November 11th | Acts 16:22-34 - How to Influence Your Family Towards Jesus

Acts 16:22-34 | How to Influence Your Family Towards Jesus

  1. Introduction: 

    1. Icebreaker or Game

    2. Sermon Recap.

  2. Read & Discussion Questions:

    1. This week we started a new series for November about how you can change the world. 

      1. Have you ever felt a desire to have impact beyond your own life — a desire to change the world somehow, even if a small bit?

    2. If we want to impact the world, we begin by looking at Jesus who has had the greatest impact. The primary thing Jesus did with his life is invest in a handful of people, teaching them, answering their questions, and bringing them along with him. In fact, almost 70% of the passages in the 4 Gospels are about Jesus’ time alone with his disciples.

      1. How did Jesus’ investment into the disciples change the world?

      2. How do you feel knowing the greatest impact you could have on the world would be to invest in a handful of people like Jesus?

    3. Turn to Acts 16:22-34 | This week we focused on staring with our family. How we can influence our family towards Jesus, and picking one family member to begin doing so.

      1. BEFORE reading, what is the context of this passage we are going to read?

    4. Read Acts 16:22-34

      1. What would happen to the jailer if the prisoners escape?

      2. What did Paul and Silas do for the jailer by staying in the jail? (saved his life)

        1. (Not a question, transition statement) The jailer’s entire family ends up getting saved and transformed through this. So, Calvin made 3 made points about how we can influence our family.

      3. The first was your own life needs to be changed. The Jailer’s own life is transformed before he is able to influence his family. Why do we need to be transformed first?

        1. If more of you were in the world (in your family, in your neighborhood, in our work place, etc.) would it be a better place?

      4. The second principle was bring people to what changed you. After being changed, the jailer brings his family to Paul and Silas, or vice versa. What are the things changing your life?

        1. How could you bring someone along with you to those things?

      5. The third principle was Don’t try to convert; try to influence them towards Jesus. What happens when we try to force family members to convert?

        1. You can not convert people, but you can influence them. How can you influence them towards Jesus? (Live differently and bring them along in your own transformation)

      6. Who is the family member you are committing to influence towards Jesus?

      7. How are you planning to do that?

      8. Close praying for our one.

  1. Pray

RESOURCES:

October 28th | John 18:1-14 - Complete Power. Complete Surrender.

JOHN 18:1-14 | Complete Power. Complete Surrender

Introduction:

  • Icebreaker or Game

  • Sermon Recap.

Read & Discussion Questions:

  • Read John 18:1-14

    • How did God use this passage to speak to you? What stands out to you?

    • What impacted you in the sermon?

    • If Jesus wanted to avoid being betrayed, arrested, and taken to the cross - how could he have avoided this in the passage? (Not let Judas leave dinner early, go to different garden, not identify himself, not stop Peter, etc.)

    • The author, John, makes it clear that Jesus has complete power and authority - he is in control. Yet, he willingly gives himself up. Why would he does this?

  • Calvin closed with 3 statements:

    • First, we often ask, “Why do bad things happen to good people if God is real and good?” — Calvin challenged us to begin by asking, “When God became man on the earth in Jesus, why did he, being perfect and full of love, allow himself endure the worst evil the world could throw at him?” —- Why would he do this?

    • How are we sometimes Peter, swinging swords thinking it’s God’s will when it isn’t?

    • How should we respond when we realize Jesus’ true identity, which all the preceding chapters of John have made known, and seeing him willing lay that down to go to the cross?

Pray

RESOURCES:

HC Guide at www.wearecmc.com

Listen to the sermon: at www.wearecmc.com/sermons

October 21st | John 17:20-26 - That They Will Be One

JOHN 17:20-26 | That They Will Be One

  1. Introduction: 

    1. Icebreaker or Game

    2. Sermon Recap.

  2. Read & Discussion Questions:

    1. Read John 17:20-26

      1. What stands out to you from this text?

      2. What is Jesus’ last prayer for believers today?

      3. Jesus says that our unity will do what for the world?

      4. How does disunity of Christians harm the world’s ability to believe in Jesus and his love?

      5. How does the unity of Christians lead to the world’s ability to believe in Jesus and his love?

      6. What are things that divide Christians?

      7. What can you do to fight against spreading disunity among believers?

      8. What can you do to promote more unity among Christians who don’t go to your church?

  3. Pray


RESOURCES:

October 14th | John 17:1-19 - The Open Heart of Jesus

JOHN 17:1-19 | The Open Heart of Jesus

  1. Introduction: 

    1. Icebreaker or Game

    2. Sermon Recap.

  2. Read & Discussion Questions:

    1. Read John 17:1-18 

      1. How did the sermon impact you?

      2. What is the context of this passage?

      3. The first main point was knowing Jesus.

        1. Why is knowing Jesus the foundation to a relationship with him?

      4. Why does Jesus pray in front of the disciples?

      5. The second main point was Jesus cares

        1. How can we tell that Jesus cares about people from reading this passage?

        2. Why does Jesus pray for the disciples?

        3. What does Jesus ask the Father to do with/for the disciples?

      6. The third main point was that we have a message to bring

        1. What is the message?

        2. Why is the message important?

      7. Do you think the disciples saw Jesus in a different way as they remembered this prayer?

      8. How should we see Jesus as we remember this prayer?

  3. Pray

RESOURCES:

October 7th | John 16:16-33 - Audience With The Creator

JOHN 16:16-33 | Audience With The Creator

Introduction:

  • Icebreaker or Game

  • Sermon Recap.

Read & Discussion Questions:

  • Read John 16:16-33

  • What is the context of this passage?

  • How do you think the disciples feel knowing Jesus is going away?

  • The first main point was the we can go directly to God in prayer.

    • What are some ways people try to use something or someone else to get to God?

    • In contrast, how can we approach God the Father?

  • The second main point was that we do not have to win God’s favor or earn his attention.

    • Have you ever seen a child who had to earn their relationship with their parents?

    • What are we can treat God like this? (trying to earn his favor/attention?

    • The Gospel is that we can not win or earn God’s favor but we don’t have to because….. (fill in blank)

  • The third main point was that we can ask confidently “in Jesus name”

    • Sometime children are taught to be afraid of authority figures and/or they have to earn the right to speak to them. Has anyone experienced this as a child?

    • How does this impact our adult life in view of authority?

    • How does this affect our view of God the Father as our authority?

    • Jesus says God the Father loves you himself. Hebrews 4:15-16 and Ephesians 3:12 both say we can approach God the Father’s throne with boldness and confidence because Jesus has won that right for us. How does should that impact our view of God and our prayers?

    • How can we approach the throne with boldness?

  • How do you think these words from Jesus impacted the disciples in the midst of the impending crisis?

  • How do these words impact our lives in the midst of our struggles and crisis?

Pray

RESOURCES:

HC Guide at www.wearecmc.com

Listen to the sermon: at www.wearecmc.com/sermons

September 30th | John 16:5-15 - Convicting to Save

JOHN 16:5-15 | Convicting To Save

I. Introduction:
A. Icebreaker or Game

B. SermonRecap.

Read & Discussion Questions:

A. Read John 16:5-15

  1. What was the definition of sin?

  2. Why is it hard to talk about our own sin?

  3. Calvin read a Charles Spurgeon quote, which ended with “Without

    conviction of sin there can be no salvation” — Why is this so?

  4. Why is it a sin to not believe in Jesus? What other 2 things does it

    mean could believe?

  5. What is righteousness/justice?

  6. If we’re guilty of sin, how does our righteousness and justice stand

    before God?

  7. What does Romans 3:23 say? — If Jesus is the standard, we all fall

    short.

  8. What is judgment?

  9. How many bible verses did Calvin say talk about a final judgment?

  10. How often do people talk about a final judgment today?

  11. So, the Holy Spirit’s job is to convict us of sin, righteousness and

    judgment. Why does the Spirit do this?

  12. Read Romans 3:21-16

  13. When we stand before God, how will we be justified and made

    righteous?

  14. Is this Gospel real to you?

III. Pray

RESOURCES:

• HC Guide at www.wearecmc.com
• Listen to the sermon: at www.wearecmc.com/sermons

September 23rd - John 15:18-16:4 | Worthy of Suffering For His Name

JOHN 15:18-16:4 | Worthy of Suffering For His Name

Introduction: Icebreaker or Game

Sermon Recap.

Read John 15:18-16:4

  • Around what date is the Gospel of John written?

  • What is happening to Christians during this time?

  • What 5 books of the New Testament are traditionally attributed to John for writing?

  • What is a major theme in these writings from John regarding persecution?

  • How many consecutive record years for persecution have their been?

  • What is the most persecuted religious group worldwide?

  • How does knowing our brothers and sisters in the faith are being persecuted worldwide challenge our own lives and faith in Jesus?

  • Does anyone personally know someone who has been persecuted? If so, share their story.

  • What can we do to help Christians who are being persecuted worldwide?

  • How does this text and seeing the lives of Jesus, his disciples, and all the other martyrs of history change our understanding of success as Christians?

  • How did the sermon impact you and how did God speak to you?

Pray: (1) For persecuted believers, (2) for our faith and faithfulness to grow.

RESOURCES:

HC Guide at www.wearecmc.com

Listen to the sermon: at www.wearecmc.com/sermons

September 16th - John 15:1-17 | The Vine and the Branches

JOHN 15:1-17 | The Vine and the Branches

Introduction:

Icebreaker or Game

Sermon Recap.

Read & Discussion Questions:

Read John 15:1-8

  • What 3 things are branches apart from the vine lacking?

  • How do branches broken off a tree wither up? How does this relate to us spiritually separated from our vine?

  • Calvin said, “We want the wine of Christianity without being a part of the vine that produces it.” — What does this mean?

  • In the sermon, Calvin showed a picture of two different roses — how did the first one look compared to the second?

  • What happens when you don’t prune a rose bush?

  • Why does God prune us?

  • What’s the difference between hurt and harm?

Read John 15:9-17

  • How can we remain and abide in the Jesus?

  • What is God pruning in your life and how can you submit to him?

Pray

RESOURCES:

HC Guide at www.wearecmc.com

Listen to the sermon: at www.wearecmc.com/sermons