5 31 Dig In

Seek: The Pursuit

Amos 9:1-5

God will destroy those who defile Him but save those who seek Jesus
 
Discussion Starter:
Share your favorite animal story
 
Read Amos 9:1-5:
What words/phrases/concepts stand out to you?
What questions do you have regarding the text?
If you could sum up the Passage in one phrase, what would you say?
How does this text apply to your own life?
 
Destroy (9:1-4):
Why do you think God chose the location he did to reveal the vision to Amos?
Why do you think the religion the Israelite’s were living defiled God?
How did there religion defile God?
Do you think God is justified in his anger?
In what way’s do Christians defile God?
Is there any way’s that you feel you defile God with your religion?
What do you need to do about it?
 
Recognize (9:5-7):
How do you think the Israelite’s described God before Amos spoke?
What descriptions does Amos give to God in 9:5-7?
What do these tell us about God?
Why is it significant that he named God?
What are some of the descriptions of God you would give?
Based off this and comparing it to Scripture are you worshiping God properly?
Are there any aspects and attributes of God you tend to forget?
 
Seek (9:8-15):
Why is it significant that God would preserve a remnant?
Who does he preserve that remnant through? (2 Sam. 7:12-13/Matt. 1:1)
What does it look like for someone to seek Jesus?
How do you need to take steps forward in seeking Jesus?
 

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5 24 2020 Dig In

Commission & Promise

Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus knows us, has commissioned us, and is with us always.

 

Discussion Starter:

  • Share a time when God was with you amidst transition.

 

Read Matthew 28:16-20:

  • What words/phrases/concepts stand out to you?
  • What questions do you have regarding the text?
  • If you could sum up the passage in one phrase, what would you say?
  • How does this text apply to your own life?

 

Jesus Knows You (28:16-18):

  • How did Jesus display that he knew what his disciples needed in these verses?
  • What would Jesus need to do to show you he knows you in your life?
  • Why do you think the Disciples had doubt in their hearts after they worshiped Jesus?
  • How have you experienced doubt in your life?
  • How do you think you would have reacted seeing a glorified Jesus there?
  • What do you think Jesus’ words of authority meant to the disciples?
  • Does it mean anything to you?

 

Universal and Comprehensive (28:18-20):

  • How do you think the disciples reacted to Jesus commission for them?
  • Knowing the context do you see the “Great Commission” differently?
  • How should we view the “Great Commission” in our lives?
  • Who and where is Jesus calling you to share the Gospel?

 

Jesus never leaves you (28:20):

  • What do you think Jesus final words in Matthew meant to his disciples?
  • What does it mean for you to have Jesus alongside you in your life?

 


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5 17 2020 Dig In

Seek: Rejection or Reception

Amos 8:1-14; John 1:1-13

We can either reject God’s Word or receive God’s Word, the decision is eternal

 

Discussion Starter:

  • Share when “Silence” has been terrible in your life.

 

Read Amos 8:1-14:

  • What words/phrases/concepts stand out to you?
  • What questions do you have regarding the text?
  • If you could sum up the passage in one phrase, what would you say?
  • How does this text apply to your own life?

 

Rejection (8:1-14):

  • Why do you think God uses the imagery of a final harvest to show Israel their fate?
  • What would that imagery best translate to in todays society?
  • Why was God being silent so impactful?
  • How did Israel show God what they really wanted?
  • How do we do that today?
  • Why does God give us what we want?
  • What imagery used in Amos 8:9-14 sticks out to you the most?
  • What should those words motivate us to do?

 

Reception (John 1:1-13):

  • How does John 1:1-13 compare to the silence spoken of in 8:9-14?
  • How does John 1:1-13 show us what we and the people of Israel truly needed?
  • Does knowing the outcome of reception or rejection of Gods word motivate you to share Gods word? Should it?
  • Who can you share the word of God with this week?

 


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5 03 2020 Sermon Dig In

Seek: Cry Out

Amos 7:1-9

Knowing what is to come should cause us to cry out to Jesus

 

Discussion Starter:

  • Share a time when someone went above and beyond to keep you from harm.

 

Read Amos 7:1-9:

  • What words/phrases/concepts stand out to you?
  • What questions do you have regarding the text?
  • If you could sum up the passage in one phrase, what would you say?
  • How does this text apply to your own life?

 

Repent (7:1-3):

  • Why do you think destruction by locusts was so significant for the nation of Israel?
  • Do you think Amos responded rightly with repentance? Why or why not?
  • What did God show Israel through his relenting?
  • What would God need to use in your life to bring repentance?

 

Recognize (7:4-7):

  • In what way is God showing his power through fire?
  • Why do you think God would relent?
  • What did Israel realize about God and themselves because of it?
  • How does God show his power to you in your life?

 

Release (7:8-9):

  • Why do you think God showed the corruptness of these specific parts of Israel?
  • What was God showing Israel by not relenting in this way?
  • Are you holding onto anything that you need to release to the Lord?
  • What steps can you take to release evil to God?
  • How can your brothers and sisters in Christ help you?
  • How can you help your brothers and sisters in Christ?

 


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4 26 2020 Sermon Dig In

Seek: Destruction or Delight

Amos 5:18-6:14

The Day of the Lord will either be a day of destruction or a day of delight it all depends upon what you devote your life too.

 

Discussion Starter:

  • Share a story of when things did not turn out like you thought they would.

 

Read Amos 5:18-6:14:

  • What words/phrases/concepts stand out to you?
  • What questions do you have regarding the text?
  • If you could sum up the passage in one phrase, what would you say?
  • How does this text apply to your own life?

 

Empty Religion vs Authentic Relationship (5:18-27):

  • Why do you think the people in Amos’ time misunderstood the Day of the Lord?
  • What was so empty about the religion of the people in Amos’ time?
  • Do you see “empty religion” today? What does empty religion look like today?
  • What does it mean to have an authentic relationship with God?
  • How can you be authentic in your relationship with God?

 

Self-Dependent vs Spirit-Dependent (6:1-3):

  • What was so wrong with Israel’s self-dependence?
  • What is the difference between self-dependence and Spirit-dependence?
  • How can we combat our desire to be self-dependent?

 

Me-Centered vs Others-Centered (6:4-7):

  • What damage was caused by Israel’s selfishness?
  • How can the church today be others-centered?
  • Who is Jesus calling you to care for in the next days?

 

The Day of the Lord (6:8-14)

  • What will the Day of the Lord be like for you? Destruction or Delight?
  • How can you share Jesus with others to help them avoid a day of destruction?

 


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4 19 2020 Sermon Dig In

Seek and Share

Amos 5:1-17

When we Seek Jesus we will share Jesus to a world who needs Jesus

 

Discussion Starter:

  • What do you miss due to Covid-19?
  • Share a story or time of when you experienced pain.

 

Read Amos 5:1-17:

  • What words/phrases/concepts stand out to you?
  • What questions do you have regarding the text?
  • If you could sum up the passage in one phrase, what would you say?
  • How does this text apply to your own life?

 

Knowing what’s at stake should ignite us to share:

  • Why do you think Amos lamented over Israel?
  • How did that affect him in sharing God’s judgement on them?
  • What do you see happening in the world that causes you to lament?
  • How could God use that through you to share about him?

 

Seek the Relational Jesus:

  • Why would God ask Israel not to run from him?
  • What sort of state would Israel be in if they properly sought after Jesus?
  • What does a personal relationship with Jesus look like for you?

 

Seek the Real Jesus:

  • What false things were Israel believing about God?
  • Why do you think that upset God so much?
  • Are we as Christians believing anything false about God?
  • How can we change that if we are?
  • Has anything taken the place of God in your life?

 

Seek the Reach out Jesus:

  • How is Amos calling Israel to be better? What does God say will happen if they do?
  • Why does it matter so much to God how we treat those thought of as less than?
  • How can we follow after what God called Israel to do?

 

Knowing what’s at stake should ignite us to share:

  • Now that you know what is at stake, how can you share about Jesus?
  • Who can you share Jesus to?

 


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4 12 2020 Sermon Dig In

Victory

John 20:1-10; Matthew 28:16-20

The Hope we have through Jesus

 

Discussion Starter:

  • Tell a story of a time when you were filled with Hope.

 

Read John 20:1-10; Matthew 28:16-20:

  • What words/phrases/concepts stand out to you?
  • What questions do you have regarding the text?
  • If you could sum up the passage in one phrase, what would you say?
  • How does this text apply to your own life?

 

There is a Hope for humanity because the tomb was empty:

  • Why do you think Mary at first was so concerned about the empty tomb?
  • Why were peter and John full of Hope after seeing the empty tomb?
  • Why does the empty tomb create hope for humanity?
  • When did you receive this hope in your life?

 

We are to share this hope for humanity:

  • In your own words what is Jesus command to his disciples?
  • Why do you think Jesus would put it on their plate to share?
  • Have you ever shared your hope? What was it like?

 

#HopeForHumanity:

  • Are you afraid to share your hope in Jesus? Why or why not?
  • When and why did you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior?
  • How is your life different because of that?

 


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4 5 2020 Sermon Dig In

Humbly Glorified

Mark 14:3-9, Matthew 21:1-11, John 13:1-17

Jesus’ humbling led to his glorification

Discussion Starter:
  • Tell a story of a time when you saw humility on full display

 

Read Mark 14:3-9, Matthew 21:1-11, John 13:1-17:

  • What words/phrases/concepts stand out to you?
  • What questions do you have regarding the text?
  • If you could sum up the passage in one phrase, what would you say?
  • How does this text apply to your own life?

 

Who prepares Jesus (Mark 14:3-9):

  • How did Jesus show his humility by who anointed him?
  • What sort of example does Jesus set by who he surrounds himself with?
  • How can we follow his example by who we keep in our lives?

 

How Jesus prepares (Matthew 21:1-11):

  • What do you think of when you imagine a Conquering King entering his capital?
  • How does Jesus subvert expectations by entering differently?
  • In what ways can you “show up” for others like Jesus did?

 

What Jesus does to prepare (John 13:1-17):

  • What does the washing of feet show us about Jesus?
  • Are you willing to put others first by serving them as Jesus did?
  • How can you follow Jesus’ example in serving others this week?

 


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3-29-2020 Dig In Together

Seek: Facing God

Amos 4:1-13

Seek God’s heart by acknowledging his acts and
you will find the person of God.

 

Discussion Starter:

  • Tell a story of a time when somebody did something for you and you saw who they really were because of it.

 

Read Amos 4:1-13:

  • What words/phrases/concepts stand out to you?
  • What questions do you have regarding the text?
  • If you could sum up the passage in one phrase, what would you say?
  • How does this text apply to your own life?

 

God’s Heart (4:1-5):

  • Why is God upset that they built other altars?
  • What altars have you erected in your life that say, “God and…”?
  • Why does God want your complete allegiance?
  • Who is god’s heart breaking for?
  • Does your heart match God’s heart for people?

 

Acknowledge his acts (4:6-11):

  • List the things God said he did for Israel.
  • Why did God do those things for/to Israel?
  • Make a list of the things God has done for you.
  • Why do you think God has done these things?

 

Person of God (4:12-13):

  • What do we learn about God when we look at his punishment of Israel?
  • What do we learn about God when we look at the cross?
  • Knowing God’s heart, what can you do to display it to others this week?

 

Read Ahead: Amos 5:1-17

 


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3-22-2020 Dig In Together

 Seek

 Amos 3:1-15

 
Share about a time you did something bad and got caught by your parents. What were the repercussions? Why do you think they were mad?
 
Read Amos 3:1-15. As you read, use the following to help facilitate discussion:
  • What words/phrases/concepts stand out to you?
  • What questions do you have regarding the text?
  • If you could sum up the passage in one phrase, what would you say?
  • How does this text apply to your own life?
 
What does it mean to be “God’s chosen people”?
  • Why did god want them to live to such a high standard?
  • Are you living up to the standard of being God’s chosen people?
 
Do you believe God is always in control?
  • How have you seen him in control?
  • How does him being in control impact you personally?
 
Why would God be so upset at his people for sinning?
  • Define sin. Make a list of sins.
  • Is God justified in punishing sin? Why or why not?
  • Have you allowed Jesus to take God’s punishment for you?
  • How has your life changed because of Jesus taking your punishment?

Read Ahead: Amos 4:1-13

 


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