God’s View of Sexuality (discussion questions)

HS 4Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “God’s View of Sexuality,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the first part of our series, “Holy Sexuality.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. As we approach this new series, “Holy Sexuality,” what do you most hope to learn and how do you most hope to grow with God?
  1. This first week in our “Holy Sexuality” series we will look at God’s view of sexuality. We will explore a number of Scripture passages. Before starting this study, take some time to pray, asking God to clearly speak to you and praying for the Holy Spirit to work in your life.
  1. In Genesis 1:27-28, we read that Adam and Eve were made “in the image of God.” What do you notice in these two verses about what that means, as well as their responsibilities in the world?
  1. Genesis 2:21-25 recounts the creation of Eve with Adam. What stands out to you about the purpose and plan of God in this unique female-male relationship?
  1. Read Genesis, chapter 3. This chapter tells of Adam and Eve’s temptation and the first act of sin – disobedience to God – in human experience. In light of this chapter’s events, look at Genesis 2:25 again. How would you describe the power of sin and shame in these first few chapters of Genesis?\
  1. In what ways do you think that sin and shame affects our sexuality? How have you seen this in others? How have you seen it in your own life?
  1. The power of the gospel, which literally means ‘good news’, is that in Jesus the Messiah, our sin is forgiven, shame is removed, and brokenness is healed at the Cross. Read the story in John 7:53-8:11. What happens for the woman in this story?
  1. How does this story provide a picture of Jesus’ work in our own sexual brokenness and sin? What sin in thought, word, or deed needs to be forgiven in your life? Where do you need freedom and release within your sexuality through Jesus today in order to move forward in life?
  1. Revelation 21 paints a beautiful picture of the ultimate restoration of the cosmos in Jesus. Read verses 1-5 aloud. How does this give you hope today? What hopes do you have about the new heaven and new earth related to sexuality?
  1. What is one way God is speaking to you through this study? How might your thinking about, words about, or actions with sexuality need to be changed? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray about these things together. If you are studying on your own, write it down, pray about it, and share this with someone during the next few days.

Family Secrets

Family-Portrait-ThumbnailThis weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series, “Family Portrait,” with a message entitled “Family Secrets.”

My message was a reflection on the life of Jacob, culminating in his wrestling match with the angel of the Lord in Genesis 32:22-32. My main point in the message is that we need to face into our family secrets, brokenness, and sin so that we can move into redemptive freedom by God’s power.

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook. The message outline is included below:Read More »

Family Portrait

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This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church, we are beginning a series entitled “Family Portrait.”

The family is a significant part of God’s plan in the world.  At one level we are all part of the family of God, as Paul writes: “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household” (Ephesians 2:19). What does it mean for the church to truly be a family together? At the same time, what does it look like for us to have families in the church who are healthy and reaching out to our broken world? Let’s put the picture together in this series on a God-inspired family portrait.

Our weekly message topics are:

April 20/21 – “You Belong in the Family”

April 27/28 – “Ideal Family?”

May 4/5 – “Family Secrets”

May 11/12 – “Homecoming”

Alongside of our series, we will be offering seminars during the first two weeks of May, both on Sunday mornings and during the week, on a range of specific topics applicable to everyone. You can find out more info here.

Miracle Worker (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend, “Miracle Worker,” from Mark 4:35-5:43.

Discussion Questions:

  1. This week, we are looking at four distinct miracles of Jesus in Mark 4:35-5:43. As you prepare for study, take a moment to ask God to speak to you. Read through each of the miracle stories (4:35-41; 5:1-20; 5:21-43) and ask this set of questions for each story:
    • Who are the main characters of this episode?
    • What is the main conflict or tension that happens in this episode?
    • What does Jesus do and what do the other characters do?
    • What does this episode reveal about Jesus?

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    3. What sort of response to Jesus and His power do you observe from various people in these stories?
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What About a Fresh Start? (Study Questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “What About a Fresh Start?

Discussion Questions

1. When was a time when you needed a fresh start in your life? What happened?

2. Matthew 9:1-8 tells a powerful story of Jesus’ authority. Read through Matthew 8:1-9:34 to see and make note of the themes of Jesus’ authority in the surrounding context. What does Jesus have authority over?

3. Why do you think that Jesus began talking with the paralyzed man about sin and forgiveness?

4. What is the significance of Jesus healing the man second only after forgiving his sins?

5. The great conflict in this story arises between Jesus and the teachers of the law. What is the conflict they have and why is it a big deal?

6. Where is one place in your life today where you need a fresh start?  Identify one practical way you will respond this week. Write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another.