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August 19, 2018, 4:05 PM

Questions - Repent and Be Baptized

These questions relate to the sermon on 19 August 2018, Repent And Be Baptized.   You can hear the sermon on this website, under the sermon tab.  The primary passages are Acts 2:22-24; 36-39.

1.  How does the Holy Spirit relate to non-believers?

2.  Read Acts 2 and summarize Peter's argument for believing that Jesus is Messiah.

3.  How should we communicate this message today in a non-Jewish culture?

4.  How do we know that Joel 2:28-32 was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost?   Does Joel's writing continue to apply to the church age?

5.  How is Psalm 16:8-11 fulfilled by the resurrection of Christ?  (These are good examples of the New Testament commenting on the Old Testament.)

6.  Can you explain how Peter concluded that King David must have been prophesying about someone other than himself?

7.  Read Acts 2:42-47.  From this passage, what should church people be doing?

8.  When and where were the 3,000 baptized?  (v. 41)

August 14, 2018, 10:48 AM

Questions - Spirit Ears

The following questions relate to the sermon from 12 August, Spirit Ears.  There were several key scriptures in the message:  John 14:15-31; John 7:37-39; Psalm 42:1-2; Psalm 63:1; and Ephesians 4:17-32.

This message is in a series regarding Spiritual Disciplines which support the Disciple Character we want to build.  This particular discipline, hearing the Holy Spirit, is not separate from praying or understanding scripture; but it is considered separately because our tradition has neglected the work of the Holy Spirit.  We desparately need to learn to hear and yield to the Holy Spirit.

1.  How do you know if you have the Holy Spirit?

2.  If the Holy Spirit indwells us, why would we need refilling?

3.  Who or what regulates the Spirit's influence?

4.  How do we position ourselves to be filled by the Holy Spirit?

5.  How do you personally identify the voice of the Spirit?

6.  If there is a particular scripture you would like for LBC to adopt as a motto for seeking the Spirit, what is it?


August 9, 2018, 1:37 PM

The Temple of the Holy Spirit

These questions relate to the sermon from 5 August 2018, "The Temple of the Holy Spirit."  The primary text was Acts 2:1-4. Other texts mentioned that may be spur further discussion are: 2 Chronicles 7:1-3Exodus 40:34-38Deuteronomy 15:7-11, and  Acts 4:32-37.

  1. Why is the Holy Spirit important for Christians?
  2. What was the significance of Pentecost? (Re-read Acts 2:1-4)
  3. What are the differences between God’s presence in the Old Testament (Temple/ Tabernacle references in 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 and Exodus 40:34-38) and New Testament (Pentecost)?
  4. Have you ever considered yourself to be the temple of the Holy Spirit? (Read 1 Corinthians 6:19).
  5. How does the concept of you being God’s mobile temple connect with the Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20?
  6. Is it hard for you to let go of control and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Explain
  7. Do you desire to be God’s Mobile temple to the spiritually rebellious and lost? Why or why not?
  8. Is there something stopping you from being God’s mobile temple?

July 29, 2018, 4:25 PM

Questions - Holy Who?

 These questions relate to the sermon on 29 July 2018, Holy Who?  The beginning passage is Matthew 3:13-17, but there are many references mentioned in the sermon.  This sermon is also posted on the website under the sermons tab.

Note to group leaders:  You will have to choose carefully for your group.  These questions when fully discussed might take several hours.  Encourage your group to do some of the work before group meeting.  Also, Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem provides good teaching on these topics in the chapters on the Trinity and The Work of The Holy Spirit.  The sermon leans on this source.  A copy is available in the pastor's office and in the library.  In addition sermons or articles by John Piper and Alistair Begg might be helpful.

1.  Discuss how you describe or have described the Holy Spirit.

2. How do you explain the Trinity?

3.  Identify how the three persons of the Trinity were visibly and audibly present at Jesus' baptism; Matthew 3:13-17.

4.  Does the Holy Spirit still become visibly and audibly manifest today?  In what kind of circumstances?

5.  The work of the Holy Spirit was presented in four parts:  empowering, purifying, revealing, and unifying.  One category at a time, discuss your experience.  (This might take a while.)

6.  Discuss biblical references to the different kinds of work of the Spirit.  These were mentioned in the sermon:  Genesis 1; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:10; John 16:8-11; Acts 7:5; Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 8:16; Acts 15:28.  There are many more.  We hardly scratched the surface of the Old Testament.

7.  What keeps us from experiencing the work of the Holy Spirit?

8.  How much of the Holy Spirit do you want?

July 22, 2018, 5:16 PM

Questions - Discipline of Learning Scripture

These questions relate to the sermon on 22 July 2018, Discipline of Learning Scripture.  

1.  Just for discussion - What have been the most significant experiences of this summer so far and why?

2.  What are your early recollections of learning to learn scripture?  Describe the context and how it affected you.

3.  Have you had to unlearn bad interpretations or bad habits in regard to learning scripture?

4.  Discuss methods and tools that are helpful to your Bible learning in the following categories:

  • reading
  • meditating
  • memorizing
  • learning about the Bible (education)

5.  If you have experience with scripture memory, how does the Word surface at useful times?

6.  The sermon was based from Psalm 119:9-16.  Also read Psalm 1:1-3; Joshua 1:8; and 2 Timothy 3:16.  What other scriptures about learning scripture are helpful to you?

7.  How would you help your children or a new believer develop a discipline of learning scripture?

8.  Keep in mind that we are presenting spiritual disciplines, the practices and habits that help us form disciple character: walking in faith, abiding in Christ, loving one another, and bearing much fruit.


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