Sermon Questions

THE SOJOURN (A Study Through First Peter)

April 22, 2018. Jason Newall – 1 Peter 5:1-5

  1. Peter identifies three qualities of servant leaders: they’re humble, eager and caring. How have you seen these qualities on display in people in your life group? Of the three areas, where do you personally feel you have the most need for growth?
  2. How often does ministry or church involvement feel like something you do “under compulsion”? How can you develop a greater sense of eagerness?
  3. How have you experienced the importance of being “shepherdable” in the context of community?

THE SOJOURN (A Study Through First Peter)

April 15, 2018. Nick Saltas – Suffering is not Alien – 1 Peter 4:12-19

  1. What is the worst form of suffering you have had to endure? Did you sense God in it or not? Explain.
  2. Have you ever been insulted for the name of Christ? What happened?
  3. Would you consider yourself a meddler? Why or why not?
  4. What are some of the ways you try to self medicate in suffering?

THE SOJOURN (A Study Through First Peter)

April 8, 2018. Travis Cory – The way of death and the way of love – 1 Peter 4:1-11

  1. Peter is clear that anything outside of following Christ is the way of death. Are there areas in your life that you have allowed culture to influence where it shouldn’t?
  2. Peter speaks of “the end is near” as a way to focus his listeners on the reality of their current situation. Do you feel this same urgency in your life? Why do you or don’t you feel the same urgency to live for Christ?
  3. The way of love is the way of Jesus, it is the way of submitting to the work of the Spirit. What ways do you think our community can grow in earnestly loving one another? How might we encourage one another towards living for Jesus?

THE WAY OF THE CROSS (Easter Series)

March 25, 2018. Shawn Stewart – The Weight of the Cross – Mark 15:21

  1. How does seeing humility as something Jesus came to restore, helpful or challenging to you?
  2. How well do you ask for help? Why or why not?
  3. Why is weakness so important in the life of a believer?
  4. What does it mean for us to bear someone’s burdens?
  5. How do you know if bearing a burden is healthy and good or enabling and harmful?

THE WAY OF THE CROSS (Easter Series)

March 18, 2018. Nick Saltas – The Wrestle of the Cross – Mark 14:22-44

  1. How does your understanding of what Jesus experienced in the Garden prepare you as we look to Easter.
  2. What are your expectations of community in the context of making costly decisions?
  3. Have you even been in  a “Garden of Gethsemane” decision moment? What was it about? what was the outcome?
  4. What has been a helpful/harmful process when people are making costly decisions?

THE SOJOURN (A Study Through First Peter)

March 11, 2018. Nick Saltas – 1 Peter 3:18-22

  1. What was your baptism experience? Was it memorable, a watershed moment? Do you think back on it as significant?
  2. Why do you think of baptism as important? Why why not?
  3. How would you explain to a new believer the purpose of baptism?
  4. What joy and comfort do you think was afforded to the church in Asia Minor suffering and oppressed when they heard verse 22?
  5. How is verse 22 a joy and comfort for you in your suffering today?

THE SOJOURN (A Study Through First Peter)

March 4, 2018. Chris Johnson – 1 Peter 3:8-17

  1. Peter urges the church to be unified and to demonstrate sympathy, humility and a tender heart. How can we approach people in our church and community in a way that exemplifies these traits?
  2. As we covered on Sunday, we can expect to encounter opposition for what we believe. Has there been a time that you have been mistreated for doing the right thing or for following Christ’s example?
  3. Peter instructs us to always have an answer for the hope that is in you. Are you able to articulate what you believe and why?

THE SOJOURN (A Study Through First Peter)

February 11, 2018. Nick Saltas – 1 Peter 2:11-17

  1. What are some practical ways to honor authorities when they act in a disrespectful way.
  2. Describe the difference between honoring the “King” and fearing God?
  3. How do we honor people that are slandering and persecuting us as Christians?

THE SOJOURN (A Study Through First Peter)

February 4, 2018. Nick Saltas – 1 Peter 2:4-10

  1. What is the greatest challenge to my individuality about being part of a local church?
  2. Do I have a sense of privilege about being part of the living temple, or are there aspects of the building that embarrass me? What are they? What do I do?
  3. What have I learnt being part of a faith community that I could not have learnt alone?


THE SOJOURN (A Study Through First Peter)

January 28, 2018. Travis Cory – 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

  1. The New Covenant speaks of the believers “union with Christ”, and that because they are “in Christ” they have a new nature and through the Holy Spirit are being daily made more like Jesus. Peter wants his audience to be rooted in their union with Christ. What does it mean to you to be rooted in Christ?
  2. The passage speaks of the quality of what our dependence on the word of God should be. Where do you find that your dependence may be resting in things outside Christ (this will be important for Peter as he talks more about community and suffering)?
  3. In light of our union with Christ and dependence on God (in word and spirit), what are the barriers you encounter in earnestly loving our community? What ways do you see God moving powerfully, and what ways do you see opportunity for growth?

THE SOJOURN (A Study Through First Peter)

January 21, 2018. Guthrie Musser – How do we live in the Now and the Not Yet? – 1 Peter 1:13-21

  1. Fix our hope on the end (v13)
    As you face struggles and tensions today, where do you put your hope? Do you find yourself often hoping in the temporal fixing of that problem, that it will be fixed as soon as possible? While this isn’t necessarily a bad hope, Peter says our ultimate hope should be in the grace that will be revealed to us when Jesus returns. What does it mean to see your present problem in light of that future certainty?
  2. Live Holy Lives (v14-16)
    Where is God calling you to be holy? What part of the ‘old man’ is still alive in you? What actions do you commit, and afterwards it’s like, “oh man, I’m not meant to be like that anymore!” Where do you find yourself saying, “It’s ok, everyone else is doing it!”
  3. Live in Fear of a perfectly impartial judge (v17)
    Knowing that there will be a day where we will be called to account for everything we have done here on earth, how does that affect today for you? How does it affect your priorities, your money, your time, your desires, your plans? Are you living as if this is not the end?

THE SOJOURN (A Study Through First Peter)

January 14, 2018. Nick Saltas – The anticipation of God’s grace through the sufferings of Christ – 1 Peter 1:10-12

  1. Do you tend to focus on the privilege or pain of living as an exile?
  2. Do you sometimes feel like the prophets in that you don’t fully understand the salvation you have attained? How do you process that?
  3. What do you think biggest perceived need is among the group of people you spend most of your time with. (work, school, family etc)?

THE SONGS OF CHRISTMAS (The Message of the First Carols)

December 10, 2017. Nick Saltas – Mary’s Song

  1. Have you ever been in a situation where you fuelled someones faith? Explain
  2. Are you more prone to defend yourself or allow God to defend you?
  3. What does magnifying God practically look like for you?
  4. Why is it difficult for us to see your selves the way Mary did?

THE GOOD LIFE (Wisdom from Proverbs)

November 26, 2017. Nick Saltas – Wise Friendships – Proverbs 18:24

  1. What would you say is the purpose of friendship?
  2. Do you feel like you are a good friend. Why?
  3. How have your friendshipds changed over time? Why do you think that is?
  4. As Christians, what should be unique about friendships?

THE GOOD LIFE (Wisdom from Proverbs)

November 12, 2017. Nick Saltas – Financial Wisdom for the Good Life – Proverbs 30:8-9

  1. Do you really believe that money is morally neutral, why, why not?
  2. When was the last time you were sacrificially generous? What happened?
  3. Why do you think discussing money is such a tender topic?
  4. Is money an idol or a tool for you? Explain.

THE GOOD LIFE (Wisdom from Proverbs)

November 5, 2017. Nick Saltas – Healthy Sexuality – Proverbs 6:23-33

-All Life Groups will be at Southlands Brea for One33 Prayer and Vision at 6:30 pm.

THE GOOD LIFE (Wisdom from Proverbs)

October 29, 2017. Guthrie Musser – Watching Our Words – Proverbs 12:13-19

  1. Speak of a time when you were “ensnared by the transgression of your lips.” What happened? How did it affect you and the other party?
  2. Words are not neutral. They cannot be taken back. Discuss these statements. Do you agree/disagree? Why?
  3. When have you experienced a person sowing good fruit in your life by speaking words of courage, hope or truth?

THE GOOD LIFE (Wisdom from Proverbs)

October 22, 2017. Shawn Stewart – Satisfying Work Life – Proverbs 24:30-34

  1. How do you deal with or help someone deal with the “I hate my job syndrome”?
  2. How do I know if my job is possessing me? How can we help each other?
  3. If we are not meant for slavery and meant to rule what does that look like?

THE GOOD LIFE (Wisdom from Proverbs)

October 15, 2017. Nick Saltas – Making Wise Decisions – Proverbs 3:1-8

  1. When was the last time you invited the community into your decision making process? What was the outcome?
  2. Do your decisions and process reveal your loves?
  3. Talk about a bad decision you have made. What have you learned from this?

THE GOOD LIFE (Wisdom from Proverbs)

October 8, 2017. Nick Saltas – Introduction to Proverbs – Proverbs 8:1-36

  1. What is your definition of the good life?
  2. What is the difference between worldly wisdom and godly wisdom?
  3. Have you made decisions that have gone “against the grain”? What happened and what did you learn?

DNA SERIES (Gospel centered, Spirit Empowered, Communities, on Mission)

October 1, 2017. Nick Saltas – Mission -1 Thessalonians  1

  1. Which aspects of the mission are you more engaged in, proclamation or demonstration. Please explain.
  2. What are some of the reasons you don’t engage in mission?
  3. How does the community practically help you on your mission?
  4. Does your life require a Gospel explanation? How?