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Romans 03:9-20 - All Are Guilty!
Sunday, February 02, 2021

  • As a child, to whom did you compare yourself? Were you better or worse than your point of comparison

  • The news that no one is righteous can be unsettling to hear at first. How have you come to accept your own unrighteousness apart from Christ?

  • Briefly review Romans 1:18-3:20. Think about the implications of this passage for how we explain Christianity to others in our communities. How would you explain the unrighteousness of the world to someone that does not believe in God or his standards of righteousness?

  • Many in Paul's audience had a great degree of misplaced confidence when it came to their relationships with God. How have you been tempted to trust in things other than the gospel when it comes to your relationship with God?

  • When did you first truly sense your sin and need for God?

    Romans 2:17-29 - Dangers of Religion
    Sunday, January 24, 2021

    • What do you remember most about your religious training prior to your teen years?

    • The Jews were acting in a hypocritical way - many of them took pride in the Law, but at the same time, they were breaking parts of it. How have we, as Christians, been guilty of a similar type of hypocrisy? What does it look like to follow God's commands in a way that honors Him and bring Him glory?

    • The Jews found purpose and meaning in their ability to follow God's Law, where are you tempted to find purpose, affirmation or belong in something other than God? What does it look like to satisfy your desires for belonging, affirmation and purpose in God's Gospel?

    • What religious rituals and symbols are twisted today like circumcision was in Paul's day?

    • When did your faith become more than a ritual What helped that happen?

    • How does reminding ourselves of the gospel prevent us from practicing any form of idolatry?

    Romans 2:1-16 - God's Judgment
    Sunday, January 10, 2021

    • When you were young, which of your parents was more strict? Merciful? Consistent?

    • "Judge not, lest your be judged" is among the most famous verses today. How would you explain judging? What are some examples in your life of you judging?

    • A hypocrite describes someone who tells others what to do and then doesn't do it themselves. In what ways are you hypocritical? Can you escape the judgment of God if you do these things?

    • Has God's kindness led you toward real love for Him? Or do you now take the relationship for granted? How so?

    • God show no favoritism. People rely upon many things other than Christ to make them acceptable to God. What are some of those things? What things are you tempted to rely upon?

    • Do you see yourself more as a "gross sinner" (Rom. 1) or as a respectable sinner (Rom. 2)? Does it matter to God?

    Romans 1:1-7 Romans - Take 2
    Sunday, January 03, 2021

    • Paul longed to visit Rome. What is the one place you have never seen that you'd love to visit? Why?

    • How do most Christians define "the gospel"? How do you define it? If the gospel is indeed "the power of God" how should that power be demonstrated among those who have embraced it?

    • How does Paul in his description of Jesus bring up the images of the Gospel of John?

    • We are "called to be saints." How did God call you to Christ? How has that call changed your life? Your goals? Your obligation to others? To what mission do you sense God nudging you? How is that reflected in your prayers? Your actions?

    • As we begin again our study of Romans, what are you most hoping to learn from the book of Romans?

    • Next week we will be examining - Romans 2:1-16 - Judgment of God

    Romans 1:23-32 Abandoned by God
    Sunday, March 15, 2020

    • How have you wrestled with the idea of the wrath of God?

    • Paul talks about a terrible exchange, the worse exchange ever, exchanging the truth and beauty of God for a lie. What exchange have you made? Is it a really bad exchange, a life for a lie or a really good exchange a life for the truth?

    • When have you seen yourself living for created things instead of the Creator?

    • Which "over-desires" do you most struggle with yourself? Do any of the sins Paul mentions in verses 26-27 and 29-31 describe you?

    • How can you ensure that the sinfulness of the world drives you not to self-righteousness, but to the cross of Jesus?

    • What happens when God allows people to go their own way?

    • Why do people continue sinning if they know that "those who do such things deserve death"?

    Romans 1:18-32 - First the Bad News
    Sunday, March 08, 2020

    • What was the best excuse you ever gave as a kid when your parents caught you doing something wrong? What's the best one you've heard from your own kids?

    • Does the concept of God's wrath offend or embarrass you? Why? Examine your reasoning and motives.

    • Do you find God's eternal power and divine nature easy to see? Why do you think so many look at creation and completely reject God?

    • Paul states that many suppress the truth with wickedness. How have you suppressed God's truth in your life? How can you embrace God's truth and grow in your life? how and how often, will you spend time simply giving glory and thanks to God for your life in His world this week?

    • When in your life have you experienced a "futile mind" or a "darkened heart"? When has the freedom to resist God only ended up hurting you?

    • How do you explain God's wrath to someone who believes all people are basically good?

    Romans 1:14-17 - Unashamed
    Sunday, March 01, 2020

    • What are you currently obligated to do, but don't feel eager to do? Are there things you are eager to do, but are ashamed of? Do you ever see the Christian life or service to God as just another obligation or duty? What tends to bring on this attitude? What helps to get rid of it?

    • In what situations do you find yourself being ashamed of the Gospel? How could verses 16-17 turn that to eagerness next time?

    • What we do or do not do reflects whether we are truly ashamed or proud of gospel of Christ. What kinds of things have (or can) you do that show you are not ashamed of the Gospel?

    • Paul describes the Gospel as "the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes" - how have you experience this power in your life? in the life of those around you?

    • Describe what you believe Paul means by "The just shall live by faith"

    • Have you crossed over the line of faith? Are you trusting in Christ alone for your salvation?

    Why We Exist - Evangelism
    Sunday, January 26, 2020

    • Matthew summarizes Jesus' ministry with three descriptions: Teaching, Preaching, and Healing. How would you summarize your life? Are there any ways your summary overlaps with Jesus?

    • When Jesus saw the crowds His heart was moved to compassion. What moves your heart? When was the last time your heart broke because of something you saw? What do you see when you look at your neighborhood, town, and the world you live in?

    • Jesus saw the harvest was plentiful - do you look at the "harvest field" of your neighborhood with optimism or pessimism? If you are pessimistic, how can you adjust your attitude?

    • Jesus commands us to ASK, to pray for harvesters and the harvest. Who will you ask God to "harvest"?

    • Are you willing to commit to praying for the church's outreach for five minutes each day, for the month of February?

    Why We Exist - Fellowship
    Sunday, January 19, 2020

    • What is the greatest act of love or sacrifice that you have witnessed first-hand? Did that act of love or sacrifice change you and your relationship with others in any way? If so, how?

    • Who does God desire you to give of your time or resources to help?

    • Do you find transparency something easy for you? Is there anyone in your life that you are transparent with?

    • Jesus wants his disciples to live as a reflection of him as they live their lives. He calls them to love as he has loved them (by laying down his life). He calls them friends who understand the reason for obeying the command to love. And he calls them to live as chosen people who bear fruit that abides. Jesus is calling you to follow him and surrender your way of life to his way of life as chosen friends who love one another.

    • Who are praying for this week? Take a minute and pray for them right now.

    Why We Exist - Instruction
    Sunday, January 12, 2020

    • What's your favorite new song on the radio? From church? Where else do you hear new material?

    • How has had a major impact on your understanding of God's Word? Take a minute and drop them a note and simply say "Thank You"

    • Would you consider attempting to read through the Bible in year. If you need help, below are a number of resources and plans to help you accomplish that task.
      Biblegateway Reading plans

    • Are you focused on your circumstances or your Savior today? How can you get your eyes off the trouble and focus them on Christ?

    • Is your heart "hard" today? How can it be softened?

    • Are you thankful? Take a minute and make a list of 5 things you are thankful for, and then spend a few minutes thanking God for them.

    Why We Exist - Worship
    Sunday, January 05, 2020

    • What's your favorite new song on the radio? From church? Where else do you hear new material?

    • Why do you think God calls us to sing? What dimension does music add to the words?

    • How important is your posture in worship? Have you ever tried praying to God on your knees? with your hands held high? Why not try praying today on your knees?

    • Are you focused on your circumstances or your Savior today? How can you get your eyes off the trouble and focus them on Christ?

    • Is your heart "hard" today? How can it be softened?

    • Are you thankful? Take a minute and make a list of 5 things you are thankful for, and then spend a few minutes thanking God for them.

    3 John - Walk in Truth & Love
    Sunday, November 11, 2019

    • Did you ever run out of money when you were away from home? What did you do? Who extended hospitality to you when you needed it most?

    • Do you find opening up your home to new people easy or difficult? Why is that?

    • John calls us to be hospitable. Take a few minutes and read a few of the other references to hospitality in the New Testament (Romans 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9; 1 Timothy 3:2; Hebrews 13:2; 1 Timothy 5:10; Acts 4:32-38; Hebrews 13:16) How are you showing hospitality? How could you be more hospitable?

    • John condemns Diotrephes for "gossiping maliciously". Do you struggle with gossip? How do you interact on social media?

    • Would you want your physical health to match your spiritual health? If not, how can you correct this situation?

    • Which of the three questions we ended with do you find the most convicting? (1. How do you need to change this morning to be more like Gaius?; 2. Where are you most tempted to be like Diotrephes?; 3. How is your reputation, is it like Demetrius?)

    2 Peter - Know & Grow
    Sunday, October 20, 2019

    • Simon Peter struggled with his old life, do you?

    • Take a minute and carefully read Peter's list of virtues (2 Peter1:5-9). Which are you doing the best at? Which do you need to improve the most? Which strikes you as a real need in your life today?

    • If you could have been with Jesus at one event in His life, which would you choose? Why? If a non-Christian asked you to prove the Scriptures are God's Word, on what would you base your answer? How does that answer affect your Bible study habits? Your witness? Your lifestyle?

    • If you were in charge of the world's clock, would you slow it down or speed it up? Why?

    • If everything in this world is going to destroyed, how should that change the way you live, today?

    • Next week we finish the book of 1 John. Please take a few minutes and read through the book and then watch the Bible Project video summary (click here)

    1 Peter - This World is Not My Home
    Sunday, October 13, 2019

    • When you were growing up, were you usually the first one chosen or the last? What does it do to you to realize that God chose you?

    • Peter relies heavily upon Old Testament imagery. What do you learn from his use of the temple and priesthood? What do you wish you knew more about?

    • Can you relate to Peter's cycle of fear, faith, failure and then forgiveness? Which place in the cycle are you at currently?

    • When suffering comes - heaven is the answer. When was the last time you spent any/significant time contemplating eternity with Jesus? Take a few minutes and go back and read John's account of heaven in Revelation 21-22

    • When was the last time someone came up to you ask for the reason of the hope that is with in? What did you say? Why do you think people don't ask more often?

    • Next week we finish the book of 2 Peter. Please take a few minutes and read through the book and then watch the Bible Project video summary (click here)

    1 Thessalonians - Theological Training Wheels
    Sunday, June 30 , 2019

    • Who is someone you knew for just a short time that made a lasting impression on you? Who among your sorry-can't-stay-long friends, would you like to visit again soon?

    • 1 Thessalonians 1:2 says: "We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers." Who will you continually give thanks to God for this week? Stop right now and thank God for them.

    • Paul praises the Thessalonians for their work produced by faith, labor prompted by love and endurance inspired by hope - which of these is hardest for you? Why?

    • Paul calls us to lead God pleasing life, sexually pure life, loving life, respectable life, encouraging life, and discerning life. Which do you need to work on most this week? How will you do it?

    • Paul ends his letter with a flurry of commands (read 1 Thessalonians 5:13-22) what ONE thing will you do this week?

    • Next week we finish the book of 2 Thessalonians. Please take a few minutes and read through the book and then watch the Bible Project video summary (click here)

    Colossians - Supremacy of Christ
    Sunday, June 23, 2019

    • Do you enjoy living in a small town? How does finding out that Colossae was a small town change or impact your view of the book?

    • Our world finds change increasingly hard and sometimes even undesirable. Do you find change hard? Where do you need to change today? How will you make that change?

    • Do you enjoy spending time in nature or indoors with technology and human inventions? How does nature, creation, remind us of God's incredible power?

    • Read Genesis 1 aloud and substitute "Jesus" for "God". Why is it hard for us to imagine the name Jesus as the Eternal Creator God?

    • Which stanza of the hymn (Jesus as Creator or Jesus as Savior) impact you more? Why? How can you make certain you remember each day the wonder of your great salvation?

    • Next week we finish the book of 1 Thessalonians. Please take a few minutes and read through the book and then watch the Bible Project video summary (click here)

    Philippians - True Joy
    Sunday, June 16, 2019

    • What has given you the most joy this past year? this past week?

    • Go back and re-read the story of the founding of the church in Philippi in Acts 16. What stands out to you in the story? What do you find most challenging? What do you find most encouraging?

    • Who has God used in your life to shape you, help you, mentor you in the faith? Take a minute and jot them a quick note or give them a call and simply say "thank you". If they have already passed, take a minute and thank God for placing them in your life.

    • How often do you think of your heavenly citizenship? Do you value it more than even your American citizenship? Would someone be able to get an idea of what heaven is like by watching you?

    • What outside force is most likely to upset your contentment? Since God does not always change negative outside forces, what can he change in you so that contentment is possible?

    • Next week we finish the book of Colossians. Please take a few minutes and read through the book and then watch the Bible Project video summary (click here)

    Ephesians - The Church of Christ
    Sunday, June 02, 2019

    • What is the best medicine when you get down in the dumps?

    • Take a few minutes and pray through Ephesians 1:3-14. Take time to personalize Paul's words and meditate on what God has done for you.

    • How does receiving these spiritual blessings encourage you to put even more trust in God's plan for your life? Where are your being encouraged to trust God's plan? In what areas of life right now is it harder to trust? Is there a particular blessing that Christ gives us that make it easier to trust God's plan? which one?

    • Take a few minutes and pray Paul's prayer for the Ephesians in Ephesians 1:14-23 for someone close to you.

    • Paul prays "that you may know the hope to which He has called you" (Ephesians 1:18) How should this hope be a major motivation in our present-day lives? How should this hope affect our decisions and our lifestyle? How does our great hope differ from the hope of the average non-believer?

    • Next week we finish the book of Ephesians. Please take a few minutes and read through the book and then watch the Bible Project video summary (click here)

    Galatians - Freedom in Christ
    Sunday, May 19, 2019

    • In your line of work, who do you respect as a real authority or a genuine expert in the filed? Why?

    • Paul had the chance to spend three years alone with Jesus. If you had a chance to be alone with Jesus, what would your first question be? What do you think Paul talked about with Jesus?

    • The churches of Galatia were most likely started by Paul on his first missionary journey. Take a few minutes and read the account in Acts 13-14. What stands out to you about the trip? Which of the stories would you most like to have watched? Why?

    • When have you felt angry and upset because the truth about Jesus was being distorted by someone? Why did it bother you? What was the Gospel Paul was fighting for?

    • Read Paul's description of fruits (Galatians 5:16-23). Which spiritual fruit are blossoming for you? Which are in the "bud" stage? How can you and Spirit grow more spiritual fruit?

    • As you reflect on what you have "sown" this year, what "harvest" are you expecting: Weeds? A bumper crop? Pretty spindly plants? Why? What can you do this week to "sow to the Spirit?"

    2 Corinthians - Strength in Weakness
    Sunday, May 12, 2019

    • If you could have the mind or body of any star performer, whose would you choose? What do they have that you don't? What would you then be able to do that you don't think you can do now?

    • Which image of "weakness" that Paul used do you most identify with: Do you feel like a person with no resume? A clay jar? Beat up by life? Why? How would you feel if God only used the strong, rich and beautiful people?

    • Paul found that intense pressures led him to depend on God all the more (2 Corinthians 1:9). How do you respond to pressures that seem beyond your ability to handle?

    • Who in your life needs to be reconciled to God? How do you think God could use you to bring that person to Himself? Would stop and pray that God would use you this week to share His Good News with someone?

    • Paul was concerned not just for reconciliation between God and man, but between man and man. Is there someone you need to be reconciled with? Stop and ask God to bring that reconciliation to reality.

    • Next week we will in Galatians. Please take a few minutes and read through the book and then watch the Bible Project video summary (click here)

    1 Corinthians - Messy Church
    Sunday, May 05, 2019

    • As we move into the letters of Paul, which one is your favorite?

    • Which of the problems of the Corinthians church do you sense are prevalent today: Misguided loyalties and spiritual pride? Tolerance of evil in the church? Pursuit of money over relationship? Sexual misconduct? )

    • Read the story of Sosthenes in Acts 18:12-17. How does realizing that God is able and willing to reach even the enemies of Gospel make you feel?

    • Read 1 Corinthians 13. Rewrite each of the "love is..." qualities to show what love should look like in your specific situation at home, work and church. Which one do you need to work on this week?

    • Paul argues as a believer your body is not your own, but is bought by the blood of Jesus. How does realizing your body is owned by Jesus change your view of it? how you use it? How can you begin a "temple maintenance program"?

    • Next week we will in 2 Corinthians. Please take a few minutes and read through the book and then watch the Bible Project video summary (click here)

    Romans - Justified by Faith
    Sunday, March 31, 2019

    • If you could only have one book of the Bible to study the rest of your life, which one would you choose?:

    • What is one unbelievable (even laughable) thing you have been promised on TV, in junk mail, or on the campaign trail? What prompts you to toss it aside instead of trusting in the promised "free lunch"?)

    • What do you learn about faith from the example in Romans 3:18-21? How would you feel in Abraham's place?

    • Read Romans 7:14-25. When have you felt like that? How did you gain victory?

    • Read Romans 8. What jumps out to you about your current position in Christ? about the role of the Holy Spirit in your life? about your feelings of guilt and unworthiness?

    • Romans 12 is one of the most practical chapters ever written. What is one command you will purpose to work on this week?

    Paul's Letters
    Sunday, March 24, 2019

    • Who was the last person you wrote a letter to? Who was the last person from who you received a letter?:

    • As you listen to this brief introduction to the life of Paul, what surprised you the most?)

    • Paul was asked to wait for nearly a decade. Do you find waiting easy? What are you waiting on God for today? How can you continue in the faith while you wait?

    • Paul's identity changed from being a Jew to being a follower of Jesus. What is at the core of your personal identity?

    • How has your faith in Jesus redirected your life in a surprising way? How do you struggle with that redirection? In what ways have you embraced the change?

    • Would you consider reading the entire book of Romans in a single setting? Also please watch the summary video of Romans(Bible Project)

    Acts - To The Ends of the Earth
    Sunday, March 17, 2019

    • This week I would like to leave you with the questions we ended the sermon with:

    • What will you do this week to ensure that you are devoting yourself to God's teaching?)

    • What specific and tangible act will you do to demonstrate your love for a fellow believer

    • What will you do make worship a regular part of your everyday life?

    • Who will you pray for and seek to share the truth of God's love with this week?

    • The next book is Romans (chapter 1-4), a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Acts - The Gospel Continues
    Sunday, March 10, 2019

    • What is your favorite movie sequel? What is your favorite sequel in the New Testament?

    • Have you ever thought of Paul paralleling Peter? Does that change your view of Paul's ministry? Which of parallels do you find most intriguing? (preaching salvation; healing a lame man, confronting a sorcerer; healing by strange methods, raising the dead, imprisoned)

    • Luke speaks a great deal about prayer. Take a minute and read each verse on prayer (Acts 1:14; 2:42; 3:1; 4:24; 6:4; 7:60; 8:15; 9:11; 10:2; 13:3; 14:23; 16:13; 20:36; 21:5; 22:17; 27:35; 28:15.) Which verse strikes you the hardest? What did you learn? How can you prayer more effectively?

    • Luke emphasizes salvation (Acts 2:21; 4:12; 13:23; 16:31; 28:28) - Have you ever come to experience yourself?

    • The Word of God grew through out the book of Acts. What role can you play in seeing the Word of God increase in your neighborhood, your place of business? Who would God have you to share His Word with today?

    • The next book is Acts (chapter 13-28), a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    John - Book of Glory
    Sunday, March 03, 2019

    • If given the chance would you want to know how and when you die? Why or why not?

    • When have you failed to stand up for Jesus because you were afraid of what others would say or think? How can you prepare to stand for Jesus, even when it is not popular?

    • Would people describe you as loving? Would people describe our church as loving? What one specific thing could you do to be more loving this week?

    • Have you ever felt alone? How does knowing that the Holy Spirit is always with us comfort or encourage you? What can you do to reminder yourself of His presence in your life today?

    • What do you think it means "apart from me you can do nothing?" How can you learn to depend upon Jesus more today? How can you believe in Jesus more fully today?

    • The next book is Acts (chapter 1-12), a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    John - Book of Signs
    Sunday, February 24, 2019

    • Which of the four Gospels is your favorite? Why?

    • What event or person was a "sign" that helped you decided to follow Jesus? How so?

    • John suggests that knowing and trusting Jesus is an ever-growing experience. Do you feel like your life with Jesus is "in a rut"? Or are there some "cutting edges" of growth that you are experiencing? Why?

    • Go back and read John 5. What strikes you about Jesus discussion with the Pharisee's? What would you like to know more about? If you were to explain John 5:24 in your own words, how would you put it? In your own spiritual journey, when did you come to understand this truth?

    • Which do you think is harder, believing God for eternal life or believing God for tomorrow? Why?

    • The next book is John (chapter 13-21), a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Luke - What did Jesus Say?
    Sunday, February 17, 2019

    • Share a story of a time when you were hearing what someone was saying but you were not truly listening.

    • If you were to describe your heart today, would it be hard, rocky, weedy - distracted by the pressures of life, or productive? What do you need to change or remove to get your heart to where you want it to be?

    • Which of the 18 parables of Luke do you most easily relate to? which do you struggle to understand?

    • Are you trying to earn your way to heaven through good works or have you humbled yourself, confessed your sin and accepted God's grace. If not, what is keeping you from doing it today?

    • Re-read the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). What impresses you most from the story?

    • The next book is John, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Luke - Who is Jesus?
    Sunday, February 10, 2019

    • If a co-worker of friend ask you "Who is Jesus?" How would you respond? What questions do you have about who Jesus was?

    • Luke is a Gospel - "good news". What aspect of the gospel first struck you as really good news? how do you feel about that truth now: "ho-hum?" "I believe it, but..." If it is good enough for me, it's good for..." "Praise God!!" Why?

    • The Jews became enraged when Jesus informed them, He had come for Gentiles, as well as Jews. Why do you think they became so mad? Why do you think racism and bigotry are so difficult to overcome?

    • Which do you struggle with more - Jesus humanity or deity? Why?

    • Why do you think Jesus prayed so much? Why don't we? Re-read the "Lord's Prayer" (Luke 11:1-4)- what surprises you in Luke's account of the prayer? what impresses as something you need to work on?

    • Re-read the story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10). What impresses you about Zacchaeus? Why do you think Jesus choose Zacchaeus to single out? Jesus came to seek and to save - have you received Him? are you on the same mission as Him?

    • The next book is Mark, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Mark - Following Jesus Immediately
    Sunday, January 27, 2019

    • What was your most embarrassing moment?

    • Which of the three pictures of Jesus (Sovereign LORD, Suffering Servant, Coming King) best fits how you see Jesus? How can you keep all three images of Jesus in front of you?

    • Mark share three responses to Jesus(Religious Leaders - Rejection; Disciples - Confusion; Sick - Faith). Which can you relate to the easiest? Why?

    • Mark shares 20 miracles of Jesus, which moves you the most? Which would you most like to see Jesus do for you today?

    • Share a time when you were too afraid to speak up for Jesus? How did you get through the fear or how can you get through it?

    • The next book is Mark, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Matthew - Jesus King of Heaven & Earth
    Sunday, January 20, 2019

    • If you were asked, "who do you say Jesus is?" How would you respond?

    • Does seeing the 4 Gospels coming from different perspectives and directed at different recipients confuse or help your study? How so?

    • How does seeing Jesus as the "new Moses" change you view of Him?

    • What does it mean to you that God's promises are trustworthy over the generations? Jesus came hundreds of years after the prophets and still literally fulfilled them.

    • How did you come to realize that Jesus was the One above all others that you should listen to? How will purpose to listen to Him better this week than last?

    • If you are looking for a more in depth look at the books of the New Testament, Bethlehem College & Seminary provide a free daily study through the New Testament. It includes daily reading and through provoking questions. It can be found (click here)

    • The next book is Mark, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Christmas in the Books of History
    Sunday, December 09, 2018

    • Describe the house you lived in as a 10-year-old. How did it compare to your neighbors?

    • How do you respond during peaceful times? In crisis, we tend to cry out to the LORD, but when we are at rest where do we turn our attention?

    • How do you respond when you are told no? What life's dream, career goals, or family plans are you beginning to see will not be accomplished by you? Who, then, will see those plans to completion? How can you pray now toward that end?

    • David seems to want to do God a favor (build Him a house). When have you felt like doing God a favor? Do you tend to favor God by working for Him? Or savor God by worshiping Him? Why is that?

    • How do you respond to the promises of trustworthy God? How primarily, have you addressed God" With introductions? Requests? Confessions? Thanksgiving? What does this say about your rapport with Him?

    • When was the last time you sat down and just adored God? Take a few minutes and prayerfully remember His birth, His death, His resurrection and His promise of coming again - and then thank Him.

    • If you find these reflection questions helpful, please drop me a note to let me know you are benefiting from them (email Pastor Dan)

    Christmas in the Pentateuch
    Sunday, December 02, 2018

    • When you read through the Pentateuch, what story made you most think of Jesus?

    • Beginning in Genesis 3, the rest of the Bible is looking forward to Jesus first coming or His second? Why do you think He waited so long to come the first time? Why do you think He is waiting so long for His second coming?

    • God choose Judah to be the line of the Messiah, why do you think that is? Which son would you have chosen? Why?

    • Why do you think the disciples believed in Jesus after the very first miracle? Have you believed?

    • Jesus kingdom will be eternal and bountiful - are you looking for it? What can you do to inspire a greater longing for His coming?

    • Next week we will look at Christmas in the books of History - what is your favorite story in these books?

    Malachi - Dangers of Empty Religion
    Sunday, November 25, 2018

    • How have you ever "gone through the motions" in worship? Why is mundane/routine worship such a tendency for most of us?

    • If worship is an attitude of the heart, why did it matter what Israel brought for their sacrifices?

    • Have your prayers ever gone unanswered due to an unconfessed sin?

    • Examine the use of your money and time. What are the three most important relationships to you? What are the three most important possessions to you?

    • Have you ever felt like God did not love you? Why? How did you convince yourself that God does love you?

    • What does it mean to be chosen by God? Why is this significant in affirming His love for us?

    Zechariah - God of Second Chances
    Sunday, November 18, 2018

    • Have you ever been given a second chance? When? What were the circumstances? How did it work out?

    • The people of Judah had stopped rebuilding the temple because of the opposition of the enemies. When you encounter spiritual opposition, how can you keep from quitting the work the LORD has called you to do?

    • The name Zechariah means "the LORD remembers". Has the LORD ever reminded you with a word of encouragement to persevere when your present fortunes looked bleak? How so? Are you feeling more encouraged or discouraged these days?

    • Does God's righteous anger at our sin and rebellion draw His people back to Himself or repel us from Him? Why? How is God's wrath against sin in your life compatible with His unfaltering love for you?

    • The visions of Zechariah are confusing and difficult. Which did you find the most encouraging? most confusing? How does knowing God is in control when your life is confusing encourage or help you?

    • Why is it so easy for God's people to turn spiritual disciplines like fasting, prayer, or giving into self-serving activities? From your perspective, what is the difference between spiritual tradition and religious traditionalism? what values do you see in tradition? What dangers in traditionalism?

    • The next book is Malachi, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Haggai - First Things First
    Sunday, November 11, 2018

    • When have you been a part of building project: Church? Village? Barn-rising? What part did you play? How was the community "built-up" at the same time? How was God with you?

    • Can you think of a time that God, through His Word, a sermon, or another source called you to obedience and yet you postponed obedience? What motivated your heart to postpone obedience?

    • Take an honest look at your life. What at the top three motivators that drive you? What must change in your life for the pursuit of God's glory to become the dominant motivator in your life, marriage, job, etc.? Which of these changed do think will be the most difficult?

    • What evidence do you see in Scripture or in creation of God's general design for the world to flourish? In what ways can you see a disregard for God's plan leading to a lack of flourishing?

    • How has God spoken to you about your financial priorities and spending? When have you put your wages into a "purse with holes in it? How did that feel? What will you do about that hole?

    • Have you experienced the peace that comes from trust in the greater temple - Jesus? What are of your life needs more peace today?

    • The next book is Zechariah, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Zephaniah - The Day of the LORD
    Sunday, November 04, 2018

    • When was the last time you were really mad? When you hear that God is mad, do you think of Him as an ogre or an uncaring father? If so, is that an accurate picture?

    • Have you ever found yourself vacillating between following Him? Why is it occasionally difficult to make a decision?

    • When have you sat before God in silence (Zephaniah 1:7)? What can you do in your schedule to make time to focus intently upon God?

    • God celebrates over you like a child at Christmas. Do you respond to God differently as you contemplate His love for you?

    • God is "mighty to save" and has defeated our enemies. How does this change the way you view your life, particularly when you have struggles?

    • What is the most important thing you learned from Zephaniah? What life-changing application are you making? What application would you like God to favorably "remember"?

    • The next book is Haggai, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Habakkuk - Trusting God when Life Doesn't Make Sense
    Sunday, October 28, 2018

    • What is your first or most vivid memory of crying out "That's not fair!"? What would have been more fair? What injustice have you experience since then? How do you react now?

    • Have you ever been frustrated with God's timing? Read: 2 Peter 3:8-10. How are God's timing and His patience related?

    • Have you ever received an answer from God that you did not like? Have you read clear teaching in the Bible that you disagree with? How did you resolve the issue?

    • What is the difference between doubting God and waiting to understand God's purposes? Can you give an example of each from the Bible? From yourself or people you know?

    • Habakkuk begins chapter three with a Psalm of praise. Take a few minutes and praise God for who is and what He has done.

    • Rewrite Habakkuk 3:17 to include your own struggles with injustice. What are the "fig trees" in your life that you wish would blossom, but haven't yet? What is the "Babylon" or other unorthodox method God may be using to accomplish His sovereign purpose? How can you apply Habakkuk 3:18-19 to this situation?

    • The next book is Habakkuk, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Nahum - The God of Justice
    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    • If your patience were compared to a keg of dynamite, would you have a short fuse? long fuse? no fuse? or no keg?

    • Nineveh had totally forgotten God's grace in less than 100 years. What can you do to insure the next generation doesn't forget God's grace? What can you do to insure you don't forget about God's grace?

    • Does the fierce anger of God shock or distress you? How do you reconcile God's wrath with God's love? Is one primary and the other secondary? Are they flip sides of the same coin? Or is there no way for you to bring consistency out of the two attributes of God?

    • How has God's patience worked out in your life? Have you ever experienced the displeasure of the LORD? How do people presume on the patience of God?

    • How does contemplating the sovereignty of God help one to understand the justice and grace of God?

    • Do you still remember the relief you felt when God freed you from the slavery to sin? How can you keep that memory fresh?

    • The next book is Habakkuk, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Micah - Who is Like our God?
    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    • When, if ever, have you tried "bribing your parents for a favor? What might you require of children or friends who want your favor?

    • Micah labor for God 40 years before King Hezekieh heard and responded. What is the longest you have ever worked on a project before you found success? Is there someone who you have been praying for years, do you ever get discouraged and stop? Does Micah's trial encourage you?

    • Read the following verses and determine how they relate to demonstrating justice: (Deuteronomy 19:14-21: Deuteronomy 23:1-35). Why did God establish these laws, and how do they demonstrate justice on the part of those who obey them?

    • Read the following verses and determine how they relate to demonstrating mercy: (Deuteronomy 22:1-10; Deuteronomy 24:10-15). Why did God establish these laws, and how do they demonstrate mercy on the part of those who obey them?

    • Jesus modeled humility, even though He was God in human form. Read Philippians 2:5-11. What can we learn from His example?

    • Does God's mercy and forgiveness still amaze you? Why or why not?

    • The next book is Nahum, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Jonah - A Big God Story
    Sunday, October 07, 2018

    • If you had a chance to go on a cruise or trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

    • What was God's commission of Jonah? (Jonah 1:1-2) How does is it similar or different to the commission God has given you?

    • Have you ever "run away" from God - refusing to do something you know He's telling you to do? Where can you escape from Him (Psalm 139:7-12)? What "storms" did you encounter?

    • From the belly of the fish, Jonah cried out to God. When was the last time you cried out to God for help, for forgiveness, for comfort? Reread Jonah's prayer in Jonah 2 (If you have time consider listening to an excellent sermon by John Piper Jonah 2 (Click here to listen))

    • Jonah found forgiveness and responded with gratitude - what specifically can you give thanks to God for today? How can you teach yourself to be more thankful?

    • Jonah reluctantly went to Nineveh. Compared to Jonah how willing are you to go to others with a message of repentance toward God and faith in the LORD Jesus? Who specifically could God use you to tell, this week?

    • The next book is Micah, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Amos - Prepare to Meet your God
    Sunday, September 23, 2018

    • Amos was called to do something extremely difficult (prophecy against Israel). When were you asked (or told) to do something which would be unpopular or which would inconvenience your family? How did you respond?

    • Reread God's judgment of Israel (Amos 2:6-16). If you were given the task of judging Israel's sins listed here, which one would you go easiest on? Which ones would you judge more harshly? Why? Which sins do you see in our world today? in your life?

    • Material prosperity often leads to religious and moral corruption. In what areas of life do you senses that you need to guard against materialism making you insensitive to the LORD and to needy people? What opportunities do you have through church and Christian agencies to share your material goods with people in need? What is one practical step that you could take to become more involved in responding to the material and spiritual need of poor people in your community?

    • What do you think it would mean for you to "Prepare to Meet your GOD?"

    • Have you ever considered giving up a meal to spend time with God and His Word? If you had to choose, which would you honestly choose?

    • The book of Amos concludes with a message of hope and restoration. How has God taught you personally about repentance and restoration? How can the assurance of God's righteous judgment bring hope to the oppressed in this world? What part can the church and you as an individual play?

    • The next book is Obadiah, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Joel - Trouble & the Day of the LORD
    Sunday, September 16, 2018

    • What "disaster movies" have you seen? What were the special effects life? What if any disasters have struck your homeland in recent years? What disaster relief efforts have you participated in?

    • Joel puts a heavy emphasis on repentance. In fact, there is urgency in Joel's message for God's people to repent. What does this teach us about the importance of repentance in the life of the believer? How does repentance paint a picture of Joel's message to return to the LORD? Do you feel there is a greater emphasis on repentance in the modern church or little emphasis at all? Why?

    • Joel talked about rending your hearts instead of your garments. What does this mean? How is this type of repentance different from the common outward display of regret we see today? What would true repentance look like in your life if consistently practiced? What would it look like in your marriage? What would it look like in our church?

    • Have you seen God's grace, mercy, patience, and steadfast love toward you in the past when you repented before God of a particular sin?

    • What does the “Day of the Lord” refer to? (Joel 1:15, 2:1, 2:11, 2:31, 3:14, Isaiah 13:6, 13:9, Ezekiel 30:3, Amos 5:18-20, Zephaniah 1:7-9, Zechariah 14:1, Malachi 4:5-6, Acts 2:20, 2 Peter 3:10) Could the “Day of the Lord” also refer to Christ's second coming or day of final judgment? (1 Corinthians 5:4-5, 1 Thess 5:1-3, Revelation 6:15-18, 16:13-14) Should believers in Christ fear the Day of the Lord? What is the promise to believers for that day? (Joel 2:32, 3:16, Isaiah 2:17-18, Romans 11:25-26)

    • The next book is Amos, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project

    Hosea - God's faithful love to an unfaithful people
    Sunday, September 9, 2018

    • Are you named after someone? Why? What nicknames have you had? Which names don't you life?

    • Hosea describes various stages in Israel's relationship to God: courtship, engagement, newly married, unfaithfulness, separation. What stage are you in with God?

    • Since we become slaves of whatever we yield ourselves to (Romans 6:16), what are the "baals" (or masters) in your life? In what ways might you be serving them instead of God? What promises do these masters make to lure you into their service?

    • What "adulterous wife" or "prodigal son" are you burdened for these days? How could you be God's instrument of discipline and restoration in their lives? What effect would this have on you? On them?

    • Is it easier for you to see God as "husband" or "Father"? Do you long to be with God, because of what He can give you? or simply because of who HE is?

    • Have you ever tried to hide from God behind an easy act of repentance? What sacrifices or "burnt offerings" could you try to please God with? (church attendance, giving more, praying more, fasting, etc.) Have you ever become frustrated or indignant when these actions didn't seem to work? What did you do then? On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=limited to none; 5=immovable) how would you rate the staying power of your love for the LORD?

    • The next book is Joel, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project

    Daniel - there is a God who reveals secrets
    Sunday, September 2, 2018

    • We are often fascinated with people's ability to "tell the future". Do you think God can tell the future? Do you think He can and does communicate that to men?

    • When God gave Daniel the interpretation of the dream, what did Daniel do (Daniel 2:19-23)? How is Daniel’s reaction an example of how we should react when God answers our prayers?

    • Who is in charge of all nations (Daniel 2:21)? If God is in charge of all nations, as believers, what is our responsibility to national leaders?

    • What is the only kingdom that will stand forever (Daniel 2:44)? Who are the only citizens of that eternal kingdom (John 3:1-18)? Find a place to be alone with God. Tell Him how amazed you are about His kingdom that will last forever. Ask Him to show you how to speak the truth to those around you.

    • Does seeing Daniel as a series of 3 couplets change or impact your understanding of Daniel? Which of the three is most challenging for you? Why?

    • God wants us to know that He is God (Daniel 4:34-37). Depending on how well we listen to Him, He may go to extreme measures to get our attention (Proverbs 16:18). Discuss what we can do to hear Him sooner rather than later (1Pet 5:5-7).

    • The next book is Hosea, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project

    Ezekiel - "they will know that I am the LORD"
    Sunday, August 26, 2018

    • The Rabbis said not to study Ezekiel until at least age 30. Where you frustrated, confused or overwhelmed? What did you find most difficult in the book of Ezekiel? What did you find most encouraging?

    • Chapter one begins with a vision of God's glory, what did you learn from the vision? Why do you think the creatures had four different faces? How do you think you would respond if you had seen the vision?

    • We are introduced to the concept of the watchman in chapter 3. Who are the watchmen today? Is this a responsibility for all of us? Who do you feel God is calling you to warn?

    • Read Ezekiel's drama in Ezekiel 12:3-6. How does it compare to what happens to King Zedekiah (Jeremiah 52:6-52)? What can you learn about Ezekiel's dramas from comparing the 2?

    • How do you interpret the "Valley of Dry Bones" (Ezekiel 37) sequence? Is it a vision of actual resurrection from the dead, the symbolic resurrection of the House of Israel from destruction and exile, or both? Is it still future or did it already happen?

    • Why all the stuff about the temple in the end? How is this a fitting conclusion to the book of Ezekiel?

    • The next book is Ezekiel, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project

    Lamentations - Hope in the midst of Heartache
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    • Why do you think the book of Lamentations was included in the Scriptures? In other words, why does God want you to know about this book?

    • How does this book help you to be "honest to God?" with the pain and suffering you've experienced in your life and you witness in this world? How might you incorporate lament into your prayers?

    • Is your first instinct to defend yourself or to confess your sin in the midst of suffering and sorrow?

    • God humbles Judah in the book of Lamentations. It has been said you can either by humbled by God's Word or God's Wrath, which will you be humbled by?

    • No one likes to experience a crushing loss (of a loved one, a job, health, etc). But when it comes, we need to express our grief. How do you tend to give vent to your sorrow?

    • What portions of Scripture are especially helpful to you in difficult times? What hymns are especially meaningful to you Why? Do you know these by heart? What benefit might there be in memorizing them?

    • The next book is Ezekiel, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project

    Jeremiah - Testimony of Tears
    Sunday, August 05, 2018

    • Jeremiah thought he had the perfect excuse to avoid the call of God (Jer. 1:4-6). Have you ever talked yourself out of doing what is right by emphasizing your weaknesses or your perceived inability? What was Jeremiah's excuse for not wanting to do what God had called him to do? (Jeremiah 1:6). What excuses do we employ to avoid doing the things we should - both spiritually and naturally? How can you tell an excuse from a genuine reason?

    • What did God tell Jeremiah not to be? (Jer. 1:8, 19). Why is fear such a paralyzing factor? How can we deal with fear today? Can you recall anyone else in the Bible that God told not to be afraid? Has fear ever stopped you from taking a necessary action?

    • What keeps Jeremiah going despite the suffering he's going through? What will keep you going when trials strike?

    • Of all the trials that Jeremiah face, which do you think would have been the hardest?

    • Read the story of King Josiah, the priest Hilkiah, and the prophetess Huldah in II Kings 22-23 or II Chronicles 34-35. How would these events have affected Jeremiah and his prophetic ministry? In what ways would the young Jeremiah have been encouraged? In what way would these words/events have made his burden tougher?

    • The next book is Lamentations, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project

    Isaiah - the LORD is Salvation
    Sunday, July 29, 2018

    • Of all the prophets in the Old Testament who is your favorite? Why? Where does Isaiah rank in the list?

    • Isaiah was called to speak for God, even though he was told up front no one would respond. Have you ever felt compelled to volunteer for a difficult task for God? How did it go?

    • Where do you turn when you face trials and troubles? Where do you seek for your satisfaction in life?

    • Isaiah is filled with prophecies about the Messiah/Savior. Which prophecy stands out the most to you? Why?

    • What purpose does God's wrath serve in Isaiah? How does it fit with God's mercy?

    • The next book is Jeremiah, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Song of Songs - True Romance
    Sunday, July 22, 2018

    • What image best reflects the relationship you have with your spouse: King & queen - Shepherd & peasant girl - Hero & heroine - Nurse & patient - Cat & mouse?

    • Do you find the Song to be more of an allegory of Christ and the church, a love song or something else? Why?

    • Women: early on, how did your spouse cater to your needs, deal with insecurity or boost a poor self-image? How do you keep fond memories of your man always before you? How can you as a woman deepen what you give to all your friendships, not only your marriage?

    • Men: How can you be "king" without making your wife subservient? How can you help her feel more secure in your royal love? When did you last give her unsolicited affirmation?

    • >Both: What quality of the one you courted is still true today?

    • The friends play a vital role in this courtship, as they do in all marriages that work. Are you a true friend to couples you know? How so?

    • The next book is Isaiah, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project

    Proverbs - the art of Holy living
    Sunday, July 08, 2018

    • Who is the wisest person you know? In what ways is he or she wise?

    • Where did you look for wisdom before you became a believer or during times when you weren't following God?

    • If you could change any area of your life what would it be? Do you think Proverbs could help you in this area? How so?

    • Where are you on this road to wisdom? stuck in traffic? backtracking? fast lane? fool's alley? why? How can you allow the book of Proverbs to help you in your journey?

    • Would you consider taking a chapter each day for the next two weeks and prayerfully meditate on Solomon's advice?

    • The next book is Ecclesiastes, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project

    Psalms - The Songs of God's People
    Sunday, June 24, 2018

    • Monday - Psalm 1 What makes you happy? How can you make time to meditate on God's Word today?

    • Tuesday - Psalm 103 Stop and thank God for sins forgiven. Make a list of the "good things" God has given you. When have you last experienced God's grace in your life?

    • Wednesday - Psalm 139 Do you ever feel like escaping God's presence? Does God's omnipresence excite you or scare you? is it encouraging or terrifying? Ask God to examine your heart and then respond as He leads.

    • Thursday - Psalm 32 Unconfessed sin sapped David's strength like the summer heat. What sin do you need to confess? God freely forgive those who trust Him; How has that message been driven home to you recently?

    • Friday - Psalm 37 What do you secretly want to see happen to those who do evil and enjoy momentary success? Give an example of how you are postponing an immediate good for a greater, future gain. What do you wish God would give you today?

    • Saturday - Psalm 63 What desert have you been through lately? Which verse of the Psalm best fits your relationship with God?

    • Friday - Psalm 121 Read a Psalm of ascent this morning on the way to church

    Job - Questioning God's Wisdom
    Sunday, June 17, 2018

    • When have you questioned why bad things happen to good people?

    • Have you experience any Job-like trials in your life? What were the results?

    • In times of suffering, do you cling to your love for God or accuse him of torment you? Talk with God about your attitude toward suffering. Let Him know you want your love for him to be bigger than anger or dismay over your circumstances. Ask Him to help you hold to your love even in the most difficult of times.

    • Bildad accuses Job of having some sort of secret sin. Have you ever been quick to judge someone? How can you make that right?

    • Often we need to be reminded just how amazing God's creation is and that without Him, we can do NOTHING. What act of creation causes you to be filled with awe and humility?

    • How does the book of Job affect your questions about suffering?

    • The next book is Psalm, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Esther - Hidden King Delivers
    Sunday, June 03, 2018

    • Although God is not specifically mentioned in Esther, how do you see Him working?

    • Someone has called coincidences "God's way of working anonymously." Do you tend to give God credit for the coincidences in your life? Have you ever thought about the many ways God's keeps you safe, but you never find out about? In the book of Esther, what "coincidences" did God arrange for the deliverance and safety of His people?

    • In what ways would you say you are actively involved to make a difference in your own time of history?

    • What situation in your life causes you to need God's reassurance that He will care for you and preserve you?

    • Do you wonder about the places to which God has brought you in life? Do you have questions about failures or missed opportunities? As God to help you better see your life through His eyes and place yourself in His care, trusting that His good purpose for you will be achieved.

    • Next week will be at EIBC, please spend a few extra minutes asking God to send us a good crowd of people who need to hear about Him.

    Nehemiah - Rebuilding the Walls...On our Knees
    Sunday, May 27, 2018

    • What was the easiest job you have ever had? How easy was it to leave it? How easy do you think it was for Nehemiah to leave the palace?

    • Of Nehemiah's prayers (Nehemiah 1:4-11; Nehemiah 2:4; Nehemiah 4:4-5; Nehemiah 5:19; Nehemiah 6:9; Nehemiah 6:14; Nehemiah 9:5-38; Nehemiah 13:14,22,29-30) which can you most relate to? convicts you the most?

    • Comparing last week's message on Ezra and this week's on Nehemiah - how did their respective roles complement each other? What does this tell us about spiritual gifts in the church?

    • Nehemiah cared for the poor - do you? How can you reach out to someone less fortunate than yourself this week?

    • What have you done to intentionally build God into your life? Do you yearn to spend time with God through the study of His Word, or is it more of a chore? Thank God for the things He is teaching you about Himself and His love for you, and ask Him to keep surprising you with new joy in the time spent with Him.

    • What personal character trait impresses you the most about Nehemiah? What leadership characteristics can you learn from Nehemiah?

    • The next book is Esther, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Ezra - Moving Home
    Sunday, May 20, 2018

    • When was the last time you moved? Do you think you would have been excited or discouraged to move from Persia back to Palestine?

    • Do you think it was more impressive for God to bring Israel out of Egypt by the plagues or out of Persia by moving the heart of Cyrus?

    • If it was God's will for the temple to be rebuilt, and if God is sovereign, why do you think He allowed trails to stop Israel from building the temple? Why do you think He allows trials and testings in your life?

    • What specific steps can you take in your life to make more time to pray?

    • In Ezra 4:11-16 - the Samaritans hurl several accusations against the Jews. List some accusations people make against God's people today to discourage and discredit us.

    • In your spiritual life, what are you fighting? Sin? Spiritual compromise? Repeat of past mistakes? Lack of trust in God?

    • The next book is Nehemiah, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    2 Chronicles - Lessons from the Kings of Judah
    Sunday, May 13, 2018

    • Which of the 20 kings would you most like to meet? Which do you think you are most like

    • The Chronicler spends a lot of time going over precise measurements for the Temple in Jerusalem? Why is this place such a huge deal?

    • The book is filled with prayers. What lessons about prayer can be found in 2 Chronicles?

    • Where are you in your Christian walk? are you closer to Christ or further away than last year?

    • Where do you most need God to show up in your life today? Where does our church most need God? What lessons concerning worship did you learn studying through 2 Chronicles?

    • The next book is Ezra, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    1 Chronicles - David & the Ark
    Sunday, May 06, 2018

    • What is your favorite movie? How many times have you watched it?

    • If a friend asked you - "why are there so many genealogies in the Bible" how would you answer? Why do you think 1 Chronicles has so many? Does understanding its place in the Hebrew Old Testament help you?

    • Chronicles is filled with war stories. Why is it important for a nation to remember the battles it's been through?

    • Do you find it easy or difficult to accept that God is sovereign? How would you explain God's sovereignty to an unbelieving friend?

    • Chronicles was written to connect the returning Jews to the glorious past of Israel. Do you think it is important to be connected to your past? Do you feel at all connected with the stories you read in 1 Chronicles or any where in the Bible? Why or Why not?

    • Christ must be central - is He central in your life?

    • The next book is 1 Chronicles, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project) or take a look at the entire "TaNaK" video (click here)

    2 Kings - How to Lose a Kingdom
    Sunday, April 29, 2018

    • Elijah and Elisha were very different prophets, who do you think you are more like? who would you more like to meet?

    • Are all of the "bad kings" in 2 Kings totally bad? Are there gray areas? Or are there only good kings, on the one hand, and bad kings on the other?

    • If you were stolen from you parents and taken to a different country, do you think you would care enough about your enslavers to suggest a possible course of healing? or would you rejoice your master got leprosy?

    • Which quality of God's character do you see most in the book of 2 Kings (sovereignty, justice, mercy or faithfulness)? Which do you need most in your life today?

    • Of all the stories in 2 Kings which is your favorite? Why? What about the story moves you? Who from the book would you most like to meet?

    • (I showed parts of an 8 minute summary of the Old Testament done by Mills City Church. You can watch the full video "click here"

    • The next book is 1 Chronicles, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    1 Kings - Rise & Fall
    Sunday, April 22, 2018

    • If God showed up in your dream tonight and offered you anything you wanted, what would you ask for?

    • How does society define a "man"? In what ways is this different from the way God defines being a man? What are some of the biggest challenges facing godly men in today's society?

    • Solomon was pulled away from God by influence of his wives. What are the things that most pull your heart from God? Ask God to help you turn to Him above all else. God answered Solomon's earnest prayer for wisdom; He will answer your prayer as faithfully.

    • 1 Kings goes into great detail about the construction of the temple. What's the point?

    • What shocks you more, the boldness and confidence of Elijah on Mt. Carmel or his fear and running from Jezebel? Why?

    • Of all the stories in 1 Kings which is your favorite? Why? What about the story moves you?

    • (Watch the summary of Solomon's Temple put together by "Messages of Christ" (Solomon's Temple)

    • The next book is 2 Kings, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    God's Reminders
    Sunday, April 08, 2018

    • What do you do if you really, really want to remember something? How well does that work for you?

    • What can we learn from studying the sacrifices and festivals of Old Covenant Israel?

    • In the communion service we are commanded by Jesus to "remember me" What exactly does that mean? Practically speaking, how may this be done? What was the most meaningful communion service you ever participated in? What made it so special?

    • How would you explain to someone who was contemplating baptism, the value of baptism? What if they were baptized as an infant?

    • Do you feel we as a church, over emphasize, or under emphasize baptism? Why?

    • When is the right time to be baptized? Is anyone too young to be baptized? Should one wait or be baptized immediately after a confession of faith?

    Matthew 28 - Surprise!!
    Easter Sunday, April 01, 2018

    • What part of the Easter story most surprises you? why?

    • If you could talk to one person who witnessed the empty tomb, who would it be? what would you ask them?

    • How would you define worship? How do you make room for worship in your busy schedule? How would you like to change your schedule to make more time for worship?

    • How did the reality of the Jesus resurrection "dawn" upon you? Were you more of a "quick believer" or a "slow doubter"? why?

    • Jesus told the women to "go and tell". In what ways can you fulfill this great commission? in the context of your family? work? community?

    • What hope does this passage give you as you seek to follow Jesus?

    1 Samuel - looking on the Heart
    Sunday, March 18, 2018

    • Share a time when you heard someone, but didn't truly listen to what they were saying.

    • When God answers your prayer, how do you respond? Have you ever had a prayer request God did not answer, but later you were extremely thankful God said no?

    • Of all the main characters in 1 Samuel (Hannah, Eli, Samuel, Saul, Jonathan, David) who do you relate to the best? Why? Who do you wish you could most imitate? Why?

    • Israel wanted a king "just like the other nations". What do you think were some of the false beliefs that lay beneath this request? Have you ever made a decision to be "just like the other nations"? How did it work out for you?

    • Saul was told that it is better to obey than sacrifice. Which is easier for you, obedience of sacrifice?

    • What are you focused on today, the physical circumstances and obstacles, or the greatness and grandeur of God? What can you do to keep God's glory in front of you today?

    • The next book is 2 Samuel, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Ruth - under HIS wings
    Sunday, March 11, 2018

    • Whom have you met recently who has brought good to your life in an unexpected way?

    • Can you think of someone who God placed in your life to help you through a dark time and remind you of HIS promises?

    • As Ruth and Naomi looked back at their lives and their losses, how do you think their perspective on these things changed over time? How has your perspective on difficult life experiences changed? How has God used these experience to lead you closer to Himself?

    • Where have you seen God's gracious providence show up in your life? How did you thank Him for that kindness?

    • Why do you think Ruth's story is so short? Did you wish it were longer? Maybe had a sequel? Who's your favorite character in the Book of Ruth? Your least favorite? Why?

    • The next book is 1 Samuel, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Judges - Fallen People, Faithful God
    Sunday, March 04, 2018

    • Why do you think we too often take God's blessings for granted and slip into indifference, complacency and sin?

    • The Judges were fallen, flawed individuals. What do you learn about God in the fact that He still used these people? What does that say for you?

    • What are some the idols in our contemporary culture? Which do you find difficult to eradicate in your life?

    • Judges show the importance a leader can have. Consider for a moment the influential people in your life. How has their leadership impacted you? Thank God for those He has used to mold you in life giving ways. Pray for God's help in the areas in which you are currently leading.

    • Of all the Judges in the book, who do you relate to the easiest? why?

    • The next book is Ruth, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Joshua - be Strong and Courageous
    Sunday, February 25, 2018

    • The children of Israel erected piles of stones to remind themselves of God's deliverance, provision or judgment. What stones do you have in you're life?

    • In the Canaanite conquest, God used Israel to bring judgment on whole people groups. How does this image of God fit in with the popular understanding of God? How does it fit into your understanding of God?

    • Review Numbers 13-14 and compare the attitudes and actions of the people with the next generation that approached the Promise Land in Joshua 1-2.

    • Having read the story of Joshua and the conquest, respond to this statement: God clearly desires to bless His people and prosper them.

    • God commanded the nation to march around the city of Jericho for seven straight days. Have you ever felt foolish obeying God's commands?

    • Of the 4 main characters in Joshua (Joshua, Rahab, Achan, Caleb) which do you relate to best? why?

    • The next book is Joshua, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Deuteronomy - Obey God and Live
    Sunday, February 18, 2018

    • What has God done in you and for you in the last week? last month? last year? Take sometime and thank God for His awesome faithfulness and grace.

    • Do you think the most about God when things are going well or when you are in trouble? why do you think that is?

    • Moses was called the greatest prophet. What about Moses impresses you? What are some of the key characteristics of Moses' approach to leadership (List at least three and provide examples)

    • According to the great "Shema" how are we to pass onto the next generation our faith? How are those principles being lived out in your family?

    • Are you obeying God out of a heart of love or obligation? How would you defend your answer with real life illustrations from the past week?

    • Have you chosen life?

    • The next book is Joshua, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Numbers: into the Wilderness
    Sunday, February 04, 2018

    • Of all the stories in the book of Numbers which one do you find the most interesting? most challenging?

    • God's presence was visibly with the nation of Israel in the cloud. What reminds you that God is present with you each day?

    • God despises complaining. What triggers complaining in your life? How can you make gratitude a regular and vital part of your life? What will you do different this week to be thankful?

    • Do circumstances of life seem to "big" for you right now? Ask God to help you take a step back and see things from His perspective, with your present challenges as part of His greater purpose for you.

    • Have you ever thought of God protecting you from challenges and threats you never see? Stop for a second and thank Him for His divine and perhaps unseen help.

    • Who can you encourage today?

    • The next book is Deuteronomy, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Leviticus: Way of Holiness
    Sunday, January 28, 2018

    • Everybody has a code to live by. Where do you get yours?

    • How do you approach the "Laws" in the book of Leviticus?

    • How would you define the word "holy"? How does the book of Leviticus change or deepen that definition?

    • Read chapter 18 again, which of the actions in the book of Genesis do you find condemned?

    • Which attribute or characteristic of God comes through the clearest to you from the book of Leviticus?

    • Read chapter 16 and imagine yourself participating in the day of Atonement. How do you think you would feel? act? respond? How do those feelings compare to when you participate in the Lord's Supper?

    • The next book is Numbers, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Exodus: God Delivers His People
    Sunday, January 21, 2018

    • What is your favorite story in the Old Testament? Why?

    • God got Moses' attention in a burning bush. In the past, how has God gotten your attention to let you know of a job He had for you? Have you felt like God is asking the wrong person for the job? Can God equip you anyway?

    • God unleashes His power upon the gods of Egypt in the 10 plagues. If God declared war on the "gods" of our modern society, what would they be?

    • In the wilderness, God presented Himself in thunder, lightning and flame on a mountain that could not be touched. What does this tell us about God's character? Are these things true today? What other images does God use to describe His presence in Scripture?

    • What role do the Ten Commandments play in your life with God? Should and/or how can they play a more significant role?

    • Has God ever parted a "Red Sea" in your life, to rescue you from something that would have been harmful?

    • Leviticus' summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    Genesis: Book of Beginnings
    Sunday, January 14, 2018

    • If you could have been present to watch any of the stories in the book of Genesis, which one would you choose? Why?

    • Do you see Jesus throughout the Bible, or He a New Testament idea?

    • Which of the pictures of Messiah that we shared (Creation, Rest, Marriage, Offspring, Genealogy, The Blessing, Jacob's Ladder, Joseph) do you find most compelling?

    • When you think of Jesus, do you think of Him more as King, Savior or Sacrifice? Why?

    • God promised Abraham that all the world would be blessed through Him. Do you feel blessed by Abraham, how? Do you see a blessing on the lives of those around you?

    • Have you through faith received the sacrifice Jesus endured for you?

    • Exodus' summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

    The Story Begins
    Sunday, January 07, 2018

    • What words would you use to describe the God who is revealed in the Creation narrative?

    • The story of the fall indicates that every part of God's good creation was fractured by Adam and Eve's rebellion. As you observe our world, what evidence do you see that the world was created to be a good and beautiful place? Where do you see evidence that it is broken by sin?

    • When you think of the Bible, do you think of a series of books, random stories or one unified story? How does looking at the Bible as a single story change your understanding?

    • If you would to summarize the story of the entire Bible in one or two sentences, how would you summarize it?

    • Have you ever thought about heaven as being a "new Eden"?

    • When do you feel most "naked" before God? How does this help you understand Adam and Eve's reactions? Where in your life is "the serpent" seemingly alive and well?

    • Would you make a commitment to read each book the week before Sunday? Would you watch the video summary? (Bible Project)

    God Spoke (part three)
    Hebrews 1:1-4
    Sunday, December 13, 2017

    • What was the best gift you were given this Christmas? What was the best gift you gave?

    • Have you ever wanted to have God speak directly to you? Have you thought of the Bible as God speaking to you? How can you better listen to God who is speaking?

    • Of all the qualities of Jesus mentioned in verse 2-4 which one are you beginning to appreciate more and more?

    • When did Jesus become more than just a name to you?

    • When was the last time you stopped and truly gave thanks to Jesus for the purification for sin made possible by His death? Why not do it right now.

    God Spoke
    Hebrews 1:1-4
    Sunday, December 10, 2017

    • When was the last time you truly heard from God?

    • If you had the chance to hear the Christmas story from one person, who would it be? Why?

    • God spoke in many ways and at many times, which of the many times do you wish you could have been around to hear? Why?

    • How is Jesus a better form of revelation than a prophet or a burning bush?

    • Which of the seven descriptions of Jesus impacts you the most? Why?

    • God spoke by His Son, would you consider reading one chapter of Mark's gospel each day the rest of this month? Start with Mark 1