Reconciliation:  Accomplished and Applied

Colossians 1:21-23

 

NOTICE: The emphasis of our discussion is to see how the Written Word (Bible) and the Spoken Word (Preaching) work together to build up the believer, so when you see WORD in the questions, know it refers to the Scripture and the Sermon.

 

Recap:

  1. Does anyone have a testimony of how last week’s WORD transformed the last 7 days?

Engage

  1. Read Colossians 1:21-23 and point out anything significant that stands out in the text.

 

  1. Create one clear and concise statement to be the Take Home Truth of Sunday’s WORD.

Reflect: 

  1. How does the WORD’s description of the unreconciled world (see v. 21 and Romans 8:6-8) differ from the pervading voice of the culture that speaks of humanity’s inherent goodness?

 

  1. How does the WORD and 2 Corinthians 5:21 display the magnificent transformation that Christ can have on the human heart by reconciling us to God?

 

Respond

  1. One of the enemy’s favorite tactics is to persuade believers that the bad news of verse 21 is still true. How does verse 22 help you counter his voice of shame, regret, and guilt?

 

  1. In light of Paul’s “if” in regard to our perseverance in the faith, what strategies and Scriptures do you use to help you remain “stable and steadfast”?

 

  1. What areas of your life need to change this week in light of the WORD?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Sing of Christ’s Supremacy

Colossians 1:18-20

 

NOTICE: The emphasis of our discussion is to see how the Written Word (Bible) and the Spoken Word (Preaching) work together to build up the believer, so when you see WORD in the questions, know it refers to the Scripture and the Sermon.

 

Recap:

  1. Does anyone have a testimony of how last week’s WORD transformed the last 7 days?

Engage

  1. Read Colossians 1:18-20 and point out anything significant that stands out in the text.

 

  1. Create one clear and concise statement to be the Take Home Truth of Sunday’s WORD.

Reflect: 

  1. According to the WORD, why is Jesus qualified to be the head of His church, and how do you see Him functioning in this role?

 

  1. Richard referred to 2 Timothy 3:1-5. How does this example of the world’s resistance to Christ’s headship manifest itself in today’s world?

 

Respond

  1. What areas of your life need to change this week in light of the WORD?

  2. In what ways (or at what times) do oppressive voices tell you that you are not good enough to serve the Lord? What strategy do you employ when those voices tell you that you are so far beneath the level of a “real Christian” that you should just give up?

He Will Hold Me Fast

Colossians 1:15-17

 

NOTICE: The emphasis of our discussion is to see how the Written Word (Bible) and the Spoken Word (Preaching) work together to build up the believer, so when you see WORD in the questions, know it refers to the Scripture and the Sermon.

 

Recap:

  1. Does anyone have a testimony of how last week’s WORD transformed the last 7 days?

Engage

  1. Read Colossians 1:15-17 and point out anything significant that stands out in the text.

 

  1. Create one clear and concise statement to be the Take Home Truth of Sunday’s WORD.

Reflect: 

  1. Read John 1:1-18 to supplement the preached text. What did the WORD reveal about the character of God?

 

  1. Cynics accuse Jesus of being an egomaniac by creating all things FOR HIM. How did the message help you understand “for Him” to be a purpose that reveals His love and concern for people?

 

Respond

  1. What areas of your life need to change this week in light of the WORD?

 

  1. As the firstborn of creation, Jesus has authority over the Father’s “estate” (the world). How does his authoritative command to make disciples in all the world affect you when cultural voices pressure you to be silent (Matthew 28:18-19)?

  2. The complexity and precision of the universe – along with the detailed plans of God’s control of history as revealed in Scripture, point to God’s control of all things.  “He holds ALL things together.” (V17).  Therefore, why do we sometimes struggle to believe that God is at work in our individual trials?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue

Colossians 1:12-15

 

Note: The emphasis of our discussion is to see how the Written Word (Bible) and the Spoken Word (Preaching) work together to build up the believer, so when you see WORD in the questions, you know it refers to the Scriptures and the Sermon.

 

Recap:

  1. Does anyone have a testimony of how last week’s WORD transformed the last 7 days?

Engage

  1. Read Colossians 1:12-15 and point out anything significant that stands out in the text.

 

  1. Create one clear and concise statement to be the Take Home Truth of Sunday’s Word.

 

  1. Read John 14:8-11. How does Jesus show Phillip and the disciples that he is the fullness of God?

 

Reflect:

  1. In Colossians 1:18, He is referred to as preeminent (supreme, superior, and unrivaled) what does this mean for our lives? What are we qualified through Christ to inherit?

 

  1. Have you experienced seasons of life where you grew in knowledge about the faith but not in love for Christ? How do you make sure that your knowledge is creating an increase love for Jesus?

Respond:

 

  1. In what ways do you long to see the supremacy of Jesus more revealed in your life? What is one practical area of your life you can commit to change this week, in light of the WORD?

 

  1. How Does the WORD lead you to live on mission? Be practical and specific.

Four Elements of Pastoral Prayers for the Church
Colossians 1:1-14

By John Chambers
4/21/2024

NOTE: The emphasis of our discussion is to see how the Written Word (Bible) and the Spoken Word (Preaching) work together to build up the believer, so when you see WORD in the questions, know it refers to the Scripture and the Sermon.
Recap:
1. Does anyone have a testimony of how last week’s WORD transformed the last 7 days?


Engage:
2. Read Colossians 1:1-14 and point out anything significant that stands out in the text.


3. Create one clear and concise statement to be the Take Home Truth of Sunday’s WORD.
Reflect:


4. What did the WORD reveal about the character of God?


5. What did the WORD reveal about our need for one another within the church?


6. John talked about 3 Works of the Gospel (hear, experience, and share). How has the Gospel transformed your life in ways that you never imagined? How has your transformation impacted the lives of others in ways you may have never thought about?
Respond:


7. What is one practical area of your life you can commit to change this week in light of the WORD?


8. How does the WORD lead you to live on mission? Be practical and specific.

By Grace You Have Been Saved

Ephesians 2:1-10

By Richard Smith

4/14/2024

 

NOTICE: The emphasis of our discussion is to see how the Written Word (Bible) and the Spoken Word (Preaching) work together to build up the believer, so when you see WORD in the questions, know it refers to the Scripture and the Sermon.

 

Recap:

  1. Does anyone have a testimony of how last week’s WORD transformed the last 7 days?

Engage

  1. Read Ephesians 2:1-10 and point out anything significant that stands out in the text.

 

  1. Create one clear and concise statement to be the Take Home Truth of Sunday’s WORD.

Reflect: 

  1. What did the WORD reveal about the character of God?

 

  1. What did the WORD expose about the state of mankind?

 

  1. Richard used a story of a car accident on the side of the road to help illustrate the work of Christ in saving us. How does that story relate to your personal testimony of being saved by the Gospel?

 

Respond

  1. What areas of your life need to change this week in light of the WORD?

 

  1. How does the WORD lead you to live on mission? Be practical and specific.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respect the Book God Wrote

Revelation 22:18-19

By Richard Smith

4/7/2024

NOTICE: The emphasis of our discussion is to see how the Written Word (Bible) and the Spoken Word (Preaching) work together to build up the believer, so when you see WORD in the questions, know it refers to the Scripture and the Sermon.

Recap:

  1. Does anyone have a testimony of how last week’s WORD transformed the last 7 days?

Engage:

         2. Read Revelation 5:1-14 and point out anything significant that stands out in the text.

         3. Create one clear and concise statement to be the Take Home Truth of Sunday’s WORD.

Reflect:

        4. What did the WORD reveal about the character of God?

        5. What did the WORD expose about the state of mankind? Also, consider looking at Revelation 22:18-19.

        6. Revelation 22:18-19 presents a stern warning to those who add and/or take away from God’s Word. Reflect on what that warning does and does not mean.

Respond:

         7. What areas of your life need to change this week in light of the WORD?

         8. How does the WORD lead you to live on mission? Be practical and specific.

 

Easter Sunday Sermon Discussion Questions

NOTICE: The emphasis of our discussion is to see how the Written Word (Bible) and the Spoken Word (Preaching) work together to build up the believer, so when you see WORD in the questions, know it refers to the Scripture and the Sermon.

  1. Read Revelation 22:12-21 and point out anything significant that stands out in the text.

  2. Create one clear and concise statement to be the take home truth of Sunday’s message.

  3. What did the WORD reveal about the character of God? Also, consider looking at Isaiah 44:6-8.

  4. What did the WORD expose about the state of mankind? Also, consider looking at Isaiah 55:1-2.

  5. Scripture is clear that God is responsible for cleansing people of their sins, and yet the text blesses people “who wash their robes.” Discuss the tension and use other verses that come to mind.

  6. What areas of your life need to change this week in light of the WORD?

  7. How does the WORD lead you to live on mission? Be practical and specific.

Your Lowly King of Peace is Coming

Luke 19:28-44

By Caleb Crittendon

3/24/24 Palm Sunday

 

Take Home Truth: Jesus is longing for all to experience His Peace.

Christ-Connection: The King is coming, do not miss Him.

Recap:

  1. What changes did you make last week to show more compassion towards others?

Engage

  1. After reading Luke 19:28-44, describe as many attributes of Jesus as you can.

 

  1. Take a quick look at one or two of the other Gospel accounts of the triumphal entry (Matt. 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, and John 12:12-19) and discuss the details that different authors chose to bring to light.

Reflect: 

  1. What actions can you take to ensure you do not miss God’s pursuit of you?

 

  1. What evidence do you see of humanity’s longing for peace, and how are the world’s substitutes failing to satisfy?

 

Respond

  1. Caleb said, “How you respond to Jesus on the colt is how He will respond to you on the White Horse.” Do you see Jesus’ return as a message of peace or condemnation?

 

  1. Like the people who laid down their cloaks and praised Jesus (Luke 19:35;37-38), how are you going to show excitement/honor towards Jesus this week? How might you share the news of peace with others?

 

“Compassion that Creates Mission”

Matthew 9:35-38

Take-Home Truth:  We need to see people differently, as Jesus does, in order to have compassion for them.

Christ-Connection: Christ is the example of the compassion for others we should model and the mission we should have in our lives.

Recap: (Talk about last week)

  1. How has an increased focus on Christ’s return encouraged you to flee from sin this past week?

Engage: (Observe the passage and engage with the text)

  1. Read Matthew 9:35-38 and discuss how Jesus sets the example of going on mission?

  2. Discuss the metaphor change from sheep/shepherd to harvest/laborer in verses 36 and 37.

Reflect: (Reflect upon the key take-aways from the sermon)

  1. Phud gave us many definitions of harassed in verse 36. Who are the “harassed” in our world today?

  2. Why is it difficult for us to have compassion for other people?

  3. What in your life inhibits you from having time available for compassion to others?

Respond: (Apply the truths of God’s Word to your heart, affections, and actions)

  1. What changes can you make this week to have more compassion toward others?

  2. Who in your circle is “harassed” that God is leading you to reach out to this week?