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1/6/19 Sermon Questions


Week 1: Galatians 1:1-10

 Life Group Questions

  1. What is your favorite letter you’ve ever received? What was the content in the letter? Who was it from?
  2. How does your perspective on the book of Galatians change when you read it as a letter and in one sitting?
  3. In what ways do you struggle and mix up the implications of the gospel with the gospel itself? (Galatians 1:6-7)
  4. Read Galatians 1:10. In what areas of your life are you more concerned about pleasing people rather than God?
  5. How can your life group pray for you this week?


Sermon Notes and Scripture     

Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers and sisters with me, Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. – Galatians 1:1-5

  • He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” – Romans 8:32
  • And live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” – Ephesians 5:2
  • Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” – Ephesians 5:25
  • [Christ] gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.” – 1 Timothy 2:6



I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. – Galatians 1:6-7



But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:8-10


12/30/18 Sermon Questions


Luke 10:25-37

 Life Group Questions

  1. Read through the passage as a group. What do you think Jesus is trying to communicate through this story?
  2. Have you ever had an interaction like Jesus is having, one where someone is trying to test you? How did you respond in that scenario? How should you have responded?
  3. What can we learn from Jesus’ response to him?
  4. What does this passage reveal about the heart of Jesus?
  5. How does Pastor Luke’s quote strike you, “IF I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACT, I HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT.”
  6. How are you investing your time, energy, and resources into the kingdom?
  7. How can our group pray for you in living these truths out this week?


Sermon Notes and Scripture

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” – Luke 10:25-37







23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. – Matthew 23:2






Hope Has a Name

12/23/18 Sermon Questions


Week 4: Christmas Eve; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-25


Sermon Questions

  1. Over the last four weeks, we’ve looked at Jesus’s names in Isaiah; Wonderful counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. Which name has the most significance to you personally? Why?
  2. Share a truth you were challenged by during this sermon series.
  3. We know that Jesus is fully God and fully man. How would the gospel not have been fulfilled if He weren’t fully God? How would the gospel not have been fulfilled if He weren’t fully man?
  4. How imperative is it that we believe He is fully God and fully human?
  5. Pastor Luke shared a conversation he imagined might have taken place between God the Father and Jesus the Son. Did any part of the narrative connect with you? How so?
  6. The word Immanuel means “God with us.” How have you sensed God with you this past year?
  7. Who in your life do you need to tell that hope has a name?


Sermon Notes and Scripture

2The 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 9:2-7

 Week 1 – Wonderful Counselor

Week 2 – Everlasting Father

Week 3 – Prince of Peace

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: 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. 20 But 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


14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and[c] will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14


14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

12/16/18 Sermon Questions


Week 3: Isaiah 9:6-7


Life Group Questions

  1. Do you know the meaning of your name? Do you think we think of the meaning of names today in America in the same way they did in biblical times?
  2. Explain the difference between modern day use of peace and the biblical word shalom. What are areas in your life can you identify right now that you need shalom? (possibly take time to pray with people)
  3. Josh talked about how we think we will achieve peace when we get something we don’t have (i.e. career, spouse, car, vacations) or we try to achieve peace by avoiding our lives and entering a mode of escapism (i.e. binge watching Netflix, shopping, drinking too much alcohol). Which are you more prone to and why do you think that is? How do you think Jesus wants to meet you in that?
  4. It was said that the “Peace of God isn’t found in absence of difficulty, but in the presence of the person of Jesus.” How does that strike you? Have you found that to be true? What do you think that looks like?
  5. Paul says in verse 6 we should present our requests with thanksgiving. Why is that different than our normal approach? Do you present your requests this way or do you wait until they are granted? What do you think of the idea that “You are never going to be content if you only thank God when your request is granted.”
  6. Paul says in verses 11 & 12 that he has found the secret to being content. Do you feel like you are living in that contentment and peace? If not, have you before? What was it like?
  7. What did you experience when you paused to look at the image of Eve & Mary? Where would you say you are at in the image?


Sermon Notes and Scriptures

Philippians 4:4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.





12/9/18 Sermon Questions


Week 2:  Isaiah 9:6-7


Life Group Questions

  1. Can you think of an example of a father sacrificing for his kids? If you are a father, share an example of a time you had to step in and sacrifice for you kids.
  2. How has your relationship with your earthly father shaped your relationship with your Heavenly Father?
  3. Pastor Luke shared four different types of fathers. Did any of them resonate with how you picture your Heavenly Father? How so?
  4. How can you be praying for your earthly father this week? In what ways does he need your prayers?
  5. How has Jesus been like the everlasting Father in your life? Please share an example.
  6. Is there someone you need to pursue this week in the same way that Jesus is pursuing you? Who is it?


Sermon Notes and Scriptures        

“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.” – Isaiah 9:6


 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! – Isaiah 49:15

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17


The Lord is compassionate and gracious; slow to anger, abounding in love. – Psalm 103:8


20 So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. – Luke 15:20


20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20


12/2/18 Sermon Questions


Week 1: Isaiah 9:6-7, Hebrews 4:15-16


Life Group Questions

  1. What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received or given?
  2. Pastor Luke shared that the prophecy we find in Isaiah 9:1-7 was an answer to our problem and that God was dealing with our problem at its roots. How have you personally seen the Messiah deal with your sin at its root?
  3. Read Hebrews 4:15-16 together. Does the fact that Jesus was tempted as we are help you in any way when you think of how you are tempted? How can we follow Jesus’ example in how He lived His life and didn’t sin?
  4. In Romans 8 we see that we are more than conquerors with the power of the Holy Spirit. How have you allowed the power of the Holy Spirit to keep you from sinning?
  5. How then can we approach God’s throne? (Hebrews 4:16) What can we find there? How would you describe this to someone who doesn’t know God?
  6. What do you need to be honest with God about right now?
  7. Share an area of your life that you need to be obedient to what God is asking of you. How can we as a group rally around you to be obedient in this area?
  8. How have you seen Jesus nurture and care for you and your relationship with Him?


Sermon Notes and Scripture

14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14


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 9:2-7


15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  – Hebrews 4:15-16


11/25/18 Sermon Questions


Week 2:  Luke 19:1-9


Life Group Questions

  1. Whose name did you write on your card from last week? How are you going to intentionally reach out to them for the cause of Christ?
  2. Have you ever fest pressured to share Christ with someone and use a certain technique?
  3. Read Luke 19:1-9. How do we see Jesus connecting too and sharing with those around Him? What can we apply from our lives to this passage?
  4. With your Me to We person, would you say they feel like they belong? Or do they think they need to change before they can belong?
  5. Share with your group the different type of evangelism strategies we as Christians use and what some of the pitfalls are to them?
  6. How can you live a life of high distinction and high connection in order to serve and minister to others better?
  7. Do the people who are far from God want to be with you? Why or why not?


Sermon Notes and Scripture

Luke 19:1-9 (NIV)

1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.

11/18/18 Sermon Questions


Week 1:  John 10:1-18


Life Group Questions

  1. How do you know when the Shepherd is talking to you? How do you recognize it is His voice?
  2. Many of us have quoted John 10:10 to each other. How does the teaching we heard this week deepen your understanding of this verse?
  3. Read through the passage we studied this weekend. What was one take away you have? How did your thinking and/or actions change as a result of it?
  4. Share a tangible way in which your relationship with Jesus has led to a more full life? (John 10:10)
  5. What can you do to better recognize the voice of the Good Shepherd?
  6. Who has God placed in your life that you are committing to pray for?


Sermon Notes and Scripture


“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So, when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”– John 10:1–18    

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23:5-6



  1. Because apart from Jesus people listen to the wrong voice.  – John 10:4
  2. Because without Jesus people follow the wrong leader.  – John 10:5
  3. Because without Jesus people won’t know a full life.  – John 10:10
  4. Because without Jesus people can’t know their Heavenly Father.  – John 10:17-1

11/11/18 Sermon Questions


Week 6: Revelation 19:6-9

Life Group Questions

  1. Share the most memorable moment you have experienced at a wedding.
  2. What did pastor Luke say is our job as the church, taken from Revelation 19:7?
  3. How would you think and act differently if you thought of this time on earth as a time to prepare yourself as the Bride of Christ? (Share practical ways)
  4. What does the clothing we are to put on look like? (Colossians 3:12-14)
  5. Are we (as individuals & as a life group) allowing love to be our defining characteristic? How so?
  6. How can our group pray for you this week?


Sermon Notes and Scripture

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.”– Revelation 19:6

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. – Revelation 7:9

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. – Revelation 19:7

Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) – Revelation 19:8

 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” – Colossians 3:12-14


Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” – Revelation 19:9



  1. Have I accepted the invitation to the Lord’s table?
  2. Am I allowing love to be my defining characteristic?



11/4/18 Sermon Questions


Week 5:  John 21:1-14


Life Group Questions

  • Who in your life has helped reorient you back to the faith? Share a time they pointed you back to Jesus.
  • Read Matthew 28:16. Where had Jesus told the disciples to go? Where do you find them in John 21? Why do you think they went back to fishing?
  • Read Luke 5:1-7. Imagine the connection the disciples made during their time in the boat in John 21 and how a very similar set of circumstances happened again. What did it lead Peter to do? (John 21:7-8)
  • Think about all that Peter has been through since the last supper. Talk about some of those events. How is this fire different from the last one he stood around? (John 21:9-10)
  • After the disciples stepped back into their old way of life (fishing), Jesus meets them on the beach and over a meal to reorient them to Himself. How has Jesus met you where you are recently?
  • How can you seek rest in Jesus for yourself and family this week?
  • What areas of your life are you trying to prove yourself before God?
  • What fear or discouragement is preventing you from living on mission?


Sermon Notes and Scripture

Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way:  Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”“No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. – John 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. – John 21:1-14


16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. – Matthew 28:16


One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. – Luke 5:1-7