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Growing Together into Christ

January 03, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Growing Together into Christ

Ephesians 4:11-16

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What picture does Paul give for the church in this passage?  What parts of the body are identified?
  • How many times does the text speak of the body growing or being built up?  Why would God mention it so often?
  • What does growth in the church look like?  What is it contrasted with?

Other passages to consider: Matt 16:13-18; John 15:1-17; Acts 20:28-32; 1 Cor 12:12-13:7; Eph 2:11-22; 3:20-4:16; Col 1:15-20; 1 Pet 4:7-11

Digging Deeper:

  • How does God intend the church to grow?
  • How does the text emphasize corporate growth rather than just individual?  What does this say about the importance of involvement in the life of the church?
  • What does it mean to grow up into Christ?
  • Does your current commitment to the church match God’s intention?  How can you be more connected to the body?

Singleness Commended, but not Commanded

June 14, 2018
By PastorJathan

Sermon – 1 Corinthians 7:25-40 – Singleness Commended, but not Commanded

Preparing my heart for the sermon:

  • What reasons does Paul give in this passage for a believer remaining single?
  • How does a spouse and children help in glorifying the Lord?  How could they be a hindrance to serving Christ?
  • Does marriage and family make it harder or easier to endure calamities and persecution?  Explain.

Other passages to consider – Ps 145:13; Matt 6:19-33; 22:30; 24:36-51; Jn 16:33; Philippians 3:12-4:1; 1 Jn 2:15-17

Digging Deeper:

  • What are the right reasons to get married?  What should a believer look for in a spouse?
  • What temporary things of this world often distract me from investing in Christ’s eternal kingdom?
  • Do I have the right balance between family time and serving the Lord?  How could we serve as a family?
  • Where might God be calling me to serve during this season of my life?  Am I willing?

Remember God's Blessing to Us in Christ

January 13, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Remember God’s Blessings to Us in Christ – 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • Compare 1:1-9 with the introductions to Paul’s other letters. What is similar and different about this one to the Corinthians?
  • Three times in this passage, Paul speaks about “called by God”. What is significant about this verb?
  • What do you learn about the church from this text?

Other passages to consider: John 10:1-10; Acts 9:1-19; 18:1-17; Rom 8:29-30; Eph 1:1-14; 3:10, 21; 5:25-27; Phil 1:6

Digging Deeper:

  • How does remembering God’s blessings help us not sin?
  • To whom does the church belong? Why does the church exist?
  • What does this passage teach us about what the Christian life entails?
  • How do God’s blessings come to us? Explain.

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