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Deuteronomy - Obey God and Live
Sunday, February 18, 2018

  • What has God done in you and for you in the last week? last month? last year? Take sometime and thank God for His awesome faithfulness and grace.

  • Do you think the most about God when things are going well or when you are in trouble? why do you think that is?

  • Moses was called the greatest prophet. What about Moses impresses you? What are some of the key characteristics of Moses' approach to leadership (List at least three and provide examples)

  • According to the great "Shema" how are we to pass onto the next generation our faith? How are those principles being lived out in your family?

  • Are you obeying God out of a heart of love or obligation? How would you defend your answer with real life illustrations from the past week?

  • Have you chosen life?

  • The next book is Joshua, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

Numbers: into the Wilderness
Sunday, February 04, 2018

  • Of all the stories in the book of Numbers which one do you find the most interesting? most challenging?

  • God's presence was visibly with the nation of Israel in the cloud. What reminds you that God is present with you each day?

  • God despises complaining. What triggers complaining in your life? How can you make gratitude a regular and vital part of your life? What will you do different this week to be thankful?

  • Do circumstances of life seem to "big" for you right now? Ask God to help you take a step back and see things from His perspective, with your present challenges as part of His greater purpose for you.

  • Have you ever thought of God protecting you from challenges and threats you never see? Stop for a second and thank Him for His divine and perhaps unseen help.

  • Who can you encourage today?

  • The next book is Deuteronomy, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

Leviticus: Way of Holiness
Sunday, January 28, 2018

  • Everybody has a code to live by. Where do you get yours?

  • How do you approach the "Laws" in the book of Leviticus?

  • How would you define the word "holy"? How does the book of Leviticus change or deepen that definition?

  • Read chapter 18 again, which of the actions in the book of Genesis do you find condemned?

  • Which attribute or characteristic of God comes through the clearest to you from the book of Leviticus?

  • Read chapter 16 and imagine yourself participating in the day of Atonement. How do you think you would feel? act? respond? How do those feelings compare to when you participate in the Lord's Supper?

  • The next book is Numbers, a summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

Exodus: God Delivers His People
Sunday, January 21, 2018

  • What is your favorite story in the Old Testament? Why?

  • God got Moses' attention in a burning bush. In the past, how has God gotten your attention to let you know of a job He had for you? Have you felt like God is asking the wrong person for the job? Can God equip you anyway?

  • God unleashes His power upon the gods of Egypt in the 10 plagues. If God declared war on the "gods" of our modern society, what would they be?

  • In the wilderness, God presented Himself in thunder, lightning and flame on a mountain that could not be touched. What does this tell us about God's character? Are these things true today? What other images does God use to describe His presence in Scripture?

  • What role do the Ten Commandments play in your life with God? Should and/or how can they play a more significant role?

  • Has God ever parted a "Red Sea" in your life, to rescue you from something that would have been harmful?

  • Leviticus' summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

Genesis: Book of Beginnings
Sunday, January 14, 2018

  • If you could have been present to watch any of the stories in the book of Genesis, which one would you choose? Why?

  • Do you see Jesus throughout the Bible, or He a New Testament idea?

  • Which of the pictures of Messiah that we shared (Creation, Rest, Marriage, Offspring, Genealogy, The Blessing, Jacob's Ladder, Joseph) do you find most compelling?

  • When you think of Jesus, do you think of Him more as King, Savior or Sacrifice? Why?

  • God promised Abraham that all the world would be blessed through Him. Do you feel blessed by Abraham, how? Do you see a blessing on the lives of those around you?

  • Have you through faith received the sacrifice Jesus endured for you?

  • Exodus' summary can be found at the (Bible Project)

The Story Begins
Sunday, January 07, 2018

  • What words would you use to describe the God who is revealed in the Creation narrative?

  • The story of the fall indicates that every part of God's good creation was fractured by Adam and Eve's rebellion. As you observe our world, what evidence do you see that the world was created to be a good and beautiful place? Where do you see evidence that it is broken by sin?

  • When you think of the Bible, do you think of a series of books, random stories or one unified story? How does looking at the Bible as a single story change your understanding?

  • If you would to summarize the story of the entire Bible in one or two sentences, how would you summarize it?

  • Have you ever thought about heaven as being a "new Eden"?

  • When do you feel most "naked" before God? How does this help you understand Adam and Eve's reactions? Where in your life is "the serpent" seemingly alive and well?

  • Would you make a commitment to read each book the week before Sunday? Would you watch the video summary? (Bible Project)

God Spoke (part three)
Hebrews 1:1-4
Sunday, December 13, 2017

  • What was the best gift you were given this Christmas? What was the best gift you gave?

  • Have you ever wanted to have God speak directly to you? Have you thought of the Bible as God speaking to you? How can you better listen to God who is speaking?

  • Of all the qualities of Jesus mentioned in verse 2-4 which one are you beginning to appreciate more and more?

  • When did Jesus become more than just a name to you?

  • When was the last time you stopped and truly gave thanks to Jesus for the purification for sin made possible by His death? Why not do it right now.

God Spoke
Hebrews 1:1-4
Sunday, December 10, 2017

  • When was the last time you truly heard from God?

  • If you had the chance to hear the Christmas story from one person, who would it be? Why?

  • God spoke in many ways and at many times, which of the many times do you wish you could have been around to hear? Why?

  • How is Jesus a better form of revelation than a prophet or a burning bush?

  • Which of the seven descriptions of Jesus impacts you the most? Why?

  • God spoke by His Son, would you consider reading one chapter of Mark's gospel each day the rest of this month? Start with Mark 1

Never Alone
2 Timothy 4:9-22
Sunday, December 03, 2017

  • Suppose that you're elderly and looking back over your life. How would you like to be able to sum it up in one sentence? Write down that sentence!

  • Where does the world have an attraction and a pull on us so that we need to watch out for being diverted from the mission to which God has called us?

  • What are the practical benefits of leaving vengeance in the hands of the Lord to repay as He sees fit?

  • Have we experienced the strengthening ministry of the Lord in times of pressure? Have we experienced His deliverance and freedom to minister?

  • What role do fellow Christians play in your spiritual journey? Do you grow more on your own or with a friend?

  • Besides the bible, what three books would you want with you in prison? Why?

  • In the midst of Paul's suffering he declares praise to God. Take a moment and give praise and thanks to Jesus.

Finish Well
2 Timothy 4:5-8
Sunday, November 19, 2017

  • What sticks out most to you about Paul's reflection on how he lived his life? His motivation?

  • How are you most likely to lose your clear head - by becoming too excited or too discouraged?

  • How can a cool head and an intense passion for sharing the gospel go together?

  • Who would you rather share the Gospel with, a friend or family member or a total stranger? an adherent of another religion or a secular intellectual?

  • Does the idea of departing to be with Christ cause you more fear or peace? If fear, how can you change this?

  • When do you most feel like dropping out of the race? What encourages you to keep going at those times?

  • What motivates you in how you live life? If you really "longed for" Christ's appearing (2 Timothy 4:8), how might that change your life?

Preach the Word
2 Timothy 4:1-4
Sunday, November 12, 2017

  • Have you ever thought of "preaching" as something you are called to do?

  • Paul's charge is in light of coming judgment and Christ's return. Which one do you think about more? Which is a great motivation for you? Why?

  • If you were asked to teach at this moment, what would you say? If you were asked to share what Christ means to you, what would you say? How can you be ready in season and out of season?

  • Which is easier for you to do - rebuke, correct or encourage? Which requires the most conscious effort for you? Which is most required in your situation?

  • What aspect of the task God has assigned to you requires the most patience? Why? What gives you hope?

  • Do you believe we are in a time of "inching ears"? Why or why not?What "myths" about Jesus are people buying into these "last days"?

  • Since the Bible is central to Christian living, how will you build into your life?

Hold onto the Word
2 Timothy 3:14-17
Sunday, November 05, 2017

  • From whom did you learn God's Word? How does the character of the individual impact you?

  • How would you help a person who said, "I've tried to read the Bible, but I don't get anything out of it"?

  • Do you believe that the Bible is inerrant, infallible? Why or why not? How would you defend your answer?

  • What is the hardest thing for you about consistent Bible reading and Bible study? How can you overcome it?

  • Thinking of your favorite Old Testament story, what does it teach about Christ?

  • Paul says God's Word is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training. It is helpful to keep these purposes of Scripture in mind as we spend time reading the Bible. Here are some questions you can think through for each of those function
    • Teaching: What did I learn from the passage I read (You could specifically ask: what did I learn about God, myself and others)
    • Rebuking: Where do I fall short? And more importantly, WHY do i fall short? (this should drive us to see our need for Christ, not just trying harder in our own effort)
    • Correction: what needs to change in my life? How, through God's power, will it be corrected?
    • Training in righteousness: What does it look like to move towards holiness in this area and see consistent victory?

Surviving Difficult Times
2 Timothy 3:10-17
Sunday, October 29, 2017

  • Who was the best teacher you ever had? What did you like about him or her? How have you tried to be like him or her?

  • Paul reminds Timothy of all that he had seen in Paul. Who has God brought into your life for you to "see"? Do you have a "Paul" in your life?

  • Paul sought out Timothy, who are you seeking to disciple? Or put another way, who are you saying "watch me" as I watch Christ? If you don't have a Timothy in your life, please pray right now that God would lead you someone you can help spiritually.

  • Paul speaks of his suffering in Antioch, Inconium and Lystra. Go back and read Luke's account in Acts 13-14. What stands out to you from these stories? What insights into Paul did you gain?

  • Paul said "everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" - have you experienced persecution? If so how did you respond? If not, why do you think you haven't?

  • Which is more encouraging for you - find a person who is a good example to follow or knowing that the Holy Spirit empowers you to follow the example?

Servant of God or self?
2 Timothy 2:22-3:9
Sunday, October 22, 2017

  • What is one topic sure to provoke an argument at your family gatherings? Who "baits" whom? Who intervenes? Where does the argument usually end?

  • What undesirable "evil desires of youth" have you seen in yourself or in others? How does the Christian response to these things contrast with secular culture?

  • What kinds of "disputes" are worthwhile for Christians to engage in? What kinds are not? How do you know the difference? Give examples.

  • What is the difference between gentleness and timidity? How can a Christian balance meekness and humility on one hand with boldness and confidence on the other?

  • Can winning an argument also win souls? What is the role of Christian apologetics - reasoned arguments to justify Christianity in evangelism

  • Which of the list of 18 vices do you find to be most common in the lives of those around you? Which is the greatest struggle for you? (Chuck Swindoll's explanations)

Approved Unto God
2 Timothy 2:14-21
Sunday, October 15, 2017

  • Do you feel useful? When do you feel most useful?

  • If you have something extremely important to remember, how do you remind yourself of it? How can you that help you remember the Gospel? How is it possible to make the Gospel your priority without being monotonous or tedious?

  • Is the pastor the only spiritual "workman" in the body of Christ? In what ways do others toil in the work of the kingdom?

  • Why is the bodily resurrection central to the Christian message? Go back and read 1 Corinthians 15 and remind yourself of the centrality of the resurrection.

  • Why does it seem that false teaching spreads more easily and quickly than sound doctrine?

  • Paul's calls us to handle the Word of God, rightly. How will we know if we are handling in rightly?

How Do I Endure Suffering?
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Sunday, October 08, 2017

  • Have you ever suffered for the Gospel? When? How did you respond?

  • When you are told to "Remember Jesus Christ", what are the very first things that come to mind? How often do you remember Jesus Christ? How can you discipline yourself to remember Jesus Christ more?

  • Paul explained that he endured suffering so other could hear of Jesus. Think up three things you endure (or would be willing to endure) so that you can serve others.

  • In what specific ways can you die with Christ, endure and remain faithful to Christ? What, other than Jesus, are you currently tempted to place your hope in?

  • How does your understanding of election fuel or hinder your desire to share the Gospel?

  • What are the implications in your life that even when we are faithless, God will remain faithful?

Endure Hardship
2 Timothy 2:1-7
Sunday, October 01, 2017

  • What pictures comes into your mind when you think of ministers and ministry? Have you ever thought of pastors as spiritual athletes? How about spiritual Green Berets?

  • Paul commanded Timothy to "be strengthened" in the Grace of Christ Jesus. Which source provides you with the most "strength": prayer, Bible reading, listening to sermons, meeting with other Christians, worshiping through music or Christian books?

  • We are called to entrust the Gospel to FAT men (faithful, available, teachable). Do you have someone you are entrusting the Gospel to? Do you have some you look up to as a mentor? If you don't please take some time now and ask God to bring someone into your life to serve in each of these roles.

  • Which illustration of Paul's do you most relate to (soldier, athlete, farmer)why? What can you learn from each illustration?

  • Paul calls us to single-minded devotion to Christ our commanding officer. What is distracting you today? How can you put aside those distractions and focus on Jesus?

  • A farmer is called to hard work and yet his fruit is often months off into the future. The same is true in the Christian life. Since we often can't see visible results in ministry, how can we evaluate whether or not we're being effective?

Not Ashamed
2 Timothy 1:8-18
Sunday, September 24, 2017

  • Do you see Christianity as primarily personal or community? What can you do to include more believers into your daily walk? What can our church do to be more effective at living life together?

  • Who among your friends, family or co-workers has expressed antipathy toward the Gospel? What is the person's underlying philosophy behind the rejection?

  • What situation have you encountered in the last month or two where it has been difficult or unpopular to take a Christian stance? How did you respond? How do you wish you had responded?

  • The Gospel is about grace. How can you remind yourself today of your need for grace?

  • How would you counsel a believer who told you that he lived in fear of death?

  • Who do you believe God is leading you to share your faith with? Please pray right now for the power and the opportunity to speak to them about Jesus.

Fan the Flame
2 Timothy 1:3-7
Sunday, September 10, 2017

  • Paul gave thanks in the midst of his suffering, what are you thanking God for today?

  • What is attractive about the relationship between Paul and Timothy? Do you have a similar relationship with anyone?

  • Take a minute and read Luke's account of Lois & Eunice (Acts 16:1-5). What did you learn? What stands out to you about Timothy's mother and grandmother? How has your mom impacted your spiritual life? What is a mother's role in raising godly children when her husband is not a Christian?

  • What is your picture of Timothy? Do you think it is fair to view him as sickly, scared, mama's boy? Why or Why Not?

  • What assignment has God laid on your heart? How has He equipped you to fulfill it? How can you use God's gifts in your life in between the major tasks He assigns you?

  • What aspect of your assignment from God makes you nervous or anxious? Which of God's promises addresses this particular fear?

A Life Lived Well
2 Timothy 1:1-3
Sunday, September 03, 2017

  • Paul thanks God for Timothy. Who are you currently thanking God for? Why take a few minutes and drop them a note, letting know that you are praying for them and thanking God for them.

  • Paul comments that he thanks God "night and day" and "constantly" for Timothy. What is the difference between being in a continuous state of prayer and setting aside specific times of prayer?

  • Paul prays for grace, MERCY, and peace. Who do you know who needs "mercy" today? How could you help in that need?

  • Take the 15 minutes necessary to read the book of 2 Timothy. What do you think Timothy felt when he read it for the first time? What would be the climax of the letter for you?

A Tale of Three Men
3 John
Sunday, August 27, 2017

  • Did you ever run out of money when you were away from home? What did you do? Who extended hospitality to you when you needed it most?

  • Do you find opening up your home to new people easy or difficult? Why is that?

  • John calls us to be hospitable. Take a few minutes and read a few of the other references to hospitality in the New Testament (Romans 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9; 1 Timothy 3:2; Hebrews 13:2; 1 Timothy 5:10; Acts 4:32-38; Hebrews 13:16) How are you showing hospitality? How could you be more hospitable?

  • John condemns Diotrephes for "gossiping maliciously". Do you struggle with gossip? How do you interact on social media? (If you have time listen to Mark Devers sermon on how to guard your social media posts (Joy that is Complete)

  • Would you want your physical health to match your spiritual health? If not, how can you correct this situation?

  • John's greatest joy was that his children continued to walk in the truth. What brings you the greatest joy?

  • Which of the three questions we ended with do you find the most convicting? (1. How do you need to change this morning to be more like Gaius?; 2. Where are you most tempted to be like Diotrephes?; 3. How is your reputation, is it like Demetrius?)

Walk in Truth & Love
2 John 4-13
Sunday, August 20, 2017

  • John rejoiced that children of the elect lady were walking in the truth. What in your children's life causes you to rejoice? If you asked your children what you most desired from their life, what do you think they would say? (maybe even risk asking them)

  • Why must truth be lived rather than simply believed? Does failing to live out a belief mean it isn't true?

  • How would you explain the relationship of truth and love? How does John's discussion help? Take a few minutes and re-read 1 John for more information.

  • Have you ever thought about receiving crowns in heaven? The New Testament mentions five crowns take a minute and read about each. Imperishable Crown (1 Corinthians 9:24-25); Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19); Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8); Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:4); Crown of Life (Revelation 2:10)

  • Are you hospitable? How does John's warning against inviting deceivers into your house impact your hospitality? What doctrines or truths do you believe rise to the level of separating over?

  • Why does the body of Christ bring such joy to the Apostle John? Does spending time with God's people bring you joy? why or why not?

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?