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His Message to Us (1 John 1:5-10)

Sermon Questions for further discussion 

  1. Are you regarding the light of God as a helpful guide or your source of life? How is this evidenced in your beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes toward others?
  2. Is there an area of your life where a friend could accuse you of “high-handed pseudo-spirituality?”
  3. What is the role of personal experience and feelings in developing your beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes toward others?
  4. Where in your life might you be “color blind?”
  5. Do you find it exasperating or exhilarating as the light of God shines deeper and deeper into your life?
  6. How are you encouraged by John’s provision of corrective remedies for each way we shade ourselves from the light?


The Word of Life (1 John 1:1-4)

Sermon Questions for further discussion 

  1. John writes to the church as the character of God and person of Christ are “under assault.” Where do you see this happening today? Where might you be participating in an assault on the character of God?
  2. Why is John the pre-eminent tutor on authentic Christian life? When do you become concerned that you may not be living an authentic life of faith? How have you addressed such concerns?
  3. Why is John so zealous to protect the message that He was given from Jesus?
  4. How will John’s proclamations in this letter to the churches make his and their joy complete? Does the idea of John directing us into “right beliefs, behaviors, and relationships” sound more like burdensome work or an abiding joy?


A Valley of Decision (Joel 2:28-3:21)

Sermon questions for further discussion 

  1. How do you feel knowing where we “sit” on the timeline of God’s plan for redeeming a people for Himself?
  2. How are you using the gifting the Spirit of God has given you to proclaim the glories of redemption through Christ alone?
  3. Joel describes horrific events that are happening to God’s people as the Day of the LORD comes. How does this inform our expectations of how God may be at work today preparing the world for the Valley of Decision?
  4. Are you or someone you love in a valley of decision?
  5. What will you hear when the LORD roars?


A Day of Repentance? (Joel 2:12-27)

Sermon questions for further discussion 

  1. If God initiates repentance, how should that affect our prayers for others? For ourselves? For the world?
  2. God tells the people that He will restore the “lost years.” How might this inform the way we look at what is “taken” from us?
  3. How are you determining when to “encourage” and when to “lead someone toward repentance”? Why is it tragic to fail to discern the difference?
  4. How are you protecting yourself from letting “spiritual blindness” lead you into “spiritual bondage”? Where might your theology be accommodating “idols” or incorporating sin? 


A Day of Destruction (Joel 1:1-2:11)

Sermon questions for further discussion 

  1. Joel tells of a coming destruction under the direction of God. Why would God bring such a devastating destruction?
  2. How should a loving, jealous God respond when His people are being seduced into serving a deceiver?
  3. How are we to respond when unpleasant events invade our lives? How does our response help us see our heart? How does it testify to others in our world? How does it prepare us for the coming Day?
  4. Are there “ologies” in your life that need to bow before the throne of who God reveals Himself to be to us?
  5. How are you preparing for the Day of the LORD?


How Does God Do It? (Psalm 113)

Sermon questions for further discussion

  1. In what ways should you acknowledge that your vision of “what is” is clouded by sin and the effects of the “fall”?
  2. What does it mean to fear God? Why is it essential that we fear Him?
  3. How should you be reminded that you are like a “grasshopper” (Isaiah 40:21f)
  4. Why is it humbling to embrace that we cannot understand what is to come?
  5. When do you tend to rejoice in and when do you tend to strive against God’s transcendence?
  6. Are you positioned today to experience transcendence through God?

 



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?