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Current Week's Reading Plan:

Read these suggested scripture passages throughout the week

2/10 Hebrews 12:1-3

2/11 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

2/12 Hebrews 10:23-25

2/13 Acts 6:1-2

2/14 Matthew 13:18-23

2/15 Philippians 1:6

2/16 Hebrews 12:1-3

This Week's Sermon-based Discussion Questions

 Hebrews 12:1-3

Pastor Wes Feltner 

Take about 45 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

General Sharing: Was there anything from your last week that you were able to see God in? What do you feel like is the hardest thing God is asking you to do right now? Was there anything from the sermon this last week that helped you in this?

Application [Things not sinful can become sinful when they interfere with your ability to run the race God has for you]: Wes mentioned that the ‘sin which clings so closely’ found in Hebrews 12:1 is likely to be a reference to worldly comforts do to the context of the Hebrews wanting to go back to Judaism for comfort. What are some comforts you find hindering your ability to run the race of faith? Is there a context in which these things would not be sinful for someone? How do they get to the point of becoming sinful? What are some practical things we can do to prevent them from becoming so?

Application [Enduring to the end requires you to look to Christ]: What are some of the benefits of meeting as a missional community? How has your group been able to help you refocus your gaze on Christ? Read Hebrews 10:23-25. Hopefully the author of Hebrews intent throughout the book is starting to become clear when it comes to our need for other Christians support us in running the race of faith! What does verse 23 mean when it says, “For he who promised is faithful.”(see Phil 1:6). How does looking to Christs’ faithfulness on the cross and in his preserving the saints encourage you?

 

Bible Study Tips--> How to R.E.A.P.

REAP (Read, Examine, Apply, Pray) is a straight forward way to process what you're reading, either on your own or with a small group of people.

READ

Open your Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to teach, correct, and train you (2 Timothy 3:16). As you’re reading, ask these questions:

  • What is happening in this passage? What things are emphasized, repeated, related?
  • What do you see about God? What is God doing in this passage?
  • What do you see about man?

EXAMINE

Spend some time reflecting. Ask yourself these questions, and write down your thoughts:

  • How do you think the author wants his audience to respond?
  • What do you learn about God’s character?
  • What wrong beliefs about God and myself did I have?

APPLY

After examining the passage, apply the text to your own life. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How do I need to repent? What truths do I need to believe? What false beliefs must I turn from?
  • What can I do – empowered by the Holy Spirit – today to apply this passage?

PRAY

Pray through the passage and your application, asking God to change your heart and to change your life, based on the time you’ve spent in God’s Word.

After you finish, share what God taught you with at least one person—your roommate, your spouse, your kids, or your coworkers. Don't keep what God taught you to yourself.

Past Sermon-Based Discussion Questions & Reading Plans:
Feb 3-9

 

Hebrews 11:29-40

Pastor Wes Feltner 

Take about 45 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

General Sharing: For you who heard the sermon this weekend, was there a specific concept your found yourself reflecting on afterwards? Did it cause you to take any actions outside of your norm? Was there anything from the sermon you wish you understood better or new how to apply better? Does anyone in the group have any insights to this?

Application [When you trust God in the good times you please God]. Have you ever met someone who was living a faithful life and everything seemed to go their way? How would you describe their faithfulness, what did they do that made them faithful? What was their attitude towards God? Have you had periods in your life where you would have fit this description? How were you able to appropriately praise God during this time? What are some of the challenges we face in remembering to trust God during the good times?

Application [When you trust God in the bad times you please God]. Have you ever met someone who was living a faithful life and nothing seemed to go their way? Describe their character during this time, what are things they did that showed them to be faithful? How do we handle this apparent unfairness in contrast to the faithful were everything went their way? In a world where the good don’t always get good and the bad don’t always get bad what are we as Christians to strive for? (To please God by trusting him)

 

 

 

Jan 27-FEB2

 

Hebrews 11:23-28

Pastor Wes Feltner 

Take about 45 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

General sharing: This is the third week Wes has preached out of Hebrews 11 commonly known as ‘the hall of faith.’ Has there been a specific takeaway you have been applying to your life? Is there anything about Hebrews 11 that you have been struggling with? Have you gotten a chance to share anything you have learned with a friend?

Application [Examples have the power to encourage]. When Wes told the story of the Chinese school age girl and showed a picture what were some of your thoughts? What makes an example of someone demonstrating faith so powerful? Read through Hebrews 11:23-28. What about Moses example is powerful? What example does he set that you wish to emulate?

Application [Faith overcomes fear]. What are some of the common fears we are faced with as Christians? (ex. Honesty at work, stopping gossip among friends, sharing faith etc.) What are the consequences of giving into this fear? What were some of the ways Wes mentioned or that you know of where Moses gave into fear? Why didn’t fear have the final say over Moses’ life? What is a specific area in your life where you need faith to overcome fear, so it doesn’t have the final say over your life?

 

 

Jan 20-26

 

Hebrews 11:8-12, 17-19

Pastor Wes Feltner 

Take about 45 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

General Sharing: Take several minutes for everyone to share a high and a low from this week. Did any of those highs or lows involve someone who you have been trying to share the gospel with? Is there anything from this week’s sermon that you would want to share with them?

Application [God is not looking for perfect faith, he is looking for persevering faith] Was there ever a time in your Christian journey where you had your hopes set on being perfect for God? What did this look like? What did it take for you to give up? When you look at Hebrews 11 and the hall of faith, was there anyone who accomplished this perfect faith? How is this encouraging?

Application [Surrendering is done through faith] You have probably heard songs and sermons with the expression of surrendering to God? What does this expression mean and what exactly are we surrendering? How does Abraham surrender to God in his sacrifice of Isaac and what role does his faith play in doing so? What was Abraham's trust in? Can a person surrender to God if they don’t trust him? As Christians how does surrendering in trust enable us to experience freedom?

Jan 13-19

 Hebrews 11:4-12

Pastor Wes Feltner 

Take about 30 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

General Sharing: How did you rely on God this last week? Were there any moments from this last week where you wish you would have? Was there a point from the sermon this week that you kept reflecting on afterwards? How do you plan to implement that going forward?

Application [The bag of righteous acts will always be to heavy]. What leads us to believe that if we live righteously God will grant us the life we want? Is it something in our culture, the church, or perhaps the way we read the bible? How have you tried to implement this mentality in your own life? What was the result? Was there a bible verse, mentor, or sermon that made you question this and guided you to drop the bag of righteous acts?

Application [Faith is about trusting God]. What are some of the promises we put in God’s mouth? How do these lead to us getting angry or disappointed with him? What are some of the truths that God has promised that we can be confident in? How do those relate to the way we live our everyday lives? In what area are you currently struggling to trust God in? Does anyone in the group have a bible verse that might help in that case?

 

Jan 7-12

Moving forward in faith: Hebrews 10:35-11:3

Pastor Wes Feltner 

Take about 30 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

General Sharing: We are getting towards the end of the No Going Back sermon series. Has there been a particular take away from one of the sermons that you find yourself repeatedly reflecting on? Has there been anything from the series that you have used to encourage a friend? Is there anything you have found difficulty in and wrestled with?

Application [Faith is confidence in what God has said, so we need to know what he has said and hasn’t said]. Wes played a video clip of the miracle on 34th street where the mother said, “faith is believing when common sense tells you not to.” Have you ever held that view of faith before or find yourself sometimes falling back on that view? What have been the implications on your relationship with God and your confidence in Him when you have this definition of faith? Have you noticed any correlation between when you were studying God’s word and your confidence in Him?

Application [People who are confident in God do crazy things for God]. Wes referenced Francis Chan’s video of an Olympian clinging to a balance beam instead of doing acrobatic moves because they desired safety. In what ways do we cling to safety when we lack confidence in God? How does this effect the way we evangelize to others? What evidence for God’s promises do you reflect on to find confidence in him. (creation, nation of Israel, evidence of Christ, etc.)

 

Dec 31-Jan 6

Pastor Wes Feltner 

Take about 30 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

 

General sharing: Reflecting on the end of 2018, what is something you learned about yourself and something you learned about God. How do you see yourself applying these lessons to your life in 2019? Did you have any significant prayer requests where you were able to see God work? Is there anything you are hoping to understand better about God in 2019?

Application [don’t overestimate your ability, overstate your situation, or underestimate God]: How can looking at the past lead to you overstate your ability? How can looking to the past make it so your eyes are trusting in yourself for strength and not God (You can see yourself in the past, present, and future. You can see God in the past, but it’s hard to trust him in the present and future). Why is it so easy for us in times of temptation to overstate our situation? What effect does this victim mentality have on our trust in God over the situation? How does it affect our witness to others when we underestimate God in challenging circumstance?

Application [God permits the extent, provides an escape, and promises endurance]. Do you find it hard that God would permit certain hardships? How can it be encouraging to know that he oversees its extent? What kind of encouragement could you give to a friend going through a difficult circumstance by using this truth? Are the escapes God provides in temptation always ones that we want to choose? Are there any experiences from your life where an escape actually felt like a punishment? Did your faith mature through that experience?

 

 

Dec 25-30

O Little Town of Bethlehem: Micah 5:1-5.  

Pastor Wes Feltner 

Take about 30 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

General Sharing: Share a high and a low from your Christmas with the group. Were there any observations you made about your immediate or extended family and where they are at in their faith? Were you able to have any gospel centered conversations with any of them? What was one thing you did to help remind you of the real meaning of Christmas during this season?

Application [Our significance is not in our size, security, or strength, our significance is in our savior]: What are some things in our culture that lead us to thinking that bigger, stronger, and faster are better? Part of this comes from a mentality that success is winning, what does winning look like within the American life? Notice the connection between feeling like we can earn or work to accomplish winning and the feeling of our own success. How is this different than the mindset we need to understand the gospel? How is this different from the message God is sending by using the little town of Bethlehem?

Application [The more we recognize the greatness of our need the more we recognize the greatness of our Savior]. Why is it so hard for us to want to identify ourselves with the little town of Bethlehem? What are areas of our life’s the remind us that we are not the hero of the story, but are in fact like the little town of Bethlehem? What are areas of our lives that commonly distract us into thinking we are the hero? When this happens what are some of the effects it has on our relationship with God and in what way’s these manifest in how we life our lives? What is the blessing in recognizing how similar we are to Bethlehem?

 

Dec 16-24

God's character brings humility and the ability to proclaim the Gospel. Luke 1.  Pastor Tony Manning

Take about minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

General sharing: As Christmas nears, has there been anyone specifically you have felt convicted to share the good news of hope with? What do you think having that conversation would look like? How would their life look different if you were to share the message of hope with them? Is there anything specific that you hope that they hear if they were to come to a Christmas service with you?

Application [understanding the traits of our God helps us trust Him in humility]: Tony described God as being omniscient (all knowing), omnipresent (ever present), and omnipotent (all powerful). Are you familiar with those words and what they mean? How did knowing these things help a 14-15year old girl who was a virgin what was going to happen to her? What are some things that have happened to you in life that if you were to go back and tell your younger self you would have had a hard time believing? How has your relationship with God matured in recent years to where you might be willing to be more like Mary and believe God?

Application [Humility helps us convey the gospel]: Read Luke 1:46-56. Can you pick out sections where humility in Mary as the author helped to promote God as the Savior? What are ways that we as Christians can act in humility to promote God as the Savior? How does that conversation defer between when you talk to a Christian and when you talk to someone who doesn’t know Christ? What are areas where you know you need to be humbler to proclaim the gospel more clearly?

Dec 10-15

Find focus by proclaiming the promises of God. Luke 1.  Pastor Tony Manning

Take about minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

General Sharing: How did you do on the Christmas quiz that Tony introduced at the beginning of the sermon this week? What are some fun family traditions that you do over the Christmas season? Are there any traditions you have that incorporate your faith and the nativity story?  

Application [We lose focus when we divert our attention away from God and focus on ourselves or our circumstances]: What circumstances caused Zechariah to lose focus on God? What should have been his mindset in that situation? What circumstances do you find causing you to lose focus? What causes those circumstances verses others to be what causes you to lose focus? What are ways that you can regain focus in those moments.

Application [we find our voice when we are quick to claim God’s voice in our lives]: What are the lies that you are believing in the circumstances that cause you to lose focus? What are some of the promises of God that you can proclaim to regain focus? Is it easy for you to verbally proclaim the promises of God around others? What reactions have you seen when you do this among Christians and people of other beliefs? Is there any advice in doing this that you would like to give to the group?

Dec 1-9

Hebrews 9

 

General sharing: Was there anything from the message this weekend that you found yourself thinking about again afterwards? Is there something from the message that you wish you could have shared with yourself 5-10 years ago? What do you think your reaction would have been? Is that message still something you need to hear today?


Application [we all have blood on our hands]: Were you able to identify with Lady MacBeth or Albert Speer in how they had a guilty conscience that couldn’t find rest? What brings about conviction in our hearts? What helps us know right from wrong? (Read Romans 2:12-16 for the answer). In his sermon Wes quoted Isaiah 53:6 and made it clear that we all have blood on our hands, we all have sinned before God. Do you think people in our culture today feel a sense of their own sin?


Application [We are eternally cleansed from our sin]: Read Hebrews 9:11-14. Why do you think it is hard for us to believe that Christ really is able to cleans us form out sins? Is it healthy for us to feel guilty when we sin? Is it healthy for us to remain in that feeling of guilt? If it is healthy at first to have this feeling of guilt over sin we commit, what is the appropriate response after? Read 1 John 1:5-10. How does this process help remove that sense of guilt?

Nov 25-Dec 1

No going back to what doesn't exist. Hebrews 8

 

General Sharing: Wes started this week’s sermon by comparing old tings that got replaced with new things (KODAK). Are there any memories you have of old things that have now been replaced with new things? Any that you miss, any that you are grateful have changed? Is new always better?

Application [Christ is greater because He is in heaven]: How confident would you be in a priest who interceded with God for you by working to offer sacrifices over and over again? What would limit your confidence in that system? Read Hebrews 7:25. What comfort do you find in knowing that Christ is in heaven and he has direct access to the Father? How do we move this from being intellectual knowledge to being heart felt transformation?

Application [Christ is a final sacrifice]: What does a salvation by works mentality look like in a person’s life? Have you ever fallen victim to that way of thinking? What in our culture leads us back into thinking we need to earn our salvation? Discuss the white T-shirt illustration. We work to cover things up. Christ washes us clean. Do you struggle to accept that Christ is the final sacrifice, that God doesn’t remember your sins? Think, if our relationship with God was anything else it would be a works based religious system.

 

Nov 19-24

The confidence of an indestructible life. Hebrews 7.  Pastor Wes Feltner

Take about minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

General Sharing: How has the Lord taught you to be thankful in this last year? Are you able to get a sense of when your heart is reluctant to be thankful? In the ‘No going back’ series has there been anything you found yourself being more thankful for?

Application: [our confidence in salvation impacts our relationship with God] Have you ever been confident in something which later you found you shouldn’t have been so confident in? Have you ever found yourself wavering in your confidence of salvation? What events or life patterns led to you wavering? How did this effect your prayer life, your desire to study the word, and your willingness to share the gospel with others? How did your life in these aspects differ at a time when you were confident in your salvation?

Application: [Our confidence comes from Christ being greater]. What things do people often attach their confidence in their relationship with God to? (think good works). How long do those things last? In what ways is Christ greater than those things? Other things come and then they go, but Christ has come and is now forever. What confidence can this bring in our position before God? (think on the illustration Wes used of the spinning chair)

 

Nov 11-18

No Going Back on Promises. Hebrews 6:13-20.  Pastor Wes Feltner

Take about minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

  1. If God has kept all of his promises in the past, why do we still have anxiety about Him fulfilling his promises for the future?
  2. Read 2 Peter 3:9. “As some count slowness,” Why does waiting cause us great fear and temptation to “go back?”  What has helped you in the past to wait on the Lord?
  3. These are the characteristics that mark a life of trusting God’s promises: patience, assurance, endurance, confidence. Which one do you struggle with the most and why?  Which one gives you the most comfort and how have you come to that point in your walk?
  4. Pastor Wes challenged us with the question, “What is your anchor? Read Hebrews 12:27-29.  What “shakable things” have you placed your anchor in?  What are the consequences of placing your anchor in shakable things?  Why are we so quick to place our trust in temporary anchors?
  5. Read the following quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, on his decision whether or not to stay in the comforts of the United States or return to his suffering brothers and sisters in Germany. How does one come to this conclusion and how can we prepare ourselves for the same conviction should we ever have to make this gut-wrenching call?

“I have had the time to think and to pray about my situation and that of my nation and to have God’s will for me clarified.  I have come to the conclusion that I have made a mistake in coming to America.  I must live through this difficult period of our national history with the Christian people of Germany.  I shall have no right to participate in the reconstruction of Christian life in Germany after the war if I do not share the trials of this time with my people.  My brothers in the Confessing Synod wanted me to go.  They may not have been right in urging me to do so; but I was wrong in going. Such a decision each man must make for himself.  Christians in Germany will face the terrible alternative of either willing the defeat of their nation in order that Christian civilization may survive, or willing the victory of their nation and thereby destroying our civilation.  I know which of these alternatives I must choose, but I cannot make that choice in security.”   Metaxas, Eric., Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Pg 409.

 

October 22-28

Take about 25 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

No Going Back: Grow up or You'll Go Back 

Hebrews 5:11   10/20 & 10/21, Pastor Wes Feltner

  • General Sharing: The previous week’s message was about Christ being our sufficient representative before God who also sympathized with us. How where you able to apply that to your past week? What did you notice when you applied it? What was the greatest challenge in doing so?
  • Application: We are to be mature Christians. When are times in your life when you are least likely to pursue being spiritually mature? Who are some of the people in your life that have pushed you or convicted you to be more mature? What did those conversations look like and how did you respond? Where would you say you are at now in the maturing process?

    Application: Maturity is more than knowledge. How many of us thought that maturity was related to knowledge and reserved for pastors, teachers, and leaders? What’s the difference between being schooled in the word and being skilled in the word? Some Christians would rather debate about Jesus’ teachings than live them. Have you ever fallen into that trap? What have you found has helped you most in becoming skilled in the word?

     

October 14-21

Take about 25 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

  • The Confidence to Enter In

    Hebrews 4:14-5:10   10/13 & 10/14, Pastor Wes Feltner

    • General sharing: How have you found yourself responding to the message series “No Going Back” up to this point? What was a truth that stood out to you during this past weeks sermon?
    • Application: We can have confidence in Christ as our representative. When it comes to your position before God, have you ever felt like that boy who watched the parade and paid for the circus, but never went in? (Have you ever felt like you have been given the opportunity to understand God and have a relationship with Him, but never have what it takes to attain it? What contributes to this feeling, or sense of separation? In what ways to you find yourself trying to be your own priest, AKA your own representative? What kind of sacrifices do you offer?
    • Application:  Christ is the greater sacrifice. Think conceptually: What would it take for you to be convinced that Christ is actually enough? What more, within reason, could He have done to convince you? Take a moment to reflect on what it means for Christ to be the God-man. Wes brought up the concept of Christ being able to sympathize with us on an even deeper level because he carried the full weight of not having sinned. Does this illustration resonate with you? How does it attribute to your confidence in Christ?
October 7-13

Take about 25 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

Salvation Belongs to the Lord

» Jonah 1:17-3:10  »  10/6& 10/7 weekend sermon, Pastor Tony Manning 

  • General sharing: Did anyone this past week get a chance to share the gospel? Would you say the concept of actively sharing the gospel is a part of the culture among your close friend group? What are some ways you can incorporate it more into that culture? 
  • Application: Salvation belongs to the Lord: Has there been a time in your Life where God clearly showed you that “Salvation belongs to the Lord? (meaning: he alone can save and has in His goodness chosen to save). During this time who did you share this with and what was their response? Knowing now what you learned then, how would you handle a similar circumstance if it was to happen today? Is there anything you would do differently or anything you would make sure to do the same?
  • Application: Called to sow seeds freely. In this last week’s message Tony brought attention to the parable of the seeds and how as Christians the emphasis is no longer on what kind of soil that we are sowing on, but the fact that we are sowing. How does that resonate with you? What are the types of excuses you find yourself using to justify avoiding sowing? What steps could you take to make you more proactive in this? Is there any related scripture that could guide us in this process?
October 1-6

Take about 25 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

The restlessness of rebellion [Hebrews, Week 5]

» Hebrews 4  »  9/29 & 9/30 weekend sermon, Dr. Wes Feltner

  • General sharing: Was there anything from the Sermon this weekend that really identified with something you went through this last week? Share a high point and a low point from your week with the group.
  • Application: Rebellion and unbelief lead to restlessnessR. Wes pointed out that it’s common for a Christian who has experienced rest in salvation to slip back into restlessness through doubt during difficulty. Is there a common pattern of instances where you most easily fall back into restlessness? What are some of the doubts (moments of unbelief) you have in those moments that is leading to that restlessness? Is there a specific bible verse you find a truth to combat those situations? Does anyone in the group have any ideas?
  • Application: You know you are at rest when you stop hiding from God. What does it mean to be spiritually naked? The illustration used in the sermon was Aslan (lion) climbing onto Eustace (dragon) back and tearing away layers of his skin. It was a very painful process. What makes getting spiritually naked so painful and why do we need God’s help to do so? What about being spiritually naked before god brings us rest? (Because at that moment we see Christ identify us, the naked us, as His own and cloth us (identify us) by his love).  

 

September 23-29

Take about 25 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

No Going Back_to good substitues [Hebrews, Week 4]

» Hebrews 3  »  9/22 & 9/23 weekend sermon, Dr. Wes Feltner

  • General sharing: Was there anything that really convicted you in Wes’s sermon this weekend? Anything that you found yourself thinking deeper about afterward? 
  • Application: losing focus leads to subtle compromise. When you lose focus what are the good things you subtly turn to as idols? Is Screwtape’s (C.S Lewis) strategy of focusing your attention on a substitute of Christ (good things) working in your life right now? 
  • Application: lose focus=stop listening=become calloused. Wes stated, “When your ears stop listening eventually your heart becomes hardened.” In what ways do you find it easiest to stop listening? Is there anything in your life that normally precedes the times when you stop listening? What truths of the gospel do you stop listening to? How have your found yourself hardened as a result in the past? What about in the present?
September 17-22
Take about 25 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

No Going Back_Because of Jesus [Hebrews, Week 2]

» Hebrews 1:5-2:4  »  9/15 & 9/16 weekend sermon, Dr. Wes Feltner

  • General sharing: What was your main takeaway from this third sermon in the series No Going Back? Was there anything specifically about not going back in times of difficulty that stood out to you?
  • Application: Our significance is defined by our creator. What are things you commonly look to in your life to define your significance? What have your found in the past to be effective at reminding you of your significance in Christ (scripture, devotional, habit, song, etc.)?  Is there anything unique to this week that you can do as a reminder of your significance to Christ?
  • Application: Jesus is a God who understands through his own suffering. What are your thoughts on Christs being unashamed to call you a brother or sister though knowing your past fully? Do you believe he can actually, though being God, understand the pressure of your difficulties and failures?  What has prevented you from believing Jesus knows and in grace relates to your struggle? How does knowing he can relate prevent you from going back?
September 10-16
Take about 25 minutes during your missional community gathering to discuss what God is teaching you and how he is leading you in light of the weekend sermon.

No Going Back_to angels [Hebrews, Week 2]

» Hebrews 1:5-2:4  »  9/8 & 9/9 weekend sermon, Dr. Wes Feltner

  • General sharing:What did you walk away with from this weekend's message? What does God want you to do in light of this truth? Did anything stick out to you, challenge you, or raise a question for you from the sermon?
  • Application: Never let secondary things become primary things. What are things in your life that you are tempted in being preoccupied with? If preoccupation = settling, what are you settling for when you become preoccupied with that? What do you do to try to keep the primary things in their rightful place.
  • Application: Never let what you feel have authority over what God has said.  This is a challenging one, too! What are examples in our culture of people ignoring what God has said, because they feel strongly about something? If you are willing to share, have you ever felt something strongly enough that it competed with or had precedence over what God has said?
September 4-9

Sermon-based Discussion Questions

No Going Back_because of Jesus [Hebrews, Week 1]

» Hebrews 1:1-5  »  9/1 & 9/2 weekend sermon, Dr. Wes Feltner

  • God's grace (his undeserved favor) is experienced not only in salvation, but in his revelation, too. Share about a time you experienced God's grace through something you read in the Bible. 
  • The key to not going backwards is getting a fresh vision of Jesus. How does knowing Christ better make following Christ easier?
  • Pastor Wes shared 4  ways our lives can be transformed and deepened by having a fresh vision of Jesus. Seeing Jesus for who he really is changes our Worship, Gratitude, Encouragement, and Relationship. Which of these  areas do you need to experience more of right now? Why?

Bible Reading Plan

No Going Back_to angels [Hebrews, week2]

  • 9/4    Hebrews 1:6-14
  • 9/5    Colossians 1:15-18*
  • 9/6    Psalm 102:25-27*
  • 9/7    Psalm 23:5*
  • 9/8    Psalm 103:20-21*
  • 9/9   Hebrews 1:6-14

»  Hebrews»  9/8 & 9/9 weekend sermon

August 27-September 1

Sermon-Based Discussion

Be Connected [Week2]

» 1 Corinthians 12:21-27  »  8/25 & 8/26 weekend sermon, Pastor Terry Foss

  • The Corinthian church was struggling with division. What does division reveal about how we look at the rest of the body of Christ? Who tends to be elevated in the church and who tends to be ignored?
  • Take a few minutes to share (if you are comfortable0 some of the biggest challenges you face in your life. How can we support each other more in these challenges?
  • We can share our needs with each other, but what about people outside the body of Christ--how can we find out the challenges that our neighbors and friends have in their lives? Pray that God would allow us to discover a need this week around us and show us what we can do to meet that need with the love of Christ.

Bible Reading Plan

No Going Back because of Jesus [Hebrews, week1]

  • 8/27    Hebrews 1:1-5
  • 8/28    Matthew 17:5*
  • 8/29   Matthew 28:18*
  • 8/30   John 1:17-18*
  • 8/31    2 Corinthians 4:4*
  • 9/1      John 14:9-10*

»  Hebrews»  9/1 & 9/2 weekend sermon

August 20-25

Bible Reading Plan

Be Connected 

  • 8/20    1 Corinthians 12:21-26
  • 8/21    Ecclesiastes 4:9-12*
  • 8/22   1 Corinthians 1:10-12*
  • 8/23   2 Corinthians 13:11*
  • 8/24   1 Peter 3:8*
  • 8/25   I Corinthians 12:21-26

»  Be Connect [Week 2]»  8/25 & 8/26 weekend sermon

 

Sermon-based discussion questions

Be Connected [Week1]

» 1 Corinthians 12:12-20  »  8/18 & 8/19 weekend sermon, Pastor Tony Manning

  • Many in our society consider themselves spiritual or religious, but do not participate in a local church. What would you say to someone who felt that way?
  • If following Christ means being part of a living, active, connected body--like we see portrayed in the early church--what keeps us from functioning like that today? 
  • How have you personally benefited from being connected to the body of Christ? How have you been blessed by the presence/gifts/ministry/strength/support/encouragement of other believers?
  • What has God uniquely given you (gifts/talents/passions) to contribute to the body? What keeps us from using our gifts and talents to benefit the body as much as we could?
  • If the 4Gs (Gather in Worship, Grow in the Word, Give to the Work, Go to the World) are vital ways to experience and grow in Christ, which area would you say you would like to develop more? Why?
August 13-18

Bible Reading Plan

Be Connected [Week 1]

  • 8/13    I Corinthians 12:12-20
  • 8/14    Acts 2:42-47*
  • 8/15    Acts 6:1-7*
  • 8/16    Ephesians 4:1-7*
  • 8/17    Ephesians 4:11-16*
  • 8/18   I Corinthians 12:12-20

»  Be Connected [Week 1]»  8/18 & 8/19 weekend sermon

Sermon-Based Discussion Questions

X Commandments
One More is Never Enough [Coveting]

» Exodus 20:17  »  8/11 & 8/12 weekend sermon, Dr. Wes Feltner

  • The 10th Commandment is the perfect conclusion of the 10 Commandments because it centers on our desires. Pastor Wes pointed out that desires determine deeds. Our ability to obediently walk with Jesus flows from the desire of our heart. What have you found causes your desire for God to grow the most (personal devotions or prayer, corporate worship, serving the needs of others, sharing your faith, etc.)?
  • Pastor Wes shared 5 tendencies that reveal where we struggle with covetousness (comparing, complaining, critiquing, consuming, and clinging). Which of this tendencies pop up the most in your life? What does that tendency reveal about what you desire?
  • If coveting kills community, how can we create a faith community that demonstrates that we desire God more that the things of the world? What are practical ways we can follow Jesus' example and "give ourselves away?"
August 6-11

Bible Reading Plan

One More is Never Enough  (Coveting)

  • 8/6     Exodus 20:17
  • 8/7     Luke 12:15*
  • 8/8     Hebrews 13:5*
  • 8/9     Genesis 3:6*
  • 8/10   Isaiah 33:15*
  • 8/11    Exodus 20:17

»  X Commandments » Exodus 20 »  8/11 & 8/12 weekend sermon

Sermon Based Discussion Questions

X Commandments
Nothing, But the Truth.  [False Witness]

» Exodus 20:16  »  8/4 & 8/5 weekend sermon, Dr. Wes Feltner

  • Why is being truthful such a big deal to God? (we as individuals and as a community of faith, are meant to reflect the God of truth)
  • Pastor Wes listed several ways we can bear false witness [statements that don't reflect our heart, false statements that sow discord, false promises, false teaching, and false worship].  Which one do you recognize in your life. Why do you think that is a struggle for you? 
  • In Psalm 5:8-10, the psalmist says that his enemies "flatter with their tongue." Are you ever tempted to be less than truthful, to flatter either yourself or someone else? Why? How could you respond differently in those situations to remain truthful and loving?
  • How does your life bear witness to the truth of Jesus Christ? What opportunities do I currently have to bear witness to the truth of Jesus in word or deed?
July 30-August 4

Bible Reading Plan

Lying

  • 7/23      Exodus 20:16
  • 7/24     Proverbs 19:1,5,9*
  • 7/25     Psalm 15*
  • 7/26     Psalm 101:5-7*
  • 7/27     Exodus 23:1-3*
  • 7/28     Exodus 20:16

»  X Commandments » Exodus 20 »  8/4 & 8/5 weekend sermon

Sermon Based Discussion Questions

X Commandments: Do not take...receive. [Stealing]

» Exodus 20:15  »  7/28 & 7/29 weekend sermon, Dr. Wes Feltner

  • What reactions or questions did you have about this sermon?
  • What are the ways stealing is justified in our culture today?
  • How is stealing similar to Adam and Eve's sin in the garden? (pursuing self-reliance vs relying on God)  
  • How does stealing show "slave thinking?"(seeking to take control of our circumstances)
  • Pastor Wes shared 4 ways we can steal--physically, vocationally, mentally, spiritually--if you are comfortable sharing, which of these do you find most challenging? Why?
July 23-28

Bible Reading Plan

Do Not Take...Receive  

  • 7/23      Exodus 20:15
  • 7/24     Ephesians 4:28*
  • 7/25     Leviticus 19:11*
  • 7/26     John 12:6*
  • 7/27     Leviticus 6:1-7*
  • 7/28     Exodus 20:15

Sermon-based Discussion Questions

X Commandments: High Fidelity [Adultery]

» Exodus 20:14  »  7/21 & 7/22 weekend sermon, Pastor Roger Thompson

  • Our culture has lost it's ability to be repulsed by many things that were once considered taboo or sinful. How do we regain a revulsion for something we have become comfortable with?
  • Share about a time when you didn't take a warning seriously enough. Take a moment to catalogue together all the things God is trying to protect us from through the 7th commandment.
  • The 10 Commandments point out what is out of bounds and alludes to the good things our Father wants to bless us with. How would America look different if we just followed this commandment in our culture?
  • The point of the commandments isn't to call us to a perfect life, but to reveal our brokenness. How does focusing on our neediness help us more than trying to live morally?
July 16-21

High Fidelity [Adultery]

  • 7/16       Exodus 20:14
  • 7/17     Hebrews 13:4*
  • 7/18      Romans 13:9*
  • 7/19     Romans 7:2-3*
  • 7/20     1 John 3:12-15*
  • 7/21     Exodus 20:14

»  X Commandments » Exodus 20:14 »  7/21 & 7/22 weekend sermon

X Commandments: Imago Dei [Murder]

» Exodus 20:13  »  7/14 & 7/15 weekend sermon, Pastor Tony Manning

  • What kind of people do you find it most difficult to love?
  • Tony reminded us that every human life is created in the image of God. What are some of the practical ways this could change how we view or treat people?
  • Have there been times in your life where you have struggled with seeing your own self-worth? Who in your life needs to be reminded of how they are valued and loved by God?
July 8-14

Imago Dei (Murder)

  • 7/9       Exodus 20:1-13
  • 7/10      Romans 13:9*
  • 7/11      Genesis 9:5-6*
  • 7/12     Matthew 5:21-26*
  • 7/13     1 John 3:12-15*
  • 7/14     Exodus 20:1-13

»  X Commandments » Exodus 20 »  7/14 & 7/15 weekend sermon

X Commandments: Pleading the 5th [Honor Father & Mother]

» Exodus 20:12  »  7/7 & 7/8 weekend sermon, Dr. Wes Feltner

  • What does the 5th commandment have to do with God?
  • Of the practical ways we can honor our father and mother that Pastor Wes shared (obeying, respecting, grace & forgiveness, asking for advice, honoring), which is the hardest for you? Which is easiest for you? Which one haven't you practiced in awhile?
July 1-7
Bible Reading Plan

Pleading the 5th [Honor Father & Mother]

  • 7/2     Exodus 20:1-12
  • 7/3     Colossians 3:18-25*
  • 7/4     Mark 7:9-16*
  • 7/5     Deuteronomy 5:16*
  • 7/6     Luke 18:18-29*
  • 7/7     Exodus 20:1-12

»  X Commandments: Pleading the 5th [Honor Father & Mother]» Exodus 20 »  7/7 & 7/8 weekend sermon

Discussion questions

X Commandments: Work Hard at Resting

» Exodus 20:1-7  »  6/30 & 7/1 weekend sermon, Dr. Wes Feltner

  • Have you ever made a mistake or a bad decision because you hadn't gotten enough rest?
  • If keeping the Sabbath is meant to provide us with time to rest and time to reflect, which one do you sense you need more of? How can you build that into your life? What are the consequences if we don't?
  • How does the 4th Commandment remind us about our redemption? (we are sons & daughters, not slaves) What in your life tries to become your slave master?
June 24-30
Bible Reading Plan

Work Hard at Resting

  • 6/25   Exodus 20:1-11
  • 6/26   Exodus 31:13-16*
  • 6/27   Isaiah 56:4-6*
  • 6/28   Leviticus 23:3*
  • 6/29   Deuteronomy 16:11-12*
  • 6/30   Exodus 20:1-11

»  X Commandments » Exodus 20 »  6/30 & 7/1 weekend sermon

Discussion questions

X Commandments: What's in a Name?

» Exodus 20:1-7  »  6/16 & 6/17 weekend sermon, Pastor Tony Manning

  • Pastor Tony shared that part of what it means to take the name of the Lord in vain is to pursue a fraudulent lifestyle--when things in our lives don't match our commitment to lift up the name of Jesus. Do you have people in your life that you can share your struggles with or do you feel like you are going it alone?
  • Another aspect was fraudulent worship. Do you find it easy to focus your attention on Jesus in worship or are you easily distracted? How can we better deal with distractions and participate more fully?
  • What is the significance that we are baptized "into the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit?" 
  • Colossians 3:17 says, "And whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." How do we make the parts of our lives we tend to look at as "secular" reflect our commitment to lift up the name of Jesus? How can you do this at our work/ school/ neighborhood/ activities?
June 18-23

What's In A Name?

  • 6/18   Exodus 20:7
  • 6/19   Ezekiel 39:25*
  • 6/20  Psalm 145:1-3*
  • 6/21   Ezekiel 36:21-23*
  • 6/22  Luke 6:45*
  • 6/23  Exodus 20:7

»  X Commandments » Exodus 20 »  6/23 & 6/24 weekend sermon

Small Group Discussion Questions

No Assembly Required

» Exodus 20:1-6  »  6/16 & 6/17 weekend sermon, Dr. Wes Feltner 

  • The first commandment addresses no other gods before me which is the object of worship. The second commandment addresses the mode of worship which is a carved image or likeness of anything that is in heaven above.  Why is there the distinction between the two and why is that important to understand the difference?
  • Worshipping anything, person or object other than the Lord is an abomination to God’s glory. Why does He protect His glory so fiercely? 
  • God’s demand for worship and exclusive devotion is not only for His benefit; it’s for ours too. How does honoring the second commandment benefit us as believers?
  • Isn’t jealousy a sin? How can one reconcile God’s jealousy in this text?
  • Breaking the second commandment can be quite obvious but it can also be quite subtle with devastating consequences. Name some of the ways the second commandment is broken much more subtlety? 
  • Read John 14:15-21. How does this text relate to Exodus 20:4-6? 
  • How do the Ten Commandments point to Jesus and His finished work on the Cross?
June 11-17

Worship the True God

  • 6/11  Exodus 20:4-6
  • 6/12  Exodus 34:11-16
  • 6/13   Deuteronomy 4:15-24
  • 6/14  Deuteronomy 5:8-10
  • 6/15  Deuteronomy 6:10-15
  • 6/16   2 John 4-11

»  X Commandments » Exodus 20 »  6/16 & 6/17 weekend sermon

Discussion Questions:

X Commandments

» Exodus 19  »  6/9 & 6/10 weekend sermon, Dr. Wes Feltner 

  • What does it mean to have no other gods before our God?  Why do you think this is the first of the ten commandments?  Is that significant or are they in no particular order?

  • Read Exodus 32:15-20.  Notice how quickly the first commandment was broken.  What drove Aaron and spiritual leaders to so quickly defy the first commandment?

  • Why are we so quick to place “other gods” before our God?

  • What are the implications of failing to follow the first commandment?

  • Sometimes it’s easy to identify idols and at other times, they hide themselves in very deceptive places.  What are some of the deceptive idols and how can they be identified?

  • One of the more deceptive gods is the god of self.  What are some of the consequences of having self in the idol chair?   

  • Jeremiah 17:9 states the following; “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Other than “pray, read your bible and go to church (the Sunday school answers), how does one guard your heart to be able to identify and eradicate oneself from destructive idols.   

  • Commit as a small group to be “on guard” for each other, praying for each other for the spiritual eyes of your heart to be enlightened to the hope of Christ alone!  (Ephesians 1:18)

June 3-10

X Commandments

  • 6/4  Exodus 19:1-9
  • 6/5  Exodus 19:10-16
  • 6/6   Exodus 19:16-20
  • 6/7  Exodus 19:21-25
  • 6/8   Exodus 20:1-3
  • 6/9   Exodus 34:27-33

»  X Commandments » Exodus 19 »  6/9 & 6/10 weekend sermon

Discussion Questions

» Exodus 19  »  6/9 & 6/10 weekend sermon, Dr. Wes Feltner 

  • What does it mean to have no other gods before our God?  Why do you think this is the first of the ten commandments?  Is that significant or are they in no particular order?

  • Read Exodus 32:15-20.  Notice how quickly the first commandment was broken.  What drove Aaron and spiritual leaders to so quickly defy the first commandment?

  • Why are we so quick to place “other gods” before our God?

  • What are the implications of failing to follow the first commandment?

  • Sometimes it’s easy to identify idols and at other times, they hide themselves in very deceptive places.  What are some of the deceptive idols and how can they be identified?

  • One of the more deceptive gods is the god of self.  What are some of the consequences of having self in the idol chair?   

  • Jeremiah 17:9 states the following; “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Other than “pray, read your bible and go to church (the Sunday school answers), how does one guard your heart to be able to identify and eradicate oneself from destructive idols.   

  • Commit as a small group to be “on guard” for each other, praying for each other for the spiritual eyes of your heart to be enlightened to the hope of Christ alone!  (Ephesians 1:18)

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