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Trouble (discussion questions)

Chosen Words Series Gfx_4x3 TitleHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Trouble,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This continues the series, “Chosen Words,” where we will journey through John 13-17 over the next number of weeks.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When did you face deep troubles in your life? What happened and how did you deal with?
  2. We continue our series, “Chosen Words,” by studying John 13:18-14:4, where Jesus faces into deep troubles. Before you read those verses aloud, take a moment to ask God to speak to you as you read His word.
  3. The first section of this passage, verses 18-30, focuses largely on Jesus’ expectation of betrayal at the hands of Juda. Judas is mentioned five times in John 13 (vss 2, 26, 27, 29 30). What do you notice about Judas from these verses?
  4. Jesus clearly knows that someone will betray Him (vs 21), but it also appears that this is part of God’s plan (vss 18-19). How could these both possibly be true?
  5. In the second section of this passage, verses 31-38, how would you summarize Jesus’ description of what He will face next? What do you think this means?
  6. In verses 34 and 35, Jesus offers “a new command.” Although this may be familiar, what do you think it means practically to fulfill this command? Why do you think there is a direct connection between this command and identification of Jesus’ disciples?
  7. Jesus confronts Simon Peter’s bold declaration with a hard truth about his upcoming failure. Why do you think Jesus said this to Peter?
  8. When do you think it is the loving thing to do to confront someone with a hard truth?
  9. The third section is found in 14:1-4. Here, Jesus balances words about His departure (13:31-33) with the reassuring work of God. What does Jesus promise to His followers?
  10. How do Jesus’ words here help your perspective on the challenges of your own life or the global events unfolding around us?
  11. What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you about life with Him through this study? How will that shape your life in the next week? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

 [Next week we will study John 14:1-31; 15:26-16:15. Read it ahead of time to prepare. Join the 40-day journey associated with this series by visiting http://www.eastbrook.org/chosenwords.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Eastbrook, Scripture reflections

 

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Trouble

Chosen Words Series Gfx_ThumbWhat do betrayal, failure, and peace have to do with one another? In one way or another, they all relate to trouble.

We continued our series,”Chosen Words,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church looking at the trouble of Jesus, His disciples, and in our lives. I took us into John 13:18-14:4, exploring Jesus’ encounter with Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s failure. This highlights our own need to be watchful of our temptation to betray Jesus or deny Jesus when trouble comes down upon us.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can join in with the “Chosen Words” devotional online.

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Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Glimpses of Glory (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend, “Glimpses of Glory,” from Mark 9:2-13.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When was a time where you powerfully encountered God’s presence in your life? What happened? How did you know it was God?
  2. Our Scripture passage this week is Mark 9:2-13. Whether you are alone or with a small group, read these verses out loud. Ask God to speak to you as you continue the study.
  3. There is some debate about exactly where this event happened. Tradition associates it with Mt. Tabor (southwest of the Sea of Galilee), while some Bible scholars think the location may have been Mt. Hermon (northeast of the Sea of Galilee) or Mt. Meron (northwest of the Sea of Galilee). What is clear is that the location of the ‘mountaintop’ is critical. There are likely echoes of Moses experience at Mt. Sinai during the Exodus. Take a moment to compare Mark 9:2-13 with Exodus 19:16-20 and 24:15-18. Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Eastbrook, Scripture reflections

 

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Glimpses of Glory

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We continued our series, “King Coming,” this weekend at Eastbrook Church as I preached a message entitled, “Glimpses of Glory.” The message focused on Mark 9:2-13, a story traditionally entitled the Transfiguration.

You can listen to the message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follower Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.

The outline for the message is included below:

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Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Who Do You Say I Am (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend, “Who Do You Say I Am?,” from Mark 8:27-30.

Discussion Questions:

1. This week, we are looking at a short yet profound portion of Scripture: Mark 8:27-30. Whether you are alone or with a small group, read these verses out loud. Ask God to speak to you as you continue the study.

2. Throughout Mark’s Gospel there are all sorts of titles given to Jesus. Take some time to look through the following passages in the first chapter of Mark’s gospel to write down different names or titles given to Jesus: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Eastbrook, Scripture reflections

 

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Three Disciples

We are in the midst of a three-week series here at Eastbrook Church called “Three Disciples.” It brings focus to those three apostles who were closest to Jesus: Peter, John and James. The goal of the series is to take a biographical look at these disciples in order to see what it looks like for regular people like you and me to be disciples of Jesus today.

The series outline is:

May 19/20 – “Peter” – Dr. Bill Conner

May 26/27 – “John” – Jay Rhodes

June 2/3 – “James” – Dr. David Musa

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Discipleship, Eastbrook

 

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Walk on the Waves (Risky Faith 3)

This weekend at Eastbrook, I finished up our series “Risky Faith” with a message entitled “Walk on the Waves” from Matthew 14:22-33.

The main point of the message is that Jesus is the Lord over all and we grow to know Him more as we take steps of risky faith like Peter.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included the outline for the message below:

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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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