Sermons

Reading: Luke 24:13-27 Sermon: John 5:39-47 Discussion Questions: 1) Why does Jesus spend so much time focusing on the testimony of the Scriptures? 2) What are some real-life examples of the way that people use Scripture to exalt themselves? What are some ways that people can read the Scriptures to exalt someone other than themselves, but not Jesus (think of the religious leaders and their view of Moses)? 3) Be honest with yourself: how prone are you to search the Scriptures to confirm your interests or ideas? How should a person deal with that tendency? 4) Pastor Toby talked about the importance of wanting and expecting to be challenged by Scripture.  Why is that important?  What are the risks associated with NOT wanting to be challenged by Scripture? 5) What are the three primary ways that we see the Old Testament Scriptures testifying of or directing us to Jesus? more...

Reading: Romans 1:18-25 Sermon: Psalm 19:1-14 Discussion Questions: 1)  How has God revealed Himself in nature? 2)  Why has God revealed Himself in nature? 3)  What are the limits of natural revelation? Why is natural revelation not open to interpretation? 4)  Why do many people not recognize the message being sent throughout all of creation by nature? 5)  What are some of the things we learn in Scripture (i.e., special revelation) that we don't learn from natural revelation? 6)  What are some reasons for treasuring Scripture above everything else? What are some of the benefits of exposing ourselves to Scripture regularly? 7)  What is the proper response to God's revelation through nature and His Word? more...

Reading: Deuteronomy 19:15-19 Sermon: John 5:30-40 Discussion Questions: 1)  Are God's sovereignty and human responsibility at odds with one another? How comfortable/uncomfortable are you with this mystery? Why can we never fully grasp the mind of God? 2)  Why does God instruct us to do things that we are, by nature, incapable of doing on our own (e.g. obeying all 600+ commands of the law, coming to Christ for salvation, etc.)? 3)  What can we learn about witnessing from this passage? 4)  How would you respond to someone who claims that they'd believe in God if they could witness just one miracle? 5)  In what was does verse 35 issue a warning for us? more...

Reading: Daniel 7:9-14 Sermon: John 5:24-30 Discussion Questions: 1) Some people say that we shouldn't talk about judgment with people, but should only assure them of God's love for them. In what way(s) is this mistaken? 2) What does it mean to "hear" the voice of Christ (vv. 24-25)? 3) Why must regeneration precede faith (see John 3:3; 5:24-25)? 4) Read verse 28. Why is Jesus appointed to be the Judege of humanity? 5) How would you respond to someone who claims that verse 29 infers that salvation is by works? more...

Reading: 2nd Kings 5:1-7 Sermon: John 5:17-24 Discussion Questions: 1) Why is Jesus not guilty of breading the command to observe the Sabbath? 2) Why does Jesus defend Himself by claiming to be God rather than simply correcting the theological misunderstandings of the Jewish leaders? 3) Can people who deny that Jesus is fully God be saved? Why not? 4) Why does Jesus' willful subordination to the will of the Father NOT imply that He's inferior to the Father? 5) in what way does Jesus claim to be God in John 5:23? 6) Why does it dishonor the Fther for a person to dishonor the Son? What does it mean to "dishonor the Son?" 7) How do you respond to the claim that Christians think they're better than everyone else by thinking that they're the only ones God will save? more...

Reading: Jeremiah 23:14-22 Searmon: Jude 8-10 more...

Reading: 1st Corinthians 1:18-31 Sermon: Matthew 11:25-30 Discussion Questions: 1) Jesus praises the Father for hiding "these things" from some. What might some of those things be? 2) Why might some be confused that Jesus would praise the Father for hiding these things from some? 3) What does it mean to be an "infant"? 4) How would you respond to someone who says that it's not fair or just for God to only reveal these truths to some? 5) How do we find the balance between God's sovereignty in salvation (vv. 25-27) and man's responsibility to respond to the Gospel call (vv. 28-30)? 6) What is the "rest" that Jesus offers to those who come to Him? 7) What are some of the problems with Jesus + good works system of merit/religion? more...

Reading: Exodus 20:8-11 Sermon: John 5:9-16 Discussion Questions: 1)  What is legalism? How is it different from a zeal for obedience? 2)  In what ways are the Pharisees similar to the "multitudes" by the pool at Bethesda? 3)  What is the significance of Jesus finding the man in the temple (v. 14)? 4)  Would the man be able to "sin no more" (v.14; consider also 1st John 1:8)? If not, why would Jesus issue this warning? 5)  Why is the Christian Sabbath (i.e., the Lord's Day) on the first day of the week, rather than the last day (Saturday)? more...

Reading: Isaiah 54:1-8 Sermon: John 5:1-9 Discussion Questions 1)  Since Jesus healed more people than we're told about, why did John tell us about this specific healing? 2)  Why did Jesus go to this pool called "Bethesda" while He was in Jerusalem? 3)  What does the fact that "multitudes" of people are waiting by the pool for the water to be stirred reveal about them?  What was their hope in?  How do people in our time do the same thing, spiritually-speaking? 4)  Some people argue that it's not fair that God only saves some.  But the same argument could be made here: was it unfair that Jesus healed this man?  Was it unloving in any way?  How would you respond to someone who accuses Jesus of injustice here? 5)  Why does Jesus ask this powerless man if he wanted to be healed (v.6)?  Why was it loving and not cruel  And what does the man's response (v.7) reveal? more...

Reading: Acts 13:26-37 Sermon: Psalm 16:1-11 Discussion Questions: 1)  What is the request that David makes in this psalm? How does this request demonstrate Biblical faith (v.1)? 2)  Why is it important to realize that we have no good in us, apart from God (v.2)? 3)  Why does love for God result in a love for His saints (v.3)? 4)  Why is it important that we believe that God is sovereign, all-powerful, and good? What difference does it make in good times? In hard times? 5)  What pagan "gods" are you tempted or inclined to serve? How can you overcome that temtation? 6)  How do we find peace and contentedness in every circumstance (v.5)? 7)  Many people have the idea that Christianity is a joyless religion. Why is that? Why is it NOT a joyless religion (v.11)? more...

Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9 Sermon: John 4:43-54 Discussion Questions: 1) What is the difference between coming to faith in Jesus for who He is, rather than for what He can do? 2) Why did Jesus leave Samaria - a place where He was seeing a lot of success? 3) What are some of the similarities and differences between this miracle, and the first miracle in Cana (cf John 2:1-11)? 4) Why does it matter that Jesus healed the royal official's son without leaving Cana? 5) What does the word "yesterday" (verse 52) reveal about the royal official's faith in Jesus? 6) Why is evidence insufficient for bringing a person to faith in Jesus? 7) What is the difference between "seeing is believing" and "believing is seeing"? more...

Reading: Isaiah 12:2-6 Sermon: John 4:31-42 more...

Reading: 1st Chronicles 16:24-31 Sermon: John 4:27-30 more...

Reading: James 3:4-12 Sermon: Psalm 15 more...

Reading: Exodus 32:1-8
Sermon: John 4:23-24
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Reading: Deuteronomy 27:1-13 Sermon: John 4:19-22 more...

Reading: 2nd Corinthians 5:11-20 Sermon:  John 4:1-10 more...

Reading: Philippians 4:4-9 Sermon: Psalm 13:1-6 more...