Sermon study questions for In Search of the Kingdom of God

Questions based on the sermons for January 31, 2021 and February 7, 2021

  1. In God’s kingdom, there is peace, balance, and wholeness. How do we get to that point in our relationship with God?
    • Example 1: We admit our role in separation, and accept God’s forgiveness
    • Example 2: We seek to serve God and serve one another, and accept God’s healing
    • Example 3: We seek to be forgiven by those on the receiving end of our harm, and learn and grow from this experience
  2. When have we brought good news to the poor, released the oppressed or those held captive by anything that binds them, pushes them down, or pushes them aside?
  3. How have we helped people see that love that can only come from God?
  4. What is our posture with those things we mourn if we are to become blessed?
    • Example: We come with the attitude to serve, with humility, to be the hands or feet of Christ.
  5. What does it look like to be one who is willing to search the heavenly aspects so that we can bring them to earth?
  6. What do we seek to do as we create a new reality that Jesus called the kingdom on earth?
  7. Why is Black History Month different this year?
    • Example: Black Lives Matter, actions by white supremacists, QAnon, insurrection at the Capital.
  8. How is posture an attitude as much as a physical act?
  9. What does Psalm 139 say about being searched and known by God?

Sermon study questions for Being Healed

Questions based on the Sermon for Sunday, January 31, 2020

In Search of the Kingdom of God – “Being Healed”

Matthew 8:5-10

  1. What matters and says a lot about us in our faith?
    • Examples: Posture, like language, like attitude
  2. What is the image related to being blessed?
    • Example: A person kneeling: honoring, being humble, contrite, humbly seeking
    • Example: God coming and kneeling before us with a desire to love us, help us, hold us, connect with us, offer us grace
  3. What is the overall purpose of the combination of the Beatitudes?
    • Example: Bringing of a new reality to this place; our lives, our relationships, the world that surrounds us
  4. What is the goal of the Beatitudes building on each other?
    • Example: Bring God’s order to earth; an order that brings order; a sequence that offers a roadmap to what God expects of us, hopes for us, and hopes for the world
  5. What is the significance of the placement of the Beatitudes at the beginning of Matthew chapter 5?
    • Example: The Beatitudes are the first overview of the teachings of Jesus; the foundation for everything that follows in the Gospel of Matthew
  6. What is mourning?
    • Example: Sadness, loss of a significant relationship shared between two or more people; creates a physical response: weeping, longing, missing a loved one
  7. What separates us from God?
    • Example: Actions that miss the mark; actions that cause the separation
  8. How do we re-establish a broken relationship with God?
    • Example: we mourn that loss, we seek to regain the relationship, we confess our role in the separation, we turn in a new direction
  9. What does God do in response to our efforts to regain our relationship with God?
    • Example: God kneels before us, listens intently, and offers us reconciliation, love, and grace, we are comforted and become whole in our relationship with our Creator