Jan 29, 2023
From Songs of Joy to Grumbling – Exodus 15:1-17:7
Application & Discussion Questions
  1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
  2. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
  3. What will you do (specifically) in response to hearing God’s Word today?
  4. It is appropriate for us to compose and sing songs of joy in response to our experience of God’s glory and provision. What songs have especially expressed your praise to God over the years?
  5. Why did Israel turn so quickly to grumbling against God? When have you been tempted to grumble?
  6. Why is grumbling such a serious sin?
  7. What should we do with our temptation to grumble?
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  • Jan 29, 2023From Songs of Joy to Grumbling – Exodus 15:1-17:7
    Jan 29, 2023
    From Songs of Joy to Grumbling – Exodus 15:1-17:7
    Application & Discussion Questions
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
    3. What will you do (specifically) in response to hearing God’s Word today?
    4. It is appropriate for us to compose and sing songs of joy in response to our experience of God’s glory and provision. What songs have especially expressed your praise to God over the years?
    5. Why did Israel turn so quickly to grumbling against God? When have you been tempted to grumble?
    6. Why is grumbling such a serious sin?
    7. What should we do with our temptation to grumble?
  • Jan 22, 2023Three Questions about Deacons – Acts 6:1-7
    Jan 22, 2023
    Three Questions about Deacons – Acts 6:1-7
    Questions for Discussion & Application:  
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
    3. What will you do (specifically) in response to hearing God’s Word today?
    4. What are common some common misconceptions about deacons and their role in the church? How has God’s Word challenged or changed your view of deacons and their role?
    5. Do you know who our deacons are? Do you pray for them? 
    6. How can you support and partner with the deacons of our church?
    7. How does our plan for meeting physical needs within the church involve you? How are you being a servant to others and helping to meet the needs of others in our church?
  • Jan 15, 2023Do Not Fear – Exodus 13-14
    Jan 15, 2023
    Do Not Fear – Exodus 13-14
    Application & Discussion Questions
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
    3. What will you do (specifically) in response to hearing God’s Word today?
    4. Why did God not lead Israel in the most direct path to Canaan? (see 13:17) Instead, God led them into what looked like a trap.  Why? (see 14:4) 
    5. What seemingly impossible scenarios has God placed you into? How was your faith been strengthened by going through these circumstances? 
    6. The people of Israel cried out in terror at the pursuing Egyptian army on one side and the vast Red Sea on the other side. What did they fail to see?
    7. In Exodus 14:13-14, Moses makes a beautiful declaration that the people of Israel should not fear but trust that the LORD would fight for them. How do these words encourage you in your own life and circumstances where you are tempted to fear?    
  • Jan 8, 2023Colossians 3:12-17
    Jan 8, 2023
    Colossians 3:12-17
    Questions:
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of Scripture?
    2. Read Mark 12:28-31, How does Paul’s argument fit into the two great commandments? Which of the two great commandments is Paul emphasizing in verses 12-14? What about verses 15-17?
    3. What are Paul’s motivations for instructing us to put on love verse 12? Which one is most compelling to you?
    4. Verse 13 commands us to forgive one another as God has forgiven us. Read Matthew 18:21-35, how should God’s forgiveness of us motivate our forgiveness of others? How should we view our sins against God compared to someone’s sin against us?
    5. Looking at verse 15, what would our church community look like if we let Christ’s forgiveness compel how we act toward one another?
    6. Based on verse 16, singing biblically and theologically rich songs together helps us teach and admonish one another in the Scripture. How should this change how we view our singing together?
    7. Can every responsibility we have in life be done as an act of worship (verse 17)? Does this change how we view mundane tasks like folding laundry? How can washing dishes be done as an act of worship?
    8. Verses 15-17 emphasize the importance of giving thanks to God. How is thanksgiving tied to worship? How does thankfulness show whether or not Jesus is Lord or something else is lord in our hearts?
    By God’s grace, what needs to change in your life based on this study of Colossians 3:12-17
  • Jan 1, 20234 Prayers for the New Year
    Jan 1, 2023
    4 Prayers for the New Year
    Questions for Application & Discussion:
    1. What did you find confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of Scripture?
    2. What mistakes might we make as individuals and as a church community if we forget that our overarching purpose is the glory of God.
    3. How are you participating in our mission of reaching the lost? What lost person can you resolve to pray for and reach out to this year?
    4. How are you helping others in our church family to grow as followers of Jesus? Who is helping you to grow as a disciple?
    5. Why is it important to trust that the proclamation of the Scripture and prayer are God’s planned means of working in our lives?
  • Dec 25, 2022What Is the Good News of the Incarnation? – Philippians 2:5-7
    Dec 25, 2022
    What Is the Good News of the Incarnation? – Philippians 2:5-7
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What questions do you have about today’s message?
    2. How does today’s message challenge you personally?
    3. Why is the incarnation such an amazing miracle? What emotions are stirred up in you by reflecting upon the incarnation?  Why?
    4. How does the incarnation assure us of God’s love and determination to rescue sinners? How can we follow Jesus’ example from the incarnation in how we relate to the lost?
    5. Does it encourage you to know that Jesus has walked through the same difficulties of life that you face? How?    
  • Dec 18, 2022What Does the Passover Teach Us? – Exodus 11-12
    Dec 18, 2022
    What Does the Passover Teach Us? – Exodus 11-12
    What Does the Passover Teach Us? - Exodus 11-12  Sin requires death.   Forgiveness requires blood.   God makes a distinction.  God’s People need reminders.   Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What questions do you have about today’s passage?
    2. How does today’s passage challenge you personally?
    3. How does Jesus fulfill the Passover? (See Matthew 26:26-28, John 1:29, I Corinthians 5:7, and I Peter 1:19.)
    4. How does it strengthen your faith to see the foreshadowing of the Old Testament fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament?
    5. Why is it so important that we make a distinction between those who are the people of God and those who are not? How are Christians set apart as the people of God?
    6. Why is it actually loving towards the world for us to make this distinction?
    7. What reminders of His grace has God given to us as His Church?
  • Dec 11, 2022Let My People Go – Exodus 7-10
    Dec 11, 2022
    Let My People Go – Exodus 7-10
    Let My People Go – Exodus 7-10  What does a hard heart look like?  How does God work through a hard heart?   Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What questions do you have about today’s passage?
    2. How does today’s passage challenge you personally?
    3. Why does the all-powerful God ask Pharoah to let His people go? Does God need Pharoah’s consent?
    4. In the various descriptions of Pharoah’s hard heart, which of them stands out most to you? Why?
    5. What is the Bible’s remedy for a hard heart? (See John 3:3.) 
    6. How does it encourage you to see that God triumphs over His enemies in displays of glory and judgment? (See Exodus 9:14-16 & Philippians 2:9-11.)      
  • Dec 4, 2022Seeing God’s Bigger Plan – Exodus 5-6
    Dec 4, 2022
    Seeing God’s Bigger Plan – Exodus 5-6
    Seeing God’s Bigger Plan – Exodus 5-6  Moses’ obedience to his mission led initially to greater suffering for Israel.    Israel grumbled about the increased suffering of their lives and failed to see and trust the bigger plan of what God was doing.  Moses questioned God and asked why He had sent him to Egypt since God had not immediately delivered Israel but had instead allowed their suffering to intensify.   God mercifully encouraged the weak faith of Moses and of Israel with a reminder of His bigger plan.   Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What questions do you have about today’s passage?
    2. How does today’s passage challenge you personally?
    3. When has obedience to God caused you to experience more difficulty in life? How did you respond to this increased difficulty?
    4. Have you ever struggled with grumbling about the suffering and difficulty in your life? How does it encourage you to remember that God has a bigger plan and purpose? (See Romans 8:28-29.)    
    5. Have you ever found God’s timing to be difficult? What helped you to be patient as you waited on God? 
    6. What is God’s bigger plan for us as Christians that we need to remember? (See Revelation 21:1-22:5.)  How will remembering this bigger plan help you to trust God in the midst of your current difficulties?
  • Nov 27, 2022God’s Mercy in Moses’ Calling – Exodus 3-4
    Nov 27, 2022
    God’s Mercy in Moses’ Calling – Exodus 3-4
    God’s Mercy in Moses’ Calling – Exodus 3-4  God chooses to accomplish His mission through Moses, a weak and doubting vessel.   Before God calls Moses to his difficult mission, God mercifully reveals Himself to Moses and assures Moses that He will be with him.    God mercifully encourages the weak faith of Moses and makes concessions to help him embrace his mission.   Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What questions do you have about today’s passage?
    2. How does today’s passage challenge you personally?
    3. When God calls us to a difficult task or to a difficult step of obedience, who must be the object of our focus if we are to be faithful?  
    4. Why does God choose to use weak and doubting vessels to accomplish His mission (see 2 Corinthians 12:9)? How have you seen this to be true?
    5. What difficult mission has God called all Christians to embrace? How has God encouraged you to embrace this mission?