Three Ways to Prepare for Easter

THREE WAYS TO PREPARE FOR EASTER
Luke 19:37-38; Romans 1:1-7

  1. We prepare through an authentic life of praise and adoration to Jesus Christ.
  2. We prepare as the Object of our praise and adoration becomes our identity.
  3. We prepare as our Identity in Christ becomes confirmed through genuinely belonging to the church.

Questions for Further Study:

  1. What are some of the normal ways people begin a letter or a phone call?
  2. When have you been startled by the opening paragraph of a letter?
  3. If you were writing the initial letter to a pen pal, how would you introduce yourself?
  4. How did Paul introduce and identify himself to the Romans? (Romans 1:1)
  5. What special calling on his life did Paul feel? (Romans 1:1)
  6. In what ways has God revealed His gospel to people? (Romans 1:2-4)
  7. Who is the focus of God’s gospel? (Romans 1:2-4)
  8. What credentials does Jesus have to confirm His claim as Son of God? (Romans 1:3-4)
  9. What did Paul and others receive as a calling for their lives? (Romans 1:5)
  10. Who were the new group of people being exposed to the gospel message? (Romans 1:5)
  11. What were the Gentiles and all people being called to believe? (Romans 1:5)
  12. How did Paul describe the people who were receiving this letter? (Romans 1:6)
  13. To whom was this letter written? (Romans 1:7)
  14. What kind of greeting did Paul send to his audience? (Romans 1:7)
  15. In what way do you feel God has placed a special calling on your life?
  16. What purpose for living has God given you?
  17. What words do you use to describe yourself to others as a follower of Jesus Christ?
  18. How did you feel when you realized God’s gospel was meaningful to you?
  19. What do most people today believe about God’s plan for the world?
  20. What do most people today believe about God’s plan for their personal salvation?
  21. How have your beliefs about Jesus Christ changed during the various stages of your life?
  22. In what ways would remembering in prayer each day God’s calling on and plan for your life affect your daily walk with Christ?
  23. With whom could you share God’s unfolding plan of salvation for the whole world?
  24. How would you explain God’s plan of salvation to a friend?
  25. To what friend could you explain God’s love and your response to His plan of salvation? How?

A Life Change

A Life Change
5 Practical Differences the Risen Christ Brings to our Lives
Colossians 3:1-17 (Romans 12:3-8)

Since You have been raised up with Christ:

  1. Your affections. (Colossians 3:1-4)
  2. Your past. (Colossians 3:5-7).
  3. Your character. (Colossians 3:8-11).
  4. Your relationships. (Colossians 3:12-15)
  5. Your worship and work. (Colossians 3:16-17; Romans 12:3-8)

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. What’s the nicest suit or outfit you have ever worn?
  2. When you’re finished with your old clothes, what do you often do with them?
  3. Where did Paul tell the Colossians to turn their attention? (Colossians 3:1)
  4. Where did Paul tell the believers to focus their concern? (Colossians 3:2)
  5. What was the Colossians’ security? (Colossians 3:3)
  6. Why should believers look forward to Christ’s return? (Colossians 3:4)
  7. What must die? (Colossians 3:5)
  8. What evil activities does God seek to eliminate from our lives? (Colossians 3:5)
  9. Why is God’s wrath coming? (Colossians 3:5-6)
  10. What had the Colossians taken off? (Colossians 3:7-9)
  11. What had the Colossians put on? (Colossians 3:10)
  12. What distinctions are removed in Christ? (Colossians 3:11)
  13. What virtues does God seek to plant in us? (Colossians 3:12, 14)
  14. How were the Colossian believers called to clothe themselves? (Colossians 3:12-17)
  15. Why did Paul call on the believers to be peaceful and thankful? (Colossians 3:15-16)
  16. What should we do? How? (Colossians 3:17)
  17. What is one principle that ought to guide everything we do? (Colossians 3:17)
  18. If you consistently set your sights on Christ and heaven, how would your life be different?
  19. What old, “earthly” clothing do you need to get rid of?
  20. How does wearing “Christ’s clothing” affect the way you live your daily life?
  21. What Christian virtues are you lacking?
  22. What spiritual process is involved in “putting off” and “putting on”?
  23. What is involved in replacing old habits with new ones?
  24. How should life in Christ affect the way you treat others?
  25. How are all your relationships to be built around Christ?
  26. Why do we need to be loving toward others?
  27. Why is a thankful spirit an important part of holy living?
  28. Which of God’s goals for holy living do you need to apply to your life this week?
  29. How can you be more thankful and loving to those who are close to you?

The Significance of a Life of Faith

The Significance of a Life of Faith
John 4:43-54
[ Full Outline Found Here ]

Faith is COMMON
Faith is CONVERSION
Faith is CONTEMPLATIVE
Faith is CONTINUAL

What is it in this Story that Involves Faith?

The PLACES (John 4:43-46a)
The PREDICAMENT (John 4:46b)
The PLEA (John 4:47)
The PROBLEM (John 4:48)
The PERSISTENCE (John 4:49)
The PROMISE (John 4:50)
The PATH (John 4:50)
The PAYOFF (John 4:51-54)

Faith is CONFIRMED (John 4:51-53a)
Faith is CONTAGIOUS (John 4:53b-54)

The Movement of this Father’s Faith…

A man having faith in Jesus’ POWER
A man having faith in Jesus’ PROMISE
A man having faith in Jesus’ PERSON

Questions for Further Study:

  1. What are some things that people believe in that they either haven’t seen or can’t see?
  2. What celebrity would you gladly welcome as a guest in your home? Why?
  3. Where did Jesus go after He left Samaria? (John 4:43)
  4. What did Jesus say about prophets? (John 4:44)
  5. Why did the Galileans welcome Jesus? (John 4:45)
  6. What had Jesus done in Cana? (John 4:46)
  7. What did the royal official ask Jesus to do? (John 4:47)
  8. What did Jesus say about miraculous signs? (John 4:48)
  9. How did the royal official respond to Jesus’ comment about miraculous signs? (John 4:49)
  10. What did Jesus say in response to the royal official’s renewed request? (John 4:50)
  11. What was the royal official’s response to what Jesus said? (John 4:50)
  12. When did the royal official’s son get better? (John 4:51-53)
  13. What impact did Jesus’ healing have on the royal official’s household? (John 4:53)
  14. How many miracles had Jesus performed? (John 4:54) What do you think John calls these miracles, “signs”?
  15. For what reasons are people interested in Jesus today?
  16. In what ways are we typically more interested in what Jesus can do for us than what we can do for Jesus?
  17. What miracles have you asked Jesus to do in your life?
  18. When do we usually find ourselves asking God to help us?
  19. Why is it sometimes hard to take Jesus at His word?
  20. What are some things God has told us in His Word that are hard for you to believe?
  21. How have you exercised believing—sight unseen—faith in Jesus?
  22. What miraculous signs are people looking for today?
  23. In what ways are we demanding of God in our relationship with Him?
  24. What impact would a miraculous event have in your life?
  25. What are some miracles God has worked in your life?
  26. What is something specific you can thank God for doing in your life?
  27. How do you need to trust in God this week to handle a situation you can’t control or work out on your own?

Worship on the Lawn 2018

Join us for a special day of worship on the lawn. The service begins at 10:30, one service with no Sunday School, and lunch will be served before noon. Ken is preaching a message called, “Jesus Responds to a Life Guilty of Sin” (Finding freedom from sin) from John 8:1-11 [ more information ]

The Answer to Life’s Brokenness

The Answer to Life’s Brokenness
(The Story of the Woman at the Well)
John 4:1-42 (15-26, 39-42)

1. Brokenness – 4 Ways we mask our Brokenness

  1. Religious labels (John 4:9)
  2. Traditional accomplishments and claims (John 4:11-12)
  3. Self-interests (John 4:15)
  4. Non-essentials (John 4:19-20)

2. Answers for our Brokenness – 4 Ways Jesus Breaks Through

  1. An invitation to come to Jesus
  2. The reality of abundant life (John 4:13-14)
  3. The restoration from sin (John 4:16-18)
  4. A true experience of God in the Life of Jesus (John 4:21-24)

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. How do people satisfy their hungers and thirsts in life?
  2. Why are the messages in TV commercials so appealing and persuasive?
  3. In what ways are people you know prejudiced?
  4. What had the Pharisees heard about Jesus? (John 4:1)
  5. What did Jesus do when he heard what the Pharisees were saying about Him? (John 4:3)
  6. Through what place did Jesus have to travel? (John 4:4-5)
  7. Why did Jesus sit down by Jacob’s well? (John 4:6)
  8. What did Jesus say to the Samaritan woman? (John 4:7)
  9. Where were Jesus’ disciples? (John 4:8)
  10. Why was the Samaritan woman surprised that Jesus spoke to her? (John 4:9)
  11. How did Jesus answer the Samaritan woman’s question? (John 4:10)
  12. What did the Samaritan woman think Jesus was talking about? (John 4:11-12,15)
  13. What did Jesus say would be the result of drinking the water He offered? (John 4:13-14)
  14. Whom did Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to go and get? (John 4:15)
  15. How did Jesus respond to the Samaritan woman’s answer to His request? (John 4:17-18)
  16. How did the Samaritan woman respond to Jesus’ statements about her situation? (John 4:19-20)
  17. How did Jesus say people would worship God? (John 4:21-23)
  18. What kind of worshipers does God seek? (John 4:23)
  19. What did Jesus say about God? (John 4:24)
  20. Who did Jesus say He was? (John 4:25-26)
  21. What groups of people do you feel uncomfortable being around? Why?
  22. How might a person feel put off by another’s background, nationality, or race?
  23. How can prejudice affect a Christian’s witness?
  24. How have you responded to Jesus’ invitation to receive His living water?
  25. How is Jesus’ gift of salvation different from what the world offers?
  26. How is the world’s need for salvation and eternal life like thirst?
  27. In what other ways besides thirst might you describe eternal life?
  28. How can we worship God in spirit and in truth?
  29. How can you encourage others to quench their spiritual thirst this week?
  30. What are some prejudices you will ask God to help you overcome?