Aug 6, 2023
Viewing Church Leaders Rightly – I Corinthians 3:1-23
  1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
  2. Why is jealousy and strife evidence of being spiritual infants?
  3. How are we tempted to put church leaders on a pedestal and give them too much credit? What might protect us from this error?
  4. Why do we sometimes see pastors and their ministries as being in competition with one another? What will help us to see them as “fellow workers” with one another?
  5. Our passage makes clear that each one’s ministry will be tested by the fire of God’s judgment? What do you think is the difference between ministry that will be rewarded and ministry that will be burned up?  
  6. Paul says in 3:21, “So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours…”.  What do you think this means?
  7. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
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  • Aug 6, 2023Viewing Church Leaders Rightly – I Corinthians 3:1-23
    Aug 6, 2023
    Viewing Church Leaders Rightly – I Corinthians 3:1-23
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. Why is jealousy and strife evidence of being spiritual infants?
    3. How are we tempted to put church leaders on a pedestal and give them too much credit? What might protect us from this error?
    4. Why do we sometimes see pastors and their ministries as being in competition with one another? What will help us to see them as “fellow workers” with one another?
    5. Our passage makes clear that each one’s ministry will be tested by the fire of God’s judgment? What do you think is the difference between ministry that will be rewarded and ministry that will be burned up?  
    6. Paul says in 3:21, “So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours…”.  What do you think this means?
    7. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
  • Jul 30, 2023Secret Wisdom Revealed – I Corinthians 2:6-16
    Jul 30, 2023
    Secret Wisdom Revealed – I Corinthians 2:6-16
    Application & Discussion Questions  
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. In what sense is the wisdom of the Gospel “secret and hidden”?
    3. How does the blindness of unbelievers to the wisdom of the cross impact the way we evangelize?
    4. Why do the knowledge, learning, and wisdom of mankind never lead us to a true knowledge of God?
    5. Have you ever been thought of as foolish or silly because of your faith in Jesus? If so, how did you respond?
    6. According to 2:10-12 God has revealed the wisdom of the cross to us who believe through the Spirit. What did this work of the Spirit look like in your own life?  
    7. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
  • Jul 23, 2023The Wisdom and Power of God
    Jul 23, 2023
    The Wisdom and Power of God
  • Jul 16, 2023Is Christ Divided – I Corinthians 1:10-17
    Jul 16, 2023
    Is Christ Divided – I Corinthians 1:10-17
    Application & Discussion Questions  
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. Why is unity so important for us as Christians?
    3. What is the difference between a true unity and a superficial unity?
    4. What can we do to encourage true unity at FBC?
    5. Do you feel united with other Christians at FBC?
    6. What might be a hindrance to unity in your own life?
    7. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
  • Jul 9, 2023Thankful for the Messy Corinthian Church – I Corinthians 1:1-9
    Jul 9, 2023
    Thankful for the Messy Corinthian Church – I Corinthians 1:1-9
    Application & Discussion Questions  
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. In what ways is our own American culture increasingly like that of Corinth?
    3. How does our own culture sometimes have too great of an influence upon the church in America?
    4. Why can we be confident, despite the opposition of our culture, that some will believe in Jesus? What should this lead us to do?  (See Acts 18:9-10.)
    5. How many times, in today’s passage, is Jesus mentioned? Why might this be significant?
    6. Why is it so surprising that Paul is thankful to God for the Corinthian Church? What can we learn from Paul’s example? 
    7. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
  • Jun 25, 2023The Coming of the Lord – Exodus 40:33-38
    Jun 25, 2023
    The Coming of the Lord – Exodus 40:33-38
    Series: Exodus
    Application & Discussion Questions  
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. Why is it so significant in Exodus that God’s glory filled the tabernacle? How does this connect with the overarching problem that the Bible seeks to solve? 
    3. Why is it difficult for lost persons to see that their greatest need is to be reconciled to God? (See Ephesians 2:1-3.) 
    4. Where do people often look to in order to find hope beyond death, removal of guilt and shame, purpose, security, and happiness? Why are these only able to be ultimately found in a reconciled relationship with God?  How have you found this to be true in your own life?
    5. Read Revelation 21:1-4. How is this passage a picture of God perfectly solving humanity’s greatest problem?
    6. What helps you to remember all the goodness that God’s presence brings, both now and perfectly in the future?      
    7. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
  • Jun 11, 2023Amazing Grace and Generous Living – Exodus 34:29-40:33
    Jun 11, 2023
    Amazing Grace and Generous Living – Exodus 34:29-40:33
    Series: Exodus
    Application & Discussion Questions 1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage? 2. What motivated Israel’s generosity in today’s passage? 3. Why is the experience of God’s undeserved love and grace a more effective motivation to live for God, than merely having God’s laws or the fear of punishment? How have you found this to be true in your own life? 4. Romans 12:1 instructs us to present ourselves as “living sacrifices” in light of the amazing grace described in Romans 1-11. What does it mean to be a “living sacrifice”? 5. How is God’s grace motivating you to be a living sacrifice? Is there an area where you need to let His grace motivate you to greater surrender with your time, talents, possessions, money, etc.? 6. How might reflecting on Romans 8 be helpful in motivating you to be a living sacrifice? 7. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
  • Jun 4, 2023God Reveals His Character – Exodus 33:7-34:28
    Jun 4, 2023
    God Reveals His Character – Exodus 33:7-34:28
    Series: Exodus
    Application & Discussion Questions 1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage? 2. What two things does God reveal about Himself in Exodus 34:6-7? Do these two things seem like a contradiction? 3. Who is God merciful to? (See Joel 2:13.) 4. Who is God unwilling to clear of guilt? (See James 4:6.) 5. How is it even possible that God can show mercy to some and still be just? (Romans 3:21-26.) 6. What other examples of God character of being merciful and gracious do we see in Scripture? How have you personally experienced God to be merciful and gracious? 7. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
  • May 28, 2023Lessons about Repentance – Exodus 32:15-33:6
    May 28, 2023
    Lessons about Repentance – Exodus 32:15-33:6
    Series: Exodus
    Application & Discussion Questions 1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage? 2. What has the complete rejection of an idol looked like in your own life? 3. How did Aaron respond to Moses when confronted about making an idol? (See Exodus 32:22-24.) 4. Why does humble repentance give up on making excuses and passing blame for sin? Why will we remain stuck in a pattern of sin if we cling to our excuses? 5. How are you tempted to make excuses for sin in your own life? How does the Gospel set us free from this pattern?
  • May 21, 2023Moses’ Prayer – Exodus 32:7-14
    May 21, 2023
    Moses’ Prayer – Exodus 32:7-14
    Series: Exodus
    Application & Discussion Questions 1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage? 2. Why does God refer to Israel as Moses’ people and as a “stiff-necked” people? Is this a fair assessment of Israel? (See also Exodus 5:21, 14:10-12, 15:24, 16:2-3, & 17:1-3.) 3. How does the label “stiff-necked” accurately describe all of humanity? (See Romans 1:18-32.) 4. Moses interceded on behalf of the nation of Israel and appealed to God to be merciful. How is this a foreshadowing of Jesus as our high priest who intercedes on our behalf? (See Hebrews 7:24-25.) 5. In Moses’ prayer for Israel, he appealed to God’s glory and God’s promises. How can these same things shape and inform the content of our prayers? 6. What are some specific promises that God has made to us as Christians that should shape our praying? (See Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:28-29, & Matthew 6:33 for examples.) 7. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?