May 20th - John 7:25-39 | Lean Into the Holy Spirit

JOHN 7:25-39 | Lean Into the Holy Spirit

  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. John 7:25-39
      1. As we’ve gone through John, Jesus has constantly spoken of a living water that those who believe in him will receive. This living water will never run dry and will forever satisfy. What does the author, John tells us this living water is in verse 39?
    2. Read Acts 2:38-39
      1. When and how do we receive the Holy Spirit?
    3. The sermon focused on how we can lean into the Holy Spirit in our lives to experience God’s presence. What were the three ways Calvin said we can lean into the Holy Spirit? (1. Consistent Christian Community; 2. Communal Worship; 3. Serving with & in Church)
      1. All of these ways are built around the Church body. In Matthew 18:20, Jesus says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Though we can experience God and the Holy Spirit as individuals, God’s presence is most powerfully present when Christians are gathered together. / Why do you think that is?
      2. Only 25% of Christians go to Church 3 times or more out of 8 weeks. How do you think that affects many believers ability to experience God? 
      3. Calvin said, “We want to experience God, yet we refuse to use the venues he has most predominantly chosen to reveal himself to us. Or if we do use them, we use them very inconsistently and half-heartedly…” How are people trying to search for God on their own apart from the Church, which is established by his presence?
      4. How is Holy Spirit experienced in communal worship? (If we consistently miss communal worship, we are missing our highest calling and eternal purpose)
      5. The third point was that we lean into the Holy Spirit by using our gifts and talents to serve in the Church body. What are your gifts and talents and how can you use them to serve with and in Church? (If you need reference verses, read 1 For 12:7-27)
    4. What will you do differently based on the sermon and our discussion?
    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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May 13th - John 7:10-24 | Reputation & Handling Criticism

JOHN 7:10-24 | Reputation & Handling Criticism

  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. John 7:10-13
      1. Why is their controversy in the crowd about Jesus’ identity and reputation?
      2. Calvin read a story about 2 pastors and how they handled criticism differently. How did they handle it differently?
      3. Calvin said, “I can never go back to letting people’s expectations dictate my course.” — How does that apply to your life?
      4. Our master is either our ego, people’s expectations, or God. How do these determine how we act?
    2. John 7:14-18
      1. What’s the difference between spiritual authority and worldly authority?
      2. Where does Jesus’ spiritual authority come from? ( His relationship with the Heavenly Father)
      3. How will a secure relationship with the Heavenly Father give you a foundation and authority to guide your life and resist criticisms?
      4. How do you build that spiritual authority/foundation? (Time with God: Prayer, Reading the Bible, Prayer, Fasting, etc.)
    3. John 7:19-24
      1. Before we can judge others rightly, we must view ourselves rightly. When we allow other people’s expectations to control us, it reproduces that in the way we look at people. How does having a healthy spiritual foundation with God the Father make us view and judge others rightly?
      2. How did the sermon impact you?
      3. What do you need to work on in your life regarding reputation and handling criticism?
    4. 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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May 6th - Monthly HC Party @ CMC

  1. Questions
    1. How did Eva’s testimony impact you?
    2. How did Jordan’s testimony impact you?
    3. How did the rest of the service impact you?
      1. Baptism
      2. Communion
      3. Psalm 107
  2. Updates — moving forward as a Church:
    1. Outreach Opportunities.
      1. Goal: 1 a Week.
      2. Progress: 2 out of 4.
        1. 2nd Friday - Human Trafficking Intervention
        2. 4th Sat - Food Distribution with KCM and PowerHouse Church
      3. Think about how you could serve your community once a month.
    2. Land Sale Offer.
      1. This will allow us to expand our parking, sanctuary, renovate parts of our building, and have savings.
    3. Current focus before expanding: Build a healthy church.
      1. Financial stability
      2. Empower leadership team
      3. Clarify Vision & Mission

April 29th - John 7:1-9 | Jesus & Family Probs.

JOHN 7:1-9 | Jesus & Family Probs.

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. John 7:1
      1. At the beginning of Ch. 6 more than 5,000 wanted to follow Jesus. Now in verse one of Ch. 7 the majority want to have Jesus killed. Calvin said, When people learn Jesus’ true identity they either hate him, ignore him, or believe make him Lord of their life. How do you see this in people’s responses to Jesus? 
    2. John 7:2
      1. Calvin explained the 3 major Jewish festivals Sunday. How do you think having these festivals each year solidified the Jews identity and helped them in their relationship with God?
      2. How could we have set times in the year that do the same for us?
    3. John 7:3-5
      1. Read Mark 6:3. — How many siblings did Jesus have that are stated?
      2. Who is a younger sibling? How can you relate to the brothers response to Jesus?
    4. John 7:6-9
      1. Jesus had to obey his calling and purpose even when his family didn’t understand and mocked him. How have you had to do this in your own life when people disagreed?
      2. Calvin said, “Following him is more important that pleasing you.” How does this apply to our relationships with people and family?
      3. What struggles have you had with family or friends who don’t believe and disagree with you following Jesus?
      4. Thought James originally doubts and is one of these mocking Jesus, who does James become after Jesus’ death and resurrection.
      5. Because Jesus stayed true to his calling and purpose, James’ life eventually was transformed and he too became a follower and leader for Jesus. How have you seen similar changes in people around you as you stay faithful to Jesus? 
      6. Who are you praying for in your family to know and follow Jesus?
    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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April 22nd - John 6:30-71 | The Bread of Life

JOHN 6:30-71 | THE BREAD OF LIFE

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. John 6:30-40
      1. How does Jesus use the earthly substance of bread to explain a deeper spiritual need within humanity?
      2. What are some other examples of earthly thing Jesus uses to explain spiritual realities? (Living Water, Born Again, etc)
    2. John 6:41-51
      1. Jesus explains that his “bread” is his flesh which he will give for the world. How does communion remind us of this?
      2. In these verses, we see an inseparable connection between Jesus and God the Father. He is saying that anyone who has the heavenly Father also has Jesus, and on the reverse, anyone who doesn’t accept Jesus doesn’t have the earthly Father. Why would this be so offensive to the Jews and how is it still offensive to many people today?
    3. John 6:52-58
      1. Just as we have an earthly need for food and drink to survive, Jesus explains that we have a deeper spiritual need that only he can satisfy. How do people try to fill this longing in there life with others things?
      2. Jesus says that as “I live because of the Father so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.” What does it mean to you that as Jesus was sustained by the Father we are supposed to be sustained by Jesus? 
    4. John 6:60-71
      1. At the beginning of chapter 6 more than 5,000 wanted to follow Jesus and make him their King. At the end of chapter 6, only the 12 disciples are left. What happened and what does this teach us about true disciples of Jesus?
      2. How does Peter’s response to Jesus show us what our response to Jesus should be?
    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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April 15th - John 6:16-29 | Walking on Water

JOHN 6:16-29 | JESUS WALKS ON WATER

  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. Context to Passage
      1. What happened just before verse 16? (Jesus fed the 5,000)
      2. And what did the crowd want to do with Jesus after that miracle? (They wanted to make him King by force).
      3. And instead of allowing them to do this, Jesus does what? (He withdraws from them and goes to a mountain by himself.)
    2. John 6:16-21
      1. What do you think the disciples must have thought to be in the middle of a storm on the lake and seeing a man walking on water?
      2. Why is this miracle so important in the context of Jesus having just withdrawn from the crowd and refusing to let them make him King by force? (Jesus must teach his disciples what is true identity is, much more than just an earthly King or Prophet).
      3. How does Jesus walking on water remove any historical person or event that they could compare Jesus to? Refer to sermon notes for help!
      4. Jesus action of walking on water joined with his statement, “It is I, do not be afraid” shows Jesus saying and doing what only who could do in Jewish tradition? (YHWH [Yahweh], the personal name of God in the OT)
      5. The twelve disciples are left assured the Jesus possess the __________ and __________ of God. (words and power)
    3. John 6:25-29
      1. Jesus says, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” — Why do many of the Jews struggle to believe in Jesus?
      2. What reasons make it hard to believe in Jesus today?
      3. How does truly believing that Jesus possesses the words and power of God impact our lives? (If we really believe that, it is pretty much inevitable to base your whole life upon him, following him, obeying him, learning more about him, etc.

Main Point: John is telling us that if we want a picture of the divine, a picture of holiness, a description of what God is like - we have found it here in Jesus Christ. How does Jesus represent God in ways that we normally don’t think about a god? (Think Thor and Superman picture in contrast).

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?
  4. Pray

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April 8th - John 6:1-15 | Jesus Feeds the 5,000

JOHN 6:1-15 | JESUS FEEDS THE 5,000

  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. John 6:1-4
      1. Why is it important that John tells us the Passover Feast was near?
      2. How does this explain the large crowd?
      3. What did the Passover celebrate?
    2. John 6:5-6
      1. Why would Jesus ask Philip this question if he already knew how he was going to feed the people?
      2. Have you every felt God put you in a situation that he knew the answer but asked you anyway? 
      3. Why does Jesus test us like he did with Philip?
      4. In the sermon, Calvin said Jesus wants to strain our faith muscles? Why does God want to strain our faith muscles and how does that help us grow?
    3. John 6:7-13
      1. What do you think the disciples felt after the miracle when each of them held a basketful of leftovers?
    4. John 6:14-15
      1. How does the context of Passover help explain why the crowd thinks Jesus is “The Prophet” and they want to make him “king by force?”
      2. The people try to determine who Jesus is and what he should do for them. What are ways we tend to do this in our own lives?
      3. Calvin said, “The calling is not for Jesus to be our tagalong, but for us to follow him” What does that mean and how does it apply to your life?
    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?
      4. Who is reading the Gospel of Mark this week? How has it been?
  3. Pray

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