Sermon Discussion Guides

Sermon Discussion Guides

A Plea for Love in the Midst of Ever-Increasing Polarization

To the church of God at Olympic Free Church, “to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor 1:2–3). We are truly thankful to God for every single one of you and have been praying for you throughout this difficult and increasingly divisive season of…

Sermon Discussion: COVID 19 and the Christian Conscience

Sermon Discussion: COVID 19 and the Christian Conscience Romans 14:1–12 Main Idea: Differences of opinion between fellow believers should never cause division within the local church. Discussion Questions: 1. Who are these “weak” people? (1) What are the external manifestations of this weakness? (2) Why does Paul call them “weak”? 2. How can we be certain this “weakness” was truly a matter of opinion and not a matter of sin? 3. How did was this “weakness” fueling an ever-growing conflict between…

Sermon Discussion: I Am Adopted- Pt 2

SERMON DISCUSSION: I AM ADOPTED – PT 2 GALATIANS 4:4–7 Main Idea: God adopts us as his own children so that we might enjoy an intimate relationship with him. Discussion Questions: 1. In what ways have you inadvertently allowed your relationship with your father (or mother) to color your relationship with God? 2. Why is Paul not being sexist when he calls believing men and women “sons”? 3. According to Paul, what singular Christian experience demonstrates, there are no second-class…

Sermon Discussion: I Am Adopted

Sermon Discussion: I Am Adopted Galatians 4:4–7 Main Idea: God doesn’t merely save us from eternal punishment, he adopts us as his own children so that we might enjoy every privilege that flows from our identity in Christ. Adoption: is the judicial act of God by which he grants the name and privileges of sonship to those whom he has freely justified on account of their faith in Jesus Christ. Discussion Questions: 1. Have you ever wrestled with the feeling that…

Sermon Discussion: I Am Justified

Sermon Discussion: I Am Justified– I Am Not My Sin and Failure Romans 5:12–19 Main Idea: If we are in Christ, we are not defined by our individual sins and failures because we have been credited with the very righteousness of Christ. Justification: is the judicial act of God by which he declares the law to be perfectly satisfied in respect to sinful people because he has forever credited them with the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ on account of…

Sermon Discussion: Am I in Adam or in Christ?

Sermon Discussion: Am I in Adam or in Christ? Romans 5:12–21 Main Idea: Our right standing with God and our freedom from condemnation are forever anchored in the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ. Discussion Questions: 1. Before this sermon how would you have described what it means to be “personally bound to Adam’s rebellion”? What verses would you have used to support your understanding? 2. How does Paul use the fact that humans died between Adam and the Law of…

Sermon Discussion: I Am Created in the Image of God

Sermon Discussion: I Am Created in the Image of God Genesis 1:24–31 Main Idea: Human beings exists to reflect the very character of God and faithfully represent the sovereign rule of God in every aspect of our life. (Whether that be in our (1) essential likeness to God, (2) our functional likeness to God, or our (3) relational likeness to God). Discussion Questions: (Read Genesis 1:24–31) 1. How does our cultures naturalistic world-view help us understand its individualistic pursuit of authenticity,…

Sermon Discussion: I Am A Creature

Sermon Discussion: I Am A Creature Psalm 8:1–9 Main Idea: You will never find your “true identity” until you grasp your utter dependency. Discussion Questions: Read Psalm 8 together before answering questions. 1. How do you introduce yourself? What do you think is important for others to know about you? How does this reflect the way you define yourself? 2. Have you ever had an “identity crisis” or an experience that caused you to question your sense of self / self-worth?…

Sermon Discussion: Christ’s Love: Our Sap and Food

Sermon Discussion: Christ’s Love: Our Sap and Food – John 15:1-11 Main Idea: Believers abide in Christ and bear fruit the way Christ abides in the Father, unbelievers don’t. Discussion Questions: 1. When Jesus calls himself the true vine and the Father the vinedresser, what does that show us about their relationship? 2. When did Jesus begin receiving the Father’s warm affections (see John 17:24)? Why is that important? 3. How did the Son of God enjoy his Father’s love…

Sermon Discussion: The Empty Tomb

Sermon Discussion: The Empty Tomb Mark 15:42–16:8 Main Idea: The resurrection vindicates Jesus’ entire ministry and opens the way for his fearful followers to become faithful disciples. Discussion Questions: 1. Why does Mark spend six verses (Mark 15:42–47) on the burial of Jesus? 2. What is the surprising irony of resurrection Sunday? 3. What does the resurrection imply about Jesus himself? (Romans 1:1–4) Why is this important? 4. Why doesn’t the angel tell the women to bring the disciples back…