Worship God for His Heart to Humble and Heal the Heathens (2 Kings 5)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. What made Naaman such an unexpected recipient of God’s pursuing grace? What circumstances did God ordain to heal Naaman physically and spiritually? What circumstances did God ordain in your life to contribute to you coming to faith in Christ?

2. Where is human pride on display throughout this narrative? In what areas of your life are you most tempted to take pride in? What resources of God’s grace do you see in this passage to help you to battle pride?

3. How did God use lowly people to lead Naaman to himself in this text? How have you seen God use other common people to lead non-Christians towards faith in Christ? What are some small ways that you have in your sphere of influence to point people to Jesus and the gospel?

4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?

Great-Greater-Greatest Prophet (2 Kings 2)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. What legacy do you hope to leave in this world? What spiritual/eternal value does that hope reflect?

2. How does Jesus satisfy your expectation of God’s manifestation in the world and in your life? If not, what questions or conditions would you have for him?

3. How would you help others understand and experience Jesus as the all-satisfying Saviour of the world?

4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?

Are You Serving Religion or the Real God? (1 Kings 18)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. How would you summarize the three different types of people we encounter in this passage? Which of the three do you resonate most with and why?

2. How would you compare and contrast Baal and the true God? How is secular materialism like Baalism? What do you find compelling about the true God that will help you to fight against the temptation to a secular, materialistic way of thinking?

3. How were both Obadiah and Elijah courageous in their service to the true God? In what specific ways is courage being called for in your walk with Jesus? What about God in this passage can give you the strength to courageously serve Jesus in your workplace, uni, neighborhood or home?

4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?

The United House of Christ (1 Kings 12)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Do you seek good counsel and advice in your life? Do you bother formulating critical questions for yourself and go after those wiser/godlier than you for guidance, with openness? (If able, please share one of these experiences.)

2. Compare the demands of Rehoboam vs Jesus. Whose burden do you prefer; and what are the different results? How have you experienced the “light yoke” of Christ in your life?

3. How does the gospel of Christ unite His people? Have you experienced this “bond of unity” because of Jesus, in the context of His church? Please share.

4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?

The Downward Spiral (1 Kings 11)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Recognition, fortune, lust… what do you find yourself struggling after? What are the competing idols that are setup in your heart?

2. According to the sermon, what is God’s good purpose in presenting challenges and struggles in our lives? What lessons do you take away from your daily challenges?

3. Compare Solomon and Jesus. How does Christ’s accomplishment, poverty and faithfulness lead us to salvation?

4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?

A Prayer That Teaches Us How to Pray (1 Kings 8)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Point out some ways this text points both to God’s transcendence and his immanence. Which truth about God do you most need at this point in your life in order for you to pray more earnestly? Why?

2. What are some ways that Solomon as King is acting as a mediator for God’s people? In what ways is Jesus an even greater mediator than Solomon? How should this encourage your prayer life?

3. Solomon prayed that God would answer prayers that were offered in dependence and/or repentance. Highlight a couple of verses that point to each. Do you struggle most with repenting or depending on God’s provision for things other than forgiveness? What from this text encourages you to both greater dependence and/or repentance?

4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?

Seek the Wisdom that is Found Only in King Jesus (1 Kings 3)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Spell out what kind of wisdom you think Solomon would have needed to rule as a righteous king. What are some areas in your life that you need wisdom, especially as regards how you deal with other people in your life?
2. What strikes you about God’s generosity to Solomon? How has God been generous to you, especially in areas of wisdom that he has given you?

3. Why are we more like one or both of the prostitutes than Solomon? How does Solomon’s dealings with the prostitutes encourage you about how Solomon’s greatest son, Jesus, deals with you?

4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?

Awfulness of Sin (1 John 3:4-10)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. What should we do in recognition of our “sin-state” or “state of sin”?

2. What should we do about sins that we commit?

3. What should we do when we don’t want to repent?

4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?

Our Needs & His Willingness (Mark 1:40-45)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. What are some of various needs of the leper, as highlighted in the sermon? Which ones of these do you relate to and why?

2. What do you find beautiful, compelling, or challenging about our Lord’s compassion? In what ways have you seen the Lord’s compassion in your own life?

3. To whom is God calling you to show this same compassion to? What challenges need to be overcome in order for you to show this kind of compassion? What from the sermon about Christ and the gospel will help you overcome these challenges?

4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?

Death and Resurrection (Easter Sunday Service)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Why was it so important for Jesus’ death and resurrection to be as public as it was? And what were the two physical verifications to prove the certainty of His physical death?

  2. Mary and the disciples met the resurrected Jesus in their own life time. How were you (a modern Christian) convinced of Jesus’ resurrection and of the promise of your own eternal life? If you are not yet a believer, what aspect do you find difficult about believing in the testimony of the Bible, about Jesus’ resurrection?

  3. What “good” does the resurrection add to the “good news” of the Gospel of Jesus?

  4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?

The Reason for the Cross (Good Friday Service)

Hebrews 2:14-18

14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

A Fig Tree and Your Faith in Jesus

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Why were the people so excited about Jesus as the Messiah? With a deeper understanding of what Jesus came to do as Messiah, how should our rejoicing in Jesus this Easter season be even greater? What things do you look to Jesus to save you from other than your sin that may keep you from finding your joy in his death and resurrection this Easter time?

2. How were people misusing the temple that caused Jesus to enact a curse on it? How do you sometimes try to manipulate God for your selfish purposes?

3. How should knowing that Jesus is the new temple impact your prayer life?

4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?

Act Like Men! (Men's Ministry)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

CHAPTER ONE – MAN IN THE GARDEN

1) In the last paragraph on p. 4 he says, “Once a Brian Deegan realizes that God is calling him to be a man, where can a dude like him find out how?” Where do people around you look for guidance on how to be man? For them, what does being a man look like?

2) In the third paragraph on p. 7 he says, “The Garden is the place where God relates covenantally to his creature man and where God brings the man into covenantal relationships and obligations.” What does it mean to relate covenantally to God and others? How is this different than the way men often relate to God and others?

3) On page 9 starts a section entitled, “What We Are: Lords and Servants.” What does it mean to be a lord and servant over creation? How does this relate to your work and relationships with others?

4) What was the most helpful thing you read in this chapter?

CHAPTER TWO – THE MASCULINE MANDATE

 5) In the third paragraph on p. 16 he summarises the masculine mandate by two words: work and keep. In your own words, how would you describe each one in regards to our calling as men?

6) In the first lines on p. 18 he says, “We are to invest our time, our energies, our ideas, and our passions in bringing good things into being. A faithful man, then, is one who has devoted himself to cultivating, building, and growing.” What good thing do you feel called to bring into being?

7) In the last paragraph on p. 21 he says, “Truly great men are servants who give themselves to a worthy cause and leaders who stand for what is right.” Who are two men that you greatly admire? Does the reason you admire them fit with this statement about what a truly great man is? 

8) What was the most helpful thing you read in this chapter?

CHAPTER THREE – MAN’S SACRED CALLING TO WORK

 9) In the second to last paragraph on p. 24 he says, “Probably every man has tasted at some time the deep satisfaction of a job well done.” When have you experienced this? Why do you think you experienced it at that time? 

10) In the third paragraph on p. 25 he says, “But due to God's curse on the earth because of human sin, it became necessary for man not merely to work, but to work hard.” What are some of the most difficult things you face in your job?

11) Towards the top of p. 29 he lists these five concerns we should have about our work: “•Does this work glorify God? •Does it benefit my fellow man? •Do I consider myself called to this work, or can I at least do it well and find enjoyment in that? •Does it provide for material needs? Does it permit me to lead a godly and balanced life?” Which one of these have you considered the least? How would giving is consideration impact the work you do now?

12) What was the most helpful thing you read in this chapter?

Loving God (1 Corinthians 13:1-7)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. How is your “love life” these days? …meaning, are you emotionally healthy and engaged in supremely good feelings and actions toward God and others? Is this currently happening in your life?

  2. What about God’s love for you that most touch and transform your life?

  3. Recalling [1Cor.13:1-7] and the sermon, how do you intend to love God better? Related, how do you intend to love others better?

  4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?

Is Jesus Really Your Lord? (Matthew 7:21-29)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Where in the passage do we see that trust in Jesus as Lord is the only way to enter the Kingdom of God? What arguments do your non-believing friends/ acquaintances try to make that there are other ways of salvation/proper religion than through Jesus? How do you answer them?

  2. In the passage, what things do people subtly substitute for a vital relationship with Jesus Christ? Why are these things not good enough evidence that they are known by Jesus and know Jesus? What are you tempted to “do” that might sometimes be substituted for a vital walk with Jesus as Lord?

  3. Jesus speaks of building our life on his teaching. What does that look like in our lives? What are some specific areas that you are not consistently building your life on Jesus and his teaching?

  4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?

Jesus is the Way (Matthew 7:13-20)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. According to this passage (Matthew 7:13-14), what are the comparisons between the “gate and way” that leads to destruction versus that which leads to life? Which “gate and way” seems easier? Where are you headed?

2. What is the “fire” (in verse 19) speaking of?

3. Have you found the hard way and narrow gate of Jesus Christ? Why is Christianity described this way?

4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?

Godly Ambition (Matthew 7:6-11)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. When, in what situation(s), do you find God’s great worth to a point of being moved to worship and prayer?

  2. What do you do in situations when values come to sharp contrast between you (as a believer) and others (family member, friends, co-workers, strangers...)?

  3. What should/will you boldly ask, seek and knock for (in light of the passage/sermon)?

  4. What did you find most helpful from the sermon text and/or the sermon on the text?