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Introducing 1st Samuel

Hey Church! This weekend we get ready to begin a new series in the book of 1 Samuel. 1 Samuel is a pivotal book in the life of the nation of Israel. Coming on the heels of the book of Judges, this book is a peek into the history of how one of Israel's greatest periods of peace and prosperity began. It chronicles the life of the person of Samuel, the last judge. Samuel c...

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Sermon Questions: 2 John 1:7-13

Week 2: 2 John 7-13 1. What constitutes a deceiver? How do you distinguish between a deceiver and the deceived or uninformed? In your experience, what are common ways people tend to be deceived? 2. What does the incarnation (the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh) show me about God? What does it show me about me? 3. Why is the incarnation such a central point of Christ...

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Sermon Questions: 2 John 1-6

Week 1: 2 John 1-6 1. Read Colossians 1:9-10. How is the truth informing the way that you walk?When was a time that the scriptures informed a change in your obedience or behavior? 2. What, in your experience, makes it difficult to love another person?How does the gospel inform the way we love, even when it is difficult? 3. What is the relationship between truth and love?...

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Sermon Questions: Jonah 4:1-10

Week 5: Jonah 4:1-10 1. Why are Jonah's emotions so extreme? (Exceedingly displeased about God relenting and exceedingly pleased about the plant) What causes you to have extreme emotional responses? 2. An idol is something so central and essential to your life that if it were taken away, life would feel hardly worth living? What is that thing in your life? How do we loos...

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Sermon Questions: Jonah 3:1-10

Week 4: Jonah 3:1-10 1. Look at Exodus 3. Both Jonah and Moses are unqualified but are called by God to something far bigger than themselves. How do they compare? How do their stories and God's unchanging character comfort you?2. What does it look like to repent in this passage?3. How are the outward acts of the King of Nineveh a sign of the transformation happening in hi...

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Sermon Questions: Jonah 2:1-10

Week 3: Jonah 2:1-10 1. In times of distress, what are some things you often turn to instead of praying? What must we believe about God's character in order to turn to Him in the midst of sin and rebellion? 2. How does Jonah's prayer resemble some of the Psalms? (Psalm 3; 139; 118) 3. How does Jonah view God while he is in the belly of the fish? How does he view himself...

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Sermon Questions: Jonah 1:4-17

Week 2: Jonah 1:4-17 1. What characteristics and attributes of God do you see in the passage? 2. What do you learn about Jonah? In what ways do you identify with him? 3. Compare and contrast Jonah's response to the Lord and the sailors' response to the Lord. How do you relate to each? 4. How do we distinguish between storms of our own making and storms as a result of l...

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Sermon Questions: Jonah 1:1-3

Week 1: Jonah 1:1-3 1. Do you read this story as a fable or as truth?Do you believe God actually has the power to command the storm, the sea, a fish, a plant, a worm, a city? 2. What is something you feel clear that God has called you to?How do you hear and know the Word of the Lord? 3. Jonah headed for Tarshish in his disobedience. Where do you run from God in your di...

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Introduction to Jonah

No matter yourbackground, you've probably heard the fantastic story of Jonah. A prophet, a storm, a whale... Jonah is a book that's full of drama and extraordinary miracles. It is a book with a picture of a God who can control storms, plants, the sun, the wind, and - amazingly enough - a whale. All of nature submits to this God. Sailors and foreign nations repent and worsh...

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People of the Book

"And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above h...

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Colossians

As we have come to the end of our study on the Sermon on the Mount, I want to take a minute and talk about what is coming up for our church this fall. This Sunday we will begin a study of the book of Colossians, so if you've been thinking about inviting someone to church, it's a great week for them to jump into the beginning of a series. As I've been studying I'm really ex...

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