Sermon Questions


November 25, 2018. “The King Sends” Matt Larsen – Matthew 9:35-38 & 10:1

1. Ask each person how they came to knowing and following Jesus. Connect how each person came through another individual(s) sharing the gospel with them. Connect how we are to go do the same.

2. What is the mission of God and why does it exist? How do we play a roll in that?

3. What keeps us from living on mission? How do we fight against the things that hold us back from sharing Jesus?

4. What are some of the area’s that you can live on mission in? What does it look like to do that?

Pray and talk about the Southlands Advent Send Out:
In Matthew Chapter 10, after much teaching and instruction concerning the kingdom of God, Jesus “sends out” His disciples to preach the Gospel to those who were lost and hurting around them. In an effort to be “doers of the word” and not “hearers only”, we are asking that you prayerfully consider one of the following prompts so that you too can be sent out this holiday season to the lost and hurting who desperately need to hear and encounter the love of God. After you have completed your prompt, email your community pastor or life group leader to let them know how it went! We will be featuring some of the stories at church on January 6th.

1. Shake and Bake
Objective: to meet, bless and pray for your neighbors.
Details: Gather your family or a small (no more than 5) group of people to bake a variety of holiday treats and assemble them on a cute plate or fancy gift bag (if you can’t bake, store bought is fine!). Make one for each of your neighbors. At a time when the majority of people will be home, take the treats door to door. Introduce yourself, shake their hand, ask them basic get-to-know-you questions and before leaving make sure to ask if there is anything you can pray for!
Tips: Don’t be in a rush! If you have kids bring them with you. Quickly pray for each house as you approach. Use caution if invited inside (politely keep things on the porch). Write down everyone’s name after you leave the visit.

2. Mix and Match
Objective: to integrate followers and not-yet followers of Jesus at holiday parties.
Details: If you already host a holiday party, perfect; all this prompt then requires is a little bit of intentionality. If not, you will need to plan one. Make sure your guest list is a good mix of both followers and not-yet followers of Jesus. Prior to the party, contact your already saved guests and envision your heart for lost friends to know the Lord! Pray together before the party and ask God to use you both to share the Gospel or ask meaningful questions about life or faith. Then at some point after the party, get together and talk about how conversations went and what God did.
Tips: In conversation, share about what is happening at church or how God has been there for your family, whether it being financially, relationally, or breaking bad habits etc. Maybe suggest friends with common interests/life phases to approach particular people at the party.

3. Cook and Serve
Objective: to show compassion to people experiencing hunger.
Details: With your family, life group or some of your friends, sign up to serve at a local soup kitchen, or if there is a community of people experiencing homelessness in your area, cook a warm meal and some hot coco and spend an evening serving and getting to know the people in that community.
Tips: Be friendly and compassionate! Ask people their names and get to know their stories. Take your time. Feel no obligation to hand out cash, but maybe bring a few gift cards for fast food restaurants to further help.

4. Devos and Donuts
Objective: to create a space for spiritual and Gospel conversation in the workplace.
Details: Ask your supervisor if you can lead a short weekly advent devotional through the month of December. This could be before or after work or during lunch. Provide some donuts and coffee (especially if it’s in the morning!) to bless your colleagues. Make sure you invite as many people as you can! If you don’t feel comfortable preparing a devotional, simply invite people to a time of prayer for their families.
Tips: Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the best way to reach your co-workers with the Gospel! Keep it simple. Teaching should be 5-10 minutes. Don’t preach. Keep it conversational. Share personally. Involve other Christians from work. Make sure you don’t plan the devotional on company time.



November 18, 2018. Nick Saltas – Matthew 8-9

  1. Do you see Jesus’ claim on your life as King as restrictive or freeing? Why?
  2. What is your practical experience with praying for or receiving prayer for physical healing?
  3. How does the faith of the centurion challenge you?
  4. What is your personal relationship with human authority?


October 21, 2018. Nick Saltas – Matthew 4:12-25

  1. Do you have deep, intentional reciprocal relationships in this community?
  2. Do you feel under qualified to disciple someone?
  3. What does it look like to disciple someone?
  4. Have you been in a situation where you have been challenged/encouraged/motivated by someone else? What happened.
  5. What are some obstacles to being discipled or discipling?


October 14, 2018. Matthew Larsen – Matthew 4:1-11

  1. Read Matthew 4:1-11, then talk through what areas you are prone to be weak in? Then talk about how the temper attacks you when you’re weak. Take time to pray over each other’s weaknesses.
  2. Temptation is often rooted in doubt. Take some time to confess areas that you doubt God in.
  3. When you fall prey to temptation, how do you feel and then respond to God? Is it easy to repent and turn to God or does the enemy make you feel like you can’t approach God?
  4. Read Hebrews 4:15, talk about how we should view Jesus in light of this verse.
  5. Jesus responds to the Devil three times with scripture, Gods word, how should we treat Gods word in light of this?
  6. Who was it that led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted? Why?
  7. What are the similarities of the temptations that Jesus faced in the wilderness and the temptations of Adam and Eve in the garden? Why is this important?


October 7, 2018. Nick Saltas – Matthew 3:1-17

  1. What does a healthy culture of confession look like for our church or life group?
  2. Have you been baptized? When? What was that experience like?
  3. What is the point of baptism if it doesn’t save you?


September 30, 2018. Jason Newall – Matthew 2:13-23

  1. How does understanding the background to the prophetic words Matthew affect how you read and interact with the text?
  2. What does it mean that Jesus is the New Exodus? Practically for you.
  3. How does understanding Jesus as “the branch” help us understand the upside-down kingdom. How does that affect your decisions and or outlook?

EXODUS (Echoes of Redemption)

July 29, 2018. Nick Saltas – Exodus 19:1-20:11

  1. Do you feel a sense of fear or a sense of privilege when you think of the holiness of God?
  2. Why do boundaries not feel like love?
  3. What aspect of God has been highlighted to you as he gives the Law?
  4.  Talk about a time when people told you not to do something and you did it anyway.


EXODUS (Echoes of Redemption)

July 22, 2018. Karin Saltas – Exodus 15:22-18:27

  1. Where is Egypt still in your heart? (Grumbling, hoarding, disobeying, testing)
  2. Are you able to trust God in the areas of provision and rest? Why or why not?
  3. Which foreshadowing of Christ, bread of life, living water, rock of salvation, faithful son, is most accessible and least accessible to you and why?

EXODUS (Echoes of Redemption)

July 1, 2018. Shawn Stewart – Exodus 7:8-13

  1. Why do we tend to demand signs from God?
  2. Why would God choose to provide a sign or choose not to?
  3. How have you seen your own heart grow harder or softer in response to God’s leading?
  4. What do you think sin does to our hearts? What is the ultimate risk for a Christian?
  5. How do you see God dealing with the powers in your life vs dealing with you as a person?
  6. What might the difference be in the person who grows hard like clay, vs melt like wax in the light of God’s word?


EXODUS (Echoes of Redemption)

June 24, 2018. Nick Saltas – Exodus 5

  1. When things seem to go from bad to worse in your life, what is usually your reaction.
  2. What are some of the ways you “try to find straw” instead of trusting God for freedom from slavery?
  3. Is there a difference between someone with a broken spirit and someone under harsh slavery?
  4. Discuss Tozers quote that the most important thing about me is what I think about God.


EXODUS (Echoes of Redemption)

June 17, 2018. Travis Cory – Exodus 3-4

  1. As God calls Moses to return to Egypt, God promises that He will be with Moses. As Jesus calls His disciples to the Great Commission, He promises that He will be with us. In what ways have you experienced the presence of God in your life lately?
  2. As God reveals Himself to Moses, Moses responds to what God calls him to with a number of excuses. Like Moses I think we often come up with excuses for why we aren’t “equipped enough to be used”. What excuses do you feel like you often give in avoiding the call to the Great Commission? How can God “fill in the gaps” in those areas that you feel weak?
  3. God in providing signs to Moses is very intentional, demonstrating that He is the God that sees and knows us. In what ways in your life or in the community of Southlands do you see God move in an intentional way?


EXODUS (Echoes of Redemption)

June 3, 2018. Nick Saltas – Genesis 50:22-Exodus 1:7

  1. What would you say is the purpose of the bible?
  2. What are you most looking forward to in the series of Exodus?
  3. When God appears to be silent, how do you respond?
  4. Do you expect to see God move powerfully in your life? Why, why not?

AWKWARD (Pushing through the socially unacceptable areas of Christianity)

May 20, 2018. Nick Saltas – John 7: 7-42.
  1. Talk about a time you had an awkward experience when sharing your faith.
  2. How do you respond when people try to change the subject or deflect?
  3. Do you think of evangelism as a burden or an overflow? Why?
  4. How would you describe a word of knowledge, have you ever had one? What happened

AWKWARD (Pushing through the socially unacceptable areas of Christianity)

May 6, 2018. Nick Saltas – Mark 10:46-52

  1. Can you think of a personal story where your convictions around faith in Jesus was awkward? What happened?
  2. When last did you pray for someone to be healed physically?
  3. When you examine your walk with Jesus, do you connect more with Bartimaeus or the crowd?

THE SOJOURN (A Study Through First Peter)

April 29, 2018. Nick Saltas – 1 Peter 5:6-11

  1. Do you think there is a link between pride and anxiety? Explain.
  2. Talk about a situation where you were sober and vigilant and by Gods grace were a able to resist the devil. Eg. Temptation to sin, temptation not to believe in Gods goodness.
  3. Discuss a time when the community helped you either to resist or to be healed.
  4. Which of these do you need more of right now and why. Restoration, Confirmation, Strengthening or Establishing and why?

THE SOJOURN (A Study Through First Peter)

April 22, 2018. Jason Newell – 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?