Blog Archives: February 2016

2/28/2016 Sermon Discussion Questions (Oakland

February 29, 2016
Patrick Vaughn
Date: 2/28/2016 Series: Where he leads . . . Title: The Supremacy of Sacrificial Love Speaker: Patrick Vaughn Text: Mark 11:27-12:12 (Read also: Psalm 118 and Isaiah 5:1-7) Reflection Quote(s): “The crucified has become the Lord of the cosmos.” Gerhard Friedrich “God does not use violent means to obtain what he desires.” Irenaeus, Against Heresies 5.1.1 “In the cross God does not meet his enemies with malice, retaliation, or crushing force. He meets them with the mystery of suffering love. He not only treats them with restraint, but ...

2/21/2016 Sermon Discussion Questions

February 21, 2016
Date: 2/21/2016 Series: Where He Leads. . .  Title: Cross, cross, cross--enough already! Speaker: Bart Garrett Text: Mark 10:32-52 Reflection Quotes: “Nothing reveals the gravity of sin like the cross. For ultimately what sent Christ there was neither the greed of Judas, nor the envy of the priests, nor the vacillating cowardice of Pilate, but our own greed, envy, cowardice and other sins, and Christ’s resolve in love and mercy to bear their judgment and so put them away. It is impossible for us to face Christ’s cross with integrity and ...

2/14/2016 Sermon Discussion Questions

February 15, 2016
Patrick Vaughn
Date: 2/14/2016 Series: Where He Leads. . .  Title: Jesus's Empowering Embrace Speaker: Patrick Vaughn Text: Isaiah 53:4-6, 10-12; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 26-31; Mark 9:30-37 Reflection Quotes: "Jesus isn’t telling the disciples to receive children he is saying they are children and people will not receive them based on their resumes, status, or prestige, people receive them in the name and power of Jesus, in this way they will be Christ’s witnesses and fulfill their role as disciples and soon to be apostles."- William Lane, Commentary on ...

Take Your Pastor to Work Day (Geoff)

February 11, 2016
Jason Yum
One of my favorite things to do as a pastor is to visit people at their places of work. I find that it helps me learn how to better pray for them by being able to picture them in their work environments. It also helps me learn how God uses people powerfully through their vocations/occupations. Here is the first post of what I hope will be a series, which features various Christ Churchers in action during their daily lives: This year, I have had the privilege of being a classroom volunteer for Geoffrey Gailey's Physics class at Oakland ...

2/9/2016 Sermon Discussion Questions

February 09, 2016
Jonathan St. Clair
Date: 2/9/2016, Transfiguration Sunday Series: Who is this Jesus? Signs and Stories Title: Transfiguration Speaker: Rev. Jonathan St. Clair Text: Mark 9:2-10 Reflection Quote(s): It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbor. The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor’s glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. It is a ...

1/31 Sermon Discussion Questions Oakland & Lafayette

February 01, 2016
Patrick Vaughn
Date: 1/31/2016 Series: Who is this Jesus? Signs and Stories Title: Messiahship & Discipleship Re-mix Speaker: Patrick Vaughn Text: Mark 8:28-38 and Daniel 7:13-18 Reflection Quotes: “We are not our own; therefore, neither is our own reason or will to rule our acts and counsels. We are not our own; therefore, let us not make it our end to seek what may be agreeable to our carnal nature. We are not our own; therefore, as far as possible, let us forget ourselves and the things that are ours. On the other hand, we are God’s; let us, ...

1/31/2016 Sermon Discussion Questions

February 01, 2016
Jason Yum
Discussion Questions from Last Sunday's Sermon (1/31) Berkeley Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016 Series: Who Is This Jesus? Signs and Stories Title: Bearing the Cross Speaker: Jason Yum Text: Mark 8:27-38 Reflection Quotes: “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.” - London Advertisement for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s  Trans-Antarctic Expedition "What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is ...