Ephesians 4:11-16 Sermon Questions

Equip

  1. Have you ever thought about what it means to walk in a manner worthy of your calling? 
  2. Look at v.v.1-8 and discuss what Paul means by this phrase? 
  3. Why has the church been given the gifts mentioned in v. 11? 
  4. What is the work of ministry mentioned in v.12? 
  5. According to v.16, why is it essential that each part of the body work together? 
  6. Why is spiritual maturity so crucial in the church?
  7. According to vv.13-15, what are some signs of spiritual maturity? 
  8. Who is ultimately responsible for our spiritual maturity? 
    1. Now read Colossians 1:9-14 and see if your answer is consistent with Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae. 

Romans 8 Sermon Questions

ROMANS 8

  1. Is life found in the law of the flesh or the law of the Spirit? How does Paul describe each of these?
  2. How does Paul describe the consequences of the law of the flesh? (Rom 3:21 & Rom. 8:6-7)
  3. How should what Paul has written in the first fifteen verses influence our daily lives?
  4. How does Paul view suffering? 
  5. How does Paul describe the longing of creation? How is this connected to the heart of the Christian as we long for the presence of God?
  6. According to Rom. 8:26-27, how does the Spirit help us in our weakness? 
  7. According to verse 28, how can we find comfort in suffering? 
  8. What is the foundation for the hope we have up to this point? Look to verses 29-30 and follow the thread from God foreknowing to glorification. 
  9. With the foundation of what Paul has stated, he asks a question, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” How should his answer in verse 32 bring us comfort and assurance? 
  10. What can separate those whom God has saved from his love in this life? Do you believe this? How do rest in the certainty of God’s love? 

John 2:23-3:17 Sermon Questions

Love

  1. What was the primary issue with the group referenced in John 2:23-25? 
  2. Who was Nicodemus, and why was it significant that he came to talk with Jesus? 
  3. Why would it have been hard for Nicodemus to understand what Jesus was saying?
  4. Do you see the longing of mankind to be part of something bigger than one’s self, but something one can control as a problem? Why or why not? 
  5. In your spiritual life, how do you think like Nicodemus? 
  6. In vv.14-15, Jesus would have radically challenged Nicodemus’ way of thinking. Understanding Nicodemus’ position, why do you think this was hard for him?
  7. What is normalcy bias, and how can it affect you spiritually? 
  8. Why is it essential to understand John 3:16 and 17 in its context? 
  9. How much does God love the world? 
  10. In what ways do you try and earn God’s love rather than receive it in Christ? 
  11. What is the great sin that keeps us from experiencing the love of God in Christ? 

Romans 5:1-5 Sermon Questions

Peace

  1. When was peace first experienced? 
  2. Why were Adam and Eve at peace with God before obeying the Serpent? 
  3. How did God first make his plan to restore peace known in scripture?
  4. How did God continually remind Israel of his plan to redeem and restore peace among his people? 
  5. How was Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 9 completed in Jesus? 
  6. How did Gabriel’s message to Mary show that she was at peace with God?
  7. In Luke 2:14, how did the praises of the heavenly host show that the peace of God was not just for the Jews, Mary, and Elizabeth, but for all in whom God is pleased? 
  8. According to Romans 5:1, how can we experience the peace of God?
  9. What would you say your feeling of peace depends on during the holidays?
    1. Family coming being able to visit for the holidays?
    2. Being able to buy gifts for your loved ones?
    3. Getting the gifts you want?
    4. Travel plans going according to plan?
  10. How does God promise us peace, even in our turmoil?
    1. We did not cover Romans 5:3-5, but look at these verses and discuss how our position (peace with God through Christ) should influence our condition (ever-changing earthly situations and emotions).

Luke 1:67-75 Sermon Questions

Hope

  1. What is the biblical concept of hope, when God is the one communicating information?
  2. In verses 68-69, Zacharias expresses praise for three acts of God. What are they, and what does each communicate?
  3. In this song of praise, which two covenants will Jesus fulfill?
  4. The phrase “hand of our enemies” is used twice. What does this communicate?
  5. In verses 74-75, how is the relationship brought about by the Savior described? What does that look like in a practical manner for us?
  6. What is our future hope, and how does this expectation affect our present?
  7. If Zacharias, as well as the rest of Israel, couldn’t really imagine or comprehend the kind of deliverance the Messiah would actually bring, this has implications concerning our hope. In our present limited ability to understand, what will our life on earth after the return of Jesus be like? What will be there, and what won’t be there? What will real life look like?

Mark 13 Sermon Questions Part 2

  1. Discuss the already/not yet nature of prophetic literature in Scripture. 
  2. With that in mind, what do you think the phrase “abomination of desolation” found in Mark 13 means? Why?
  3. What is “Biblical Narcissism?” How could it hinder your understanding of this chapter? 
  4. In v. 20, who was saved from the devastation brought upon Jerusalem? 
  5. How were the elect saved? 
  6. According to these verses, who makes up the “elect?” 
  7. What other scriptures speak of “election?” (Rom. 8:33; Rom. 11:7, 2 Tim. 2:10; Eph. 1:3-14; 2:1-10)
  8. Take some time to read article IV in the Baptist Faith & Message on election – 

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.”

  1. What is the importance of Jesus’ reference to the fig tree? 
  2. What could be the already/not yet meaning of “this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.“?
  3. What in today’s passage helped you to trust God’s word better? 
  4. Is your hope in that which is perishing or permanent? 

Mark 13 Sermon Questions Part 1

1. What was the significance of Jesus announcing the temple would fall?

2. What were the two parts to the question the four disciples asked Jesus?

3. How does Jesus answer them? On which part does he focus the most?

4. What were some of the things that Jesus said the disciples should be prepared to face? Why would they face these things?

5. Based on scripture, when do you think these things took/will take place?

6. What does Jesus say these things are the beginning of? What is the significance of this statement?

7. What were some of the positives that Jesus mentioned in his teaching to the disciples? (Vv.10, 11)

8. What is the comfort that Jesus gives his disciples in v.13? Why would this have been comforting to the disciples? Why should this be comforting to us today?

Mark 12:35-13:2 Sermon Questions

I say, “The Lord is My Lord”

  1. What is Jesus doing throughout this section? Look to vv.35, 38, 43, and 13:1)
  2. What was the problem Jesus had with the scribes saying that “Christ is the son of David?”
  3. How does Jesus teach the scribes what they are missing? 
  4. Why is Jesus being the Son of God important for us today? 
  5. Why should people beware of the scribes that Jesus mentions in vv.38-40?
  6. What ties the warning in vv.38-40 to the example in vv.41-44?
  7. In the context of Mark 11:15 to our text today, what do you think the main point of vv.41-44 is? 
  8. Why is Jesus so concerned with the corrupted religious system?
    1. What are the consequences of such a system?
  9.  What type of system did Jesus come to inaugurate? Give some examples of how it contrasts with the corrupt system? 
  10. How should we respond when we encounter corrupt systems? 

Mark 12:28-34 Sermon Questions

It’s Not Enough to be Close

  1. What does it mean to love God? 
  2. Can someone truly love God with only parts of their life? 
  3. What does it mean to love your neighbor? 
  4. Who is your neighbor? 
  5. Why is it so hard to love God the way Jesus commands? 
  6. Why is it so hard to love others the way that Jesus commands? 
  7. What did Jesus mean when he said to the scribe, “You are not far from the kingdom of God?”
  8. How could that statement apply to someone’s life today? 
  9. How can we be sure that we are not merely “near” the kingdom of God? 

Mark 12:13-27 Sermon Questions

The Kingdom of God is Above All

  1. What were the Pharisees and Herodians trying to accomplish by their questioning of Jesus? 
  2. Why did they think they could trap Jesus? 
  3. In what subtle ways does Jesus reveal his authority in vv. 15-17?
  4. What does Jesus’ response v.17 communicate?
  5. What are the four forms of government, and why are they important to understand? 
  6. Who are the Sadducees? 
    1. Why were the “Sad-u-see?”
  7. Why did the Sadducees deny the doctrine of the resurrection? 
  8. What did this reveal about their understanding of God’s authority? 
  9. What did Jesus show as the primary problem for the Sadducees in v. 24? 
    1. How did he combat this way of thinking? 
    2. Why does he reference the burning bush and the covenants? 
  10.  Discuss how the community provided in the church offers protection from becoming like the Sadducees. 

Mark 11:27-12:12 Sermon Questions

The Authority of Christ Part 2

  1. What does it mean to have authority? 
  2. Why do we dislike authority so much? 
  3. Why did the members of the Sanhedrin question Jesus’ authority? 
  4. By answering the Sanhedrin in a question about John’s baptism, what was Jesus doing? 
  5. How was the parable in Mark 12:1-9 different from other parables? 
    1. What did Jesus say the purpose of the parables was (Matt. 13:10-17)?
  6. In the parable, who do each of the people or groups represent?
  7. What is Jesus reminding the Sanhedrin of when he tells them this parable? 
  8. Why does Jesus reference Ps. 118:22-23? By making this statement, what is he declaring? 
  9. As a nation, have we, in many ways, become like the “tenants” in the parable? 
  10. Think about Isaiah 5:5-6 concerning God’s national judgment? 
  11. Discuss Mark 12:11 to discover how we should respond personally, as a member of the body of Christ, to God’s judgment? 
  12. In times of God’s judgment, we must always turn back to him and submit to the authority of Christ. 
    1. Discuss Ephesians 2:19-20 – “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.” 
  13. This week, how can you embrace the divine authority in Jesus’ word, through his church, and among his people?

Mark 11:12-25 Sermon Questions

The Authority of Christ Part 1

  1. Why does Jesus point out the fig tree? 
    1. Where else in scripture do you see the fig tree referenced? 
  2. What is the significance of Israel’s fruitlessness? 
  3. Compare and contrast Israel’s fruitlessness with the promises in John 15.
  4. What is the significance of Jesus clearing the temple? 
    1. What monumental shift in approaching God was he displaying? (Answer – God would only be accessed through faith in Christ, not through temple worship.)
  5. What was Jesus’ response to Peter when he pointed out the withered fig tree? 
    1. Look back at v. 14.
    2. Can you think of other times in the past the disciples struggled to trust what Jesus said? 
  6. Do the last few verses in this section mean we should get whatever we ask if we have enough faith? 
    1. What role does faith have in prayer? 
    2. What role does forgiveness have in prayer? 
      1. See Mat. 6:14-15
  7. Jesus’ actions in the temple showed his authority over earthly powers, but how does he encourage his disciples to respond in this section on prayer? 
    1. Should they try to argue? 
    2. Should they try to fight?
    3. Should they try to display their power and authority?
    4. Should they pray with faith-filled hearts believing that God will act justly?
      1. How would this response influence our ability to forgive? 
  8. Discuss how Jesus’ willingness to face God’s judgment, to endure His wrath, and to bear our sin has made way for you to be forgiven, to forgive others, and to live a fruitful life in every situation. 

Mark 11:1-11 Sermon Questions

Blessed Is He That Comes In The Name of the Lord

  1. What is the atmosphere in Jerusalem in the text?
  2. What is the significance of the colt? (unridden/unbroken)(see Num. 19:2, Deut. 21:3, 1 Sam. 6:7)
  3. Is there significance in Jesus riding the colt? (Gen. 49:10-11, Zech. 9:9)
  4. Why were cloaks laid down before Jesus? (2 Kings 9:13)
  5. Was Jesus received by all people group in the same manner? (Disciples, Pilgrims, Jewish leaders, etc)
  6. What did these different groups expect from Jesus?
  7. Hosanna means “save now”; what did they want to be saved from?
  8. Where do we see, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” and in what is context?
  9. Why do crowds mention King David?
  10. Discuss how this event confirms Jesus’ identity and purpose through entirety of scripture.
  11. Reinforce who Jesus declares to be in His Word and in His actions recorded in scripture.

Mark 10:32-52 Sermon Questions

Questions That Must Be Answered

  1. Why do you think so many people struggle to know their place in life? Could it be that they do not know what they really need? 
  2. As Jesus made his way to Jerusalem, why were some amazed and others filled with fear? 
  3. What is the significance of Mark “bookending” this section with stories of Jesus healing the blind? 
  4. What three responses do we see from those who followed Christ? 
    1. Amazement, fear, and entitlement. 
  5. Jesus asks the disciples and Bartimaeus the same question, “What do you want me to do?” Why do you think this is significant? 
  6. What did they both really need? 
    1. They needed to see their spiritual need and, by faith, to follow after Jesus. 
  7. Why was it important for Jesus to meet Bartimaeus’ need in the context of what he just told his disciples in Mark 10:42-45?
  8. Do you know your place in life? Do you understand your true need for a Savior? 
  9. How may you be subconsciously living a spiritual life of entitlement or fear? 
  10. How can you trust Jesus to meet your true needs and to follow after him? 

Acts 2:36-41 Sermon Questions

The Church Matters, but Why Do We Do What We Do? Church Membership

  1. Why is it hard for us to have a healthy understanding of church membership? 
  2. How do you see the members of God’s Church accounted for in the early chapters of Acts?
  3. What were the qualifications for Matthias to become the disciple who replaced Judas?
    1. How does this show the importance of being a part of God’s people? 
  4. Why is it important that the people in the church are known? 
  5. Why is it important that the people of God regularly keep the practices modeled in Acts 2?
    1. What elements do you see represented in Acts 2:41?
  6. How do you see the purity of the church elevated in Acts 5:1-11?
  7. What was at the core of Ananias and Sapphira’s sin? Why was it punished so severely? 
  8. What can we learn from this story? 
  9. How should the reputation of the church be compelling to the world? Why did the people in Jerusalem hold the church in high esteem?
  10. Though the reputation of the church can be compelling to the world, the message never is. 
    1. 1 Cor. 1:18 – “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
  11. What should you expect from a healthy church?
  12. What should the church expect from healthy church members?

1 Timothy 1:1-7 Sermon Questions

The Church Matters, but Why Do We Do What We Do? Leadership.

  1. Do you see biblical leadership in the church as a gift to the church? 
  2. Why or why not? 
  3. Why does Paul encourage biblical leadership in 1 Timothy 1:1-7? 
    1. What was the context in Ephesus? 
  4. How should elders protect the church from the attacks of Satan? 
    1. Examine Titus 1:9 as a group, highlight “hold firm,” “instruct,” and “rebuke” (correct). 
  5. How should elders and deacons promote godliness in the church? 
  6. According to 1 Timothy 1:4, how were the Ephesians wandering into ungodliness?
  7. According to 1 Timothy 3:14-15, what is Paul’s aim in writing to Timothy in Ephesus? 
  8. How should elders and deacons propel the church forward in the mission of God?
  9. According to 1 Timothy 1:5 and 1 Peter 1:22-25, what is the church’s mission? 
  10. What practical role should the congregation have in leading the church? 
    1. Watch over doctrine. (Gal. 1:6-7)
    2. Work through discipline. (1 Cor. 5:4-5, & 2 Cor 2:5-6)
  11. What practical role should elders have in leading the church?
    1. Pray for wisdom and for God’s word to go forth with power. 
    2. Plan for ways to lead the church in godliness.
    3. Proclaim the word of the Lord in a way that is Christ-centered and clear.
  12. What practical role should deacons have in leading the church
    1. Pray for the work of the church to have an eternal impact.
    2. Plan for the church to function with excellence in all that she does.
    3. Promote unity where they have influence. 
  13. How can biblical leadership be seen as a gift to the church? 

Matthew 28:18-20 Sermon Questions

The church matters, so why do we do what we do? Discipleship.

  1. Where was the first command to multiply given in the Bible? 
  2. According to Jesus’ command in Matthew 28, why should we be a part of God’s mission through Christ? 
  3. In light of Jesus’ authority, of who should we be making disciples? 
  4. Where should we be focused on making disciples? 
  5. How should this play out in everyday life? 
    1. At home? (Talk about parents as a prophet who teaches God’s word, a priest who petitions God on behalf of their children, and king who guides/rules over those they have been entrusted with).
    2. In the church? (Trusting leaders in the church to teach what Christ has commanded).
    3. As you go? 
  6. According to Matthew 28, how are we to make disciples? 
    1. By sharing the gospel – creation, fall, redemption, restoration.
    2. By baptizing into the church.  
    3. By teaching all of scripture. 
    4. By resting in his presence
  7. How should Jesus’ promise that ” I am with you always” bring us comfort? 
  8. According to Colossians 1:28-29, what is the goal of discipleship? 

Colossians 3:1-17 Sermon Questions

The Church Matters, but Why Do We Do What We Do? Singing. 

  1. What are some reasons you have heard people say they sing/or don’t sing in the worship service? 
  2. If “teaching” is a large part of why we sing, how should that affect how we view singing in the church? 
  3. According to v.16, how are we to engage in “teaching” and “admonishing.” 
  4. What does this mean for how we sing? Can we sing whatever and however (I don’t mean style, but heart posture) we want?
    1. How do we approach singing with “wisdom?”
  5. What does the list of “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” show us about the importance of music style when we worship God? 
  6. How is music most often viewed in the world? How is that different from the way music should be approached in the church?
  7. According to v.16, how are we to sing? What does this reveal about what we believe about God? 
  8.  Where does our thankfulness come from? 
    1. Col. 3:1 – [You] have been raised with Christ.
    2. Col. 3:3 – “[Y}our life is hidden with Christ in God. 
    3. Col. 3:4 – One day, we will “appear with [Christ] in glory.”
    4. Col 3:12 – That we are “God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved…”
  9. Who we sing unto matters because it reveals who we truly worship. 
  10. Who does Paul, in Col. 3 and in Eph. 5:19-21, say we are to sing? 
  11. Have you ever thought about your singing “addressing” others in the church? 
    1. “As new converts and mature saints harmonize together, the church becomes a seminary in which all of us are simultaneously professors and students” (Corporate Worship, p.137)
    2. How does this change your view of the singing portion in the worship service? 
  12. Weekly, when each person lays down their preferences to learn about Christ, reveal the unity they have in Christ and sing to him with thankful hearts, the church experiences and displays the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
    1. Talk about how this should look if we all approached singing in light of v.17. 
  13. Fill in the blank (we all love these on a test, right 🙂
    1. We sing to _________ about God, __________ our Savior, and _____________ one another with ______________ hearts.

2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 Sermon Questions

The Church Matters, but Why Do We Do What We Do?

Expository Preaching

  1. Where was Paul when he wrote this letter to Timothy?
  2. Where was Timothy when he received this letter, and why did Paul write what he did? 
  3. What are the three divisions found in 2 Timothy 3:16
    1. All Scripture is breathed out by God and (from God),
    2. profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (about Christ), 
    3. that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (good for the church).
  4. How do we know from Scripture that it is from God? 
  5. How do we know from Scripture that it is about Christ? 
    1. Is this important to learning how to read Scripture? 
    2. What are some dangers to not getting to Christ when we read Scripture? 
  6. How do we know from Scripture that it is good for the church? 
    1. In what ways is it good for the church? 
  7. What is expository preaching? 
    1. Why is it important? 
    2. What are some others types of preaching that you have heard? 
  8. What are a few questions you can ask that will help you discern what good preaching is? 
    1. Is The point of the text the point of the sermon?
    2. Have I learned about the context of the passage?
    3. Has the text been explained to me, or just the preacher’s ideas
    4. Have I been shown my need for Christ from the text?
    5. Have I been directed to Christ from the text?
  9. May we never settle for anything less than expository preach, and may we never require more from a preacher! 
    1. What are some ways churches require “more” of their preacher?
      1. Ex. CEO model, event planner, vision caster, etc… 
  10. What is the main thing to look for in a church? Why? 

Acts 2:42-44 and 1 Corinthians Sermon Questions

The Church Matters, but Why Do We Gather?

  1. Have you ever done something simply because your family or friends always did it that way? Share some of those things? Then, at some point, did you discover that it was not the best way? What did you do? 
  2. What were the three characteristics of the church that Pastor Matt shared from 1 Corinthians?  
    1. Holy 
    2. United 
    3. Loving
  3. What were some references from 1 Corinthians about the holiness of the church? How is the church special and separate
    1. 1 Cor. 1:2,8
    2. Special – We are Temples of God (1 Cor. 3:16).
    3. Separate – We are to remove those who love sin more than their Savior. (1 Cor. 5:9-13)
    4. Discuss how this should not be judgemental, prideful, or even critical. The specialness and separateness of the church should come from a heart of humility. 
  4. If the church is to be united, why do we divide over so many things? Discuss some issues that have caused division in the church of God throughout history. 
  5. Read 1 Cor. 12:12-14 and discuss the idea of unity in this text. 
  6. As the church pursues holiness and unity, it can better “do all things in love.” How does Paul communicate this in 1 Cor. 8:1-13? How can this type of love be displayed in your life? 
  7. According to 1 Cor. 14:26, why is any gift to be used in the church?
    1. Is this your mindset, or are your gifts more about displaying your talents?
  8. How could Paul so boldly call the Corinthians to this way of living?
    1. He understood that apart from God, he was nothing, deserved nothing and that he had all that he could ever need in Christ (1 Cor. 15:9).
  9. Why is the church to be holy, united, and loving? 
  10. Look at Acts 2:42-44 and discuss the components of the church. 
    1. Gather together
    2. Fellowship
    3. Breaking bread
    4. Prayer
    5. Generosity
    6. Praising God
  11. Since the church really does matter, discuss how Christ should compel us to devote ourselves to gathering, pursue holiness and love.
  12. Why does the church gather?  The reason we gather with the church is to praise, experience, and display the holiness, unity, and love of God in Christ. 

Psalm 31 Sermon Questions

  1. What common fears and anxieties did David allude to in Psalm 31?
    Vs 1
    Vs 9-10
    Vs 11
    Vs 12
    V 13
    Vs 22
  2. What is the difference between guilt and shame?
  3. How does David’s guilt from his iniquities affect his life?
  4. Jesus faces each fear/anxiety that we listed in question 1 in Luke 23:32-49. Explain how he faced each fear through these verses.
    (Shame, guilt, loneliness, darkness, worthlessness, death)
  5. How can we overcome those fears through his finished work?
  6. Who planned Jesus’ death? Why did he have to die?
  7. In verse 15 David says “my time is in your hands.”
    What aspect are our lives are in His hands. Have you acknowledged that all your
    time is in His hands. Matt 6:31-33,Joshua 1:9, Ephesians 2:8-9, Deut 6:10-13
  8. What does it mean that our salvation is in his hands.

Psalm 30 Sermon Question

Sermon Questions on Psalm 30

​(with suggested responses)

 

1.  Based on the reference to 2 Samuel 5:11-12, what are three things David realized that made his reign great? 

a) The Lord had established his kingdom.

b) God had exalted his efforts as it was God’s kingdom, not David’s.

c) God exalted David’s kingdom not for David’s or his children’s sake but for the sake of the people of Israel.  God chose to use David as a channel to bless His people. 

 

2.  David lived for the most part in prayerful dependence on God.  In addition to the healing mentioned in verse 2, what are some other occasions in his life where this dependence is evident?

Some examples are:

– His victory over Goliath. (1 Samuel 17:45-47)

– His refusal to kill Saul when he had the opportunity to do so in the cave. (1 Samuel 24:3-7)

– His refusal again to take Saul’s life when he wouldn’t allow Abishai to kill Saul in his sleep.

  (1 Samuel 26:7-11)

– His acknowledgement of God’s provision in his life and his submission to God’s will when

 God told him his son, not David, would build the temple.  (2 Samuel 7:1-29)

– His acceptance of his child’s death and his subsequent testimony to his servants regarding his

  response to the tragic event.  (2 Samuel 12:15-23)

 

3.  In verse 4, after expressing thanks to God for his healing, David invites God’s people, “his saints,” to join in praise. He then goes on to beautifully portray God’s favor versus His disfavor. Discuss the spiritual statement regarding God’s character illustrated by the contrast between his momentary anger and his lasting favor.

It would be fitting for David to ask the people to thank God for sparing the life of their king but he goes further.  He asks them to praise God, not merely because God had been gracious to himself but because it is God’s nature to be gracious.  David was asking the people to realize that this is how God is and that, because his is like this, it is how he has also been treating them.  David was talking about God’s disfavor versus his favor, expressed in the experiences of life.  His conviction is that the favor always outweighs the disfavor for God’s people.  God is indeed displeased with sin and can never be indifferent to it.  He judges sin with a holy anger, even in Christians.  But for his people God’s judgements and anger are short-lived.  They pass quickly.  What remains is his favor, which lasts for our lifetimes and on into eternity.  This demonstrates the triumph of mercy over judgement.

 

4.  In verses 6 – 7 David confesses basically to having confidence in himself instead of confidence in God and the resulting effect this had on his life.  What was that effect?

 

David realized that in his self-confidence he was missing the favor God desired to show him (“you hid your face; I was dismayed.”).

 

5.  Discuss briefly David’s question in verse 9 and the discrepancy it seems to illustrate with Paul’s statement in Philippians 1:21, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”.  

 

The Old Testament prophets had a “shadowy” understanding of the afterlife.  Apart from a few references such as Job 19:25-26 and even David’s statement in 2 Samuel 12:23 where he tells his servants the reason he arose and ate instead of continuing to mourn and fast following his child’s death they for the most part did not understand the concept of the redeemed spending eternity praising and worshipping God.  With this limited understanding, David was in effect bargaining for his life with God by pointing out that God would gain a voice of praise if He healed him.

 

6.  What is the significance of the two contrasting elements in verse 11 (mourning versus dancing and sackcloth versus being clothed with gladness)?

 

It is a repetition for the sake of emphasis where David articulates the reversal of his circumstances and experiences the triumph of mercy over judgement.

 

7.  Why did God work in David’s life in the ways implied throughout this psalm and how does this apply to us?

 

God worked in David’s life so he would bring glory and praise to God and He does the same in the lives of all His children. God loves to work in the lives of those who praise him. His disfavor is momentary but his favor is forever.

Psalm 29 Sermon Questions

1. What does glory mean?

2. Why is glory due to the name of God?

3. What does David compare the voice of the Lord to? Why does he do this?

4. How does David allude to the omnipresence of God in verse v.10?

5. When we understand the glory due to God we can better understand everything else in life. His holiness, sovereignty, unchanging character, perfect justice – all, when understood, provide strength and peace for God’s people. Do you often think about the attributes of God?

6. Do you find strength and peace in things other than God?

7. Could your worship (devotion to him) of God be a result of what you truly believe about him?

8. This week spend time thinking on the awesomeness of God (not on what he has done for you, but simply who he is), and ask that he would give you strength and peace as you glorify him.

Psalm 28 Sermon Questions

Psalm 28 Blog Questions

  1. What was David’s main concern in this Psalm? Should this be your primary concern?
  2. Why was it so important for David to be heard by the Lord? 
  3. What did it mean for the Lord to be silent? (Look to Is.64:12)
  4. What was David’s posture when he made his appeal to the Lord? 
  5. When you make your appeals to the Lord what is your posture? Is it one of expectation, dependence, surrender, or entitlement? 
  6. What did David desire his enemies to be judged in light of? (v.4)
  7. Why is it comforting to us today that we don’t have to be judged in light of our works? What happens when a person “[does] not regard the works of the Lord or the work of his hands?”
  8. Why did David praise the Lord in v.6? 
  9. What did it mean for the Lord to be your strength and shield? How does this affect your daily life? 
  10. How did David shift his focus from himself in v.8? Why is this important?  
  11. How is the last part of v.8 into v.9 fulfilled in Jesus? 
    1. We are saved by him.
    2. We are a blessed people by our union to him. 
    3. He is our perfect shepherd and he will carry us to the end. 
  12. Share examples for each of the components of salvation listed above.

Psalm 27 Sermon Questions

“Tis So Sweet…”

1) David describes the LORD as his light, his salvation, and his stronghold. What do these  images communicate about how God works in the life of a believer? 

2) There probably aren’t many people who are trying to take your life, but who in your world  might seek your harm because you are living out God’s ways?  

3) What is the one thing that David asks of the Lord? Is this something that every person should  desire? 

4) According to the latter half of verse 4, what are two benefits for David of being in the Lord’s  house? Is this why you come to worship? 

5) In verse 5, God hides David in his shelter, conceals him in his tent, and lifts him high on a  rock. Of what do these pictures all speak? 

6) How does David respond when God delivers him from his enemies? 

7) In verses 7-12, there is an abrupt change in the text when David prays. What are some of the  emotions that he expresses in his prayer? 

8) The Hebrew in verse 8 is difficult, but what is the general idea? 

9) Did David’s parents really abandon him? How should we understand verse 10?

10) David asks the Lord to teach him. What does this imply about our spiritual life?

11) David repeats his confident statement of trust with which he began this Psalm. Why? 

12) In light of all of his experiences, what does David instruct us to do in his conclusion?

Psalm 26 Sermon Questions

Worship so that the World May Know Him

  1. Why did David petition God to judge him? Where was his confidence found? 
  2. When David asked God to test him in veres two, what parts of his life was he offering for inspection?
  3. Have you asked God to search your thoughts, will, and emotions so that you can worship him with unshakable confidence? Read Ps. 139:23-24.
  4. Could your subtle self-worship rather than God worship have contributed to the current spiritual downgrade? (v.3, 6-8)
    1. How could this be true in your life specifically? Ex. taking away or adding to God’s word.  
  5. Could it be that you have not looked to the true teachings and instructions of scripture for how you should worship God with all of your life? 
  6. Can you declare, like David, that you have distanced yourself from the sinful practices of the world, or have you brought some of them into your private and public worship of God? (vv.4-5)
  7. Have you trusted in the perfect deliverance that God offers in Christ, or are you trusting in your own works-based-righteousness?
  8. What does David ask for in v.11?
  9. How does what David asked for in v.11 help you understand v.12?
  10. What does “the great assembly” mean in v.12? Discuss the “already” and “no yet” implications of this statement. (Rev.7:9-11)
  11. How will you seek to truly worship God with your whole life so that he can be known among the nations? 

Psalm 25 Sermon Questions

The Way of the Shepherd

  1. In vv.1-3 what is David concerned with? 
  2. How should “shame” be defined in the context of this Psalm?
  3. Have you ever been concerned that God would let you down? 
  4. What are some ways David asks for help in Psalm 25? 
  5. Why is our culture so averse to asking for help? 
  6. How does David see the Lord as his guide in Psalm 25?
  7. How does the Word of God act as your guide? Give practical examples. 
  8. How does v.22 broaden David’s view to include all who believe in Christ? How has this been accomplished for you?
  9. If you believe Psalm 103 is true, why do we spend so much time thinking about the things that God has forgotten? Why did David struggle with this (v.7). 
  10. What is the key to depending on God’s help, guidance, and forgiveness in all areas of your life? 

(1 Peter 5:5-11)

Spend some time discussing how humility leads us to look to God’s word rather than ourselves, the world, or any good thing. 

Psalm 24 Sermon Questions

The King of Glory

1) Why is vs1 important to declare? Ps 89:11

            (God of all people and all things not just Jews)

            a) The earth is the Lord’s (Gen 1, Ps 104:8, Ps 119:90)

            b)the fullness of it (1 For 10:26)

2) What are the qualifications for entering the presence of the Lord? (vs3-6)

     ( See Ps 15)

            a) Clean hearts/actions

            b) Pure hearts/motives

            Matt 5:8

3) What do those with Clean hands and pure hearts receive (not earned)? (2 Tim 4:8)

            a) justification ( Luke 18:9-14)

            b) sanctification

4) Where else in scripture do we see events of vs7-10 illustrated?

            David bringing ark into temple (2 Sam:6)

            Jesus triumphant entry (Mark 11)

            Jesus Ascension (luke 24:49-51, Heb 9:12)

            Spirit of God entering the heart of believer (Rev 3:20)

5) What is the overarching message of each section and the whole of the text?

            a) vs 1-2 Omipotent God (all belongs and is owed to Him)

            b) vs 3-6 no one is deserving, except those made so, by God through Christ Jesus

            c) vs7-10 He is the one and only True Perfect God

Psalm 23 Sermon Questions

The Sufficient Shepherd

  1. Why was David’s declaration in v.1 so important? (Spend some time here, this is very important)
    1. Think deeply on the self sufficiency of God. 
    2. Discuss Boice’s quote – “This means that God needs nothing. He needs no wisdom from anyone else; he has all wisdom in himself. He needs no power; he is all-powerful. He does not need to be worshiped or helped or served. Nor is he accountable to anyone. He answers only to himself.” 
    3. Discuss Paul’s words found in Acts 17:24-29.
  2. Why is the self-sufficiency of the Lord important when thinking of him as your shepherd? 
  3. What three ways did David delight in knowing that the self-sufficient Lord was his shepherd? 
    1. Presence – Discuss the fact that the Lord is “with” us. 
    2. Path – Discuss the significance of the rod and staff in keeping the sheep on track.  
    3. Provision – Discuss how it is possible to declare that “my cup overflows” even in the presence of one’s enemies (Rom. 8:28-30)
  4. What are three days God is “shepherding” us today? 
    1. Through His Word – 2 Tim. 3:16-18.
    2. Through His Workers – Titus 1:5, 10-11; 1 Peter 5:1-4 [elders as examples to the flock]
    3. Through His World – Rom. 8:28-30; John 14:25-27 [the Holy Spirit is with us now!]

Psalm 22 Sermon Questions

Secure in Suffering

  1. What seems to be David’s greatest concern in this Psalm?
    1. God seems to be far from him (vv.1,11, &19).
  2. How does David temper his despair? 
    1. He remembers the faithfulness of God (vv.3-5 & 9-10).
  3. What is the turning point of this Psalm? 
  4. What does David say he will do once God has rescued him? 
  5. Who are the three groups who will hear of God’s goodness? 
    1. V.22 – “Brothers.” 
    2. V. 27 – “The ends of the earth.”
    3. V.31 – The “unborn.” 
  6. How can you see this Psalm is really about Jesus? 
  7. In what New Testament verses do you see similarities? 
  8. In what ways does this Psalm help you remain secure in times of suffering? 
  9. As a “peculiar person” what are we encouraged to do in our suffering?
    1. Remember God’s faithfulness (vv..3-5)
    2. Delight in God’s presence (vv.19-21)
    3. Proclaim God’s goodness (vv.22-31)

Mark 10:28-31 Sermon Questions

Losses and Gains: What Really Matters?

  1. Why does Peter seem upset?
  2. How are you tempted to compare your spiritual life to others? 
  3. What does Jesus’ response reveal about the life of a Christian? 
  4. When these things are left for His sake and for the gospel what is promised? What does this mean? 
  5. Receiving “a hundredfold” does not mean earthly prosperity. Why do we know this is true? 
  6. The child of God is promised what three things? Loss, persecution, eternal life. 
  7. What does v. 31 mean? Do you see this in your everyday life? How can you look to Christ for help in this area? 

2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Sermon Questions

The Sufficiency of Scripture in Evangelism

  1. What should be the source of all evangelism? 
  2. What is the purpose of gospel ministry? 
  3. According to 2 Cor. 2:15-16, who is the gospel attractive to?
  4. What is the problem we have been commissioned to solve? (v.4)
  5. How are we equipped to eradicate blindness to the glory of Christ? 
  6. What should be at the center in all areas of ministry? 
  7. If scripture is sufficient in evangelism then what are we to share with the world? 

Mark 10:1-12 Sermon Questions

Marriage is Serious

  1. Why did the Pharisees come to see Jesus? 
  2. How was their behavior similar to Jesus’ interaction with Satan in the wilderness? 
  3. How do we see the word of God being “tested” today? 
  4. How did Jesus answer the Pharisees? 
  5. What can we learn from Jesus’ response to his objectors?
  6. Jesus does not answer the Pharisee’s question directly but he points them to the importance of biblical marriage. Why is this important? 
  7. What are the key components that Jesus points out about marriage in vv.6-9? 
  8. Can marriage exist between any couple other than a male and female?
  9. Does the “oneness” mentioned in verse 8 exist in any other creatures union? What is significant about this? 
  10. What does the word covenant mean? How is a covenant different from a contract? 
  11. If God is the originator of a marriage union how does it make sense that we could break it? 
  12. How is Christ the perfect companion, what does marriage display, and discuss why it is so important? 

Mark 9:42-50 Sermon Questions

This is Serious

  1. Who is Jesus referring to as “little ones?”
  2. Why does this warrant such a severe punishment? 
  3. What are some ways you see others being led to sin today?
  4. How is this seen as a warning and an encouragement to those who are in Christ?
  5. Why does Jesus mention hands, feet, and eyes in relation to sinning?
  6. Self mutilation is not the point of these verses, what is? 
  7. Discuss what this really means in the life of a Christian. 
    1. This will result in a life of sacrifice and discipline. 
    2. Discuss Paul’s approach to living this way. 
      1. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Rom 8:13)
      2. “I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” (1 Cor. 9:27)
  8. Why is it important to see that Jesus is warning his disciples about the reality of Hell? 
  9. What is the true proof of your salvation? 
    1. Perseverance – “My continual walk in the pathway of godliness and obedience.”
  10.  Is Hell a real place? 
  11. What is the significance of salt and fire in vv. 49-50? 
  12. Why does Jesus charge his disciples to “be at peace with one another?”
  13. What impact could this have on your life and witness for Christ sake?

Mark 9:30-41 Sermon Questions

The Acceptable Servant of the Lord

  1. An acceptable servant of the Lord knows that He is their source of peace, therefore, they can embrace earthly discomfort to see the gospel advance. (v. 31)
  1. An acceptable servant of the Lord sacrificially gives of themselves, not for earthly gain, but for the pleasure of the one they serve. (v. 37)
  1. An acceptable servant of the Lord charitably interacts with all who belong to Christ. (vv.40-41)

Mark 9:14-29 Sermon Questions

A Faith-filled Life is a Dependent Life

  1. Why were the scribes and disciples arguing? 
  2. What is one of Satan’s primary roles in creation? How is this displayed in the boy’s life? 
  3. What did the disciples inability to help the boy display? 
  4. Why had the disciples been able to cast out demons before, but now they were not able to help? 
  5. Are there areas of your spiritual life where you have become too comfortable, ritualistic, or complacent? 
  6. What does this way of living say about our relationship to God? 
  7. Are you truly able, of your own strength, to help anyone? 
  8. How does Jesus’ interaction with the Father shift his focus from the possibility of  “ Jesus’ divine inability to human unbelief?” 
  9. How does the father’s response, “I believe, help my unbelief” show his repentant dependence on the Lord?
  10. Do you feel this same tension in your life? 
  11. Are there areas of life where you are operating on “spiritual autopilot” rather than faith-filled dependence? Take some time to pray together that God would remind you of your need for his presence and power in all areas of life.
  12. Where do you see the gospel in this encounter? 

Mark 9:1-13 Sermon Questions

Encouragement and Confirmation on the Mountain

  1. Was Jesus statement in vs 1 fulfilled?
  2. Describe scene as described in Mark 9 and Luke 9? (went up to pray/fall asleep)
    Where else do we see this in scripture? What does it evidence about the disciples grasping of Gods plan and timing? Are we guilty of the same?
  3. What details are given to prove that Jesus appearance was an actual physical change?
  4. What is the significance of Elijah and Moses appearing? (Matt 5:17)
  5. What were Elijah and Moses talking with Jesus about? (Luke 9:37)
  6. When/why did Peter offer to build tents? (Mark 9:6 Luke 9:33)
  7. What is significance of cloud? Where else is this found in scripture?
    (Ex 13:21, Ex 40:35, 1 Kings 8:10-11, 2 Chron 7:1, Ezek 10:4, 18, 19, Ezek 11:22-25)
  8. What new declaration is given from the cloud? (Heb 1:1-2, Duet 18:15)
  9. Why did Jesus instruct the disciples to tell no one?
  10. Why did rising from the dead confuse the disciples so?
  11. What is significance of Elijahs preemptive return?
  12. When did Elijah return and in what way? (Luke 1:17)
  13. How does this text give proof that Christ Jesus is the only one to place our hope and
    trust for salvation?

Mark 8:31-9:1 Sermon Questions

True Hope

  1. How has your hope been shaken in the past? 
  2. What are some earthly things you are drawn to place your hope in? 
  3. Why must Jesus face rejection, suffer, and be killed?
    1. Yes for our salvation, but more importantly, to fulfill the sovereign plan of God. (Isaiah 53; Acts 2:22-24; 4:27:28)
  4. Why was Jesus’ teaching in v.31 so hard for the disciples to comprehend? 
  5. Why did Peter respond the way that he did to Jesus prediction? 
  6. Have you ever felt that doing spiritual things was a waste of time only to later see the benefit?
    1. Examples: Keeping the Sabbath, daily scripture reading, family worship, prayer, etc. 
  7. Peter thought he knew better than the sovereign plan of God, why? 
    1. He allowed his experience and expectation to guide his thoughts. 
  8. Why does Jesus compare Peter to Satan? 
    1. How might your actions, thoughts, or words elicit the same response?
  9. Why must Jesus’ disciples deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow him?
  10. What purpose does Jesus give his followers to live and die for?  
    1. Him and the gospel. (8:35)
  11. Where is true hope found? (8:28-9:1)
    1. Living and dying in light of the resurrecting power of God in Christ, for his sake and for his gospel.

Mark 8:22-30 Sermon Questions

Now I Can See

  1. How do you know the declaration of those praising Jesus on Palm Sunday was short sighted?
  2. Why do you think the story of the blind man is not solely about Jesus restoring his sight?
    1. Context is king (Mk 8:18,21).
  3. How do you see compassion displayed in this story?
  4. What does it mean to beg? How can this translate into our personal prayer time? 
  5. What was unique about Jesus’ interaction with the blind man? 
    1. He asked him a question rather than declaring him healed. 
  6. The physical condition of the blind man is a picture of the spiritual condition of mankind. What are some passages of scripture that teach us about our spiritual blindness apart from the word of God. (Jn 3)
  7. When you were saved did you automatically understand everything about God and the Christian faith? How does Jesus’ interaction with the man display this reality? 
  8. What are some things about God that you “see more clearly” today than you did in the past? 
  9. When will you fully enjoy spiritual sight? (1 Cor 13:12)
  10. When Jesus asked the disciples “Who do people say that I am,” what did their answer reveal? 
  11. When Jesus asked his disciples “Who do you say that I am,” what did Peter’s answer reveal? 
  12. How does Jesus answer to Peter in Matthew 16 clarify how spiritual sight is experienced? 

Mark 8:1-21 Sermon Questions

The Compassion of Christ

  1. What similarities do you see in the scenes of our text today and those that come before it? 
  2. What are some biblical proofs that show us the feeding of 5000 and 4000 are different encounters? 
  3. How is Christ’s compassion seen in the feeding of the 4000?
  4. How is Christ’s compassion seen in his leaving the Pharisees? 
    1. Isaiah 59:1-2
  5. How is Christ’s compassion seen by his exposing the foolishness of the disciples? 
  6. How is it that mankind can see, hear, understand, and proclaim spiritual things? 
    1. Regeneration (to be born again) – look to Jesus’ interaction with Nicademus in John 3. 
      1. 1 Cor. 1:18
      2. Col. 2:13
      3. John 1:9-13

Mark 7:31-37 Sermon Questions

All Is Made Well

  1. What are the parallel sections in Mark? (Mk. 6:30-7:37 & Mk. 8:1-30)
  2. How do these conclude to show the deeper meaning of the section? (vv.27-30)
  3. What is the significance of Jesus’ return route to the region of the Sea of Galilee? 
  4. What was Jesus’ purpose? (John 17:4; 6)
  5. Where was Jesus’ place ?
  6. Who were Jesus’ people?
  7. What is meant by the phrase “the providence of God?”
    1. God the good Creator of all things, in his infinite power and wisdom, upholds, directs, arranges, and governs all creatures and things, from the greatest to the least, by his perfectly wise and holy providence, to the purpose for which they were created. He governs according to his infallible foreknowledge and the free and unchangeable counsel of his own will. His providence leads to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, infinite goodness, and mercy. –London Baptist Confession of Faith, Section 5, Providence. 
  8. How is the providence of God seen in your purpose, place, and people? Give examples. 
  9. How should a proper understanding of God’s providence be lived out in the context of the Christian family?
  10. How can parents keep Christ in front of the children? 
    1. Gathered Worship and prayer (v.32)
  11. Why is the way Jesus heals the deaf man significant? 
  12. How does this point to Christ’s ability to meet the greatest spiritual need?
  13. What can we learn from the response of the people to Jesus’ healing power? (v.37)
  14. How should this lead us to think about God’s providence in our lives? 
  15. Discuss how we all have, regardless of the situation, the same purpose in life. Then share how the people in our lives are meant to bless and be a blessing to us as we are conformed to the image of Christ. 

Mark 7:24-30 Sermon Questions

Deliverance for All

  1. What does last week’s context have to do with this week’s story? 
    1. The Pharisees were concerned about purity laws, and here a very impure person comes to address Jesus. 
  2. Why is it important to read this account in both the gospel of Matthew and Mark? 
  3. What was the significance of Jesus going to the region of Tyre and Sidon?
    1. His focus moved from the chosen, holy, treasured Jews to include the Gentiles. 
    2. This is a picture of the fulfillment of the Great Commission. 
  4. What was the significance of the woman coming to Jesus? 
    1. She was a woman, Gentile, who came on behalf of her daughter, who was possessed by an unclean spirit. 
  5. Why do you think Jesus ignored the woman? 
  6. How does Jesus’s response to the disciples in Matt. 24 show his dedication to the work of the Father? 
  7. Why does Jesus answer the woman in the way that he does? 
  8. What does the woman’s response to Jesus show about her heart? 
  9. How do we, like the woman, come to terms with the severity of our situation? 
    1. Sin is harmful to us (Is. 59:2)
    2. Sin is harmful to others (2 Sam. 11)
  10. Christ came to offer deliverance to all. What must we do to experience the deliverance that he offers? 
  11. Does this deliverance affect us now, or is the salvation that he provides only to be enjoyed after we die? 

* Oftentimes we get caught up in the mystical elements of a Biblical narrative. In this story don’t spend any time thinking about the nature of the daughter’s demon possession. The mother came to see her daughter delivered, but Christ came to provide a much greater deliverance for all who will place their faith in him. Focus on him!

Mark 7:1-23 Sermon Questions

Truly Clean

  1. Is hypocrisy an issue in the church today? In what ways?
  2. What were the Pharisees and the Scribes pointing out in disciples? 
  3. Why was the act of washing one’s hands so important?
  4. Are religious practices inherently wrong? 
  5. How should our religious practices relate to Scripture?
  6. What does Jesus show he is most concerned with in v.6? 
  7. What is the “tendency of man” based on the statement Jesus repeats in vv.8-13?
  8. What example does Jesus give to clarify his statement? (vv.10-13)
  9. Which of the Ten Commandments were they breaking by keeping this tradition? 
  10. In vv.14-23 what is Jesus’s point? 
    1. Rom. 3:23 – “[A]ll have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
  11. What does “propitiation” mean? 
    1. Answer – A sacrifice that bears God’s wrath and turns it to favor.
    2. Kevin Deyoung, “Propitiation is used in the New Testament to describe the pacifying, placating, or appeasing of God’s wrath.”
    3. Ligon Duncan, “[T]hough God is a God of infinite love, he does not show mercy at the expense of his justice, so propitiation is the way that the loving God shows us mercy justly. In the Bible, propitiation is not something that we provide to God to get right with him again; it is something that God provides to us that we may be justly and mercifully forgiven and accepted, and he does this at his own expense through the loving gift of his Son, Jesus Christ.
  12. Why is propitiation important in light of what Jesus teaches in Mark 7:1-23?
    1. 1 John 2:1-3
    2. Heb. 10:19-23
  13. What are some ways hypocrisy has crept into your life? How has the work of Christ “cleansed” you?

Mark 6:53-56 & John 6:25-35 Sermon Questions

Jesus is Greater

  1. Why did Jesus share the bread of life discourse with the crowd? 
    1. To declare that he was the source of eternal life. 
  2. What was the crowds main concern?
  3. How did Jesus turn their question to address the greater issue? 
  4. What frustrated the crowd about Jesus’s call to believe in John 6:29?
    1. They were focused on their ability to do religious works. They desired a task they could accomplish rather than the work Christ came to accomplish. 
  5. What are some passages of scripture that speak to the works of man not being enough. 
    1. Rm. 3:21-25, Gal. 2:16
  6. Talk through how John uses the words “believe” and “obey” as synonyms in John 3:36?
  7. Talk through the details of John 6:35. Discuss how Jesus’s sufficiency and our satisfaction are revealed in his claim. 
  8. Discuss what it means to “come into” in Christ. 

Mark 6:14-29 Sermon Questions

  1. What part did conscience play in Herod Antipas’
    relationship with John the Baptist?
  2. Is there a tendency in your own relationships to be
    reluctant to speak or hear the truth out of the fear of how others
    and/or you yourself may respond?
  3. Have there been times in your life as a follower of
    Christ where you have stubbornly held on to a “vow” in spite of
    knowing it was the wrong thing to do?

2 Timothy 1:1-2:2 Follow up

Entrust

  1. What is the vision of FBC MtP?
  2. What are the three Es of the mission of FBC MtP?
  3. Why was Paul not ashamed in the gospel and in his suffering? (v.12)
  4. Who, according to Paul, is guarding the gospel? (v.13)
  5. What does Paul encourage Timothy to do with this gospel? Follow (v.13) and guard (v.14). 
  6. What was Timothy to be strengthened by?
  7. What was Timothy to entrust to faithful men? 
  8. How do we follow and guard the gospel today? 
  9. How do we entrust that which we follow and guard to faithful people in the church? 
  10. What does it mean to be faithful? Who should be pursuing faithfulness? 
  11. When you have been entrusted with the gospel, what should you do then? 

Ephesians 4:1-16 Follow-up

Equip

  1. What is the vision of FBC Mt. Pleasant? 
  2. How do we plan, Lord willing, to carry this out?
  3. Why is unity so important in a church? 
  4. How can a lack of unity hinder believers being equipped for the work of ministry?
  5. Are the roles of apostle/prophet in existence today? Give scriptural evidence as to your answer.
  6. What is the most important ministry in a church? 
  7. What ways are we to be maturing until Christ returns? Unity and Knowledge. 
  8. How is our maturing part of God’s plan for our lives? See Romans 8:29.
  9. What are the corporate blessings we all enjoy as we are being equipped? Stability (v.14), Speaking the truth in love (v.15), Supported and sustained in Christ (v.16). 

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Follow-up

Engage

  1. What is the vision statement of FBC MtP? 
  2. By God’s grace, how do we plan to accomplish this vision?
  3. How did Paul engage the citizens in Corinth? 
  4. When was he with the citizens in Corinth? 
  5. What was his message solely focused upon? 
  6. Why didn’t Paul use other ideologies, philosophies, or strategies to convenience the Corinthians of the gospel? 

Isaiah 55 Follow-up

Love

  1. Discuss the context of Isaiah 55. 
  • Isaiah 53 – Prophecy about the coming Messiah. 
  • Isaiah 54 – Prophecy about the far reaching blessings associated with the coming Messiah.
  • Isaiah 55 – Prophecy inviting all who will come to enjoy the loving, compassionate, pardon of the Messiah. 
  1. Why is it important to understand verses eight and nine before thinking through verses one through five? 
  • We tend to project our natural expectations about who God is onto him instead of fighting to let the Bible surprise us into what God himself says he is.” – Dane Ortlund 
  1. What is the Davidic Covenant? Where in scripture can you find an explanation of this covenant? 
  • 1 Samuel 7:8,16
  1. In verse one, why is the same invitation issued to the thirsty and broke as well as the feed and flourishing?
  2. According to verses ten and eleven, why is it important to “listen diligently” to the word of the Lord? 
  3. In John 1, who is John referring to as “the Word” in the first five verses?
  4. The main point of Isaiah 55 is “the love of God in Christ invites all to come and experience his compassion and pardon.” What are some ways you saw this in the chapter? 
  • The number of inviting verbs in the first three verses. 
  • The invitation to “hear, that your soul may live.”
  • The picture of the New Jerusalem given in verses twelve and thirteen (ie. joy and peace). 
  1. Recommend that your Life Group read Gentle and Lowly, by Dane Ortlund. 

Sermon Questions – Peace (Rom. 5:1-5)

Peace Blog Questions (Romans 5:1-5)

  1. When was peace first experienced?
  2. Why were Adam and Eve at peace with God before obeying the Serpent?
  3. How did God first make his plan to restore peace known in scripture?
  4. How did God continually remind Israel of his plan to redeem and restore peace among his people?
  5. How was Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 9 completed in Jesus?
  6. How did Gabriel’s message to Mary show that she was at peace with God?
  7. In Luke 2:14, how did the praises of the heavenly host show that the peace of God was not just for the Jews, Mary, and Elizabeth, but for all in whom God is pleased?
  8. According to Romans 5:1, how can we experience the peace of God?
  9. What would you say your feeling of peace depends on during the holidays?
    • Family coming being able to visit for the holidays?
    • Being able to buy gifts for your loved ones?
    • Getting the gifts you want?
    • Travel plans going according to plan?
  10. How does God promise us peace, even in our turmoil?
    • We did not cover Romans 5:3-5, but look at these verses and discuss how our position (peace with God through Christ) should influence our condition (ever-changing earthly situations and emotions).

Mark 13 (Part 3)

  1. What have been the main themes discussed in weeks one and two of Mark 13?
  2. When you encounter apocalyptic writing, what question should you ask before you try to figure out how it applies today?
    1. What did this mean to the original audience?
    1. Was there an immediate fulfillment?
  3. In the context of Mark 13, what do you believe the “tribulation” in referenced in v.24 to be? Why?
  4. Today, we begin the Advent season, compare and contrast the description of Jesus’ coming in v.26 with his birth story.
  5. How can Jesus know all things, but Mark says in v.32 that he doesn’t know something?
  6. What is the significance of the parable of the man going on a journey (v.34)?
  7. From the broader context of chapter 13, what does it mean to “stay awake?”
    1. Do not be led astray. False teachers (V.5,6; 21-23)
    2. Be on guard. Persecutions (Vv.9-10;11,12,13)
    3. Trust in the everlasting word of God. Temptation (v.31)
  8. Where do you find your purpose?