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?

How to Deal with the Sins of Others (Matthew 7:1-5)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. How have you heard 7:1 misused? Why do you think even some Christians think we should not address the sin we see in another Christian?

2. What is the point of Jesus calling our sin a log and other’s sin a speck (cf. 1 Timothy 1:15)? How often do you take the log out of your own eye when you see the speck of sin in others? How would this impact the way you deal with the sin of others if you did this anytime you were bothered by their sin?

3. What bad experiences have you had of someone addressing your sin? What good experiences have you had? How will this text change the way you address the sins of others?

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

Real Kingdom Priorities (Matthew 6:19-24)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What are those things taking up your life’s resources (time, money, commitment, etc.)? And where is God in your life’s priorities?

  2. Practically speaking, what does it mean to invest (or “lay up”) treasures in heaven?

  3. What are your top challenges that get in the way of prioritising Kingdom-matters, and how can we pray for one another?

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

Praying to Our Father in Heaven Makes All the Difference (Matthew 6:7-15)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. As you look at the text, how does Jesus say knowing God as Father impacts the way we pray? Do you find it easy or difficult to think of God as Father? Why?

  2. How do the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer challenge our priority in prayer? Why should these come before the petitions for our own needs in the last three petitions? How can we implement this in our prayer life individually and corporately?

  3. Why do you think Augustine called “forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors” as the “terrible petition”? How does this and the teaching in verses 14-15 challenge the way we relate to others, especially other Christians?

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

When You Give, Pray, Fast and...Live (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Discuss your feelings of pressure to perform, to be good in the eyes of others, to receive their approvals. Are you aware of yourself, your deeper inner motives?

  2. According to the message, how did Jesus “give, pray, fast and live”? How was Jesus different, both in terms of quality and orientation?

  3. How can you emulate Christ, and gain from his examples?

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

Becoming People of Truth (Matthew 5:33-37)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. In what ways does our culture influence us to twist the truth? Can you identify any ways that Christians especially twist the truth? Where are you most tempted to twist the truth?

2. An oath is sometimes a commitment to do something. How are you impacted when people don’t do what they say they will do? Where are you tempted not to follow through on your word? What justifications do you sometimes give?

3. What truths about God and the gospel in this text (and the broader context) can help us to become people of truth?

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

Til Death Do Us Part? (Matthew 5:31-32)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. What do you imagine marriage will be like? How Is marriage different from what you expected it to be?

2. How does God’s faithfulness as illustrated in the story of Hosea and Gomer encourage and challenge you?

3. Why is the ultimate end of marriage so important to remember in present joys and difficulties?

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

Choosing Chastity and Radical Holiness (Matthew 5:27-30)

  1. What do our cultures say about sex, adultery, and lust? Think of examples from TV, movies, articles you've read, or things your friends and family say.

  2. Read Matthew 5:17-20 and 27-30. What should Christians think about sex, adultery and lust?

  3. Focus especially on v29-30. What would radical holiness look like in your life? What practical things can we do to avoid temptation?

  4. In groups, share some of your struggles and pray earnestly with one another, trusting in Christ's salvation and the Spirit's sanctifying power.

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

New Year, New CBR Schedule (Matthew 5:17-20)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. How would you summarize Jesus’s view of the Bible? How does your view of the Bible need to change in order to reflect how Jesus viewed the Bible?

  2. What have been the greatest challenges to you consistently reading the Bible in 2018? By God’s grace, how can you address those challenges in 2019?

  3. How have you downplayed the role of obedience to God’s commands in your discipleship of Jesus? What are two areas in which you specifically need to be more intentional in relying on God the Holy Spirit to help you obey?

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

Consider the Incarnation an Agenda for Your Life (Matthew 20:17-28)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. We considered the purpose of Christ’s incarnation. What is so wonderful about the incarnation? How should that shape your celebration of Christ this Christmas?

  2. In the text, where do we see the disciples’ prideful battle for position? Where do you see this in your own life?

  3. What are two very specific areas in which God is convicting you to repent and grow in re-enacting the serving agenda of your Savior?

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

The Mission of the Church: Salt, Light and Law (Matthew 5:13-20)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What are the areas in our society and in your context that you see some corruption and darkness against God’s standard?

  2. What are the ways that Christian faith can bring some hope and resolution to those areas of your concern?

  3. What are some of things that you (or we as church) can do to be the salt and light to those corrupted and dark areas?

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

Cain or Christ? (Matthew 5:21-26)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Where in your life do you find yourself getting angry? What do you think are the underlying causes of your anger?

  2. How does Jesus as the first fruits of the New Creation encourage you to be proactive in wrestling with your anger and showing grace?

  3. Why should you wrestle with your anger and put it to death [apart from the answer, ‘That’s what good Christians do’], and by what power?

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