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April 21, 2019, 11:00 AM

Questions from Easter


The primary passage presented on 21 April 2019 was 1 Corinthians 15:1-8,12-20.  The resurrection of Christ is real and necessary.  He is risen!

1.  What are your favorite childhood memories of Easter?  How do they relate to the resurrection of Christ?

2.  In your own words describe Paul's argument for the resurrection of Christ in 1 Corinthians 15.

3.  How does his argument relate to our own afterlife?

4.  The latter part of the chapter addresses the resurrection body believers will enjoy.  Read verses 35-58

5.  Will we have a physical body after this current body dies?

6.  When will be experience the new body?

7.  What will be the substance and nature of the new body?

8.  We do not know for sure.  Compare to Christ's resurrected body as presented in the Gospels.

9.  Re-read 1 Corinthians 15:58.  Jesus' resurrection is real, and it matters.  Read verse 20, and celebrate!

 




April 14, 2019, 11:00 AM

Questions - Who Is This Man?


These questions relate to the sermon on Palm Sunday, 14 April 2019, Who Is This Man.  The primary passage is Matthew 21:1-11.

1.  Which gospel account of Holy Week did you read this week?

2.  Did you look for differences in the gospels accounts?  What did you find?

3.  What significant family lived in Bethany and what miracle happened with that family?

4.  Might that family have been seen and been with the crowds on Palm Sunday? (John 12)

5.  What are some of the indications of a change in Jesus' demeanor in Matthew 21 (whole chapter)?

6.  Read Zechariah 9:9-10 and Isaiah 62:11-12.  Compare to Matthew 21:5.

7.  Read Psalm 118.

8.  If Jesus had ridden into Jerusalem on a stallion and led a rebellion against Rome, for how long would Israel have been faithful to him?  Would people today be any different?

9.  Who is this man?

 




April 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

Questions - Spiritual Gifts


These questions relate to the sermon on 7 April 2019, Spiritual Gifts.  The primary scripture is 1 Corinthians 12:1-11.  This is by no means an exhaustive lesson on spiritual gifts,  It is more of an introduction based on a small part of chapter 12 which must be taken within a larger context.  This is mentioned because there are so many erroneous beliefs about spiritual gifts and public worship which are based on small pieces of scripture not tempered by a larger context.

1.  This passage is primarily about gifts used during corporate worship.  Discuss ways in which you see gifts become apparent in worship, both normal ways and unusual ways.

2.  The sermon focused on three questions: (discuss and answer the questions)

  • What are spiritual gifts?
  • Who receives spiritual gifts?
  • What is the purpose of spiritual gifts?

3.  Read the following scriptures with listing or mention of particular gifts:  1 Cor 12:8-10, 28-30; 1 Cor 13:1-3; 1 Cor 14:1-3 (representative of the whole chapter); Romans 12:6-8; 1 Peter 4:10-11.

4.  How do we distinguish between natural gifts and spiritual gifts?  Which are God given?  Should we distinguish the difference?

5.  What would happen in church if every believer were allowed and willing to work out their gifting?

If you would like to take a spiritual gifts survey, you may use this free one:  https://gifts.churchgrowth.org/spiritual-gifts-survey   It takes about 15 minutes, and it asks you to create a login at the end which requires an email address.  As with any survey, input from people who know you should be gathered to help measure the validity of the results.  You and the people around you probably know your gifts, but surveys can help provide language.

 

 

 




March 17, 2019, 11:00 AM

Lord's Supper Worship


These questions relate to the sermon on March 17, 2019, Lord's Supper Worship.  The primary passage is 1 Corinthians 11:23-29.

1.  Have you ever attended or participated in a communion event that you believe did not honor the Lord?  If so, what was the problem?

2.  Who should be allowed to participate in communion? 

3.  Who should serve communion?

4.  How often and where should communion be observed?

5.  According to 1 Corinthians 11:23, from where or whom did Paul receive his instruction regarding the Lord's Supper?

6.  How would you describe the meaning of the event to a non-believer?

7.  How are we proclaiming the Gospel by participating in the Lord's Supper?

8.  What other New Testament scriptures help inform us regarding communion?

The first part of chapter 11 is about head coverings during prayer and teaching.  If you are interested in hearing more on this topic, the following sermons by Alistair Begg are recommended:  

https://www.truthforlife.org/resources/sermon/man-woman-in-biblical-persp1/

https://www.truthforlife.org/resources/sermon/man-woman-in-biblical-perspt2/




February 24, 2019, 5:19 PM

Questions - Rules and Freedom


These questions relate to the sermon presented on February 24, 2019, Rules And Freedom.  The primary scripture is 1 Corinthians 8.

1.  What is the craziest religious rule you have ever been required to follow?  How did you determine if the rule was valid or not according to scripture?

2.  Have you ever been in a time and place in which you were concerned about being presented with food that was previously offered to idols or some religious practice which might make the food unholy?  Would you like to describe the event?

3.  Review what you remember from the sermon, know from other sources, or find in the Bible about the presence of meat in Corinth during the first century that would have been part of pagan temple worship.

4.  There seemed to in Corinth a conflict between groups in the church.  Perhaps one group favored the strict prohibition of meat that could have come from a pagan sacrifice.  Maybe the other group expressed their freedom in Christ to eat whatever they pleased?  How did Paul address this conflict in the first three verses of chapter 8?

5.  From the first three verses, what principles can you detect that would help us today deal with doctrinal conflict in the church?

6.  What is the work of love in the church?  How does this happen?  How does it temper knowledge?

7.  How will you teach (or have you taught) your children to navigate issues in which there is no clear biblical mandate, but which are crucial to relationships among believers and non-believers?

8.  What current issues  might be helped by the principles you have discussed?

9.  Does this chapter or the situational negotiation apply to all types of sin?

10. What other scriptures help interpret and apply 1 Corinthians 8?

 


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