No Time for Fussing and Fighting, My Friends

Big Idea Unchecked desires produce ungodly fruit. Read: James 4:1-5 Bible app link Discussion Questions What insight, principle, or observation from this week’s sermon did you find to be the most helpful, eye-opening, or troubling? Explain. James wanted his readers to understand that selfishness—which is a result of adopting worldly wisdom—will always destroy peace. Name some ways this is true in different aspects of life. One of the issues that James addresses in this text is that we are prone to covet or envy....

October 29, 2023

The Good Life

Big Idea The wisdom that guides your life cannot be hidden. Read: James 3:1-12 Bible app link Discussion Questions What insight, principle, or observation from this week’s sermon did you find to be the most helpful, eye-opening, or troubling? Explain. Provide examples of worldly and godly wisdom. How do we often confuse these two and how often have you consulted worldly wisdom over the last month? Not all sources of wisdom are equally valid, so how do you determine what wisdom to follow?...

October 22, 2023

Can That Faith Save? & The Truth About The Tongue

Last week Big Idea Any faith that does not produce works is worthless. Read: James 2:14-26 Bible app link Discussion Questions Define clearly the issue in 2:14. Why would people claim to have genuine faith if they don’t? What might motivate this kind of deception (or self-delusion) in our world today? James attacks cold, intellectual belief in 2:19-20. Illustrate this kind of “heady” approach to Christianity with a couple of modern examples....

October 15, 2023

Faith That Serves All

Big Idea: One must learn to accept others, whatever their social status or class. He must show courtesy to all, compassion for all, and consistency to all. Holding to the Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and fulfilling the royal law are key in a faith that works. James 2:1-13 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?...

October 1, 2023

Beware!

Big Idea Beware of those who lie about Jesus. Read: 2 John 7-13 Discussion Questions What insight, principle, or observation from this week’s sermon did you find to be the most helpful, eye-opening, or troubling? Explain. Last week you were supposed to do a personal Bible study and look up all the instances where the apostle John wrote that we are to love one another. Discuss what you found. John issued three commands in this text, the first is “watch yourselves” (v....

August 20, 2023

Walking In Truth

Big Idea Walking In Truth God’s people must walk in truth. Read: 2 John 4-6 Discussion Questions What insight, principle, or observation from this week’s sermon did you find to be the most helpful, eye-opening, or troubling? Explain. Last week you were supposed to read 2 John and write out what you observed from the text. Discuss what you saw in your study of this short letter. Have you ever learned a valuable lesson because you weren’t walking in truth?...

August 13, 2023

Truth and Love Together

Big Idea Those who know Jesus are united by truth. Read: 2 John 1-3 Discussion Questions What insight, principle, or observation from this week’s sermon did you find to be the most helpful, eye-opening, or troubling? Explain. John referred to himself as the elder, most likely referring to his status as an older man or mature believer and not to the office of elder. Name some reasons you think that is significant and what can we learn from that designation?...

August 6, 2023

Jude - Week 5

Main Idea: You can trust that God is able to keep you from stumbling and present you blameless before Him. Jude 24-25 24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever....

July 30, 2023

Jude - Week 4

Ice breaker question What is the best fruit? Main Idea: Remember Warnings & Stand Firm in The Face of Danger Jude 17-23 17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life....

July 23, 2023

Jude - Week 3

Ice Breaker If Rebecca was a dessert, what would she be and why? Main Idea: We must be active listeners to contend against apostasy Jude 11–16 Bible app link Discussion Questions What stood out to you, made you think, or was something that you like, or remember from the sermon? What are some of the hidden reefs (hidden dangers) being preached in churches and religions today? Why do you think people don’t see them?...

July 16, 2023