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A Father to the Fatherless (Psalm 68:1-6a)

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Discussion Questions

  • What has your experience with the fatherless and the orphan been?
  • Have you had a specific role in the life of a fatherless or orphaned child?  If so, what has that been?
  • How does it affect your view of God the Father to know that He cares so much for the “least of these”?

*This sermon was preached by Jay Dangers of New Hope Uganda.

I AM (Exodus 3:10-22)

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Discussion Questions

  • How does the idea that we are not self-defined challenge your thinking about your life and identity? How does it comfort you?
  • When God reveals his divine and personal name to us, it is an invitation to rest in Him. How might meditating on this truth help you in practical ways this week?

*This sermon was preached by Mark Oshman.

Growing Deeper (Mark 9:20–27)

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Sermon Outline:

How do we become Christians? Repent and believe the Gospel.

How do we grow deeper as Christians? Repent and believe the Gospel.

Q1: Repentance: What’s the sin underneath all your sin?

  • Underneath every sin is a lie.
  • Every sin at its deepest root springs from unbelief.
  • Our problem lies in the gap between our confessional faith, what we believe in theory our functional belief, what we believe in practice. 

Q2: Faith: What truth do you need to turn to? 

  • God is Great, so we don’t have to be in control (Rom. 8:26-39, Ps. 136, Isaiah 40)
  • God is Glorious, so we don’t have to fear others (Prov. 29:25, Ps. 27:1-3, Matt. 10:28)
  • God is Good, so we don’t have to look elsewhere (Ps. 16:11, Ps. 63, Luke 15:11-32)
  • God is Gracious, so we don’t have to prove ourselves (Eph. 2:1-10, Matt. 9:1-13, Ps. 86)

*This sermon was preached by Andy Beams.

The Song We Were Born Remembering (Psalm 90)

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Sermon Outline:

  1. Longing for home (Psalm 90:1-2).
  2. Remembering we are dust (Psalm 90:3-6).
  3. The origin of our problem (Psalm 90:7-11).
  4. Finding our way home (Psalm 90:12-17).

Notable Quote:

“Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty and behave as if that had settled the matter. Wordsworth’s expedient was to identify it with certain moments in his own past. But all this is a cheat. If Wordsworth had gone back to those moments in the past, he would not have found the thing itself, but only the reminder of it; what he remembered would turn out to be itself a remembering. The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.”      —C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Discussion Questions:

  • In what ways do you feel “homeless?” What longings do you have? How is God your dwelling place?
  • How does your heart respond to the Psalm’s reminder that we are temporary, that death is inevitable? How does Jesus tasting death for us change your heart’s response?
  • Which of the 6 prayers in Vv. 12-17 stand out to you the most? Why? How will you pray each of those this coming week?

New Year, New Creation (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)

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New Year, New Creation (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)
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Discussion Questions

1)  How are you coming into the New Year?  Do you feel refreshed and motivated to step into 2023?  

2)  How does this passage help us take the focus off of ourselves and how we’re performing? How can that reality help our energy level and hope for the New Year?

3)  Where is a space you can step into in the ministry of Reconciliation? If there anyone in your relational circles or DC with whom you could work together?

Why We Sing (Ephesians 5:17-20)

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Sermon Outline:

  1. Why do we sing?
  2. What do we sing?
  3. Who is our worship leader?

Discussion Questions:

  • What stuck out to you in the passage or in the sermon today? Was there anything new that stretches you in how you think about singing?
  • In your own words, what does it mean to follow Paul’s instruction to “be filled with the Spirit”?
  • Why is singing so important to our spiritual growth? 
  • How does recognizing Jesus as our worship leader shape how you worship?

*This sermon was preached by Andy Beams of The Oaks Church in Denver, Colorado.

Straight Talk Leads to a Straight Walk (Galatians 2:11-21)

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Straight Talk Leads to a Straight Walk (Galatians 2:11-21)
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Sermon Outline

  1. From Hypocrisy to Humility
  2. From Works to Faith
  3. From Death to Life

Table Discussion

  • Have you ever had a conversation about not walking in line with the truth of the gospel? How did it go?
  • What do you think is your “plus” to the gospel?
  • What does it mean to you that Jesus not only took away your sins, but gave you his righteousness?

**This sermon was preached by Lucas Turner, a former partner of missio Dei: Falcon, currently on mission in Central Texas as a College and Young Adult Minister at a Baptist church.

Behold Our God (Mark 9:2-13)

Table Discussion Questions:

  • What noises are you listening to?
  • How can you behold your God this week?

**This sermon was preached by Rick Eisenberg from Redemption Parker. Unfortunately, due to some technical issues, the sermon audio was not captured.

When Life Is Unfair (Psalm 13)

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Helpful Quotes:

In the kingdom, we receive comfort in a very different way than we’re taught to in American culture. We receive comfort not by, on the one hand, whining in our sense of entitlement or, on the other hand, pretending as though we’re happy.  We are comforted when we see our sin, our brokenness, our desperate circumstances, and we grieve, we weep, we cry out for deliverance.  —Russell Moore—

Four Parts of Lament (Mark Vroegop)

  1. Turning to God
  2. Bringing your complaint
  3. Asking boldly
  4. Choosing to trust 

Until Jesus returns, the world will be marked by tears. Children will continue to be born and their first cry will announce their arrival into a broken world. To cry is human, but to lament is Christian. —Mark Vroegop—

Table Discussion Questions:

  • Why do you think it is difficult for us to Lament?  What is the big difference between lamenting and complaining? (Hebrews 4:16)
  • What are some harmful things that can happen when we always try to edit our lives (internally or externally) towards the positive? 
  • Pray for anyone at your table who is facing a difficult circumstance right now.

Behold the Mission of the King (Matthew 28:16-20)

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Sermon Outline:

  1. The call to go and make disciples depends on the authority of King Jesus (v. 16-18).
  2. The call to go and make disciples depends on the command of King Jesus (v. 19-20a).
  3. The call to go and make disciples depends on the promised presence of King Jesus (v. 20b).

Discussion Questions:

  • Why do you think people struggle with the authority of Jesus?
  • What about you: Are you a doubter or worshipper of King Jesus?
  • Are you discipling or being discipled? What does that relationship look like?
  • Discuss the aim of biblical disciple-making (Romans 8:29).
  • Discuss what the promise of the presence of Jesus means to you.

**This sermon was preached by Ed Davis from missio Dei: Raleigh.