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. 

      Sermon Response November 13, 2017   The Text: Read John 18:15-18 and 25-28   Discuss:    Why do you think John was allowed into the courtyard and Peter was not?    What do you think caused Peter to deny Jesus?    Where do you think John was during this ordeal?    Respond:  1. What are ways that people deny Jesus everyday?  2. Do you sympathies with Peter or condemn him for denying Jesus? Explain.  3. Read Mark 14:71-72. Have you ever had an experience like this? Tell your story.  4. Peter was restored by Jesus. Why do you think so many people feel like God could never forgive them? Have you ever felt that way?  Prayer  Lord may we never stop loving you but when we sin help us remember we have an advocate in Christ Jesus who is the only Righteous One. 

Sermon Response November 13, 2017

The Text:
Read John 18:15-18 and 25-28

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think John was allowed into the courtyard and Peter was not?

  2. What do you think caused Peter to deny Jesus?

  3. Where do you think John was during this ordeal?

Respond:

1. What are ways that people deny Jesus everyday?

2. Do you sympathies with Peter or condemn him for denying Jesus? Explain.

3. Read Mark 14:71-72. Have you ever had an experience like this? Tell your story.

4. Peter was restored by Jesus. Why do you think so many people feel like God could never forgive them? Have you ever felt that way?

Prayer

Lord may we never stop loving you but when we sin help us remember we have an advocate in Christ Jesus who is the only Righteous One. 

      Sermon Response Oct 30, 2017   The Text: Read John 18:12-14 and 19-24   Discuss:    Why did they take Jesus to Annas first?    Why do you think the religious leaders decided to overlook all of their judicial rules regarding Jesus’ trial?    Why did the solider slap Jesus for providing a true answer?    Respond:  1. When you read the story of Jesus’ arrest and trial what emotions do you feel?  2. By reading Matthew 26:57-68 we get a picture of what happened to Jesus during the trial. Why do you think John left out this part?  3. In your life you will face evil people set on knocking you off course how do you respond? How should a follower of Christ respond?  4. Is there anything in your life that you need Jesus to overcome? What is it and do you have the faith to allow him to do so??  Prayer  God thank you for giving us a way to overcome evil. May we cling to Jesus and boldly walk the path you have for us all. 

Sermon Response Oct 30, 2017

The Text:
Read John 18:12-14 and 19-24

Discuss:

  1. Why did they take Jesus to Annas first?

  2. Why do you think the religious leaders decided to overlook all of their judicial rules regarding Jesus’ trial?

  3. Why did the solider slap Jesus for providing a true answer?

Respond:

1. When you read the story of Jesus’ arrest and trial what emotions do you feel?

2. By reading Matthew 26:57-68 we get a picture of what happened to Jesus during the trial. Why do you think John left out this part?

3. In your life you will face evil people set on knocking you off course how do you respond? How should a follower of Christ respond?

4. Is there anything in your life that you need Jesus to overcome? What is it and do you have the faith to allow him to do so??

Prayer

God thank you for giving us a way to overcome evil. May we cling to Jesus and boldly walk the path you have for us all. 

      Sermon Response October 23, 2017   The Text: Read John 18:1-14   Discuss:    How did Judas know where to find Jesus?    Why do you think the men fell backwards when Jesus said, “I AM HE”?    What do you think Peter was thinking when he pulled out his sword?    What are the main truths that we learn from the story of Jesus’ arrest?    Respond:  1. The story shows that Jesus was in complete control. What is an area in your life where you  need to be reminded of God’s complete control?  2. All of God’s promises are true. What are a few of His promises that you have clung to in the past?  3. When you think that Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection all had to happen in order to fulfill scripture, how do you feel? What kind of faith/hope does this truth give you?? How does this truth impact the way you live your life???  Prayer  God you are in control and your promises are always true may we walk in your power and encouraged by your promises every day of our lives. 

Sermon Response October 23, 2017

The Text: Read John 18:1-14

Discuss:

  1. How did Judas know where to find Jesus?

  2. Why do you think the men fell backwards when Jesus said, “I AM HE”?

  3. What do you think Peter was thinking when he pulled out his sword?

  4. What are the main truths that we learn from the story of Jesus’ arrest?

Respond:

1. The story shows that Jesus was in complete control. What is an area in your life where you

need to be reminded of God’s complete control?

2. All of God’s promises are true. What are a few of His promises that you have clung to in the past?

3. When you think that Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection all had to happen in order to fulfill scripture, how do you feel? What kind of faith/hope does this truth give you?? How does this truth impact the way you live your life???

Prayer

God you are in control and your promises are always true may we walk in your power and encouraged by your promises every day of our lives. 

      Sermon Response October 15, 2017   The Text: John 17:13-26   In John 17, Jesus prays for Himself – that He would be glorified by His death, and He prays for His disciples – that they would be one, and He prays for future believers. In this prayer, He reveals the purpose and mission He has for His disciples.  Discuss:    Why do you think we are slow to make disciples when we know that we are supposed to do it?    Read John 17:13: Why would these words that Jesus prays in John 17 bring us complete joy?    Read John 17:14-19: What does it mean to be “of the world”? What does it mean to be “out of the world”? Which one do you tend to lean towards? Why would Jesus not want us to be either one?    What does it look like to be sent “into the world”? How can we do that and not lose our integrity as followers of Jesus? How would this change our effectiveness as disciple-makers?    Read John 17:20-26: How does being “one” with Jesus help us fulfill our mission? How does it help the world “believe” and “know” that Jesus is God’s Son?    Respond:    Name the people in your life who need to know Jesus or who need someone to walk with them so they can grow in their faith.    List ways in which you can approach them, invest in them, meet with them, disciple them.    How can you learn to “abide” with Jesus more so that you can be a more effective disciple-maker?    Choose to do one thing that you listed above with one person that you listed above. Tell the group what and who.    Prayer  Lord Jesus, I know that you have called me to make disciples, and that you have placed people in my life who need to know you. Please help me to be strong and bold with the help of your Spirit, so that I can speak the truth of the Gospel to my family, my friends, my co-workers, my neighbors. I pray that they will respond to the truth of your word and the good news that you died to save them. Don’t let me give up if they do not respond, but let me walk with them and     do life with them and love them so that when they are ready, they might respond. Amen. 

Sermon Response October 15, 2017

The Text: John 17:13-26

In John 17, Jesus prays for Himself – that He would be glorified by His death, and He prays for His disciples – that they would be one, and He prays for future believers. In this prayer, He reveals the purpose and mission He has for His disciples.

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think we are slow to make disciples when we know that we are supposed to do it?

  2. Read John 17:13: Why would these words that Jesus prays in John 17 bring us complete joy?

  3. Read John 17:14-19: What does it mean to be “of the world”? What does it mean to be “out of the world”? Which one do you tend to lean towards? Why would Jesus not want us to be either one?

  4. What does it look like to be sent “into the world”? How can we do that and not lose our integrity as followers of Jesus? How would this change our effectiveness as disciple-makers?

  5. Read John 17:20-26: How does being “one” with Jesus help us fulfill our mission? How does it help the world “believe” and “know” that Jesus is God’s Son?

Respond:

  1. Name the people in your life who need to know Jesus or who need someone to walk with them so they can grow in their faith.

  2. List ways in which you can approach them, invest in them, meet with them, disciple them.

  3. How can you learn to “abide” with Jesus more so that you can be a more effective disciple-maker?

  4. Choose to do one thing that you listed above with one person that you listed above. Tell the group what and who.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I know that you have called me to make disciples, and that you have placed people in my life who need to know you. Please help me to be strong and bold with the help of your Spirit, so that I can speak the truth of the Gospel to my family, my friends, my co-workers, my neighbors. I pray that they will respond to the truth of your word and the good news that you died to save them. Don’t let me give up if they do not respond, but let me walk with them and

 

do life with them and love them so that when they are ready, they might respond. Amen. 

      Sermon Response October 09, 2017   The Text: Read John 17:6-12   Discuss:    Why is it so important for Jesus to emphasize that everything he has, has come from the Father?    If you were Jesus would you have prayed for anything else for your disciples? What?    Why do you think Jesus prayed specifically for his disciples to be “one”?    When Jesus says he doesn’t want to lose anyone. What does he mean?    Respond:    Have you ever experience disunity within the church? What was the result?    How can you or your homegroup be better united with the “Church” as a whole?    3. Have you ever experienced a crisis of faith? Explain.  Prayer  Lord may we be a unified body of believers pursuing your purpose and walking in your blessings. 

Sermon Response October 09, 2017

The Text: Read John 17:6-12

Discuss:

  1. Why is it so important for Jesus to emphasize that everything he has, has come from the Father?

  2. If you were Jesus would you have prayed for anything else for your disciples? What?

  3. Why do you think Jesus prayed specifically for his disciples to be “one”?

  4. When Jesus says he doesn’t want to lose anyone. What does he mean?

Respond:

  1. Have you ever experience disunity within the church? What was the result?

  2. How can you or your homegroup be better united with the “Church” as a whole?

3. Have you ever experienced a crisis of faith? Explain.

Prayer

Lord may we be a unified body of believers pursuing your purpose and walking in your blessings. 

      Sermon Response October 02, 2017   The Text: Read John 17:1-5   Discuss:    What posture do you use for prayer?    Why does Jesus think that by glorifying himself he can glorify the Father?    If someone asked you what is eternal life? How would you answer them?    4. Why do you think Jesus spoke in language that made it seem as if he had already completed his task?  Respond:    When you pray do you pray in a way that seeks to glorify God? Explain.    When you think of what Jesus did for you on the cross what emotions/actions do you feel/do?    3. How will you give all glory, honor, power, and praise to Jesus this week?  Prayer  Jesus we thank you for your work and the eternal life it brings. Let us bring you glory every day. 

Sermon Response October 02, 2017

The Text: Read John 17:1-5

Discuss:

  1. What posture do you use for prayer?

  2. Why does Jesus think that by glorifying himself he can glorify the Father?

  3. If someone asked you what is eternal life? How would you answer them?

4. Why do you think Jesus spoke in language that made it seem as if he had already completed his task?

Respond:

  1. When you pray do you pray in a way that seeks to glorify God? Explain.

  2. When you think of what Jesus did for you on the cross what emotions/actions do you feel/do?

3. How will you give all glory, honor, power, and praise to Jesus this week?

Prayer

Jesus we thank you for your work and the eternal life it brings. Let us bring you glory every day. 

      Sermon Response September 25, 2017   The Text: Read John 16:23-33   Discuss:    What figurative language has Jesus used up to this point?    What do you think made the disciples declare their belief in Jesus?    What does Jesus mean when he says, “I have overcome the world?”    Respond:  1. How do you personally react to Jesus’ statement that he has overcome the world?    How does the work of Jesus on the cross cause you to personally “take heart”? Explain.    What area(s) of your life do you currently need Jesus to overcome?    4. If Jesus were to overcome those areas, how do you think he would do so?  Prayer  Give us the faith to know that you have overcome the world. 

Sermon Response September 25, 2017

The Text: Read John 16:23-33

Discuss:

  1. What figurative language has Jesus used up to this point?

  2. What do you think made the disciples declare their belief in Jesus?

  3. What does Jesus mean when he says, “I have overcome the world?”

Respond:

1. How do you personally react to Jesus’ statement that he has overcome the world?

  1. How does the work of Jesus on the cross cause you to personally “take heart”? Explain.

  2. What area(s) of your life do you currently need Jesus to overcome?

4. If Jesus were to overcome those areas, how do you think he would do so?

Prayer

Give us the faith to know that you have overcome the world. 

      Sermon Response September 18, 2017   The Text: Read      Colossians 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.      James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.   Discuss:      What are the main differences between “Teaching” and “Admonishing”?    What are some examples in Scripture of a person growing in Christ through the relationship they have with another follower?    What are biblical areas in which a person needs to grow to look more like Christ?    Respond:    Who are the people in your life that can tell you NO, and you will listen?    Give an example of a person in your life that you can say is clearly responsible for a season of growth in your walk with the Lord?    Do you desire to grow spiritually? If you are not currently growing what do you think is holding you back?    4. Is there someone you know that could be a mentor or pastor in your life? How can you start to develop a relationship with them?  Prayer  God show each of us our need for men and women that will push us and help us look more like your Son Jesus. May we constantly strive for growth and may you give us the grace to live each day for you glory. 

Sermon Response September 18, 2017

The Text: Read

  • Colossians 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

  • James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

    Discuss:

  1. What are the main differences between “Teaching” and “Admonishing”?

  2. What are some examples in Scripture of a person growing in Christ through the relationship they have with another follower?

  3. What are biblical areas in which a person needs to grow to look more like Christ?

Respond:

  1. Who are the people in your life that can tell you NO, and you will listen?

  2. Give an example of a person in your life that you can say is clearly responsible for a season of growth in your walk with the Lord?

  3. Do you desire to grow spiritually? If you are not currently growing what do you think is holding you back?

4. Is there someone you know that could be a mentor or pastor in your life? How can you start to develop a relationship with them?

Prayer

God show each of us our need for men and women that will push us and help us look more like your Son Jesus. May we constantly strive for growth and may you give us the grace to live each day for you glory. 

      Sermon Response September 11, 2017   The Text: Read      Romans 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.      Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.      1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.      Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.   Discuss:      Why do you think the bible puts so much emphasis on how we are to live with one another?    Why do you think the “church” has been seen as place where people get hurt? Has this ever happened to you?    3. In an ideal world how should the “church” treat one another?  Respond:    Do you have people who “know” you? How long have you known these people and how did they come to be your people?    Is the church a place where you find the people who know you? Why or why not.    Are you there for people when they need you? Why or why not.    4. What do you need to do this week to better “know” or be “known” by others?  Prayer  God surround us with people who will be there when we are in seasons of need. Let us be the kind of people that help carry the burdens of others and encourage those around us. May we be a light to the people in our life. 

Sermon Response September 11, 2017

The Text: Read

  • Romans 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

  • Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

    Discuss:

  1. Why do you think the bible puts so much emphasis on how we are to live with one another?

  2. Why do you think the “church” has been seen as place where people get hurt? Has this ever happened to you?

3. In an ideal world how should the “church” treat one another?

Respond:

  1. Do you have people who “know” you? How long have you known these people and how did they come to be your people?

  2. Is the church a place where you find the people who know you? Why or why not.

  3. Are you there for people when they need you? Why or why not.

4. What do you need to do this week to better “know” or be “known” by others?

Prayer

God surround us with people who will be there when we are in seasons of need. Let us be the kind of people that help carry the burdens of others and encourage those around us. May we be a light to the people in our life.