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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