Week of July 12th
Sermon Text Revelation 21-22
1. How would America be different if God were the President?
2. Who are the residences of the New Jerusalem?
3. What are your expecations of Heavem?
4. Do thoughs of Heaven excite you? Bore you? Scare you? Motivate you?
5. How does our hope of Heaven help us on earth?
6. What is required to be a citizen of Heaven?
Week of July 5th
Sermon Text Revelation 20
1. Are you ready for Judgement Day?
2. Is your name in the Book of Life?
3. What are you doing about those whose names are not in the Book of Life?
Week of June 28th
Sermon Text Revelation 14-16
1. Do you deserve God’s wrath? Have you sinned?
Romans 1:18-19; Romans 3:10; Romans 6:23
2. Do you believe in the Son?
3. Will you overcome by the blood of the Lamb?
Week of April 26 – May 2
Sermon Text Revelation1:3
1. What has been your experience with the Book of Revelation?
2. PRO’S: What spiritual insights have you gleaned from the Book of Revelation? What good things stand out?
3. CON’S: What scares you/concerns you about the Book of Revelation? How have you seen it abused?
4. How does the author describe Jesus in the Book of Revelation?
5. John addresses two threats in the Book of Revelation: The threat of Persecution and the threat of Cultural Seduction.
Identify some threats to your faith today? How is the Church being persecuted? Are YOU being culturally seduced? Are YOU in danger of being “Lukewarm”? Does anything stand out about what John says or how he says it that helps you be faithful in the midst of these great threats?
6. Why do you think John is speaking with such vivid symbolism and apocalyptic language?
7. Do you believe the message of the Book of Revelation was written for first century Christians? Or the last generation of Christians? Do you believe the message is relevant for all generations? If so, how should this effect your approach to the book?
8. What is the main message of the Book of Revelation?
Week of April 12-18
1. How do you normally celebrate Easter? What’s the best part about Easter?
2. Is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ a Historical event? Or a Myth? Does it Matter? (Make your case)
3. H.A. Williams writes, “The resurrection of Jesus must be experienced as more than a past historical event. Otherwise it is robbed of it’s impact on the present.” What impact does the resurrection of Jesus Christ make?
4. Paul writes, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection…” (Philippians 3:10)
What do you think he means by that?
5. What impact does the Resurrection of Jesus Christ have on YOUR past?
(See 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 4:25)
6. What impact does the Resurrection of Jesus Christ have on YOUR present day to day life?
7. How does the Resurrection of Jesus Christ impact your future?
(See Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 6:14)
Week of March 15-21
1. How do you handle conflict?
How has conflict changed you for better or worse?
2. How should you respond to sin in the Church? (See Acts 5:1-11)
How do you think you would have responded to the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira?
What good do you think came from this event?
3. How do you think you would have responded to Paul when he first became a Christian? (See Acts 9:26)
Were the believers wrong in the way they treated Paul?
What good came from the believers response to Paul?
4. What kind of changes has the Church made in your lifetime that you disagreed with in the beginning, but have since come to appreciate?
How do you explain the change of attitudes of the people from Acts 11:2 to Acts 11:18?
5. What are some extra-biblical rules people have imposed on you as a Christian? (See Acts 15:1)
What extra-biblical rules have you imposed on others? When and where should Christians compromise?
6. In Paul & Barnabas’ dispute, (See Acts 15:36-41) who was right?
Who was wrong?
What’s more important – friendships? or convictions?
What would you have done differently if you were Paul or Barnabas?
Week of March 8-14
1. Are you competitive?
Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
2. Where is it appropriate to be competitive?
Where is it not appropriate?
3. What is the good, the bad, and the ugly of competitiveness in Christianity?
4. What do you believe was James & John’s motivation for asking Jesus “Who’s the greatest”?
Why do you think the other disciples were indignant?
Were James & John wrong for asking the question?
Were the others wrong by how they reacted?
5. What’s your motivation for being great? (Compare 1 Corinthians 10:31 with John 12:43)
6. What’s Jesus’ definition of greatness? (Luke 9:48; Matthew 20:25-28)
How’s that going for you?
7. In light of Matthew 20:20-28, what are YOU “reasoning”?
Week of March 1 – 7
Text: Genesis 2:18
1. What your favorite memory of your childhood friend?
What’s the greatest act of friendship you’ve ever experienced?
2. What is the difference between a friend and an acquaintance?
3. Are true friendships difficult to achieve? If so, why?
4. Have you been affected by the American epidemic of loneliness? If so, why?
Have you withdrawn from people because of worldly ambitions?
Is social media, video games, cell phones or T.V. part of the problem?
Have you withdrawn from people because you prefer the darkness over the Light? (John 3:19)
5. Have you withdrawn from people because you have been hurt?
Which is worse? The hurt of loneliness? Or the hurt of friends?
Is it easier to forgive old friends? Or get new friends? (Ephesians 4:32)
Why are friendships so painful?
Could there be something sanctifying about painful relationships with friends and family?
6. What does it mean to be devoted to one another in brotherly love? (Romans 12:10)
What does that look like?
Are you doing this?
Week of February 16th – 22th
Text: 1 Samuel 5-6
1. What have you made with your hands that you are proud of?
2. What happened to Dagon? (1 Samuel 5:3-5)
How? In what position? How many times?
What eventually happened to him? Why?
What does this mean?
What did the Philistines do? What did the Philistines think?
3. What happened to the people of Ashdod, Gath, & Ekron? (1 Sam 5:6-12)
What did they do?
4. Read Mark 5:1-7. What did the people of the Gerasenes see? How were they afflicted? What did they do? What should they have done?
5. Have you ever felt afflicted by God?
What did you do about it? What should you do about it?
6. What would you expect the cows to do? (1 Samuel 6:7-12) Why?
What did they do? Why?
What did the Philistines do after seeing this?
If you were a Philistine observer – what would you tell your friends?
7. Have you tested God before?
What have you observed? What have you done?
8. What can we learn about God in this passage?
What can we learn about Man in this passage?
What are you going to do because of this passage?
Week of February 9th – 15th
Text: 1 Samuel 4:1-22
1. Are you superstitious?
Did you grow up with any superstitions?
2. Are there any supersititions in the Church?
What’s the difference between faith and superstition?
3. Why were the Israelites living in defeat?
4. Why get the Ark?
What does the Ark do?
What does the Ark represent?
5. Why did the Ark not help?
What’s wrong with their thinking?
6. How did the enemies of God treat the Ark? (1 Samuel 4:7-8)
7. What are you putting your trust in?
What are we supposed to put our faith in?
8. Israel turned from God & clung to a form of godliness (see 2 Timothy 3:1-5) Are we guilty of doing the same?
What should we do?
Week of November 24th – 30th
Text: Hebrews 13
1. What has stood out to you about our study of the Book of Hebrews?
What has it revealed about Jesus?
What has it revealed about living by faith?
2. How important is it to love one another?
How hard is it to love one another?
Do you see the church like “family”?
3. What do you think about the command to entertain strangers?
When was the last time you opened your home to a stranger?
What are some obstacles to entertaining strangers?
What are some possible ways we can entertain stranger?
4. How can we remember those in prison?
5. How important is it to honor Marriage & Sexual Purity?
How is Marriage viewed & treated by the world?
Why is this important?
What can we do to elevate Marriage?
6. How can you keep your life free from the love of money?
7. How can we honor our spiritual leaders?
Why should we honor our spiritual leaders?
8. What are the two sacrifices mentioned in Hebrews 13:15-16?
How can we do this?
Week of November 17th – 23rd
Text: Hebrews 12
1. What was your favorite sport to play as a child?
What do you remember about practice?
2. What discipline did you receive as a child that you now appreciate?
3. How do your REMAIN faithful to God for the long haul?
4. What kind of things may hinder your faithfulness?
What helps you to be faithful?
5. What joy did Jesus receive from enduring the cross?
What joy can we expect to receive if we endure?
6. What’s the purpose of God’s discipline?
How should you respond to God’s discipline?
7. Hebrews 12:14 commands us to make every effort to 1) live at peace and 2) to be holy. How’s that going for you?
8. What responsibility does a Christian have in regards to bitterness? (see Hebrews 12:15)
9. What is this passage comforts you?
What in this passage make you uneasy?
What in this passage excites you?
Week of November 10th – 16th
Text: Hebrews 11
1.Who displayed great faith in God to you as a child?
2.How important is faith?
3.Do you have faith? How do you know you have faith? What is faith, so that you can know you have it?
4.What verbs describe faith?
5.What about faith do we learn from Abel? Enoch? Abraham? Jacob? Joseph? Moses’ Patents? Moses? Others?
6. What great achievements were accomplished through faith?
7.What price was paid for having faith?
8. How does Hebrews 11 encourage you in your faith?
9.Who are some heroes of faith who inspire you today?
10.How has your faith in God afftected you?
11.What verbs would you use to describe YOUR faith?
Week of October 27th – Nov 2
Text: Hebrews 9
1. What do you remember being off limits to you as a child? What were you told not to touch?
2. List furniture and fixtures of the Tabernacle? (See Exodus 25-40)
What stands out to you?
What is the significance of each item?
3. What do you think might have been your attitude about the Tabernacle if you were a a) Gentile? b) Jew? c) Priest?
4. How does Jesus fit in all of this? (See Hebrews 9:11, 24-28)
5. What is the Holy of Holiest places to you today?
6. Hebrews 9:9 tells us that the earthly Taberbacle is an
illustration. What does it illustrate to you?
7. Where are you in the Tabernacle of God? On the outside?
In the Holy Place? In the Holy of Holies?
Week of October 20th – 26th
1. What are you most prone to forget? (Names? Birthdays? Your “To Do” list? The promises of God? Scripture References?)
2. What is a Covenant?
What is the significance the God initiates the Covenant?
3. What was wrong with the Old Covenant?
What was the purpose of the Old Covenant?
4. What is the significance of the New Covenant?
How does it differ from the Old Covenant?
5. What is the significance of the Old Covenant to those who live by the New Covenant?
6. Are you living by the Old Covenant? Or the New Covenant?
7. What aspect of the New Covenant do you value most? (God’s Law is within you? You belong to God? Knowing God? Having your sins forgiven?)
8. What does the New Covenant require of you?
Week of October 13th – 19th
1. Do you feel that the eyes of the Lord are upon you and that his ears are attentive to your cry?
Psalm 34:15? If not, why not?
2. Do you believe that God hears you when you cry out to him?
Psalm, 34:17, Psalm 10:17
3. Who do you seek out when you are overwhelmed with trouble?
4. What bible verses do you take comfort in during times of heartbreak and trouble?
5. What has been your most difficult trouble? How did you get past it?
6. How have you overcome a broken heart? (a crushed spirit?)
7. How big is your God? Is he able to help you during your times of a broken heart?
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 29th – OCTOBER 5th
TEXT: Hebrews 7
1. What is your impression of priests?
2. What’s the difference between a priest and a preacher?
Why does our church not have a priest?
3. How did Abraham regard Melchizedek? Why?
Why did Abraham tithe to Melchizedek? (Fund Raiser???)
4. What is meant by “perfection” in Hebrews 7:11?
5. Why do you have the audacity (confidence) to think
that you are safe in God’s presence?
6. How do YOU draw near to God?
How did the Israelites draw near to God?
How SHOULD we draw near to God?
7. Is it significant to you that Jesus is your High Priest?
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 22nd – 28th
TEXT: Hebrews 6
1. What are some BIG life lessons you learned when you grew up and left home?
2. How have YOU been enlightened?
How have YOU tasted the heavenly gift?
How have YOU experienced the Holy Spirit?
How have YOU tasted the goodness of God’s Word?
How have YOU tasted the power of God?
3. How have you responded?
4. Have you ever fallen? (See Proverbs 24:16)
5. Can you identify with the Prodigal Son?
6. Have you ever struggled to accept God’s Grace? (See John 6:37; Romans 5:20)
7. Does God expect you to be perfect?
8. What does God expect you to do?
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 15th – 21st
TEXT: Hebrews 5
1. Describe some of your childish ways that you are grateful you grew out of:
2. Describe spiritual childishness:
3. What’s the problem? (Hebrews 5:11)
4. What’s the remedy? (Hebrews 5:14)
5. What’s the goal? (Hebrews 5:14)
6. Is discernment lacking among Christians today?
7. Give some examples of how you have grown as a Christian.
8. How would the world be better if Christians were more Spiritually mature?
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 8th – 14tt
TEXT: Hebrews 5
1. What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
2. What does rest mean to you? Do you associate rest with religion?
3. What do you believe the Promised Rest in Hebrews 4:1 is talking about? Is is something in the future? Or something available now? (See Hebrews 4:3;Psalm 62:1)
4. How would you describe God’s rest (Hebrews 4:10) to someone who is not a Christian?
5. What “efforts” (Hebrews 4:11) can help you enter God’s rest? (See Matthew 11:28-30, John 6:27-29)
6. What does it mean that God’s Word is living and active? That is penetrates? (Hebrews 4:12)
7. How has obeying God’s Word brought you rest?
8. What is God saying to you in the passage?
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 1st – 7th
TEXT: Hebrews 3
1. When did you first encounter the Power, Presence, Provisions of God?
2. Did the Israelites experience all of this? Then, why the bitter water? Why no food? Why the giants? Why were they afraid of the giants? (Numbers 13:31) What was their problem?
3. Do you see any similarities between the Israelites and the Church today?
4. How’s your heart? How’s your faith? What keeps you obedient to God?
5. Are you having any difficulties trusting God? (See Hebrews 3:12)
6. How do YOU need to be encouraged to live by faith? (See Hebrews 3:13)
7. How can we encourage others to live by faith? (See Hebrews 3:13)
8. How can we encourage one another to encourage one another so that we are a church full of encouragers?