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Blog Archives: October 2014

10/26/14 Sermon Discussion Questions

October 26, 2014
Acts 8 - The church’s mission is to help outsiders interpret a book, discover a person, and receive a tattoo. 1. Interpret a book - “How can I understand the Scriptures unless someone teaches me?” (8:31). What is your plan over the next 6-12 months to receive teaching about the Bible? Who are the seekers in your life to whom God is sending you to discuss and interpret the meaning of Scripture? 2. Discover a person - “Who is the prophet talking about?” (8:34). When you think about Jesus reading, memorizing, quoting, and alluding to  Isaiah ...

10/19/14 Sermon Discussion Questions

October 20, 2014
Acts 6 is the turning point in the book of Acts where it seems the church is moving from a start-up to an “institution.” The church is “increasing rapidly” (Acts 6:1), and with growth comes change. Change involves creating structures that must be institutionalized. We often revolt against institutions, and are often rightly suspicious as they can inappropriately wield power and control, causing injustice and inequity, causing collateral damage upon regular people, societies, and the natural environment. But institutions are critical and ...

A Parish Becomes a Worship Location

October 16, 2014
“Have you guys thought about what God seems to be stirring up over in Lamorinda? I know it is not in your original vision for developing connected congregations along the Berkeley-Oakland BART corridor, but I think you should pay more attention to what is happening there.” These were the words of our friend Sam Wheatley as we talked in a coffee shop back in 2011. Sam left his pastoral responsibilities in Salt Lake City for a few days to consult with our congregation, leaders, and staff on how to build out our parishes, worship locations, ...

10/12/2014 Sermon Discussion Questions

October 13, 2014
Berkeley Speaker: Jason Yum
 Scripture Reading: Matthew 10:17-20 and Acts 5:17-42 
Sermon Title: What in the world is the church as community (suffering)? Jesus’ Name Will Not Be Silenced What reasons, both good and not-so-good, keep you from speaking the name of Jesus aloud to people with whom you interact? The apostles have been profoundly impacted by their time with Jesus, and the Angel of the Lord tells the apostles to “tell all the people of this new life” (Acts 5:20). How has God profoundly impacted your life in the past and more ...