Jesus 353 – Faith

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Sermon notes:

Related scripture references:

Pastor Pablo just recently preached on unyielding faith. Sometimes we hear someone say, “so and so has a lot of faith,” or, “they only have a little faith.” Read Romans 10:5-13. What do you see written about faith? Go!

  1. Of the sermon illustrations whom do you most identify with? Why?

  1. What does faith do to doubt?

  1. Where does faith come from? (Support your answer with scripture not your understanding or opinion.)

  1. What does scripture say about our desire for God? Please, use scripture here again. We want to believe that men are inherently good, however scripture says much about our beliefs and desire for God. Discuss your scripture findings and as you study, pray for God to reveal His word about faith and it’s origin.

  1. What are sacraments in the church?What are the two acts of faith we observe as a church body? Share what these acts mean, symbolize, and change in us?

  1. If you have received God’s grace and have faith that Jesus is the only son of God and our only way to salvation, have you been baptized? If yes share, if not why?

Jesus 353 – Grace

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Sermon notes:

Related scripture references: 2 Corinthians 5:21

In my studies of God’s word I haven’t found a place where Jesus uses the word grace. Please don’t take that statement out of context nor as the absolute authority. Ask yourself however, where have I ever seen in scripture Jesus use the word grace. I’m confident through the message Sunday and the study throughout the week we will see Jesus never needed to use the word grace because He is the definition of grace.

Sunday’s message gave us examples of grace through Jesus. Share what impacted you:

Read John 4:4-26 together. How does Jesus exude grace. Discuss the issues with Jesus interacting with the woman.

Read Luke 23:39-42. What occurs in this scripture? Why didn’t Jesus just come down? What kept him on the cross?

Go back to the woman at the well. Which thief on the cross beside Jesus was she like?

Discuss the change that took place at that well. How did it happen?

Finally write out: (discuss the impact of these verses)
John 1:17
John 3:16
1 Timothy 1:14-17

Jesus 353 – Mercy

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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the series Jesus353. The name may seem a bit odd at first, however our prayer is that the name reveals much to us about the nature of Christ over the coming weeks leading up to Easter. The plane truth about this series is we will examine a few of the 353 prophecies in the Old Testament Jesus fulfilled. That’s right, Three Hundred and Fifty Three times in the Old Testament men prophesied that a savior would come, or details about him. Prophecies are God inspired foreshadowing or stories that men shared that came through revelations from God. Stories told before the events occurred! The statistical probability that One or Two of these stories would come true down to the smallest details is astronomical, for Three Hundred and Fifty Three to be historically proven is almost immeasurable. What we believe will be revealed in this Journey is the Gospel according to Jesus Christ. We believe you will see God’s sovereignty, mercy, grace, the gift of faith and how we are one in the resurrection of Christ. We earnestly pray we are all stretched to increased faith and understanding of God’s love for us.

Church culture

As a body of believers we welcome all that would come to be a part of this community. We are seeing God grow an authentic community of Christ followers through the gospel. We grow together in the safe community of LifeGroups. LifeGroups are in home small group studies where we dig, explore and ask the hard questions that bring growth. We strongly encourage you take this book, take one for a friend, and study, write notes or questions and come to LifeGroup prepared to be part of an amazing journey. We don’t put people on the spot or give quizzes; but following along ahead of time and studying makes our time together so much richer. You can also listen to the message or share it with others at catalystchurchanchorage.com.  Our study is online and LifeGroup is normally on Facebook live if friends that are geographically separated wanted to grow with you. Please take time to connect with us today and let us help navigate you through the steps of getting plugged in.

Week 1 Sovereignty

Sermon notes:

Related scripture references:

We saw in the message this week how God wove history into the coming of Christ the savior. Starting in Isaiah moving to Malachi and finally to fulfillment in the book of Matthew. Start your study time and LifeGroup recapping your takeaways or questions from the message

  1. Define sovereignty:

  1. Take time to really reflect on what sovereignty says about God’s character:

  1. Read Luke 4:14-21. What occurs in this scripture? There is an obvious “timeline” moment but also a much more eternal moment. Discuss both, and the response from those present.

  1. Read together Matthew 19:26-30. What gospel truths are revealed here from the mouth of Jesus? What does he establish? Finally,  how does this scripture relate to sovereignty?

  1. Has this lesson and message this week brought you peace in understanding God’s sovereignty or does it stir something else up?

  1. Discuss closing thoughts. Share your insecurities or concerns as it pertains to God being sovereign. This may be to personal to share or maybe not, do you believe God is completely sovereign?

Unyielding Faith

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Unyielding Faith 

“…and this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith”

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE 

Faith is essential in our walk with Christ, when it is tested what will we lean on?

  1. Our Faith can not be defined by the world.
  2. Our faith in God will be tested, it is the nature of this voyage toward Him.
  3. The size of your faith is dependant on who it really rests in.

Sermon notes:

Discussion questions: 

1. What is faith, and what does it mean that God is faithful?

2. Read Matthew 17:19-20. How is faith the size of a mustard seed enough to move mountains?

3. Read Romans 9:30-33. How can Christ be both a stumbling stone and a redeemer? Where in your life have you made Him your stumbling stone?

4. Find And Read Habakkuk 1:12-2:4. Why is God okay with the reign of the wicked? How can we find the same comfort God has while we are suffering? (After answering read Romans 8:18-21)

5. List scriptures you’ve NEVER read about the promises/assurances of God that are now yours through your faith:

Your thoughts:

What encouragement has this given you? What hesitations or reservations do you have? Take time to write out your thoughts.

Psalm 146

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‘Hallelujah’ Praise the Lord

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

The psalmist sets forth to help us see 3 things.

  1. Praise is genuine, personal and from the heart.
  2. We must praise in good or difficult.
  3. Our praise is for and our trust must be in God not man.

Sermon notes:

 

Discussion questions: 

1. What is worship?

2. How are some ways we worship?

3. What defines the way we express our praise for the Lord?

4. List scriptures you’ve found to give guidelines for biblical worship:

Supporting scriptures: 

  1. 2 Samuel 6
  2. 2 Corinthians 4:7-15
  3. Romans 8:35-37
  4. Jeremiah 17

Your thoughts:

What encouragement has this given you? What hesitations or reservations do you have? Take time to write out your thoughts.

ACTIVITY 

As a LifeGroup, would you be bold enough to worship together this week? Would you share some of your favorite ways to worship? Songs, activities or maybe something completely different.

Design

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Notes:

Sunday’s message had two points, that marriage is designed for man and woman, and that marriage is designed to be permanent. In week two’s study we spoke in detail about the gender roles in marriage as designed by GOD, so today’s study will focus on the second point from this sermon, that marriage is designed by GOD to be permanent. Sunday’s passage showed us that CHRIST’s view and message concerning marriage was so high, that the disciples only reaction was to say, If that is what marriage is, then it is best that man not marry, because there is no way we could do it correctly (Matt 19:10). This is the gargantuan gap between the way that humans view marriage and that way that GOD designed it that was mentioned on Sunday.

Intro
1. As a group discuss the root of marriage.  Is it love? romance? the desire to have a family?

2. Why do you think that the “world” has such a “take-it-or-leave-it” attitude toward marriage?

Study
Marriage is a permanent union, it is not fleeting or temporary…it does not matter if it is easy or difficult, GOD expects us to uphold our end of the covenant that we make before Him on our wedding day. Many people will turn their attention to Moses granting a divorce in Deut 24 as a justification for getting divorced.  They will say, “Well, Moses said it was ok.” This truth was also in Sunday’s message but lets look at the account of these events from Mark 10:1-9

3. As a group, read this passage.  What is JESUS’ response to the Pharisee’s when they say, “But Moses allowed it.”?

4. Many people often cite “changing conditions” for the ending of their marriage.  I believe the legal term is “irreconcilable differences”.  This is the equivalent of saying, we have fallen out of love. As a group, discuss the term “irreconcilable differences” with the crucifixion of JESUS CHRIST and the atonement that it provided?

5. Turn to and read Col 3:12-13 as a group. How do these two verses apply to marriage?

6. In closing, discuss these two quotes and how they reflect the permanence of marriage in GOD’s eyes.

a. “It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer


b. So I argue that staying married is not mainly about staying in love. It’s about convenant-keeping. If a spouse falls in love with another person, one profoundly legitimate response from the grieved spouse and from the church is, “SO WHAT! Your being in love with someone else is not decisive. Keeping your covenant with GOD is decisive.” John Piper

Impact Statement
The “take-it-or-leave-it” attitude toward marriage, where the main culprit is the idol of self, has long tried to redefine marriage and find a way around GOD’s design. As believers, it is important to stand for truth and they way that GOD, not government defines marriage.  But in a world where half of marriages end in divorce, it is also important for us to also be gracious to those hurt and scarred by divorce. GOD hates divorce, but He is also gracious to forgive and restore.  GOD is a glorious GOD and worthy to be served!

Family

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Notes:

Intro
Most parents will easily confess that parenting is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, adventures available in this life.  This lesson will focus on exploring the various responsibilities that the Bible assigns to both parents and children.

  1. Take a moment and discuss the portions of this week’s message that made the biggest impact on you.

  1. Now discuss what you think perfect parenting looks like.

Study
Have someone in your Life Group read Ephesians 6:1-4 and answer the following questions:

  1. What do you think Paul means in verse 1 by “in the Lord?”
  1. What do you think Paul means by “Honor” in verse 2?
  1. Discuss as a group:  What are the biggest obstacles to teaching children to obey?  How can parents overcome these obstacles?

Read Romans 1:18-32

  1. Are those who are disobedient to their parents among the types of people who experience God’s wrath?

Now discuss the role of the parent in raising obedient children:

  1. According to Ephesians 6:2who is the child to honor?  Does this mean that both parents are to be involved in teaching the child obedience?
  1. According to Proverbs 31:28how should children describe a Godly mother?  What do you think “blessed” means in this verse?
  1. Regarding Ephesians 6:4why do you suppose Paul singled fathers out?  What are some examples of provoking?  What are the long-term consequences of parents provoking their children to anger?

Impact Statement

Parenting has never been easy and some would argue that it is harder today than ever (of course your parents said the same thing!).  Parenting is easier, however, when parents and children both occupy their God appointed roles.  Take the last few minutes and discuss the following:

  1. Whose primary job is it to disciple children:  the church or the parents?  Why?
  1. What are some ways your Life Group can help other parents in the Life Group be more successful at raising obedient children who honor their parents?
  1. What are some specific habits you as a parent can develop to do a better job at raising obedient children who honor their parents?

Roles

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Notes:

This week’s sermon shows us yet another way that we can bring glory to GOD in our marriages…by playing the roles that GOD designed for us.  We see in scripture that the roles that a man and woman play in a marriage are different, but they are equal. By acknowledging these roles and submitting to them we bring glory to GOD through the perfection of his design in marriage!

Intro

As a group, discuss the quote below from Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
“Marriage is more than your love for each other…In your love you see only the heaven of your own happiness, but in marriage you are placed at a post of responsibility towards the world and mankind.  Your love is your own private possession, but marriage is more than something personal—it is a status, and office.  Just as it is the crown and not merely the will to rule, that makes the king, so it is marriage, and not merely your love for each other, that joins you together in the sight of GOD and man.”
Study

  1. If GOD was so purposeful as to design marriage to play a specific role for ministry and society (marriage is a status, responsibility, and an office) do you think that He would have then left it up to us to determine the roles to be played within marriage?
  1. As a group turn to Mark 10:6-9. These verses, quoted from Gen 1:27, speak to the union of marriage. But v6 addresses the roles that GOD specifically designed within marriage.  As a group, discuss v6 and how it points to designed roles within a marriage.
  1. As a group, discuss the term “blasphemy”. How would you define it?
  1. Since marriage is an institution designed by GOD with specific roles and to serve a specific purpose, discuss as a group, whether or not a marriage that rejects GOD’s purpose and GOD’s designed roles would be considered blasphemous?

Sunday’s passage was from Ephesians 5:22-27. These verses and the next six (v28-33) speak very clearly about the difference in the way that a husband and wife serve each other. But Paul says something very important in v21 of Eph 5 that will bring clarity to the issue of gender roles within a marriage.

5). Turn to Eph 5:18-21. As you read these verses as a group ask the question, “what is it that makes the mutual submission in v.21 possible?”

  1. In this passage we see JESUS wash the feet of His apostles. This is a very clear picture of the Groom serving the Bride. We also see that the apostles are not sure how to take this act of servanthood from JESUS. But the question that we want to ask ourselves is this, “Did this act of servanthood cause the apostles to question JESUS as their leader?

Impact Statement

Marriage is more than a legal contract and a civil union.  It is more than tax breaks, a wedding cake, a beautiful wedding reception, and a marriage license; it is a union that has a specific purpose…to bring GOD glory! In order to us to bring GOD glory, we must acknowledge His plan, His purpose, and His designed roles for marriage. But we must never used these roles as an excuse to avoid being a servant. JESUS was the unquestioned leader of the apostles, yet he was still humble enough to serve them in many ways.

Marriage

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Notes:

Sunday’s sermon emphasized the point that marriage is meant to paint a picture of the Gospel. The ultimate end of marriage is to glorify GOD…to make Him look beautiful and marvelous. Today’s study will focus on the third point of Sunday’s message, Marriage exists for GOD’s glory.

Intro

1. As a group, think about and discuss the term “picture”. What is the purpose of a picture? How do we use them? etc…

2. As a group, think of the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, or a beautiful mountain landscape. Discuss how a picture of these things would compare to reality.


3. Our marriages are meant to paint a picture of CHRIST’s love for the church and of GOD’s Glory.  Practically speaking, in what ways can a married couple accomplish this?


Study

4. As a group, turn to Ephesians 1:4-6Ephesians 4:11-12.  v4-6 tell us that God desires us to holy and blameless and speaks of our adoption into GOD’s family, and v11-12 speaks of our inheritance and of our hope. But each of these two passages speak to the “end goal” that GOD has in mind.  As a group, read these verses and identify GOD’s purpose for these things.


5. As a group, turn to and read Colossians 3:12-17.  Identify how the characteristics described by Paul in this passage could be implemented into a marriage to Glorify God?

6. Now, as a group, read Colossians 3:18-19. What is the significance of Paul mentioning the relationship of husbands and wives directly after v12-17?

a. 

b. 


7. As a group, discuss the following quote from John Piper dealing with how these things can be implemented into a marriage.
“Since Christ’s new covenant with his church is created by and sustained by blood-bought grace, therefore,  human marriages are meant to showcase that new covenant grace. And the way husbands and wives showcase it is by resting in the experience of God’s grace and bending it out from a vertical experience with God into a horizontal experience with their spouse.”



Impact Statement

The way that we can have a Gospel-centered marriage that brings GOD the most glory possible, is to focus on bending out the love, kindness, and forgiveness that we experience from GOD toward our spouses. This is exactly the type of marriage that will accurately and effectively  preach that gospel to the world!