Sermon Response 2/19/18   The Text: John 21:1-14   Discuss:    Why did the disciples go back to Galilee?    Why do you think Jesus chose that place and time to appear to the disciples?    How do you think John knew it was Jesus?    What do you think is the significance of the 153 fish?    Respond:  1. Have you ever had a moment like Peter when you were moved so much by Jesus you just ran to him? Explain.  2. You have been called to be fishers of men. How are you doing at fulfilling your calling?  3. What methods or ways do you feel are best to help people respond to the good news of Jesus?  4. How are you doing at hearing the voice of Jesus and being faithfully obedient?  Prayer  God allow us to be faithful and obedient to your voice and to be better fishers of men. 

Sermon Response 2/19/18

The Text: John 21:1-14

Discuss:

  1. Why did the disciples go back to Galilee?

  2. Why do you think Jesus chose that place and time to appear to the disciples?

  3. How do you think John knew it was Jesus?

  4. What do you think is the significance of the 153 fish?

Respond:

1. Have you ever had a moment like Peter when you were moved so much by Jesus you just ran to him? Explain.

2. You have been called to be fishers of men. How are you doing at fulfilling your calling?

3. What methods or ways do you feel are best to help people respond to the good news of Jesus?

4. How are you doing at hearing the voice of Jesus and being faithfully obedient?

Prayer

God allow us to be faithful and obedient to your voice and to be better fishers of men. 

Sermon Response February 12, 2018

The Text: John 20:24-29

Discuss:

  1. Why do think Thomas has received such a bad rap, for his doubt?

  2. How do you think Jesus knew exactly what Thomas needed to believe?

  3. Why do you think it is better to believe without seeing (vs 29)?

Respond:

1. Explain a time in your past when you were able to help someone see Jesus?

2. How did you come to believe in Jesus? Was their one crucial intersection where God invaded your life?

3. What are the blessings of believe in your life?

4. Who in your life needs to believe? How can you help them see Jesus?

Prayer

God help us to believe in you in such a way as to receive the richest of your blessings. 

      Sermon Response February 5, 2018   The Text: John 20:19-23   Discuss:    Why does Jesus say, “peace be with you”?    Why do you think the disciples thought Jesus was a ghost?    When the disciples were able to touch Jesus they began to believe, why do you think the testimony of Mary was not sufficient for them to believe?    What does Jesus mean in vs 23? Can we forgive the sins of others, or cause there to be no forgiveness?    Respond:    What area(s) of your life do you need Jesus to invade?    When you think about the peace of God, how would you explain it to someone else?    3. How can one receive the peace of God? How do you know if someone has it?  4. Have you ever had your sins declared forgiven? How did that effect you?  Prayer  God fill us all with your peace and invade the areas of our life that only you can transform. 

Sermon Response February 5, 2018

The Text: John 20:19-23

Discuss:

  1. Why does Jesus say, “peace be with you”?

  2. Why do you think the disciples thought Jesus was a ghost?

  3. When the disciples were able to touch Jesus they began to believe, why do you think the testimony of Mary was not sufficient for them to believe?

  4. What does Jesus mean in vs 23? Can we forgive the sins of others, or cause there to be no forgiveness?

Respond:

  1. What area(s) of your life do you need Jesus to invade?

  2. When you think about the peace of God, how would you explain it to someone else?

3. How can one receive the peace of God? How do you know if someone has it?

4. Have you ever had your sins declared forgiven? How did that effect you?

Prayer

God fill us all with your peace and invade the areas of our life that only you can transform. 

Sermon Response January 29, 2018

The Text: John 20:10-18

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think Mary stayed at the tomb after Peter and John left?

  2. The angels and Jesus both ask Mary why she is crying. Why do you think she was crying?

  3. When Jesus spoke Mary’s name she immediately realized it was him. Why do you think his first two questions did not get her attention?

  4. Why could Mary not hold on to Jesus?

Respond:

  1. Have you ever been faced with such daunting circumstances that it made it impossible for you to hear and believe the truth of God? Explain.

  2. Has God ever called you by name to pull you out of a dark place? Explain.

3. What does it make you feel like to know that through Jesus you are now sons and daughters of God? (Jesus called the disciples brothers)

4. What is God calling you away from this week?

Prayer

God call us each by name that we may know and experience your love and grace! 

 Sermon Response January 22, 2018


The Text: John 20:1-9


Discuss:
1. Why do you think Mary (and the other women) were going to the tomb that morning? Considering that Joseph and Nicodemus had already prepared Jesus’ body.
2. Why do you think John made such a big deal out of beating Peter to the tomb?
3. When John saw the empty tomb he believed. Why do you think this was enough for him and not the others?


Respond:

 1. What have you seen or experienced in your life that has caused you to believe in Jesus?
2. What has God resurrected in you? Have you seen God make a dead part of your life alive again?
3. What do you need God to resurrect in you today?
Prayer
God thank you for your resurrecting power. Come and resurrect us and let us live the life you so graciously bought for each of us.

      Sermon Response January 15, 2018   The Text: John 19:38-42   Discuss:    What made Joseph and Nicodemus so powerful?    What were the financial investments each man made?    Why do you think they chose to keep there allegiance to Jesus secret? Do you think they continued to do so after the resurrection?    What do you think Jesus did between Friday and Sunday?    Respond:  1. What is the completed work of Jesus?  2. How do you rest in this completed work?  3. What would change in your life if you rested in the completed work of Jesus more?  Prayer  God help us all rest in the completed work of Jesus. We are in such great need of you. Help us see that need and respond in faith. 

Sermon Response January 15, 2018

The Text: John 19:38-42

Discuss:

  1. What made Joseph and Nicodemus so powerful?

  2. What were the financial investments each man made?

  3. Why do you think they chose to keep there allegiance to Jesus secret? Do you think they continued to do so after the resurrection?

  4. What do you think Jesus did between Friday and Sunday?

Respond:

1. What is the completed work of Jesus?

2. How do you rest in this completed work?

3. What would change in your life if you rested in the completed work of Jesus more?

Prayer

God help us all rest in the completed work of Jesus. We are in such great need of you. Help us see that need and respond in faith. 

        Sermon Response January 7, 2018 The Text: Exodus 15:22-25a    The Israelites have left Egypt and crossed the Red Sea. They are now setting out to begin their journey to the Promised Land. As they begin their journey they are confronted with what would become the first of many roadblocks, they were running out of water. They grumbled but Moses cried out to God and God responded but turning the bitter water sweet. Discuss: 1. Why would the Israelites want to stay at the Red Sea rather than move on to the Promised Land? Where do we see that same idea in our walks with Jesus today? 2. Why do you think the Israelites, who had just witnessed God do amazing miracles, struggle with trusting God as they begin to run out of water? Has there ever been a time where God did something big in your life and then very soon you had situational forgetfulness when it came to trusting God? If so, when? 3. What do you think the people thought when Moses threw a log in the water? Has there ever been a time where God asked you to do something that seemed strange but ended up serving a purpose?   Respond: 1. Are there any ways that God is calling you to move out of your comfort zone in your life right now? 2. Do you have any roadblocks in your life keeping you from moving forward in your relationship with Christ? 3. How can you react to that roadblock and still show that you trust God? 4. By Moses throwing the log in the water, he was helping remove the roadblock in front of the entire people. Is there something you can do for some else this week to help remove a roadblock from their lives? Prayer God help me to see those roadblocks in my life that keep me from being who you want me to be. Help me to trust you, as my loving daddy, with all of those situations, and give me the wisdom and motivation to help remove those roadblocks from my life and from the lives of those around me.

 Sermon Response January 7, 2018
The Text: Exodus 15:22-25a


The Israelites have left Egypt and crossed the Red Sea. They are now setting out to begin their journey to the Promised Land. As they begin their journey they are confronted with what would become the first of many roadblocks, they were running out of water. They grumbled but Moses cried out to God and God responded but turning the bitter water sweet.
Discuss:
1. Why would the Israelites want to stay at the Red Sea rather than move on to the Promised Land? Where do we see that same idea in our walks with Jesus today?
2. Why do you think the Israelites, who had just witnessed God do amazing miracles, struggle with trusting God as they begin to run out of water? Has there ever been a time where God did something big in your life and then very soon you had situational forgetfulness when it came to trusting God? If so, when?
3. What do you think the people thought when Moses threw a log in the water? Has there ever been a time where God asked you to do something that seemed strange but ended up serving a purpose?

 Respond:
1. Are there any ways that God is calling you to move out of your comfort zone in your life right now?
2. Do you have any roadblocks in your life keeping you from moving forward in your relationship with Christ?
3. How can you react to that roadblock and still show that you trust God?
4. By Moses throwing the log in the water, he was helping remove the roadblock in front of the entire people. Is there something you can do for some else this week to help remove a roadblock from their lives?
Prayer
God help me to see those roadblocks in my life that keep me from being who you want me to be. Help me to trust you, as my loving daddy, with all of those situations, and give me the wisdom and motivation to help remove those roadblocks from my life and from the lives of those around me.

Sermon Response January 2, 2018

The Text: Matthew 7:7-11

Discuss:

  1. In verse 7 what are the 3 promises Jesus gives?

  2. What does it take to be a child of God?

  3. What does Jesus mean when he says that the Father give good gifts?

Respond:

1. Where are you in relation to God? - Walking hand and hand and asking him for good gifts? Seeking him? Having to knock on the door that separates you?

2. What would need to happen in your life to cause you to pray more?

3. When have you seen God answer prayer?

Prayer

Take time to pray for every person in your group. 

      Sermon Response December 18, 2017   The Text: Read Luke 2:26-56   Discuss:    Why was Mary highly favored by God?    Why do you think she went to visit Elizabeth?    When Mary returned to Nazareth what gave her the strength to face the ridicule?    When you read Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) what stands out to you?    Respond:  1. When in your life have you been asked by God to do something outlandish? What happened?  2. When it comes to humility how would you rank yourself? (be careful this is kinda a trick question)  3. What is the biggest lesson you learned from Mary in this passage?  4. What do you need to do differently this week to make this Christmas season all about Jesus?  Prayer  God give us the grace to obey and surrender to you. Let this entire season be a season of worship and help us to realize that Christmas is not about us but instead all about Jesus. 

Sermon Response December 18, 2017

The Text: Read Luke 2:26-56

Discuss:

  1. Why was Mary highly favored by God?

  2. Why do you think she went to visit Elizabeth?

  3. When Mary returned to Nazareth what gave her the strength to face the ridicule?

  4. When you read Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) what stands out to you?

Respond:

1. When in your life have you been asked by God to do something outlandish? What happened?

2. When it comes to humility how would you rank yourself? (be careful this is kinda a trick question)

3. What is the biggest lesson you learned from Mary in this passage?

4. What do you need to do differently this week to make this Christmas season all about Jesus?

Prayer

God give us the grace to obey and surrender to you. Let this entire season be a season of worship and help us to realize that Christmas is not about us but instead all about Jesus. 

      Sermon Response December 11, 2017   The Text: Read Luke 2:1-16   Discuss:    Why do you think God chose Bethlehem as the birth city?    What was the significance of the manger?    Why do you think the angel of the Lord and the heavenly hosts came to lowly shepherds?    What is the good news?    Respond:  1. What in your life, aside from Jesus, brings you joy?  2. Have you ever experience the Great Joy that is found in Jesus? Explain.  3. How can you share this Great Joy with others this season?  4. What do you need to do today to better experience Jesus?  Prayer  God may we experience the great joy that comes from knowing your Son. May our joy be found in you and not the things of this world. And Father help us to be generous with the Joy you give us. 

Sermon Response December 11, 2017

The Text: Read Luke 2:1-16

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think God chose Bethlehem as the birth city?

  2. What was the significance of the manger?

  3. Why do you think the angel of the Lord and the heavenly hosts came to lowly shepherds?

  4. What is the good news?

Respond:

1. What in your life, aside from Jesus, brings you joy?

2. Have you ever experience the Great Joy that is found in Jesus? Explain.

3. How can you share this Great Joy with others this season?

4. What do you need to do today to better experience Jesus?

Prayer

God may we experience the great joy that comes from knowing your Son. May our joy be found in you and not the things of this world. And Father help us to be generous with the Joy you give us. 

      Sermon Response December 4, 2017   The Text: Read Matthew 2:1-12   Discuss:    What is the significance of Jesus being born in Bethlehem?    Why did Herod want to find Jesus?    Why were the Magi looking for Jesus?    Why did the Magi bring those 3 specific gifts?    Respond:  1. What is your focus during the Christmas Season? Explain.  2. Do you find it to be easier or harder to worship Jesus during this season? Explain.  3. What gift do you need to give someone this year, that you can’t buy on Amazon?  4. What do you need to do this season to make Jesus more the focus?  Prayer  God thank you for your son Jesus. May our focus be on Him and Him alone. Give us the grace to love others the way you love us during this season. 

Sermon Response December 4, 2017

The Text:
Read Matthew 2:1-12

Discuss:

  1. What is the significance of Jesus being born in Bethlehem?

  2. Why did Herod want to find Jesus?

  3. Why were the Magi looking for Jesus?

  4. Why did the Magi bring those 3 specific gifts?

Respond:

1. What is your focus during the Christmas Season? Explain.

2. Do you find it to be easier or harder to worship Jesus during this season? Explain.

3. What gift do you need to give someone this year, that you can’t buy on Amazon?

4. What do you need to do this season to make Jesus more the focus?

Prayer

God thank you for your son Jesus. May our focus be on Him and Him alone. Give us the grace to love others the way you love us during this season. 

      Sermon Response November 27, 2017   The Text: Read John 19:16-37   Discuss:    Why did Pilate write the sign in 3 languages?    What was significant about the guards dividing Jesus’ clothes?    Discuss each of the three statements that John records Jesus making on the cross (1.Mother this is your son 2. I am thirsty 3. It is finished). Why do you think John included these three?    What is the importance of the soldiers not breaking any of Jesus’ bones?    Respond:  1. What was the purpose of Jesus’ death?  2. What is your heart’s response to Jesus’ death on the cross?  3. How does the cross impact the way you live your life?  4. What in your life needs to change because of the Cross?  Prayer  Lord thank you for forgiving my sins. Help me to live as one who has been forgiven. 

Sermon Response November 27, 2017

The Text: Read John 19:16-37

Discuss:

  1. Why did Pilate write the sign in 3 languages?

  2. What was significant about the guards dividing Jesus’ clothes?

  3. Discuss each of the three statements that John records Jesus making on the cross (1.Mother this is your son 2. I am thirsty 3. It is finished). Why do you think John included these three?

  4. What is the importance of the soldiers not breaking any of Jesus’ bones?

Respond:

1. What was the purpose of Jesus’ death?

2. What is your heart’s response to Jesus’ death on the cross?

3. How does the cross impact the way you live your life?

4. What in your life needs to change because of the Cross?

Prayer

Lord thank you for forgiving my sins. Help me to live as one who has been forgiven.