sermon study questions
Questions based on the sermons for January 31, 2021 and February 7, 2021
- 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
- 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?
- How have we helped people see that love that can only come from God?
- 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.
- What does it look like to be one who is willing to search the heavenly aspects so that we can bring them to earth?
- What do we seek to do as we create a new reality that Jesus called the kingdom on earth?
- Why is Black History Month different this year?
- Example: Black Lives Matter, actions by white supremacists, QAnon, insurrection at the Capital.
- How is posture an attitude as much as a physical act?
- What does Psalm 139 say about being searched and known by God?
Questions based on the Sermon for Sunday, January 31, 2020
In Search of the Kingdom of God – “Being Healed”
- What matters and says a lot about us in our faith?
- Examples: Posture, like language, like attitude
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- What separates us from God?
- Example: Actions that miss the mark; actions that cause the separation
- 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
- 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