2/11/18 Sermon Question

BEATITUDES – Week 6: Growing More  Holy                                

Matthew 5:8; Psalm 24:1-6

 

Life Group Questions:

  • Think back to the beatitudes we have covered in this series. What have you learned so far?
  • What things, if you’re being honest, keep you from a single mindedness on Christ?
  • Do you ever see yourself placing more emphasis on the outward part of your faith, rather than on your heart?
  • Where in your life do you need to acknowledge the sovereignty of God?
  • Where does purity of heart originate? (See point #2)
  • Read Psalm 24:5. What will be the reward of people that live this way?
  • Have you seen someone in your life relentlessly seek the Lord? What did that look like? (Genesis 32:30)
  • How does the fact that everything belongs to God encourage us toward purity of heart?
  • What are some things or people in my life that have distracted me from living with a pureness of heart?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. – Matthew 5:8

 

KEY THOUGHT:

BEING PURE IN HEART CLEANSES THE EYES OF OUR SOUL SO THAT GOD BECOMES MORE VISIBLE IN OUR LIVES.

 

THE PURE IN HEART ACKNOWLEDGE THAT GOD IS OVER ALL THINGS.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?  Who may stand in his holy place? – Psalm 24:1-3

 

PURITY OF HEART STEMS FROM THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST.

The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god
. – Psalm 24:4

They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. – Psalm 24:5

 

THE PURE IN HEART RELENTLESSLY SEEK THE LORD.

Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob. – Psalm 24:6

30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” – Genesis 32:30

 

 

2/4/18 Sermon Questions

BEATITUDES – Week 5: Showing Mercy                                                       

Matthew 5:7; Matthew 18:21-35

Life Group Questions:

  • Share a time from your life when you have been shown mercy. (The merciful are those who, because they do to others as they would want done to themselves and because they have experienced God’s merciful love, empathize and show compassion to others.)
  • How have you seen Jesus’ teaching to be counter cultural to the trends of the world?
  • How can you move from knowing what this Scripture (Matthew 5:7, Matthew 18:21-35) is telling us, to truly living what these passages are telling us?
  • When have you been especially grateful for the mercy of God?
  • What difference has the mercy of other people made in your life?
  • How can we as a group pray for each other to live out this sermon?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. – Matthew 5:7

 

Showing Mercy:

  1. THOSE WHO SHOW MERCY WILL FIND IT.

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.  23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. – Matthew 18:21-27

 

  1. MERCY IS SOMETHING THAT WE CANNOT FULLY GIVE, UNLESS WE HAVE FIRST FULLY RECEIVED.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. 29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’  30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” – Matthew 18:28-35

 

1/28/18 Sermon Questions

The Beatitudes – Week 4: Becoming Righteous

Matthew 5:6; Romans 9:30–10:4

 

Life Group Questions:

  • When was the last time you were really hungry?
  • What is the greatest meal you have ever eaten?
  • What does it look like to hunger and thirst for righteousness?
  • Have you ever considered the fact that hunger and thirst are the preconditions in God’s kingdom? What does that look like practically?
  • Are you wrestling with the things in your life that aren’t as they should be? Are they causing you to miss out on the righteousness of Christ?
  • How would you define righteousness, unrighteousness (Ephesians 4) and self-righteousness (Romans 9:30-Romans 10:4) How are they similar and how are they different?
  • Think of the chart that Pastor Josh shared. How is it counter cultural to how we try to live as Christians?
  • How can we as a life group become more righteous? (Moving away from unrighteousness and self-righteousness)

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

  1. Hunger and thirst are preconditions in God’s kingdom.

 

  1. Righteousness equals the state of him/her who is as he/she ought to be.

 

  1. The enemies of true righteousness are unrighteousness & self-righteousness

 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matthew 5:6

19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:19-24

 

30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. 33 As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

1 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Romans 9:30–10:4

 

1/21/18 Sermon Questions

THE BEATITUDES – Week 3:  BECOMING MEEK

Matthew 5:5; Psalm 37:1-11

Life Group Questions

  • This week we looked at the third of eight beatitudes. Take a look back and share what you have learned in this sermon series so far.
  • What have you always believed the word meek to mean? What does the word actually mean?
    Definition of meekness:

    ” Martyn Lloyd Jones states that: “meekness denotes a humble and gentle attitude to others which is determined by a true estimate of ourselves.”

  • Read Psalm 37:1. Share an example from your life when you fret because of evil or become envious of someone who has done wrong. How could that have turned out differently if you hadn’t fret?
  • Do you delight in God? Are His desires truly becoming your desires?
  • Share an example of an area of your life where you would like His desires to become yours. Psalm 37:4.
  • Read Psalm 37:7. How can you be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him this week?
  • Where do you need to have greater trust in God and not try to fight your own way?
  • How does your view of meekness need to be revised in the light of the character of Christ in this beatitude?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

5 Blessed are the meek (Praus :: Gentle, Humble, and Meek), for they will inherit the earth. – Matthew 5:5

 

1) KEEP CALM. (Psalm 37:1-2)

 

Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,  like green plants they will soon die away. – Psalm 37:1-2

 

 

2) DO GOOD. (Psalm 37:3-7

 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. – Psalm 37:3-6

 

3) REST EASY. (Psalm 37:7-11)

Be still (silent) before the Lord and wait patiently for him;

do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.

For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

10 A little while and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity. – Psalm 37:7-11

1/14/18 Sermon Questions

THE BEATITUDES – Week 2:  Repenting of Our Sins

Matthew 5:4; Romans 7:21-25

Life Group Questions

  • When was the last time you mourned over sin and evil?
  • Read Romans 7:21-25. How can you relate with the tension that the Apostle Paul is talking about?
  • Theologian John Owen says, “Be killing sin, or it will be killing you.” Agree or disagree?
  • How often do you thank God for His grace?
  • Where have you seen the power of Christ’s rescue in your life?
  • When you meditate on this beatitude, what does it tell you about the heart of God?
  • How can our group pray for you this week?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. – Matthew 5:4

21 So I find this law (principle) at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. – Romans 7:21

 

BE KILLING SIN, OR IT WILL BE KILLING YOU.

 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. – Romans 7:22-23

 JESUS CHRIST RESCUES THE CAPTIVE AND SETS THEM FREE.

 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. – Romans 7:21-25

1/7/18 Sermon Questions

BEATITUDES – Week 1: Putting Our Trust in God 

Matthew 5:1-3; Revelation 3:17-22

Life Group Questions:

  • How would you define the “already, not yet” concept of God’s kingdom? Do you take an Eeyore or a Tigger mentality?
  • Read Pastor Luke’s definition of the word blessed. How does this working definition change how you have thought of that word?
  • How do you become spiritually rich? Revelation 3:17-21
  • What types of temporary things do you try to fill your life with?
  • What kinds of things distract you from hearing Christ knocking on the door of your life?
  • What practical things can you do this week to make sure you listen more than you talk? Revelation 3:22
  • What areas do I acknowledge my need of Christ?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:1-3

If we add all this together, we get something like this:

“A “blessed” person is someone who, because of a heart for God, is promised and enjoys God’s favor regardless of that person’s status or countercultural condition.”

 

BECOMING SPIRITUALLY RICH:

1) ACKNOWLEDGE: WITHOUT CHRIST, I AM SPIRITUALLY POOR.

17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. – Revelation 3:17-18

  

2) DON’T TRY TO FILL AN ETERNAL GAP WITH TEMPORARY TREASURES.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. 21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. – Revelation 3:19-21

 

 3) LISTEN TWICE AS MUCH AS YOU TALK.

22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” – Revelation 3:22

 

 

 

12/31/17 Sermon Questions

 

Moments In Time

Philippians 3:8-14

 

Life Group Questions:

  1. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year?
  2. What was your favorite moment with your family and friends over this holiday season?
  3. Pastor Chuck asked us, “How much of what you did this past year, will you be able to take into eternity?” How would you answer that?
  4. How did 2017 help you move closer to the purpose for which Christ saved you? What did He ask of you?
  5. How will you invest in the kingdom this coming year? Take some time to reflect on that and share it with the group.
  6. How can we pray for you?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

  1. Leave the past in the past. (Phil.3:8, 9)
  2. Choose to live each present moment in obedience to Christ. (Phil.3:10, 11)
  3. Focus each moment on the ultimate goal. (Phil.3:12-14)

 

Action Steps:

  1. I receive the forgiveness of the Lord where I have failed in the past and I act in faith, believing He has cleansed me.
  2. I commit my life race to the Holy Spirit, asking Him to enable me to live each moment of 2018 in (obedience) submission to Him.


 

 

12/24/17 Sermon Questions

DO NOT BE AFRAID – Week 4                                               

Luke 2:8-11; Romans 3:20-24

 

Life group questions:

  1. What are your favorite Christmas traditions?
  2. Have you ever asked some difficult questions of God? What were they?
  3. What did you learn about the shepherds? The angel revealed Jesus’ birth to them first. How does that change your perception of how God works?
  4. Read Romans 3:20-24 together as a group. How does that verse tie into the shepherd’s story? What about your own testimony?
  5. How have you been changed by the good news of Jesus Christ?
  6. What are some ways that you are reminded of God’s grace?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.Luke 2:8-11

  1. THEY FELT SHAMEFUL.
  2. THEY FELT INADEQUATE.
  3. THEY FELT REJECTED.

JESUS PAID THE PRICE THE LAW DEMANDED.

20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. 21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.Romans 3:20-24

Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where He always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. – Romans 3:24 (MSG)

 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly hosts appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”Luke 2:13-15

12/17/17 Sermon Questions

DO NOT BE AFRAID – Week 3                                               

Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon Based Life Group Questions:

  1. Last week, what did you take off your schedule like Pastor Luke encouraged us to do?
  2. As you make decisions in your life, how often do you consider what others will think about those decisions?
  3. As you have followed God and what He asks you to do, have you disappointed others?
  4. What did you learn from Joseph’s perspective on the birth of Jesus Christ?
  5. Joseph thought more highly of obeying God than what others thought of him. Share a time from your life where this has been true for you.
  6. What small act is God asking you to be obedient to you this week?
  7. What are some ways you can be more intentional about living for God and not others?
  8. How can our group pray for you this week?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.  19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).   Matthew 1:18-23

 

TWO WAYS TO LIVE FOR GOD INSTEAD OF PEOPLE:

  1. OBEDIENCE TO GOD CAN LEAD TO OPPOSITION FROM PEOPLE.

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. Matthew 1:24

 

  1. SMALL ACTS OF OBEDIENCE CAN LEAD TO BIG ACTS FROM GOD.

25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. Matthew 1:25

 

12/10/17 Sermon Questions

DO NOT BE AFRAID – Week 2

Luke 1:26-38

Life Group Questions:

  1. Have you invited anyone to attend Christmas Traditions with you? Are they joining you? Please spend some time as a group praying for this event.
  2. Have you ever been afraid of something God has asked you to do? What was it? How did you respond?
  3. Why do you think we are so afraid to do what God asks us to do?
  4. What did you learn about Jesus’ birth from Mary’s life and perspective?
  5. How is God asking you to be obedient this Christmas season?
  6. What plans have you been hanging onto that you need to surrender to the Lord?
  7. As you close, read Luke 1:37 together as a group.

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

WHY ARE WE AFRAID OF WHAT GOD ASKS US TO DO?

 

  1. GOD DOESN’T WORK ACCORDING TO OUR SCHEDULE. (Luke 1:26-29)

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.   Luke 1:26-30

 

  1. GOD’S PLANS ARE OFTEN DIFFERENT THAN OUR OWN. (Luke 1:31-33)

31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”  Luke 1:31-37

 

HOW DO WE RESPOND?

REMEMBER: OBEDIENCE IS OUR JOB, THE IMPOSSIBLE IS GOD’S

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.   Luke 1:38