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. 

March 19, 2018

Sermon Response March 19, 2018

The Text:
Psalm 63:1-6, Philippians 3:7-9, Romans 8:22-23

Discuss:

  1. What made David such a man of God?

  2. What did Paul have to lose in order to serve Christ?

  3. Why does creation groan?

Respond:

1. Do you talk about God like David? Why or why not.

2. Do you talk about life like Paul? Why or why not.

  1. Do you long for heaven more than earth? Why or why not.

  2. What do your words tell you about the condition of your heart? How is your heart?

Prayer

God may the words of our heart be pleasing to you!! 

John The Recap

John The Recap

Sermon Response March 12, 2018

The Text:
John 20:30-31 and John 21:24-25

Discuss:

  1. What was your favorite story from the gospel of John?

  2. If you were writing a gospel to tell what Jesus has done in your life, what would you include to help others believe in Jesus?

  3. What caused you to believe in Jesus?

Respond:

1. How will the gospel of John impact your life this week?

Prayer

God thank you for your word and the goodness of your Son Jesus. 

Sermon Response March 4, 2018

The Text: Read I John 4:7-12

John is addressing the false doctrine that God is disconnected from mankind, but in so doing lays down the understanding of the Gospel cycle: God loved (did what it took for us to be in relationship with God) us and so we love (do what it takes to point people to Christ) others.

Discuss:

  1. Is there anything peculiar or difficult that stands out from the passage?

  2. Is the issue of believing that God is not relevant to our world an issue today? Why or why not?

  3. What is the difference between loving something/someone and wanting what is best for them?

Respond:

  1. When you think over the last week, if people were evaluating who God is by watching you, what would that God be like?

  2. Is there anything in your life that is keeping you from being a part of God’s cycle of love? Anything keeping you from accepting God’s love or anything keeping you from showing God’s love to others?

3. John clearly says that our relationship with Christ should not simply be private, how in our hypersensitive culture can you share God’s love without being offensive?

Prayer

God, help us love those around us as you loved us, even when its difficult and clear out anything keeping us from knowing your love for us and showing that love this week. 

      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.