One Thing

by Rev. Grant Armstrong 
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
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SERMON NOTES

  • First ____________ are lasting __________.
  • It’s all about the __________ __________.
  • If it was good, __________ did it.

FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION

  1. Tell about a time when you really wanted to impress someone, but the result was not very impressive.
  2. The Corinthian church wanted honors level teaching, but Paul gave them basics. Why do you think he did that?
  3. Where do you see the church proclaiming the crucified Christ today?
  4. What types of things do churches sometimes mistake as the central focus of our ministry for Jesus?
  5. What does it mean to rely on the Holy Spirit’s power?
  6. Where do you need to hand credit back to God for good things that happen in your life?

Next Step: What is God saying to you through His word today?

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What comes next?

by Rev. Grant Armstrong 
Hebrews 13:1-8
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SERMON NOTES

  • Let __________ and __________ defeat every kind of fear.
  • Faith is the strongest __________ we leave.
  • Jesus Christ is the only __________, and that’s enough.

FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION

  1. Tell about a time when you were a stranger, and someone welcomed you. How did it make you feel?
  2. As you read through Hebrews 13:1-6, what are some potential places for fear or concern? What are the acts of love intended to counter them?
  3. What is the significance that the name of this scripture’s human author is unknown?
  4. What are some things you shouldn’t count on to be constant, but maybe you do anyway
  5. Who is imitating your life of faith?
  6. Next Step: What is God saying to you through His word today?

Next Week:
One Thing
1 Corinthians 2:1-5

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Good Question, God: “Can these bones live again?”

by Rev. Grant Armstrong 
Ezekiel 37:1-14 
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SERMON NOTES

  • When __________ asks a question, it’s not to look for __________.
  • What God __________ is more important that how things __________ to us.
  • New __________ comes when we let __________ be God.

FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION

  1. Tell about the most “alive” place you’ve seen, and describe what made it so alive.
  2. What are some questions God is asking the church these days?
  3. Thinking of those questions, how can we, like Ezekiel, turn quickly to God for wisdom instead of trying to simply give God our answer?
  4. Where has God defied our senses by showing us life in unexpected places?
  5. What do you need to let God wash clean so you might have a more tender and responsive heart?
  6. Next Step: What is God saying to you through His word today?

Next Week:
What Comes Next?
Hebrews 13:1-8

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Good Question, Jesus: “Who do you say I am?”

by Rev. Grant Armstrong
Luke 9:18-20 
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SERMON NOTES

  • Jesus will call us ___________ __________ and __________ __________ the crowd.
  • Jesus asks no more important question than “Who do you say that __________ __________?”
  • If you don’t have an __________, ask __________ to show you.

FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION

  1. Who explained the Gospel to you for the first time in a way that made it understandable?
  2. Why do you think Jesus calls the disciples away from the crowds to answer this big question?
  3. What should people see from our lives as a result of our answer to that question?
  4. How can you seek wisdom from God about the answer to that question? How might God answer?
  5. Where is Jesus calling you out of the crowd to answer that question today?
  6. Next Step: What is God saying to you through His word today?

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Good Question, God:
“Can these bones live again?”
Ezekiel 37:1-14

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Good Question, Jesus: “Can your worries add a single moment to your life?”

by Rev. Grant Armstrong 
Matthew 6: 24-27 
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SERMON NOTES

  • We’re __________ when we make anything other than God our __________.
  • Walking in __________ undoes our worries. Dwelling in our worries __________ them.
  • Worry is a __________ and a __________.

FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION

  1. How do you acknowledge Mother’s Day?
  2. What are the ways people would be enslaved to money in Jesus’ day? What are ways people are enslaved to money today?
  3. How does God’s kindness towards other creatures help you trust in God’s kindness and provision for you?
  4. Where have you witnessed worry take away from life?
  5. What is the major source of worry for you? How would God have you walk in trust?
  6. Next Step: What is God saying to you through His word today?

Next:
Good Question, Jesus:
“Who do you say that I am?”
Luke 9:20

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Good Question, Jesus: “Do you love me?”

by Rev. Grant Armstrong 
John 21:3-19
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SERMON NOTES

  • Jesus won’t let us __________ __________ without a good chase.
  • Restoration may __________ us of our __________, but won’t rub our noses in it.
  • Love is an __________ more than a __________.
  • Tending Christ’s sheep may be the __________ of us.

FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION

  1. What is your favorite thing to do on a lake / beach? Why?
  2. What is the significance of Peter going back to what he did before serving with Jesus? What might “going back” look like in our lives today?
  3. Why doesn’t God shame us about our mistakes? Why isn’t shaming a part of restoration?
  4. How do Christians enact love, even if we’re not feeling it.
  5. What may God ask us to give up, surrender, or put to death if we are to love others into the kingdom of God?
  6. Next Step: What is God saying to you through His word today?

Next:

Good Question, Jesus:
“Can your worries add to your life?”
Matthew 6:27

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Good Question, Jesus: “Do you believe I am able?”

by Rev. Grant Armstrong 
Matthew 9:27-31 
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SERMON NOTES

  • We may not hear the important question if we’re not __________.
  • Faith is ready when the __________ comes.
  • Faith doesn’t wait for __________ before building a __________.
  • Jesus’ question gave them a chance for __________.

FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION

  1. Name something you almost always over-prepare for, and describe why. Name something you almost always under-prepare for, and why.
  2. Name some obstacles the blind men would have faced in following Jesus.
  3. What sorts of responses do people offer when Jesus asks if they believe He can heal or save them?
  4. What are you doing to build your faith so that it’s ready for the opportunity Jesus may present to you?
  5. What does the church need to do to build faith to be ready for the opportunity Jesus presents to us?
  6. Next Step: What is God saying to you through His word today?

Next:
Good Question, Jesus:
“Do you love me?”
John 21:17

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Good Question, Jesus: “Why are you afraid?”

by Rev. Grant Armstrong 
Matthew 8:23-27 
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SERMON NOTES

  • Jesus __________ deeply. He’s just not __________ about it.
  • Let Christ’s __________ be more contagious than our __________.
  • Perfect __________ casts out all __________.

FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION

  1. Tell about a time when you got caught in a bad storm. What were you thinking? What were you feeling?
  2. Look at the scripture that follows this passage in Matthew 8. Why was Jesus crossing the lake?
  3. Imagine if the disciples would have allowed Jesus to sleep instead of waking Him in their fear. What are some possible outcomes to that story?
  4. What are the storms that people face with fear today? Where can Jesus introduce calm into those situations?
  5. Why are you afraid? How can the peace of Jesus counter that fear?
  6. Next Step: What is God saying to you through His word today?

Next:
Good Question, Jesus:
“Do you believe I am able?”
Matthew 9:28

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Good Question, Jesus: “Why do you call me ‘Lord?’”

by Rev. Grant Armstrong 
Luke 6:46-49
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SERMON NOTES

  • “Jesus is __________” has always been a controversial statement.
  • __________-__________ are made by living our Jesus’ teaching.
  • We shouldn’t be surprised when __________ results in __________.

FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION

  1. Name someone you know personally who has most motivated or inspired you. Why do you think that is?
  2. If we are saved by grace and not works, why are our actions and obedience still important?
  3. What kinds of storms will everyone face in life, regardless of their foundation?
  4. Without naming names, how do we see rebellious lives coming to ruin these days?
  5. Of the teachings of Jesus’ mentioned today, which one weighed most on your heart?
  6. Next Step: What is God saying to you through His word today?

Next:
Good Question, Jesus:
“Why are you afraid?”
Matthew 8:26

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Good Question, Jesus: “Which one obeyed?”

by Rev. Grant Armstrong 
Matthew 21:28-32 
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SERMON NOTES

  • Jesus will answer your __________ with a __________.
  • Obedience is not just __________, but __________ right things.
  • It’s more about being on the right __________ than being in the right __________.

FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION

  1. Have you made a public profession of faith (like confirmation)? Tell about that experience.
  2. What are the benefits of challenging people’s thinking with questions instead of answers? What are the drawbacks?
  3. Jesus used this parable to challenge people who were outwardly religious. Who would be challenged by His story of obedience today?
  4. What of your life looks like the “right path” of faithfulness right now? What of your life might need some course correction?
  5. What will you do this week to live more fully into a commitment you’ve made to God?
  6. Next Step: What is God saying to you through His word today?

Next:
Good Question, Jesus:
“Why do you call me ‘Lord?’”
Luke 6:26

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