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Truth & Love
2 John 1-3
Sunday, August 13, 2017

  • When you read 2 John, to who do you think the book is written - an elect lady or a specific church congregation? Why?

  • Which is easier for you, to "walk in love" or to "walk in truth"?

  • John describes truth, not as a set of beliefs, but as a person. How does viewing truth as Jesus change or impact your view of truth? How does it change the way you strive to live out truth?

  • How do we decide which truths must never be compromised, versus where we should be tolerant for the sake of love?

  • Should we love those who deny essential truth about Christ and the Gospel? If so, how?

  • How would you classify your Christian walk - as walking or meandering?

Grow in Grace & Knowledge
2 Peter 3:17,18
Sunday, August 6, 2017

  • What are some of the subtle spiritual errors of our day that we need to be on guard against?

  • Have you ever felt that you were too mature or spiritual to be led astray? How does Barnabas' and Peter's example impact those feelings? What can we do to make certain we don't fall?

  • What is the difference between knowing about Christ and knowing Christ? Can you have one without the other?

  • Peter says that some of Paul's writings are hard to understand, what Biblical doctrines or passages are you currently having a hard to understanding? How do you deal with passages which confuse you?

  • As you examine yourself today, are you growing? How do measure if you are growing? What are some biblical tests for growth?

  • As you reflect back upon the whole of 2 Peter, what did you find most challenging in the book? most encourage? most perplexing or confusing?

Speed His Coming!
2 Peter 3:11-16
Sunday, July 30, 2017

  • Have you ever thought in terms of speeding Christ return? Do you believe it is possible? Why or Why not?

  • Can you honestly say you are longing for the return of Jesus? Are there any events you are longing for more? Are there lies of Satan that are keeping you from longing for His return as you ought? How can you address those lies?

  • Peter commands us to make every effort to be found spotless and blameless (2 Peter 3:14). Are you making no effort, some effort, or every effort? What in your schedule or life would need to change for you to give more energy toward holiness?

  • Peter wants us to be stand in stark contrast to the false teachers. If you asked your neighbor, do you think he could see a difference in the way you live (priorities, pleasures, use of time and resources) than others?

  • Because Christ could come today, we must have a heart for the lost. How would you evaluate your heart for lost people? Who do you need to be praying for to find Jesus?

  • When you know the truth of God's Word, it is easier to spot false teaching. Knowing God's Word helps you also to know the character of God, which is righteous...the Bible says false teachers are filled with pride, immorality and greed. Are you a sincere student of God's Word?

Like a Thief in the Night
2 Peter 3:8-13
Sunday, July 23, 2017

  • Have you ever had your house or apartment broken into? How did you respond? How would you respond if you knew someone was trying to break in?

  • Peter argues that God's view of time is different than ours. What are some practical applications that stem from understanding God's perspective on time?

  • The Day of the LORD is both a terrifying and exciting time. Terrifying for those who don't know Jesus, and exciting for those of us who do. Take a few minutes and read a couple of the passages that discussion the Day of the LORD (Jer. 46:10; Ezek. 13:5; 30:3; Joel 1:15; 2:1, 11, 31; 3:14; Amos 5:18, 20; Obad. 15; Zeph. 1:7, 14; Mal. 4:1, 5; Acts 2:20; 1 Cor. 5:5; 2 Cor. 1:14; 1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2:2; Rev. 16:14). What stands out to you from each passage?

  • What frustrations does God's patience produce? How is God's patience a benefit (2 Peter 3:9,15) Do you have any family or friends you have been praying for, how does God's patience encourage you?

  • "End times" is a popular topic these days, how could you use cultures fascination to be a witness for Christ this week? What friends or neighbors might you be able to engage in a conversation about the Lord?

  • As a side note, this week is VBS, would you please take a few extra minutes and pray for the leaders, helpers and all the kids?

Remember: The End is Coming
2 Peter 3:1-7
Sunday, July 16, 2017

  • If you were in charge of the world clock, would you slow it down or speed it up? Why?

  • What should we do when people mock Christianity? How can we be faithful to Christ while we wait for His return?

  • Are the Bible and science at odds? Must we abandon reason and go by blind faith to believe in the Bible?

  • In the book of Acts we see when Paul deals with pagans he goes back to creation. How can we use creation to share the Gospel with friends and neighbors who have little to no Bible background? (Acts 14:8-20; Acts 17:16-33)

  • The scoffers were allowing their desires to drive their thinking. Have you ever been guilty of that? How did you (or perhaps how can you) gain victory over your sinful desires?

  • The second coming of Jesus is a fundamental doctrine of the faith. Why do you believe it a bodily return in power and glory to judge the world is essential? How would you answer someone who denies or ignores His promised return?

Creatures Born to be Killed
2 Peter 2:10-22
Sunday, July 09, 2017

  • Of the three Old Testament illustrations that Peter uses in chapter 2 (Noah, Lot and Balaam), which can you most relate to? Which are you most challenged by? Which are your most intrigued by?

  • How does Peter's mention of Balaam, change or shape your view of Balaam from Numbers 22-24? What is the lesson of Balaam for you?

  • We do not know for certain who the "celestial beings" are. Whoever they are, the false teachers slander the spiritual realities they did not understand, taking Satan's power lightly and claiming to have the ability to judge evil. How do we make certain we do not take Satan and evil lightly?

  • Peter describes the life of the false teachers as proud, immoral and greedy. Which of these is the greatest temptation for you?

  • A person is a slave to whatever controls him. Many believe that freedom means doing anything we want, but Peter describes these false teachers not as free, but as slaves. Does any sin own you? How can we be free form the trap of sinful habits?

  • Peter seems to indicate that these false teachers knew Christ. Do you believe that a person can lose their salvation? Why or why not? How would you defend your answer from Scripture?

  • False teachers are a real danger, not just to themselves but to the church as well. How do we make certain our church doesn't have false teachers? What would you do if you believed the pastor or one of the church leaders was not living up to their position?

Is God Fair?
2 Peter 2:3-9
Sunday, July 02, 2017

  • Ezekiel 14:14 says Noah, Daniel and Job were godly. As you look at Scripture who would you place in your top ten of godly individuals?

  • Peter speaks of the sin of the angels, what sin do you believe he is talking about? Read Jude and Genesis 6 for cross reference.

  • Hell is a very depressing topic, how would you explain hell to someone who was not a follower of Jesus?

  • Jesus seems to say that God condemned the ancient world because they lived life with no thought of Him (Luke 17:22-35). How often do you live with God in mind? How can we discipline ourselves to live each day with a constant thought of God?

  • Noah was a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5), are you? What keeps you from "preaching"? What do you need to do to become more effective in your preaching? Who do you need to preach to this week?

  • Lot found living for God in a filthy world is difficult, do you? What is currently the greatest obstacle for you living for God? How do you think you could overcome the obstacle?

Beware of False Teachers
2 Peter 2:1-3
Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • When you think of a false teacher, who or what group comes to mind? Why?

  • Have you, or someone you know, been deceived or misled by someone who appeared to be a sincere Christian? Why wasn't the person's deception obvious at first? What was the outcome?

  • How can we determine which doctrines are serious enough to qualify as "destructive heresies"? What criteria apply? How do we as a church stand against heresy, but not be overly dogmatic and divisive

  • What would you do if you questioned whether something a teacher taught you was true or not? Would this be the right response?

  • If it is so plain that judgment awaits these false teachers, why does anyone follow them? If they are so evil, why do you think God allow them to teach in His church?

  • One of the characteristics of a false teacher is greed. How do you determine which ministries are worthy of your financial support?

Are You Sure
2 Peter 1:19-21
Sunday, June 11, 2017

  • If a non-Christian asked you to "prove" the Scriptures are God's Word, on what would you base your answer? How does that answer affect your Bible study habits? Your witness? Your lifestyle?

  • Since Christians have so many different interpretations of the Word, how do we determine which are right and which are of primary importance?

  • Has your "experience" ever led you incorrectly? If so how did you find out you were headed down the wrong path?

  • What does a "disciplined" study of God's Word look like to you? If you were to improve your regular study of God's Word, what would you do?

  • Name one time when you changed something in your life because of what you learned in God's Word? How often does this happen? When was the last time?

  • Peter hints at the glory of having the lamp of God's Word replaced by the light of God's Son. Take a minute and read Revelation 21 and contemplate what heaven in God's presence will be like

Remember - His Coming
2 Peter 1:16-18
Sunday, June 04, 2017

  • If you could have been present for any one event in the life of Jesus, which would you choose? Why?

  • Peter wants to remind us of "these things." Take a minute and reread 2 Peter 1:1-11. What stands out to in those verses? What encouragement do you receive? What changes do you need to make in light of those?

  • If someone told you that you were following "cleverly devised myths", how would you respond? What proof or evidence would you hold out to defend your belief system?

  • Take a minute and read the transfiguration story from Luke 9:18-36 and Mark 9:1-13. What stands out from the story to you? What would you must like to have clarified for you? If you were Peter (or James or John) how do you think the experience would have impacted your life? Do you think of the transfiguration as a good defense of the second coming or do you feel like Peter is reaching?

  • Do you think often about the return of Jesus? If you knew that Jesus was returning tomorrow, how would effect your life today? Have you ever begun a day, ask for Jesus to return? Do you think it would have any impact on your life if you did?

2 Peter 1:12-15
Sunday, May 28, 2017

  • Peter sees his body as a tent and death as an exodus. How does that change your idea of death? What encouragement do you get from those images?

  • Peter wants to remind us of "these things." Take a minute and reread 2 Peter 1:1-11. What stands out to in those verses? What encouragement do you receive? What changes do you need to make in light of those?

  • Peter desired to "stir up" his readers. What do you need to be stirred up today?

  • Because we all struggle to remember, what specific things are you doing to make certain you don't forget God's instruction? What additional things could you do? Do you think a life group would help you remember?

  • Peter wanted to make certain the next generation remembered, what are you doing to reach the next generation? What can we as a church do to reach the next generation?

A Mother's Praise
Luke 1:46-55
Sunday, May 14, 2017

  • Take a minute and reflect upon the many verses that impacted Mary's prayer (Psalm 34:2; Isaiah 45:21; 1 Samuel 1:11; Psalm 136:23; Psalm 126:3; Psalm 111:9; Psalm 107:8,9; Habakkuk 3:18). Are your prayers impacted by Scripture and reflect Scriptures? How?

  • Of the attributes of God celebrated by Mary (Lordship, Savior, Omniscient, Omnipotence, Holy, Mercy, Sovereign, Gracious, Generous, Just, Faithful, Eternal) which do you appreciate most? Which challenges you the most? Why?

  • Would you consider your prayers filled with thanksgiving? Would you consider taking 15 minutes a week to reflect upon the question "I have seen God's grace this week..."?

  • Would Mary consider you "God's humble servant" or "proud, rich ruler"? Why?

  • How can you thank your mother for the impact she has had on you? How can you praise God for your mom?

Grow in Godliness
2 Peter 1:5-7
Sunday, May 7, 2017

  • How often do you spend time memorizing God's Word? Please take a few minutes and work on 2 Peter 1:5-7

  • For Peter everything begins with faith - have you believed? Where is your faith failing today? How can you strengthen your faith?

  • As you examine your current walk with Christ, would you say you are making every effort, some effort, a little effort or no effort toward godliness? How could you rearrange your life to accommodate more time for godliness?

  • Peter comes up with a list of spiritual qualities. If you were to make up your own list, what qualities would you include? How does Peter's compare to yours? How does Paul's list compare? (1 Timothy 6:11; Galatians 5:22)

  • As you examine the seven qualities that Peter shares, which one do find in the greatest measure in your life? which one do you need to work the most upon?

Grow in Grace & Peace
2 Peter 1:1-4
Sunday, April 30, 2017

  • Have you ever thought about the Bible written specifically to you? Does that change your opinion of 2 Peter, if so how?

  • If we all have a faith of "equal standing" why do think divisions are so common in the world? in the church? in our homes? What can you do to try and bridge these divisions?

  • Peter talks about the power of Christ. Why is this an important starting point in his book? What does Christ's power do for believers? (read some of the following verses Matthew 24:30; Mark 5:30; Luke 4:14; 5:17; Romans 1:4, 2 Corinthians 12:9)

  • What does "partakers of the divine nature mean? What does it not mean (consider: John 3:3; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23; Romans 8:1,9; John 1:12; Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

  • If God's power is unleashed in our lives through knowledge of God - what are you doing to increase your knowledge of Him? what will you do this week to grow in your knowledge?

Know and Grow
2 Peter 1:1
Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • Take a few minutes and please read the entire book of 2 Peter (read or listen)As you read make note (or underline) every time Peter mentions remembering or knowledge.

  • As you read, what themes or topics did you notice repeated? What questions came up? What would you like to study further?

  • Simon Peter was a constant struggle between his old life and his new. What struggles from your old life are plaguing you today? What failures do you need to confess and receive God's forgiveness?

  • Peter was a slave of Jesus Christ. What are you slave to?

Doubter Turned Worshipper
John 20:24-31
Sunday, April 16, 2017

  • What part of the Easter story moves you the most? (Jesus' encounter with Mary, Meeting the 2 disciples on the road to Emmaus, Showing up in the upper room with the 12, His interaction with Thomas, etc.) why?

  • Of all the things that Jesus must have said, why does John record "peace be with you" three times (John 20:19, 21, 26) How does this relate to their fears?

  • How does Jesus respond to the doubts of Thomas? (i.e. tenderly, in his own way, with the evidence he asked for, etc.) How do you think God would deal with your doubts?

  • What doubts or questions about God are you struggling with right now? What have you found helpful in dealing with doubts in the past?

  • What has convinced you of who Jesus is?

Majestic Surrender
John 18:1-11
Sunday, April 9, 2017

  • How do you think the disciples felt when they saw the column of Roman soldiers approaching? How do you think the soldiers felt after Jesus spoke?

  • Seeing how Jesus deals with the soldiers and Peter, what do you learn about Jesus?

  • How does Peter show he still doesn't grasp what is going on? When do you think Peter finally did understand? Are you normally quick or slow to understand what God is doing in your life?

  • When have you felt you had a better way to deal with things that Jesus? How did that work out for you?

  • How does Jesus' decision to "drink the cup" help you in your obedience to God? What issue of obedience is challenging you right now?

  • How often do you thank God for the gift of salvation? Would you commit to taking time each day this week leading up to Easter and praising Him?

John 13:18-30
Sunday, April 2, 2017

  • Have you ever been betrayed? How did you respond?

  • If you had been sitting at the table, what would you be feeling when Jesus predicts His betrayal?

  • In foretelling His betrayal, what do you sense in Jesus: Resolution? Resignation? Restlessness? What do you sense in His disciples? In Judas?

  • If you knew ahead of time that someone would "stab you in the back," how would you treat that person? How did Jesus treat Judas? What can you learn?

The Full Extent of His Love
John 13:1-17
Sunday, March 26, 2017

  • Jesus knew exactly what was ahead, would you like to know how and when you would die? How would that knowledge impact your life today if you did?

  • Do you find it easier or harder to do "humble" tasks when others are watching? Are there areas of service you are involved in, only because you know others are watching?

  • Peter refused to have Jesus wash his feet. Do you appreciate the humble acts of service others do for you? When was the last time someone served you? How did you respond?

  • Jesus told Peter in the future he would understand what HE was doing. What do you think Peter learned? Read 1 Peter 5, and see if you find anything Peter learned.

  • Jesus calls all of us to humble service. What specific act of service can you do this week?

The Lord of Peace
2 Thessalonians 3:16-18
Sunday, March 19, 2017

  • Prayer is a huge priority in Paul's life and in the book of 2 Thessalonians, is it a priority in your life? Where do you need to pray more? For who would God have you prayer today?

  • Paul prays five times 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:14-16; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5; 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18; how can studying Paul's prayers help you to be more intentional in your prayer life?

  • On a scale from 1 ("blissfully peaceful") to 10 ("high anxiety") where would you rate your sense of God's peace now? Where in particular do you need help?

  • What testimony can you share in regards to how "the LORD of peace" has given you peace in the midst of the trials and difficult circumstances of life?

  • When you feel lonely what do you? Paul prays for the LORD to be with you all, claim that promise and seek God's presence the next time you are struggling with loneliness.

Work Hard!
2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
Sunday, March 12, 2017

  • What are some Biblical reasons for a Christian to be an excellent worker? Where do you need to improve in your work habits?

  • Describe how Paul, Silas, and Timothy demonstrated a strong work ethic. Read Acts 17 and 1 Thessalonians 2:1-17 for on Paul's work ethic.

  • Paul often encourages others to imitate or follow him (1 Corinthians 4:16, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Galatians 4:12, Philippians 3:17, 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 2 Thessalonians 3:7). Who are you mentoring? Who should you be?

  • Describe a situation in which the behavior of someone else has made you "weary". What can you do to not become weary in doing good?

  • Why do the "strong" church members often fail at holding the "irresponsible" members accountable? Why do you think church discipline has become so rare?

Pray for Us!
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Sunday, March 5, 2017
  • Who do you pray for regularly? Who should you be praying for regularly?

  • Take a few minutes and read a few verses which remind us of God's Faithfulness (Exodus 34:6; Deuteronomy 7:9; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 33:4; Psalm 36:5; Psalm 89: 1,2,5,8; Psalm 91:4; Psalm 100:5; Psalm 117:2; Psalm 145:13; Lamentations 3:22-23; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 1 Peter 4:15; 1 John 1:9; Revelation 1:9,11). What did you learn about God's faithfulness?

  • Paul was speaking of God's faithfulness in the context of prayer. What prayer request has God answered for you lately? Please take a minute and say thank you to Him for His willingness and power to answer.

  • Would you consider pledging to God to pray for Pastor Dan and the church daily for the next 30 days? If so take the steps necessary to remind yourself daily to pray

  • Please consider praying daily "Lord, cause your word to run and be honored in the ministries of Victor Baptist church and in the missions we support."

  • How are God's love and Christ's perseverance needed in your life today?

2 Thessalonians 2:16,17
Sunday, February 26, 2017
  • Did you grow up in a church which had benedictions? What can you learn from Paul's use of benedictions? Have you ever pronounced a benediction on someone else? why or why not?

  • How would you explain and defend the deity of Jesus to someone who doesn't know Christ?

  • Which are you in great need of today - encouragement, comfort or strength? How can God's eternal encouragement help you today?

  • Read Psalm 56:3,4. What do these verses say to you? God knows our every need. As His child, you can go directly to Him and ask for encouragement from Him for yourself.

  • Put Paul's prayer in your own words, and then pray it for someone else, and then consider dropping them a note, making a call or going and visit them.

Stand Firm by God's Grace
2 Thessalonians 2:13-15
Sunday, February 19, 2017
  • You are loved by God! Where have you seen God's love today, this past week, this past month?

  • Describe a time when you experienced the truth of God's Word relieving you of fear.

  • Your election of God before the creation of the world, does it encourage you? scare you? confuse you? How would you explain election to someone who didn't know Jesus?

  • How does recognizing your identity and position in Christ provide you with the security necessary for living victoriously for Christ?

  • What part of your identity or position in Christ do you find most challenging (God's love, election, salvation or call)

  • What encouragement do these verse give you as you face hard times? Where do you most need encouragement and strength today?

The Day of the LORD
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Sunday, February 12, 2017
  • Does the study of end times excite or scare you? Why do you think the Thessalonians were so "shaken" and "alarmed" by the thought of the Day of the LORD?

  • The man of lawlessness is the a big part of the chapter. Take a few minutes and read what Daniel (Daniel 9:25-27) and John (Revelation 13) teach about this individual.

  • How does Paul's explanation of the Day of the LORD clarify the events in your mind? How do they offer more questions for you?

  • Paul's discussion about the future is very brief. What specific questions would you ask him, if you were able?

  • How does Satan seek to counterfeit Jesus through the coming and reign of the "man of lawlessness"? (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10)

  • What is the ultimate reason people perish? In contrast, what do you think would be the result of choosing to "love the truth"?

  • What does Paul mean by suggesting that God will send "strong delusion" to those who do not love the truth? How you defend this doctrine to a non-Christian friend?

Victory Over Death
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Sunday, November 6, 2016
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  • What currently disappoints and frustrates me about my earthly body? How does the thought of a new resurrection body encourage me (1 Corinthians 15:50-53)? What fellow believer can I share this future hope with today?

  • If Christ may return in my lifetime, how should I live my life today? Would I like to be a part of the generation that does not die but experiences simultaneous rapture and resurrection? Why or why not? Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. What would I say if one of my children asked, "How should I prepare for eternity?"

  • Do I fear death? Why or why not? What specific issues and circumstances cause this fear? How do Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 comfort me as I contemplate my own death and that of others? What principle or illustration could I share with those that may be wrestling with their own immortality and death?

  • How often do I spend time expressing gratitude to God for what He has done for me through Christ's death and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:57)? Why do I give thanks so infrequently? Am I busy or distracted or is there another reason? How should Christ's "victory" affect every area of my life and ministry?

  • Why should the reality of the resurrection prompt me to serve (1 Corinthians 15:58)? Would those who know me describe me as "steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord?" Why or why not? How do I want to be remembered by my spouse, children, grandchildren, and fellow believers? What would I want my pastor to say about my life and service at my funeral? How can I live that kind of life today? What am I doing today that I will be glad I did 10,000 years from now?

Sowing Seeds in a Cemetery
1 Corinthians 15:29-48
Sunday, October 30, 2016
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  • In what specific ways have I struggled with thoughts pertaining to death, resurrection, and the afterlife (1 Corinthians 15:35)? Have my difficulties been theological, philosophical, emotional, practical, or all of the above? When (if ever) have I talked to another believer about my doubts or questions? Will I talk to someone today about some of my fears or concerns?

  • How often do I reflect on God's great wisdom and power? If the doctrine of my bodily resurrection is hard for me to fathom, do I really believe that God spoke creation into existence? See the preponderance of evidence to support this fact: Genesis 1:3-28; Psalms 33:6, 9; 148:5; Isaiah 45:12; Romans 4:17; Hebrews 11:3; and 2 Peter 3:5. The prophet Jeremiah declared, "Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You" (Jeremiah 32:17). Can I honestly say that I am placing my confidence in this truth?

  • What do I like least about my physical body? Do I have a physical, mental, or emotional handicap that prevents me from achieving my full potential? What does it mean to me to know that one day I will have a glorified body, free from any hindrances? Is it possible that God is using my handicap to help me to be homesick for heaven?

  • How will the knowledge of my future resurrected body influence my thinking and living in the present? When bodily creaks, wrinkles, aches, pains, and groans begin to consume me, what kind of attitude will I adopt? Read Romans 8:18-30 and 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. How can my contentment and joy have a profound impact upon others? Can I teach others not merely to live well, but to suffer and die well?

  • When I reflect upon the fleeting nature of this life, how will I use my time, talents, treasure, and the truth of God's Word to impart blessing to others? In light of eternity, what really matters? How would I like to be remembered at my funeral? How can I live such a life now?

  • Does the Resurrection Matter
    1 Corinthians 15:12-28
    Sunday, October 23, 2016
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  • The Corinthian Church struggled with the Greek philosophy of dualism (the body is evil, the spirit is good)to the point they were willing to deny the resurrection. Which of our societies beliefs and teaching do you struggle with?

  • Why is Christ's resurrection so fundamental to the Christian faith (1 Corinthians 15:12-19)? When did I become persuaded that Christ rose from the dead? What was the primary argument or experience that God used to convince me of this reality?

  • Paul says Christ was the "firstfruit" of our resurrection. What does the idea of "firstfruits" (1 Corinthians 15:20, 23) reveal about the way Christ's resurrection relates to ours? What insights does it provide about our future?

  • When have you felt that life was futile? How does the promise of a future resurrection impact those feelings? How should it?

  • What arguments have your found helpful in showing unbelieving friends that Christ did rise from the dead?

  • Grounded in the Gospel
    1 Corinthians 15:1-11
    Sunday, October 16, 2016
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  • How does the certainty of Christ's resurrection give you hope today?

  • Which of the four evidences (changed church, fulfilled Scripture, eye witnesses and Paul's transformed life) do you find to be the strongest evidence in favor of the resurrection? why?

  • Paul shared the Corinthians stood in the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1). Do you see the Gospel as something necessary to stand in today? Is the Gospel impacting you today? How can you be reminded of the Gospel each day?

  • Most of the eye witnesses Paul choose had failed Christ miserably, and yet following the resurrection were given a second chance. How have your failed Christ and how can His resurrection give you a second chance?

  • Take just a minute and thank Christ for His willingness to suffer for your sin and make your salvation possible. Praise Him for the victory He has gained through His resurrection.

  • The Gospel
    1 Corinthians 15:1-11
    Sunday, October 2, 2016
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  • What is the gospel message (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)? Can I share with another person how he or she can have a relationship with God? Have I committed the gospel to memory?

  • Am I absolutely certain that I am a Christian? What is my confidence based upon? Do I have assurance that if I were to die today that I would go to heaven? Do I believe other people can have the same assurance that I do? Why or why not? Read John 5:25; 2 Timothy 1:12; and 1 John 5:9-13.

  • When was the last time I thanked God for His grace in forgiving my sin? Please take a few minutes and read Ephesians 2:1-10 and be reminded of God's amazing grace in offering salvation to you, through His Son - Jesus.

  • Jesus' coming was not an accident, but had been long predicted in the Old Testament.Take a few minutes and remind yourself of the prophecies of a Suffering Messiah (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53; Psalm 69) and Resurrected Savior (Psalm 16; Job 19:23-27). You can some 300+ prophecies which were fulfilled here

  • Order in Worship
    1 Corinthians 14:6-40
    Sunday, September 25, 2016
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  • Would you consider yourself more rational or emotional? How does that understanding of yourself impact the way that you worship? the way that you serve?

  • The Bible assumes that believers will attend worship as active participants (1 Corinthians 14:26). When I attend a church function, what do I seek to receive from God and others? What do I intentionally give to God and others? Have I struck the balance between being edified and building up the body?

  • What spiritual gift can I contribute to my church family? Am I presently using this gift within the body? If so, how has God used me in my service? If not, what will I do this week to ensure that I am serving the church as soon as possible?

  • Has my understanding of tongues and prophecy changed as a result of my study through 1 Corinthians 12-14? If so, what do I now believe about these gifts? What commitments will I make in response to my learning

  • Many of the questions are taken from a sermon series by Keith Krell "Saints Gone Wild: 1 Corinthians"

    Love is..
    1 Corinthians 13:4-7
    Sunday, August 28, 2016
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  • What are my motivations for doing the work of ministry (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)? Do I minister from a heart of love? How do I know that my ministry is built on love? Read John 13:34-35.

  • Paul describes love as kind. What specific act of kindness have I done this week? What act will I do?

  • Which of Paul's 14 descriptions of love is most difficult for you? Which of the 14 are easiest? Which one will you work on this week?

  • When I am at church, how do I express love for my brothers and sisters in Christ? Read 1 John 3:18. How would I describe the culture of our church? Is it warm and welcoming? If so, what have I done to contribute to this? Today, what commitment will I make to exude greater love?

  • The Body of Christ
    1 Corinthians 12:1-18
    Sunday, August 12, 2016
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  • Am I insecure in the use of my gifts (1 Corinthians 12:14-20)? Am I envious of other people’s gifts and talents? How can I seek to be content in the gift(s) God has given me?

  • Is our church a giant eyeball (1 Corinthians 12:17-20)? How can a variety of gifts be better expressed? What gifts has God given to our congregation? How might we make better use of them? What role can I play in this pursuit?

  • Am I arrogant in the gifts that God has given me (1 Corinthians 12:21-26)? Do I look down on others that have different gifts than I do? Have I confessed my pride in this area? How can I grow to value and appreciate members of the body that have different gifts than I do?

  • When have I recently grieved with a hurting brother or sister (1 Corinthians 12:26)? What was the response of this person? How did I express my love and care? What would I do differently next time? Read Romans 12:15 and Galatians 6:2.

  • The question is not, "What is the church doing for me?" The question is, "What can I contribute to the church to participate in its fulfillment of its mission and calling?" Is this my mindset? What can I do to eradicate my consumer mentality? How can I function as a member of the body?

  • Gifts: What are They?
    1 Corinthians 12:1-11
    Sunday, July 24, 2016
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  • What gifts do you think are the most glamorous or important? Are you happy with your gifts or do you wish you had a different gift?

  • Have you received THE Gift of the Holy Spirit? If so take a few minutes and read Ephesians 2:1-10 and thank God for His grace and mercy.

  • Which of gifts in the two lists of 1 Corinthians 12 are you most familiar with? which confuse you the most? which would you like to study further?

  • What is my spiritual gift(s)? How am I currently putting my gift(s) to use? When am I most satisfied with my gift(s)? When am I most dissatisfied with my gift(s)? Do I desire to discover my gift(s) so that I can find my proper place of service?

  • Gifts for the Common God
    1 Corinthians 12:1-7
    Sunday, July 17, 2016
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  • Am I more interested in spiritual gifts than in living for Jesus? Where should my emphasis be? What are the marks of true spirituality? How would I define what it means to be a spiritual Christian? Specifically, what role does serving play in my definition?

  • Would I be disappointed if I were to discover that I was gifted to be a helper and not a leader? Do I truly believe that servanthood is the highest form of service? Read John 13:1-20 and Philippians 2:1-11. Regardless of my influence, in what ways has my gift(s) benefited my church family? Who has been touched and built up by God working in and through the gift He has given me?

  • What jobs are not being done in our church right now? Which ones seem like options for me? What interests or skills do I have that might be of use in our church?

  • When is the last time I expressed gratitude to God for the spiritual gift He has given me? How does my degree of gratitude affect my love for Christ and His body? How can I cultivate an attitude of gratitude that will propel me to serve Christ and His body?

  • Before You Eat
    1 Corinthians 11:17-34
    Sunday, June 26, 2016
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  • Paul thoroughly rebukes the Corinthian church (1 Corinthians 11:17, 22). How do you think the church responded to these words? How would I respond to this type of pastoral rebuke? Would I strive to be humble and teachable? Do I value the convicting work of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7-11)? Am I willing to speak the truth in love to brothers and sisters in the body of Christ? Read Ephesians 4:11-16.

  • The primary "division" in the church at Corinth was the favoritism of the rich over the poor (1 Corinthians 11:17-22). What divisions exist in my church? How have I participated in these schisms? Do I need to confess sins such as favoritism, slander, gossip, or disrespect? Will I begin to earnestly pray that the Lord will help me not to be a respecter of persons? Read James 2:1-13.

  • Do I truly love God’s church? Do I prioritize other brothers and sisters in Christ over myself? How have I accomplished this lofty goal? Read Philippians 2:11. How can I be more Christlike in my interaction with other believers? What concrete steps can I take this week that will demonstrate that I am putting others before myself?

  • What does the Lord's Supper mean to me (11:23-26)? Before I partake of the bread and the cup, do I first ensure that I am in fellowship with God and others? Read 1 John 1:9; Matthew 5:23-24; Romans 12:18. How can I prepare my family and me for a meaningful remembrance of the Lord’s Supper?

  • Have I made a consistent commitment to judge myself so that the Lord does not have to judge me (1 Corinthians 11:31)? Do I welcome the discipline of the Lord (1 Corinthians 11:32)? If so, have I ever stopped to ask the Lord if any of the physical maladies (1 Corinthians 11:30) I am experiencing are His discipline?

  • God takes relationships in the body of Christ very seriously. Why is it so difficult to have deep and meaningful relationships? How can I take one or two of my relationships to the next level of friendship and community? Will I model what it means to have healthy relationships in the body of Christ? Read John 13:34-35 and 1 John 4:7-21.

  • What is Headship?
    1 Corinthians 11:2-16
    Sunday, June 12, 2016
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  • Paul praises the Corinthians for remembering the traditions (1 Corinthians 11:2), have I obeyed the "traditions" (i.e., teachings) of God's Word ? Would the Lord affirm my obedience? Has my church obeyed the teachings of the Word? What would the Lord say of my church? How can I be more obedient to the Scriptures? How can I help my church to be more biblically obedient?

  • How is Jesus Christ an example of submission and servanthood (1 Corinthians 11:3)? Read Mark 10:42-45 where Jesus explains the nature of servant leadership. What might servant leadership look like in my church? How can I be a more Christlike servant in the church and in my area of ministry?

  • Women: Am I functioning in my church in a way that honors my husband and my church leadership? How do I demonstrate a submissive spirit? How does my husband respond when I ask him how I can show respect and submission? In what ways has this brought me contentment and joy?

  • Men: Do I exhibit respect for women in my church? Do I look for ways to encourage women in their ministries? Do I speak highly of women, or have I been guilty of verbally tearing them down because I see them as inferior to men? How does my wife respond when I ask her what I can do to show her sacrificial love?

  • How can my church do better at being cultural relevent without losing or disobeying the eternal truths of God's Word? Where are we succeeding? Where do we need to improve? How can I help my church succeed?