It is not just words that touch the soul. Music is very powerful. Enjoy the music both classical and traditional church. Let it focus you on the one who should be at the center of all–Jesus Christ!
Our hearts on focused on Him through music.
Enjoy! What other ways can we touch people and get them to focus on Jesus besides sermons and music? What moves you to want to worship and be centered on Christ?
If we truly see Jesus and focus on Him we will serve Him and only Him.
What does it mean to truly see Jesus?
What would it mean to this our communities and our world if we who say we follow Jesus truly focused on Him? Do you agree that focusing on Jesus and truly seeing Him means that we serve Him and only Him? How can you better serve Jesus Christ today?
During this season of Lent we have talked about returning to God and repenting to God. This can and should lead to new beginnings for us and a new way to lead our lives; for our actions should follow from our beliefs.
Can you remember a time when a parent went out of their way to do something for you? Tell someone about it. Have you ever shared your new beginning in Christ with someone? Must it be an “aha” moment in your life or can it be something different and more gradual? What does it mean to you to be an ambassador for Christ? Is this still a good metaphor or do we need something else to compare it to?
It’s not so much that we wish to avoid judgement as it is we pray to hear the judge say, “Not guilty.”
Do you believe that you will face judgement one day? Do you believe in a loving and compassionate God? If you do, how do you deal with Jesus’ teaching on coming judgement? What do you think of Paul’s argument that sin entered the world with Adam’s fall in Genesis? Is this fair?
Turn or Return to the Cross of Jesus.
Have you ever thought about the maternal aspects of God? When do you feel you need to turn or return to God in your life? Do you only need God’s presence in the “down” times?
When have you struggled with temptation? Do you agree that most, if not all, of our struggles boil down to our own pride?
Making a Point
Do you have any Bible passages memorized to help you fight temptation? How do you resist temptation? Would you feel comfortable sharing the temptations you have faced in your own life? Why or why not?
The story of the Prodigal Son is a popular one. Does it help you understand God? What about the creative and maternal aspects of God?
Message on the Prodigal Son
Jesus talked about God as “Father”. The church often does as well but what are some of the maternal aspects of God? Which brother do you more readily identify with? Are you more like the older brother who remained faithful? Or are you more like the younger brother who had to hit bottom before returning home? Is the image of an indulgent father figure helpful for you when you think about God? What other images of God help you in your understanding of the divine?
This sermon explores the story of the woman who wept and wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair. Topics involved include: grace and forgiveness.
Sermon February 24, 2019
Do you believe that God’s grace and forgiveness come first or do you believe it is the other way around? Some other way? How welcome are those “other” people in your church and community? It has been suggested that this sermon should have ended with an altar call. Do you agree?
Sermon on the wheat and the tares or weeds. Explores proper Christian behavior toward those who may seem to be pesky weeds in our life.
Message for February 17
How good are you at spotting the weeds in your life?
Why would Jesus say the wheat and the weeds must grow up together?
What are you doing to become a fruitful head of wheat?
When God calls us to leave the shores of our safety.
February 10, 2019
Are you busy washing your nets on the shore of life where it is safe?
How is God calling you?
Is there any particular person or group of persons for whom you feel a great deal of compassion? Might that be God putting that compassion in your heart?
In what deep waters might Jesus be calling you to go let down your nets?