the sexual ethic: Living in Denial || june 24th, 2018

  • How does Romans 1:16-17 help frame the verses of today's text?

  • Define "righteousness." Use Old Testament examples, a dictionary, and your previous knowledge to discuss this term.

  • Multiple times in this text, people "exchange" something from God for something else. Look through these exchanges. What similarities do you see?

  • How does this text fly in the face of the views of our current culture?

  • How should we love those in our lives who practice homosexuality

the sexual ethic: god's story || june 17th, 2018

  • Where do we first see marriage in the Bible?

  • What does it mean for two to become one? 

  • How was marriage originally broken? How is it broken today? 

  • What is God's design for marriage today?

  • If you're married, how can you respond to today's message?

  • If you're not married, how can you respond?

the sexual ethic: Fig Leaves and Animal Skins || june 10th, 2018

  • Think back to last week. How does Genesis 1 give us a framework for sexuality?

  • Read Genesis 2:25. Can you imagine such a world? Why or why not?

  • After the "fall" scene at the beginning of chapter 3, Adam and Eve suddenly feel shame. How do you relate to their response?

  • What is God's response to Adam and Eve? What does this tell us about God's character?

  • How can our sexuality be redeemed? Pray together that God would continue his redeeming work in the lives of those who are his church.

the sexual ethic: The Beauty and the Blessing || june 3rd, 2018

  • How does our modern culture define sex and sexuality? Discuss the framework behind these definitions. 

  • How does Genesis 1 inform our understanding of sex and sexuality?

  • How does the creation account affect how you live out your sexuality?

  • In your own circles, how have you seen a biblical sexual ethic play out? How have you seen deviation from it?

  • How can we effectively love those whose sexual ethic differs from our own?

Prophets & The voice of god: Haggai || MAY 27th, 2018

  • Discuss the moment in history of this story. How does this knowledge help us understand the message?

  • What is the message of the prophet in these texts?

  • How were the Israelites responding to the call to rebuild the temple?

  • As Jake said, is what you are putting your tears and sweat and life and work into- is it something that is going to disappear?

  • Take stock of your own life, with the help of the community around you. Are you laboring in vain or for glorious gain?

Prophets & The voice of god: In The Valley of Dry Bones || MAY 20th, 2018

  • Where was Ezekiel when God gives him this vision? Where are God's people? And why is this important? 

  • Look at chapters 34-36. How do they help us understand this text?

  • What do the dry bones signify?

  • What does God's Spirit do to these dry bones?

  • What does this Old Testament text mean for us today?  

Prophets & The voice of god: The Call || MAY 13th, 2018

  • What was the role of the Old Testament prophets?
  • What do we know about the circumstances in which Jeremiah lived?

  • Think about Jeremiah's age. What is your response to God calling such a young man?

  • What is Jeremiah's response to God?

  • dWhat is God's response back to Jeremiah? What does this show us about the character of God?

  • What is our response to this text? How can you live out the call to proclaim God's word?

Prophets & The voice of god: MOTIVATED || MAY 6th, 2018

  • What was the role of the Old Testament prophets?

  • In this passage, Isaiah sees a vision of God. What do we learn about God from this vision?

  • What is Isaiah's response to this vision? 

  • Why does the seraphim touch Isaiah's mouth with the burning coal?

  • Read verse 8. What should our response be to this text?

Prophets & The voice of god: the center of it all || APRIL 29th, 2018

  • Why is this book called Hebrews? What does this knowledge tell us about the original audience of the book?

  • Who were the prophets? What was their message?

  • Think like the author: why would he begin his book declaring the supremacy of Christ?

  • Look again at our main idea. What does this mean for us today? 


  • Think about James as a whole. What have been his main themes? 

  • According to this text, why is the church community important?

  • What is the correlation between prayer and faith?

  • How can you respond to the call to humble yourself and pray?

JAMES: Patience: Waiting for the King || APRIL 15th, 2018

  • What three examples of patience are given, and how do these examples show us a different aspect of faithful perseverance and endurance?

  • In what ways and for what reasons does James explain Jesus' second coming as a comfort and a caution?

  • How can we personally grow in our patient endurance and faith in the face of suffering?

JAMES: WHO ARE YOU? || APRIL 8th, 2018

  • What did we learn about humility from our last passage in James (March 25th)?

  • What does James say about judging each other?

  • Verses 13-17 fly in the face of what our modern culture sees as the norm. Discuss this tension.

  • What does this passage say about our money? 

  • This is a very convicting passage. Discuss the ways you can grow from examining these words. 


  • Reflect on Good Friday. Why does the church refer to this brutally violent day as "good?"

  • What is the promise in 2 Corinthians 4:13-15?

  • What hope can those suffering find in this passage?

  • What is the "eternal" hope talked about in verse 18?

  • The message of Easter found in 2 Corinthians 4 demands a response. How will you respond today?


  • Who comes to mind when you think of humility?

  • How is worldly humility different than biblical humility?

  • Reread the six ways we resist the devil (from the sermon notes). Which of these is a struggle for you?

  • Knowing yourself and your tendencies, take a few minutes to think through how you could pray for more humility.


  • Think about James so far. How have we seen humanity's sinfulness in this letter?

  • Along the same lines, how have we seen God's grace?

  • What caused James writes out the list of sins in verses 1-4?

  • How does God remedy our inability to live sinless?

  • This week, how should you pray? Think about specific ways you can ask God's spirit to give you grace for holy living.  

JAMES: WISDOM || MARCH 11th, 2018

  • Why would James follow a passage about the tongue with a call to wisdom?

  • What does earthly wisdom look like according to this text? How does this translate to 2018?

  • What does this text have to say about the presence of God?

  • How should we, as followers of Jesus, seek wisdom?


  • Think about James 1 and 2. Why might the author begin talking about the tongue now?

  • Look at James 3:2. Does this "perfect man" seem obtainable? Why or why not?

  • What do all the examples in 3:3-5. What do each of these examples have in common?

  • Define "duplicity." How do we see this with our speech? Do you see this in your speech?

  • Think about the past seven days. Are there ways that you've glorified God with your tongue? Are there ways you have sinned? 

JAMES: true faith (part two) || February 25th, 2018

  • What did we learn last week about faith and works?

  • Why would James bring up Abraham and Rahab in a discussion about faith and works?

  • Does there need to be a dichotomy between faith and works? Why or why not?

  • How can you respond to this text? Do you have a need? Can you meet a need?


JAMES: true faith (part one) || February 18th, 2018

  • Think about our study of James thus far. What have we learned about faith?

  • Discuss the question raised in verse 14: What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?

  • Based on this text, what is true faith?

  • How does this text call us to respond? Think about real actions you can take this week in response to God's word.


JAMES: Lord, have mercy || February 11th, 2018

  • Look at last week's text (the beginning of James 2). How is this week's text a continuation of last week?

  • According to this text, how does our salvation affect the way we treat people?

  • What is judgment? How does this play out under the New Covenant?

  • What does this text have to say about the way we interact with those around us?


JAMES: keep the faith, lose the folly || February 4th, 2018

  • Read the end of James 1. Is there a correlation between the orphans and widows in chapter 1 and the passage on favoritism in chapter 2?

  • What does this passage say about the image of God as seen in humanity? 

  • How can we fight against favoritism in the local church today? 

  • Reflect on your own life. Do you find favoritism/discrimination? If so, how can you pray? What steps can you take rid your life of this sin? 


James: To Be The Church || january 28th, 2018

  • What role does the Word of God play in our pursuit of being the church?

  • How can we faithfully “receive” the Word of God?

  • What does it look like to faithfully live out the Word of God?

  • Think about your every day life; how can you spread the Word this week?


James: For Us or Against Us || january 21st, 2018

  • Read verses 1-12 again. How does James see temptation in light of trial?
  • What pattern do we see in this text as it relates to temptation?
  • According to this text, what is the source of temptation? What is our hope in light of temptation?
  • How can you fight temptation in your life this week?


James: From Lack to Life || january 14th, 2018

  • Take stock of your own life. Who directs your life? What defines your life? How do you endure?
  • What does it look like to lack wisdom?
  • How can we boast in God’s economy?
  • Taking stock of your life again, how can you more fully rely on God?


James: CUT TO THE CHASE || january 28th, 2018

  • How does knowing that James was Jesus’ half-brother shape the way we read this book?

  • Look at the greeting in verse 1. Who is this letter written to? And what is their circumstance?

  • What can we learn about true faith from these verses?

  • Seeing joy in our trials is extremely counter-cultural. How can we persevere and find the joy in the midst of the hard things in life?