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

September 9th - John 14:15-31 | Do You Love Jesus?

JOHN 14:15-31 | Do You Love Jesus?

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Sermon Recap.
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. Read John 14:15-31 (divide paragraphs for different people to read)
      1. How many verses draw a correlation between love and obedience in this section?
      2. Calvin said: The goal of God’s work is that we would love and freely choose to obey God. What’s the difference between forced obedience and obedience based on love?
        1. What is a practical example of the two differences in the Bible? (Mark 12:41-44 — you can read as an example)
      3. How does love for Jesus change every part of our lives?
      4. Calvin opened by saying: “Invest in your relationship with Jesus daily so that you fall deeper in love with him.” 
        1. When you hear of investing, what do you normally think of?
      5. What was the definition that Calvin gave for investing? (A small, consistent choice to sacrifice something now for a better future)
        1. How does this relate to money?
        2. How does this relate to a relationship with a spouse?
        3. How does this relate to our relationship with God?
      6. When you love someone, you are willing to change to be with them. How does our love for Jesus change our lifestyle and decisions?
      7. What are you doing to invest in your relationship with Jesus daily and weekly? (Or, what will you do)
  3. Pray

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August 26th - John 13:18-38 | The Command to Love

JOHN 13:18-38 | The Command to Love

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If the video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. Take turns reading through John 13:18-38
    2. In the sermon, Calvin talked about the world’s view of in contrast to the Bible’s view of love.
      1. How did Calvin describe worldly love in the sermon?
      2. How does viewing love as a feeling that we can’t control affect decisions we make?
      3. In contrast, what does Jesus says love is in this passage?
      4. If love is a commandment given by Jesus, then it is a decision we can make regardless of how we feel. How are we to love people even when we don’t feel like it?
    3. Context: Who are the 3 people Jesus speaks to in this passage and what role does each play in this passage? (Judas = betrayal, Peter = denier, John = beloved disciple who is let in on the secret of Judas’ betrayal)
      1. How do you think John felt knowing Judas was going to betray Jesus and Peter was going to deny him?
      2. Now, how do you think John felt knowing Judas was going to betray Jesus and Peter was going to deny him — and Jesus still washed their feet and shared a meal with them?
    4. How can we choose to love as extremely as Jesus, even when people don’t deserve it and we don’t feel like it?
  3. Pray

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August 19th - John 13:1-17 | Be Served. Go Serve.

JOHN 13:1-17 | Be Served. Go Serve.

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If the video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. Read John 13:1-5
      1. How did people typically eat important meals during this time? AKA, how were they seated around the table?
      2. Who washed peoples feet in this society? (The lowest slaves).
    2. Read John 13:6-11
      1. Calvin said the greatest threat to our own lives is our own pride. How does Peter’s pride almost ruin this moment?
      2. How does pride keep us from (1) growing in life and (2) growing in faith?
      3. We need Jesus to minister to us daily, like having to wash their feet daily. How do you set aside time for Jesus to minister to you?
    3. Read John 13:12-17
      1. Do we all agree that serving is a fundamental calling of being a Christian?
      2. How did Dr. Dub serve in Calvin’s sermon?
      3. If this is fundamental to the Christian walk, how can you serve:
        1. In your church?
        2. In your community?
        3. In your daily life?
  3. Pray

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August 12th - John 12:37-50 | Living to Please God

JOHN 12:37-50 | Living to Please God

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If the video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. Read John 12:37-43
        1. How do we harden our hearts against God?
        2. Why do the leaders who believe in Jesus not publicly confess that?
        3. What ways do we seek the praise of men instead of God?
      1. John 12:44-50
        1. What do these verses say about the connection of Jesus to God the Father?
        2. Why is Jesus’ claim hard to grasp and commit to?
      2. Calvin told a story of a man named Eric Liddell. Who was he and what did he do in choosing to please God over man?
      3. How can we choose to please God instead of man in our daily lives?
      4. Is there a situation where you’ve been pleasing man’s opinion instead of God’s? If so, what steps can you take to change that?
  3. Pray

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July 29th - John 11:54-12:11 | Break Out In Worship

JOHN 12:1-11 | Break Out In Worship

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If the video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. Read John 12:1-3
      1. What stands out to you about Mary’s act towards Jesus?
      2. In his sermon, Sam highlights Mary’s gift as a profound, spontaneous act of worship. How should our love for Christ be reflected likewise?
    2. Read John 12:4-5
      1. How can people give a false pretense of righteousness like Judas?
    3. Read John 12:7-8
      1. How did this act prepare Jesus for his burial?
    4. Read John 12:9-11
      1. Because of Lazarus’ testimony about Jesus, many people were coming to believe in Jesus. How can you story lead others to Christ?
      2. Who is someone in your life that you can invite to Church or talk to about Jesus?

 

  1. Pray

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July 22nd - John 11:1-53 | Raised to New Life

JOHN 11:1-53 | Raised to New Life

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If the video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. Read John 11:1-6
      1. Jesus intentionally chooses not to intervene immediately with Lazarus’ sickness. Why does Jesus intentionally choose not to intervene in our lives (or waits to intervene?
      2. Calvin read a quote about Lobsters in sermon. Why do Lobsters shed their shells and how does this principle apply to our lives?
    2. Read John 11:7-16
      1. In the last few chapters, we have seen a lot of hostility towards Jesus. Why is it important that Jesus intentionally chooses to return to Judea?
      2. What is the disciples response knowing Jesus is choosing to put his life on the line?
    3. John 11:17-37
      1. Martha, Mary, and the crowd all say “If Jesus would have been here Lazarus wouldn’t have died.” Why is it common for us to question God’s love and purpose when things don’t go as we think they should?
        1. Do you have an example from your life where you said something like this?
      2. Never let you one-sided perspective determine the love of God. | Discuss how this applies to our lives.
    4. John 11:38-44
      1. Jesus intentionally allows Lazarus to die so that instead of healing a sickness he could raise a dead man to life, performing a far greater work. 
        1. How does Jesus allowing hardship and suffering grow and mature us?
        2. Calvin said, “temporary afflictions lead to eternal glory” — discuss how that applies to Jesus’ life and then discuss how it applies to ours.
    5. John 11:45-53
      1. What is the political backdrop with the Romans which makes the religious leaders make this statement?
      2. From this point on in the Gospel, they will be trying to take Jesus’ life. Once Jesus does this miracle in front of a large crowd, there is no turning back. This chapter begins the journey to the cross.
        1. Jesus knowingly and willingly exchanges his life for Lazarus’ life. When we experience suffering and hardship, let us remember our savior who willingly choose suffering himself for a greater work and eternal glory.
    6. General Questions
      1. How did the sermon impact you?
      2. How did God speak to you Sunday?
      3. What action is God wanting you to take?
  3. Pray

 

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July 15th - John 10:22-42 | Actions Speak Louder Than Words

JOHN 10:22-42 | Actions Speak Louder Than Words

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If the video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. Read John 10:22-24
      1. What Jewish holiday is the “festival of Dedication” known as today? (Hanukkah)
      2. This holiday/festival celebrated when the Jewish people fought off a foreign empire, purified the temple, and rededicated themselves to God. Why is that context significant with the crowds question if Jesus is the Christ/Messiah in Verse 24?
    2. Read John 10:25-39
      1. In this passage, Jesus makes his claim to be one with the heavenly Father and the Christ/Messiah and tells the crowd that his actions testify to his identity
        1. What miracles has Jesus done so far in John?
        2. How do Jesus’ actions speak louder than words in revealing his identity as Christ and one with the Father?
    3. Read John 10:27
      1. Jesus says that his followers (sheep) hear his voice and they follow/obey him. How do our actions speak louder than words is showing our relationship with Jesus?
      2. Read John 15:1-2 — What does this reveal about our actions “fruit” if we are a part of the “vine” (God’s people)?
      3. Do your actions in your work/workplace reflect your relationship with God? What could you improve there?
      4. Do your actions with your spouse or kids reflect your relationship with God? In what ways can you reflect Christ in the home?
    4. Read John 10:40-42
      1. Many in the crowd follow Jesus because John the Baptist told them about him. Like Jesus, John the Baptist actions set him apart from the religious teachers of the day so that when he told the crowd about Jesus they trusted him and sought out Jesus.
        1. Why are our actions so important in sharing Jesus with others?
        2. How does our love for one another point people to Jesus?
        3. How does continual sin hurt the reputation of the Gospel, the Church, and other Christians?
        4. What’s at stake if we don’t deal with sins among our fellows Christians seriously? 
    5. General Questions
      1. How did the sermon impact you?
      2. How did God speak to you Sunday?
      3. What action is God wanting you to take?
  3. Pray

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