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December 30, 2018, 12:00 AM

Questions - The Old and The New

These questions relate to the sermon on 30 December, 2018, The Old and The New.  The primary scripture is Isaiah 43:1-21.  Regardless of circumstances we know God will provide for, protect, and redeem his people.  The sermon can be heard on this website under the "sermons" tab.

1.  What were the defining experiences of 2018 for you?

2.  What are your expectations for 2019?

3.  What kind of resolutions have you made?

4.  In this chapter of Isaiah he was fortelling the redemption of Israel after they were in Babylonian exile.  You might want to re-read the passage or start from 42:18 for more background.  What was the basis for hope according to Isaiah' message?

5.  How does verse 1 define God's relationship with Israel?

6.  What does that say about God's character?

7.  What past works of redemption/salvation are described?

8.  How do God's past works help our faith?

9.  In verses 18-19, what is God going to do?

10.  In what ways are you expecting God to work in 2019?

December 29, 2018, 3:53 PM

Questions - Good News

This blog entry relates to the sermon on December 23, 2018, Good News.  The primary scripture was Luke 2:8-20, the story of the shepherds when Jesus was born.

Where are you on the shepherd scale?

  • have you heard the news?
  • have you responded positively?
  • have you taken action?
  • have you had personal experience with Jesus?
  • are you telling what you heard and what you have seen?
  • have you returned to Jesus to worship?


December 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

Questions - Like A Boy Scout

The following questions are meant to relate to the sermon on 16 December 2018, Like A Boy Scout.  The primary scripture is 1 Peter 3:13-18.

1.  How excited have you been over the last week to share the gospel with someone?

2.  What fears or concerns disuade you from talking to people about their faith?

3.  You can see the original recipients of Peter's letter in 1 Peter 1:1.  Those people lived in a time and place in which persecution for being a Christian was very real.  How does that reality change your understanding of 3:13-14?

4.  What did Peter say to do with the questions or accusations of people?

5.  What steps do you need to take to be more prepared to share your faith?

6.  If your group is interested in training for personal evangelism, please let the church staff know.

A good book on the topic is Organic Outreach For Ordinary People, by Kevin G. Harney.

December 12, 2018, 5:37 PM

Questions - Multiply By Telling

The following questions relate to the sermon on December 9, 2018, Multiply By Telling.  The primary scripture is Ephesians 2:1-10.

1.  Why should every follower of Jesus speak the gospel message to the best of their ability?  (Romans 10:13-15)

2.  What are some prerequisites to being able to talk to someone about faith?

3.  What did Paul mean in this Ephesians passage by saying, "You were dead?"  How can he be talking to someone who was previously dead?  Who is included?

4.  If we were dead, what changed?

5.  What or who makes life available according to this scripture?

6.  Define these three terms:  justice, mercy, grace.

7.  Discuss what Paul means "by grace, throug faith."

8.  Re-read Ephesians 2:8-10.  Do you feel like God's handiwork?  Are you seeing what has been laid out to do?  Need any prayer along these lines?




November 18, 2018, 3:59 PM

Questions - Deacon Service

The following questions relate to the sermon on 18 November 2018, Deacon Service.  The primary scriptures are Acts 6:1-7 and 1 Timothy 3:8-13.  The sermon is available on this website.

1.  Review the circumstances of Acts 6; the newness of the church, rapid growth, etc.

2.  Note that there was a bit of ethnic conflict among the new believers.  Those of Greek origin said their people were being neglected in food distribution.  Hellenistic and Hebraic Jews refers to their geographic and potentially ethnic differences.

3.  Note that all seven of the men chosen had Greek names rather than Hebrew names.

4.  What were the two qualifications specified by the Apostles?  Who made the selection?

5.  What can be learned from Acts 6:7 in regard to the success of the original deacon plan?

6.  Read the remainder of Acts 6.  Compare Stephen's character to the deacon qualifications set out by the Apostles.

7.  Read 1 Timothy 3:8-13.  Without relying on any other source, what qualifications do you discern from this passage?

Church by-laws which describe LBC requirements for and the process for deacon selection are available from the church office.

Please pray as you consider who should be selected as deacons in the coming year.


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