Questions about the Sermon

Advent - Waiting with Peace

December 4, 2022

Luke 3:1-6

  1. Tell us about your most peaceful experience… What caused it? What was “the peace” like?

  2. How would you define peace?

  3. What is the difference between penance and repentance? How are they similar? 

  4. Have you ever attempted penance without repentance? What was the result?

  5. Read 2 Corinthians 7:10. What is worldly grief? What is Godly grief?

  6. How does repentance bring peace? How has it brought peace in your life?

Advent - Waiting with Hope

November 27, 2022

Luke 21:25-28

  1. Tell us about a time that you had to wait for a Christmas gift. Did you peek? Guess? What did you feel? Were you disappointed with the gift after you opened it?

  2. Why does Advent focus on the 2nd Coming of Jesus first? What benefit is this to us?

  3. How do you approach what the Bible says about Jesus’ return?Anxious or Apathetic. Why?

  4. Where are some areas that we can look for hope? How does that hope fail or fade?

  5. How will you, “Wait with Hope” this Christmas season?

Speak for your Servant Hears

November 13, 2022

1 Samuel 3:1-12

  1. How many Dollar Generals did Justin have in his hometown?

  2. Have you ever been at a point in your life where you felt like Samuel did about God’s call?( You were unsure)Did God clear that situation for you? If so, How? If not, How did you move forward?

  3. What about the fact that God called Samuel resonates with you? He was young? He didn’t know God? He had no heritage?

  4. How do you think you would have responded if you were Samuel?

  5. Samuel means “God hears” and Samuel has to “hear God”. How does knowing that God hears you help you hear God?

The Rest of Your Life

November 6, 2022

Psalm 90:12 / Matthew 6:33

  1. Tell us about one of your best days ever? What made it so?
  2. Take a moment to read Matt 6:33. 
  3. Which portion of the sermon was most helpful to you?   For review here are the points: Set Proper Priorities, Seek Personal Purity, Seek Promised Prosperity.
  4. In the sermon Dustin said, That God wants your first….  First of your day, the first day of the week, first of your pay check, and first of all things. Why does God demand our first? What benefit is this to us?
  5. Think about this progression of thought: 

     -You don’t need everything you want. 

     -You don’t want everything you need. 

     -God doesn’t give us everything we want.

     -God always gives us what we need.

     How has God worked in these ways in your life?

Remember Your Creator

October 30, 2022

Ecc 12:1-14

  1. Take a moment to read Ecc 12:1-8. Do these allegories make you feel old or young? Why? Why is it important to know we are “growing old”?
  2. At what age did you become a Christian? Do you find the stats that 85% of people who become Christians do so before age 15 shocking? Why do you think this is so? 
  3. When you hear the phrase, “ Fear God”, what comes to mind? Why?
  4. Which of the letters of the acronym for Fear was helpful to you?  Faith in His Existence(Hebrews 11:6), Experience His Grace(John 8), Awe at His Majesty, Resolve to Follow Jesus.(Matt 22:37-39)
  5. Is this acronym a process of fearing God? Or does it happen separately? How has it happened in your life?
  6. Pray for one another. Pray for one another’s kids.

Ecclesiastes Week 3 - Time

October 2, 2022

Ecc 3:1-15

  1. If you could go back in time like Marty McFly… Where would you go? What would you do?

  1. Are you more of a “wish time away” person or “wish time would slow” person?

  1. Read Ecc 3:1-11. How has God made something beautiful over time in your life? Why is it hard to believe that God makes “everything beautiful” in time? How is this reassuring for you?

  1. How good are you at sitting still(solitude)? What does your mind do? Why? What does it mean that God put eternity in man’s heart(vs11)?

Because you have made us for Yourself. Our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.”- Augustine

  1. How do we seek God in all times? Why is this important?

  2. How are you seeking God with your time? When? What? How?

Ecclesiastes - Week 2 - Paul's Heart

September 25, 2022

Phil 1:3-11

  1. What did you find inspiring on Sunday?

  1. How did the speaker’s story of life as an orphan inspire or encourage you? Did it convict you?

  1. Take a moment to read Philippians 3:3-11. What do we learn about Paul’s heart from the text?(thankfulness, joy, gospel focus, hope, love)

  1. How important is thankfulness in your walk with Christ? And how important is it in your overall approach to life?

Ecclesiastes - All is Vanity

September 18, 2022

Ecclesiastes 1-2

  1. Did you find the first two chapters of Ecclesiates encouraging, discouraging, or both? Why?

  2. Take a look at Ecc 2:1-8. What types of pleasure does the writer refer to? How many would you categorize as good? Or bad?  Does it make you uncomfortable that he says they are meaningless? Why or why not?

  3. What does the phrase “Under the Sun” mean? Why is it so important for understanding the book?(Hint: John 10:10)

  4. Take a look at Ecc 2:24-25. The key phrase is “apart from God”. How are we tempted to approach life “apart” from God? Why is this such an easy temptation for us to fall into? 

  5.  “When good things become ultimate things they become destructive things”. How do we keep good things from becoming ultimate things?

Saved...How do I live saved?

September 11, 2022


  1. What was the most encouraging part of the sermon for you?

  2. When you hear the word “Sanctification” what do you think of and why? Does Wayne Grudem’s definition agree with your thoughts?Sanctification is the progressive work of God to make us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives. – Grudem

  3. Take a moment to read Philippians 2:12-14. How does our cooperation with God’s work of sanctification happen? Reflect back on your life… How has this process worked in your life?

  4. What are some instruments that God has used in your sanctification? (Churches, Christians, Non-Christians, Experiences) Why is the Bible the primary instrument in our sanctification? What role does the Holy Spirit play? (Phil 4:8-9,Hebrews 4:12)

Saved...How Do I Stay Saved?

September 4, 2022

1 Peter 1:3-5

  1. What stood out to you from the sermon? What was helpful? Interesting? 

  2. The two traditional ideas of eternal security are: “I Can Lose My Salvation” or “Once Saved Always Saved”. Which of the two have you most closely followed? Why? What are the dangers of both?

  3. Take a moment to read 1 Peter 1:3-5. Take a moment to read 2 Peter 1:5-9. How are these passages similar and different? (Hint: Assurance and Warning)

  4. What gives you the most assurance that you are saved? God’s love(Rom 8:38-39),God’s Spirit(Eph 1:13-14), God’s work(Phil 1:6) 

  5. JD Greear says, “Until you know that you are His and He is yours, your obedience will be limited, your love will be stifled, your confidence will be shaky, and your courage minimal.” How does God’s faithfulness to you inspire you?

Saved...How do I know I'm Saved?

August 28, 2022

1 John 5:13
  1. How do you know you are saved? 

  2. Of these three questions discussed in the sermon which resonated most with you and why?

Do I have a present trust in Christ for salvation?

Is there evidence of internal change? 

Do I see a pattern of growth?

  1. Take a moment to read 2 Peter 1:5-9.

  2. What does Peter mean by the word “nearsighted” in verse 9? Have you ever grown “nearsighted” in your faith? How does he suggest we fight against “spiritual nearsightedness”(5-7)? How do you add those things? 

  3. Take a moment to read Philippians 1:6. How does this encourage and assure you in the faith? (It is finished and is finishing in you!)

Saved...How do I get Saved?

August 21, 2022

Tell us about when you got saved (use these questions as a guide).

  1. What were the circumstances that led to you realizing you needed to be saved? What did you feel? What did you know about you? About God? 

  1. How did you make the decision? Did you walk down the aisle? Did you pray, a prayer? What did you say? Did someone help you, talk with you, or pray with you?

  1. How were you changed after you were saved? Did your desires change? Was a burden lifted? Was the change immediate? Did it take a while? How has it changed you since you were saved?