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Check here each week for information to prepare your heart for the upcoming sermon and follow-up questions you can use after the sermon to dig deeper and disciple your family!

Thinking Biblically about Pastors and Teachers

March 24, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 – Thinking Biblically about Pastors & Teachers

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What is servant-leadership?  Give some biblical examples.
  • What are some wrong views or expectations of pastors?
  • How can we guard against being people-pleasers?

Other passages to consider – Ps 17:3; 26:2; 44:21; 139:23; Jn 5:44; 1 Cor 3:5-15; 2 Cor 1:14; 2:17-3:4; 5:1-10; Phil 2:16; 1 Th 2:19-20; James 3:1

Digging Deeper:

  • How should we view pastors & teachers?
  • How does this text help us define a “successful ministry”?
  • Why should we fear God and not man?
  • What does this passage teach about the Judgment Seat of Christ?

God's Church, God's Glory

March 09, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – God’s Church, God’s Glory – 1 Corinthians 3:5-17

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What is the Church?  What makes up the Church?
  • What metaphors does Paul use in this text to describe the Church?
  • Why does God point out that the Holy Spirit dwells in them corporately?

Other passages to consider – 1 Chron 29; Matt 16:13-20; 1 Cor 1:10-18; Eph 4:1-16; Col 3:5-17; 1 Tim 3:14-15; 1 Pet 2:4-12

Digging Deeper:

  • Why should we not put Christian leaders on “a pedestal”?
  • What standard will God use in judging how His Church was built?
  • What does this passage have to do with divisions in the church?
  • How does this text impact your view of Gospel ministry & the church?

Time to Grow Up

February 23, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Time to Grow Up – 1 Corinthians 3:1-4

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • Why do we not feed babies steak?  Why is it inappropriate for adults to live on baby formula?
  • Does Christian growth happen automatically over the passage of time?  Why or why not?
  • What does Christian growth look like?  What things get mistaken for growth?

Other passages to consider – Ps 51; Rom 8:1-9; Gal 5:16-26; Eph 4:11-16; Col 1:28; 2:6-7; Titus 2:11-13; 3:3-9; Heb 5:11-6:1a; Jam 1:19-22; 1 Pet 1:23-2:3

Digging Deeper:

  • Am I growing in spiritual maturity?  How can I tell?
  • What is the Holy Spirit’s role in our Christian growth?  What is our role?
  • What in my life is hindering my Christian growth?
  • How is God glorified when His people grow?

The Wisdom of God

February 16, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – The Wisdom of God – 1 Corinthians 2:6-16

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What has Paul been teaching the wisdom of God is?
  • How is God’s wisdom secret?
  • Who are the spiritual in this passage?

Other passages to consider – Dan 2:19-23; John 3:1-8; 15:18-27; Rom 8:1-9; 11:33-36; 16:25-27; 1 Cor 1:18-25; 2 Cor 4:3-6; Eph 1:8-10; Phil 3:17-21; 1 John 2:15-17

Digging Deeper:

  • How does the gospel display the wisdom of God?
  • In what ways are we blessed to live on this side of the cross? (in the New Covenant)
  • Why must we have the Spirit of God if we are to understand the gospel?
  • How does this passage impact your proclamation of the gospel?