both gives glory to God and causes people to believe in Jesus.

Discuss:

  1. When you are disappointed, do you find yourself more like Martha trying to take control of the situation or are you more like Mary retreating into your disappointment and discouragement?

  2. Why is it hard to trust Jesus in the midst of your disappointment with life?

  3. If you knew that the cause of your disappointment would bring glory to God and cause someone to believe in Jesus, would you ask God to take it away?

  4. Which is most difficult for you Blindly trusting in Jesus to handle your situation... Focusing on His mission instead of your circumstances... or Releasing the thing that you’re holding on to that is causing your disappointment?

Respond:

  1. What one step can you take today to Trust, Focus & Release?

  2. How can God use your situation to glorify God and make disciples?

Prayer

Lord, I give you my expectations, my disappointment and my doubt. Please help me to trust you more with EVERY area of my life. Keep my mind focused on your mission so that others can know you because they know me. 

Lazarus

Lazarus

Sermon Response

Lazarus

The Text:

John 11:1-16

This is part 1 of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus has been hiding out in Perea for the last few months. While there he gets word from Mary and Martha that his friend Lazarus is very sick and will die if he does not come quickly. Jesus and his disciples are two days away from Bethany where Lazarus lives. The disciples know that returning to Judea will mean almost certain death for them and their leader, Jesus. But Jesus reminds them that as long as it is “day” there is work to be done and the Father will protect them until the time for work is over. The text ends with Thomas making a radical declaration of allegiance to Jesus.

Discuss:

  1. What do we know about Mary, Martha, and their brother Lazarus?

  2. Why do the disciples have so much trouble understanding Jesus’ words in the text? What does the metaphor of day and night represent?

  3. Why does Jesus wait 2 days before starting his journey to Bethany?

  4. What do you think fueled Thomas’ declaration.

Respond:

  1. Mary and Martha were desperate disciples. Their hope and need drove their faith in Jesus. Describe a time in your life when you were like Mary and Martha.

  2. The disciples were called to follow Jesus every day, as long as there was work to be done. Describe a time in your life where following Jesus simply meant waking up every day and doing life for his glory.

  3. Thomas passionately declared his willingness to die for Jesus. He was fully surrendered. Describe a time in your life when following Jesus became extreme and the cost of doing so could have been your whole life.

Prayer

Jesus, because of who you are and what you have done, let us follow you every day of our life. May we trust you when we are in need, follow you as long as there is breath in our lungs and always be willing to give all we have for the sake of your name. 

Justification VS. Moralism

Justification VS. Moralism

Sermon Response

Justification VS. Moralism

The Text:
Read: Luke 11:39-42, Luke 10:38-42, Galatians 2:15-21, Ephesians 2:1-10

The Path of disciplined grace is the narrow road on which God’s grace and man’s efforts (the spiritual disciplines) intersect to best allow God to transform the inner person to look more like Jesus. There are two dangerous pits that people fall into that are heresy and keep a disciple from growing into what God intends for them. One is antinomianism or justification where the disciple believes that if there is nothing that improves their position with God, then there is no reason to do anything spiritual or righteous. The other pit is moralism where the disciple thinks that they must work harder to avoid sin and to be righteous so that they improve their position with God, but it usually leads to legalism instead of growth.

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think you lean more toward Justification or Moralism?

  2. Why doesn’t just trying harder and working harder make us more spiritual and righteous?

  3. Is there a time in your life where you’ve “stapled apples” to a dead tree – pretended to be righteous when you were spiritually dead inside? Why did you do that? What was the result?

  4. Explain the Gospel from Ephesians 2:1-10, and how it relates to the path of disciplined grace. How do grace and discipline collide in our faith?

Respond:

1. How can you learn to live out of your desire for God instead of living to please God?

Prayer

Lord, help us learn to rest in You so that we can worship & serve out of our gratitude for what you’ve done for us on the cross. 

Justification VS. Moralism

Justification VS. Moralism

Sermon Response

Justification VS. Moralism

The Text:

Read: Romans 3:9-12, Isaiah 57:20, Colossians 2:20-23, Ephesians 2:8-9

The Path of disciplined grace is the narrow road on which God’s grace and man’s efforts (the spiritual disciplines) intersect to best allow God to transform the inner person to look more like Jesus.

Discuss:

  1. A disciple is someone who does what Jesus did, teaches what Jesus taught, and represents Jesus in his absence. Where do you need to grow as a disciple?

  2. Which of the inward spiritual disciplines do you engage in the most? Which one do you fail to do? (Meditation, Prayer, Study, Fasting)

  3. What is a good definition of a person who has fallen into the heresy of Justification (antinomianism)?

  4. Do you tend to lean more toward the Justification or Moralism side of the path of disciplined grace? Explain.

Respond:

1. What do you need to do this week to position yourself on the path of disciplined grace so as to allow God to transform you?

Prayer

Lord gives us the grace and discipline to look more like you! 

Just Jesus

Just Jesus

Sermon Response

Just Jesus

The Text:
Read Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:20-21, Isaiah 9:6, Luke 2:8-14

As you read the above passage make note of all that was prophesied and proclaimed regarding the arrival of Jesus. Highlight the many blessings, like peace and joy that are promised in Christ Jesus. These passage are a celebration of the beautiful truth that Jesus invaded earth to save us and bring us life.

Discuss:

  1. What do you want for Christmas?

  2. Is there anything in your life that you want this year but you know that you can’t purchase it at Target? What does your soul want this year?

  3. Do you believe that Jesus is the only thing that can bring people true peace? Explain.

  4. Do you trust that Jesus is sufficient for all of your needs? What does that look like in your everyday life?

Respond:

1. Is Jesus the best gift you could receive this year? What do we do to receive this gift?

Prayer

Lord you are all we want and all we need. Forgives us when we try to find our satisfaction in things other than you. May we all be filled with your peace this Christmas season! 

John 10:40-42

John 10:40-42

Sermon Response

Leaving Jerusalem

The Text:
Read John 10:40-42 & Luke 13:22-30

John tells us that Jesus went to back to where it all began. Jesus goes to preach and teach in the area on the other side of the Jordan river. While there many believed in him. Luke gives us an idea of what Jesus did as he taught from village to village on his four month trip back to Jerusalem. The message is the same every time - You are guilty of sin and need to repent and turn to faith in Jesus. You need to take the narrow path in order to be with God for eternity at the Messianic Banquet in Heaven.

Discuss:

  1. Why did Jesus leave Jerusalem?

  2. What is the narrow door? Why will few enter?

  3. What does Jesus mean when he says the door will be closed? When does this happen for us?

  4. What is the evil for which God will send many away?

  5. Who are the people that will come from the north, south, east and

    west?

Respond:

  1. Why do many people refuse to believe Jesus is the only way to God? How do you address this lack of belief with them?

  2. In Jesus message there is urgency. Choose Jesus before the door closes, do you think this is a motivating factor in helping others believe in Jesus? How can you use it without causing fear?

  3. Are you ready? Do you know that if the door closed on you right now you would be “IN”? Why or why not?

Prayer

Lord may we place our full trust in your today and may we help those who are far from you do the same! 

John 10:22-39

John 10:22-39

Sermon Response

BELIEVE IN MY WORKS

The Text: Read John 10:22-39

Jesus returns to Jerusalem for the Festival of Dedication. The Jews living in Jerusalem try to set a trap for Jesus. They confront Jesus and tell him to stop being a coward and tell them plainly if he really is the Messiah. Jesus avoids the questions and points them back to his works as the validation that he is the Messiah. Jesus then proceeds to say that He and the Father are one. The Jews pick up stones to kill Jesus for his blasphemy but Jesus causes them to drop the rocks by asking “for which good work are you killing me?” He then goes to scripture and reminds the Jews that God himself referred to the prophets as gods.

Discuss:

  1. What were the people celebrating during the Festival of Dedication ?

  2. What “good works” were Jesus referring to in verse 25?

  3. When Jesus says, “that He and the Father are one” what does he

    mean?

  4. What do you believe about Eternal Security/Once saved always saved (vs 28-29)?

  5. How does Jesus argue that he is greater than the prophets that God called little “g” gods?

Respond:

  1. The foundational work of Jesus for us today is His resurrection. Why do you believe in the resurrection? What would it mean for Christians if Jesus did not rise from the dead?

  2. The building blocks of belief cause us to better trust God for our today and tomorrow. Currently do you have the peace, hope, and confidence to trust Jesus for your today and tomorrow? Why or why not?

  3. Where are you on the steps of belief: (1)Belief in the Resurrection, (2)belief in the infallible Word of God, (3) belief that daily living out the word will produce the abundant life God promises, (4)belief in Jesus for your today and tomorrow? What would it take for you to get to the next step?

Prayer

Lord grant us a double portion of faith and help us trust in you for our today and tomorrow. 

John 10:1-13

John 10:1-13

Sermon Response

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

The Text: Read John 10:1-13

A beautiful allegory proclaiming Jesus to be the good shepherd, a role held only by God himself. The passage is meant to condemn the pharisees for the poor care that had shown the flock of God yet in doing so it becomes a passage of great hope for those of us who call Jesus our lord and savior.

Discuss:

  1. How can Jesus be the good shepherd and the gate?

  2. Why do you think the pharisees didn’t understand Jesus’ teaching? (vs 6)

  3. Who or what is the thief in vs 10?

  4. What makes Jesus the good shepherd?

  5. What are the three privileges given to the sheep of Jesus flock? (vs 9-10)

Respond:

1. The first privilege given by Jesus to those who listen and obey His voice is Salvation. Describe how you came to trust Jesus for your salvation.

  1. The second privilege given by Jesus to those who listen and obey His voice is Provision (pasture). Describe how you currently trust in Jesus for your provision (resources, food, shelter). How can you trust him more?

  2. The third privilege given by Jesus to those who listen and obey His voice is Life to the full? Describe how you are currently living out this abundant life in Jesus. What are some aspects of this abundant life that you feel you are currently missing? How can you step more fully into this full life?

Prayer

God may we hear only your voice. May we trust in no other voices and may we trust in you alone as our good shepherd. Let us intentionally tell others of the goodness that we have found in you. 

John 9:39-41

John 9:39-41

Sermon Response

Spiritual Blindness

The Text: Read John 9:39-41

Jesus has harsh words for the Pharisees. He lets them know that their knowledge of God and His word will ultimately be their judge. These three verses finish a long section surrounding the healing of a man born blind and Jesus masterfully uses the illustration of blindness to show how men and women need to humbly approach God and trust in Jesus.

Discuss:

  1. Jesus says that he came to the world for judgement (vs 39) yet there are other passages that he came to save the world. How can you explain this apparent contradiction in scripture?

  2. When Jesus says that the blind will see and those who see will become blind, what does he mean?

  3. Is it possible for the “blind” to not be guilty of sin (vs 41)? Or do you think all men are guilty of sin? Explain.

Respond:

1. Describe in detail the moment of humility that surrounded you first “seeing” your need for Jesus.

  1. Explain the things in our culture that you think cause people to be “blind” to their need for Jesus.

  2. Who in your life is currently blind to their need for Jesus? How can you engage them with the good news of Jesus and help them see their need for a savior?

Prayer

God let us all see daily our need for Jesus. In faith may we trust him to be for us our savior and lord. Let us follow him all the days of our lives. 

John 9:13-38

John 9:13-38

Sermon Response

BLIND BUT NOW I SEE

The Text: Read John 9:13-38

The pharisees are trying to poke holes in the blind man’s healing. They can’t except that Jesus has the power and authority to give sight to a man born blind. The pharisees come after the blind man and his parents, but the man take all they can throw at him and does so with one tested principle, he used his story. He answered most of their questions by simple stating that I was blind, and now I see.

Discuss:

  1. What was the purpose of pharisees interviewing the blind man

    and his parents?

  2. What were the ramifications of being kicked out of the synagogue?

  3. What made the blind man’s response to the pharisees so difficult to argue against?

Respond:

  1. What event(s) in your life helped you to see Jesus clearly?

  2. Have you ever used your story to help someone else see Jesus? Explain.

3. Describe the moment in your life when you fully placed your faith and trust in Jesus Christ?

Prayer

God let us see Jesus clearly. Help us understand where we are blind and see that you are working in our life to do to better reveal Jesus to us. Let us be intentional about helping others see Jesus.