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What Does God Do? (Isaiah 45:18-23)

Sermon questions for further discussion

  1. If God can do all that pleases Him, and He is not doing what I believe would please me, what can I conclude? How should I then proceed?
  2. Why is God the only “qualified” sovereign king in this world? Why are you not qualified to be sovereign?
  3. Evil exists is a world ruled by a sovereign, all-powerful, all-knowing, just, loving, and holy God. How must this inform the way we consider the evil that is in our world and the sin in our lives? How are you making boundaries so you will think “well” and not casually?
  4. In what areas do you need to: 1) exchange self-worship for true worship or 2) grumbling for gratitude?

 



What Does God Know? (Psalm 131)

Sermon Questions for further discussion –

  1. God’s knowledge is perfect, yet we pray at times as though He is uninformed or lacks understanding of our lives. What does this reveal to us?
  2. God drew you to himself knowing every detail of your past and future. Why then are we slow to openly confess before God our fears, doubts, rebellious thoughts?
  3. When has knowledge of the future been a burden to you? When has it led to anxiety?
  4. Are you a “meddler?” Why does scripture warn us against meddling?
  5. God has revealed his “will of decree” and his “will of desire” for us to know. Why might he generally decline to reveal to us a “will of direction”?


Where is God? (Psalm 139:1-12)

Sermon questions for further discussion

  1. Though you may know He is present, when does God seem distant to you? What in your heart is working to create this “fallacy of distance” in your mind?
  2. Is it helpful to visualize God standing beside you as you prepare to knowingly violate His commandment? Why is the Serpent so quick to argue that this cannot be true?
  3. God’s presence changes the battlefield of sanctification. How does recognizing His presence alter temptation? Guilt? Fear? Loneliness? Worry? Despair?
  4. Compare the life of Jacob and Joseph. How does the recognition of God’s constant presence inform their attitude toward their circumstances?  


Does God Change? (Psalm 146:1-6)

Sermon questions for further discussion 

  1. Do you find comfort in “things” not changing? What are those things you are hoping will not change? Will they support the weight of hope you are placing on them?
  2. Why is it foundational that God’s being, attributes and determinations do not change?
  3. When we say “we cannot change”, what are we saying about God? About ourselves?
  4. When we say “they will never change”, what are we saying about the Gospel?
  5. How are you praying that an unchanging God will change you, others, our community, and our culture? Are your requests in accordance with the unchanging will of God?


When Did God Begin? (1 Peter 1:20-25)

Sermon Questions for further discussion 

  1. How is the reality that you are “wearing out like a garment” affecting your life? Your relationship with others?
  2. Do you believe that God sees the beginning and the end simultaneously? How does He communicate this to us? Why should this provide comfort? What is preventing it from providing comfort?
  3. God works is His time. Where are your questioning God’s timing? Where is His timing remaining beyond your time-bound comprehension?
  4. Where do you struggle to release the past – nostalgia, regret, bitterness?
  5. With the first 4 incommunicable traits in mind, how will God’s words, “I am with you,” specifically impact you this week?


From Where Did God Come? (John 1:1-4)

Sermon Questions for further discussion 

  1. The Father, the Son and the Spirit alone are “self-caused.” How does this foundational truth from the Scriptures make Christianity distinctive from other religions?
  2. God alone is the originator, possessor and sustainer of life. How does this infuse hope into a dying world? A dying life? A dead soul?
  3. Why is it careless to say that we are “giving” our money, our talents, our possessions or even our lives to God? How would you rephrase your intentions to proclaim God as Creator?
  4. What in God’s creation are you drawn to worship? Nature? Self? Others? Feelings? Desires? Wisdom?
  5. What “new life” do you see the Spirit of Christ creating in you? In others?

What is your biggest challenge to holding fast to a distinctly Christian view of the world?    



Who is our God? (Isaiah 40:20-26)

Sermon Questions for further discussion

  1. What limits or boundaries are you placing on God’s abilities, His character or His will?
  2. Where might you be defining God in “measureable” terms in order to preserve a “favorable” measure of yourself?
  3. God’s thoughts and knowledge cannot be fully discovered. Does that truth bring concern or comfort to you? Why?
  4. God knows your heart. You cannot know your heart. How should that truth lead us into humble worship rather than vain denial?
  5. We were created to reflect, not rival our Creator. Where specifically might you need to “behold His glory” in order to receive His instruction and begin to humbly image God to others?


Remember: That the World May Believe (John 17:20-26)

Sermon questions for further study

  1. Are you living in unity with the Father and the Son? How do you know?
  2. Are you living for eternity? What are specific ways that eternity is impacting your thoughts and decisions this week?
  3. Jesus alone will one day fill the “hole” that is within us. What have you “stuck in that hole” over the years? How does longing for the day you are with Christ release you from trying to fill that hole today?
  4. What is your part in spreading God’s revelation of Himself across the world?
  5. How do “Jesus’ words to remember” swell your life beyond yourself? How does that change the decisions you will make today?


Remember: The Father Will Keep You (John 17:6-19)

Questions for further discussion

  1. Why did Jesus not ask the Father to remove His followers from the world or “atomize” the Serpent? How does this inform our prayers and our understanding of our purpose in this world?
  2. Why is unity so difficult? Where is the unity of Christ’s Church being attacked today? How should you respond?
  3. Christ’s joy came through obedience. Why does this thought tend make us despair? Whose voice is the loudest in our heads?
  4. How is the knowledge of who God is and what He is doing setting you apart for service to the Father?


Remember: Pray From Revealed Truth (John 17:1-5)

Sermon Questions for further study

  1. Jesus knows the Father’s sovereign plan, yet He prays for it to happen? What should this teach us about the relationship between God’s sovereign decrees, prayer and fatalism?
  2. Jesus grounds His request on what God has already done. Are you requests ever in conflict with how God works or inconsistent with who His word has revealed Him to be?
  3. Jesus defines eternal life as a saving knowledge. How does this saving knowledge transform one from seeking self-glorify to glorifying God? How does this need for transformation inform our prayers?
  4. Jesus’ work on earth brought glory to the Father. If we are imaging Christ, how should our work on earth (especially the hardship) be bringing glory to the Father?
  5. Are your prayers flowing from revealed truth? Do your prayers ever conceal revealed truth?