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February 18th Sermon Discussion Questions

The Vital Signs of Knowing Jesus

Text: Hebrews 10:19-25

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  1. What does it mean to “draw near” to God (Heb 4:16 & 10:22)? Knowing that we are counted as the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:31-32), how do we draw near?
  2. If you are married (or can imagine being married), what matters more in that relationship – acts of love and devotion, or a genuine heart of love? Can either exist without the other?
  3. What is the connection between our nearness to God and “holding fast our confession of hope” (Heb 10:23)? Does this “holding fast” merely require that we not deny our confession?
  4. Why is church such a critically important part of a Christian life? Is there another means of being “stirred up to love and good works” (Heb 10:24)?
  5. How is the diversity within the church (and even occasional discomfort) of greater value than the company of only your closest Christian friends?

February 11th Sermon Discussion Questions

Adoption: The Spearhead of God’s Mission

Text: Ephesians 1:3-14

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  1. What does the text mean when it continually asserts the spiritual blessings we receive in Christ? Is this always true? How does knowing of “the riches of his grace which He lavished upon us” prepare you and carry you through suffering?
  2. What’s the significance of God being our adopted Father instead of a foster parent? How does the truth that God chose you, in spite of there being no good in you, change the way you think about yourself? What’s the difference between God arbitrarily choosing people and God choosing them out of his own pleasure?
  3. What does this passage teach us about each member of the Trinity’s role in the Gospel? How does this inform your life? Are we ever alone in the Christian walk?
  4. What are some of the lesser “identities” that the world and the flesh tell you about yourself? Are you living out your true identity in Jesus or are you listening to the world’s expectations on your lesser, fragile “identity?”

February 4th Sermon Discussion Questions

Knowing Christ Through Knowing His Forgiveness

Text: Luke 23:32-43

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  1. There were four groups of people who surrounded Christ’s cross. Who were they and why do you think the Lord led Luke to mention them explicitly?
  2. How did each group respond to Christ on the cross? How does their response take shape today? (including the repentant criminal’s response)
  3. What is meant by the infinitely large debt the first servant owes the master in comparison with the small debt the other servant owes the first?
  4. How does the master casting the unforgiving servant to the torturers (hell) align with salvation being by grace through faith in Christ alone? Is this parable implying that forgiving others is a necessary work to earn salvation?

January 28th Sermon Discussion Questions

Pro le of a True Disciple of Jesus: Another Mark of Authenticity

Text: Matthew 5:8

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  1. In this life, no person except Jesus has or ever will be “pure in heart” in any absolute sense. Explain that phraseology in historical context.
  2. We are always at risk of lapsing into sick religious externalism or formalism that makes a mockery of true Christianity. What are three features that tend to characterize that religious disease?
  3. What are some contemporary expressions or examples of this problem?
  4. What did Jesus mean when He promised that it is the “pure in heart” who “shall see God?”
  5. Practically speaking, how can we gain and better maintain “a pure heart?”

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