Blog Archives: May 2015

5/31/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

May 31, 2015
Read John 14:15-27 & Galatians 5:22-26. Ask God to give you and the group discernment and insight as you explore the text together.   1. What is peace?   People often refer to peace in one of two ways: World Peace (Peace on Earth) or Inner Peace (Peace of Mind). The Bible mentions peace 361x, and often in the context of a salutation upon coming or going: “May the Peace of God go with you.”   I find Plantinga’s definition of peace to be one of the best:   'The webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, ...

5/24/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions (Oakland)

May 24, 2015
Sermon Title: Joy Date: Pentecost Sunday, May 24th 2015
 Speaker: Pastor Chris Coon from Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:22-26 and John 15:1-11 In Oakland we had a unique Pentecost celebration as we worshipped together with Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church in a joint worship service. Pastor Chris Coon from Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church preached on the fruit of joy focusing on the Gospel of John and Jesus's words, I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete ...

5/17/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

May 18, 2015
Over the next eight weeks we will use the virtue list of the Fruit of the Spirt (Galatians 5:22-25) as a springboard to explore other texts and to explore our own desires to live “A Fruitful Life for a Flourishing World.”   Galatians was written by Paul around 48AD, perhaps making it the first letter written in the New Testament. Paul lived his life persecuting and even killing Christians until he became one. His conversion was a commission as he traveled all over the known world planting churches in major urban centers. This letter was ...

5/10/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

May 10, 2015
Pray. Ask God to teach you from His Word.   Read 1 Peter 1:3-12   1. Circle words that are repeated. 2. Put a rectangle around words that cause your soul to stir. 3. Place a question mark where you have a question.   Discuss.   “The resurrection invites us to pursue (1) salvation, (2) suffering, and (3) joy rather than self-sufficiency, comfort, and happiness.”   Salvation rather than Self-Sufficiency.   Read verses 5, 9, 10 and discuss how “salvation” is used in the text. Salvation happens to you. It comes from ...

5/3/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

May 05, 2015
Our Christian race begins, intensifies, and finishes with the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. 1. Begins (Phil 3:10, 12) - Paul looks to the past and recounts how the risen Jesus took hold of him, thereby raising him from a condition of spiritual death, giving him new life with God and God’s people, and starting his race as a Christian. If you are a Christian, what was your experience of the risen Christ “taking hold” of you? If you are not a Christian, what are your questions about this transformation? 2. Intensifies (Phil 3:10, 13) - ...