Sermon Discussion Guide 2.14

During the lifegroup semester, we will be posting sermon discussion guides that can be used in either a group setting or for further personal study and reflection.

DATE MESSAGE PREACHED: Sunday, February 14, 2021
SERIES TITLE: Sundays in February
REVIEWING THE MESSAGE: To view the message, go to https://kingsway.church/media
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES: Matthew 16:13-20, Titus 3:3-5, 1 Peter 2:4-5, 1 Timothy 3:1-7
Discussion Questions:
  • What misperceptions did people have of Jesus during the time of his ministry?
  • What misperceptions of him are most common today?
  • In what ways are your own perceptions of Jesus most likely to be skewed? 
  • How can we apply corrective lenses to our own view of Jesus so that we perceive him more clearly as he really is?
  • In his sermon, Pastor Bryon utilized this definition of the local church provided by Vintage Church: “The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. In obedience to scripture they organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship, observe the  biblical sacraments of baptism and Communion, are unified by the Spirit, are disciplined for holiness, and scatter to fulfill the Great Commandment and Great Commission as missionaries to the world for God’s glory and their joy.”
    • What does it mean to be a “regenerated believer”? (See Titus 3:3-8)
    • Why is it important that the church sees Jesus as Lord and not merely Savior? 
    • How is it going with incorporating Scripture into your life at the start of the year?  Is there anything you need to adjust or recalibrate in your approach to faithfully reading, studying, memorizing, meditating on and especially applying Scripture?
    • What are the qualifications for leadership in the church?  (See 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9)
    • What aspects of these fruitfulness of character do you most need to grow in to wisely and effectively shepherd those within your span of influence and care?
    • How do we leave space for leaders to confess their own human shortcomings, mistakes, failures, and sins within the beloved community while upholding these standards for those in positions of authority?
  • What does the church need to do to reach people who are less likely to encounter Jesus simply by the gravitational pull of a nominal, cultural Christianity?  How can you be an increasingly winsome and fruitful witness in an increasingly secularized world?
Renewing Your Mind:
  • “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” – Matthew 16:24-26

Discussion Guide prepared by Steve Lamp
Steve and his wife Melissa began attending Kingsway in 2014. Not normally prone to public displays of emotion, he wept during the first worship service and knew he had found home. As an avid reader, Steve believes the ideas we allow into our minds are critical to our spiritual formation. He enjoys exploring nature, playing and spending time with his two young sons and over-quoting his favorite authors, C.S. Lewis and Dallas Willard.

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