Feb 13, 2022
“Anchor of the Soul”
Series: Hebrews
Anchor of the Soul February 13, 2022
  1. Name some Old Testament saints, other than Abraham, who demonstrated faith and patience in God’s promises? How might we imitate them today? (Heb. 6:12; Heb. 11) 
  2. What is the promise being talked about in Hebrews 6? Look at Genesis 22:15-19. How does this promise/covenant/blessing apply to us today? (Context: Gen. 15:5-6; Gen. 17:5-8)
  3. Share an experience when hope has been an anchor for your soul?
  4. What does it mean for Christ to be our forerunner? 
  5. Extra Credit: Who is Melchizedek and why is he mentioned so much in Hebrews 5,6,7? (Heb. 5,6-7; 6:20; 7:1-17) 
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  • Feb 13, 2022“Anchor of the Soul”
    Feb 13, 2022
    “Anchor of the Soul”
    Series: Hebrews
    Anchor of the Soul February 13, 2022
    1. Name some Old Testament saints, other than Abraham, who demonstrated faith and patience in God’s promises? How might we imitate them today? (Heb. 6:12; Heb. 11) 
    2. What is the promise being talked about in Hebrews 6? Look at Genesis 22:15-19. How does this promise/covenant/blessing apply to us today? (Context: Gen. 15:5-6; Gen. 17:5-8)
    3. Share an experience when hope has been an anchor for your soul?
    4. What does it mean for Christ to be our forerunner? 
    5. Extra Credit: Who is Melchizedek and why is he mentioned so much in Hebrews 5,6,7? (Heb. 5,6-7; 6:20; 7:1-17) 
  • Feb 6, 2022“The Dark Side and the Bright Side”
    Feb 6, 2022
    “The Dark Side and the Bright Side”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 6:4-12 The Dark Side and the Bright Side February 6, 2022
    1. Read and review the parable of the sower (Matt. 13:1-9; 18-23) and compare it to the message Hebrews 6:4-8. Discuss. 
    2. How do you personally resonate with the content of the message given in Hebrews 4:4-8?
    3. How can we be sure of better things for ourselves and our church community today? (Heb. 6:9)
    4. From your life experience, how have you seen both “faith and patience” as instrumental to the Christian walk? (Heb. 6:12) 
    5. How is hope also a major part of persevering in the Christian life? (Heb. 6:11; 18-19)
    6. What do we do now with this message? 
  • Jan 30, 2022“Spiritual Toddlers”
    Jan 30, 2022
    “Spiritual Toddlers”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 5:5-6:3 Spiritual Toddlers January 30, 2022
    1. How did you hear God’s voice this week from his Word and in what ways can we actively seek to avoid being “dull of hearing?” (Heb. 5:11)
    2. In what ways is Jesus the perfect “source of eternal salvation?” (Heb. 5:9)
    3. What does it mean to mature spiritually from milk to meat. Discuss: (1 Cor. 3:1-3; Eph. 4:11-14; Heb. 5:12-13)
    4. If we are going to graduate from the elementary doctrines, we will no doubt need help from one another.  Are you discipling someone right now to go on to maturity? Or would you like to be discipled by someone else? Consider what discipleship is and what it could look like in your life. Talk about ways in which you could practically make this happen.1
     
  • Jan 23, 2022“The Sword and the Priest”
    Jan 23, 2022
    “The Sword and the Priest”
    Series: Hebrews
     
     
  • Jan 16, 2022“God’s Rest”
    Jan 16, 2022
    “God’s Rest”
    Series: Hebrews
     
     
  • Jan 9, 2022“Jesus is Better Than Moses”
    Jan 9, 2022
    “Jesus is Better Than Moses”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 3:1-19  Jesus Is Better Than Moses  January 9, 2022
    1. What are your impressions of the letter of Hebrews so far? What  have you taken away from chapters 1-3? 
    2. What makes the letter of Hebrews unique? 
    3. Why is it so significant that Jesus would be compared to Moses and in what ways is he actually better? (Numbers 12:6-9; Hebrews 3:1-6) 
    4. Hebrews 3:7-11 is a quote from Psalm 95:7-11 which references the context of Meribah in Numbers chapter 20. What’s going on in Numbers 20:2-13 and why is this example given in Hebrews 3? 
    5. How can we “exhort one another?” (Heb. 3:13) Why is this so important and what’s at stake if we neglect this duty to one another? 
    6. Take notice of the theme of belief and unbelief in this study (Belief: Heb. 3:12,19; Num. 20:12). Why is “belief” so central to Christianity and really all of life? 
  • Jan 2, 2022“The Good Shepherd” Part 2
    Jan 2, 2022
    “The Good Shepherd” Part 2
    Series: Psalm 23
  • Dec 26, 2021“We See Him”
    Dec 26, 2021
    “We See Him”
    Series: Advent 2021
  • Dec 19, 2021“Fall on Your Knees”
    Dec 19, 2021
    “Fall on Your Knees”
    Series: Advent 2021
  • Dec 12, 2021“Jesus is Better”
    Dec 12, 2021
    “Jesus is Better”
    Series: Advent 2021
  • Dec 5, 2021“Nate Parks”
    Dec 5, 2021
    “Nate Parks”
  • Nov 28, 2021“The Good Shepherd”
    Nov 28, 2021
    “The Good Shepherd”
    Series: Psalm 23
        
  • Nov 21, 2021“Prayer and Partnership”
    Nov 21, 2021
    “Prayer and Partnership”
    Sermon Note Questions Prayer and Partnership | Colossians 4:2-18 #CenterofAllThings November 21, 2021
    1. What would it look like for you to devote yourselves to prayer? Be specific. 
    2. Why do you think Paul gives these specific final instructions to the Colossians to close out his letter? (Col. 4:2-6) 
    3. Go through the “credits of Colossians” in Col. 4:7-18 as a group listing the people as you go and examine why you think Paul lists them? What can today for our own church ministry with Paul’s partnerships in gospel ministry? 
    4. Looking back through the series in Colossians: Center of All Things, what is your main takeaway or what stands out to you the most from this letter to the Colossian church? 
    5. Extra Credit: Onesimus is mentioned in Colossians 4:7. Read the letter of Philemon. What names do find are listed in both Colossians and Philemon? And what is going on between Paul, Onesimus, and Philemon? What do we learn from the way Paul treated each person? 
  • Nov 14, 2021“Household Codes”
    Nov 14, 2021
    “Household Codes”
    Small Group Questions: Text: Col. 3:18-4:1
    1. Which words were emphasized, repeated, or connected in this passage? What are 2-3 themes or key ideas that emerge?
    2. What are some of the roles (single,husband,wife,parent,child,roommate, friend, employee, boss, etc.) you have in life right now? What does it look like for you to live out your specific roles under the lordship of Jesus (3:17)?
    3. How many times does Paul mention “the Lord” in this passage? Why do you think he would emphasize Christ’s lordship so much in a section about roles and relationships?
    4. Is there a specific role or relationship that you’re struggling to follow Christ in? What is the struggle and how can the group pray about this struggle for you?
    5. Read Col. 3:13; 4:1; Eph. 5:25-28; Matt. 18:23-35. How does our relationship with Christ and acknowledging how He has treated us help us to have the right heart in our roles and relationships?
    6. Read all of Colossians again this coming week and write down what you’ve learned, things that have stood out to you, or things you want to take away from our study of Colossians.
  • Nov 7, 2021“Clothed With Virtue”
    Nov 7, 2021
    “Clothed With Virtue”
    Questions for small groups or personal study. Clothed With Virtue | Colossians 3:12-17 #CenterofAllThings  November 7, 2021
    1. What similarities do you find in Col. 3:12-17 and Ephesians 4:22-24; 31-32?
    2. Where do you see the “see-saw” in Paul’s teaching again in this passage? (identity to lifestyle and back and forth)
    3. Is verse 13 easy or difficult to follow? Why?
    4. Why should we “above all” other things choose to put on love? Why love?
    5. Thanksgiving is a major theme here but why? (attitude of gratitude)
    6. Notice how Paul doesn’t lists rules or laws in this passage; but he does give direction and ideals. Read the following quotes and discuss how they shed light on this passage.  “We are not shaped by rules, we are shaped by a Ruler. And “We are not taxpayers with rights, we are sinners saved by grace.” — Mark Meynell
  • Oct 31, 2021“Vice Versa”
    Oct 31, 2021
    “Vice Versa”
    Questions for small groups or personal study. Vice Versa | Colossians 3:1-11 #CenterofAllThings  October 31, 2021
    1. What has already happened to believers and will happen to believers in the future according to Colossians 3:1-4? (Justification,sanctification,glorification)
    2. What does it mean to “set your mind on things above?” And how is this done practically? What dangers do we want avoid with the heavenly vs earthly comparison?
    3. Compare Colossians 3:5-10, Ephesians 4:20-24. What is meant by the process of Put off, Put On, Renew? And how is this worked out? (Rom. 8:13)
    4. Why do you think Colossians 3:11 so important to this passage? What’s it saying? Why is it important we don’t show partiality or discrimination in the church community especially when it comes down to sin and sanctification? What is the role of honesty, authenticity and vulnerability in this growth process of putting off sin and putting on Christ?
  • Oct 24, 2021“Escape The Shadows”
    Oct 24, 2021
    “Escape The Shadows”
    Questions for small groups or personal study. Escape the Shadows | Colossians 2:16-23 #CenterofAllThings  October 24, 2021
    1. What’s your main takeaway from the sermon?
    2. What are the shadows and what is the substance? (Col. 2:17; Heb. 10:1)
    3. How have you experienced the two main points, “Don’t be judged by legalists” and “Don’t be disqualified by mystics,”  How did Jesus experience and deal with them?
    4. Why is the metaphor of viewing Christ as the Head of the body, the church, so important? What can we infer from the images of a head, body, ligaments, joints and growth etc.? (Col. 2:19 / Eph. 4:15-16)
    5. In 2 Corinthians, Paul does a little role playing, pretending almost to act like a “super-apostle” to point out the foolishness of self-centered boasting. Examine his message to the Corinthians and compare it to what he says to the Colossians about Christ as the Head and the Center versus the false teaching of the legalists and mystics. (Look at 2 Corinthians 11-12, particularly on 2 Cor. 11:12-12:10. I know its a lengthy passage but it helps to see his whole flow of thought and what he really ends up boasting in at the end.)
  • Oct 17, 2021“In Christ Alone”
    Oct 17, 2021
    “In Christ Alone”
    Questions for small groups or personal study.  In Christ Alone | Colossians 2:6-15 #CenterofAllThings October 17, 2021
    1. What’s your main takeaway from the sermon? 
    2. Why do most say Col. 2:6-7 the main thesis statement for the entire letter? What is Paul saying here? 
    3. How do you see what Paul mentions as threats to the foundation of the christian life as still relevant today? ([verse 8] threats that can take you captive: philosophy and empty deceit, human tradition, elemental spirits, things not according to Christ) 
    4. Jesus + Nothing. What does that mean? How and why does Paul teach this in 6-15?  
    5. Look through and discuss each place Paul uses the phrases “in him” or “with him” in Colossians 2:6-15. What does it mean to be “in Christ?”
  • Oct 10, 2021“Job Description of a Christian Minister”
    Oct 10, 2021
    “Job Description of a Christian Minister”
    v Questions for small groups or personal study.  Job Description of a Christian Minister | Colossians 1:24-2:5   #CenterofAllThings October 10, 2021
    • What’s your main takeaway from the sermon? 
    • Which of the points from the sermon outline below stuck out to you the most? and why?  
    • How does this sermon and message apply to you even though you may not be a full-time minister or pastor? What part do you play in this?  
    • In 1:28, what does Paul mean by stating his goal to “present everyone mature in Christ?” How is the Christian life one of maturing and growing? (microwave or crockpot) Compare Eph. 4:11-14; Phil. 3:13-14; Col. 1:28. 
    • Paul says he has a great struggle for them and then goes on to list words of his prayer for them and the church at Laodicea. Examine his prayer and discuss what he prays for. (Col. 2:1-3) 
  • Oct 3, 2021“Paramount”
    Oct 3, 2021
    “Paramount”
    Questions for small groups or personal study.  Paramount | Colossians 1:15-23  #CenterofAllThings October 3, 2021
    1. What’s your main takeaway from the sermon? 
    2. What do these passages have in common and why? Col. 1:15-20; John 1:1-5; 1 John 1:1–3; Heb. 1:1–4
    3. Why is it so important that Jesus is not a created being and is transcendent above all things and yet also took on flesh and dwelt among us? Why do you think this so crucial for our reconciliation and redemption? 
    4. Look at and discuss the two slides describing the “mythological worldview” and the “biblical worldview.” What is the difference between the two and what do you think this means? (the slides were used during the service and are posted online) 
    5. How can we remain “stable and steadfast” in these things and continue to keep Christ as the center of all things in our life and the life of our church? (1:23)