Sermon Questions

From The Heart (Week 2)

Philippians 4:11-12

  1. Where do I find contentment?
  2. What areas of my life do I struggle with being content?
  3. What can I do to practice being content?

From The Heart

Matthew 28:18, Luke 4:18-21, Luke 19:10

  1. What is my mission? What would others say my mission is?
  2. What am I willing to do to reach people for Jesus? What am I not willing to do?
  3. Where do I need to mature in my walk with Jesus?

What Are You Praying For (Week 4)?

Matt 11:28-30, Proverbs 28:26, 3:5-6, Micah 7:5-8, Genesis 20

  1. Do I really trust God? How do I know?
  2. What do I feel responsible to fix in my own life or someone else’s?
  3. Is my goal to totally depend on God? What is the evidence of this?
  4. What do I need to collapse/submit, so that I can totally depend on Him and He can be exalted?

What Are You Praying For? (Week 3)

Luke 10:38-42

  1. Am I “with” Jesus?
  2. Who do I relate most to in the passage? Mary or Martha?
  3. When do I seek God? Is it first?
  4. What am I worried and upset about?
  5. What do I need to do to choose what is better?

What Are You Praying For? (Week 2)

Matthew 6:5-13

  1. What do I need to surrender? Am I willing to do this?
  2. How do I need God to provide?
  3. What do I need to confess? (James 5:16)
  4. In what areas of my life do I need God’s Protection?

What Are You Praying For?

2 Chronicles 7:11-14, James 5:13-18

  1. What am I praying for right now?
  2. Why do I need to pray?
  3. What does prayer do? Does it really change anything?
  4. Are there things in my life that are hindering my prayers?

15 Year Anniversary

Ps 34:22

1.  What if I talked less about politics, corona virus, and division…and more about Jesus? 

2.  What if I humbled myself and prayed for healing for our nation?  What am I praying for? 

3.  What if my family and I invited people that need Jesus to church, and we invested in real relationships?

4.  What if I looked for needs that I could meet in people’s lives and lived a generous life?

5. What is God saying to me? What does God want me to say?

Root for the Home Team (Week 4)

Luke 10:25-37

  1. Who is really my neighbor? (verse29)
  2. Do I love God enough, to love someone that is different than me? How, or when have I done this?
  3. How quick am I to write someone off because of my preferences? What preference hinders me from loving others?
  4. Am I willing to be inconvenienced to love God and love others? What am I willing to do? What am I not willing to do?
  5. Am I willing to bless someone this week?

Root for the Home Team (Week 3)

Nehemiah 6-13

  1. Do I know who I am? Do I know where I come from? How do I know?
  2. Do I feed on and follow the Word?
  3. Am I willing to go anywhere for God?
  4. How do I celebrate the work of God?

Root for the Home Team (Week 2)

Nehemiah 2-6

  1. What type of opposition am I facing?
  2. What distracts me from doing God’s work?
  3. What advice can I give to someone facing opposition?

Root for the Home Team

Nehemiah 1, 2 Kings 25

  1. When is the last time that I have cried out to God? Does my grief align with Gods grief?
  2. How do I kneel and pray? Do I pray for “seconds” or “seasons”? Am I willing to pray for a season? If so, for what?
  3. How am I standing and doing work for the Kingdom?
  4. How am I leveraging the King to heal the brokenness in my family?

Good News (Week 9)

Joshua 3, Num 12:26-30,

  1. How do I wait for God? What am I wanting for now? How can I actively wait on God? Ps 27:14, 62:5, 130:5
  2. Do I look to Him, worship, when I wait? Micah 7:7 How do I worship (in His Word, with His Spirit, with His people)?
  3. What is my next wise step as I actively wait? How am I walking with God?

Good News (Week 8)

  1. When does life begin?
  2. Why did God create me? Eph 2:10
  3. What good works am I accomplishing? Ex 4:10-12
  4. How do I know what God wants me to do? Rom 12:1-2

Good News (Week 7)

  1. How do I know that I am adopted into God’s family?
  2. Once I am adopted can God un-adopt me?
  3. Because of my adoption, I should imitate my Father. Who do I imitate? How do I imitate? Eph 5:1-2
  4. How do I express love through our 7 Family Values? Gal 5:16, 1 Cor 13:13
    1. Put the goals and interests of others above my own.
    2. Live an open and honest life before others.
    3. Give and receive scriptural correction.
    4. Clear up relationships.
    5. Participate in ministry.
    6. Support the work financially.
    7. Follow spiritual leadership within scriptural limits.

Good News (Week 6)

2 Kings 6:24-7:17

Sunday, August 16

  1. Do I find it tough to be a child of God when it feels like our nation is under siege? What am I going to do with these feeling? John 15:18-19
  2. When have I experienced suffering for God to get my attention?
  3. How has God revealed Himself to me in the power of His details?
  4. When have I “Gone for It” with God?
  5. Who do I identify with in the story?

Good News (Week 5)

When we wrestle with death it allows us to live in freedom!

John 14:1-6

Sunday, August 9

  1. What do I fear about death?
  2. In what do I place my hope? Does where I put my hope lead to despair?
  3. Do I believe Jesus will come back to get me? Why?
  4. Do I trust in God’s promises? What are they?

Good News (Week 4)

Psalms 139:23-24

Sunday, August 2

  1. How does my brokenness reveal how my heart responds? What kind of response do I typically have (anger, pride, or patience and kindness)?
  2. Do I focus more on my sin, or the brokenness of others? What sin do I need to focus on in my life?
  3. Do I deal with my sin by confessing to God and others (James 5:16)? How have I done this?
  4. What do I need to confess to someone this week?

Good News (Week 3)

Sunday, July 26

  1. Do I believe in the absolute authority of the Bible? 
  2. Am I willing to fully trust Jesus with every aspect of my life?
  3. Will I choose to live out my absolute identity in Jesus?

Good News (Week 2)

Eph 2:8-10

Grace is Greater than ____________

Sunday, July 19

  1. What does it mean for me to be healed by God’s Grace?
  2. Where do I give credit for my success? Give an example
  3. Who do I need to give grace to this week?

Good News

Luke 2:8-12

Sunday, July 12

  1. When I think of Jesus, do I think about good news? What is a good news story from my life this week?
  2. What does it mean to be the object, not the cause, of God’s love? 1 John 4:9-10
  3. How has the good news transformed me?
  4. Jesus commissioned the disciples to reproduce the good news. How am I reproducing good news? Mark 16:15

God Blessed America

Luke 12:42-48

Sunday, July 5

  1. How am I stewarding what God has given me (time, talent, intellect, freedoms)?
  2. Do I use my freedoms God has given me for my own selfish desires?
  3. Why has God choose us to be the receivers of so many freedoms? What do I do with that freedom?
  4. Why does it seem that God sometimes takes our freedoms away? (Job 12:23, Isiah 41:2) What is my response when this happens?

The Comeback (Week 4)

Matthew 4:17

Sunday, June 28

  1. When is a time in your life that you made a You-Turn?
  2. What are you ready to turn from now?
  3. How close am I to His Kingdom?

Fathers Day

Ep 6:4 Pr 13:22

Sunday, June 21

  1. What kind of relationship do you have with you Dad? What kind of relationship do you want with your Dad?
  2. What do I provoke my children to?
  3. What inheritance am I leaving for my children?
  4. What legacy are my kid’s valuing to leave behind in school? Does this line up with what you and God want for them?
  5. When did I decide to make God, the Father, of my life?

The Comeback Week 2

God gives us what we need not what we deserve. 

Luke 15:11-32

Sunday, June 14

  1. When is a time that I was far from God? Do I recognizes that the farther I am from God, the more exposed I am to hardship?
  2. When have I been proud and self righteous? In these times do I recognize the feeling of not getting what I “deserve”?
  3. How do I celebrate when the lost are found? 
  4. How do I choose to draw near to God in times of trouble?
  5. As I look at the parable of the prodigal, do I identify with the lost son or the son who stayed at home? Do I need grace or correction?

The Comeback

Ps 139:23-24, Rom 12:9-21

Sunday, May 31

  1. Do I look inward first when I am faced with a crisis(a time of intense difficulty)?
  2. Where do I look for answers when there is a crisis around me?
  3. When do I ask God what I can do? (listen, love, stand beside…)
  4. How will I lead a changed life?

Spur, Meet, and Encourage

Hebrews 10, 1 Corinthians 13

Sunday, May 31

  1. Why is it important for me to gather with other believers?
  2. What are some things that I have neglected lately (physically, spiritually, relationally)?
  3. What are some habits I need to break or put back in place?
  4. What can I do to spur one another on? Who do I need to encourage?

Live in Victory Over Your Enemy

2 Kings 6:11-17

Sunday, May 24

  1. If I was going to paint a picture of my future what would it look like? 
  2. Do I factor in God, as the X factor, to the equation when I am faced with challenges?
  3. How do I have victory over the enemy?

Finding God’s Will

James 4:13-17

Sunday, May 17

  1. Do I seek God’s will before I make my plans?
  2. What area of my life do I need to know God’s will?
  3. What do I think that God wants me to do in order to find His will for my life?

Mother’s Day

James 4:13-16, Romans 13:11-12

Sunday, May 10

  1. What season of life am I currently living in?
  2. How can I better seize the season for my Savior during this time in my life?
  3. Is being comfortable causing me to be selfish with my Christianity? What am I willing to sacrifice?
  4. How can I share the truth of God’s word today?

Fear in the New Normal

Matthew 6-7

Sunday, May 3

  1. Thinking about my friends and family, what are the unspoken fears they might be dealing with right now?
  2. What do I do with my fear?
  3. Starting today, if I were to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” instead of worrying or being anxious, what would I do?
  4. How does fear spur us on to be vigilant and wise in a world that is dangerous and unpredictable?
  5. How is the fear of the Lord the beginning of knowledge?
  6. What are the ideas or idols that try to take God’s place in my life? What could I do to put God back in His rightful place?

When Jesus Shows up

Sunday, April 26

  1. What was the message that Jesus was constantly communicating? Is this a message that I communicate?
  2. Describe a time when Jesus has shown up in your life.
  3. Like Zacchaeus, what am I willing to give up to follow Him?

The New Normal

Luke 24:36-45

Sunday, April 19

  1. Do I experience God’s peace (presence of God that brings wholeness)?
  2. Is my mind open to understand scripture? How do I do this? Do I believe that God can give me understanding?
  3. Who helps me connect the dots of understanding God?
  4. What is something you recently connected the dots of scripture to understand?
  5. How is His Spirit convicting me to experience Peace (presence of God that brings wholeness)?
  6. What encourages you the most about Jesus giving us His Spirit?

Easter with StoneWater

HE IS ALIVE!

Matthew 28:1-10

Sunday, April 12

  1. What if today was a new day for me?
  2. Do I believe the resurrection of Jesus changes the quality of life here and now?
  3. How does the resurrection prove that Jesus brings freedom? (Lk 4:18)
  4. What purpose do I have because of Jesus? Am I fulfilling my mission/purpose?
  5. Do I believe in Jesus and the resurrection?

What Obstacle is Keeping You from God?

God wants to remove every obstacle that is keeping you from Him. God sent Jesus to restore, revive, and have a relationship with you.

Isiah 57

Sunday, April 5

  1. What obstacle is keeping me from a relationship with God?
  2. Do I believe that God can restore a crushed spirit? How have I seen God do this?
  3. Is my heart repentant? What does being repentant mean to me?
  4. You need courage to remove painful obstacles. When is a time I have received courage?

Wrestling with God

We often want relief, when God wants to wrestle. Whatever you are wrestling with your real wrestling match is with God.

Genesis 32

Sunday, March 29

  1. Wrestling with God moves us closer to Him. There is intimacy in a relationship when we wrestle. Do I desire to wrestle with God? Do I desire a closeness with God when I wrestle with Him?
  2. When I have wrestled with God, what has He changed about me (what did He break)?
  3. What idols am I wrestling with God about? What am I willing to do about my idols?
  4. What am I wrestling with God about currently?

Psalms (Week 3)

God Can Handle It

Psalms 13

Sunday, March 22

  1. Where do I normally turn to in a time a lament? Do I turn to God or to something or someone else?
  2. Do I complain to people or to God? How can I complain to God and engage with Him in my emotions?
  3. Do I worry about what I have or don’t have? Do I ask God for what I need? How can I increase my prayer and decrease my worry?
  4. Do I trust that God is in control? What areas of my life do I need to trust more? When do I worship?

Psalms (Week 2)

To be a worshiper you must have a relationship with Jesus. There are times that we should praise and there are times to also lament.

Psalms 145, 61

Sunday, March 15

  1. Worship will go on for eternity. How am I preparing now, to worship God for eternity?
  2. Does my call to worship God start when I wake up each day or does it just happen when I feel like it? What is my call to worship?
  3. Worship involves warfare. Worship is a weapon. How do I use worship in a time of battle?

Psalms (Week 1)

I am a worshiper! There is a difference in Praise and Worship. Praise is an expression of respect or gratitude as an act of worship. Worship is the demonstration of value or worth to God.

Psalms 92:1-5

Sunday, March 8

  1. What do I praise as an expression of my worship? Is my highest praise to GOD?
  2. How do I view worship? Is it often based on my circumstances and feeling? What will I do to remember that God is always worthy of my worship? How do I know this is true?
  3. When do I worship? How will I make worshiping God my lifestyle?

Connect in Community (Week 3)

The world will know US and God by how we love!

Romans 12

Sunday, March 1

  1. How am I connected to God’s People (the church)?
  2. What are the “gifts” God has given me? Am I using my God given gifts for God’s People?
  3. Have I received real love? From where? How do I know it was real love?
  4. Often times, we are not good givers of genuine love because we have not received it. Giving genuine love takes action. How do I show genuine love to friends, coworkers, family, etc.?
  5. Who do I need to show self sacrificing love? How will I do it?

Connect in Community (Week 2)

2 Corinthians 6:14-16

Sunday, February 23

  1. Who am I teamed up with that is helping me pursue Jesus?
  2. Who do I go to about making wise decisions?
  3. How do I know that God lives within me?
  4. When I hear God speak to me, who does God say that I am?
  5. What is your next wise step about living in biblical Community?

Connect in Community (Week 1)

Gen. 2:18, Gen. 3:8, Acts 2:42, Prov. 27:17, James 5:16, Gal. 6:2, Eph. 4:15

Sunday, February 16

These next few weeks we will be diving into why God designed us to be in Community. We define Community as real relationships that move you closer to Jesus. When we are in biblical Community we will interact with God’s Word, His Spirit, and His People.

Big Idea: You were meant to be connected!

We find at least 3 things that Adam and Eve encountered with relationships in the book of Genesis. Let’s dive into these in our questions.

  1. Man and woman began to believe lies about God and each other. One lie was that God could not be trusted. Another lie was that God was holding out on them and a better life could be found outside of God’s instructions. Do I believe there are things I can not trust God with? Do I live in a way that shows a better life can be found outside of God’s instructions?
  2. Man and woman stopped listening to the voice of God. They began to listen to the voice of Satan, the voice of selfish desires, and later the voice of society. What voice am I listening to? Is there a voice that I am listening to more than God’s? How can I hear the voice of God clearly?
  3. Man and woman isolated themselves. They hid from God and each other. Before they were naked and felt no shame; now they felt shame and clothed themselves. The close connection to God and each other was all gone. What areas in my life do I keep hidden (isolated)? What is it that I need to share with God and His People?

Go For It (Week 6)

Hebrews 11 and 12

Sunday, February 9

  1. Remember the illustration about our physical life being a small piece of tape on a long rope into eternity. What am I doing that is going to make an impact on eternity? What am I doing now that is NOT making an impact on eternity? Should I stop doing this?
  2. The beginning of Hebrews 12 says, “let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.” What are the unnecessary things slowing me down? What sin keeps tripping me up? Am I willing to get rid of these things?
  3. Are the “dreams” I have for my life God-centered or self-centered? How can I align a self-centered dream to a God-centered one?

Go For It (Week 5)

Hebrews 11

Sunday, February 2

  1. What is it in my life that seems impossible?
  2. What in my life do I feel trapped by? Do I see this trap as being part of God’s rescue plan?
  3. What impossible “title” am I carrying? What “title” does God want me to carry?

Go For It (Week 4)

Hebrews 11

Sunday, January 26

  1. What attributes am I instilling in my family/friends that are God honoring?
  2. What am I focusing on with my family/friends that is NOT God honoring?
  3. Do I make decisions based out of fear or faith? Why do I do this?
  4. I can not give to my family and friends what I do not have. What do I need to ask God for in order to see the gifts He has already given me (Life and Faith for example)?

Go For It (Week 3)

Hebrews 11

Sunday, January 19

This week we read about a few hero’s of faith, specifically Abraham. Abraham’s family did not have perfect faith but they sought after and trusted in the author and perfector of faith (Heb 12:2). Our prayer should be for His kingdom to be on earth as it is in heaven because His name is hallowed.

  1. Am I seeking the promises of this world or God’s promises? What does my heart long for?
  2. What is God asking me to say YES to?
  3. Is there something that is keeping me from saying YES to God?
  4. How will I begin to sacrifice so I can follow Gods plans?

Go For It (Week 2)

Hebrews 11

Sunday, January 12

  1. Do I find my faith comfortable, lazy, or selfish?
  2. What hard thing is God asking me to do that I don’t want to do?
  3. What am I holding onto that should be God’s first (week, wake, wage)? If God has my “firsts”, what else may I be holding onto that should be His?
  4. How will I practice heartfelt worship? (Like Abel’s worship/sacrifice)
  5. What is the next best step I can take to walking in faith with God?

Go For It (Week 1)

Hebrews 11

Sunday, January 5

  1. What are things that I put my faith in? (For example, a spouse will make me happy, the work that I do defines me).
  2. Where do I need to exercise faith? (finances, career, marriage, future spouse, enough money to pay bills, salvation of a family member)
  3. A Christians faith is the same as a building’s foundation. How strong/stable is my foundation/faith? If my foundation/faith has a weak spot what will I do to build up faith in that area?
  4. Where do I find evidence in my life of God’s faithfulness?

Chapter Ten: The Problem of Jesus

My Problem With God Is…

Sunday, October 20

Clark claims that the identity of Jesus is the central question of our lives. It is the question around which all others orbit. Was he born of a virgin? Was he truly the son of God, and yet fully God himself? Many believe he was a teacher, leader or revolutionary, but they aren’t convinced he is really God. People often already have an idea of who God is and can’t fit Jesus into that, or they already have an idea of who Jesus is and can’t fit God into that. We learn who Jesus is through the Scriptures, by hearing what he teaches, but by also acknowledging he demonstrated his claim as God through his actions. Being born of a virgin, living a sinless life, performing miracles and ultimately, being resurrected from the dead are all demonstrations of his deity. Clark summarizes that facing the problem of God is about far more than getting the right information for ourselves; it’s about a transformation of ourselves. Jesus has real power to create new life and new desires and new futures for anyone.

Getting Started:

  1. Jesus not only claimed to be God by what he said, but also by what he did. What truths of Jesus’ life support his deity?
  2. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is at the center of Christianity. What do you believe about the resurrection of Christ, and why? What evidence do you have to support it?
  3. In what ways have you been skeptical about Jesus’ claim to be God? What encouraged, or discouraged your belief in this claim?
  4. Some argue that Jesus never said the words “I am God”. How would you acknowledge this, and yet argue that he did claim to be God?

Going Deeper:

  1. Clark provides examples of 4 primary arguments or pushbacks to the resurrection of Jesus. In your own words how would you refute the following:
    • Jesus didn’t really die on the cross.
    • The body of Jesus was stolen after his death.
    • The disciples went to the wrong tomb and that is why it was empty.
    • The disciples made up the resurrection as a “copycat” from another popular myth.
  2. Many argue that Jesus was a great moral teacher and did many kind things, but was not God. If you knew someone today that claimed to be God, and you knew they were not, why would you accept anything they did or taught to be of value? Would you not conclude that they were either a liar, or a lunatic?

Chapter Nine: The Problem of Exclusivity

My Problem With God Is…

Sunday, October 20

Christianity claims that Jesus Christ alone connects humankind back to God, and that no other religion or worldview can provide the things we are looking for. Clark acknowledges how many people hedge their bets by supporting “any” possible path to God. Our culture today assumes if someone’s beliefs are different or critical of someone else’s, that they cannot not tolerate one another. But the reality is we can coexist with whom we disagree, while still defending their rights to that belief and work toward common goals in the world. The concept of exclusivity exists in many religions, not just Christianity. And it is illogical to accept that multiple religions are true, when they directly contradict one another. Clark asks for people to weigh facts and ideas against one another in order to find the view of life that is consistently true, makes sense of the world, and produces measurable improvement in the lives of those who believe and practice it, as well as those of society as a whole.

Getting Started:

  1. Why is the exclusivity of Christianity such a difficult and polarizing topic?
  2. In what ways is Christianity inclusive, while holding to an exclusive means of salvation?
  3. Is it ok to disagree with someone’s beliefs, but still work alongside them to achieve a common goal? Do you have examples from your own life you can share?
  4. Many believe that there is more than one way to heaven. What are the dangers of this? What are the dangers of communicating acceptance and support to someone who believes this?

Going Deeper:

  1. How would you describe the difference in cultural pluralism and metaphysical pluralism?
  2. Clark writes, “While we can fight for people’s rights to say what they believe, we do not have to conclude that what they believe is true.” Do you agree with this statement? Does it cause you to think differently when you hear someone voicing a belief different than your own?

Chapter Eight: The Problem of Hypocrisy

My Problem With God Is…

Sunday, October 6

Studies show the top 3 reasons people reject Christianity are that “church people” are seen as anti-homosexual, judgmental or hypocritical. People have connected past wars, torture, murders, slavery and other horrific acts, done in the name of Jesus, with the position and purpose of God’s design and calling for His church. The church is a place for the imperfect, but many who attend and represent Christ, don’t have a real relationship with Jesus. And many who do, do not live a lifestyle counter to cultural norms. True Christians must have beliefs coupled with lives that are God-honoring. In the book, Clark tackles past violence and intolerability by those professing faith in Jesus. “The Bible calls us to judge the truth of Christianity by the life of its founder, Jesus Christ himself, not by the lives of those attempting to follow him, because in him and him alone will you find someone worthy of trust and imitation.”

Getting Started:

  1. Take a few minutes as a group and share what portions of the book or the Sunday morning message were most impactful to you? How has what you’ve heard re-shaped the way you think
  2. In your own experience, how has the poor behavior of Christians impacted your belief about Christianity, and its’ beliefs as a whole? What culturally encourages the thought that Christians are to be “perfect”?
  3. When assessing Christianity, it is best done by investigating its’ central teachings, and teacher, Jesus, and not it’s followers, the church. Why is this important for anyone looking further into Christianity to understand that the fact there are hypocrites in the Church, affirms its ability to transform lives?
  4. Do you believe StoneWater Church is a hypocritical church, filled with hypocritical people? Are there conversations you need to have with leadership regarding your concerns? Are your positions based on the actions of individuals, or does the culture being displayed or taught not mimic the life of Christ?

Going Deeper:

  1. When confronted with examples of horrible things the church has done in the name of Jesus, what is your response? How do you respond when people give examples of followers of Jesus living a life counter to the teachings of Jesus?
  2. Many take the position that Christians preach to love everyone, yet they judge and distance themselves from those who do not look like or act like they do. What is inaccurate about this perspective? Should there exist the opportunity to both disagree with someone’s position, but still show love? Share some examples of how this could be lived out.
  3. Pastor Jeremy referenced “fakers” of the faith in his Sunday sermon on hypocrisy. Why is it difficult to identify cultural Christians from real followers of Christ. What queues help identify the difference?
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