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Thriving in Babylon  Sermon Series
Thriving and Changing Lives” by Pastor Tony
Leaders, please choose only the best question(s) for your group

December 1, 2019
If you have questions, contact Pastor Ric,

Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon, click on the speaker icon.

Series Summary and Context:  Our series, Thriving in Babylon, is focused on how we can live for God even when the culture around us denies him and belittles/persecutes those who follow him. Daniel, because of his service and confidence in a faithful God, had the privilege of impacting the lives of four different kings and their kingdoms!  He thrived in his faith even in the midst of extreme cultural pressures because of his commitment to and relationship with the living God.

This week:  As we wrap up the series, we remind ourselves of Larry Osborne’s quote:

“Don’t buy the lie that you don’t matter.  You do.  Don’t buy the lie that your response to evil in your workplace, community, family, and our nation doesn’t matter.  It does.  We just have to push the right buttons.  They’re called hope, humility, and wisdom.  Daniel made a difference.  All of us can make a difference!”

Sermon Texts:  1 Peter 3:15; Daniel 12:8-10; Proverbs 9:10

Pastor Tony’s Take-Aways:

  1. Hope in Christ transforms you.
  2. A hope-filled person will get opportunities to speak.
  3. Speaking with a humble spirit will be heard.
  4. Words filled with the wisdom of God will transform others.


Discussion Questions:

  1. What about Pastor Tony’s teaching was troubling, inspiring, convicting, or confusing?

  2. Hope in Jesus requires an ability to communicate the reason for a relationship with him. What behaviors or descriptors in a person emote hope?  (1 Peter 3:15)

  3. How does our assurance of a future with Jesus help us with the political and cultural chaos of today? 

Each one of us are surrounded by people in our relational world, our Oikos, who are watching our responses to situations every day. 

  1. What does it look like to sow seeds of hope in your oikos that in turn give you conversational opportunities with your friends who are not yet Christ-followers?

Digging Deeper:

  1. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to set Christ apart as Lord of our lives. Reflecting on last week’s teaching by Pastor Nicholas, how can personal idols negatively affect our ability to model a life of hope and stimulate those conversations we want with those in our oikos?

 

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“Sweep the Leg” by Pastor Nicholas

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Life Group Discussion Guide

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Thriving in Babylon  Sermon Series
“Sweep the Leg” by Pastor Nicholas
Leaders, please choose only the best question(s) for your group 

November 24, 2019
If you have questions, contact Pastor Ric,

Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon, click on the speaker icon.

Summary and Context:  Our series, Thriving in Babylon is focused on how we can live for God even when the culture around us denies him and belittles/persecutes those who follow him. Daniel, because of his service and confidence in a faithful God, had the privilege of impacting the lives of four different kings and their kingdoms!  He thrived in his faith even in the midst of extreme cultural pressures because of his commitment to and relationship with the living God. As we wrap up this series, we are going to look at success as American culture defines it to contrast it with biblical faith.  Our view of success can distort our understanding of faith and hinder our spiritual growth.  Today, Pastor Nicholas shows us how this is possible and how we can become better people of faith.

Sermon Texts:  Hebrews 11

Discussion Questions:

  1. What about Pastor Nicholas’ teaching this morning was troubling, inspiring, convicting, or confusing?

  2. Why should we be interested in the failures of the faithful?

  3. As a Life Group, come up with a definition of the word “idol.” Is there a difference between hobbies and idolatry?

  4. Has the idol of “success” affected the church in America? How? 

Each one of us are surrounded by people in our relational world, our Oikos, who are watching our responses to situations every day.   

  1. How could OUR personal, religious, or cultural idolatry challenge our witness to those in our oikos? 

Digging Deeper:

  1. Go to the gospels and discover the stories of Jesus. How did he deal with his spiritual battles? What are the characteristics of his strategies?

 

 

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