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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

12/3/17 Sermon Questions

DO NOT BE AFRAID

Part 1: Isaiah 9:1-7

Life Group Questions:

  1. What did you learn from week one of our series “Do Not Be Afraid?”
  2. Read Isaiah 9:1. What would that verse have meant to those that read it? What did it represent to them?
  3. How does walking in spiritual darkness contrast to walking in spiritual light?
  4. Read Isaiah 9:4 and Matthew 11:28-30. What did you learn about yokes? (I.e. animals at harvest, discipline, fear, rest) How can you apply this principle to your life?
  5. Look at verses 6 and 7. Read the description of who Jesus is and what He will accomplish. Who in your life needs to hear about Him this Christmas?
  6. What in my past is weighing me down from walking in the light?
  7. How can our group pray for you this week?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

KEY THOUGHT:

DO NOT STAND IN DARKNESS, BUT WALK IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST.

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you  as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. – Isaiah 9:1-7

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

 

11/26/17 Sermon Questions

Concert of Worship

November 26th, 2017

Life Group Questions:

  • Read John 15:5-13 together as a group.
  • What is the fruit John is talking about in verse 5? (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • Does it bring you peace knowing that He says, “apart from Me you can do nothing.” (vs. 5)
  • Read verse 10 again. How do you remain in God’s love? What does this look like?
  • What command does He give in verse 12? In what ways do you see the Church fulfilling this? In what ways is the Church falling short?
  • In what ways are you fulfilling verse 12? In what ways would you like to do better?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:5-13 (NIV)

11/19/17 Sermon Questions

FIXER UPPER – Week 3                                                          

Haggai 2:10-23

Life Group Questions:

  • As a group, spend some time recapping what you learned from the book of Haggai during our Fixer Upper series.
  • Has there been a time in your life when you obeyed God, but only conditionally?
  • “Above all else, God desires a devoted heart.” What does that look like? (Haggai 2:15-19, 2 Chronicles 7:14)
  • What seemingly simple thing is God calling your obedience to?
  • Read Matthew 1 to find Zerubbabel’s name in the genealogy of Jesus. Why was he listed there?
  • How can we pray for each other this week?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

THE PROBLEM: WE SAY: “I’LL OBEY IF…” (CONDITIONAL OBEDIENCE)

10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Haggai: 11 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Ask the priests what the law says 12 If someone carries consecrated meat in the fold of their garment, and that fold touches some bread or stew, some wine, olive oil or other food, does it become consecrated?’” The priests answered, “No.” 13 Then Haggai said, “If a person defiled by contact with a dead body touches one of these things, does it become defiled?” “Yes,” the priests replied, “it becomes defiled.” 14 Then Haggai said, “‘So it is with this people and this nation in my sight,’ declares the Lord. ‘Whatever they do and whatever they offer there is defiled.  Haggai 2:10-14

ABOVE ALL ELSE, GOD DESIRES A DEVOTED HEART.

15 ’Now give careful thought to this from this day on—consider how things were before  one stone was laid on another in the Lord’s temple. 16 When anyone came to a heap of twenty measures, there were only ten. When anyone went to a wine vat to draw fifty measures, there were only twenty. 17 I struck all the work of your hands with blight, mildew and hail, yet you did not return to me,’ declares the Lord. 18 ‘From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid. Give careful thought 19 Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit. “‘From this day on I will bless you.’ Haggai 2:15-19

 If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

20 The word of the Lord came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month: 21 “Tell Zerubbabel governor of Judah that I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. 22 I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms. I will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of his brother. 23 ”’On that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘I will take you, my servant Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you like my signet ring , for I have chosen you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. Haggai 2:20-23

11/12/17 Sermon Questions

FIXER UPPER – Week 2                                                      

Haggai 2:1-9

 

Life Group Questions:

  1. Have you ever started a project but then apathy set in and you quit?
  2. “Don’t compare your start when Gods work isn’t finished.” This was our key thought for week 2 of Fixer Upper. Have you ever compared your start with others?
  3. Read Haggai 2:4. How are you staying strong in the Lord right now?
  4. How are you “doing the work” for the cause of Christ? How do you see First Free Rockford “doing the work?”
  5. What resources could you use for the glory of God?
  6. Read Hebrews 12:26-28 as a group. How does this truth change your perspective?
  7. What opposition are you listening to that you need to remember to: “be strong and courageous?”

 

 Sermon Notes and Scripture:

Week 1 – Key Thought:  WE MUST PLACE GOD AS OUR PRIORITY, OVER THE CONVENIENCES OF LIFE.

 

KEY THOUGHT: Don’t compare your start, when God’s work isn’t finished.

“In the second year of King Darius, on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak, x the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them, ‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty.  ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’  “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” – Haggai 2:1-9

6 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:6-9

 

When God provides the resources, we provide the work.

26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.” – Hebrews 12:26-28

 

CONCLUSION:

Don’t compare your start, when God’s work isn’t finished.

When God provides the resources, we provide the Work.