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May 12th Sermon Discussion Questions

Now is the Year of the the Lord's Prayer

Text: Luke 19:1-10

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  1. Can you personally relate to the emotional tension the psalmist describes in verses 1-2. Anything you don’t mind sharing?
  2. How does getting a better perspective of the brevity of life help us chill?
  3. What divine activity accounts for so many harsh or heavy things that come our way?
  4. In this psalm we encounter an awareness in the psalmist that is rare today? What is it?

May 5th Sermon Discussion Questions

A Very Present Help in Time of Trouble

Text: Psalm 46

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  1. When you personally ‘take refuge in God,” what shape has that taken? And what do you notice is the basis or foundation of that response?
  2. How does it fortify you in times of trouble to remember ‘the presence of God?” What should it mean for us to “practice the presence of God?”
  3. What does ‘the sovereignty of God’ mean?
  4. How does the conviction of the sovereignty of God strengthen our faith in the trenches and trials of everyday life?

April 28th Sermon Discussion Questions

What really happened the day Christ was crucified?

Text: Galatians 2:15-21

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  1. You are sharing your faith with someone and you ask them, “what do you believe will happen to you when you die?” They response, “I believe I will go to heaven because I am basically a good person.” How would you respond to them?
  2. If someone did live a perfectly good life morally, would they merit God’s favor and be granted eternal life? Why or why not?
  3. Can someone pursue the Christian life faithfully; defend Christian doctrine fervently and accurately and serve Christ wholeheartedly; and still not be right with God (cf: Revelation 2:1-7)?
  4. What warning does this passage give us and how do we avoid this churches’ fate? In other words, how do we maintain a right relationship with God?
  5. What place do the spiritual disciplines; study, prayer and fellowship, have in maintaining a right relationship with God? When as with the church at Ephesus does duty and discipline become a hindrance in my relationship with God?

April 14th Sermon Discussion Questions

Who is Jesus?

Text: Isaiah 53

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  1. Why is it said concerning the Person of Jesus Christ that there are only three options—Lord, liar or lunatic? Explain.
  2. Do you see any reasonable way to explain away the detailed accuracy of the prophecy of Isaiah? What are some of the implausible tacts to defuse?
  3. What is the continuing significance of this prophecy?
  4. What is the abiding message of Isaiah 53?

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