Notes-Study Questions – May27

•May 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Kingdom Principle #3                         

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

The Foolishness of Greed (Luke 12:13-21)

May 27, 2012

4  lies foolish people believe

Lie #1: Possessions matter most.

Lie #2: More will be enough someday.

Lie #3: When things settle down, I’ll enjoy myself.

Lie #4: I’ll take my possessions with me.

2  questions wise people ask themselves

Before it’s too late, there are two questions every wise person asks:

Question #1: then what?”

Question #2: Am I rich toward God?”

 

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

  1. How do you balance ambition and contentment?  God has given us both of these attitudes as virtues.
  2. Why do you think some people seem to wait for retirement before they start to enjoy life?

Digging Deeper

  1. What does the Bible say about inheritances passed from parents to their children (Proverbs 13:22; 2 Corinthians 12:14)?
  2. In Matthew 6:19-24, Jesus gave us practical advice about treasures:
  • Moth and rust: every earthly thing gets old.  Think about the last time you bought something new that you were excited about.  How long did it take before the newness wore off?
  • Thieves steal: when we have a lot, we worry about security.  Do you have an alarm for your house, car, business?  Although alarms are necessary in many instances, what is the danger of thinking that we are secure by using an alarm?
  • You cannot serve God and money: How can you become wealthy and still serve God?  Some of you have been able to do that…what are some principles to live by?

Applying the Bible

  1. Our ultimate goal in this life is to be “rich towards God.”  What does that look like      in your every day life?
  2. Answer these questions as you discern “what is enough?” for you:
  • How much do you want in a retirement fund?
  • Do the “toys” in my life make me truly happy?
  • What is your ultimate goal in a yearly salary?
  • What percentage of your income will you freely give to God?

Notes-Study Questions – May20

•May 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Kingdom Principle #2                         

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

Let God be the JUDGE (Matt. 13:24-30; 36-43)

May 20, 2012

a PERPLEXING parable

The disciples were so confused about this parable that they needed

an explanation from Jesus:

a man = Jesus (the Son of Man)      enemy = devil

wheat = sons of kingdom               weeds = sons of evil one

harvesters = angels                        harvesters = angels

barn = righteous shine in heaven burned = sinners thrown into hell

The CENTRAL POINT of this parable

Jesus’ followers and Satan’s followers cannot be easily separated right now,

so hold on to the future hope that God will judge justly.

God will use His angels to separate the two groups of humans:

Satan’s followers will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

Jesus’ followers will go to the heavenly kingdom.

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

1.  Have you ever judged someone prematurely and regretted it?  Why are humans so      quick to judge?  Is it a mark of  maturity to withhold judgment until the proper time?

Digging Deeper

2.  Read carefully through 1 Corinthians 4:3-5. Compare this passage with the parable taught by Pastor Jeremy.  How do we get to the point where we “judge nothing before the appointed time”?  Here is the second question: Even though we do not judge others, how  do we discern what is right and what is wrong?  And how do we teach our children and grandchildren to discern, but not judge?

3.  Discuss how the book of Revelation describes God’s judgments and the justice involved (and lack of mercy):

  • The nations (Revelation 19:11-18).
  • The beast and false prophet (Revelation 19:20).
  • Satan (Revelation 20:10).
  • Humans who have rejected God (Revelation 20:11-15).

Applying the Bible

4.  What does it mean to “shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father”?  Do you shine like the sun right now?  What does it takes to shine like the sun?

5.  If you know someone in your life that is heading for the Lake of Fire, will you commit to sharing with them that hell is a place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth?

Notes-Study Questions – May13

•May 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Kingdom Principle #1                         

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

May 13, 2012

Value the RIGHT THING (Matthew 13:44-46)

What are PARABLES?

Stories with a central point about God’s kingdom.

The TREASURE and PEARL parables

What do these two parables teach us about God’s kingdom?

God’s kingdom is invisibly mysterious to most people.

When we discover God’s kingdom, we should become joyfully crazy.

The CENTRAL POINT of these 2 parables

What is Jesus’ central point here?

God is the greatest treasure you’ll ever find; therefore,

be willing to do anything to secure a relationship with Him.

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

  1. What is your most prized material possession? Why do you place so much value on it? What would you do if Jesus asked you to give it away to show Him how much you value Him?
  2. What does a joyfully crazy Christian look like?  If this is how every Christian should be, then why do these kinds of Christians get called things like “weird” and “out there” and “too passionate”?

Digging Deeper

  1. Discuss what Jesus means when He states…
  • “Your kingdom come” (Matt. 6:10).
  • “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33).
  • “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near” (Matt. 4:17).
  • “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed” (Matt. 13:31).
  1. What does Jesus mean when He states: “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them” (Matthew 13:11)?  Discuss how this kingdom is still invisible on earth and a mystery to people who are not Christians.

Applying the Bible

  1. Has God been asking you to do something that seems too extreme?  Is there an earthly treasure that is holding you back from seeking after God’s heart in a particular situation?
  2. What can you do this week to show God that He is the greatest treasure in your life?

Notes-Study Questions – May6

•May 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

For Him                                 

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

A Church Like Jesus

May 6, 2012

Who Will Worship God in Heaven?

In Revelation 5, we are given a scene from heaven depicting at least four different kinds of created beings worshipping God:

  1. Angels
  2. 4 living creatures
  3. 24 elders
  4. Redeemed humanity

What Will the Worshipers Give to God?

We are told that all of these created beings worshiped God by giving Him:

  1. Praise
  2. Honor
  3. Glory
  4. Power

The question every human must ask themselves is this:

Do I live my life to PRAISE God, HONOR God, GLORIFY God and acknowledge God’s ultimate power over me … or … Do I live to PRAISE myself, HONOR myself, GLORIFY myself and believe that I have the power to control my future?

 

Discussion Questions

In response to the sermon…

1.  Why do you think God created so many angels?  What are the roles angels play in God’s plan?  Here are a few examples:

  • Cherubim (Genesis 3:24)
  • Seraphim (Isaiah 6:2-4)
  • Thrones (Ezekiel 1)
  • Archangels (Daniel 10:13; Luke 1:11-38)
  • Ministering angels (Hebrews 13:2)

2.  What is most fascinating about the 4 living creatures that you have never thought about before?

3.  Take time to think about how you can give praise to God.  Think about how you can honor God with your life.  Think about how you can bring glory to God.  And think about how you can release your need for power over a situation and acknowledge that

4.  Is there something you can do this week to show God praise in a way you have never experienced before?  Commit to doing it!

5.  Is there something you can do this week to show God the ultimate honor and respect that He deserves?  Commit to doing it!

6.  Is there something you can do this week glorify God in a way that is unique and accomplishes His divine purpose?  Commit to doing it!

7.  Is there something you can do this week to show God that He has complete power over your life?  Commit to doing it!

Notes-Study Questions – Apr29

•April 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The Apostles of Jesus Christ             

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

A Church Like Jesus

April 29, 2012

Simon Peter…the rock

Like Peter, ordinary and full of flaws, we can still be used by God.

Andrew…behind the scenes guy

Like Andrew, ordinary and unspectacular, we can still be used by God.

James…man of passion

Like James, ordinary and too intense, we can still be used by God.

John…man of love

Like John, ordinary and self-ambitious, we can still be used by God.

Philip…man of details

Like Philip, ordinary and weak in faith, we can still be used by God.

Nathanael…man of prejudice

Like Nathanael, ordinary and prejudice, we can still be used by God.

Matthew…the despised

Like Matthew, ordinary and despised, we can still be used by God.

Thomas…the pessimist

Like Thomas, ordinary and negative, we can still be used by God.

James…the less

Like James, ordinary and insignificant, we can still be used by God.

Simon…the zealot

Like Simon, ordinary with questionable character, we can still be used by God.

Thaddaeus…also called Judas and Lebbaeus

Like Thaddaeus, ordinary and unknown, we can still be used by God.

Why the Apostles Had a Global Influence

The apostle’s influence was based upon God’s power (not their own).  Therefore, when we allow God to use us to accomplish His purpose, He places His power inside of us to accomplish great things.

Our extraordinary God uses ordinary people to accomplish His purpose.

Notes-Study Questions – Apr22

•April 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Why Should I be Baptized?                               

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

Romans 6:3-10                                                                    

April 22, 2012

INFANT Baptism versus BELIEVER’S Baptism

the METHODS of Water Baptism

the MEANING of Water Baptism

When we are baptized with water, we are showing the world

that we have decided to participate in two main actions:

Death to self (sin)

Live to glorify God

 

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

1.  If you have been baptized, share your experience with the group.  Were you baptized as an infant? An adult?  Were you sprinkled, poured or immersed?  In what ways was it a meaningful day for you?

2.  Just as some of the people today were re-baptized, did that make you think about getting re-baptized?  Why or why not?

Digging Deeper

3.  Read Acts 8:26-39 and then answer these questions:

  • How much did the eunuch know about Jesus before he was baptized?
  • How did the eunuch respond to this experience (v. 39)?
  • John the Baptist: water for repentance (Matthew 3:11).
  • Jesus: Holy Spirit and fire (Matthew 3:11-12).
  • John the Baptist (Luke 3:3).
  • Jesus (Matthew 4:17).
  • Peter (Acts 2:38).

4.  We witnessed water baptism today, but there seems to also be a spiritual baptism that happens the moment someone becomes a Christian.  We see this difference in the baptism of John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus.  What is the difference?

5.  Discuss the significance of why these 3 individuals all preached the same message and therefore how we should also preach:

Applying the Bible

6.  Since your baptism, are you living a new life?  Is your life glorifying God or are you living a selfish life?  What can you do this week to show God that you have died to self (sin) and want to live for Him?

Notes-Study Questions – Apr15

•April 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment

A Church Like Jesus                                                            

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

Matthew 4:1-11                                                                  

April 15, 2012

the TEMPTATIONS

Right before Jesus started His 3.5 year ministry, He was tempted with 3 different enticements by Satan.  What does Jesus teach us as He doesn’t give in to these temptations?  Part of the answer lies in the fact that Satan continues to tempt people today with this same method and it would be wise to see how Jesus handled each of these situations. 

     1st Temptation: I’ll fulfill my own physical appetites.            

     Correct Response: I’ll trust God to fulfill my physical appetites.

     2nd Temptation: I’ll fulfill my own selfish ambitions.

     Correct Response: I’ll trust God to give me God-glorifying ambitions.

     3rd Temptation: I’ll fulfill my own path to power.

     Correct Response: I’ll trust God that His plan is best

TEMPTATION loses its grip when…

     You completely trust God to meet all your needs.

 

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

1.  Read through this statement: “Our best intentions can sometimes draw us into as much bondage as our most indulgent desires.”  Discuss how Satan does not destroy many Christians with the “big sins” (i.e. adultery, murder, theft, etc.), but destroys them little by little with the more subtle sins.  What are those subtle sins? 

Digging Deeper

2.  Read about these 3 kings and 1 queen who took a short cut to power in the Bible.  How did it ultimately turn out for them?

      Athaliah (2 Kings 11)                     Pekah (2 Kings 15:25-31)

      Shallum (2 Kings 15:10-13)              Hoshea (2 Kings 15:30 and 17:1-41)

3.  What are some God-glorifying ambitions?

  • Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life (1 Thess. 4:11; NIV).
  • It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known (Romans 15:20; NIV). 
  • We have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him (2 Corinthians 5:9; NASB). 

Applying the Bible

4.  You might be traveling down a path where you think you have total control over a situation, but have you stopped to ask yourself if this is God’s plan for you?  How do you make sure you are trusting God’s plan and not your own?  

5.  If you are struggling with a temptation in your life right now, answer this question: “Do you totally and utterly trust that God will meet all of your needs?”  The only way you can flee from the temptation is when you fully trust that God has good in store for your future.

 
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