Sermon Response June 17, 2018   The Text:Ezra 3   Discuss:  1. 2. 3. 4.  5.  Why is the 7th month important? Why did the priests build the altar first?  Who is Zerubbabel and what was his role?  Why did the old men cry when they saw the foundation being laid?  Why do you think the people chose Psalm 136:1 to sing?  Respond:    Do you worship God because of who he is or simply where you are?    Do you worship God in a way that to not do so for a long period would cause you sadness?    Do you worship God so boldly that others take notice?    Prayer  God, may we well up with thanksgiving when we think of who you are and what you have done for us. May that thankfulness pour out in worship and praise. May we be a people that worship you in such a way that others take notice.

Sermon Response June 17, 2018

The Text:Ezra 3

Discuss:

1. 2. 3. 4.

5.

Why is the 7th month important?
Why did the priests build the altar first?

Who is Zerubbabel and what was his role?

Why did the old men cry when they saw the foundation being laid?

Why do you think the people chose Psalm 136:1 to sing?

Respond:

  1. Do you worship God because of who he is or simply where you are?

  2. Do you worship God in a way that to not do so for a long period would cause you sadness?

  3. Do you worship God so boldly that others take notice?

Prayer

God, may we well up with thanksgiving when we think of who you are and what you have done for us. May that thankfulness pour out in worship and praise. May we be a people that worship you in such a way that others take notice.

      Sermon Response June 10, 2018   The Text: Ezra 2 (Do not read the entire text)   Discuss:  1. 2. 3.  Why were some people listed by name and others only by geography?  What was the role of the musicians and gatekeepers?  Why do you think only “some” of the family heads gave free-will offerings?  Respond:  1. Have you ever been part of a large movement of God (more than 40,000 people)? explain.    Have you ever struggled to give back to God that which he has freely given to you? Explain.    If you looked at your bank account would it show contributions to the work of God? Why or why not?    Money is only one of many barometers that show the condition of our heart. What are other things in your life that help you judge your affection for God?    Prayer  God, may we love you with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. May our affection for you grow each and every day and may we live open handed with the resources you have entrusted to us.

Sermon Response June 10, 2018

The Text:
Ezra 2 (Do not read the entire text)

Discuss:

1. 2. 3.

Why were some people listed by name and others only by geography?

What was the role of the musicians and gatekeepers?

Why do you think only “some” of the family heads gave free-will offerings?

Respond:

1. Have you ever been part of a large movement of God (more than 40,000 people)? explain.

  1. Have you ever struggled to give back to God that which he has freely given to you? Explain.

  2. If you looked at your bank account would it show contributions to the work of God? Why or why not?

  3. Money is only one of many barometers that show the condition of our heart. What are other things in your life that help you judge your affection for God?

Prayer

God, may we love you with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. May our affection for you grow each and every day and may we live open handed with the resources you have entrusted to us.

      Sermon Response June 3, 2018   The Text:Ezra 1   Discuss:    Why did God wait so long to rebuild His temple?    Why do you think Cyrus allowed anyone who wanted to return to Jerusalem?    Why did the “survivors” give silver and gold along with free-will offerings?    Why did Ezra include the inventory list into his story?    Respond:    Have you ever felt like God moved you at a heart level to do something? How did you respond?    When it comes to “going” or “funding” missions which side do you lean towards and why?    When grasp that God can work by using the King of Persia to accomplish his will, how do you feel about his ability to work in your life?    How will your life look different after reading the first chapter of Ezra?    Prayer  God, make us aware of your great power and may that knowledge strengthen our faith and our trust in you every day of our lives.

Sermon Response June 3, 2018

The Text:Ezra 1

Discuss:

  1. Why did God wait so long to rebuild His temple?

  2. Why do you think Cyrus allowed anyone who wanted to return to Jerusalem?

  3. Why did the “survivors” give silver and gold along with free-will offerings?

  4. Why did Ezra include the inventory list into his story?

Respond:

  1. Have you ever felt like God moved you at a heart level to do something? How did you respond?

  2. When it comes to “going” or “funding” missions which side do you lean towards and why?

  3. When grasp that God can work by using the King of Persia to accomplish his will, how do you feel about his ability to work in your life?

  4. How will your life look different after reading the first chapter of Ezra?

Prayer

God, make us aware of your great power and may that knowledge strengthen our faith and our trust in you every day of our lives.

      Sermon Response May 20, 2018   The Text:Ruth 4:12-22   Discuss:  1. 2. 3.  Why did the elders wish the offspring of Ruth and Boaz to be like that of Perez?  Why do you think the birth of Obed was so significant to Naomi?  Why did the town’s woman get to name Obed? Is there significance in his name?  Respond:  There are four requirements for a kinsmen redeemer. I will list each one and then some scripture that speak to being of like mind and therefor the perfect kinsmen redeemer. After  each requirement please simply answer how the requirement makes you feel and if it will impact the way you live your life this week.  A Kinsmen had to be a near relative:  Hebrews 2:11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.  A Kinsmen must be willing to redeem:  1 John 4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.  John 4:34 My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.  A Kinsmen must be free themselves:  2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.     A Kinsmen must be able to pay the price of  redemption:  Hebrews 9:12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.  Prayer  God, thank you for the book of Ruth and all that it teaches us about your son Jesus, our perfect redeemer.   

Sermon Response May 20, 2018

The Text:Ruth 4:12-22

Discuss:

1. 2. 3.

Why did the elders wish the offspring of Ruth and Boaz to be like that of Perez?

Why do you think the birth of Obed was so significant to Naomi?

Why did the town’s woman get to name Obed? Is there significance in his name?

Respond:

There are four requirements for a kinsmen redeemer. I will list each one and then some scripture that speak to being of like mind and therefor the perfect kinsmen redeemer. After

each requirement please simply answer how the requirement makes you feel and if it will impact the way you live your life this week.

A Kinsmen had to be a near relative:

Hebrews 2:11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.

A Kinsmen must be willing to redeem:

1 John 4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

John 4:34 My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

A Kinsmen must be free themselves:

2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

A Kinsmen must be able to pay the price of

redemption:

Hebrews 9:12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.

Prayer

God, thank you for the book of Ruth and all that it teaches us about your son Jesus, our perfect redeemer.

 

      Sermon Response May 20, 2018   The Text:Ruth 4:1-11   Discuss:    Why did Boaz go to the city gate?    Why did Boaz call the nearer kinsmen-redeemer “friend”?    Since Ruth chose Boaz as her kinsmen-redeemer why do you think Boaz wanted to give the nearer redeemer a chance to redeem Ruth?    Respond:  1. Have you ever been pursued by someone or something? (This does not have to be a romantic pursuit) Tell the story.  2. Why do you think people like to be pursued?  3. How does God pursue his people?  4. Have you ever responded to God’s pursuit of you? How did your life change?  Prayer  God, thank you for loving and pursuing us. We see your love and care through the actions of Jesus on the cross. May we continue to express our gratitude to you in the form of worship and service.

Sermon Response May 20, 2018

The Text:Ruth 4:1-11

Discuss:

  1. Why did Boaz go to the city gate?

  2. Why did Boaz call the nearer kinsmen-redeemer “friend”?

  3. Since Ruth chose Boaz as her kinsmen-redeemer why do you think Boaz wanted to give the nearer redeemer a chance to redeem Ruth?

Respond:

1. Have you ever been pursued by someone or something? (This does not have to be a romantic pursuit) Tell the story.

2. Why do you think people like to be pursued?

3. How does God pursue his people?

4. Have you ever responded to God’s pursuit of you? How did your life change?

Prayer

God, thank you for loving and pursuing us. We see your love and care through the actions of Jesus on the cross. May we continue to express our gratitude to you in the form of worship and service.

      Sermon Response May 14, 2018   The Text:Ruth 3   Discuss:    Why did Naomi tell Ruth to bathe and go to the threshing floor?    Why did Ruth ask Baoz to cover her with the corner of his garment?    Why do you think Boaz was so thankful when he realized it was Ruth at his feet?    Respond:  1. Since Boaz is a picture of Jesus. Which of his actions as kinsmen-redeemer bring you the most hope?  2. What do you see about the character of Ruth and Boaz that you need to apply to your own life?  3. Did you or do you listen to your mom? Why or why not.  4. How can parents push their children toward Jesus? Have you been able to do this in your life? Explain.  Prayer  God, thank you for redeeming even the most unlikely of sinners. Help us all run toward you and seek you as our hope and joy. We need more of you Jesus. Thank you for being our redeemer!

Sermon Response May 14, 2018

The Text:Ruth 3

Discuss:

  1. Why did Naomi tell Ruth to bathe and go to the threshing floor?

  2. Why did Ruth ask Baoz to cover her with the corner of his garment?

  3. Why do you think Boaz was so thankful when he realized it was Ruth at his feet?

Respond:

1. Since Boaz is a picture of Jesus. Which of his actions as kinsmen-redeemer bring you the most hope?

2. What do you see about the character of Ruth and Boaz that you need to apply to your own life?

3. Did you or do you listen to your mom? Why or why not.

4. How can parents push their children toward Jesus? Have you been able to do this in your life? Explain.

Prayer

God, thank you for redeeming even the most unlikely of sinners. Help us all run toward you and seek you as our hope and joy. We need more of you Jesus. Thank you for being our redeemer!

      Sermon Response May 6, 2018   The Text:Ruth 2:17-23   Discuss:    What do you think made Naomi turn from hopeless to hopeful?    Why did Ruth hold back some of her lunch?    What made Naomi thank the same God she blamed for all of her problems in chapter 1?    Why do you think Boaz took interest in Ruth?    Respond:  1. How would you define biblical hope? 2. What do you do when you feel hopeless?  3. Do you think it is important to “do something” when you are feeling hopeless? Explain.  4. Are you more proactive or idle when you feel hopeless?  5. What area of your life do you need God to invade and change your circumstances?  Prayer  God, thank you for loving us enough to care about each one of us! Lord, grant us the grace necessary to seek you and your true hope every day of our life.

Sermon Response May 6, 2018

The Text:Ruth 2:17-23

Discuss:

  1. What do you think made Naomi turn from hopeless to hopeful?

  2. Why did Ruth hold back some of her lunch?

  3. What made Naomi thank the same God she blamed for all of her problems in chapter 1?

  4. Why do you think Boaz took interest in Ruth?

Respond:

1. How would you define biblical hope?
2. What do you do when you feel hopeless?

3. Do you think it is important to “do something” when you are feeling hopeless? Explain.

4. Are you more proactive or idle when you feel hopeless?

5. What area of your life do you need God to invade and change your circumstances?

Prayer

God, thank you for loving us enough to care about each one of us! Lord, grant us the grace necessary to seek you and your true hope every day of our life.

      Sermon Response April 16, 2018   The Text: Ruth 1:6-22   Discuss:    What do you think was Naomi’s motivation for asking the girls to go back to Moab?    Why do you think Ruth went with Naomi and Orpah did not?    Why do think Naomi was so bitter?    What do you think made Ruth put her faith in God.    Respond:  1. Have you ever had to make a choice between going back to something comfortable and following God? What happened?  2. Do feel like you are good enough to be a part of God’s family? Why or why not.  3. Where do you need more of God’s grace in your life?  4. When you see that God allowed Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba all to be in the genealogy of Jesus, how does that make you feel? What does that tell you about God?  Prayer  God, thank you for giving us the grace we need today and the faith we need to face tomorrow.

Sermon Response April 16, 2018

The Text: Ruth 1:6-22

Discuss:

  1. What do you think was Naomi’s motivation for asking the girls to go back to Moab?

  2. Why do you think Ruth went with Naomi and Orpah did not?

  3. Why do think Naomi was so bitter?

  4. What do you think made Ruth put her faith in God.

Respond:

1. Have you ever had to make a choice between going back to something comfortable and following God? What happened?

2. Do feel like you are good enough to be a part of God’s family? Why or why not.

3. Where do you need more of God’s grace in your life?

4. When you see that God allowed Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba all to be in the genealogy of Jesus, how does that make you feel? What does that tell you about God?

Prayer

God, thank you for giving us the grace we need today and the faith we need to face tomorrow.

       Sermon Response4/16/18     The Text:Ruth 1:1-5    Discuss:    Why do you think God sent/allowed a famine in Bethlehem?    Why do you think such misfortune fell upon Elimelek’s family.    Why did God forbid the Moabite’s from entering His assembly? Deut 23:3-6    Respond:  1. Have you ever walked more by sight than faith? Explain.  2. Give an example from your life when you knew God forbid your actions yet you did it anyway.  3. When faced with trials in your life how do you respond? Endure, Run, Overcome through God.  4. Would you rather have a perfect life devoid of God or a life full of trial with God? Explain why.  Prayer  God, help us seek you in every aspect of our life. May our lives reflect your word and your glory. Let us love you and face the trials of this world with faith. May we walk with you Jesus.

Sermon Response4/16/18

The Text:Ruth 1:1-5

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think God sent/allowed a famine in Bethlehem?

  2. Why do you think such misfortune fell upon Elimelek’s family.

  3. Why did God forbid the Moabite’s from entering His assembly? Deut 23:3-6

Respond:

1. Have you ever walked more by sight than faith? Explain.

2. Give an example from your life when you knew God forbid your actions yet you did it anyway.

3. When faced with trials in your life how do you respond? Endure, Run, Overcome through God.

4. Would you rather have a perfect life devoid of God or a life full of trial with God? Explain why.

Prayer

God, help us seek you in every aspect of our life. May our lives reflect your word and your glory. Let us love you and face the trials of this world with faith. May we walk with you Jesus.

Sermon Response April 9, 2018

The Text:Matthew John 15:9-10

Discuss:

  1. List 3 commands from God. Read the scripture from which each command is taken.

  2. How does Jesus summarize all the commands of God? How would you?

  3. Why do you think obeying is tied so closely to love?

Respond:

1. Do you feel like you back up your verbal declaration of love for Jesus with action? Explain.

2. Which commands of God are the most difficult for you to faithfully follow?

3. When you fail at following God’s commands how do you typically respond?

4. What do you need to do this week to better follow God’s commands?

Prayer

God, thank you for loving us. Thank you for sending Jesus to this earth to model love for us. God grant us the grace sufficient to faithfully and obediently love you more!

      Sermon Response 4/2/18   The Text: Matthew 26-27   Discuss:    When you read the text point out all the times that Jesus is humble.    When you read the text point out all the times that God the Father is sovereign.    Why is Jesus so humble?    Respond:  1. Describe the way a sovereign God makes you feel.  2. Describe the way a humble savior makes you feel.  3. Do you think we need both a sovereign God and a humble savior? Explain.  Prayer  God, thank you that you meet us where we are at. And thank you for sending your son Jesus to be our savior. 

Sermon Response 4/2/18

The Text: Matthew 26-27

Discuss:

  1. When you read the text point out all the times that Jesus is humble.

  2. When you read the text point out all the times that God the Father is sovereign.

  3. Why is Jesus so humble?

Respond:

1. Describe the way a sovereign God makes you feel.

2. Describe the way a humble savior makes you feel.

3. Do you think we need both a sovereign God and a humble savior? Explain.

Prayer

God, thank you that you meet us where we are at. And thank you for sending your son Jesus to be our savior. 

Sermon Response March 25, 2018

The Text: Mark 5:1-20

Mark tells the story of a man who was afflicted by an unclean spirit (demon) and what happened to him when his life intersected with Jesus. He was a mess before he met Jesus, but he experienced a radical transformation after he met Jesus. In what areas of life do you need a radical transformation?

Discuss:

  1. What was the condition of the man before he met Jesus? Can you relate to this man? In what ways were you similar before you met Jesus?

  2. This man begged Jesus to leave him just like He found him. Why would anyone want to stay in this condition? Have you ever been guilty of being comfortable staying in a bad condition?

  3. Why is change so hard?

  4. What was this man’s condition like after he met Jesus? What changes happened in your life when you met Jesus?

  5. Why is it so hard to follow Jesus, even if our circumstances don’t change?

Respond:

  1. Is there an area of sin that you need to ask Jesus to remove from your life?

  2. Sometimes our circumstance doesn’t change, but we change. How does personal transformation help you deal with unchanging circumstances?

  3. The man wanted to stay with Jesus - which is the proper desire of a disciple, but Jesus had a mission for the man - which is the proper response of a disciple. Who do you need to tell about what Jesus has done for you and how He has shown you mercy?

  4. Do you find yourself regularly responding to God in obedience and worship because of His love for you, or are you just acknowledging him out of fear?

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I want to be transformed by you. I know that it could be hard and painful, but I know that in the end it will turn out for my benefit and for your glory. I know that changed will NOT happen AROUND me until it happens IN me. Change me to be the person you designed me to be. Help me influence the people in my life to be changed by you because they see the change you have made in me. Give me peace to handle the circumstance that do not change in my life, and give me grace to love like you do. Help me to be on mission for you - sharing with others how much you have done for me and how much mercy you have shown me. Amen.