Blog Archives: January 2015 — December 2015

12/27/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

December 28, 2015
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2015 Series: Who Is This Jesus? Signs and Stories Title: Jesus calls the disciples to follow him Speaker: Jason Yum Text: Mark 1:14-20 Reflection Quotes:  "This is vital to grasp. Followers of Jesus are not meant to be mild-mannered people exhorting mild-mannered people to be more mild-mannered.” - Mark Labberton, President, Fuller Theological Seminary "A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live." – Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude Questions: Jesus ...

Fourth Week of Advent - 2015 Advent Prayer Guide

December 18, 2015
Advent is a coming, not our coming to God, but his to us. We cannot come to God, he is beyond our reach; but he can come to us, for we are not beneath his mercy. Even in another life, as St John sees it in his vision, we do not rise to God, but he descends to us, and dwells humanly among human creatures, in the glorious man, Jesus Christ. And that will be his last coming; so we shall be his people, and he everlastingly our God, our God-with-us, our Emmanuel. He will so come, but he is come already, he comes always: in our fellow-Christian ...

Third Week of Advent - 2015 Advent Prayer Guide

December 11, 2015
Jesus gave his body and blood to his disciples in bread and wine. Amazed at such a token, and little understanding what they did, Peter, John and the rest reached out their hands and took their master and their God. Whatever else they knew or did not know, they knew they were committed to him, body and soul; they were consenting that he should die for them, and that they, somehow, should live it out. The cock had not crowed twice that night before Peter thrice denied, but still he knew he was committed to Christ, for Christ had given him his ...

Second Week of Advent - 2015 Advent Prayer Guide

December 04, 2015
Advent brings Christmas, judgment runs out into mercy. For the God who saves us and the God who judges us is one God. We are not, even, condemned by his severity and redeemed by his compassion; what judges us is what redeems us, the love of God. What is it that will break our hearts on judgment day? Is it not the vision, suddenly unrolled, of how he has loved the friends we have neglected, of how he has loved us, and we have not loved him in return; how, when we came (as now) before his altar, he gave us himself, and we gave him ...

First Week of Advent - 2015 Advent Prayer Guide

November 27, 2015
Our journey sets out from God in our creation, and returns to God at the final judgment. As the bird rises from the earth to fly, and must some time return to the earth from which it rose; so God sends us forth to fly, and we must fall back into the hands of God at last. But God does not wait for the failure of our and the expiry of our days to drop us back into his lap. He goes himself to meet us and everywhere confronts us. Where is the countenance which we must finally look in the eyes, and not be able to turn away our head? It smiles up ...

2015 Christ Church Advent Prayer Guide Intro

November 20, 2015
This is an introduction to the Advent Prayer Guide and recommendations for how to use it. Each Friday morning during Advent, the next week's prayer guide with daily meditations will be posted for your use. We hope that you will take some time this season to anticipate the birth of Christ, God with us. A PASTORAL WORD And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ...

11/1/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions (Berkeley)

November 02, 2015
What is Power? 1) Jason listed a wide range of words that people associate with power (e.g. money, influence, success, fame, etc.). What are some words or phrases that come to your mind when you think of the word “power?” What leads you to associate power with those words? 2) A working definition of power is “the ability to have someone do something.” How would you change or add to this definition? How does the definition apply to the Jews and Greeks mentioned in 1 Corinithians 1? Who’s Got Power? 3) Paul tells the Corinthian church, ...

10/18/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

October 19, 2015
If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to read the Series Overview Article, then you can do so here. It is our hope that this article could be used as a springboard to further study and discussion for parishes and community groups. Per usual, each week the preaching pastor will provide some supplemental questions from the sermon. Series: Reconciled: The Cross of Christ Sermon Title: Reconciled in the Family Texts: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Colossians 3:17-25; 1 Corinthians 7:29-35 Pray. Ask God to open your minds and hearts to take in ...

9/27/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

September 28, 2015
If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to read the Series Overview Article, then you can do so here. It is our hope that this article could be used as a springboard to further study and discussion for parishes and community groups.   Per usual, each week the preaching pastor will provide some supplemental questions from the sermon.   Series: Reconciled: The Cross of Christ Sermon Title: Reconciled to the Historic Church Texts: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 3:14-21   Pray. Ask God to open your minds and hearts to take in love ...

9/20/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

September 21, 2015
Sunday 9/20/2015 Text: Revelation 5:5-10, 7:9-17 Preacher: Patrick Vaughn Reflection Quote: 'The ordinary, faithful, humble prayers of Christians here on earth appear in heaven as glorious, sweet-smelling incense. I suspect the same is true of the music, with the heavenly harps corresponding to the song, however feeble and out of tune, which we sing to God’s praise here and now. Then, in the first of the three songs in this passage (Revelation 5), we find that the lamb is being praised, not just for rescuing us but for turning us from ...

8/30/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

August 31, 2015
If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to read the Series Overview Article, then you can do so here. It is our hope that this article could be used as a springboard to further study and discussion for parishes and community groups.   Per usual, each week the preaching pastor will provide some supplemental questions from the sermon.   Series: Reconciled: The Cross of Christ Sermon Title: Reconciled to God (Adoption) Texts: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 4:1-7   Pray. Ask God to open your minds and hearts to take in love and ...

8/23/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

August 24, 2015
If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to read the Series Overview Article, then you can do so here. It is our hope that this article could be used as a springboard to further study and discussion for parishes and community groups. Per usual, each week the preaching pastor will provide some supplemental questions from the sermon. This week: Series: Reconciled: The Cross of Christ Sermon Title: Reconciled to God (Justification) Texts: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 5:1-11 Pray. Ask God to open your minds and hearts to take in love and ...

8/16/12015 Sermon Discussion Questions

August 16, 2015
Sunday 8/16/2015 Scripture Romans 16:1-16 Series: Friendships Run Deep Preacher: Patrick Vaughn Romans 16 is not just a list of names. It is a list of friendships and relatoinships that make up the church in Rome. Take a moment to reflect on the peole at Christ Church. Then complete this sentence. “I thank my God for all my remembrance of you . . . .” and write a name. You choose the name, you remember the name, write another name and another name.   The theme in the sermon was: Jesus our friend gathers his church a community of ...

8/9/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

August 09, 2015
Read John 11:1-45. Pray. Ask God for insight as you explore the text. Read it again. What strikes you about the Story? Plot? Characters? Dialogue? How is God a friend in your heartache? 1. Discuss the impact of the conjunction ('so' or 'therefore') in verse 6. How is the delay of God inextricably linked to the love of God? This is a very difficult cconcept with which to contend—discuss heartache in your own life. How Has God felt present? Absent? Has God’s seeming delay ever felt like love? 2. God is a friend in our heartache by sharing ...

7/19/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions (Berkeley)

July 20, 2015
BERKELEY Discussion Questions FRIENDSHIPS RUN DEEP: NAOMI & RUTH Read Ruth 1-4 (A very short story that can be read in 10 minutes) These questions are based on Jason Yum’s sermon in Berkeley, July 19, 2015 God uses Gospel-centered friendships to break barriers Ruth and Noami’s friendship is one that breaks many social barriers (cultural, generational, even being in-laws). What aspects of their friendship do you appreciate? Who are some friends of yours who are cross-cultural and/or inter-generational? How have they impacted your ...

7/19/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions (Oakland)

July 18, 2015
Series: Friendships Run Deep Title: Burden Bearing Friendship: An act of love and force of renewal Date: 7/29/2015 Preacher: Patrick Vaughn Offering and asking for help is a marker of friendships that seek one another’s wellbeing. Friends see the burdens even when we don’t give voice to them. Friends notice the details of our lives and come alongside us to lighten the load. The Apostle Paul highlights that the church is a community that bears one another’s burdens. In Galatians the apostle writes, “Bear one another’s burdens, and in ...

6/21/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions & Follow-up (Oakland)

June 22, 2015
Date: 6/21/2015 Text: Galatians 2:20 and 5:1, 16-25 and Luke 6:43-45 Title: The Goodness of Jesus: Powerless Love At the benediction I mentioned that 'I needed to be in worship today with my brothers and sisters in Christ.' I needed to be ministered to by the body of Christ. I needed to sing, 'Amazing Grace' and the words from 'Nothing but the Blood of Jesus': What can take away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Nothing can for sin atone, Nothing but the blood ...

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 ...

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