The Need of Every Life

What is Salvation?
The Need of Every Life
John 3:1-36

4 Truths of Salvation and How to apply them to Our Lives:

  1. Salvation: described as being born again. (John 3:1-12)
  2. Salvation: indicating that faith in Jesus is absolutely necessary. (John 3:13-21)
  3. Salvation: not from religious works or ceremonies, but from Christ alone. (John 3:22-30)
  4. Salvation: always demands a response. (John 3:31-36)

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. When have you felt like you wanted to start life all over again?
  2. Why do people like to get new things (such as clothes, cars, or gadgets)?
  3. What is the best gift you have ever received?
  4. How would you feel if a friend received more recognition than you for something you both did?
  5. What makes someone’s testimony about an event seem either credible or incredible?
  6. To what group did Nicodemus belong? (John 3:1)
  7. At what time did Nicodemus visit Jesus? (John 3:2)
  8. Why did Nicodemus believe Jesus was from God? (John 3:2)
  9. What is the qualification for seeing the kingdom of God? (John 3:3)
  10. What did Nicodemus think Jesus meant when He said that a person must be born again? (John 3:4)
  11. What is required to enter the kingdom of God? (John 3:5-6)
  12. How did Jesus compare the wind to the Spirit? (John 3:8)
  13. Why should Nicodemus have understood what Jesus said? (John 3:10)
  14. About what category of things did Jesus say He was talking? (John 3:12)
  15. Who did Jesus say had gone to heaven? (John 3:13)
  16. How did Jesus compare Moses’ snake with the Son of Man? (John 3:14)
  17. What is the result of believing in the Son of Man? (John 3:15, 18)
  18. How did God demonstrate His love for the world? (John 3:16)
  19. Why did God send His Son into the world? (John 3:17)
  20. How does the person who lives by truth respond to the light? (John 3:19-21)
  21. What did Jesus do with His disciples in the Judean countryside? (John 3:22)
  22. What was John doing at Aenon? (John 3:23)
  23. What eventually happened to John? (John 3:24)
  24. What took place between John’s disciples and some Jews? (John 3:25)
  25. What news did John receive? (John 3:26)
  26. What did John say a person can receive? (John 3:27)
  27. Who did John say he was, as well as who he wasn’t? (John 3:28)
  28. How did John describe his feelings about Jesus becoming more important than him? (3:29)
  29. What did John say about his future status? (John 3:30)
  30. What did John say about Jesus’ future status? (John 3:30)
  31. Who is above all? (John 3:31)
  32. What did Jesus come to say? (John 3:32)
  33. What did the people do who accepted Jesus’ testimony? (John 3:33)
  34. What did the person whom God sent do? (John 3:34)
  35. What has the Father done for the Son? (John 3:35)
  36. What is the result of either believing or rejecting the Son? (John 3:36)
  37. When would you say you were born again?
  38. How would you describe what it means to be born again to someone?
  39. What were some of the circumstances that led you to Jesus?
  40. What were some of the things that caused you to believe that Jesus is the Son of God?
  41. Why are spiritual truths often hard to understand?
  42. What are a few spiritual truths that you struggle to understand?
  43. How does God’s gift of His Son affect our lives?
  44. How can a person live by the light?
  45. In what way do people only receive what is given to them from God?
  46. Why is it sometimes hard to give God credit?
  47. How are we like John?
  48. What are some areas in which you struggle with being humble?
  49. How can we certify that God is truthful in our lives?
  50. How would you describe your relationship with Jesus?
  51. How does a person reject the Son?
  52. What are the consequences of rejecting the Son?
  53. How will you change your daily routine to better appreciate and enjoy God’s gift of His Son?
  54. For what specific spiritual truths will you seek answers this week?
  55. How can you give Jesus the place of prominence He deserves in your life today?
  56. What can you do this week to show that God is truthful in your life?
  57. In what area of your life will you ask God to help you to be more humble?

Spring Retreat 2018 for Students


Spring Retreat @
Camp Silver Beach
March 23 – 25

Come join us for a weekend getaway of Bible study, fellowship, fun and more! Our theme is “Revival Not Survival.”

Many students are merely going through the motions of life and just trying to survive their culture instead of being the transformational life changers God has called them to be. We want to fix that problem! We want to change the conversation. We want students to live life believing that not only can revival in our world be a reality, but they can also be a part of it!

COST: $75
Cost includes 2 nights lodging, 4 meals, Alpine Tower experience and more!
(Checks can be made out to KGBC)

We will leave the church at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, March 23rd. (Please eat dinner before you come!) We will return on Sunday around noon (after the 11:00 service.)

***All forms and money are due by March 11th!***

[ Silver Beach Waiver Form ]
[ Retreat Registration and Consent Form ]

A Life that Misses Him

How Should We Respond to Jesus?
A Life That Misses Him
John 2:12-25

5 Ways A Life can miss the truth of Jesus

  1. When we become satisfied with religious convenience. (John 2:12-14)
    1. The sacrifices were right onsite, no need to travel with animals used in the sacrifice.
    2. There was obvious commotion, with all the activity in the courtyard.
    3. Whatever was going on, it was disturbing to Jesus.
  2. When we are driven by our own personal gain. (John 2:15)
    1. The exchanges were on commission.
    2. We cannot serve God and money. (Luke 16:13)
    3. We are working for what profit? (Mark 8:36)
  3. When we do not honor what is dedicated to God. (John 2:16-17)
    1. The commerce was abusing worship, God, and others.
    2. Is this house dedicated to the Father or simply a place to get my personal needs met?
    3. We are the temple of God (Romans 12:1)
  4. When we have more religion than we do relationship. (John 2:18-21)
    1. Church attendance is not the end goal.
    2. How to keep teenagers from graduating God and the church after they graduate from high school?
      1. A meaningful relationship with Christian parents.
      2. A relationship with a mentor who is not a parent.
      3. A dynamic relationship with Jesus.
  5. When we ignore the condition of our heart.(John 2:22-25)
    1. If we are not following, we are not believing.
    2. They believed in Jesus, but he did not entrust himself to them.
      1. “Entrust” is the same word “believe” in the previous verse.
      2. While they believed in Jesus, he did not believe in them – may this never be said of us as a church, or me as an individual.
      3. God help us to avoid shallow or superficial faith.

Questions for Further Study:

  1. How do you feel after a much-needed bath or shower?
  2. Why do we put off necessary cleaning (such as the bedroom, car, or garage)?
  3. With whom did Jesus go to Capernaum? (John 2:12)
  4. What time was it when Jesus went to Jerusalem? (John 2:13)
  5. What did Jesus find in the temple courts? (John 2:14)
  6. What did Jesus do in the temple courts? (John 2:15)
  7. How did Jesus respond to those who were selling doves? (John 2:16)
  8. What did Jesus’ disciples remember? (John 2:17)
  9. What did the Jews demand from Jesus? (John 2:18)
  10. How did Jesus respond to the demand from the Jews? (John 2:19)
  11. What temple did the Jews think Jesus was talking about? (John 2:20)
  12. What temple was Jesus talking about? (John 2:21)
  13. When did the disciples remember what Jesus had said? (John 2:22)
  14. How did the people respond to Jesus’ miracles? (John 2:23)
  15. What was Jesus’ response to those who believed in Him? (John 2:24-25)
  16. How has Jesus cleansed our lives?
  17. What does Jesus still need to clear out of our lives?
  18. What do we demand from Jesus?
  19. How do we attempt to use the church to our own advantage?
  20. In what ways do people accuse the church or believers of being corrupt or hypocritical?
  21. What sign has Jesus given us to believe in?
  22. Why is it sometimes hard to recognize how God is working in our lives?
  23. What will you ask Jesus to clear out of your life this week?
  24. What demanding attitude do you need to change today?

A Life That Obeys Him

How Should We Respond to Jesus?
A Life That Obeys Him
John 2:1-11

We often associate obedience with something negative, but it also provides freedom… Ken’s illustration of the purchased slave being set free. You mean I can go wherever I want, do what I want, be whatever I want? Yes. Then I choose to be with you.

5 Questions that Help Define Obedience to Jesus:

  1. Do we recognize our desperate need for Jesus in the routine matters of life? (John 2:1-3) – Ken emphasized the common place, people, public gathering, and practical need. If we don’t trust Jesus with the details, we have a pseudo-faith.
  2. How well do we know Jesus? (John 2:4) – When Jesus used the term “woman” he was emphasizing the change in his identity. He was moving from a familiar context to a formal Christ.
  3. Are we prepared to trust Him before we ever get the details? (John 2:5) – Mary tells them to do whatever he asks. He is the authority, don’t let fear stop us.
  4. How much do we value Jesus including us in His work? (John 2:6-8) – Jesus does not just speak the miracle but involves others to make it happen. 2 Corinthians 3:6 refers to our being made adequate.
  5. Do we really understand that Jesus’ way is far better than anything we could ever achieve or offer? (John 2:9-11) – the disciples were invited to observe and become believers. We are called to the best life, not one of mediocrity.

Be the empty pot and allow Jesus to fill us as he sees fit. What we bring is never enough but Jesus can change what we are into what he needs us to be. Allow Jesus to fill us to the brim.

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. Why are people interested in miraculous or supernatural events?
  2. What makes an event miraculous or supernatural?
  3. What supernatural or miraculous events have you witnessed?
  4. Where did the wedding take place? (John 2:1)
  5. Who was at the wedding? (John 2:1-2)
  6. What did Jesus’ mother say to Him? (John 2:3)
  7. What was Jesus’ response to His mother? (John 2:4)
  8. How did Jesus’ mother respond to His reply? (John 2:5)
  9. What were the water jars used for? (John 2:6)
  10. What did Jesus tell the servants to do? (John 2:7)
  11. To whom did the servants take the water? (John 2:8)
  12. What happened to the water? (John 2:9)
  13. What was the banquet master’s response? (John 2:10)
  14. Why did Jesus perform this miracle? (John 2:11)
  15. How did Jesus’ disciples respond to this miracle? (John 2:11)
  16. How have you had faith in Jesus’ power this week?
  17. What is something you would like Jesus to change in your life?
  18. What recent miracle has Jesus done in your life?
  19. How does Jesus reveal His glory to us today?
  20. In what ways has Jesus transformed you into a new person?
  21. How has Jesus given you a new life?
  22. What things has Jesus done that have caused you to have faith in Him?
  23. What is one specific habit or characteristic you will ask God to change in your life this week?
  24. How will you enjoy today the new life Jesus has given you?

Students Spring Retreat 2018

Spring Retreat
Camp Silver Beach
March 23 – 25

Registration begins February 11, 2018.

 

At A Glance Calendar:

February
Wendy’s Wednesday – February 14
Women’s Retreat – February 23 & 24

March
Wendy’s Wednesday – March 14
Spring Retreat – March 23 – 25

April
Easter Sunday – April 1
VBS Paint Party – April 4
Wendy’s Wednesday – April 11

A Life That Follows Him

How Should We Respond to Jesus?
A Life That Follows Him
John 1:35-51

7 Facts about Following Jesus

  1. Following Jesus is more about who Jesus is than about what you do? (John 1:35-36) “Behold” has the idea of gazing intently for consideration.
  2. Following Jesus is foundational to every spiritual activity. (John 1:37) They heard and followed, indicating a completed action.
  3. Following Jesus always involves two key responses: (John 1:38-39)
    1. Turning – take a look, come find out, come and see, is Jesus a person worth following?
    2. Remaining – the call is to leave the past and move toward the future; today’s attrition rate is overwhelming, people don’t remain with Jesus.
  4. Following Jesus is always missional. (John 1:40-41) How does your faith show and shine?
  5. Following Jesus is a journey of spiritual growth. (John 1:42-46) Jesus saw Peter for who he would become, not just for who he was. If you are not growing, you are not following. Come as your are, knowing you are not mature.
  6. Following Jesus requires coming as you are. (John 1:47-50)
  7. Following Jesus is validated by the fullness of Christ’s identity. (John 1:51) As a shepherd calls his sheep, they hear his voice, regroup, and follow their shepherd; even in the midst of distress, danger, and discouragement.

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. What gets you excited or enthusiastic?
  2. How would you feel if a good friend abandoned your friendship in favor of someone else?
  3. What nicknames have you had over the years?
  4. Who besides Jesus had disciples? (John 1:35)
  5. What did John say when he saw Jesus? (John 1:36)
  6. How did John identify Jesus for his disciples? (John 1:37)
  7. What did John’s disciples do when John identified Jesus? (John 1:37)
  8. What did Jesus ask John’s disciples? (John 1:38)
  9. What did John’s disciples call Jesus? (John 1:38)
  10. What did John’s disciples ask Jesus? (John 1:38)
  11. What was the first thing Andrew did after he had followed Jesus? (John 1:40)
  12. Who was Andrew’s brother? (John 1:40)
  13. What did Andrew tell his brother about Jesus? (John 1:41)
  14. What nickname did Jesus give to Simon? (John 1:42)
  15. What words did the author interpret for us? (John 1:37, 41, 42)
  16. What does it mean to follow Jesus?
  17. What hinders us from following Jesus?
  18. What must we leave to follow Jesus?
  19. To what friends and relatives could you introduce Jesus?
  20. How can we spend time with Jesus to get to know Him better?
  21. Whom do you want to introduce to Jesus this week?
  22. How could you introduce Christ to a friend or relative?
  23. What change in your daily routine would enable you to follow Jesus better?

Jesus – Live on Stage

The JOY Club is going to see Jesus… actually we are going to a play about him in Lancaster PA.

Sight & Sound Theatres invites you to experience the greatest rescue story of all time! Jesus is the action-packed musical stage adventure that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person ever to walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever.

The cost is actually $85 for the dinner and show (due to Elsie Greer by March 21) and the hotel you will pay at on your own (estimated at $121 + tax, double occupancy). See Elsie Greer or Charlie Flint for details and questions.


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